Monthly Archives: October 2021

Moto Guzzi October 31, 2021 posted by

Gútsy Baseball – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 with 3,454 Miles !

Some have said the Daytona is Guzzi’s last real sportbike, but the factory could change that with a new model.  This Ohio example hides its age phenomenally, and hasn’t been stored long term – the owner claims a couple of gallons of super every six months or so.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for sale on eBay

Moto Guzzi dropped a dime on gentleman racer John Wittner, and took his suggestions of four valves, monoshock swingarm, and clip-on controls to heart.  Power was snappier than the Guzzi’s of recent memory with 95 hp, and found a home in a chassis design with Dr. Wittner’s tweaks.  Premium adjustable suspension paid dividends, and floating cross-drilled brakes didn’t complain.  Guzzi lifers will appreciate shaft drive, stable wheelbase, and sporty upper fairing.  Even regulators were pleased with Weber-Marelli fuel injection and catalytic converter.  Production amounted to just a few hundred per year but attracted a lot of attention in the showroom.

Evidently in the care of a more recent second owner, this Daytona looks barely used.  Mileage works out to about 125 per year.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This is a two owner bike purchased by me from the original 27 year owner. Always fastidiously maintained as part of an extensive collection and ridden just once or twice yearly to keep everything flexible. Mechanically and cosmetically in mint, original unaltered condition. Very few were made and I would guess there are very few in this condition. Purchased originally by a collector, it was always stored in an inside, climate controlled environment and serviced by a private technician that came onsite to keep all parts of the collection in excellent working order. Ridden a couple times a year for enjoyment and keep everything limbered up. Completely stock and original, auction also includes the biposto seat assembly which has never been installed. Very few scuffs or blemishes in the paintwork, check out the pictures closely. Bike starts, runs and rides like a new one.

The four valves and belt driven cams on the Daytona make the ride-by sound less sedate and more Ducati-esque, and might lead to an irrational exuberance citation.  This Goose could go either way, certainly roadable or feed those headers into the vibratory polisher and put it back on display for a while.  A great looking classic which would be a shame not to see ( or hear ) going by occasionally.

-donn

Gútsy Baseball – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 with 3,454 Miles !
Yamaha October 29, 2021 posted by

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !

Though big red dominated, Yamaha’s FZ750R / OU45 regularly appeared as the best of the rest in mid-eighties AMA Superbike.  Here’s a collector which has somehow escaped the suburban Dallas heat, and dodged a lifetime’s worth of garage elves.

1985 Yamaha FZ-750 for sale on eBay

Yamaha had reportedly toyed with as many as seven valves per cylinder, but settled on five for the Genesis engine.  Laid forward to straighten the path through the 34mm Mikuni’s, 105 hp was the result.  The four was wedged across a double cradle chassis, with right side up forks and a monocross rear.  270mm brakes are period correct but seem undersized for the mission, and the 16/18-inch wheel stagger would be seen as under and over-sized just a few years later.  Riding position was a pretty good tuck and helped the rider get behind the upper-only fairing.

The comments say the bike has been in the back of the garage for a generation, so this might be the original owner.  Condition is hard to believe with none of the usual bumps, bruises, or mods that might be expected.  A fork brace is visible and a Fox shock is hidden.  Otherwise it looks original right down to the tires.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This bike has been in a controlled environment for the past 35 years. The 80’s motorcycle market is getting hot and this is a perfect opportunity for a collector or lover to own an iconic bike. It runs and rides like a new bike with a couple of original 80’s upgrades remote adjustable rear Fox Shock and a fork brace. The miles are original, I was putting it in my collection but it needs to be ridden and because of my age and old racing injuries I can’t manage the low bars. The value will only increase as this is the only FZ 750 I have seen come on the market over the last 2 years. One sold in January of 2019 for $9,000 with 39,000 miles on it and needed attention. This bike is as good as the day it came off the ship.

Part of the design concept was the five smaller valves which didn’t require double valve springs, allowing higher revs and an easier life for the cams.  Yamaha stuck with the Genesis for several years, attesting to the idea’s success.  The conventional auction ( high reserve though ) reflects the almost super-stardom of these early superbikes.  It might take a re-list, but interest in an FZ in this condition will come.

-donn

 

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !
Ducati October 28, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Update 4.24.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller. -dc

The Ducati Supersport of the 1990s is not just an icon. It is a capable and robust platform that incorporated a solid foundation of stiff chassis and torquey Desmo power, all beautifully molded into rolling Italian artwork. And while some saw a ready-to-rumble motorcycle, others saw a canvas – an opportunity to build on those fantastic bones and turn it into a beast. Such is what we see today with this 1998 Ducati SSCR Featured Listing. One of the very few yellow 900SS models imported into the US, this Supersport is also the very desirable half-faired model. This unique look allows the engine to dominate the view, not to mention allowing for easy access to most all the bits and pieces. There is a lot to unpack here, so I will let Brendan take over and give you the details.

From the seller:
Available for sale is my 1998 Ducati 900 SS w/ 21500miles. I bought this back from a friend a while back and have continued to enjoy the process of replacing stuff with parts to improve it. It is as fun to ride as anyone has ever said, but I have too many bikes in the garage to get my daily driver back in. Falloon’s book says that this is one of 200 yellow CR’s for 1998. Has the upgraded charging system, I think is a difference.

More from the seller:
I have had 900SS’s before but decided to address the lower spec items found on a CR and do some upgrades beyond what they were when new.

Ohlins Shock-Racetech rebuilt/sprung for 235lbs w/receipt
Ohlins Valved Forks-Racetech rebuilt no receipt
Marvic Penta Magnesium 5 spoke wheels
Floating Iron rotors
40MM to 65mm caliper adaptors
999 4pad/4piston calipers
Dual stainless steel front brake lines
996 masters- brake and clutch w/reservoirs
SpeediMoto 3″ adjustable riser clipons ( narrow originals w/ masters included)
SS/SP aluminum swing arm
Mono Posto seat unit
reshaped/recovered Sargent seat
Stock bi-posto seat unit w/ seat, pegs,cowl
Relocated Monster oil cooler
39mm FCR flat Slide carbs
SilMoto spaghetti header
No-name hi-mount carbon cans ( bought used w/not visible crack)
EVR open clutch cover
Double Bubble smoked windscreen
520 Chain/sprockets
Vitaloni painted mirrors

More from the seller:
Tuned/belts, carbs rebuilt, rectifier replaced, Pirelli Diablo Rosso III @20600
records from 2010

Everything works as it should, and the induction honk brings a smile everytime you whack it open. She is a very nice rider, not a display queen. Available in San Diego, CA.

Asking Price: $8,000 $7,100

The CR model (Cafe Racer) was the lowest spec Supersport available when new, and met the needs of the budget conscious rider. Brendan has taken all the goodness and elevated this beauty above the SP specification with tasteful modifications and improvements. This is what the Supersport is all about – a bike so good at the basics that it can follow you where you go; with careful application of parts and money, can get you there even faster. Drop dead gorgeous in yellow, bristling with upgraded tech and fully sorted, this is a bike that you could not build for what you can buy if for here. Every rider needs something like this in their stable and your opportunity is right now. Give Brendan a shout, tell him what a gorgeous bike he has built, and then make yourself a deal!

MI

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Honda October 28, 2021 posted by

Come In For a Test Drive – 1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

Update 10.28.2021: Previously posted September 2020, this RC30 is back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $48,995. Links updated. -dc

A ( if not The ) classic superbike at this juncture, Honda’s RC30 has beauty and real-world capability.  This example is slightly under-documented but has collectible looks.

1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

The RC30 was designed and built for the Superbike World Championship, which it won with Fred Merkel aboard the two first years.  The version found at the showroom had 112 hp available, with just 400 or so pound to push.  Endurance racing aspirations dictated the single-sided swingarm and quick release front axle, and the era required staggered wheel sizes of 17 front and 18 rear.  The RC30 always seemed more than the sum of its parts, the alloy chassis and big-bang V-4 not quite accounting for its well-balanced presence.

Seller Eurocycle appears to be a new outfit, with locations in Sonoma, Reno, and Vegas.  No history is offered but the condition is excellent for its nearly 24K miles.  Finishes and tires look fresh.  Besides new and used bikes, Eurocycle’s website shows rentals ( no the RC30 wasn’t listed ) and some kind of club membership – maybe a knowledgeable reader could chime in.

Eminently collectible, an RC30 was reviewed as not hard to ride, and might be an inspiring occasional rider for a small stable.  More history or perhaps some catch-up maintenance might be expected before sending this V4 out on a mission.  The ask is a little shy of what might be expected for a nice example, but as with so many things this year, all bets are off.

-donn

Come In For a Test Drive – 1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30
Kawasaki October 27, 2021 posted by

Chined Doll – 2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R

If an unwritten manufacturer’s agreement hadn’t limited its speed to a mere 186 mph, the ZX-12R would’ve been the most powerful and fastest GT in the early oughties.  This example has some miles, but has clearly been pampered and thoughtfully upgraded.

2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R for sale on eBay

The ZX-12R’s air of superiority started right in the engine room, with the 1199cc four using 46mm throttle bodies looking almost straight down on their way to 178 hp.  The airbox and chassis wanted to occupy the same area, so Kawasaki engineered an alloy monocoque frame, which serves as the plenum.  Stainless headers lead to a four-into-one collector and titanium silencer.  Multi-adjustable suspension is fairly conventional but the attention to detail is such that spoilers are cast into the fork legs.  The ram air intake funnels air in behind the headstock and keeps the power coming at higher speeds.  Winglets inhabit the fairing lowers, pre-dating the winglets that are more common these days.

This original owner looks to have taken fine care of his Ninja, setting it up for some higher-speed touring with Power Commander, Marchesini alloys, and Sargent seat.  Corbin bags are shaped to accommodate a co-rider, but passenger pegs have been removed.  Notes from the eBay auction:

2001 Kawasaki ZX1200 A1. This rare one-owner ZX-12R is in excellent condition. Most of these bikes have been drag-raced into oblivion. Here’s your chance to own one never raced, never dropped. Mechanically unmolested, the only extras are Corbin Beetle bags, Marchesini forged wheels, a Power Commander, Sargent seat, and a Muzzy’s clutch hub. The bike will come with owners and factory service manuals. Stock rims are available. The chain and sprockets are less than one year old, and the fork seals were just replaced. The bike needs nothing except a new owner that likes to ride FAST!

Besides too lean fuel injection programming ( which the Power Commander solves ) and mirrors big enough for an endurance racing Porsche, the ZX-12R got high marks and held onto the speed-limited throne until the ZX-14 came along.  The package was more trim than competing uber-bikes and carried the ludicrous speed flag without forgetting it was a sportbike.  Bidding has been active early on and it’ll be interesting to see at what point the reserve falls.

-donn

Chined Doll – 2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R
MV Agusta October 26, 2021 posted by

The Other Italian Bombshell: 2015 MV Agusta F3 800 AGO

If you were to walk around and ask people what the most beautiful motorcycle was in the world, you probably will get a majority to say the Ducati 916, and they would have a point.  But you also will get people to mention the MV Agusta F4/3 bikes.  The MV Agusta will stop you in your tracks, some might even dare to say it is a touch more modern then the Ducati.

The story of MV Agusta is one of the best in the motorcycle world.  Great passion, eccentric owners, record breaking results on the race track and that undeniable appeal of an exotic machine.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

RARE AND COLLECTIBLE SUPER BIKE,

#47 of 300 Built Worldwide!

This Bike is MV Augusta’s Tribute to Perhaps the Greatest Grand Prix Motorcycle Racer or all Time… Giacomo “Ago” Agostini. He was a Multi-Time Grand Prix World Champion.

-Liter Bike Performance with 600cc Weight and Handling,

-800cc,

-6-Speed Transmission with Speed Shift Feature,

-Race ABS,

MSRP $24598,

-Clear Title, Never Dropped, Never Raced,

-Fresh Service and Brand New Lithium-Ion Battery,

-All Original Documentation, Books, Keys, and Memorabilia Included.

MV Augsta has launched a few Ago editions of their bikes over the years.  The F3 800 was limited to 300.  All hand signed by the 15 time world champion.  Wrapped in striking tricolore this is sure to turn some heads when out on the road, or displayed in a collection.  Reviews seem to always praise the 148hp bike for good road manors, amazing sound and an overall appealing package.  The Buy It Now price is about ten thousand dollars less then the original MSRP.  Not bad for a bike that has covered less then 400 miles.

The Other Italian Bombshell: 2015 MV Agusta F3 800 AGO
Kawasaki October 25, 2021 posted by

1996 Kawasaki ZX-11 Ninja For Sale on eBay!

1996 Kawasaki ZX-11 For Sale on eBay!

I know Kawasaki made too many of these to be considered “Rare” and I also know it doesn’t have a fancy smancy “1 of 250” number plate affixed to the triple clamp. But, but, but . . . this one only has a scant 3,475 miles on the clock, is an antique 25 years old and is extremely clean so, in my view, this one sort of kinda fits the bill.

From the seller

Very nice ZX11, unrestored, original paint in near perfect condition with low miles and everything works as it should. A couple small blemishes, one chip on the fender from a strap that rubbed on it and a light scratch on tank


The ZX-11 was the King of Speed for several years with a top speed of 176 mph. It would also turn the 1/4 mile in just under 10.5 seconds, making it the drag bike of choice long before The Busa was around. Actually, the Honda Black Bird eclipsed the Big Ninja in the late 90’s, but that was short lived. #Busa

 

More from the seller
This bike has been stored its whole life in a climate controlled building. Paint shines like new, no dents, no cracks in plastic. Its ready to ride.

If I were to pick this one up, I’d pass on the top end capabilities and focus on some all day country road sport touring with the misses. The large, comfy seat and upright riding position would lend itself perfectly to my old man arthritic shoulders and rickety ass back.

But, first things first- if you’re interested in this Big Beautiful Ninja you’ll need to place an order for some new shoes because these might be a lil’ slippery.

Can I get a clean up in isle #11 please?

Check out this Big Ninja here!

Cheers!

dd

Damn, you know you’re old when the once mighty ZX-11 is 25 years old! 🙁

1996 Kawasaki ZX-11 Ninja For Sale on eBay!
Ducati October 25, 2021 posted by

Two Seat Beauty: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 20+ years you have undoubtable heard someone talking about how beautiful the Ducat 916/996/998 series of motorcycles is.  Since the launch people have hailed it as one of, if not the best looking motorcycle ever.  Not only is it an amazing looking motorcycle, but it is also an amazing looking object.  People that know nothing about motorcycles can instantly recognize the desirability of the style.

Much has been written about the specs, performance, race wins about this generation of bike, so no need to repeat all of that.  At this point the buyers are well beyond buying on specification and are mainly looking to add one to the garage for emotional reasons.

Over the years depreciation took it’s toll.  While these never got to the level of “cheap” time marched on and these were fairly easy to find nice examples.  Newer, faster, more modern offerings from Ducati kept prices in line.  In the last year or so the market has began to understand that this era of bike is no longer just a used toy, it is a classic collectable.  Prices for clean, low mileage examples have shot up rapidly.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This auction is for my 2001 Ducati 996 Superbike with only 4350 actual miles on it. It is in true mint condition and starts, runs and rides perfectly. Very few of even the smallest scuffs on it, you would be hard pressed to find a nicer example. As far as I can tell all bodywork is original and almost perfect. I have really wondered if it has ever been ridden in the rain. It has always been stored in a climate controlled garage. It is of course the Biposto model. It is completely stock other than the Termignoni exhaust installed by the selling dealer when it was new, and the dark windscreen. The factory clear windscreen is included in the sale. I have a clean and clear title in hand. Please email with any questions. Delivery possible within 500 miles of 45701 for an additional charge. Thanks for looking!

Buy It Now price of $8995 is sure to attract some attention.  Amazing that the seller is even opened to offers.  Under 5k miles means this will be able to be ridden guilt free from time to time.  Seller notes how original this example is.  Generally the market does not view the Termignoni exhaust as a modification in the negative sense, rather the expensive and high quality pipes are viewed as a value adding addition.  A rare feet in the aftermarket.  Small details like the unmarked heel guards and uncut under tail plate mount go a long way for collectors.

While the Biposto was never the most desirable model, it dose have all of the looks and performance of the single seat versions.  A rising tide raises all ships and while the prices on S and R models is shooting up, this two seat bike might be a great opportunity for a collector to get in on the action before everything really gets out of hand.

Two Seat Beauty: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto

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