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Honda June 19, 2016 posted by

Less Being More – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

Honda set the superbike class on its ear in 1992 with the CBR900RR FireBlade, for all intents dropping liter performance into a mid-weight machine.  No longer would a 1000 cc bike have to be a GT weighing 500+ lbs., the CBR900RR was a sharp-handling supersport with a trim endurance fairing.  The low-mile RR on offer has been fawned over and looks museum-ready.

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1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

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Based on a stroked 750 engine, the 893 cc engine claims 122 hp, fed by 90’s state of the art – four 38mm carburetors.  Developed by a special projects division, the aluminum-beam frame holds 45mm conventional forks and Pro-Link rear suspension.  Handling is helped by the choice of 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.  Honda addressed the issue of weight divided by horsepower in the CBR900RR, and made few compromises.  Brackets that could have been steel are aluminum, and castings that were aluminum became magnesium.  All said and done the RR weighed just a few pounds more than Honda’s own 600, but ran the 1/4 in well under 11 seconds.

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Exhaustively pictured with and without bodywork, it’s hard to even see where a wrench has touched this CBR.  Seems like the 4,300-odd miles might be an overstatement.  Battery out and fuel system drained, it’s a display bike as the owner states in the eBay auction:

It does have low miles and the bike should tell that story and it did. The tank was clean, no rust or paintwork had been done and it started right up and ran and idled very well. Once home the bike was stripped down to frame and motor. The bike was in great shape underneath as well and was cleaned up, oil and filter changed, fuel and air filters changed, tank and carbs drained, battery removed and discarded then put into climate controlled storage. I have all the receipts of parts that were ordered and installed. All put into a binder for the new owner.

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Can’t say what the reserve might be on a pristine classic like this, but the auction has a lot of bids and a few days yet to run.  Maybe you are starting or looking for the capstone to a collection, this CBR900RR appears to be able to meet any requirements…

-donn

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Less Being More – 1993 Honda CBR900RR
Ducati June 18, 2016 posted by

Just in Time for Le Mans – 2007 Ducati 1098

Ford GT-40’s circa 1970 and this year’s Porsche 991 RSR’s wear the Gulf powder blue and orange to the race on the longest Saturday of the year.  This ’07 Ducati 1098 also has classic Gulf livery, a commemorative  of the 2008 Ducati Endurance Racing Team.

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2007 Ducati 1098 for sale on eBay

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Not quite the 1098R prepared for the 24 Hours Moto, even a plain vanilla 1098 is a willing ride.  The Testastretta EVO engine throws 160 hp at the issue, along with 90 ft.-lbs. of torque.  Styling revisions returned the bike to a now-classic Ducati look, along with single-sided swingarm and separate dual exhaust.  Showa provides the fully adjustable forks and monoshock, and Brembo makes the radially mounted monoblock brakes.  The track-oriented LCD dash has multiple logging functions.

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Built as a show ( not race ) bike and with 9,000 careful miles, this 1098 also has a Werks exhaust, open clutch cover and matching orange levers.  Though it’s missing a few lightweight goodies, the base model was only two thirds the cost of an S.  From the eBay auction:

This your chance to own a very rare Ducati 1098. The design is based off the 1098R Gulf Racing Team Endurance bike. It was built for show-purposes only. This will be a head turner anywhere you take it. Includes WerksUSA exhaust system and other misc upgrades as pictured. This has been a locally owned Utah bike with a clean record and history. It was just recently serviced with new belts, recommended per the Ducati owner manual for under 9k miles.

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The two French Ducati dealers who arranged Gulf sponsorship for DERT ran three major endurance races before folding the tent.  Gulf continues to sponsor a wide variety of racing, lately a motorcycle drag team.  The 24 Hours Moto is held in April without much fanfare, but you’ll actually be able to watch most of today’s auto race on cable.  Looking fine in the Gulf colors, the 1098 reviewed widely as too much bike for the road.  But as they say about winning the PowerBall ruining people’s lives, it’d be nice to give it a try…

-donn

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Just in Time for Le Mans – 2007 Ducati 1098
Ducati June 17, 2016 posted by

Bit of an odd Duc: 2003? Ducati 999R FILA edition

Hmmm…the seller lists this one as a 2003 Ducati 999R FILA edition but a few things seem odd, including the year listed and the graphics.   Perhaps someone with more direct experience can advise in the comments section…?

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2003 Ducati 999R FILA edition on ebay

First a bit of history; back in the early 2000’s it seemed like every new Ducati sportbike had a minimum of 3 different versions plus a commemorative edition. There would be a basic/strada street version, a mid-level bike S bike with some upgrades still intended for street riders and finally a top level R bike that, while still street legal, included lots of track oriented tech.  Any commemorative editions would typically be based on either the S or R level bikes, although occasionally they were even done at the standard/strada level (I’m-looking-at-you-Nieman-marcus-edition-Ducati-749).

The Ducati FILA editions were based on the top level 999″R” and were introduced in 2004 to celebrate Ducati’s 200th win in the World Superbike Championship (note: there was also a James Toseland FILA edition in 2005).  The FILA editions came with carbon-fibre bodywork, lighter engine internals, upgraded injectors, a lighter front and rear sub-frame and Ohlins front and rear suspension.   The changes added added up to about another 40HP from the basic/strada 999.

The FILA edition also had another advantage over the strada and S versions; it looked much better.  When the 999 was launched many people found the design to be a step back from the predecessor 998 (which was an evolution of the Tamburini penned 916).   To many people the initial versions of the 999 looked unbalanced, with full fairings on the front but an exposed trellis frame and odd small rear fairing.   Fortunately versions such as the S based Parts Unlimited and R version FILA and XEROX editions met with much more approval.

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This particular bike is listed as a 2003 Ducati FILA edition and at it looks clean with no indication of having been abused ordown.  The only non-stock items I noticed were the chain and wheel stripes (which might be decals) and possibly the license plate hanger/tail unit.

However a closer review did raise a few questions, including why is bike listed as a 2003 FILA edition? From what I remembered and what I found on the web, the FILA edition was offered from 2004-2006 but not in 2003.  Also the decals on the front fairing/windscreen area and gas tank do not seem to match to the standard FILA edition decal layout and what have seen on previous 999R FILA editions here on RSBFS.   Its possible they were removed by a previous owner but since there was also a general 999R in 2003 so its also possible this bike has undergone a bodywork and/or wheel change by a previous/current owner who didn’t like the look of the standard bike.

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Some general service info about the bike is included in the auction listing as are lots of good pictures.  Here is what the seller has to say:

  • 11,745 miles
  • Never been dropped but very small nicks in paint on lower fairing.
  • Less than normal wear and tear for bike this age and mileage
  • New battery, Pirelli tires in good condition
  • Always serviced by Ducati dealers only and stored in climate controlled area
  • Completely stock with no upgrades
  • Comes with spare key and owners manual

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So what is the 2003 Ducati 999R FILA-badged beauty worth?  Well it certainly looks to be in very good condition and the current bid price is about $5,400 USD with 3 days to run (reserve is not met at this time).  Prices for a Ducati 999R FILA editions seem to be hovering between 12k-15k USD (which is about 1/2 of their original asking price) and for this one I would expect reserve to be right in the middle of that range given the mileage and condition, provided it can be confirmed to be an actual FILA edition.

Overall this appears to a good Rare Sportbike but I am not sure it will appreciate over time.  Also any serious collector would need to contact the seller regarding whats going on with the fairing decals and perhaps perform a VIN check?

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Bit of an odd Duc:  2003? Ducati 999R FILA edition
Honda June 16, 2016 posted by

Call and Response – 1999 Honda VTR1000F Superhawk

Honda’s entry into the sporty twin market was torquey and innovative, with Honda’s reputation for reliability.  Though the model fell short in race breeding and wasn’t long-lived, it had moderate ergonomics, nicely tuned suspension, and masterful big twin carburetion.  The VTR1000F  lives on as a great used sportbike, this example is lightly customized and very clean.

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1999 Honda VTR1000F for sale on eBay

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With some nifty ideas like connecting rods with cap screws that saved a nut, and a few category-smashing specs like the 48mm carburetors, the VTR’s 996 cc’s made 110 hp.  Another head-scratcher – Honda used different cams and intake manifolds for each cylinder, helping the engine make 71.5 ft.-lbs. torque.  The chassis was also a new design, with the engine and fully stressed member and swingarm pivots cast into the crankcase.  Not so much new in the cartridge suspension and disc brake departments, but the bike tested as an able middleweight handler.  The sport fairing uses the usual air intake behind the front wheel, but ducts air to radiators mounted in the side panels.  The single seat fairing has a nice removable cover for the passenger seat.

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With nearly 20,000 miles, this VTR looks very good – the frame and some brackets have been polished and wheels plated.  Polished mufflers are from Jardine, and signals have been reduced in size.  The boulevard / drag strip look may not be everyone’s style but it’s under control and the immaculate presentation will be appreciated.  From the eBay auction:

Honda’s answer to the Ducati 999.  SuperHawk Firestorm.   48mm Jetted and Tuned Carb.  Largest Honda has put on any motorcycle. Jardine RT1 dual exhaust.  Polished frame, Triple Chromed Wheels, New Chain, New Service and tune up.

This was purchased from a private collection, and 100% ready to ride anywhere.  This is the bike to have.

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European design, Honda dependability with V Twin torque and power.

This is the bike for the serious rider, a true collector’s bike.

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Not exactly a 999 equivalent, but a willing mount for start or a rider on a budget.  Though the VTR was a sidelight to Honda’s straight fours, they threw a lot of engineering at it, resulting in possibly the big twin with the fewest ridability issues.  New tires might in the near future, but seeming maintained otherwise and ready to ride.  And while the buy-it-now might be a little proud, this sharp light-custom should attract the opener at least…

-donn

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Call and Response – 1999 Honda VTR1000F Superhawk
Yamaha June 15, 2016 posted by

Low-Mileage Future Classic: 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 for Sale

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 R Front

I wouldn’t normally post something so relatively common on a bike about “rare” sportbikes, but this particular 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 is strikingly clean and low mileage, the kind of bike speculators or collectors might soon be snapping up. Japanese sportbikes offer performance, reliability, and ubiquity in equal portions. That’s kind of the point: you can get your bike serviced anywhere, parts are plentiful and cheap, and the bikes are fast and good-looking. Which is great, but they can hardly be considered rare or exotic in most cases. But the R1 is certainly an iconic machine and a defining bike of the modern era, so it’s significant and collectible. And in this kind of condition with miles this low, I think it counts as being pretty rare as well.

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 Tail

Big-engined sportbikes were at one time also cursed with bloat: the ZX-11 and GSX-R1100 were certainly fast, but they were more GT and less sportbike. The CBR900RR showed the advantages of big-bike power combined with a light, agile platform, but that 900cc displacement left it without a class or real competitors, a bit like the situation the GSX-R750 has found itself in for most of the past decade.

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 R Fairing

While the previous YZF1000 was a fast and sporty mile-muncher like the ZX-11, complete with anachronistic five-speed gearbox, Yamaha basically threw that bike completely out the window and started with a virtually clean-sheet design. Angular styling that’s far more svelte than what you’d normally find on a big-bore superbike and innovative features designed to maximize power-to-weight and help to keep that performance under control. The new bike was designed with a stacked gearbox. This allowed the most compact powertrain possible and maximized swingarm length within the wheelbase for improved traction. The bike was a revelation for period testers, who had to dig deep for hyperbole to describe a bike with a very real 150hp motivating just 450lbs wet.

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 for Sale

I could go on and on about this bike, but my guess is that you know what you’re looking at, and want to hear more about this particular one. As you should already know, these bikes are very hard to find… Ok let me reframe that, these are hard to find that are original, low miles, and in good working and cosmetic condition. There are lots of used R1’s that come up for sale now and again with lots of miles and wear but to me, these are not collector bikes, just used bikes.

This bike, in my opinion, is a “good” example of a collector bike. I say good, as it isn’t in the wrapper or perfect, and had more than one owner and not a lot of paperwork. It showed some wear and use, and took a little work to get it cleaned up back to stock after I purchased it. When I found this bike it was still being ridden very sparingly by its second owner who was looking to free up some money for his new family in Michigan. It had the usual used bike stuff done to it, fender cut, blinkers changed, aftermarket windscreen and grips, aftermarket sprocket (everybody thought changing the sprocket was a big deal back then), and braided front brake lines, most of which he still had the original parts to go with the bike (which is always a good thing).

From the viewpoint of a collector, I really liked this bike because of its originality, it was the first year and had a low VIN (…000047), so this was 47th off the production line. The condition and the mileage as well as the color pulled me in – very few red and white ones seem to come up that often. It was in great shape, all the plastics were original as far as I could tell and not all scratched up. No pitting on the headlights, and rims were in nice shape — no excessive marks which would be indicative of multiple tire changes.  It does have low miles and the bike should tell that story — and it did. The tank was clean, no rust or paintwork had been done and it started right up and ran and idled very well… we agreed on a number and I brought the bike home. Once home the bike was stripped down to frame and motor (as seen in the pictures below), cleaned, and everything non-stock or should I say non-OEM was replaced other than front braided brake line and rear sprocket (I think I have the OEM rear sprocket and forgot to replace it with the original).

The bike was in great shape – detailed, oil and filter changed, fuel and air filters changed, tank and carbs drained, battery removed and discarded then put into climate controlled storage (so you will need to buy a new battery). I have all the receipts of parts that were ordered and installed. I have the bill of sale from the original owner to the second owner back in 2000 (nice touch). All put into a binder for the new owner. This bike would make a nice addition to an existing collection and or start a new one. This bike is surely going to appreciate over time. Please take the time to look over the pictures in great detail and decide if this bike is the right fit for you, ask questions if needed. Good luck and have fun!

The bike comes with:

2 keys

Binder with all paperwork that I have

Service manual

Owner’s manual

Original tool kit

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 R Fairing

Certainly, as the seller points out, there are plenty of well-used R1s out there for folks in search of decent cheap speed. There are connoisseurs out there who will battle it out in the forums over which generation R1 is the best. But whichever you prefer, it’s hard to argue that the original will likely be the most collectible and, if you’ve been considering adding one of these to your stable, you’re very unlikely to find one this clean and original outside of an unregistered bike sitting in a crate somewhere.

-tad

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 L Front

Low-Mileage Future Classic: 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 for Sale
Bimota June 15, 2016 posted by

Edgy Beauty: 2009 Bimota DB7 for Sale

2009 Bimota DB7 R Side

Starting with their DB1, obviously, and continuing through the present day, Bimota has a long history of using Ducati engines in their bikes. And while other Ducati-powered Bimotas have generally used the torquey but relatively low-power air-cooled versions of their classic v-twin, this Bimota DB7 is powered by the liquid-cooled, four-valve Testastretta version, which gives it the goods to keep up with other superbikes of the period!

2009 Bimota DB7 Headlight

Founded in an era when the Japanese “Big Four” had mastered the art of making powerful, reliable engines but were still falling short in the handling department, BiMoTa [Valerio Bianchi, Giuseppe Morri, and Massimo Tamburini] took those powerplants and stuck them into lightweight, cleverly-engineered masterpieces that were very much “race bikes for the road.” Lightweight bodywork that lifted off with just a couple bolts, stiff and light frames that look like modern art, and high-end suspension components all made for racy, rolling sculpture. But time marches on, and once they were done with engines, the Japanese manufacturers moved their attention to handling, which would have effectively put Bimota out of business. So it was “adapt or die” time for the tiny Rimini manufacturer, and they shifted to building the bikes they do today: hideously expensive but very exclusive and meticulously-crafted motorcycles for well-heeled enthusiasts.

2009 Bimota DB7 Clutch

I’ve said it before, but take a long look at the photos: Bimotas get more impressive the closer you get. That hybrid frame with both steel trellis and machined aluminum components, along with a swingarm that matches. The DB7 isn’t really any lighter than a Ducati 1098 of the same era and doesn’t make more power, so you’re paying a real premium for style and quality, which you get in spades. Only the Koso gauge lets the looks down a bit, since I’ve been seeing ads for them in the back of bike magazines for years and is a bit too “common” for my taste. I’d prefer something a bit more in keeping with the wild looks, but it should at least work, something older Bimota gauges seemed reluctant to do. Plus, those white segments along the outer edge of the tach do light up as the needle swings around, which is pretty cool.

2009 Bimota DB7 Dash

As the seller mentions, this example has had the muffler removed, leaving just the “bladder” that likely contains the catalytic converter, with a pair of tips on one side. Funny, it almost looks like it was designed to be that way… This is a popular trick for older single-sided swingarm Monsters as well, saving weight and increasing noise in a way that’s easily reversible. Better sound, less weight, and no impact on the environment: win, win, win!

With a $15,000 starting bid and no takers yet, I think this bike looks like a bit of a bargain, compared to the nearly $35,000 list price for a new DB7 in 2008. Of course, that’s really the only time you could think of a DB7 as any sort of bargain…

From the original eBay listing: 2009 Bimota DB7 for Sale

This is the 2nd bike they built which makes this bike even more exclusive. This bike has been sitting inside my living for the past 3 years and now stored at a local performance shop where they did a complete major service. This is a one owner bike and has never been down, crashed, wrecked, tracked, or even ridden by anyone except myself. I babied this bike from the day I purchased it six years ago. I only rode this bike every three months from Las Vegas to Angeles Crest Hwy in LA so all miles were highway.  This is the cleanest bike you will find.  It looks BRAND NEW!!!!!!

The front windscreen has been painted white to match the bike
The bottom belly pan had been painted white with custom red/black BIMOTA logo
The wheels were painted white
The exhaust was custom cut and two stainless steel tips added
Custom license plate bracket
HID lights installed
Brand new tires
Brand new rear sprocket
Brand new chain

This bike looks amazing… all the above were tastefully done. It draws attention everywhere you go. If you have any questions, please contact me.  The bike is now stored at Irish Mike’s Performance in Henderson Nevada.  If your local or happen to be in Vegas, just stop by his shop.  He has full service reports.

2009 Bimota DB7 Rear Sprocket

The seller mentions that this is “the second bike they built” but, since the DB7 was introduced in 2008, I’m wondering if this is maybe the second bike of the second model year? Regardless, the DB7 is a very beautiful machine, with immaculate detailing. I think modern Bimotas are well worth the money if you’re a rich enthusiast, as you’ll appreciate the workmanship that went into its creation and the exclusivity, while the extra outlay in purchase price is probably a drop in the bucket compared to the other toys already in your garage. But if you’re a regular Joe, looking for the best bang for your buck, this doesn’t even rate: there are plenty of faster bikes out there that cost far less and won’t have you crying every time you accidentally rub up against it with a belt buckle or jean rivet…

-tad

2009 Bimota DB7 L Side

Edgy Beauty: 2009 Bimota DB7 for Sale
Ducati June 14, 2016 posted by

A Smart Buy? 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

2006 Ducati PS R Side Front

Ducati’s SportClassic line made a big splash when it was introduced in 2005 and included today’s Paul Smart 1000LE. Powered by Ducati’s torque-rich L-twin with modern suspension at both ends, they were mature sportbikes for riders with a sense of history, an eye for design, and an appreciation for accessible performance. Many will complain about how “underpowered” they are, with just 92hp from the twin-plug, air-cooled twin, but there’s plenty of performance for most road-riders and the relative light weight and top-shelf suspension mean you can exploit every available horse.

2006 Ducati PS L Side
The style was never really in question though. Pierre Terblanche may have caught some serious flack for his superbike restyle, it’s pretty obvious he knew what he was doing when he designed these. Unfortunately, although demand was high at first for the SportClassic line, interest tapered off fairly quickly and only the conservatively-styled GT1000 soldiered on until 2010.

2006 Ducati PS Rear Suspension

Interestingly, that low initial demand quickly turned into high collectability, especially for the half-faired Paul Smart 1000LE that was low-production to begin with. Designed to evoke the bike ridden by Paul Smart to an unlikely win at Imola in 1972, the bike featured silver, half-faired bodywork and a blue-green painted frame. Rear suspension was unusual and looked like a classic dual-shock setup at the rear, but only from the left-hand side. It’s an asymmetric monoshock, and one of my favorite features of the bike.

2006 Ducati PS R Rear
This example appears to be fitted with a set of the correct Pirelli Phantoms that were designed for this bike to offer modern performance and classic looks that mirror the bikes themselves. It also features a set of accessory fairing lowers that strengthen the Imola-bike-connection but to me detract from the looks. I prefer the half-fairing that resembles the road-going 750SS and, if it were my money, I’d be holding out for a bike with the funky Zard high/low exhaust instead of the entirely appropriate, but fairly conservative two-into-one Termignoni pipe seen here.

2006 Ducati PS Tank

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart for Sale

Up for auction is this incredibly clean, low mile Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart Sport Classic. This Paul Smart comes with a Termignoni system and is otherwise stock, save for the accessory seat. The bike is in near-showroom condition and has just had the 2-year service completed…it needs nothing. And with only 1,953 it’s virtually new. This bike is 100% correct with zero issues, flaws or scratches.

We’ve had several inquiries about the tank. Currently there is no sign of warping, bubbling, etc. Tank has not been coated but looks good.

Over the last few years, the Paul Smart has become one of the most sought-after Ducatis in recent memory. Not only is the Paul Smart a competent and capable road bike that’s zestful and invigorating to ride, it’s also a stunningly gorgeous object of beauty.

Based on a Sport Classic engine/frame combination, the PS100LE was built to commemorate Paul Smart’s classic win at Imola on the fabled 750ss. The silver bodywork and blue/green frame was meant to conjure up images of the 750 race bike – only this model contains a 1000cc dual-spark lump and top-grade Ohlins suspension to compliment the single seat and clip-on bars.

The bike is styled in the fashion of the Ducati 750 Imola Desmo race bike that Paul Smart rode to victory, and the 1974 750 SuperSport it originally inspired. It is one of the SportClassic series designed by Pierre Terblanche.

2006 Ducati PS R Side

Just 2,000 Paul Smart replicas were made, and they already command serious coin among collectors. This bike is in nearly perfect condition, although I’ve yet to see a Paul Smart that wasn’t: it’s pretty obvious that, unlike some bikes that take time to establish their collectability, buyers bought these from new well aware they’d become instant classics, and have maintained them accordingly. Bidding on this example is already up to $12,300 with the Reserve Not Met. Want to skip all that bidding drama? The Buy It Now price is set at a stunning $30,000! These have been steadily on the rise, but that still stopped me in my tracks…

-tad

2006 Ducati PS Top Triple

A Smart Buy? 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale
Triumph June 12, 2016 posted by

Boxer at a Cocktail Party – 2006 Triumph Speed Triple

Recalling the 1938 Triumph Speed Twin, the Speed Triple was introduced in 1994 and is still in the line-up.  The 1050cc triple was part of a 2005 redesign that included electronic fuel injection, inverted forks, and radially-mounted brake calipers.  A nice-handling streetfighter, the Speed Triple was Cycle World’s best Standard bike in their 2006 Ten Best issue.

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2006 Triumph Speed Triple for sale on eBay

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Updating a cornerstone in their dealerships’ showroom, Triumph enlisted designer Frascoli Rodolfo, but stipulated an evolutionary rather than revolutionary update.  The 1050cc engine has four valves per cylinder and brings home 131 hp, with a wider torque band than the similar engine used in the Sprint model.  Exposed radiator and oil cooler ( and plumbing ) are part of the streetfighter aesthetic.  3-1-2 exhaust has a catalyst in the collector, but the system still looks sporty.  The twin-tube alloy  frame maintains the looks from previous years, but has triple-adjustable 45mm forks and monoshock fitted.  Brembo brakes were part of the update, 320mm fronts with 4 piston calipers, and 220mm rear.

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Evidently garaged within an easy commute to Philly, this Speed Triple looks excellent for its 8,000 miles.  Rare white color and no apparent damage, with new battery and tires is a recipe for success.  From the eBay auction:

EXCELLENT SHAPE – GARAGE KEPT

  • Best Kept Secret in US Sport Bike Market…Gotta Love the Brits!
  • Perfectly maintained
  • New Tires
  • New Battery
  • Great Sound
  • All the extras- End Mirrors, Wind Screen, Low Profile Plate
  • Low Mileage – Less Than 7900
  • Single Swing Arm- Rear

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20160611 2006 triumph speed triple right rear wheel

Capable of 150 mph if you can hang on, but also commutable, flexibility is the reason streetfighters are everywhere.  Triumph has more recently introduced a Street Triple with 675cc engine and less hooligan air.  But even if you wring it out only occasionally, those 1050 cc’s are nice to have around.  This example is in nice shape, and better yet garaged and maintained…

-donn

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Boxer at a Cocktail Party – 2006 Triumph Speed Triple

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