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Ducati October 31, 2019 posted by

Red Over Gold – 2006 Ducati Sport 1000

Ducati dressed early 2000’s technology in some of the best looks from the past, and had a little head start on the retro craze.  This Salt Lake Sport 1000 has been generously personalized but ridden only sparingly.

2006 Ducati Sport 1000 for sale on eBay

Pierre Terblanche incorporated the smashing dual-spark 904cc engine into his SportClassic lineup, capitalizing on Marelli fuel injection and six-speed trans.  Marzocchi’s latest 43mm fork is complemented by an adjustable Öhlins monoshock, holding the 2006-only gull swingarm.  The black frame is almost invisible in the shadows of all manner of plumbing and electrical.  Easier to see is the sculptural winged tank and seat fairing, especially in Corsa Rosso.  320mm Brembo brakes almost seem overkill for the mission, and appointments like the Alpina tubeless spoked rims are modern but evoke a vintage feel.

This owner has made a lot of the right moves with their Sport 1000, and sheltered it from harm in the meantime.  Mods and ’06-only features are discussed in the eBay auction:

The 2006 model, known as the monoposto (single seat) had a well gusseted 60 mm section asymmetric swingarm and a single upgraded Öhlins shock, with stacked Termignoni  exhaust on the right side, upgraded ’07 risers &  clip-on handlebars, and an open aluminum dry-clutch, which creates a sound that is music to my ears 🙂
Look close in all of the photos to see how well this collectable Ducati has been cared for and tastefully upgraded with the best accessories ( some of which you can no longer find. There are so many details to look over, such as – Extremely hard to find Termignoni stacked exhaust & ecu,  Öhlins shock. Rizoma parts , Caswell coated tank, Pazzo adjustable levels, grips, ’07 Ducati risers for more comfortable ride , tucked tail light, carbon fiber  hugger fender, Speedy Moto open dry clutch. Speedy Moto sliders, numerous OEM Spare parts, spare Rizoma risers and Hypermotard bars,  PitPal stand, CalCover bike cover ,  etc. and the list goes on.  This Bike is a Show Stopper!!!! not to mention extremely fun to ride.

It’s argued back and forth as to whether some Ducatisti’s glasses are misted up and out of focus, or the SportClassics are a return to what brought us to motorcycling in the first place.  Either way the Sport 1000, especially the ’06, reviewed as modern where it counted, and a better-riding retro than most.  A Sport 1000 is hardly ever a rider’s first or only Ducati, and are still more popular than when they first appeared.  This one has the right farkles, low miles and TLC, and it’ll be interesting to see if it attracts a bid that will meet the reserve.

-donn

Red Over Gold – 2006 Ducati Sport 1000
Laverda October 30, 2019 posted by

Zany Personality: 1999 Laverda 750S Formula

The Laverda 750S Formula was a massive gamble to revive a long a storied (but sinking) brand. This excerpt from an earlier post on a similar bike is being utilized by the seller of today’s find in the advert – but only partially. In the spirit of completeness (and to be lazy), I reprint it here:

“While there is no guaranteed formula for success in the motorcycling business, there are some pretty basic tenets worth following. The first is to start with a decent brand name and reputation. Laverda – building performance motorcycles since 1949 – fits that bill perfectly. The second rule is that the bike has to look good; as we all know, style sells. The Formula edition of the 750S offers full bodywork rivaling the best Italy has to offer (Bimota and Ducati included). Rule number three is to engineer the heck out of it to ensure a solid platform. Laverda rang up legendary framemeister Nico Bakker who created the robust chassis. The next step is to ensure adequate power – Laverda punched out their 650cc parallel twin to 750cc and the Formula edition provided uprated cams, revised fuel-injection settings and carbon-fibre Termignoni silencers to boost top-end power to aclaimed figure of 92bhp. The last step is to drizzle liberally with the best components money can buy, which Laverda did with Termi exhaust, Brembo binders, Paioli suspension front and rear, Marchesini wheels and Weber-Marelli electrics. What emerged as the 750S Formula was a handsome, potent machine that totally failed to turn the tides of Laverda’s fortune. The company went under for good a few short years later.”

1999 Laverda 750S Formula for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Up for auction is my 1999 Laverda 750 S Formula. This bike only has 1684 Kilometers (about 1000 miles) – it is all original. If you’re interested in this bike you probably know all there is to know about it. You can also search about this Zane era Laverdas for more info.

NOTE: For what I can gathered based on information and title, the bike was a theft recovery many years ago. The bike was then stored for about 10 years. Since I bought it, I have put in a new ECU, ignition key, battery, rebuilt the brakes and put new fluids. The bike is 20 years old and it has some blemishes and scratches, but nothing mayor. I have tried to point out the most noticeable in the pictures. I have not cleaned or detailed the bike 0 this is the way it was after I took it for a little ride on wet pavement.

The fear of “theft recovery” looms large, but that doesn’t always have to sound as harrowing as one can make it out to be. Given that the advert states a clear title, that means that this bike wasn’t stripped down for parts and left with a salvage slip. In the photos the bike looks to be in good condition, with the usual nicks and scrapes that 20 years of use can bring. If you watch the video the bike sounds great (love those carbon cans) – and let’s not forget about that fantastic frame! Provided the miles listed on the odo are actual and that unit was not replaced, this looks to be a solid example of a rare breed.

These “Zane” era Laverdas (built in the locality of Zane, to separate them from the earlier era of Laverda) are truly great motorcycles. They have all the great looks you would expect from the Italians – even verging on the precipice of appearing to be Japanese. These are undeniably rare motorcycles, but the values have not risen as quickly as one might expect. If you love an underdog story, if you are looking for a sport bike that is fast enough, looks great AND isn’t a 748 or CBR, this 750S Formula just might be for you. Bonus: Bidding is down below $3,500 with a reserve still in place. Depending on what that is set for, this could be another RSBFS bargain in the making. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Zany Personality: 1999 Laverda 750S Formula
Suzuki October 29, 2019 posted by

Tastefully Modified Smoker: 1993 Suzuki RGV250Γ VJ22 for Sale

Two-stroke sportbikes of the late 1980s and early 1990s followed a very similar format: aluminum beam frame, full fairing, racy ergonomics, and a small two-stroke powerplants packing cutting-edge technology and serious power per cubic inch. But the formula wasn’t really the result of a lack of imagination, it was convergent evolution: the class was ruthlessly competitive, and every component of bikes like the Suzuki RGV250Γ was maximized for performance and minimal weight.

Early on, the quarter-liter two-stroke class saw a variety of configurations: longitudinal and transverse parallel-twins, v-twins… But as time went on, Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki all moved to a v-twin. The original RG250 used a parallel-twin, but by the time of the RGV, the engine was a liquid-cooled, 90° two-stroke v-twin that displaced 249cc, along with a six-speed gearbox, a package that was also used to motivate Aprilia’s RS250.

Naturally, all of the bikes in the class used some form of expansion chamber to help increase the peaky little two-stroke’s flexibility. In the case of the Suzuki, it was their SAPC or “Suzuki Advanced Power Control,” an electronically-controlled power valve and ignition-timing system. An asymmetrical swingarm with a pronounced curve on the right side allowed for the bulging expansion chambers on that side, and the second generation VJ22 version of the RGV250 used 17″ wheels at both ends, meaning you should be able to find good, modern rubber to shoe your whippy little sportbike.

The SAPC graphics and bodywork are very 90s, but upper fairing on this example isn’t stock: normally, the VJ22 has a large, trapezoidal unit in the center of the bike, as opposed to the more cat-eyed style, asymmetrical design seen here. It’s probably meant to evoke an endurance-racing machine of the era, since they often swapped the stock twin-lamp setups for single lights.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 for Sale

1993 Suzuki RGV250 custom with only 10,816 kilometers (6,720 miles). This RGV is gorgeous! Bike is in excellent condition with just a few scratches and blemishes you would expect to find on a used bike. There is a small rub mark on the left side frame down by the foot shift lever and scratches on the right side lower fairing towards the bottom. However there are no cracks in the fairings and no dents in the tank. Bike is really clean and has great curb appeal. All fairings are 100% genuine Suzuki factory OEM except for the custom upper cowling. I don’t normally buy custom bikes but this one is special. The custom single headlight look with the wide front fairing looks awesome! The previous owner changed the rear sprocket 4 teeth down for a higher top speed and added a Sugaya full exhaust system for a few more ponies and awesome racing sound. Original OEM sprocket and OEM exhaust chambers and silencers come with the bike so you can go back to stock if you like. The color looks black indoors but the true color comes out when you take the bike out into the sunlight. It is actually blue metallic and the paint really comes alive outside in the sun. Pictures don’t do it justice. Bike runs excellent and will arrive with new fluids. Bike comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. $200 deposit due immediately after sale ends thru PayPal. Remaining balance due within 5 business days by bank wire, cash or check. Please text 801-358-6537 for more pictures or questions. 

We’ve featured bikes from this seller’s collection in the past and, as a group, they’ve been very nicely preserved examples of various rare Japanese sportbikes, and there’s no reason to expect this would be an exception. Purists might give the aftermarket headlight setup and exhaust the side-eye, but they’re pretty cool updates to what is, in most markets, a pretty commonly available machine. And the bike is priced well, with a $6,750 Buy It Now price!

-tad

Tastefully Modified Smoker: 1993 Suzuki RGV250Γ VJ22 for Sale
BMW October 28, 2019 posted by

Just Broken In – 2004 BMW R1100S

Almost a lightweight by BMW standards, the R1100S was available without all kinds of bells and whistles.  Luckily for us, the owner of this example was thinking long term, and specified ABS, heated grips, and nice option paint.  Phenomenal for nearly 68,000 miles, this might lower the bar for a transition over from cruising or touring.

2004 BMW R1100S for sale on eBay

BMW showed the R1100S in late 1997, and it met a rousing reception as a ’98 model.  Not so many changes were required over the years, and the 2004 edition makes just under 100 hp using a novel single cam method to open four valves per cylinder.  Always pushing the suspension envelope, BMW equipped the R1100S with the Telelever front end, the fork tubes more of a locator with spring and damping done with a conventional-looking shock absorber.  The shaft-drive rear is classic BMW, via the Paralever monoshock.  The package is compact if not underweight, with a generous supersport fairing protecting the rider.

Looking like it might have done all those miles around a carpeted room rather than west Texas, this R1100S shows nicely.  Though photos without the bags would’ve been nice, there’s no evidence of scuffs from keyring, tankbag, or boots.  The selling dealer invites a look at the service records in the eBay auction:

This is a rare two owner BMW that is a remarkable find… it has been meticulously maintained… we have a maintenance log from the owners that will blow your mind…great color, immensely loved and ready for the road. The miles on this bike will fool you, you won’t believe how nice it is in person.

BMW’s first /S in many years did well, and had their own BoxerCup race series mostly in Europe.  Stateside they sportily piled on the miles, stable and comfortable, and signature reliable.  Part of my pre-purchase inspection would be a listen for any bottom end noises, since even BMW rod bearings don’t last forever.  But if the dealer hasn’t set the reserve too high and the new owner is handy, this R1100S could be a nice bargain and surprise the inspectors at the next coffee stop…

-donn

Just Broken In – 2004 BMW R1100S
Ducati October 27, 2019 posted by

Don’t call it a comeback: 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah

After the resounding sales flop of the Ducati 860GT, the Bolognese brand was in financial ruin and needed a Hail Mary to get back on its feet. The moonshot came in the by mass producing the extremely popular 900SS, which helped the marque pull out of its nosedive. The 900SS Darmah had a few internal updates to the square-case bevel engine, including the shift drums and the crank pins. That, and a really cool tiger graphic aping the Darmah’s namesake.

1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah for sale on eBay

The 900SS had originally been intended for low-production like the 750SS, but its ability to move off dealers’ inventory lists scuttled that plan. Isle of Man TT wins by Mike Hailwood aboard the 75-horsepower L-twin did not hurt the bike’s sales prospects, and a star was born.

This 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah appears to be in beautiful condition, though the seller is light on details. It certainly has not spent its life as a garage queen, racking up 35,000 miles over the last 39 years. Still, that’s less than 1,000 miles a year, and the clean cases and solid paintwork make the case that this bike has been loved.

From the eBay listing:

1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport Desmo Darmah

A total of 1,440 SSD motorcycles produced from 1978 to 1981, this is one of the 705 produced in 1980.

From 1979 DM900SD frame numbers where from 950001 – 951000, and this is one of the last one produced in 1980.

Everything works as it should. In perfect running conditions.

Great piece to add to your collection. You will not be disappointed.

Prices for big classic Ducatis are strong, so we suspect someone will jump quickly on this one at $17,900 buy-it-now.

 

Don’t call it a comeback: 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah
Ducati October 26, 2019 posted by

Delayed Gratification – 2000 Ducati MH900e #552

Almost twenty years on, every one of the 2,000 MH900e’s has a story to tell.  This one evidently took a long delay before being ridden just 1,200 miles, and with only a couple of mods, looks excellent.

2000 Ducati MH900e #552 for sale on eBay

Pierre Terblanche designed the showy desmodue in the late 1990’s, the air-cooled 75hp piped through a six-speed transmission.  Almost every bit of the trellis frame and bodywork are sculptural, even the single-sided swingarm being a work of fabrication art.  Crowd response to the show bike was such that a short production run was arranged, glossing over issues like non-adjustable forks and almost-waterproof instrumentation.  Still it reviewed well for a special model, the fuel-injected drivetrain providing a nice torque curve and the long wheelbase lending stability to the situation.

As most MH900e’s have been, this one appears babied, with a bar-end mirror replacing the frail wing mirrors.  Finishes are in top shape, and often-replaced items like the chrome clutch cover and tube mufflers are still stock.  Comments from the eBay auction:

  • I bought this MH 900e Hailwood new in 2002, and did not have a chance to commission and ride it for several years.   It is now ridden sparingly and kept indoors.
  • I am the original owner. The bike currently has a little over 1,100 miles on the clock (mileage may change as I do still take it out occasionally)  and is in almost perfect condition.  There are no scrapes, dings, dents, cracks, only the slightest and usual evidence of wear commensurate with the low mileage.  The clear plexi fairing has two tiny shallow scratches from road grit or similar.
  • Mods:  I removed the original mirrors and handgrips  ( all are included in the sale), and the license plate carrier has been tailored to take the American size license plate versus the larger European one.   All regular maintenance was done by the regional Ducati dealer.
  • The machine, number 552 of 2000, comes with a clear title, the original handbook, and other literature, the original keys, and a factory commemorative plaque.  It is fast, light, perfectly balanced, and looks wild, even after 20 years.

The 2000 examples sold out within hours of the start of the web-only introduction, but production couldn’t be arranged until mid-2001 for a 2002 model.  Most reside indoors, and not even in the garage – hallway and dining room displays abound.  Namesake Mike Hailwood’s family took issue with Ducati’s appropriation of the name, and arrived at a settlement some years later.  Now finding their way to another generation of collectors, an MH900e never fails to transmit the excitement of two wheels.

-donn

 

Delayed Gratification – 2000 Ducati MH900e #552
Kawasaki October 25, 2019 posted by

Red, white and smoky: 1985 Kawasaki KR250S

The 1985 Kawasaki KR250S was a street-going version of a two-stroke road racer that took home four championships in the 1970s. They weighed less than 300 pounds, made 45 horsepower and packaging was kept tight with a weird “tandem twin” engine design. The mill was essentially two singles in a line with a unified crank. Before the KR-1, this bike carried the two-stroke banner for Kawasaki.

1985 Kawasaki KR250S for sale on eBay

This 1985 Kawasaki KR250S is in excellent shape and was just imported to the U.S. from Japan. It wears the marks and blemishes of its years and has not been treated to U.S. paperwork. In California, you won’t have any luck with documentation, but it might be worth trying in other states. Even so, as a vintage ride, limited trackday mount or museum piece, there is real value to the collectors among you.

From the eBay listing:

1985 Kawasaki KR250S located at our shop in Santa Ana, California. The pictures in this auction were taken at our shop in Japan. This bike is in excellent condition for it’s age. Bike only has 2691 KM = 1614 Miles. Engine runs very good. KR250S in this condition are very hard to find in Japan now. More info is available on our website. Bike is sold with a bill of sale only. I don’t have a title for the bike and can’t get one here in California. If your living outside the USA, you will have to arrange your own shipping. I can recommend a good shipping company. USA buyers will also have to arrange there own shipping. Bike is sold as is, no returns. So, ask questions and look at the pictures carefully before you bid. Payment must be received no later than 3 business days after auction close. Sorry, no Paypal

With a starting bid at $6,200, this thing is prepped for the collector or the well-heeled two-stroke connoisseur, but we dare you to find another one.

Red, white and smoky: 1985 Kawasaki KR250S
Moto Guzzi October 24, 2019 posted by

Before It Was Cool: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for Sale

In 1991, “retros” weren’t really a thing yet. Kawasaki was dipping a toe in with their Zephyr, and Honda’s GB500 had been around for a bit. Both bombed here in the USA, where chromed, raked-out cruisers or hard-core sportbikes represented both the impractical, polar extremes and the majority of the market. But it was pretty easy for Moto Guzzi to whip up a retro of their own in the 1000S with very minimal investment or risk, since they’d basically been making variations of the same bike since the 1970s…

The bike already had handling sewn up: Lino Tonti’s brilliant V7 Sport frame still worked just fine for anything other than a full-on sportbike, pretty high praise since the bike was introduced in the early 1970s. Decent suspension helped riders take full advantage of the new Guzzi’s capabilities, and a pair of 18″ wheels helped it look every inch the classic cafe racer. The triple disc brakes were strong, and had the benefit of the company’s simple and proven linked braking system. Some purists hate it, but the system works well.

Into that twin-shock frame, Guzzi fitted the latest 949cc iteration of their two-valve, pushrod v-twin and five-speed gearbox, and their typical shaft drive transferred power to the rear wheel. It’s not going to win races, but the twin’s 82hp at 8,000 and 76 ft-lbs of torque are enough to push the 475lb 1000S to just under 130mph. Bikes made in 1993 switched to smaller valves to improve midrange torque and provide better emissions, but reduced power to 71hp at 6,800rpm.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for Sale

This one is the Big Valve model
It has a little over 35k miles,
It runs excellent, just needs a new home.
Tires are like brand new, looks amazing.
The bike still has its original paint.
There are some scratches in the paint on the side covers.

Only 1,360 were built and fewer than 200 made it to the U.S. between 1991 and 1993.

35,000 miles?! That’s barely broken in, when you’re talking about a Guzzi! The seller’s $17,800 asking price is a bit higher than examples we’ve seen in the past, but Guzzis have continued to creep up in value, and just a few hundred were imported to the US.

-tad

Before It Was Cool: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for Sale

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