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Ducati February 15, 2019 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2006 SportClassic 1000 with Paul Smart Fairing

Update 2.15.2019: Curtis has relisted his SportClassic on eBay and is no reserve. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Ducati was comfortably ahead of the game when they introduced the SportClassic series, which had great vintage appeal but modern mechanicals.  This owner has updated his first-year monoposto with suspension and fairings from the Paul Smart limited edition, and continued the look with the front fairing in burnt yellow as well.

2006 SportClassic 1000 with Paul Smart Fairing for sale on eBay

Using the air-cooled dual-spark 992 across the range, the SportClassics had a healthy 92 hp available, fuel injected for better rideability and more modern emissions.  Around the fully visible powerplant, the black trellis frame makes its way from triple tree to asymmetrical swingarm, which was used for 2006 only.  Inside the vintage-looking spoked alloys are up-to-date 320mm Brembo brakes.  The plastic four gallon ( plus one in reserve ) fuel tank is rust proof and the owner had this one lined for ethanol resistance.

The Paul Smart was only offered in commemorative silver, and though the later 1000S was available in the much faster yellow, the biposto lacked the Öhlins suspension and banana monoshock rear.  The overdone factory exhaust has given way to a purposeful Zard stainless, and the list of nice touches continues around the bike.  Maintenance is spot-on, with just over 11,000 miles, it's halfway to its second valve adjustment, as the owner states in the eBay listing:

Zard Stainless Exhaust
Lithium lightweight Battery
Watson LED Front Turn Signals
Motobox LED Rear Turn Signals
Near New Michelin Pilot Sport Tires w/ 1,200 miles
New OEM Ducati Tank Replacement that has been professionally Caswell lined
PS1000LE Paul Smart Ohlins Forks
PS1000LE Paul Smart Rear Shock
LED headlight
Autoclave Carbon front tire fairing
NCR Titanium dry clutch cover
Strata fab fairing conversion hardware
7,500 Mile Valve service completed
Regular Oil Changes with Motul Racing Oil
Regular Chain lube and cleaning
Ceramic coated paint
Rear shock was recently serviced w/ new seals and oil

The SportClassics continue to appreciate, especially the limited editions and single year models.  This 2006 is hard to distinguish from a factory effort, except for the premium details added.  Though the SC's didn't break new technical ground, they have a look any Ducatisti will enjoy, with the excellent DS1000 reliability.  Curtis requests questions and offers via eBay - here - or contact by email: howdycurtis@gmail.com

-donn

Featured Listing – 2006 SportClassic 1000 with Paul Smart Fairing
Suzuki February 15, 2019 posted by Donn

Early Adopter – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Though each of the big four produced an -80's turbocharged middleweight, Suzuki's was focused on sport and is still the rarest.  This example has been on display in Sweden since 1987 and is ready for a marquis spot.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo ( Sweden ) for sale on eBay

Each of the turbos were a technology showcase and showroom failure, but as ever, Suzuki jammed a helping of sportbike technique into their design.  In spite of the excess heat brought by a turbo system, Suzuki stuck with air-oil cooling and used an early version of their SACS piston squirters to keep temps under control.  The 673cc four used 12 pounds of boost to make 85 hp, helped by electronic fuel injection which was tuneable and didn't require carburetor float bowls next to a hot turbocharger.

The chassis got a healthy dose of attention, with the first road application of a smaller 16" front wheel and anti-dive forks.  The Full Floater alloy monoshock made for a sweet handling powerhouse.  Fans will see references to the 1981 Katana in the supersport fairing which flows right to the tailcone.  Brakes are big for the time at 290mm, an acknowledgement of the 550 lbs. wet weight.

I was thinking this Suzuki might be related to the Christensson MC Collection we saw at the Mecum auction in January, but it must be another collector from that mad hotbed of sportbikes, Sweden.  Though not perfect, the condition is close to museum quality, with just 2,300 miles.  There are nick here and there, and some peculiar almost-scratches on the right engine case.  Unlikely though it is, a quick look and lubrication of any rotating part would be in order before a ride.  From the eBay auction:

SUPER RARE ONLY MADE 1 YEAR (1983)
Bike has only 3697 km / 2297 miles on it and has been parked away since 1987.
Minor scratches as per documentation.
Bike is located in central Sweden (Västerås)

With just rudimentary electronics, this Suzuki turbo could be diverted from the collection back to rideability with just some seals and oils.  More likely it will get a thorough buffing and resume its spot in a collection, but RSBFS readers and writers would love to hear if anyone inspects or bids on this XN85 !

-donn

Early Adopter – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo
Bimota February 13, 2019 posted by Donn

Mid-Winter Roundup of Featured Listings

Even though there are prodigious cold fronts trained on both coasts, planning ahead is always in season. Here's a little review of RSBFS' recent features:

Let's start with a couple of smokin' race machines -

Featured Listing: 2018 Honda NSF250R Moto 3 Race Bike For Sale

Featured Listing: 2017 Suter MMX500 for Sale

From the 1980's we have two classic supersports, plus a unique Harley-Davidson -

Sponsored Listing: Zero-mile, 1-of-25 road-going 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000!

Sponsored Listing: 1983 Honda CB1100F

Featured Listing – 1982 Honda CB750F Super Sport

These three are more along GT lines but very sporty -

Sponsored Listing: 1994 Suzuki GSXR-1100

Featured Listing – 1995 Yamaha GTS 1000 Euro Edition

Featured Listing: 1984 Honda CX650 Turbo!

If you are a skilled track rider there are four big-displacement racers, from classic to modern -

Featured Listing: 1991 Yamaha OW01 FZR750R Race Bike

Featured Listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa

Featured Listing: 2000 Ducati 748RS track bike

Featured Listing: Honest-to-God 2012 Suter BMW MotoGP bike

The 1990's were a sweet sportbike spot, and we have four currently -

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale

Sponsored Listing: 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for Sale

Featured Listing: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Featured Listing: 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01

The rest are a little of this and a little of that, or more accurately a lot of this and a lot of that -

Like a naked 2003 Yamaha R1 -

Featured Listing – 2003 Yamaha FZ1 with just 661 Miles !

Here's Honda's own winning V-twin, the 2005 RC51 SP2 -

Featured Listing: 2005 Honda RC51 SP2

Or this stealthily accessorized Monster -

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 build!

This '06 SportClassic is a custom using the factory Paul Smart fairing -

Featured Listing – 2006 SportClassic 1000 with Paul Smart Fairing

From just last year, here's a Kawasaki H2R with road registration -

Featured Listing: Street-Titled 2018 Kawasaki H2R for Sale

Also looking very ready for the track, this 2004 999R is an homologation special -

Featured Listing: 2004 Ducati 999R FILA

We had two MH900E's but one has sold.  This one has never been registered -

Featured Listing: 2001 Parking Space Odyssey – NEW 2001 Ducati MH900e

And our most recent feature is this '08 1098S, fully decked out in carbon and billet aluminum -

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati 1098S for Sale

When you're not chipping the ice off something or throwing things at the weather broadcast, check the right column on RSBFS for our sponsors and friends' latest features !  Spring is just around the corner...

Donn

Mid-Winter Roundup of Featured Listings
Ducati February 11, 2019 posted by Donn

BOZSBK – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition

Ducati had hopes for a long successful WSBK career for Ben Bostrom, and rewarded his 6-win 2001 season with a splashy limited edition replica.  #133 of 155 is offered by a Miami dealer and has 5,875 miles.

2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom for sale on eBay

The Bostrom was graced with the 998S engine, the new testastretta with 104.0 mm bore and 58.8 mm stroke making way for 123 hp.  An Öhlins front fork and steering damper were added, as well as racier Brembo brakes with thinner ( lighter ) 320mm rotors.  Carbon was the major material for the bodywork, and since the Bayliss LE had scooped the race graphics, designers used Bostrom's helmet graphics as the inspiration for the love-it-or-hate-it livery.

No information about ownership, maintenance or damage history from the Florida dealer, but they do have a pretty high-end selection, not mention a polished white floor.  Miles are low, under 6,000, and while the FBF mufflers suggest a dyno tune, it appears factory otherwise.

2001 was a singular year for Ducati WSBK, beside Boz's 6 wins, Troy Bayliss had six, plus six 2nds to take the championship.  Beside the limited edition Bayliss and Bostrom 998's, there were also the R's, the Matrix, and the Final Edition.  Rarest of all might be a plain vanilla 998 !  Seriously though, loud ( graphics ) and fast for the road, the 998S Bostrom is eager to please a fan of the 916-era, pre-electronic wizardry superbikes.

-donn

BOZSBK – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition
Ducati February 8, 2019 posted by Donn

Pre-Pani – 2010 Ducati 1198S Corse

Ducati's 1198 got the last 100cc that the 1098 promised, and the S's 170 hp made traction control standard ( and required ) equipment. This Limited Edition #50 comes to you in Corse colors and excellent condition.

2010 Ducati 1098S Corse for sale on eBay

 

Ducati returned to the 916/996 side-by-side headlights with the 1098, in a slightly swept-back and cat-eyed way.  The 1198cc testastretta EVO adjusted valve angles which improved running and allowed valve adjustments to be extended to 12K miles.  Some interesting race-derived parts are on board, like the magnesium valve covers, eliptical throttle bodies, and short-skirt pistons.  The 1198 kept the dry clutch while the more streetable 848 went wet.  Brembo brakes are XL at 330mm, and Öhlins suspension is multi-adjustable.  Electronics are track-oriented with an on-board data analysis package and eight-level traction control.

 

With just over 4,000 miles, there isn't a great deal of history for this KC native, though it's not a one-owner machine.  The pictures aren't great, but beside the tail-neatening, no farkles or damage are apparent.  From the eBay auction:

In mint condition. Adult ridden.  Always garage stored. New battery. If you have never owned a Ducati superbike, let me assure you they are the most powerful and "torquie" machine you will ever ride.  I have owned many metric superbikes over the years and none come close to the amount of fun and power this bike possesses.  Italy has a reputation for incredible cars and motorcycles and this one will not disappoint.  No test rides, but Ill be happy to run her and show you everything works great.  This is the special edition with all the bells and whistles offered. It comes with factory alarm system, tons of carbon fiber, aluminum tank, racing adjustable suspension, Ducati 7 step traction control, original manuals, the list  goes on and on.

 

The monocoque Panigale was right around the corner, so for a trellis-frame superbike, the 1198S can be considered a high peak.  If an inspection bears it out, this one is basically just broken in.  And while it might be a hoot on just the right road, a track day is really a better place to learn the intricacies of a Ducati Corse.

-donn

Pre-Pani – 2010 Ducati 1198S Corse
MV Agusta February 4, 2019 posted by Donn

Distinguished – 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

MV's 312R was introduced midway through the F4's lifespan when top speed, rather than 0-60 or a 1/4-mile was the goal.  In its alternative (not red and silver) livery, this Scottsdale example looks cared for with just 4,500 miles.

2008 MV Agusta F4 312R for sale on eBay

The F4 were built around the powerplant, and the 312R had revised heads with 30mm titanium intake valves, 48mm throttle bodies and longer intake horns to help make 183 hp at a lofty 12,400 rpm.  In the shiney-side-up department, 50mm Marzocchi forks are nitrided with carbon to reduce stiction, and the Sachs rear monoshock has low and high-speed adjustments.  312 kmh eventually has to end, and the Brembo P4/34 brakes are some of their finest.  The bodywork is at once trim, complex, and aggressive, and the stuff dreams are made of.

Not much to tell about a minty example with low miles, but there has been a sprocket change, maybe an additional tooth out back to trade a little top speed for sub-sonic convenience.  Pearlescent white over carbon looks so classy a tux might be good riding gear.  The owner relates recent maintenance in the eBay auction:

If you know sport bikes, you know MV Augusta is Motorcycle Art! This 200 mph F4 is in mint condition; stored for years as part of an MV collection. Beautiful paint, 2 tone pearl white and pearl black. This bike is completely stock, except for sprockets upgrade. New Metzler M5 tires. Recent oil service and coolant service...

The 312R was MV's pinnacle for a bit, superceded by the RR and then very special Castiglioni tributes.  The air slips over this veritable work of art, with premium appointments adding up to a $30K MSRP, making the current ask seem almost reasonable.  The same folks who said you'd be just as quick and a lot more sensible on any of the Pacific flagships are still on duty, but now saving you just a few thousand instead of the huge when-new dollars.  In this case the big step to a real exotic isn't such a leap !

-donn

Distinguished – 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R