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Ducati October 11, 2021 posted by Donn

Sounds Like – 2009 Ducati 848

Even at the bottom of Ducati’s sportbike range for 2009, the 848 had what would’ve been superbike performance just a few years back.  Without being an S or limited edition, this plain vanilla 848 seems like a stone-ground vanilla, hand churned into a beautiful sundae.

2009 Ducati 848 for sale on eBay

Even more than earlier supersports, the 848 shared so many part numbers with the 1098/1198 that one could debate whether it was gifted the leading edge engineering, or maybe subsidized the superbike development.  Weight was reduced right at the crankcase level, with a vacuum casting that saved 3 kg of engine weight.  Marelli EFI points down elliptical throttle bodies, controlling 134 hp and 70.8 ft.-lbs. torque.  Trading the dry clutch music for lightness and reliability, the wet clutch hooks up to a close-ratio 6 speed.  Showa dampers are in the supersport budget but still fully adjustable, and calipers have radial mounting points.  Overall the package tipped the scales at 370 lbs. dry, with aerodynamics allowing a 160 mph top speed.

Rather limited photos and history here, but the 848 does have low miles at 5,279, and likely needs the initial valve check and timing belt service.  Definitely overdue for tires.  Interested buyers will have to factor those into the buy-it-now and maybe get more photos and records before pushing Make Offer.  Just a couple of notes from the eBay listing-

2009 Ducati 848 is an original. The owner has had it for 2 years. The vehicle runs great and is not regularly ridden.
 
Original Ducati 848 with low mileage and no flaws or defects. Runs great and has a clean title.

The 848 benefited from the return to the classic side-by-side headlight design, as well as the testastretta engine with 7,500-mile service intervals.  More often seen on our pages in Nicky Hayden edition colors, the intro model is identical mechanically.  Without the superbike cachet and advanced electronics aboard the superbike, the 848 might remain reasonable even in this sellers market.

-donn

Sounds Like – 2009 Ducati 848
Moto Guzzi October 8, 2021 posted by Donn

Comfortable Café – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

Lucky to have been designed and manufactured during Aprilia’s acquisition, Moto Guzzi’s V11 Sport had some new ideas as well as classic Guzzi attributes.  This example shows just 3,130 miles and the condition indicates that is correct.

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for sale on eBay

The V11 started its summation of Guzzi history right in the engine bay, with its largest-ever engine at 1,064 cc’s, optimized for 69 ft.-lbs. torque but sporting 91 hp.  A newly designed 6-speed drew raves, along with an interesting two-plate dry clutch.  The chassis is a beefy rectangular tube connecting the headstock and sideplates, with the engine supported front and rear.  The shaft drive is a Guzzi hallmark, and the Brembo brakes look big enough to handle the 500 lbs. riding weight.  Styling is classic with upright but forward controls, nearly 6 gallons of fuel, and faired pillion.  Love it or don’t, the green has been in and out of Guzzi’s catalog since the original V7.

Somehow stored without damage after passing just a season’s worth of miles, this V11 looks great and boasts a recent oil change and battery.  New baloney skins will be a requirement however.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Green color with Red frame edition in mint condition with only 3130 miles. It is a one owner motorcycle, all original with only a battery tender lead added. The Emissions Canisters have been removed as well as the side reflectors but I have these items in a box that’s included in the sale. Newer battery installed as well as a recent oil change. Tires are original as well as everything else. Never in the elements and kept in a climate controlled garage. Clear PA title and 2 keys along with the Owners Manual.

The V11 stayed in production until 2006, and the 1064 two-valve engine was used in the more muscle-bike Griso until recently, though only the 1200 is currently on the USA site.  Better for shorter rides without the Le Mans fairing, the semi-clip-ons give a sporty but relaxed ride.  Classic prices have been so bonkers it’s hard to say whether this one will still be available when the post comes up, but it’s worth reviewing to see a lovely stock example.

-donn

Comfortable Café – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport
Ducati October 6, 2021 posted by Donn

Battery Not Included – 2000 Ducati 748 with just 1,725 Miles !

Update 10.6.2021: Scooped again as this one was bought at 7 this morning !  See the original listing – here –…  Donn

Until you’ve seen one of Tamburrini’s masterpieces in a friend’s kitchen or foyer, it’s hard to understand why anyone would take a perfectly rideable supersport off the road.  A previous collector got to this one while it was still unmarked, and though it’s not a special limited edition, it gets the point of the 916/996 design across with style.

2000 Ducati 748 for sale on eBay

Although it wasn’t the superbike, the 748 was equipped for fun, with 98 hp and a closer ratio transmission than the 916.  Elsewhere, the spec sheets were shared, with indistinguishable chassis and brakes, Showa USD forks and monoshock, and wheel sizes.  Weights are within a few pounds and the tank and bodywork are hard to tell apart.  Charging and cooling system mediocrities were also shared.

Probably an academic discussion, but some workshop time would be required to re-introduce this 748 to the road.  All the expendables will have to be renewed, and even then a brake, clutch, fork, or shock seal might throw in the towel after a few rides.  If it’s going to stay in the diorama, maybe those scuffs on the lowers could be addressed.  The seller has a full-length walkaround – here – which shows off the construction at the very least.  Notes from the eBay auction:

The Ducati 748-998 is one of the most iconic and attractive modern motorcycles.  This example is in near perfect condition, easily a 9.9/10 example.  There are absolutely no modifications whatsoever on this 748.  This is an investment grade condition example that would look appropriate in a showroom, on display, or as a premium condition example to ride and enjoy.  Please view the extensive details provided including a 16 minute video showing the 748 with commentary, 140 photos, and the below description.  This 748 has a clean title in my name.

I acquired this 748 from the original owner.  He purchased it new from a Ducati dealer.  It is an original monoposto model. He was a mature adult at the time of purchase and babied the bike.  He never had it out in the rain.  He was exceptionally careful with it as the bike has no notable wear or marks on it and has never been down!  He rode it sparingly as evidenced by the very low 1,700 correct miles.  Around 2008 he decided to put the bike on static display inside his house.  Prior to this he had it prepped at the Ducati dealer with having the fuel drained, cylinders fogged, battery removed, and other tasks performed.

The yellow over gold frame and wheels shows very well at least on this 748, though the usual 1/4-turn fairing fasteners were value-engineered into less expensive clip-nuts.  More isn’t always better, and some reviewers found the 748 better suited real life than the superbike.  This particular bike will likely miss out on any more road miles, though it sounds like the previous owner prepared it properly for show, so stock it would be a great display of how it was constructed.

-donn

Battery Not Included – 2000 Ducati 748 with just 1,725 Miles !
Honda October 5, 2021 posted by Donn

Greenheads – 1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35

On the coat-tails of Saturday’s RVF400R post, here’s a 1996 model NC35 with good if not great cosmetics, and a peculiar choice of fairing fasteners.

1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35 for sale on eBay

In the Japanese market, keeping the excitement bubbling for Honda’s new RC45 superbike meant having a lookalike that had better access to new and merely mortal riders.  The RVF400R followed the VFR’s able footsteps, with a new decade’s styling and a few new thoughts on sportbike engineering.  No sense re-designing the little V-4, since it smoothly delivered the legally limited 61 hp.  Likewise the alloy chassis and ELF-designed swingarm, though adjustments were made.  17-inch wheels are found at both ends, and upside-down forks were finally deemed a requirement.  Fox-eye headlights came with the new fairing, which was only available in the white, red, and umm, purple – same as the RC45.

Looking quite tidy, this RVF appears substantially stock with the exception of the too modern-looking muffler.  Might be a bit of work to fix those paint chips but would be worth it.  Not sure why the end of the seat fairing is a little wonky.  The owner offers a walkaround video – here -.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This bike has 18,921 km (11,757 miles) on the odometer. The carbs were rebuilt and the motor tuned in 2020 and the original tires replaced with Continental Sport Attack 2. All maintenance is up to date. The bike has a properly jetted TYGA Race Exhaust and it does sound good. The bike starts, idles, runs and shifts through all the gears just like it should. The are no flat spots during acceleration. The bike has some minor nicks and stains from the road and one noticeable scuff on the left side tank where it rubbed against the trailer wall. The tank is clean inside. the original toolkit comes with the bike. I have a parts manual, maintenance manual, and owners manual that go with the bike. The original exhaust canister also goes with the bike (it is in very good condition). I have the import documents and a signed title by the original buyer in the USA.

Many times these rare models get snatched up before our post hits the wi-fi waves, but this one should survive at least until the previous RVF sells.  Boasting about their rarity in a clear voice, these babies are asking and getting superbike bucks.  Hopefully the new owner will be a rider, a RSBFS reader, and under 5′-10″.

-donn

 

Greenheads – 1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35
Ducati September 30, 2021 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore

Despite its light weight and minimal monocoque chassis, Ducati managed to fit many firsts, extremes and superlatives into the 1199 Panigale S.  RSBFS reader Jason has a one-owner Panigale S is in the Tricolore livery with a few choice upgrades and just 1,457 miles.

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore asking price $19,500

No longer suspended from a trellis frame, the Superquadro engine in the Panigale is a structural member, and a small but robust aluminum casting carries the adjustable headstock.  The subframe holding the single-sided rear suspension connects to the back of the engine, and the integral aluminum seat carrier is above.  In between there’s an all-new L-twin, with cams driven by a gear/chain combination, and extraordinarily oversquare cylinders ( 112mm bore and 60.8mm stroke ).  Mitsubishi fuel injection and ride-by-wire throttle are in control of 195 hp, with the help of multiple electronic aids.  With engine braking control providing slipper functionality, the wet clutch has been fitted with a quickshifter.  Monobloc Brembo calipers appear to be poured over their 30mm pistons, on 330mm rotors and of course multi-mode ABS.  Öhlins dampers and lighter Marchesini wheels are part of the S package.  Designers spent plenty of time in the wind tunnel optimizing the riding position and bodywork with the goal of a superbike easier to ride fast.

Jason is a principal at Northwest European, a specialty dealer of mostly the four-wheeled variety, but has prepared this Panigale S beautifully.  Their full description is available – here – , but following are their comments about this Tricolore –

This particular example is a spectacular original 1199 Panigale S sold new with factory original Tricolore livery. Having covered a mere 1,457 miles since new, the owner, an avid motorcycle enthusiast, has maintained and serviced this Ducati with the utmost care. As many motorsports enthusiasts will do, the owner selected several specially developed upgrades for this bike, all of which can be easily removed and returned to the original state should the new owner wish to do so – Racing ECU upgrade, exhaust, ASV levers, and a multitude of carbon fiber bits are among the highlights.



As one should expect with this example, the condition of this Ducati is nearly like new. Every aspect of the bike from the colorful bodywork, carbon fiber details, and refined mechanical features are polished, preserved, and properly maintained to factory specifications. The still original tires show minimal use while the brakes, disc surfaces, and drive chain are all in excellent condition.

This Ducati is accompanied by a factory owner’s manual, an un-assembled Tamiya scale model kit of this bike still in the box, a spare seat, spare body pieces, and other original parts that were removed from the bike and upgraded per the original owner’s preference.

Northwest European asks $19,500 for this Panigale S Tricolore, and Jason can be reached at (206) 355-7727 or via email at jason@nweuro.com

As much as a motorbike is a zillion details flying in formation, Ducati appears to have looked at each one carefully, but never lost sight of the goal of lightness and maneuverability.  With a dry weight of 362 lbs., that success was quick and easy to see.  Riding reviews said that the harder to measure combination of a slightly longer swingarm, rotating the engine back a few degrees, centralized mass, and moving the rider a hair forward made for a quick and forgiving superbike.   Contact Jason at (206) 355-7727 for more information on this 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore
Benelli September 23, 2021 posted by Donn

Sealed for Freshness – 1976 Benelli 750 Sei

More often seen as the later 900cc, the 750 Sei sings an alto arrangement with a sextet of pistons just over two inches in diameter.  Hard to say just when this restoration was completed, but it appears to have traveled very few miles since then.

1976 Benelli 750 Sei for sale on eBay

Conceived by Alejandro de Tomaso, Benelli developed the Sei as a GT and introduced it 1972.  The 1976 model achieved 71 hp, and used three 24mm carburetors.  A gear-driven alternator kept the engine’s width under control, and its smoothness and handling reviewed well.  In an early application of  disk brakes, the Sei used twin 300mm rotors with a drum rear.  18-inch wheels and 500 lbs. weight were par for the mid-seventies, but overall performance was not as exciting as the look of the six angled mufflers.

Offered by a Miami specialty dealership, this Sei is a monochromatic composition in silver, black, and chrome, with factory-looking pinstripes.  Just about everything probably looks better than the day it rolled out of Pesaro, though the finish on the instrument cluster and surrounding area is a puzzling exception.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Top class restoration. The best you can get. Runs as it should. No issues. 
A rare bike almost impossible to find in this good a shape. 90 miles done since. 
Buy with absolute confidence. 
Descriptions, viewpoints and opinions vary between people. 
Please look at the photos and do your own evaluation. 

Depending on your point of view, DeTomaso was somewhere between an early corporate raider and a gifted design engineer.  Either way the small production runs at Benelli led to quality control and dealer network issues, so it was easier to show the Sei than write sales orders.  Even given the alleged similarities to the Honda’s 550 Four engine design, the Sei was a smashing achievement and the only six cylinder for quite a long time.  Interest in the Sei continues – especially when looking like a brand new bike – as does Benelli’s long history.

-donn

 

Sealed for Freshness – 1976 Benelli 750 Sei
MV Agusta September 21, 2021 posted by Donn

Little America – 2004 MV Agusta 750 Brutale America

With a nod to a previous generation’s – 750S –, MV Agusta’s America kit transformed the Brutale, at least cosmetically.  This one has low miles, great looks, and claims to be one of 70 in the nation.

2004 MV Agusta 750 Brutale America for sale on eBay

No surprise that the together design was penned by Massimo Tamburini, and made use of MV’s own F4 engine, in its original 750 form.  The engine bolts in to limit flex in the trellis chassis, which supports 49mm Showa forks and a single-sided rear with Sach shock.  MV’s signature star wheels have been uprated to Marchesini forgings, and the usual four-into-two exhaust replaced by an even lighter and shorter Arrow system.

Let’s hope the kit was dealer installed because it really is too much to list.  Limited photos will require a request for more.  Fans of the magic number will like plaque 030 of 300.  Funny the tanks wings are blue on the underside, white on top, so from low angles the bike just looks blue.  Not sure of the pictured rider is the owner, but the fork tubes seem to be pushed up through the trees an inch or so.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Very rare , 300 made world wide and only 70 sold in the USA , this is number 30 of 300 !  LOW MILES ! This bike sold new for @ $19k. The full America kit was @ $ 7500. The full America kit included Alcantara Saddle , carbon fiber – tail section , side vents , radiator shroud , instrument cover , key guard ( I added the rear fender) .  Also in the kit was special paint colors and Marchesini wheels.

In just 20 years the Brutale has been through three generations, from 675 to 1090 cc’s, and a surprising number of special editions – from the classic Oro to Starfighter Titanium.  In this kind of condition and superhero livery, the 750 America will always find a fan here.

-donn

Little America – 2004 MV Agusta 750 Brutale America
Honda September 19, 2021 posted by Donn

(Over)Use as Directed – 1990 Honda CBR400RR

Update 9.19.21: Sold Friday night but still worth a peek, push “See original listing” – donn

Painting a street bike in the colors of Honda’s 250 GP team might be a giveaway that it was going to get a workout.  This CBR looks to have been ridden hard and possibly raced, but is at least worth a look as a project.

1990 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

The specs for the baby Fireblade read like a full-fledged superbike, with double overhead gear-driven cams, alloy chassis, and assymmetrical gull swingarm.  Some components are sized for the expected stresses, like the 275mm brakes, and some ruled by budgetary concerns, like the semi-adjustable suspension.  But considering the intended market in countries with progressive licensing, and the intended youthful riders, it’s somewhat hipper than the current single cylinder starter sports.

No corner of this CBR has been spared, or had much attention lavished on the cosmetics, though the tank and seat fairing look undamaged.  The fairings have the advantage of being easier to remove and most repairs can be made from the inside.  No claims of recent maintenance, so some questions to the owner might be in order.  Notes from the eBay auction:

NC29 JDM
current registration,
clean title in my name,
runs excellent,
moto gp, gp250 Advance Shell HRC team replica color.

Replica bikes of medium-sized racers of this era have
ultra-high quality, powerful and excellent handling.

I hope you enjoy the proficiency of this excellent machine at 17000 rpm.

Preferably this Blade would’ve been fawned over rather than neglected, even if pushed to the limits.  Pre-pandemic readers will recall similar models selling for much less ( and in really nice shape ), but these are a certain rarity, never offered here except as a one-at-a-time import.  For a well-equipped garagiste with an empty lift, this might be a worthwhile project and the Make Offer button is available.

-donn

(Over)Use as Directed – 1990 Honda CBR400RR