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Ducati April 20, 2021 posted by

Turn the world on its ear – 1992 Ducati 851

Ducati has quite the history of producing iconic, revolutionary models that were really large leaps in evolution. From the 1970s and the 750 SS with its stunning use of desmodromic valve actuation via a bevel drive arrangement, to the Pantah-engined bikes of the early 1980s with a new toothed rubber belt (which nobody thought would last), to the 851 of the late ’80s and early 90s. Each brought with it great steps in terms of design and efficiency, and each was a milestone in its own right. And each contributed to the rich racing heritage that surrounds the Ducati legend. Today we find a pristine 1992 851 Strada – a bike right before the cusp of the 888 refresh – that should tick all the boxes for anyone looking for one of these astounding beasts.

1992 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

The magic of the 851 was a 1-2-3 abracadabra affair. Up to this point, all racing (and street going) bikes of the Bologna brand had the same basic engine characteristics: air cooling, two valve heads, and carbs. Ducati engineering (as funded by new owners, Cagiva) implemented Massimo Bordi’s university thesis of a 4-valve desmodromic head. The effort was aided by noted cylinder head specialist Cosworth, but retained Bordi’s basic design. The new head was affixed to an all new block which included liquid cooled cylinders to allow for tighter tolerances and more sustained high power and high RPM running. Fueling was provided by an all-new (and novel for the time) fuel injection system developed by Weber. The result was 110 HP at 9,500 RPM – figures unachievable by the earlier technology.

From the seller:
Selling my 1992 Ducati 851 Superbike. You don’t see them like this very often anymore. Almost 100% stock with the exception of Sil Moto 50mm full race exhaust, Ferracci chip and K&N filter. Everything else is there and stock. OEM Stickers on Mirrors!! Original Cagiva windscreen as well. Took kit included, and all fluids and belts were done last week prior to listing. Tires are new with nubs still on tires and zero miles on them. Starts up if you just look at the start button. Only ethanol free gas used and has been in my collection for many years. Needs nothing, and is ready to ride or put in your office. Stand, owners manual and Ducati soft indoor cover comes with sale. I reserve the right to pull listing should I sell it locally, but feel as though this will get proper exposure. No disappointments with this bike. This is a classic and those who know them, know that they just don’t come up like this very often. Time for a new home that will take care of her the way I did. All the old school Ducati grunt with this Classic. Please feel free to message me with questions. I know every inch of this bike and it needs for nothing.

For a next-generation Superbike – one that was very successfully campaigned in WSBK – the 851 Strada is actually a pretty sensible motorcycle suitable for daily use. The cockpit is tidy and comfortable, if not a little cramped for bigger riders. The stretch to the clip-ons is modest, and the fuel injection ensures easy starts and idling. These models ride relatively easily in traffic, and even have a hidden passenger pillion, pegs and grab handles that emerge from under the seat – perfect for those two-up encounters! Maintenance is a little more involved than your average Japanese sewing machine, in that belts require regular replacement and valve adjustment is a bit more of a chore. If you can live with that, then the 851 is a bike that can fit into your life – and bring some raucous excitement to it as well.

today’s 1992 Ducati 851 example looks to be clean, clean, clean. It is an extremely low miles specimen, and appears to be in fully stock condition save for the beautiful carbon cans (I would guess that those things really give that desmoquattro a deep, biting sound) and the requisite upstream enhancements. The internets seem to agree with the assessment of this one, as the price is getting up there: a hair under $10k as of this writing, and the reserve still in place. It is not often that we see such a great example of this model, and with vaccinations and spring all showing up it would appear that the world wants to ride. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Turn the world on its ear – 1992 Ducati 851
Bimota April 19, 2021 posted by

Still No Slouch: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale

If you don’t mind the typical Italian quirks, the Bimota YB11 currently offers tremendous bang for the buck. It’s as rare as hen’s teeth, with just 650 made worldwide, packs a Yamaha YZF1000R motor and gearbox, is clothed in lightweight bodywork, and generally trade at $10,000 or less. It doesn’t get much rarer or more exclusive than that and the styling, while obviously not modern, makes the bike striking enough to display in your living room.

That 1002cc Thunderace motor puts out a stout 145hp and 80 ft/lbs of torque, enough to propel this Italian missile to nearly 170mph, a heady number in 1997 and still nothing to sneeze at today. Reliability for the engine is excellent as well, although accessing the bike to service it can prove difficult with the engine in the frame… Luckily the super leggera [“very lightweight”] bodywork is easily removed, with the tank shroud and entire tail section formed from a single piece!

The rest of the bike is every bit as exotic as you’d expect, with stout 51mm right-way up Paioli forks that feature carbon fiber tubes, Brembo gold line brakes, lots of carbon fiber, and even a pillion pad and pegs! You have to admit: passenger accommodations on a limited-production Italian superbike are exceptionally rare…

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale

I am selling my 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera (and two other bikes – please see my profile) located in Cocoa, Florida. These bikes are always parked indoors and kept on battery tenders when not being ridden. I am not a dealer; I am a motorcycle collector/enthusiast selling my personal bikes due to an unforeseen health matter.

1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera, 1 of 87 imported into USA in ’97 (650 worldwide)
-Biposto model (OEM passenger seat and NOS passenger pegs included with sale)
-Low 5,598 miles!
-YB11 is the last Yamaha-powered Bimota model produced (unlikely to see another Yamaha model in the future, as Bimota has been acquired by Kawasaki), powered by a 145hp Yamaha Thunderace engine (1,002cc). A robust inline-4, carbureted Yamaha engine that has a great track record and parts availability. Considered to be one of the most well-mannered, reliable, and sport touring-friendly Bimotas available.
-Original owner was a collector (this bike was ~$30,000 new and many went to collectors). Owner prior to me was an enthusiast and regular on Bimota Forums; they completed a functional/riding restoration prior to my possession to refresh the bike after minimal riding in its early years.
-Service/updates include: 51mm Paoli fork seals were replaced with NOS set, brake rotors/pads replaced, Arrow exhaust system with appropriate jetting to match (sounds tremendous), all fluids changed, adjustable anodized clutch and brake levers, good tires with plenty of tread remaining, fasteners on bodywork upgraded to stainless pieces, carbon fiber reinforcement on backside of bodywork mounting points to prevent cracking in the future, low profile rear signals, upgraded brake/clutch fluid reservoirs.
-Runs smoothly, very powerful, Yamaha EXUP system functions as it should
-Headlight, taillight, turn signals, gauge cluster, digital temp/odometer readout all function correctly
-Title is clear, no liens, ready to be signed over
-Extras: I am including some parts, ephemera, and spares for new owner, to include: NOS passenger pegs with locking mechanism, passenger seat in good condition, lightly used radiator obtained from previous owner(not needed but kept as a spare), “Bimota: 25 Years Of Excellence” by Giorgio Sarti (rare, out of print, $300-400 on eBay when found, best Bimota resource in print, IMHO)

PLEASE READ CONDITION NOTES CAREFULLY! I am an enthusiast and I know the feeling of driving far to pick up a car/bike/moped/etc and being disappointed upon arrival. I will tell you as much as I can, in hopes that your expectations will be accurate. I would rather you arrive and be pleasantly surprised at how the bike shows in person, rather than disappointed that flaws were omitted.

Condition Notes: This bike is very clean; please view photos carefully for best idea of condition. The mirrors have some minor/superficial scuffs on the plastic on the backsides, see photos. There is a small hairline crack near left mirror, see photos(has been reinforced on backside to prevent further spread). There is a scuff/wear where the bodywork meets, near the right fork tube, see photos(this is hard to notice unless underneath or very low, but worth mentioning). Black paint is chipping on kickstand. Please view photos carefully and let me know if you have questions about any other areas.

The seller appears knowledgeable and the bike looks very clean, in spite of a few minor blemishes and the over-exposed photos that don’t flatter the paintwork. I’m a huge fan of 90s Bimotas and values have managed to remain low, although that can’t last forever. They are pain to work on, but the mechanical bits are sound and this thing could still surprise an unwary modern bike with its performance. As to the claim that this “the most sport-touring” friendly Bimota available: the pegs do feel very high, but I’ve read that the somewhat odd riding position does work very well once you’ve acclimated yourself.

-tad

Still No Slouch: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale
Aprilia April 15, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2008 KTM 990R Super Duke with 3,893 Miles !

Update 5.10.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

KTM’s Orange Army is no longer a special operations group, but has a wide range of rides and high European sales numbers.  RSBFS reader David has this first year R-model Duke, with under 4,000 miles.

2008 KTM 990R Super Duke for sale

KTM was playing a little catch-up ball in the super-naked category, but made a splash in 2005 with the 990 Super Duke, edgily styled by the Austrian Kiska design studio.  For the 2007 update, radial mount brakes were added, fuel injection maps smoothed, and fuel tank size increased to a hair under 5 gallons.  The proven eight-valve Rotax-derived twin is right out of the superbike, and the R-variant boasts more power with 132 hp at 10,000 rpm.  R-upgrades also include Akropovic exhaust, solo seat, steering damper, titanium coating on the WP forks, and contrasting orange finish on the chromoly trellis frame.

David hails from central Tennessee and has kept the variety of semi-gloss black finishes on his -R up beautifully.  It has new Michelins and up-to-date maintenance, the low 3,893 miles giving the next owner a practically new-Duke experience.  David is asking $6,800 for is Super Duke R.

The 990 Super Duke R matched specs with Ducati’s Monster S4R almost line by line, but had a more hypermotard vibe, with factory axle sliders and black as a fashion statement.  Reviewers praised the power and light weight, and did their late braking and explored the lean angles on the racetrack – but promotional videos showed plenty of wheelies and stoppies on Main St.  Maybe a little of each awaits the next rider on this immaculate Super Duke R.

David asks $6,800. Located in Chapel Hill, Tennessee

Featured Listing – 2008 KTM 990R Super Duke with 3,893 Miles !
Moto Morini April 15, 2021 posted by

Molehill: 1985 Moto Morini 350 K2

And now something from the smaller and more sedate section of life, how about some wonderful 350cc Italian V-2 twin goodness? The Moto Morini company was founded in the late 1930s, and successfully produced small-bore motorcycles in post-WW II Europe. The 1950s and 1960s brought with them racing machines, and the 1970s birthed the V-twins for which the company is most well known. Popular in both 500cc and the 3 1/2 sizes, the motorcycles produced by the Moto Morini company never quite realized the heights of other Italian contemporaries such as Moto Guzzi, Laverda or Ducati. The company was acquired by Cagiva in the 1980s, and went through a number of liquidations and owners enroute to Chinese ownership by the Zhongneng Vehicle Group. These bikes have always been quite rare in the United States, and continue to emerge as novelties from time to time.

1985 Moto Morini 350 K2 for sale on eBay

The heart of the 350 K2 model is the 72 degree V-twin, with the cams operated by a toothed rubber belt. This is similar to the Ducati valve drive arrangement, with the exception that there is no desmodromic valve operation system (standard rockers and springs are used), and only a single cam exists in each head. Breathing is through a dual-carb setup. Two valves per cylinder and air-cooling are a throwback to a design that dates back to 1970. All told, expect about 35 HP when all the angry bees are stirred up and buzzing. With a 330 pound dry weight, you are not exactly looking at a rocket ship, but then again the K2 was never intented as a hypercycle.

From the seller:
Super rare Moto Morini 350 K2 V-Twin sport bike. Very low original miles. Maybe one of 10 in the U.S. All the best components: Lafronconi mufflers, Twin Dell’Orto carbs, Marzocchi front forks, Italian Bi-Turbo Air Adjust rear shocks, Verlicchi Clip-on bars, and triple Grimeca disc brakes. New Bridgestone Battleaxe tires, new battery, recent chain and cam belt replacement. Included is an impossible to find NOS seat (Original is perfectly fine, with just a few imperfections). Workshop manual, and assorted gaskets. Runs, Stops and Brakes. A few minor nicks and scratches, but overall in great condition. I thought this would be my last bike, but my ailing wrists and my charming wife say it’s time to move on to a less demanding hobby. Very reasonable starting price, and a very reasonable reserve.

Today’s example looks pretty representative of the unique breed that is a Moto Morini. Bidding has been consistent thus far, and there are a goodly number of watchers for this auction. Pricing is not up to $2,500 as of yet, and the reserve has not been met – but there is still a long way to go. This might be a wonderful opportunity to score something rare and Italian, not break the bank, AND be rideable without fear of losing your investment or killing yourself. The seller appears to be knowledgeable about the model, and has provided a good baseline for what we are looking at. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Molehill: 1985 Moto Morini 350 K2
Sport Bikes For Sale April 14, 2021 posted by

Still Can – 1989 Suzuki RGV250

Suzuki’s smaller Gamma had a brilliant ten year run, mostly in progressive license provinces, and really comes to life off the public roadways.  Today’s RGV is a survivor with a monoposto seat fairing and carbonated option livery.

1989 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

 

Even junior riders wanted some of the sportbike action, and the RGV delivered with a 249cc V-twin, which got regular tech infusions from the road racing department.  Though a legislative limit of 40 hp applied in Japan, close to 50 hp were available with restrictions defeated.  Built like its bigger siblings, the RGV had a twin spar alloy chassis, Full Floater monoshock, 32mm Mikuni’s, six speed cassette gearbox, dual 290mm front brakes, and staggered 17 and 18-inch cast wheels.  The full fairing looked the part but reviewed as not quite up to sheltering a 98th percentile rider.

Coming out of central Texas, the 13,734 miles look very good on this RGV.  No glaring red lights, but the mismatched fairings and tank call for a closer look.  Comments from the eBay auction:

  • Features –
  • Original DJM Japanese model with speed warning light on console.
  • Pepsi livery except the tank. I think it has aftermarket plastic fairings. Paint is perfect.
  • Tyga carbon fiber silencers
  • Dark smoked windscreen
  • Rear seat cowl (I do not have the original rear seat or footpegs)
  • 22,085 kilometers (13,722 miles)
  • Run and drives great, new fork seals, new battery.
  • No internal engine mods
  • Bad –
  • Some surface corrosion on the aluminum casting-foot pegs, etc.
  • Title lists it as an 1986, but the VIN identifies it as a 1989. I suspect that it was done this way when it was imported years ago to get around the 25 year old rule.

Early in the auction but a lot of watchers on this Suzuki, which doesn’t seem to need much to give the paint job some continuity.  A California bidder might have a little extra homework to do beforehand, and purists are sure to quibble, but it looks to be a worthwhile endeavor.

-donn

Honda April 13, 2021 posted by

Well Ridden: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30

Pardon the title of this post. To be fair, I don’t know if this bike was well ridden, or ridden well. But I can tell you that it was ridden a lot. To the tune of nearly 28,000 miles, that is. That is not a problem for your typically over-engineered Honda motorcycle, but it is surprising to find such a rare gem as a NC30 to have been so heavily used. It is certainly a testament to the joy these 400cc machines bring to the table, and kudos are in order for an owner willing to get out there and ride.

1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 for sale on eBay

Like its bigger brother the RC30, the NC30 is powered by a liquid-cooled V-4 that has valve actuation driven by gears rather than chains, belts or pushrods. The result is more precise valve actuation – especially at high RPM – and the characteristic gear whine for which these these bikes are known. Couple that sweet, 60 HP V-4 with the big beam aluminum chassis, throw on some 41mm upside down forks and a rising rate single shock in the rear with the single sided “Pro Am” swing arm and you have a package that handles as well as it looks. And speaking of looks, the NC30 is nearly a direct copy of the RC30, complete with endurance racing inspired twin headlights.

From the seller:
1989 HONDA VFR400R NC30
VIN # NC301013367
45,000 KILOMETERS
TITLED IN ARIZONA, CLEAN AND CLEAR
GOOD CONDITION
NEW TIRES
RECENTLY SERVICED HAVE RECEIPTS
SERVICE WAS DONE ON SEPT 2020. IT INCLUDED OIL CHANGE, FORKS REBUILD, AND CARB CLEANING AND SYNC.
RUNS GREAT DON’T LET THE MILEAGE SCARE YOU
IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT THIS AUCTION YOU KNOW HOW RARE THIS MOTORCYCLE IS.
BUYER RESPONSIBLE FOR PICKUP.

Today’s tasty morsel of non-federalized fruit comes to us wearing the red, white and blue (and purple) robes that just seems to fit the U.S. perfectly. This is one of myriad color combos that the little VFR would wear during its run, although likely the most popular due to the resemblance to the RC30. None were ever officially imported into the United States, so that means you will have to do some quick math in your head to convert the all-metric clocks to actual speed. Aside from the miles, this bike appears to be wearing a non-stock, tinted windscreen. Other than that you might say this is a pretty good looking used bike. Short time left on the auction, with only a single bid at $5k at time of writing. There are a fair number of watchers, so something might play out near the tail end of this one. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Well Ridden: 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30
Sport Bikes For Sale April 11, 2021 posted by

Original Equipment – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

Nabbed by another buy-it-now overnight, push “See original listing” to check it out… -Donn

Honda designer Tadao Baba wanted to make the best performing sportbike for 1993, without crossing over the fuzzy GT line.  This Indiana survivor’s owner has nudged it toward the showbike area but has left some options for the next owner.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Rather an up-sized supersport, the original CBR900RR reported just under 900cc and 122hp, thanks to 11.0-to-1 compression, and 38mm flat-slide carbs.  The alloy chassis left nothing to chance but carried nothing superfluous, and the 16-inch front wheel weighed less and turned in easier than a seventeen.  Even the conventional forks were chosen because they offered no clear handling advantage, but a bit of a weight savings.  Fairing panels were perforated to allow the wind to slice through the FireBlade, or vice-versa.

Just 11 miles shy of its 23rd thousand, this CBR seems to have had lots of attention but not to every part.  The chassis spars and swingarm are polished, but the windshield stays which should be easy to remove and powdercoat look like heck.  Maybe send the headers out to Jet-Hot and they’ll come back shiny too.  Comments from the eBay auction:

In the iconic red, white, and blue trim, this bike has fantastic presence.  Extremely clean, bright, and shiny.  Recent extensive detail and complete mechanical maintenance.  The frame is polished and there are many aftermarket parts, like the windscreen, seat covers, muffler, turn signals, and left rear set.  Paint, decals, tank and bodywork are perfect other than some light scrapes in the blue part of the right lower fairing.  Starts right up.  Runs very strong.  There is a small amount of front brake oscillation and head shudder/looseness.  Tires are older.

Though not a natural fit for any FIM racing class, the FireBlade was a great meld of sport and road requirements, and had a following in stateside endurance and Formula races.  This example may have been a riding restoration, interrupted but looking like it could easily be put on course.

-donn

Ducati April 10, 2021 posted by

A Super-er Supersport: 1999 Ducati 996 SPS

In the evolution of Ducati specials, the SPS name tag is one of a bygone era. Supplanted in later years by the “R” model, the “Sport Production Special” was everything a top level Ducati Superbike should be – faster, more powerful, more expensive and more exclusive than any of the more lowly models. Fast and more powerful thanks to an upgraded engine that produces 10+ HP over the non-SPS example (unlike the 916 SPS, the 996 SPS did not include a larger capacity engine), more expensive thanks to upgraded components such as a trick Ohlins rear shock and special 5-spoke Marchesini wheels, and more exclusive due to the price AND the limited number affixed to the headstock.

1999 Ducati 996 SPS for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1999 Ducati 996 sps number 25 in the US. 2500 miles. Amazing bike or collectors item.

The 996 SPS was really the apex of the 916 line at the turn of the century. And while the world was set to party like it was 1999, the party would not last long. The new millennium brought with it the “R” model (for Race) which replaced the SPS, and in only another two years the entire 996 line was supplanted by the 998. Such was the pace of rapid development by Ducati, as they continued to chase WSBK greatness and showroom supremacy. Today the 996 SPS is a highly desired collector bike. The last of the SPS breed, it has everything that is great about the 916 and kicks it up quite a few notches. There were but a limited number of these motorcycles built for the worldwide market, giving an instant aura of something special.

Today’s 996 SPS example does not have a lot of info surrounding it. The seller’s text is rather sparse for such a special machine, and the photos are few. The eBay advert (you can check it out here) has many of the photos in a non-standard orientation, making easy identification difficult. Finally, the auction itself lists the bike primarily as a Ducati Supersport, meaning that you have to dig to determine it is a rare SPS. That hasn’t hurt the run up too badly, however, as there are a few bids and a large number of watchers on this one. Bidding is up to $8,800 at time of writing with reserve still in place. The B.I.N. number is a cool $18k – which is fair money for a SPS but perhaps a bit optimistic from what I see in the photos. What are your thoughts? Good Luck!!

MI

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