Monthly Archives: April 2016

Suzuki April 29, 2016 posted by

Serious Slabbie: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

1986 Suzuki GSXR1100 L Side
A mix of big-bike power and light weight, Suzuki’s GSX-R set the tone for the modern superbike. At the time it was introduced, more and more bikes were being cooled by a strange new substance known as “water,” but the GSX-R remained uncluttered by hoses and unburdened by awkward heat-radiating devices: in an effort to slash unnecessary weight wherever possible, Suzuki kept the bike air/oil-cooled. When it debuted in 1986, one year after its littler brother, the 1052cc “1100” weighed a modest 434lbs and produced a stout 137hp. While obviously that’s a bit of a yawn for riders used to reading about 200bhp road missiles, those 137 ponies offer up midrange-rich pull that can still entertain, especially once you throw a set of curves at it…

1986 Suzuki GSXR1100 Front

Stopping wasn’t a problem: braking was handled by Suzuki’s “Deca-Piston” setup with a pair of four-piston calipers up front and a twin piston in the rear. And the bike’s suspension was certainly state-of-the-art, at least on paper, and featured Suzuki’s “Full-Floater” rear suspension that used a set of linkages both top and bottom for a much more progressive action than what you’d typically find on a stiffly-sprung sportbike. But while the bike was definitely more nimble than the big-bore superbikes it replaced, the 1100 was really much better in a straight line than in the corners.

These days, the big slab-sided Gixxer is probably less a canyon-carver and more a very fast nostalgia machine. Suzuki fiddled with the suspension from year-to-year but the GSX-R1100 was never really known for its handling, at least in the positive sense, and those 18” wheels just make things more of a challenge, since good rubber is hard to find in that size…

1986 Suzuki GSXR1100 Dash

Today’s example is surprisingly clean, and those braided brake and clutch lines look new. GSX-Rs of all stripes sold well, so they certainly wouldn’t have been very rare at the time. But thirty years of use and abuse have seen most of these blown up, ridden into hedges, or left sadly to rot.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100G for Sale

The bike is 100% stock. It has new spark plugs, fresh Motul RBF600 brake fluid, fresh golden Spectro 10W40 oil. It has new brake pads and tires. It has a new drive chain and a new clutch, along with a new Shorai battery. It has fresh powder-coated calipers and Galfer stainless steel brake lines. It has a new stock air filter. It has a Suzuki brand new wiring harness. The front fork brace is a custom made piece made from 7075 aircraft aluminum, the fork seals are new and there is fresh fork oil.

The bike is all Suzuki parts with the exception of the ignition switch and the brake lines. The windscreen is also aftermarket. The stock exhaust is ceramic coated inside and out. It comes with a Suzuki-branded sportbike cover and, if the buyer wants, an extra complete stock motor and a set of virgin, untouched carburetors for an added fee.

1986 Suzuki GSXR1100 Rear

Mileage isn’t all that low at 18,000 but, considering the obvious care that’s gone into the bike, shouldn’t be too much cause for concern. Examples like this are few and far between, and starting to attract serious attention from collectors, but it looks like the seller is aiming a bit too high, with no takers yet at a $7,750.00 starting bid. And there’s that sinister dark side not often mentioned when discussing the GSX-R: although its combination of accessible, reliable, affordable performance may have helped to usher in the modern sports motorcycle, the “Gixxer” may also have helped to spawn the very first primitive examples of the notorious Squidus Americanus that frustratingly clog both highway and YouTube…


1986 Suzuki GSXR1100 R Side


Serious Slabbie: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale
Ducati April 29, 2016 posted by

Tour-y Sport – 2004 Ducati ST4S/ABS

Note: likely a private sale, this auction was ended just before post time… 

Since the ST’s inception in 1998, the sport touring side of the Ducati line was a lot more sport than touring.  Right from the ST2 the bikes went well and looked better without the bags than with.  2001 saw the 996cc  desmoquattro applied to the trellis frame, and 2004 had a nice re-design of the fairings and seat.  Even with commemorative paint the sales slowed to a trickle, not helped by finicky electrical systems and marginal cooling, and 2007 was the last year for the performance-oriented ST range.

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2004 Ducati ST4S/ABS for sale on eBay

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50mm throttle bodies and Marelli fuel injection helps the 996 engine achieve 117 hp, a high water mark for sport-touring machines.  2004 was the last year for the traditional dry clutch, and the grey with red a fine tribute to F1 driver Ayrton Senna.  The suspension has Showa forks with nitride coating and Öhlins rear monoshock.  Gold-line Brembo brakes are ABS-controlled with big 320mm front disks.  Plastic fairings are updated for ’04, with separate high and low beams, and a new dash with some digital functions.  Carbon hugger and Marchesini 5-spoke wheels round out the modern look.

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Farkled within an inch of its 7,500-mile life, the list of upgrades to this ST4S is really too long to re-print here.  There are a lot of Ducati Designs and DesmoTimes parts, some billet and carbon – even the forks and shock have been upgraded and tuned.  Way ahead on maintenance, this Duc has been pampered.  From the eBay auction:

  • Valves adjusted at 4,140 miles and checked again at 7,030 miles (absolutely no movement from when set to LT Snyder specs at 4,140 miles
  • Greased swingarm bearings
  • Cam belts changed at 4,140 miles and tension re-checked at 7,030 miles
  • TPS set and throttle bodies synced at 4,140 miles and again at 7,030 miles
  • Fuel filter replaced at 4,140 miles
  • Internal fuel lines replaced at 4,1,40 miles with fuel injection hose specified to not degrade with use of ethanol gas
  • Fresh Mobil 1 15 – 50 synthetic oil and K&N filter 
  • Fresh Engine Ice coolant
  • Fresh brake and clutch fluid.
  • NGK Iridium spark plugs added at 4,140 miles
  • Pirelli Angel GT tires installed at 4,140 miles.  Luv these tires…

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Often ticking off a lot of highway miles, ST4S are rare in this kind of shape and only one belt change.  The fairing and lighting upgrade in 2004 was worth waiting for.  Senna colors are gorgeous in an understated way, and it only takes one ABS actuation to make you a believer.  This owner has lavished professional attention on this one, and though it might not be the sportiest bike in the stable, it’s surely the sportiest tourer…


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Tour-y Sport – 2004 Ducati ST4S/ABS
Honda April 27, 2016 posted by

Proto-Monster: Low-Mileage 1989 Honda Hawk GT for Sale

1989 Honda Hawk GT R Side

Available for just three years here in the USA, between 1988 to 1991, the Honda Hawk GT sold pretty poorly. Introduced in an era when American buyers were snapping up fully-faired sportbikes, the Hawk was slower, more conventional-looking, and fairly expensive, so buyers here just weren’t sure what to make of it. Exactly what was it supposed to be? A sportbike? The basic suspension and single front disc limited ultimate performance. A safe, boring commuter? There were plenty of more economical options available. A bike for posing? The looks were far too plain to really impress if showing-off was your goal, considering you could get a racy CBR600 Hurricane for just a few hundred more.

1989 Honda Hawk GT L Side Rear

But the devil is in the details, and although the Hawk looks like one of the ubiquitous UJMs that were so familiar to riders who grew up in the 70s and 80s, it’s pretty clearly something special upon closer inspection. First of all, that rear swingarm: hey, where’s the other half! Unless you’d recently come across an NC or RC30, Honda’s Elf-designed “Pro-Arm” single-sided swingarm would have appeared impossibly exotic in the late 1980s. And instead of an inline-four, the Hawk used a 647cc 52° v-twin with single overhead cams and three valves per cylinder that produced 58hp.

1989 Honda Hawk GT Dash

They’re a bit small physically, but they’re also narrow and pretty light: the package weighed in at just 370lbs dry and, in stock form, the Hawk GT makes a killer canyon bike, with more than enough performance to embarrass much larger machines. It also offers up a very appealing and durable blank canvas on which you can paint your dream machine. Backroad blaster, trackday special, commuter, or cheap do-it-all sporty, a Hawk can be any or all of these. Throw on the front end from a CBR for improved suspension and dual front brakes, along with a CBR900 shock and a VFR rear wheel for wider rubber, add a fairing and a carbon-fiber tank to create a track-day special or surprisingly competent race bike.

1989 Honda Hawk GT R Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda NT650 Hawk GT for Sale

This is about as nice a Hawk as you are ever to find. This bike is almost entirely original; except the gorgeous Muzzy Exhaust Pipe and some cool aftermarket side view mirrors. The bike has very low miles. The condition of the bike confirms the low mileage; it is near perfect. This bike starts easily but does require a bit of time to warm up. Once warm it pulls easily. The bike feels very light and flickable. It almost dares you to push harder. I have five beautiful Hondas but this one always makes me smile the widest! 

1989 Honda Hawk GT L Side Front

The Honda Hawk GT was really a bike ahead of its time: it took the Ducati Monster and Triumph Speed Triple to make naked bikes cool again, and the Hawk isn’t nearly as sexy as those machines, so values have remained low. But plenty of people shop with their head as well as their heart, and the little Hawk has developed a very strong cult following. Nice examples can be had for around $3,000 but this bike is priced far above that: the Buy It Now price is $6,500.00 with the reserve not met at $1,525.00. That’s big, big money for a Hawk, but this example is as perfect as you’re ever likely to find outside of a dusty crate in an abandoned warehouse. These bikes were made to be ridden, and ride them their owners do. Except for this one, apparently: it has just 4,355 miles from new.


1989 Honda Hawk GT L Side

Proto-Monster: Low-Mileage 1989 Honda Hawk GT for Sale
Ducati April 27, 2016 posted by

Redlines – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000S

Set the way-back machine for the early 1970’s and check out a Triumph TR-6, some came with red-striped Michelins, beyond cool on a BRG car.  This cared-for Ducati retro makes reference to that look, taking the red / black scheme ( standard on every 2007 Sport 1000S ) to a new level.

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2007 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

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Manufactured for the 2006-10 model years, the Sport Classic series was based on the 992cc dual-spark engine and had 92 hp available.  The 2007  was a modern retro, with Marelli fuel injection, quiet and smooth wet clutch and big Brembo brakes.  43mm Marzocchi forks and Sachs rear shocks are are a nod toward the bottom line, rather than the start-finish line.  But with the TT-style upper fairing and spoked wheels, it’s a fab look if not the most ergonomically friendly.

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Exported from Cali to Portlandia, this Sport 1000S has been kept stock enough to return to the Peoples’ Republic of CARB.  Not ridden much with under 3,100 miles, it was still treated to a matching stripe on the front fender.  Tempting as it must’ve been to fit with carbon everything, the pebbled black covers look great with the red body.  Termis are somewhat less massive than the stock mufflers, and the flat black finish on the exhaust system fits right in.

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From the eBay auction:  

I am the 2nd owner; originally a Sacramento bike so can be imported back to CA no problem. 3089 Original miles. Stock aside from Termi slip ons (originals included with all emissions equip.), red tape on wheels and white stripe professionally painted on front fender to match tank stripe. Pictures describe its condition best. Did have slight expansion on tank (common problem with these bikes) due to ethanol fuel but tank was drained and sat for a year. Has contracted back to normal size. I have not coated or treated the tank in any way as if it doesn’t sell I will be using ethanol free fuel only.

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No mention is made of maintenance, so the first order of business will be to determine whether the rubber will need re-newing.  Updating the suspension would be a very do-able update, and be transformational.  Only a couple of bids but already north of a ton and plenty of time to probe the reserve.  The bike appears undamaged and nicely detailed, and the DS motor should be trouble-free.  For the right pillion, you could remove the faux seat fairing and have a smashing biposto…


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Redlines – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000S
Moto Guzzi April 26, 2016 posted by

Mature Sport Bike: 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for Sale

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans L Side

Much like the Ducati 900SS FE we featured last week, today’s reborn Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans is a bike for riders who value a bit of history and real-world performance over high horsepower numbers, racetrack manners, and the newest technological acronyms. And when I say “legacy,” I mean legacy: the longitudinally-mounted 90° v-twin found in the first twin cylinder Guzzis originally powered a do-it-all military tractor from the early 1960s…

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Seat

A very evolved version of that venerable v-twin, here displacing 1064cc and producing a modest 90hp and 65ft.lbs of torque to motivate 557lbs of fully-fueled Italian history. That beefy powertrain is backed by six-speed box that was introduced in the original V11 Sport and was worlds better than the ancient five-speeder that preceded it, still driving through a driveshaft to the rear wheel. That longitudinal crankshaft orientation means that, like a flat-twin BMW, the bike responds to throttle inputs with a distinctive twist to the left. It doesn’t ultimately limit handling, but it does take a bit of getting used to, as rolling on the throttle coming out of corners has the bike responding a bit differently, depending on whether you’re turning left or right…

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans FR

The Le Mans is obviously just a tarted-up V11 Sport trading on the name of Guzzi’s most famous sportbike, but it has the same basic strengths of grace and pace. These were expensive motorcycles when new. Actually, most people would probably describe them as “too expensive,” but their values have dropped dramatically in the used market and a good V11 Le Mans offers up a bit of Swiss Army Knife versatility. Carve canyons, do some light touring, pose at your local bike night, it’s a bit of a one-bike-fits-all motorcycle, if you’ve only got room in your garage for one machine.

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for Sale

Shoulder problems have resulted in me not being able to ride a sporty position motorcycle any longer. This means that my 2002 LeMans is in search of a new home. I do not want to sell any of the parts/accessories separately, so please, no messages regarding that.
Details and link to photos follow:


  • “Cristal Cuvèe” color (that would be gold, to you and me)
  • 12,500 miles.
  • I am the second owner.  I purchased it in 2010 (on ebay, from a New York owner) with about 6600 miles on it.
  • It was originally sold by Fast by Ferracci in Pennsylvania, 11/12/2002.
  • Texas Title is free and clear.
  • Bike is 100% mechanically, both original owner and I are maintenance fanatics.
  • No crashes, but has minor “rashes” on fairing indents each side (right side from original owner, left side from about two years ago when hot asphalt gave way under the kickstand. (see photos)
  • Some cracking and peeling of paint on lower portions of metallic red frame side panels…the well known “Pork Chop” issue. (see photos)
  • Continental Road Attack tires, front at about 2000 miles, rear less than 1000
  • Original manuals and tool kit


  • Shop stand (since the Le Mans has no Center Stand)
  • Power Commander III module installed (I have run it with and without…Throttle response seems smoother with it in place.)
  • Fast by Ferracci crossover pipe, bright silver ceramic coated (original stock H-pipe included)
  • Head pipes bright silver ceramic coated (will not discolor from heat)
  • Factory accessory aluminum rear rack (with instructions)
  • Ventura Bike-Pack System installed with Grab Bar, Sport Rack and Pack Rack options (Packs and rain cover included)
  • Givi Top Case (Was mounted to Sport Rack, but I never used it.)
  • Nelson-Rigg RiggPack soft top case with raincover.
  • RoadGear Hi-Adventure Jumbo Sport soft saddlebags.  (I added 5mm Obechi plywood side stiffeners)
  • Hi-Adventure Jumbo Sport Saddle Bags (I added 5mm Obechi plywood side stiffeners)
  • Apex Racing adjustable 3″ riser clip-ons installed (original factory clip-ons included for stock change-back)
  • Motratech forward foot control kit, (again with all original parts included to revert to stock position)
  • Guzzi factory accessory cover (red fabric with gold eagle, not weatherproof, for indoor use only)
  • Nelson-Rigg outdoor cycle cover.
  • Laminar Lip windscreen add on (reduces helmet buffeting, easily removable)
  • Corbin Gunfighter solo saddle as well as original factory dual saddle with solo dress cover/backrest
  • Spare left hand fairing side (prepainted).
  • Real Gaskets silicone rubber valve cover gaskets.
  • Spare shifter return spring (these are known to sometimes fail on ’02s, but the factory one is still working in this case)
  • Full set of factory decals and emblems for eventual repaint or repair use
  • Factory brochures and October 2001 Cycle World magazine with 2002 Le Mans review
  • Original owner cut holes in airbox, but a complete additional airbox and spare filter is included, for “back to stock” use.


  • Crankcase vent tube replaced at 8000 miles
  • Monoshock failed at 10,500.  Replaced with a (hard to find) new stock unit (failed unit still on hand if you want to have it rebuilt or upgraded).
  • Battery replaced with Odyssey PC545, March, 2013.

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Parts

Just 12,000 miles on the odometer means this bike is pretty low-mileage for a Guzzi, especially considering the touring accessories fitted. The seller is asking just $4,995.00 for the whole package, a pretty screaming deal considering the miles, condition, and extras included. Quality on some of the earlier V11 Sports was a bit spotty, but took a significant turn for the better under Aprilia’s stewardship that began in 2001.

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Plate

It’s not perfect, with a few minor scrapes along the fairing edge and some general details, but a bit of TLC should turn it into a very classy and capable machine. I’ve ridden a V11 Sport and, while they are pretty heavy bikes, they are also very sure-footed, once you get used to the asymmetrical cornering-thing. Which you will.


2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans R Side

Mature Sport Bike: 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for Sale
Ducati April 25, 2016 posted by

Collector Alert:
2008 Ducati Desmosedici (Rosso version) with 1 mile


2008 Ducati Desmosedici (Rosso version) with 1 mile on eBay

Despite all the jokes about the state of Florida, you have to admit that there are a lot of amazing sportbikes located in the state.  Its probably some combination of nice weather, lots of expats and people with “discretionary income” but hey, I am not complaining.  Here is a bit of semi-unobtanium located in Florida that will certainly appeal to a collector, a 2008 Ducati Desmosedici listed as having 1 mile since new.

For anyone not familiar with the Desmosedici, it truly was designed to be a road-legal version of the Ducati MotoGP racebike.  In 2002 Ducati returned to top level motorcycle racing after a long absence and over the course of the next few years managed to climb back into serious championship contention.  This success was in large part due to the their D16RR effort; sixteen desmodromic actuated valves  (hence the D16RR designation) and gear driven cams were built into a 989cc V4 that went to a nearly 14,000 rpm redline and produced 200 hp.  All this power was wrapped up in a chrome-moly steel frame, surrounded by ultra-light but strong carbon/plastic blend bodywork.  Oh and there was a 4-2-1 under-seat exhaust in titanium.

An excellent and detailed history of the D16rr development can be found here.


After a few years of developing/running the D16RR everything finally came together in the 2007 season when Casey Stoner rode a race prepped D16RR to the championship.  In typical Ducati fashion, a street version was offered the following year but unlike a lot of Ducati “commemorative editions”, these would be true racers that came equipped with both street and racing ECU’s and exhaust sets.   NOTE:  From what I have read there was also less titanium bits in some engine components.

The 2008 Desmosedici was originally planned to only be built as a small production run but demand was so robust that the run expanded and 1,500 Desmosedici’s were made.  Even though they were priced at an eye-popping $72,500 USD and were launched in the very depths of the financial crisis all 1,500 units were pre-sold, with many going to track day enthusiasts.


What would it be like to own/ride such a beastly bike?   Below are links to just some of the reviews of the Desmosedici-


Now for the question on everyone’s mind, is this 1 mile 2008 Ducati Desmosedici worth the $58,000 USD asking price?  Well the going price for a Desmosedici with under 5000 miles seems to be high 40’s with the price increasing towards the lower 50k range as the mileage lessens.  Based on this history, the Buy-It-Now price of $58,000 USD seems kind of high.  Also there is no mention in the auction of items that came with the bike such as the OEM alternate exhaust, ECU or decals.  Lastly, some early models of these bikes have a reputation for needing servicing but since this bike is listed as having 1 mile since new its unlikely these services issues have arisen/been addressed.

My personal opinion is that prices for the Ducati Desmosedici have stabilized and will rise over time.   The seller has indicated they are willing to consider offers so perhaps some negotiation can get a collector into this bike at a bit of a discount.  Personally I think the value price is probably somewhere between $47,500 and $53,000 USD, maybe a bit more given this is the somewhat rarer Rosso version.


Honda April 22, 2016 posted by

Gen 1 – 1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor

Not long before the flights of 600cc sportbikes started pounding these shores, Honda started a handling-centric mini-frenzy with the mid-80’s Interceptors.  They were light(er) in weight and had 4-valve V-4’s, with small frame-mounted fairings and little belly scoops.  Serial number 18 and possibly the first delivered to the U.S., this VF-500 has been cared for and thoughtfully photographed.

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1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor for sale on eBay

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Tucked into an early double cradle frame, the 498cc water-cooler generates 70 hp, transmitted by a 6-speed transmission.  The 37mm air-adjusted forks lead Pro-Link monoshock rear to the fray, with triple 255mm discs firing the retro-rockets.  Handling is aided by 16-inch front / 18-inch rear stagger.

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Looking surprisingly cherry for its indicated 27,303 miles, this VF500F has no bids but a serious buy-it-now.  The owner promises the following in the eBay auction:

First year and First generation 500 interceptor. This little jewel just happens to be frame number “18”… That’s right the 18th 500 Interceptor ever built… Not only that, but according to the Honda Micro Fiche this is the very first VF500 imported into the USA…

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These little baby interceptors have developed quite a cult following… probably the best of the first-generation interceptors… This beautiful little bike was owned by a motorcycle industry journalist from brand-new… It has been meticulously well-maintained and is in absolutely bone stock museum quality condition… It even has the stock grips, stock turnsignals, bodywork, and stock mirrors still on it… Almost impossible to find them in them in this condition…

this bike runs fantastic…

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Soft-focus photos, nice as they are, beg for more history or suggest an in-person inspection.  Maintenance-free as these V-4’s can be, some repair records might be available.  Having the first customer VF500F in the country would be important to a collector.  If it all checks out, there’s a very good-looking Interceptor at the end of this rainbow…


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Gen 1 – 1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor
Ducati April 22, 2016 posted by

Silver Bullet: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Side

The 90s iteration of Ducati’s famous SuperSport wasn’t exactly a fast bike, even by standards of the day. And by the time the Ducati 900SS “Final Edition” rolled around, it likely appealed mostly to die-hard Ducati fans and collectors. Which is a shame because, although the 900SS didn’t offer cutting-edge performance, it did offer plenty of charisma, great handling, and accessible real-world performance.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE R Side Fairing

The chase for abstract performance numbers has always obsessed the world of motorcycles and cars. But the truth is that peak horsepower numbers are often pointless. Since these machines are only fully exploited by .01% of riders, and what works in ad copy isn’t always all that useful on the road, it’s not always the most powerful bikes that make the most rewarding bikes to ride, especially on the road. Look at the endless praise heaped on the K5 GSX-R1000 by modern reviewers and see how this year’s Brutale 800 actually produces less horsepower than the previous version to make it a better roadbike, and it becomes easier to see why this Ducati might win your heart, even if it won’t win any bench-racing sessions…

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Side Fairing

Powered by Ducati’s long-lived two-valve Pantah engine, the FE featured a solo-seat tail that allowed upswept pipes for increased cornering clearance and some carbon-fiber parts ostensibly because of their light weight, although the savings on a front fender are probably negligible… With a claimed 80hp on tap and a big fat midrange these are very rewarding to ride stock and a huge range of aftermarket support means you can modify the bike to suit if that’s more your thing.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

Here we have a 1998 Ducati 900ss FE.  #246 of 300 imported to North America.  The FE stands for ‘Final Edition’,  Based on the 900SS SP, the FE comes dressed in elegant silver bodywork and black wheels, with carbon fiber rear fender, dashboard cover, and countershaft drive cover. A solo (monoposto) seat completes the stunning visual impression.

But there’s more than just skin deep beauty in the FE.

To back up the race-bred look, a few additional changes were made as well. The exhaust pipes have been raised to provide improved cornering clearances. New cast iron floating brake rotors have been fitted with remote reservoirs and adjustable levers. New cylinders, alternator, and voltage regulator have been added. The resulting combination will assure that the thrill of the ride matches the beauty of the machine. Limited to just 300 bikes in North America, the 900SS FE is the last of the 2nd generation SuperSports to be produced by the Bologna factory. To further secure it’s place in the DUCATI legacy, the top triple clamp of each FE is fitted with a consecutively numbered commemorative plaque. There is no doubt as to the special position the FE will assume in the heritage of the most sought after sport motorcycles in the world.


1998 Ducati 900SS FE Plaque

The 900SS was certainly dated when new, a nearly retro-performance machine before that was really even a thing. Certainly, it was intended to appeal to collectors and designed to shift the moribund hardware while a replacement was being prepared, but the package can provide plenty of smiles if you’re more of a back-road rider than a track-day warrior. The seller is asking $8,999.00 for this sub-10,000 mile example which, although premium money for a 90s 900SS, seems pretty much on-par for an FE these days.


1998 Ducati 900SS FE R Side

Silver Bullet: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

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