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Laverda April 16, 2019 posted by

Repli-Racer: 1972 Laverda SFC Replica for Sale

Largely forgotten now, especially by modern sportbike enthusiasts, Laverda was once a serious player in the Italian sportbike scene of the 1970s. In terms of reputation, anyway, if not in actual production numbers. Their big-bore parallel-twin was supposedly heavily “inspired” by Honda’s parallel twin design of the period, and Laverda’s grown-up engine was heavily overbuilt and basically all-around heavy. It wasn’t nimble, but it was durable and stable, the perfect bike to use as the basis for a production-based endurance racer, and the SFC or “Super Freni Competizione” was the result.

Laverda’s aim was to use the very best parts available on their road and race bikes, and included Italian suspension components, Japanese electricals, and German ignition components. The early bikes used a huge, magnesium Ceriani four leading-shoe front brake, with later machines switching to an improved twin-disc setup. In both cases, stopping power was superlative for the era. Engines were heavily massaged, and made between 71 and 81hp, depending on the year. A significant overhaul for the 1974 model year made changes to the frame to make it lower and lighter, and the suspension was improved.

With the very rare SFC out of reach for most collectors, a replica obviously makes practical sense, since it was basically a hot-rod 750 SF. It’d probably be relatively easy to take an otherwise stock SF1 and just slap on a fairing and tail-section, but the builder of this bike appears to have gone the extra mile. I’m a Laverda fan, but not enough of an anorak to be able to point out the minor differences that would mark this out as a fake. It probably doesn’t help that the fewer than 600 or so SFCs that were built varied a bit in terms of specification, and sometimes incorporated different components in what seems to have been the “whatever we’ve got on the shelf” kind of way typical of Italian manufacturers of the period.

From the original eBay listing: 1972 Laverda SFC Replica for Sale

This Laverda 750 SFC Replica was converted from a SF1 over a period of two years, essentially everything except the interior of the motor is new or reconditioned or modified. Estimated milage of the 1972 donor bike was 6,600 miles +/-. The conversion has been ridden approximately 150 miles and has been on static display in a climate controlled facility for the last five years. The following is an accounting of some of the components that make this such a special conversion:

  • Correct Ceriani 35mm forks w new internals
  • Correct Ceriani rear shocks
  • New Tommaselli clutch and brake lever assemblies w new cables and switch assemblies
  • Rebuilt Smiths “Laverda” Tachometer, new (NOS) Smiths “Laverda” speedometer
  • New SFC fairing, brackets and headlight assembly
  • SFC replica tank (lined against ethanol affect) and petcocks
  • SFC rear seat and pad
  • SFC inner fender
  • SFC front fender
  • All new paint on all painted parts
  • All new wiring tucked up under bodywork, all electronics moved up under seat pan
  • Carbs are correct Dellorto PHF36AS/AD and are in perfect order w Malosi bellmouths
  • SFC left and right side rearsets and mounting plates
  • Motor cases are polished and cut out as per SFC specifications
  • 2-into-1 custom tuned exhaust, sounds incredible, not for the introvert
  • All misc. hardware was replaced and zinc plated, all chrome was new, aluminum parts polished

This is a beautiful example of a Laverda Type SFC, one of the ultimate vintage sport bikes that will get attention everywhere it goes. Display it, ride it, you won’t be disappointed. Of course there is no warranty, implied or guaranteed, it is a vintage bike even though it certainly doesn’t look its age… Please look at the pictures closely, the bike is located in the Denver area and we will assist with shipping as buyer arranges. Clear title, $1000 deposit within 24 hours of winning bid, balance within seven (7) calendar days via wire transfer.

It may not be the real thing, but looks very clean in the pictures, with the desirable drum front brake that gave the bike its name. Individual SFCs varied from bike to bike in terms of the details, and I doubt anyone but a Laverda expert would realize it was a replica at a glance, although it’s almost too nice to be the genuine article. There are just hours left on the auction, and there’s been little interest in the bike so far. Bidding is up to just $10,300, which is cheaper than a nice, stock SF1 these days Obviously, this isn’t going to command the nearly six-figure prices of the best SFCs, but would be a great way to live out your Walter Mitty-style racing fantasies if you can’t cough up that kind of coin, but want an authentic SFC experience.

-tad

Repli-Racer: 1972 Laverda SFC Replica for Sale
Honda April 16, 2019 posted by

De-Stabilization – 1983 Honda CB1000F

This Florida owner shows a few other classic -80’s machines behind, but this unrestored CB1000F might be the one to cut away from the herd !

1983 Honda CB1100F for sale on eBay

Honda’s was looking deep into the corner and the vee-four 750 was brand new, but before the carburetted inline four left the sport category, displacement was increased to 1,062 cc’s and 38mm carbs delivered 110 hp.  Just oversquare 69mm stroke kept torque up there at 72 ft.-lbs.  Though still a typical twin-downtube, the chassis was beefed up and sported 39mm forks and a box-section swingarm.  Dampers were premium with air-adjustable anti-dive forks and adjustable twin rear shocks.  More UJM than sport, the 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel kept seat height low.  Brakes reflected the 543 lbs. dry weight with three 296mm disks.

Obviously a fan from the looks of the garage, this owner has taken nice care of his reference CB1100F.  The preservation of the deep blue paint and black engine finish is as rare as the factory black chrome exhaust.  Just a few rubs tell of its 21,000 miles.  The owner is correct that at this age, most have been disassembled, restored, and altered.  From the eBay auction:

Original bodywork with original paint and factory original 4-2 black chrome exhaust. All in excellent condition with only minor imperfections. Tank is dent free with no trace of rust inside original key opens all the locks, tool kit and original owners manual included,  seat is perfect, no nicks or anything. I put 3000 miles on it last year, just put on new tires, all carburetor O-rings have been changed, then carbs synced, only ethanol free gas used. new o-ring chain, old one was fine, but old is all, This bike is 100% ready to ride and enjoy, no modifications, just stock and original.

As you can see in the pictures, this bike is in excellent condition. hard to find one that has not been apart, repainted or screwed with especially in the awesome blue paint scheme. one minor scuff on right fairing, hard to get to show up in pics some oxidation under aluminum clear coat in spots as well, but a really nice bike, always get compliments. Tires are new Dunlops in original factory sizes.

Honda tweaked the CB1100F until it did pretty much everything well – it got high marks for usable power, stable handling, and comfortable cockpit.  Answering the escalating power competition, it ran a quarter in just over 11 seconds, and Honda quality insured popularity.  Starting out at a reasonable $4,900, this example should do better – last January a red one with less miles brought $9,350 at Mecum in Vegas.  Sure to be a hit at a show or cruise night, this CB1100F marks a sweet spot in Honda history and owner care.

-donn

De-Stabilization – 1983 Honda CB1000F
Ducati April 14, 2019 posted by

Six of one… 2007 Ducati 1098 S

Spring is in the air, and new life is emerging from once-frozen ground. Bikes which spent the winter indoors hibernating are emerging from their dens (or living rooms, garages or storage units) hungry for miles. Of all the mileage-hungry bikes we have seen thus far this year, I propose this 2007 Ducati 1098 S example as the most malnourished of the lot. Now, normally the “S” model does not warrant RSBFS attention; after all, we all like our “R” bikes better (like this one, for example). But sitting in “as new” condition with but SIX miles on the digital clocks, this 12 year old bike has only experienced a half mile for each year of its life! Condition warrants posting, even as some readers wonder why. RSBFS is a many and varied smorgasbord of interests – from static collections to knee dragging good times – and in striving to cater to all there will invariably be some dissent; everyone is welcome.

2007 Ducati 1098 S for sale on eBay

As we learned here, the Ducati 1098 was an evolution of the oft-maligned 999 series. Penned by a new designer who followed more closely in the footsteps of Massimo Tamburini, the 1098 is more directly related (in design language) to the 916 / 996 / 998 series of bikes. With a 100cc bump in displacement over the 999, the 1098cc motor (as opposed to the 1198cc motor in the 1098 R bike) produced a healthy 160 HP. The S model shares most of its DNA with the base 1098 offering, shaving approximately 5 pounds through the use of different wheels (shared with the R), and an upgrade to Ohlins bouncy bits (as opposed to Showa components on the base model). All in all, the S model was a potent weapon without the sticker shock of the race-bred R bike.

From the seller:
Only has 6 original factory miles and is in excellent condition. For sale by owner with clean title. Serious inquiries only – no trades.

There is not a ton of information on today’s specimen; the seller has not said a lot, and there are fewer pictures than all of us would like. The pictures that do exist show a clean, stock 1098 S. No comments on how the bike was stored, if it was pickled (i.e. drained fuel or added stabilizer, cylinders fogged, etc). Any buyer intending to ride this beauty will undoubtedly need to recommission it with a service – it’s doubtful that the valves have gone out of spec in so few miles but the belts certainly will need to be changed. Tires, if original, will also be suspect for any real-world riding. But that’s probably not the point about this bike. The real point is condition versus age, and this one has a pretty impression ratio. Had it been an R bike – or something even more rare – I’m sure the reception would be much greater. This one is sitting on a $14,500 BIN – which is sure to light up the comments section with pricing concerns. But when you look at it, this is basically a new 1098 S going for the same price as a new 959 Panigale and WAY cheaper than any of the new V4 models. Check it out here, and then let us know if you would rock this new/old bike and why. Good Luck!

MI

Six of one…  2007 Ducati 1098 S
Ducati April 13, 2019 posted by

Last of the Big Twins: 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition

The 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition is the Italian way of quitting while you’re ahead. Have you developed the most-powerful twin-cylinder engine ever to be authorized for street use? Great! Number the top triple clamp, ’cause we’re only putting it in bikes for a year. But what a run of machines. The 1299R Final Edition managed to find 209 horsepower from two massive cylinders spinning at 11,000 RPM. The famed v-twin torque was at the party, too, with 104 lb-ft at 9,000 RPM.

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition for sale on eBay

In true Ducati style, the Final Edition was its own package; there were no options. You got full electronically-adjustable Ohlins suspension front and rear, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, yards and yards of carbon fiber, Brembo radial brakes, Pirelli Diablo Racing tires and Tricolore livery. If you thought the power figure was scary on its own, keep in mind this thing weighs 419 pounds with an almost full gas tank. Needless to say, the electronics are numerous and highly advanced.

As you can probably guess, this 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition is extremely low mileage, and has a short list of aftermarket goodies, all of which are easily reversed. It has had its 600-mile service and appears to be ready to ride.

From the eBay listing:

2018 1299R Ducati final edition
Some Accessories include:
Ducati performance comfort seat
Ducati reservoir tanks
Philips diamond vision headlights
Carbon fiber rear seat cowel
Ducati performance bar ends (black)
MCM Racing break and clutch levers
Fender eliminator kit with smoked integrated taillights
Ducati Carbon fiber clutch cover

The bike has also had its 600 mile service.

This Ducati is in great condition with no problems or headaches. Always garage kept and only taken for short rides.

Any questions please feel free to ask!

Ducati sold these new for around $40,000, and they do not appear to have spiked in value since their launch. This one, number 179, is available in New Jersey for $35,000 buy-it-now.

Last of the Big Twins: 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition
Ducati April 12, 2019 posted by

Tricolore: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS

The 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS was Bologna’s first in earnest attempt at a truly ludicrous hooligan machine, and an early salvo in what is now a full-blown war to build the scariest supernaked. These days, it’s not rare to see 150-odd horsepower stuffed into a trellis frame with upright bars, but back in ’08, the 120-horsepower S4RS pretty much stopped everyone in their tracks.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for sale on eBay

Here was a bike with the suspension and horsepower just shy of a club racer and a riding position closer to a Triumph Bonneville than a 1098. Oh, and a healthy enthusiasm for pointing the front wheel at the heavens. The Ohlins suspension, gorgeous trellis frame and the love-it-or-hate-it Italian flag paint left absolutely nothing to the imagination about this thing’s intentions.

This 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore is one of 400 in this paint scheme, and is claimed to be exactly as it left the factory. It has seen just 7,000 miles, and appears to be pretty much spotless. That’s not small feat, given that the Monster is all nooks and crannies where dirt can gather covered by the barest minimum of bodywork.

From the eBay listing:

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore 1 of 400!!!! This is a Super Rare 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore Model With Just 7k Miles!! This is a very low mile S4RS that is Collector quality! This was meticulously maintained and cared for. This bike has never been down with no marks on it. It is a collector bike and only going up in Value!! 100% original!

The seller is shooting for the moon on the price, but there is little doubt that these bikes will stay desirable. Still, for that price, a bit more description and a lot more pictures would go a long, long way.

Tricolore: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS
Ducati April 11, 2019 posted by

On Form: 2008 Ducati 1098 R

When Pierre Terblanche took over the Ducati styling reins from Massimo Tamburini he had very big shoes to fill. For years the 916 / 996 / 998 series captured the hearts, minds and wallets of riders everywhere. In retrospect, the reception of the 999 (pronounced “ugly”) and the short span of three years availability was a pretty big clue to the powers that be that the new design language wasn’t cutting the showroom mustard. Enter Giandrea Fabbro, chosen to pen the successor Ducati Superbike – the 1098. Evoking elements from the 916 line – including the glorious single-sided swing arm – yet in a modern day form, Fabbro created an update to the iconic silhouette and evolved the Ducati Superbike for the next series of models.

2008 Ducati 1098 R for sale on eBay

But the 1098 didn’t just turn heads in the magazines and dealership showrooms. You see, part of the reason for the 1098 was WSBK racing. Ducati was already at the limit of their performance technology in World Superbike with the 999cc limit for twins. The next step to get on par with the might of the Japanese was more displacement. Ducati decided to buck the rules and evolved the 999 mill to just under 1100cc, thereby petitioning the sanctioning body to change the rules. A standoff ensued, and no side wanted to give. Ducati – a key mainstay of WSBK – threatened to boycott the series. Eventually, the sanctioning body came to an understanding with all of the players in the series: the maximum displacement for twins was raised to 1200cc, but concessions were introduced to maintain parity among the manufacturers. Thus, the Ducati 1098 was allowed to enter the 2007 WSBK series.

From the seller:
2008 Ducati 1098R ,mileage 3353 ,number 99 of 450 like models in the United States, carbon
rear shock guard,key and F/Sprocket, full termi system,dyno tuned with power commander installed

Despite the return of classic good looks, the Ducati 1098 introduction was not all smooth sailing. Initial tests indicated that the 999 was actually the easier bike to ride fast; the 1098 was more sensitive to setup. But the 1098 was definitely successful at the racetrack, winning the 2008 WSBK series championship. The 1098R model, as we see here, follows the unique formula that makes Ducati “R” bikes so special. Sure, it has more carbon fiber and better, more adjustable suspension. But the real trick with Ducati R bikes is in the engine, where there is more. More engine, that is. You see, the Ducati 1098 R actually displaces 1198cc, built right up to the (new) limits for Superbike racing. With 180 HP on tap in stock form, the 1098 R was the most potent twin cylinder sport bike available at the time, and had an equally impressive price tag.

Today’s example is a 2008 model, and appears to be very well cared for. From the pictures it is obvious the owner is a Duc fan, as there is also a 999R in some of the photos. Ducatis are lonely machines, so it is nice that this one had some company. With only 3,353 miles there is not much that should be wrong here. The Power Commander is a popular fueling mod that can help throttle response and gain back some HP that was donated to those evil folks from the EPA. The clutch cover is practically a mandated aftermarket necessity. Otherwise all looks to be in order. No mention of a service, belts or valve adjustment, so interested buyers might want to ask some questions. Check it out here. When it comes to Ducati R models, you could certainly do worse than a 1098. Good Luck!!

MI

On Form:  2008 Ducati 1098 R
Moto Guzzi April 10, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport in Canada

Update 7.31.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The 1997 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100i has been a bike for people who value quirks and personality over outright speed since its debut. With the marque’s classic longitudinally mounted long-stroke, pushrod v-twin it’s known for a smooth, torquey delivery rather than screaming speed. But what you don’t get in lap times is made up for by the fact that the big Goose is solid, reliable, unique and timeless. And there are plenty of tasty pieces hung off the pretty trellis frame.

Despite a mill that made little sporting pretense, the bike wears WP forks and a WP shock, which guide a pair of lovely Marchesini wheels down the road. Thanks to that, and despite ground clearance hampered by the heads heading east and west, the bikes handle remarkably well.

And all that is before you get to how pretty the bike is, in this case in Guzzi’s beautiful hue of yellow. This one has seen just shy of 7,000 miles, and less than 3,000 since its current owner took it to Ontario eight years ago.

By its condition, it is clear this bike has spent its entire life being babied, and as such, it is more than ready for a new owner to enjoy. From the seller:

This beautiful 1997 Moto Guzzi was listed on RSBFS in March of 2011, and was purchased by the current owner after seeing it on this website. Here is a link to the original posting here on RSBFS in 2011 – The bike was shipped to the border at Buffalo, New York, and was legally imported into Ontario at that time. The owner has Ontario ownership (title) in hand. At the time of the current owner’s purchase the bike had only 3982 miles on the odometer. As you can see in the photos the bike has seen less than 2500 miles since moving north of the border.

Since moving to Ontario the bike has been kept indoors in a heated garage, except for its occasional use on sunny days. All plastic and bright bits are in excellent condition. It has a
new battery and starts and runs as intended. As you can see from the 2011 posting the rear sets and the levers are custom items, but the original controls and footrests were not included
in the original sale, so they are not available with this sale. The original owner’s manual comes with the bike.

$7500. USD or $10,000. CDN

The Moto Guzzi is located about 30 miles east of Toronto. Assistance can be provided to facilitate shipping, but that is the responsibility of the buyer to organize. The seller, due to ill health, is selling his collection, and I am attempting to assist him with this process.

Thanks in part to its definite quirks and the fact that just being good at everything doesn’t make you stand out, these lovely bikes don’t command the premium that some of slightly less refined Japanese bikes do. But that, dear reader, is part of what makes this thing so desirable. The cost of entry means you don’t need to be a budding tech oligarch to park one in your two-car.

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport in Canada
Laverda April 10, 2019 posted by

Budget Exotic: 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike 668 for Sale

I’m a huge Laverda fan, so it’s disappointing their attempted resurrection in the 1990s didn’t work out. It wasn’t that bikes like this Ghost Strike weren’t any good: the beam frames were designed by the famed Nico Bakker and handling was generally considered excellent, even superior to Ducatis competing in the same segments. The standard Ghost used a trellis frame similar to the ones that underpinned the Ducati Monster, although the Strike featured a beam frame using identical geometry that was shared with the fully-faired 750S and Formula models. Suspension was fully-adjustable, with a set of beefy Paioli forks at the front. There was some very forward-thinking in the layout as well, as you’ll notice that the “gas tank” is actually an airbox, with the actual filler-cap hiding under the lockable pillion pad. The fuel cell was centrally-located for better balance, a feature seen on many modern motorcycles.

The biggest weak point of the design was the engine. Based on the positively ancient 500 that had been around since the Alpino of the late 1970s, it was fairly sophisticated when it was introduced, with dual overhead cams, a balance shaft to smooth the parallel twin’s vibration, and a six-speed gearbox. Of course, that wasn’t much to brag about by the time the mid-1990s rolled around. For the Ghost and Sport, Laverda punched the twin out to 650 and then 668cc, then later added water-cooling for the fully-faired 750S and Formula models. It made decent-enough power and liked to rev, but was considered a bit agricultural, and not as strong as options from Ducati, as the 904cc v-twin in the Monster had much more torque and the four-valve Ducatis were just more refined.

It’s doubtful the Laverda Ghost will ever be worth very much, at least not in the near future. It’s appeal is primarily one of novelty, since it’s not an especially noteworthy motorcycle and the brand has ceased production. But the low market values, quirky design, and good performance make it very appealing for budget-minded enthusiasts. Power is modest, but the handling is excellent, and you certainly won’t see another at your local bike hangout.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike 668 for Sale

1998 Laverda Ghost Strike. Very stock and clean “no stories” survivor bike with low 11,000 km (~7000 miles). This has a clean California title and it is currently running fabulously. The previous adult owner used it sparingly. Tires, battery and fluids are all good. There is no crash damage.

The Ghost is the probably most approachable of the Zane Laverdas- its simplified air cooled engine is more dependable than the water cooled Formula 750s. It has a modern twin spar frame and top shelf suspension, brakes and other components. It’s easy to ride, service and enjoy. These bikes will only increase in value over time.

I also have a small of collection of spares for Zane Laverdas as we have parted a few of them out… including one other another clean Ghost Strike. Message us for details.

You can pickup in San Francisco Bay area. I can also transport this to the Los Angeles area inexpensively. I can also ship this with Forward Air in teh US for $780  to most major airports with a Forward Air Terminal. Message me for details.

This example looks very complete and the mileage is low, although it’s hard to really tell from the washed-out pictures just how nice it is. It’s important that the bike appears to be very complete, and the spares he mentions are especially nice since, since finding parts for a relatively low-volume Italian sportbike that had little-to-no presence here in the US could prove problematic. There appears to be some oxidation on the engine and some wear on the top triple-clamp, but otherwise looks pretty nice. If the Reserve is anywhere near the $3,399.99 starting bid, this could be a fun little choice for a collector with a love for weird Italian exotica, or someone looking for a characterful bike on a limited budget.

-tad

Budget Exotic: 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike 668 for Sale

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