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MV Agusta July 5, 2011 posted by Andrew

Get you checkbooks out: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC

Here we have #79 of 100 and it has zero miles.  This MV retailed for $120,000 new; no I haven’t typed too many zeros.  It was the pinnacle of what the MV factory could create.  You have to love the owners collection of bikes and cars.  Additionally he has the watch and leathers to go with the bike.  This has to be one of the most exotic machines you can find.  The bike has a claim 200bhp with the use of many exotic material such a carbon fibre everywhere and titanium being used for many engine internals.  Of course it goes without saying that brakes and suspension are of the highest calibre as well.

I think this quote says it all:

“I decided to put my name to this bike as I originally dreamed of it for myself”. This is how Claudio Castiglioni, the Managing Director referred to the new F4 that now carries his initials “CC”.

The auction on eBay is certainly work a look.

The seller doesn’t have too much to say but then what else is there to say!

2006 MV Agusta F4 CC ( Claudio Castiglioni ) #79 of 100. Incredible 200hp Carbon Fiber, over 90 additional special manufacturers improvements, Brembo monoblock calipers, Titanium valves, comes with mounted full titanium exhaust, rear stand, Signature bike cover, complete spare exhaust. 21 month balance of manufacturers warranty. Original crate available, Huge savings off MSRP. Also have F4 Serie Oro available at additional cost. Like new custom leathers included if buy-it-now selected (fits 5′ 8″- 6′, 165-185 lbs).

Free shipping anywhere in the continental US if buy-it-now
Most exclusive of final Tamburini ( of Ducati fame ) designed MV Agustas
Also, comes with Girard Perregaux Special Edition #79 of 100 MV Agusta F4CC Laureato Evo 3 watch.
Winner 2011 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Best Motorcycle- Post 1970

This link gives you details from the MV website: http://www.mvagustausa.com/web-mvagusta/07_F4_CC.html

If you are the lucky buyer we would love to hear from you particularly is you plan to ride this beautiful machine.  It seems a bargain based upon the original purchase price but one only knows what this sort of exotica will sell for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDVrgguT4js

-AS

Aprilia June 19, 2011 posted by Andrew

Colin Edwards Replica Aprilia RSV Mille R 2003

Now here we do have a nice rare bike with 461 produced worldwide.  In 2003, Aprilia produced an RSV Mille R Edwards Replica with a livery inspired by the Aprilia RS3 Cube MotoGP motorcycle riden by Colin Edwards, as with the Haga replica from 2002, the motorcycle came with a circuit kit, which included Akrapovic exhausts, a more pressurised airbox, an Eprom injection unit and 57 mm (instead of 51 mm) throttle bodies.  The Mille also featured a type of slipper clutch, which worked by using a vacuum on a closed throttle from the inlet manifold to give the effect of slipper clutch, but only on a closed throttle, whereas most modern examples use a ramp mechanism in the clutch basket.

Up for Auction: an Aprilia Rare Colin Edwards Replica, one of 461 made world wide – street legal track bike – race kit on each machine – Rotax engine, 57-mm throttle bodies, Eprom injection unit, with racing chip – engine management, six speed close ratio transmission, carbon fiber larger air box and snorkel, Akrapovic titanium exhaust, slipper clutch, 16 tooth sprocket, four piston Brembo double floating disk brakes, Olins suspension front and rear, olins steering damper, Heli bars, OZ Blue forged aluminum Anodized wheels on Pirelli’s…rides like a dream – top speed 180MPH.

I bought the bike from a friend who spilled it with 62 miles on it, scratched it up, complained to the insurance company that parts were hard to get and they gave him most of his money back. I had some panels repainted, made sure it was all straight and rode it! It is a wonderful machine but I can only ride one motorcycle, I hate to let it go but…….. I have a low reserve on this bike, that originally sold for over $19,000.
Please ask all questions before bidding, email through ebay, the winner of the auction is responsible for picking the bike up or for shipping to anywhere. A deposit on your Master Card or Visa of $1,000.00 at the end of the auction – the rest in three days. Bidders are welcome to come and view the bike in person, I tried to take as many pictures are allowed to show off the bike and also to show some of the minor scratches.

The eBay Listing can be found here.

RSV Mille R’s are very nice bike sand this example is rather special with a low mileage.  It has got a few bumps and bruises but on a bike such as this it should not be an issue.  Price wise these are a bit of a bargain particularly when compared to other Italian bikes, this would seem to have a value somewhere in the $7k-$9k range based upon other examples being sold.  Happy bidding.

AS

Laverda June 18, 2011 posted by Andrew

1999 Laverda 750S – Yes another one!

Only recently there was a Laverda 750S on Craigslist and now we find another on eBay. These Laverda’s are a parallel twin and the bikes were finished with many high quality components: Paioli suspension, Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels, all the right pieces. These bikes have a very good reputation for their handing and the strength of the engine but I guess parallel twins hark back the good old Brit bike days and so they were never that popular. However these bikes had a much stronger engine.

The owner has some nice things to share from the listing:

This Italian thoroughbred is a little too fast for this old man! I am a big fan of classic Laverdas- I have several, so I could not resist buying this last year. I chose this particular one because of the very low mileage. I have put few miles on it- it stands at 5609 Km now which translates to 3478 miles. The bike runs well; it is actually very quick. You had better be paying attention when it crosses 4000RPM. The clutch works well with no slip and it shifts up and down through the gears nicely. The sound is amazing. I have never heard any thing quite like it- raucous and exciting but not too loud. The handling is exceptional with very quick steering and great stability. Until you get used to it you will be oversteering and correcting. An ideal bike for Deal’s Gap. It is a tribute to the great frame designer Nico Bakker. It comes standard with top-shelf components: Brembo brakes, lightweight Marchesini wheels, Paioli fork and shock, and fuel injection/ECU lifted from Ducati.
There are a few scratches on the fairing from a garage tip over. The left side cover is not really fastened down in the photo because the new over-size Odyssey battery has pushed a few wires and connectors out enough to interfere. An easy fix. The tires are barely worn but should be replaced due to age and cracking. The left fork seal is leaking and should be replaced. The oil was just changed (Mobil 1 20/50) and the oil filter replaced with Alto Performance’s free-flow oil filter and cover. Alto has raced these bikes extensively in the UK and they have found that this mod is a real crankshaft saver. The cooling system was just flushed and filled with new Honda coolant. Parts availability is good- Wolfgang in Canada has a good stock of parts.

In short, this is a strong-running, excellent handling bike that needs a younger owner/pilot than me. I am feeling a tinge of regret at selling this lively steed, but I need the room for an old, slow project bike- perfect for me!

So hop on over and see the ebay auction.

I always think these little beauties go for less than they are worth very often for less than $6k. For such a quality bike with high quality components they are certainly worth it and don’t forget the great handling. Hmmm, perhaps I should pop up to Knoxville!!

AS

Ducati June 15, 2011 posted by Andrew

2004 Ducati Superbike 999RS

This is an extremely rare machine.  I know we have been listing a few Ducati’s of late but this is an RS.  WHat is that you may ask, well this is the World Superbike version of the 999R that was available to privateer teams from the Corse department.  While a 999R is rare this is even rarer and was designed only for racing.  These bikes were built by the Corse racing department rather than the main factory and as such the bike contains a large number of bits and pieces built from serious metals like Magnesium.

As the seller lays out there are many special pieces:

This superbike is in great cosmetic and running condition. There’s only minor signs of wear and tear from racing such as light scratches and nicks on the body; however, it has never been crashed or layed down. Adult raced only, always garaged kept, and meticulously and professionally maintained. It’s loaded with top of the line parts as listed below making the bike unique, fast and lightweight. I have clear title in hand and for a quick sale. Although I have provided many pictures of the bike below, you are welcome to come inspect it ONLYbefore the end of auction, you can also send a third party to do the inspection for you.

You can pick it up or have it shipped at your expense. However, all shipping arrangements and expenses are the reponsibility of the buyer.

Regarding payment, I will only accept bank wire transfer or cashier’s check. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Thank you and happy bidding.

Specifications:

  • Max Power 168HP / 82.9 Torque
  • Ducati Corse 999RS Frame
  • Ducati Corse 999RS Rear Sub Frame
  • Ducati Corse 999RS Rear Swing Arm
  • Ducati Corse 999RS Radiators (Oil & Water)
  • Ducati Corse 999RS Transmission
  • Ducati Corse 999RS Magneti Marelli Fully Programable ECU
  • Ducati Corse 999RS Bottom Yoke
  • Ducati Corse 999RS Rear Wheek Shaft
  • Ducati Corse Termignoni Titanium 63.5 mm. Full Exhaust System
  • Ducati Corse Steering Head / Base / Pin & Stop Plate
  • Ducati Corse Carbon Fiber Complete BodyWork
  • Ducati Corse Carbon Seat Mold
  • Ducati Corse 999RS Rear Hugger
  • Ducati Corse Carbon Fiber Tank with Magnesium Cap
  • Ducati Corse Silicone Hoses
  • 16.5″ Marchesini Forged Magnesium Wheels
  • Evoluzione Slipper Clutch
  • Ohlins FGR 800 Superbike Front Fork
  • Falcon Digitek Race Dash MT940/BI
  • NCR Titanium Rear Sets
  • Titanium Dzus Fasteners
  • Monoblock Brembo Front and Rear Calipers with Floating Rotors / Front: 320 mm.
  • Magnesium Engine Cover
  • Carbon Clutch and Belt Cover
  • Brembo Brace / Clutch Racing Pumps (Folding)
  • Titanium Height Adjuster
  • Titanium Pinch Bolts
  • KLS Quick Shifter
  • Euro Racing Quick Throtle
  • Light Tech Remote Brake Adjuster
  • Carbon Fiber Air box with Air Ducts
  • Yoyodyne Slave Cylinder
  • Stainless Braided Lines

eBay Listing

This gallery gives you an idea of how many nice fitting are on this bike.  You can see this is an RS frame by the removable sections over the engine, a real thing of beauty:

Now putting a price on something like this is really tough. The bike does not have the sophisticated engine management that the world superbikes do but even so this is something really special.  At $15000 it has not yet met the reserve so keep an eye.  Go and have a look at the listing here and see if you can’t find a reason to want this!

AS

Bimota June 13, 2011 posted by Andrew

1997 Bimota SB6R

Bimota’s are always a thing of Beauty and the SB6R is no exception  With the Suzuki engine in the Bimota frame, loads of carbon fibre and CNC machined aluminium they just are good to look at. Here is a stock photo:

From the seller:

One of a kind 1997 Bimota SB6R for $8000 or best offer!!!
This bike has had one owner since 1997, it has always been garaged, and is in show quality condition.
144 hp and 100 ft/lbs from the Suzuki GSXR1100 motor. Ohlins rear and Paoli front. Should I mention the Carbon Fiber?
For the collector, this bike includes Magazine Media and the original sales brochure.
Ride this one to the crest and I guarantee you will not see another. California titled. The only flaw this bike has is that the speedometer cluster has been changed.

You can find the advert here:

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/mcy/2433271637.html

The asking price seems quite reasonable however there is no mention of mileage and with the speedo head having been changed some checking needs to be done. The seller is including some history as well with sales brochures and magazine reports which is always nice.  If this bike is a good example then it is well worth adding to the garage!

AS

Sport Bikes For Sale June 13, 2011 posted by Andrew

Fancy yourself as a GP Rider: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

These lovely bikes don’t appear very often and we posted one last week that was available in California.  This week we find one on the East Coast.  It seems the owner likes his 2 strokes as he intimates that he has a couple more RZ500’s and there is an RZ350 and a Suzuki RGV in the background of the photos.  The owner has a thing for 2 strokes I guess!!  The RZ was about as close as one could get to a Yamaha GP bike of the era (Suzuki had their RG500 in the same vein).  Certainly there is nothing quite like the sound and smell of a bike 2 stroke bike.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 4 cylinder 2 stroke, twin crankshaft V4

Just like the RZ350 but an extra crankshaft and 2 extra cylinders. Very clean bike, all stock, clear Florida title in my name, legally imported with all documents, no damage scratches or dents, original paint on tank and is near perfect, bodywork has been re-painted original colors and repo decals and looks great. All there, nothing missing but grommets for front turn signals, . Easy to get parts for. Has the factory rear cowl for the seat, The right side lower pipe has a small dent on it. Ready to go, needs nothing but some gas. Miles on speedo not right, but must be low because of the condition of everything. The speedo works but was replaced some years ago. The RZ Tachs and Speedo’s are known for not working well. I own 2 others and also some RZ350’s. Great bikes , solid investment. Consider trade (+/-cash) for RG500, flats boat, boston whaler less than 16 feet. Will post pictures on Tuesday.

$11500 FIRM.

The listing can be found on Craigslist.

The listing is very honest about mileage etc and the owner is firm on price. While this is at the right sort of the level he may struggle a bit for that in the current market.  But wouldn’t you love one?

And to give you all a taste:

AS

Laverda June 8, 2011 posted by Andrew

1999 Laverda 750S For Sale in the Bay Area

Always nice to see something from Italy a little different and this Laverda twin is something different.  This bike has a strong following for those who have been exposed but for many others it remains an unknown.  The bike has a very strong engine which is a parallel twin and was put together with high quality components.  For a little bit of background reading try here. They were always highly regarded in the handling department.

The seller shares a bit of background:

Laverda 750s 1999 This is a very unique bike, it can be considered the alternative to the Ducati 748. Bike is a head turner not mention the sound. It has a very deep lope as it is a parallel twin and fires 180 from each other. The power comes best on the top end rather then a low end. If I have to say my favorite part of the bike besides its performance is the sound, the D&D pipes literally make the ground shake, and when the throttle is cracked your heart jumps.
The bike feels very planted in the corners, front brakes feel awesome and the best ive feel ive felt compared to all the newer Japanese bikes. The power is comes in midrange and pulls hard to redline. This if defiantly a bike to take to the twisys. It has a lot of character, very raw and a sense of pride when riding the bike. Has a new pilot power 2CT and a new rear sprocket, tire has maybe 500 miles and is broken in. its been laid down on the left and the only physical damage you can see is a little scrape on the pipe, and clutch perch. The Plastics are from the rare formula S, which I understand only 500 were imported. The plastic has a little damage on the right side but has been touched up and wont notice if you look close. Over all the bike is clean, and has some very nice Factory parts such as Little bit of carbon fiber, and remote reservoir rear shock, brembo hydraulic clutch, rear sets. This is your chance to own a very rare bike. You wont see this everyday.
Thanks

has about 10,000 miles

Rare Italian made beauty;1999 Laverda 750S with 750SF Formula body work
750cc Parallel twin , DOHC, 408 lbs dry weight, Upgraded Eprom chip, D & D pipes
Factory installed high quality items;
*Marchesini hollow rims
*Steel braided brake lines
*Brembo 4 piston calipers with opposed pistons
*320mm rotors
*Paioli inverted front forks
*Weber Marelli fuel injection with twin throttle bodies.
*Weber-Marelli digital electronic ignition.
*Fuel tank mounted underneath the seat to lower weight
*Battery mounted underneath fuel tank to lower weight

The listing on Craigslist is here

This has been a long favourite bike for me and over the years have bid on a few.  The asking price is fair I think at $4200 as the bike is not fully original with the change in bodywork.  If it is in good condition save for the scratches mentioned, then this could be a nice buy for a lucky person.

-AS

BMW June 8, 2011 posted by Andrew

2009 BMW HP2 Sport

This is without doubt the greatest incarnation of the BMW boxer engine.  The HP series spun off a number of interesting bikes as the company started getting serious and this HP2 is no exception.  Of course we all now know how well BMW can create a sports bike but lets not forget the old boxer twin. This example has 8,100 miles which means this engine is barely run in.  Ohlins front and rear, Brembo brakes, full carbon fairing, MotoGP style digital dash, four valve heads, all these elements meant it was quite a departure from BMW’s of old.  The bike handled very well and while the engine produced 130 HP it was a long was short of the competitive offerings from the other manufacturers which meant it was never going to be competitive.  I always thought the skid plates on the cylinder heads were a lovely touch.

Condition: The bike is extremely clean. The only wear that it has is some small belt scratches and some small normal wear on the underside of the fairing. Both are just from normal use and extremely subtle/small. There are no major scratches, dings, dents or anything of that nature. The bike has never been down, dropped or wrecked.

Features: Here’s a link to Total Motorcycle’s write up on this year/model: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2009models/2009-BMW-HP2Sport.htm There you’ll find everything you ever wanted to know about this bike in terms of features/specs. The only thing I’ll mention beyond what you’ll read on the specification sites is that this bike is a looker. The blue, white and carbon fiber all make for an extremely attractive bike. I still fall in love with this bike all over again every time I open my garage. I believe you will too. The fun thing about this bike is how much character it has, being a true BMW boxer, and the most powerful one they’ve ever made, it’s just so much more interesting and has much more history attached to it than standard inline 4s.

History: I purchased this from a dealer in San Francisco. The previous owner was the original owner and owned multiple BMW and other exotic sport bikes. He was mainly a collector but decided to trade it in for something more comfortable that he could ride more often. When I purchased it from the dealer, it had extremely low mileage and had a full inspection by the dealer. Since I have owned it, it’s seen extremely light use. I have only used it for commuting from the East Bay to the city, so all the miles are just light freeway miles. I’ve never taken it to a track, never run it hard up mountain roads or anything like that. It’s been babied. Since I’ve had it it’s had one oil change at 7000 miles. BMW’s premium high performance oil they use in all their “M” class was used.
Shipping & Payment: I require a $1,000 deposit within 24 hours of auction end. The balance is due within 3 business days. I accept only cashier’s check from a certified bank or cash. If you turn out to be a deadbeat and don’t follow my terms I reserve the right to leave negative feedback and re-list the bike or sell it to the next highest bidder.
Reason for selling: I love this bike and am only selling because we’re moving from California to Oregon soon so I will no longer live in a climate that allows me to ride.

I am not sure I agree with the reason for selling, perhaps an R1200GS would be better suited for the winter weather!  These bikes don’t come up that often but best estimate is between $16k and $17k which is a lot lower than the original $25k retail.  The boxer engine is not for everyone but this is a lot of hi tech bike with all the appropriate go faster bits and pieces.  In March one failed to sell on eBay even though bidding got to just over $13k so perhaps this one will be a good bargain.

AS