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Ducati January 24, 2019 posted by

Got my Filas on: 2003 Ducati 999R

The 2003 Ducati 999R Fila Edition was just one of a bunch of special edition bikes Bologna kicked out in the aughties to celebrate its myriad World Superbike successes. The Fila bikes were produced to hat tip Neil Hodgson picking up the storied marque’s 200th win, and were  more than just a branded sticker package. Instead, the 200 examples came with the R’s carbon fiber bodywork, sexier suspension bits and upgraded engine internals and a more aggressive fuel system.

2003 Ducati 999R Fila Edition for sale on eBay

That all meant the commemorative edition kicked out a bunch more power, was more confident in the twists and told the story of its successes in battle. While Ducati could be accused of kicking out some truly asinine specials in the mid-2000s, this is not one of those times.

This bike is number 30 of 200, and is in 100% stock condition. In 16 years it has seen just 22 miles (yes, twenty two), and has been stored without oil or gas in it, though the internals have been misted to keep them from seizing. The pictures are not hugely detailed, but they seem to back up the seller’s claims about the bike’s spot- and blemish-free condition. The tires appear to be original and still have the nubs from the mold.

From the eBay listing:

Ducati 999R Fila Edition
Numbered 0030
Bike is brand new 22/miles
Museum quality and is actually where bike was delivered from. Came from the Barney Besal collection. You can research the bike on youtube and internet both to get all the information on it you need.
Bike is spotless not one scratch
Bike is dry stored- no oil, gas, anything but has been fogged to protect all internals.
Bike is 100 factory no addons
Bike is no reserve but will not be cheap either. I have found another bike even rarer that i would like but am going to have to liquidate around 10 bikes to achieve it.
Any question message me.
Shipping i can assist in as well
No reserve

At $28,000, this Ducati is far from a steal, but it occupies a rarefied position among replica bikes, and for the dedicated Ducatisti, it’s a serious collection booster.

Got my Filas on: 2003 Ducati 999R
Buell January 23, 2019 posted by

Featured listing: 2014 Buell 1190RX

Update 1.29.19: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This 2014 Buell 1190RX has been stored properly, ridden rarely, modded carefully and babied by one owner. It has a tasteful collection of carbon fiber accent pieces and a Dean Adams exhaust with the accompanying ECU tune, but is otherwise as it rolled out of the showroom. The seller says he’s moving it along because he ran out of time to ride, which is evidenced by the bike’s scant 3,200 miles.

2014 Buell 1190RX for sale on eBay

The 2014 Buell 1190RX was Erik Buell’s stab at returning from an ugly split with Harley-Davidson to once again build fast, well thought-out USA-made sportbikes on a large scale. Though the effort was ultimately doomed, the bikes he screwed together in the process were real marvels. The 1190RX’s big twin pushed out 185 horsepower, got within a few hundredths of a second of the mighty Ducati Panigale 1199R in magazine testing and was not extravagantly expensive, at least by top-of-the-heap open-class sportbike standards.

The 72-degree v-twin that powered the beast was praised for its torquey delivery, while the fuel-in-frame chassis was accurate, fun and confidence inspiring in corners. The moonshot 1190RX may have ultimately failed to make Buell a household name, but it damn sure made a valiant effort.

This example is resplendent in red and black, and looks like it was given care commensurate with its special place in motorcycling history. It’s clean everywhere, and has spent most of its time in a climate-controlled garage. The pictures don’t get to the minute details, but we’ve checked them out thoroughly and can’t find any issues.

From the eBay listing:

No reserve!

2014 EBR 1190rx in perfect condition. I am the original owner and have only put on a total of 3200 miles or so in the past few years as I dont have much time for riding anymore. Bike needs nothing and has never been raced or on track and is adult ridden. Bike needs nothing but a new home.

A few minor modifications were done immediately at time of original purchase but I have all the brand new original parts that go with the bike.

Dean Adam’s exhaust
Dean Adam’s tuned ecm
Carbon fiber front fender
Carbon fiber rear tire hugger
Carbon fiber side fairing fan shrouds
Carbon fiber chain case cover
Carbon fiber fender eliminator with integrated led brake/turn lights and plate holder.

Bike is in excellent condition and has been my absolute favorite bike I’ve ever owned. Winter storage was even kept in heated climate control area in my house.

NOTE: I may be able to deliver for Free to anywhere in WI, IL, IN, OH or possibly other areas in the mid-west as I am on the road all over for work OR help with arranging shipping at a discounted price through a friends motorcycle transport company to anywhere in the U.S. please message me before bidding to confirm drop off options.

The bike is listed for just south of $8,000, which is a legit deal when you consider that these things were $18,500 just five years ago. With so few miles, all its stock pieces and such fastidious care, this thing is very close to a new bike. What’s more, they aren’t making more of them, so it will only gain collector panache as time goes by.

Featured listing: 2014 Buell 1190RX
Sport Bikes For Sale January 23, 2019 posted by

Bonhams Las Vegas 2019 Preview

Bonhams auctions returns to Las Vegas this week with 128 lots on Thursday afternoon.  Covering the gamut from scooters to dirtbikes to road racers, this year also has a nice selection of sportbikes.  Most are collectors with low miles and pedigree, beautifully photographed.  Here are a few interesting selections, and you can check out the full list – here –

2012 EBR 1190S Racing Motorcycle  est. $25-35,000

 

2007 Metrakit GP125 Racing Motorcycle  est. $5,000-7,000

 

1987 Bimota DB1SR  est. $18-25,000

 

1982 Honda CX500 Turbo  est. $5,500-7,500

 

1990 Magni-Guzzi 949cc Arturo  est. $12-15,000

 

1993 Ducati 550cc Supermono Racing  est. $95-125,000

 

1974 Laverda 750SFC  est. $40-45,000

See you there !  Donn

Bonhams Las Vegas 2019 Preview
Suzuki January 23, 2019 posted by

Quintessential – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750

From its U.S. introductory year, this Suzuki GSX-R750 looks and acts the upstart role.  This bad boy has been some rider’s favorite, with almost 33,000 miles and a tidy state of patina.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

Suzuki went all in on light weight and simplicity with the GSX-R750, and came up an air/oil-cooled winner.  The additional oil pump for the Suzuki Advance Cooling weighed less and avoided the complexity of a water-cooling system, even if the oil cooler is nearly as big as a radiator.  A nice round 100 hp was available, giving the lightweight alloy chassis a ruun for its money.  Suzuki’s own suspension was used, the Posi Damp Fork being adjustable with early anti-dive, and Full Floater monoshock rear.  The brakes are 310 mm with four pistion calipers, and the endurance template fairing has the serious twin headlight look.

This GSX-R comes out of Santa Fe, with easy access to miles and miles of two-lane, and has the odometer reading to show for it.  Aside from a right-side slip and fall, it’s in good shape, complete and substantially original.  The owner’s impressions from the eBay auction:

This is a bike that has been sympathetically preserved over the years as an original driver quality condition.

In other words, lots of patina but not unsightly.  I would hesitate to restore this one because it just has a loved/used but not abused quality to it.
I bought it not too long ago but just landed two more motorcycles that I am more passionate about and I need the room.
Runs great, stops, shifts and doesn’t leak! New tires! New fork seals and battery.
Uncut rear fender! Original upholstery! Solo seat cover!
All the fairings appear original with only the nose appearing to have been replaced with a high end replica nose professionally painted with a proper decal kit.
The lower right side fairing appears to have been professionally repaired on the “blister” portion – naturally from having fallen over. Seamless repair/paint from the outside but inside the fairing you can see where the crack once was.
Rare stock pipe has only a small bit of rash on the rear that could be buffed out as it is not severe at all.
I will include a stock set of proper OEM period correct Suzuki grips as the bike currently has the foam type and I wanted it to be 100% factory.
The rest appears all original and solid with areas of wear and chips in paint etc…
Not a museum piece but just as stunning to look at and ride without being a trailer queen that you have to worry about.

While a minty example would be cool, there’s a lot to be said for a classic you can ride – if not without a care, without panic.  Maybe a riding restoration – if you don’t have to pay extra for the patina.  A lot of improvements could be made without taking it off the road, and ride the benefits…

-donn

Quintessential – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750
Ducati January 22, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 build!

Ducati has always been known as a performance company. But one of the key elements that stands them apart is that Ducati has always been a styling company as well. Not content with just performance, Ducati has consistently set the standard when it comes to defining a new trend. This was always the case with sport bikes, but Ducati was able to successfully transcend the performance game into the naked cruiser segment with the ultra-popular Monster line. Popular in a non-threatening way, the Monster lineup attracted riders of all types and ages. Ducati was quick to draw the line as wide as possible, incorporating a spread of displacements and even utilizing the liquid-cooled, 4 valve Superbike motors. But the mainstay of the line was always the air-cooled Desmodue, such as today’s featured listing S2R 1000.

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000!

Based on the dual-spark 1000c SuperSport motor, the S2R incorporates all of the go-fast goodies you would expect, but in an artfully simplistic manner. Instead of yards of carbon fiber / plastic bodywork, the Monster leaves it all out in the open. As a result, these bikes appear muscular and solid. Check out the single sided swing arm. Pull straight off the sport bikes, the Monster sports a slightly relaxed geometry more suited to the streets and boulevards. Fuel injection simplifies cold starting, and gearing is set a bit lower. Seating position is more upright, with good leverage with the wider, flatter bars. Optimized for normal speeds but quite capable of rapid transit, the S2R has all of the goodness you would expect from a SuperSport Ducati – with a fashion Barbie outfit change.

From the seller:
2006 Ducati monster S2R1000 with only 3,987 miles. Runs perfect (ridden regularly even though short highway distances).

Mivv carbon-fiber exhaust, Cycle Cat open clutch cover, Rizoma brake/clutch reservoirs/grips. Ducati Performance carbon-fiber front wheel fender/belly pan/chain guard, and lastly fender eliminator with LED taillight including front/rear turn signals. Only imperfection is a tiny paint bubble the size of a green pea (as shown/circled) on left side of tank.

I have the original mirrors, front faring, rear pegs, clutch cover, chain guard, and all keys including RED key and key card (as shown in pic). Also NO dreaded “tank swell” as some of these have (can be seen in the picture where the clip is that holds the tank in place).

Price: $5,999
Contact: Mike – (305) 318-3499 NO TEXTS

The Monster platform is so solid that it makes an excellent basis for modification. All the requisite Ducati performance parts apply here and work well. The cafe racer look is easily obtainable. Ducati themselves took it so far as to create a Carl Fogarty Limited Edition Monster. That’s right, Foggy is immortalized not with a R spec Superbike, but rather a R spec Monster. RSBFS reader Mike has done something similar here, with his S2R model. With a pile of carbon fiber goodies and gorgeous exhaust, Mike has managed to build a very clean Monster – even tighter and more clipped than the original. And not only do you get the output of the build, but there are many OE takeoff parts included as part of the sale. What a bargain!

The Monster is quite possibly the most approachable of the Ducati offerings. It looks right, it sounds right and it goes like you would expect a 2-valve Desmo to go – with torque everywhere. This is not anecdotal, as I have one in the stable (although my wife utilizes it nearly exclusively as her commuter). The S2R is a fantastic riding platform, and promises all of the longevity of every other Pantah-based powered Ducati. This one has fewer than 4,000 miles on it, meaning that it has a LOT of life yet to give. It looks fantastic and is sure to stand out in a crowd. That ask on this is $5,999. For the price you get a lot of performance parts and the stock parts too. Win! If you are interested, give a shout out to Mike: (305) 318-3499 NO TEXTS . Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 build!
Ducati January 22, 2019 posted by

Your Mileage May Varese: 1995 Ducati 916

The Ducati 916 is a bike that should need no introduction on these pages. The immortal, evolutionary offspring of the 851/888, the 916 offers every bit of performance that the evocative design implies. And while time has a tendency to mute the claims and hyperboles of an era, this model continues to represent itself well. Simultaneously recognized as a performance benchmark (with 5 WSBK titles to its name thanks to Fogarty and Corser) and a styling icon (Guggenheim’s “The Art of Motorcycle”), the 916 was a quantum leap ahead of anything available when it was originally released in 1994. And while sharper and even more focused models were to follow (SP, SPS, SP2, SP3, SPA, Senna Edition), the base model obliterated everything in it’s 1994-1995 era path.

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

While the 916 has little resemblance to the previous generation 851/888, the family DNA becomes more obvious when the bodywork is removed. From the trademark trellis frame to the liquid-cooled, fuel injected, four valve per cylinder desmoquattro power plant, there are subtle changes but pretty much everything is in the same place. That makes a lot of sense given the history of how Ducati introduces new models. The 851 and 888 SP models were actually test beds for the next generation engine. The 888 SP4, for example, was already a 916 in displacement, just like the 851 SP3 actually displaced 888cc. From there is where the revolution took over. Chassis geometry was sharpened, a unique single-sided swing arm fitted, the high exhaust introduced to increase cornering clearance, packaging was tightened up and the marvelous, angular bodywork was shrink-wrapped over the top. Fast, gorgeous, expensive and uncompromising, the 916 cemented Ducati as THE performance player in the sport bike world.

From the seller:
Here we go Boys and Girls, not to many clean ones on the market, this bike has being storage for a few years, second owner selling it, no used for any more never on the track, never down.

It May need service, the bike start easy. Ask questions, very motivated to sell it, Im shrinking my collection of 20 years. Ask questions and bid with confidence

The Ducati 916 lineup has an interesting sub-version history as well. Just as the bike was introduced, just as the press was going mad and the orders were starting to come in, a fire at the Bologna factory shut the party down. Desperate to get product back up and running, Ducati temporarily relocated production to a Cagiva facility located in Varese, Italy. And while the 916s assembled in Varese are identical to those that rolled off of the Bologna factory floor, there is still a mystique about them. Because the Varese location did not initially have a full production line, the contention is that Varese bikes were more “hand built” making them more special. Realistically you can only tell a Varese bike from the VIN number, but the story propogates the mysterious and the magic behind this very special motorcycle. Today’s example appears to be a Varese model by the numbers.

The seller has not provided a lot of text or back history in the advert, but there are a few decent pictures here. With 22k on the clock there are more miles that we normally see on these models (long-range comfort was never a priority). Time has been kind to the 916, and longevity should not be a question like it was nearly 25 years ago. Parts availability continues to be good, and this is as collectible a classic as you are likely to find. Even if you are not looking for an investment, the 916 has great performance and will continue to look striking and purposeful for decades to come. Check it out here, and then jump back to the Comments section and share your thoughts. Do you buy into the Varese nostalgia, and are those bikes better? Good Luck!!

MI

Your Mileage May Varese: 1995 Ducati 916
Yamaha January 21, 2019 posted by

Resurrected: 1988 Yamaha FZR1000 for Sale

Having spoken with a couple people about the Yamaha FZR1000 of the late 80s and early 90s, I’ve gotten the distinct impression that, however competent it may have been, it really wasn’t cool in the way the Suzuki GSX-R1100 was. I think someone went as far as to say they were kind of the “nerdy” choice, at least among ballistic superbikes, so it figures I’d be into them.

It is a bit ironic that the FZR would be considered less cool than the GSX-R, considering that it was a much more advanced machine in many ways. The big Suzuki was a bit of a dinosaur, with an effective, but relatively primitive double-cradle frame, while the Yamaha was built around their light and very stiff aluminum Deltabox design, the first time the concept had been applied to a liter-plus bike.

Both bikes offered a broad spread of locomotive thrust, and did just fine with five-speed gearboxes, although the FZR managed to be as fast as the GSX-R, while giving away displacement to the Suzuki. And even though the GSX-R, originally eschewed liquid-cooling as a weight-saving measure, still ended up being pretty portly. The original 1987-1988 version of the FZR1000 used a 989cc version of Yamaha’s Genesis five-valve engine, although it lacked the EXUP valve that would become another of the FZR’s signature features. Five-valve technology has proven to add additional complexity for minimal returns and isn’t often seen anymore, but the engine’s steeply-canted design and under-tank airbox set the standard for sportbike packaging.

I think ultimately, the FZR was a victim of its own success. The Genesis was smooth, powerful and possibly a bit too refined. People generally don’t buy big sportbikes because they want refinement, or because they need them. It’s the same mistake Yamaha made with their RZ500: Suzuki’s Gamma was wilder and woolier, and stole the RZ’s thunder. Here, the Gixxer’s bad-boy reputation means that it’s an appreciating object of lust, while the Fizzer can be had for relative peanuts.

For now anyway.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Yamaha FZR1000 for Sale

On the auction block is a 1988 Yamaha FZR1000. This is a really nice motorcycle that was recently resurrected after sitting for an unknown extended period of time. All fluids have been changed, including fork oil since seals were replaced. Coolant was flushed, oil was changed and all brake fluids, clutch fluids were changed as well. All brake calipers were rebuilt, clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder were replaced. Tires were just replaced 200 miles ago, after the wheels were freshly powder coated and bearings and seals were replaced. Battery is a new, sealed unit. Carbs were rebuilt, with all new gaskets, o-rings and needle valves. Air filter is new. Windscreen and mirrors were replaced, only because they were fragile or porous. Fuel valves were both replaced, as were fuel lines. New chain and sprockets. Runs and drives as it did when new. Low mileage example that looks to never have been dropped or crashed, but as with any bike 30 years old, not perfect. A lot of work done to get this one right. Tried to show as much as possible in pictures, but if there are any questions, please ask.

This FZR1000 is a classy bike and looks very nice from the pictures. Maybe a bit too nice to use as a budget sport-tourer… There are the minor imperfections you’d expect in an original bike that hasn’t been restored, but it appears very complete. The FZR doesn’t have Suzuki’s wild, bad-boy reputation, but had very competitive performance and I happen to really like the clean blue-and-white graphics. The FZR may never achieve the desirability of a GSX-R1100 but, given how the values of all bikes of this era seem to be on the rise and how scarce really clean examples are, now’s the time to jump in if you want to recapture your youth or just want a very cool, versatile retro ride.

-tad

Resurrected: 1988 Yamaha FZR1000 for Sale
Kawasaki January 20, 2019 posted by

Angry Ninja: 1993 Kawasaki ZX-7R M1

It’s not that hard to come across clean Kawasaki ZX-7Rs these days, even after many of them were used and abused and thrown away. But this 1993 Kawasaki ZX-7R M1 is a lot more special. It’s not quite an RR, but the M1 is an early homologation special of the ZX-7R, and it wears a plethora of very sexy race track-oriented bits. To wit: an aluminum gas tank, a rack of four 39mm flatslide carbs, adjustable suspension front and rear, an adjustable swingarm pivot and a close ratio gearbox. There’s also a solo seat cowl to really hammer home the idea that this ain’t your average street bike.

To take full advantage of the bike’s potential, you needed to spring for the race kit, which would get the thing ready for whatever series you wanted to throw it at. With 121 horsepower at the crank pushing around about 440 pounds, the M1 was no slouch. This one has been in the care of a Kawi tech for the last decade, and he says he purchased it from his friend who is the original owner. He claims it has never been raced, and all 21,000 of its miles were racked up on the roads around Burnaby, BC, where it lives. It got an extensive going over last year, with a catalog of new parts listed below.

The bike is in beautiful condition, with the exception of a very scarce few blemishes.

From the eBay listing:

Motorcycle is a Canadian M1 model.
Originally purchased new from my local Kawasaki dealership, Burnaby Kawasaki in BC Canada, est. 1975.
Previous owner is a friend and I have always wanted my first love, a 1993 ZX7R M1.
I purchased the bike June 2009.

Currently has 37,385 kilometers / 23230 miles

Wheels do have some minor light scratches where balance weights were removed when changing tires in past. Front fairing, above headlights, where Kawasaki silver lettering / black decal has, small Nick in decal. See pics.

Two things are missing:
Bike is missing fuel filter bracket, I’ve never had it, didn’t really bother me, but I ordered one last year, it never showed up. Bit disappointed. They are used ones out there.
The remote idle adjuster is bit shorter than the original. I do not know what happened to the original, I bought it like this, and again, never really bothered me. Its just short to reach the holder bracket.

All service work completed in 2018 by myself, factory Kawasaki trained tech.
All the fluids and oil filter have been changed.
Valve adjustment, shims changed as needed.
Carbs cleaned, adjusted as needed and synced. Bike runs great, see video of running operation, link below.
Brakes front and rear rebuilt, oem seals.
Fork seals replaced oem.
New sparkplugs.
New oem air filter.
New oem butt pad.
New brake pads and new oem brake rotors front and back.
Replaced the brake lines with spieglers, I do have the oem brake lines front and rear.
Zero Gravity tinted screen.
I do not have oem windscreen. These can be made to exact oem match by a company in Florida, www.bikescreen.com
New Michelin pilot tires with less than 300kms.
I do have the side fairing left and right side reflectors.
Two ignition keys plus the key code tag.
New chain and sprockets, went with blue chain, reminds me early 90’s. Stock oem gearing.
New battery, new thermostat. New brake reservoirs. All the lights, speedo lights etc work, nothing burnt out. Charging system checked, ok.
Bike starts up, idles, operates properly. I do have video https://youtu.be/M0ofJBc2JXI

Call me if you have any questions, Jason @ 1-604-816- 2915 Try to call between 9am-10pm PST
Much appreciated.

Buyer is responsible for shipping. Bike is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada,
1 hour north of USA border.

Motorcycle is listed for sale locally as well, so auction can end anytime.

Since the bike is in Canada, it will take a little bit of paperwork for U.S. buyers to get it on the road, but for a bike this cool and in condition this nice, it should be worth the hassle.

Angry Ninja: 1993 Kawasaki ZX-7R M1

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