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Ducati January 27, 2023 posted by Donn

Foggy Seattle – 2002 Ducati Monster S4 Carl Fogarty Edition #220

A Monster 900 yes, but the S4 has the four valve 916 engine, and the Fogarty Commemorative with better components and quite a bit of carbon fiber.  Today’s seller apparently knows what they have and have prepared it beautifully.

2002 Ducati Monster S4 Carl Fogarty Edition for sale on eBay

Derived from the ST4, the S4’s trellis frame almost disappears making room for the 101 hp desmoquattro, but holding steady under the 101 hp.  Suspension is fully adjustable, with Showa USD forks and Sachs monoshock.  Semi-floating Brembo brakes and 17-inch alloys complete the components, and the metals contrast the carbon fiber mudguards, radiator shrouds, side and clutch covers, exhaust shields and engine scoop.  Foggy’s angry eyes adorn the the bikini fairing and tank, with a special numbered plaque.

Evidently the first owner was well-connected and arranged Foggy’s signature on the front fender, and though a signed helmet is mentioned, it might want to be displayed rather than worn.  Outstanding condition overall, super clean and seemingly original.  Part of the eBay auction‘s comments –

Foggy Special Edition S4 with signed front fender and helmet by Carl Fogarty.

A tribute to 4 times World Champion; 300 manufactured and fewer than 75 shipped to USA. Number 220 with 6,216 miles. 6,000-mile service completed by Desmoto-Sport, San Francisco.

Carbon fiber extras, never been down, super clean.  Have original parts, keys, code card and manual. Original front and rear stands. Some light scratches on right fork strut. Most like when reflector removed.

Key differences in this edition include larger rear sprocket for quicker acceleration, a modified airbox and ECU bump horsepower 9hp, and suspension components that are visually unique to the Foggy.

The front fender and Arai Ducati Helmet has been signed by Carl Fogarty after arrangements were made with Carl’s Manager Neil Bramwell in Australia and coordinated with friends in UK.

World Superbikes’ winningest rider until Jonathan Rea came along, Foggy was also a winner at Isle of Man, Formula One ( bikes ), plus the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Bol d’Or on the way to a Endurance World Championship.  All before the age of 35, as he retired from racing after a tough crash in 2000.  One of just 300, today’s example is quite special but with a few miles, so the next collector needn’t resist the urge to add more.

-donn

Foggy Seattle – 2002 Ducati Monster S4 Carl Fogarty Edition #220
Bimota January 25, 2023 posted by Donn

Motorv8R – 2005 Bimota SB8R

Buying a very limited edition might entail undue risk, or be a leap of faith.  The fabulous condition of today’s Bimota seems to have a calming influence on everything but the eyes.

2005 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay UK

 

Bimota went with their winning formula – a great powertrain supplied by an engineering powerhouse with an in-house chassis and bespoke components.  Suzuki’s brilliant four valve V-twin lays down 135 hp and gobs of torque, but Bimota’s aluminum spars and carbon sideplates allow it to shine.  Add ( or subtract ) the weight savings from the carbon seat subframe and the SB8R tips the scales some 46 pounds lighter than the Suzuki.  46mm Paoli forks, Brembo’s current 320mm brakes, and wide Antera alloy rims testify in defense of the $23.5K MSRP.  The massive looking fresh air intakes and long underseat exhaust fib a bit, and the SB8R reviewed as an agile superbike with WSBK on its agenda.

Just one question mark, as the auction states the SB8R is a 2005 – which seems to be a year for the later SB8K, but this example certainly has the early tail section.  Bears checking, but doesn’t take away from the outstanding condition in every photo.  Mum’s the word in the walkaround – video – but there are a few notes in the eBay auction –

A perfect original example of this iconic super sport limited edition SB8R.
Only done 3,798 miles from new.
Only 250 SB8R ever made.
Superb looking machine with beautiful looking frame, swingarm, plenty of carbon, stainless exhaust system, Antera wheels, Paioli forks, Brembo brakes with Suzuki V-twin TL1000 engine used.
Very very clean all round including paintwork, wheels, frame, exhaust system and swingarm.
A real gem for any collection.

On the comeback trail from their V-Due debacle, the SB8R gave the company a little breathing room.  The evolved SB8K won a World Superbike race in 2000 with Anthony Gobert aboard, unfortunately Bimota wasn’t really in a position to capitalize on that success.  Recent support from Kawasaki should reassure prospective Bimota buyers, even if theirs is a classic example such as this.

-donn

 

Motorv8R – 2005 Bimota SB8R
Ducati January 23, 2023 posted by Donn

Short Timer – 2007 Ducati 1098S

Might be the wrong year for a quick turnover, but this 1098S owner is ready to move on and luckily the bike looks great.   The 1098S also had a relatively short model run, but it did include two Superbike world championships.

2007 Ducati 1098S for sale on eBay

Playing some high stakes poker with FIM, Ducati developed a new engine and presented the narrow head 1098, which cranked out 160 hp in road trim but would have to wait until 2008 to race.  Lightness was the focus, and the minimal trellis frame helped excellent power-to-weight numbers.  Components on the S were outstanding, with 330mm radial brakes, Öhlins forks, monoshock and steering damper, and forged Marchesini wheels.  Styling reached back past the 999 days for a very sculptural fairing evoking the 916 era.

This 1098S looks excellent and the seller has made an effort to show the few chips that are there.  Several carbon accessories have been added, along with some upgraded footpegs – which might have been in response to an almost tipover that gouged the swingarm.  Comments from the eBay auction –

An exceptionally nice bike and a model that is getting harder and harder to find nice examples of.
When I purchased the bike I had it completely gone thru front to back by the master Ducati tech at GoAz. This included:
– Flush and renewal of all fluids (brakes, coolant, engine, etc)
– New timing belts
– New alternator due to oil seal leak
Total bill was $2,400

Bike has some nice tasteful upgrades including the most important full Termi exhaust system. Most plastic trim parts were replaced with DP carbon fiber bits. Upgraded Ohlins TTX shock, Luimoto seat, etc. 

I have 2 keys for it, service manual binder and a few spare parts as well. I took pics of any cosmetic blemishes that were obvious such as a few small chips on the wheels, frame, swingarm and a scuff on the tail and lower tank in front of the seat. I don’t believe the bike has ever been dropped, definitely not by me. Overall I would say the bike is a 9 out of 10.

The 1098S might be notable these days for it’s reliance on the rider to keep the shiny side up – the electronics package can record lap times, but all the power and braking are available regardless of conditions.  In 2008, Troy Bayliss won 8 of the 14 WSBK Superpole qualifiers, and was on the podium at 12 of the 14 rounds ( each had two races ).  Since the twin rules went right to 1200cc, the 1098 had a fast life, though successful and memorable.  The 1098S might be a little much for most streets, but like spending the Powerball jackpot, it would be something to try.

-donn

Short Timer – 2007 Ducati 1098S
Ducati January 20, 2023 posted by Donn

Touch Up – 2007 Ducati Monster S4R

Monster S4R’s aren’t seen as often as the even more rad S4RS, maybe because most riders with $14K for a Monster back in 2007 probably could go another boat payment for the RS.  Still this example is almost everything a super naked fan could want, with the exception of a couple of spots that could use a little love.

2007 Ducati Monster S4R for sale on eBay

Four-valve Monsters were first delivered in 2000 with the 916cc S4, but for 2007 got the new testastretta 998 with 130 hp.  The classic trellis frame had to be beefed up for the new engine, and it was still a project to install all the engine plumbing and electrical beautifully.  Suspension components are merely excellent rather than exotic, with fully adjustable Showa forks and Sachs monoshock.  Wheels and brakes appear up-market, though there might be metallurgical differences with the wheels.  The matte titanium finish makes a great composition with red and black accents, but didn’t use carbon fiber as part of the package.

Presented by a boutique Wisconsin dealer, this S4R looks very good with just a few fixable cosmetic issues.  A hair under under 9,000 miles, Termignoni carbon mufflers, both keys and a recent valve service are part of the deal.  The nicks in the paint, scratched clutch cover and “experienced” front brake lever could be addressed on the next owner’s schedule, and a finished tailcone might still be available from the factory.  Good notes provided in the eBay auction –

Modifications consist of a Ducati Performance-branded tank protector pad, a vented clutch cover, a bar-end mirror, clip-on handlebars, carbon-fiber mufflers, and a rear-fender eliminator kit. Service in preparation for the sale included replacing the timing belts, tires, front brake rotors, and spark plugs as well as checking the valves and flushing the brake and clutch fluid. This Monster S4R has 9k miles and is now offered in Wisconsin with an owner’s manual, a red key, a black key, a key-code card, and a tool kit, and a clean title.

The bodywork is finished in matte silver over a red steel trellis frame. Features include a Ducati Performance-branded tank protector pad, a matte black-finished front fender, a side stand, rear-set foot controls, a rear-fender eliminator kit, and a two-up seat with a removable body-color cowl. There are mild scratches and scuffs on the fuel tank and the tail section, shown in pics.

Black 17″ Marchesini wheels were mounted with 120/70 front and 180/55 rear Pirelli Diablo tires in preparation for the sale.  The front rotors were replaced and the brake fluid was flushed in preparation for the sale.  Service in preparation for the sale included checking the valves along with replacing the timing belts and the spark plugs. 

Sustained triple-digit speeds are somewhat easier on the S4R than on the rider, but all good for a short burst.  The next owner could take it to another level with a cat-less exhaust, a new tune, some guards for the radiators and find some nice carbon bits – all before the riding season really gets under way.  The ask is assuredly post-pandemic, but the Make Offer button is there to get the conversation started.

-donn

Touch Up – 2007 Ducati Monster S4R
Honda January 18, 2023 posted by Donn

90-Something – Honda CBR400RR / NC29

Toward the end of the Baby ‘Blade’s development, Honda brought out a asymmetrical alloy swingarm which identifies this CBR400RR as a 1990 or later example.  Thoroughly renovated by its owner, it’s waiting out the weather in the living room and still priced such that a shipping container beckons.

Honda CBR400RR / NC29 for sale on eBay UK

Mostly intended for the home market, the littler CBR continues to be a popular gray market import.  Similarities with the flagship are many, with the twin alloy frame spars, twin headlights, 17-inch wheels, and of course lookalike livery.  Because of the lofty rpm’s needed to generate its 59 hp, the 400 uses gear driven cams, giving it a unique audio signature.  Dampers are on the budget end of the scale, but right-sized for the light weight, and dual front disks might have been a little more marketing than engineering. 

Peculiar that this owner doesn’t state the year anywhere in the auction, but it looks great with many new parts and a nice rendition of the torn paper paint.  Even if the odometer has quit, km’s are probably close and at 8,099 quite low.  A long list of refurbishments in the eBay auction –

Since purchasing it in 2015 I have only done around 500 miles and spent a fortune on it.
I spent the first 12 to 24 months working on it with professional help.
It is/was always stored in a dry, dehumidified garage and only ever ridden by me in sunshine.
05-01-23 Just had 4 new plugs, 4 new carb seals, New brake fluid, MOT.
03-08-2019 New Coolant
05-07-2018 Carb clean and new jets.
14-02-2018 Front Fork Rebuild, Fork seals and fork oil, rear brake service and fluid.
08-06-2016 New Fairing Parts, New Ignition Switch, New Screen, New Hagon Rear Shock, New Chain & Sprockets, New Pirelli Diablo Rosso 11 Tyres, New Brake Pads Front & Rear,New Complete Stainless Steel Exhaust System & Black Widow Silencer(sounds awesome), New Fuel Pump, New Grips, New Handle Bars, New Mirrors, Pillion Seat Re Upholster,Speedo Converter kph to mph (works a treat, mph matches what it says on the clock, so much easier than trying to work it out or putting stickers on the clock), New Rectifier, Complete Motorcycle Re Spray By Dream Machine
 
Sounds fantastic and gets admiring looks wherever it goes.
There is a slight scrape to one engine casing (please see pic), but it never really bothered me so I never sorted it.
Also the odometer does not seem to be working but the trip does so again I never really bothered getting it sorted.

Yearly updates seem to have slowed to a crawl with the gull arm, and stopped in 1994, though some sources say the model was sold until the year 2000.  Even the full-size FireBlade was a shoehorn fit, and the 400 has a second seat which should leave room for a size M rider.  Even accounting for shipping and importation this CBR looks like a winner.

-donn

90-Something – Honda CBR400RR / NC29
Suzuki January 16, 2023 posted by Donn

Swatch Me – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R50 !

Might be too nice to leave sitting around the pits all day, but today’s GSX-R50 seems to have a lock on rarity by the pound. 

1987 Suzuki GSX-R50 ( Switzerland ) for sale on eBay

 

Accompanying bigger GSX-R’s to the showroom in select markets, the littlest Gixxer was reportedly first to the market but took an early exit after just a year in production.  The fairing and livery template the GSX-R1100, though at at 139 lbs. weighs less than the superbike’s engine.   Differing from most other pocket sportbikes, the R50 is said to have an alloy chassis and four stroke engine.  Performance was off compared to 49cc smokers, but since it was never here, rarity is off the charts.

Knowing a market waiting for an unusual gem, this Swiss owner has listed his GSX-R50 on stateside eBay, and started with a healthy minimum bid.  It appears that required DOT equipment is in place, though it’s unclear whether road registration would be required or even desired.  Even Hamamatsu was in on the joke with the Suzuki Advance Comical System decals.  Owner’s comments from the eBay auction –

Real rarity!!!
Most likely the only one in Switzerland with official road approval
Mileage currently 230 ( Kilometers !!! Not Miles )
4 Gears – Top speed 60 km/h
Spiegler steel braided brake line
Rim edges chromed, rim star painted blue
Gear lever, Kick-starter and clutch bracket (at the engine) chromed
Polished muffler cover
Front brake caliper painted gold
Chain guard painted blue
Gold colored chain
Saddle with embroidered Suzuki “S”
New maintenance-free battery fitted in May 2022
Tire profile: 95%

This mini-GSX-R might be a little spendy after a plane ride and an appointment with customs, but will surely be the only one at the show.  By all means the nicest GSX-R50 to grace our pages over the years, and worth every effort to win the smiles per cc title.

-donn

Swatch Me – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R50 !
Moto Guzzi January 13, 2023 posted by Donn

22 Year-Old Red Head – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Rosso Mandello

OK, maybe spring on the shore of Lake Como isn’t in the cards this year, but Moto Guzzi had a limited edition V11 that celebrated life in red.  Today’s Goose looks very good and quite original with a little over 16K miles.

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Rosso Mandello for sale on eBay

Styled and named to commemorate 80 years in Mandello del Lario, the limited edition used the recent V11 backbone chassis and two-valve twin, with respectable power at 91 hp.  Torque was actually plan A, with 69 ft.-lbs. and a new six-speed transmission plus a light hydraulic clutch.  Nicer components spiced up the traditional drivetrain, with Marzocchi usd forks, an adjustable monoshock, 320mm Brembo brakes and wide 17-inch alloy wheels.  The side view is a composition in red, black and grey, with candy apple valve covers and a helpful carbon fiber handlebar fairing and mudguard up front.

Not a great time of year for a test ride in central Wisconsin, but the owner has wheeled her out for a short video,  hard to share but easy to play on eBay.  A few touch-ups to the fuel tank, but otherwise looking quite good and just waiting for a proper detail.  Fresh Michelins and the Power Commander will fill in the dry spots in the fuel injection map.  Notes from the eBay auction –

Bike is #49 out of 300 numbered bikes produced. It was estimated there were around 177 shipped to the United States. Bike is all original besides a power commander and a Penske rear shock which was over $1000 new. I was told by previous owner the clutch was done but I do not have any paperwork for it. It feels great.

Bike starts and runs great. Has excellent Michelin Pilot Power 4 tires. Needs nothing. The pictures are unedited and speak for themselves. 

I have all the original literature for the bike including pictures of it being uncrated, letter of authenticity, manuals, original sales receipt, advertising, and a small model of the bike.

Guzzi has a clean and clear WI title.  A Mistral crossover and carbon exhaust will be available for this bike at an agreed upon price.

The Rosso Mandello was only mid-point in the V11’s model run, and the longitudinal V-twin and shaft drive soldier on in Guzzi’s current line-up.  For all their traditionality, many innovations have come out of Mandello del Lario – the first motorcycle wind tunnel, a 500cc V-8 racing engine, and more contemporary CARC shaft drive that reduces torque reaction, and cartridge fork innovations.  Just starting their second century, Guzzi’s continue to be unusual if not rare, with yearly production in the several thousand range.  The Rosso Mandello came here in just a few hundred though, and this example looks very collectible.

-donn

22 Year-Old Red Head – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Rosso Mandello
Suzuki January 11, 2023 posted by Donn

Colorful – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition

In plucky defiance of the almost subdued red and bronze LE featured earlier this week, today’s GSX-R is a stateside version, with a few differences to the home market version, and quite an upgrade to base model.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

Good as the showroom GSX-R750 was, Suzuki needed to homologate certain features for racers, and the Limited Edition was almost half again the cost of the standard.  Hard parts like the dry clutch, close ratio gearbox, and a slightly larger fuel tank were only part of the story.  Some markets got 29mm Mikuni flat-slide carbs, but the stateside version came a year later and this example appears with a constant velocity set-up.  Other special components on the LE included electrically NEAS operated anti-dive forks, steering damper and beefier clip-ons.  The Japanese model was tuned for just 77 hp, but the ROW model claimed 100, and beside a few items conforming to each DOT rules, just the muffler and livery differentiate the two variants.

Presented by a collector with another GSX-R available, this one looks very collectible, with low miles and no apparent “experience”.  A fairing touch-up is noted but not visible in the pictures provided.  All other finishes look about 1/33 of their age.  Detailed comments from the eBay auction –

The example before you has never been subject to any major abuse or racing. It appears to have made it through unscathed. History of bike from what I know. It was originally from Massachusetts then made its way to Wisconsin and changed hands twice from the vehicle history report. It then made its way to Georgia where I purchased it in 2018. Owner did not register it as Georgia doesn’t require a title for bikes over 25 years old. Previous owner did mention that the upper fairing on the upper right side had been touched up due to a garage mishap. Not even noticeable. Owner rode it twice and stored it the rest of the time. All other body work is original. No cracks, no hair-line cracks, no scratches. Bike runs/idles/ shifts great. All electrical works as it should. I’ve put about 100 miles on it since 2018. 

In the last year I had RMC Moto motorcycle shop do:
New fork seals and fluid
Fresh Motul oil and Suzuki oil filter
New OEM air cleaner 
Rear shock completely rebuilt. 
New NKG spark plugs 
New brake fluid/bleed
New clutch fluid/bleed
Chain lubed and adjusted 
Carbs cleaned / adjusted / synched 
Tires are about 2-3 years old (probably 10-15 miles on them)
Battery is about two years old 
Bike is currently stored with fuel stabilizer in it. And on a battery tender. 

This bike sounds amazing at any speed and begs to be given more throttle. A very fun bike to ride. Whether for pleasure or investment, you will not be disappointed with this purchase as it’s sure to be a discussion piece and will continue to appreciate in value.

This model changed the look of superbike grids in national and world championships, and some described it as the first modern superbike.  No denying it belongs in any serious collector’s gallery.  Three days left in the auction and the mid-teens have arrived but haven’t met the reserve.  Hopefully knowledgeable readers will weigh in and maybe even bid.

-donn

Colorful – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition