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Ducati August 6, 2019 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R

8.20.2019: Sold in just 14 days. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Jamming superbike performance into a standard package, Ducati brought more excitement to the Monster corner of the showroom with their water-cooled S4’s.  For 2005 the S4R used the four-valve 996 engine tuned for 113hp.  From the Carolinas, this blue example has been nicely accessorized and maintained.

At the top of the Monster range, the S4R used premium suspension components are from Showa, with Ti nitrided fork legs and fully adjustable monoshock.  The sculptural single-sided swingarm is templated from the MH900e showcase.  Brakes are semi-floating Brembos, super(bike) sized at 320mm.  The classic trellis frame is in body color, which camouflages some of the surface mounted plumbing and electrical.  The bikini fairing and carbon accents keep the eyes moving, and the 996cc engine runs cooler without the usual fairing.

Longtime RSBFS reader Ryan chose well as the previous owner had started with a good year (2005’s have a steel fuel tank and no ethanol issues), specified the option paint, and added 2-into-2 Termignoni exhaust, Speedymoto bar risers and Pazzo levers.  Ryan made his own mechanical and appearance mods, and has these comments-

I serviced all the fluids, installed Pirelli Angel GT tires, and a new EVR sintered clutch pack, blue STM clutch pressure plate, Oberon slave cylinder and Speedymoto open cover to showcase the dry clutch. At 16,000 miles it received valve adjustment, belts, fuel filter, new EK chain, 14 tooth front sprocket, Ducati Performance Touring seat, CRG bar end mirrors, Rizoma front signals, and integrated tail light. The ECU was sent out to Houston Superbikes for software flash and disabling of the immobilizer.  The bike runs flawlessly, has clean title, never taken to the track, great condition with only a few minor paint chips and faded carbon fiber heel guards. This year it’s had fluids serviced, new coolant hoses, rear brake pads, and new timing belts. Including original seat, front and rear stands with sale.

Ryan’s S4R has 22,795 miles but looks much less, especially with the maintenance history.  Some find a certain beauty in the complexity of a 996, and this silver, black and blue Monster makes it look as good as ever.  Asking $5,000 for the pleasure,

-donn

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R
Buell August 4, 2019 posted by Donn

1992 Buell RSS1200 Westwind

Few riders could have foreseen the roller coaster ride Harley-Davidson in store for Erik Buell, but a previous owner of this RSS1200 Westwind saw a future classic in the big twin.  With just 1,800 miles this gem is very original and has been protected from life’s bumps and bruises.

1992 Buell RSS1200 Westwind for sale on eBay

Buell had recently started to specify the 1198cc Sportster powerplant, and used the new isoplanar engine mounts to tame the drumbeat of the 61 hp but very torquey engine.  The mill hung in the factory’s own ladder frame, using the engine case to locate the front of the underslung pull shock.  Up front the suspension was more conventional with upside-down WP forks, and the dual front brakes with six-piston calipers pre-date any Zero Torque Load patents.  Sharing space under the engine is a short Supertrapp exhaust, fairly inadequate but at least lightweight and centralized.  The monoposto seat is cleaned up substantially from the previous flip-up dual seat.

It looks like the second owner ( of three ) was the superfan, going through the comprehensive brake rebuild, fork swap, and fastener-level refinishing.  The seller has owned the RSS for 5 years, and kept the notes from the everything-but restoration:

Finished in Transparent Ruby Red. An original single seat bike, not converted from RS twin seat. This machine has been rebuilt over the last 4 years to original and as delivered condition from a very original low mileage bike. It is not a restoration, though in the interest of mechanical functionality tires, brake and fuel lines, chain, battery, caliper and shock rebuilds have been performed. 

All original decals are on frame, with original paint excepting side stand which was powder coated. All chrome has been redone to show standards, including truss head bodywork screws, and banjo bolts. All Wellnuts have been replaced. Fasteners used in the rebuild are zinc di-chromate where originally used, otherwise plating is bright zinc. This bike had a chrome chain guard which appears to be original and remains in place, though I cannot find any original photos with a chrome guard.

All bodywork is original and shows no signs of damage. The paint was buffed to a high gloss by a professional restoration painter, it was not repainted. Windscreen is the original Gustafsson piece, headlight cover was remade and drilled to fit the fairing in California by Cee Bailey Plastics. The fuel tank was cleaned and recoated inside with modern sealant not reactive to unleaded ethanol fuel. No gas has been put into tank since recoating. Electric solenoid fuel valves were removed, cleaned, new wiring spliced, new gas lines throughout. Napoleon mirror identification decals were made as original, as was the fuel reserve switch decal. 

Buell fans might be out there, looking to complete the pre-Harley section of their collection.  Or maybe this could just be a smashing occasional rider, its exhaust note, big fairing and unusual color certain to grab some eyeballs wherever it goes.  Either way, the mechanical and cosmetic work make it even better than new, and though the starting bid is up there it looks like it’d be worth it.

-donn

1992 Buell RSS1200 Westwind
Aprilia July 30, 2019 posted by Donn

Mil(le) Spec – 2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R

Aprilia boarded the naked train in 2002 and shortly switched tracks to a more streetfighter-ish vibe.  This 2008 model is super-clean and has some nice accessories.

2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R for sale on eBay

Based on the Mille superbike, the Tuono ( thunder, to you ) used the investment-grade Rotax 999cc twin, somehow making 139 hp along with a good reputation for reliability.  It’s dry-sumped and the ignition timing is controlled by the fuel injection computer.  Formed aluminum spars are welded to cast frame connectors, and the classic banana swingarm allows for an exhaust collector upstream of the big twin mufflers.  Showa forks and Sachs monoshock aren’t quite the superbike parts, but are preload and rebound adjustable.  4-pot Brembo brakes are superbike-sized at 320mm.  No Mickey Mouse ears on the bikini fairing but there is a little praying mantis thing going on.

Some of us would ride right through Fresno’s winter weather, but it’s a good sign that this owner babied his Tuono.  Apparently mods and rides were more carefully chosen than the pictures.  From the eBay auction:

Excellent Condition, Glossy/Beautifully Preserved Fluo Red/White Paint, 100% Garage-Kept (It Shows!)
All Scheduled Maintenance, Rides Fantastically, Clean Title, No Accidents, Low, Low 11k Mileage.
Responsible Adult-owned (I purchased directly from original private owner in 2011 with 5,500 miles). Never Raced/Tracked or Adulterated. Both the 1st owner and I exclusively used MOTUL 100% Full Synthetic Motor Oil/Lubricants for: Engine, Hydraulic Clutch System, Brake Fluids, Shocks & Forks, & Motul Motocool Expert Coolants/Antifreezes. (Google Motul: Top-line, Premium Quality products–Official supplier/partner/sponsor of MotoGP & many Motorsport World Championships)
All Maintenance/Services performed by trusted, seasoned Mechanic/Builder/Restorer/Fabricator at Vintage Works Motorcycle.
My beloved Tuono has always been properly winterized and covered/stowed during winter seasons; oil changes every 6 months regardless of miles ridden.
– Leo Vince SBK Race-Tech Performance 2:2 Dual Slip-On Exhausts
– Dynojet Tuned via Power Commander III (Fuel Injection Tuning Module) – Map 923-002 (DB-Killer installed)
– ECU Tune+ Dynojet O2 Controller
– CRG Arrow Bar End Mirrors+Recesses
– Carbon Fiber Clutch Cover
– OEM Aprilia Sliders/Crash Protectors
– STOMPGRIP Volcano Tank Grips
This Tuono has been re-listed a couple of times and is approaching downright bargain territory.  The front tire looks to be in better shape than the rear, but that’s an occupational hazard for the liter-size streetfighter.  Aprilia’s big naked is almost a middleweight at 399 lbs. dry, and this one appears to have had adult ownership and care for the long view.
-donn

Mil(le) Spec – 2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R
Yamaha July 26, 2019 posted by Donn

Summer Fizz – 1989 Yamaha FZR-400

Late July we should be focused on tall drinks with a lot of ice and a splash of seltzer, when a bargain-priced lightweight pops up.  This restorable rider sponsors thoughts of a ( well air conditioned ) van trip to Georgia.

1989 Yamaha FZR-400 for sale on eBay

Yamaha had been pursuing separate F3 and 400cc road bike goals, but joined other manufacturers in the racey replica business in 1986.  The .85 pint-sized inclined four fit snugly in the Deltabox alloy frame, and 60 hp arrived at a lofty 12,500 rpm.  Relaxed geometry made the handling less aggressive than some of the competition, with just preload adjustable on the right side up forks and monoshock.  Brakes are single piston but 298mm dual rotors, muy bueno for the expected use.  16,000 miles and 30 years down the road, the original build quality testifies for the defense.

No word on the chain of custody or originality of some parts, but the FZR appears substantially stock and quite tidy.  The owner has this to say in the eBay auction:

extremely good condition and runs perfect and is surprisingly fast for a 400 – everything works and it has a manual fan switch for hot days – it has brand new shinko podium 006s , a yoshimira exhaust system that sounds great, new regulator rectifier,recent chain and sprockets, and comes with the service and owners manual – also it has the seat strap if you want to remove the solo seat cowl and the rear seat pad is there as well-there is a small crack and scuff on the left mid fairing as seen in the picture but doesn’t affect the rigidity of the fairing – would make a very competitive ahrma vintage race bike in the next gen lightweight superbike class or a fun bike to tear up the curves in the mountains –

Since RSBFS is usually attracted to nicer examples, it bears emphasizing that a real rider has its place in the garage.  It can go to the track, or out in the rain, or be lent to a friend.  Or become the basis for a riding restoration.  This FZR appears to have had attention when needed, but hasn’t been refinished or glossed over.  Some might find the ask a bit much for a generation-old midsize, but if you’re still interested the Make Offer button is lit.

-donn

Summer Fizz – 1989 Yamaha FZR-400
Ducati July 23, 2019 posted by Donn

BFF – 1996 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Ducati has had a Supersport in their line-up since most of us have been riding, and the 1990’s were good years for the SS with excellent chassis, Brembo brakes, Showa suspension and the easy air-cooled desmodue.  This example has miles, and though the owner went lightly on upgrades, maintenance is up to date.

1996 Ducati 900SS/CR for sale on eBay

The carburetted era was winding down at Ducati but the 900SS still sports 38mm Mikunis, helping deliver 85 hp, pretty good for a two-valve air cooled engine.  Components were in a sweet spot as well, with dual 320mm disks, inverted forks and lightweight if not quiet dry clutch.  A good-sized pillion is available under the beauty cover, and the cafe racer fairing insures easy access for maintenance and cleaning.

This owner has made a few nice mods with the alloy swingarm and wider rear wheel, looks like an updated monoshock though it isn’t mentioned.  The oil change schedule has a seasonal sound, so likely not too many recent miles, and for that odometer it looks phenomenal.  Generously photographed, there’s also video of – startup – and – walkaround – ( better soundtrack on the startup ).  From the eBay auction:

1996 Ducati 900SS with 35,146 miles.  Meticulously maintained.  Very clean.  Always stored indoors (inside basement shop).  Oil and filter changed every 500 miles or so.  Valve adjusted 34,235.  Belts replaced, new Ferodo clutch plates, brakes/clutch bled 34,934.  This is basically an SP model (sans the carbon fiber and remote reservoirs) with CR bodywork.  Showa 41mm usd 3-way adjustable forks.  Aluminum SP swingarm.  5.5″ rear wheel.  Regina chain.  41t rear sprocket.  Adjustable brake and clutch levers.  Napoleon bar-end mirror.  Stock exhaust and cans (though mildly jetted to accept slip-ons).  Updated (2001+) clutch slave cylinder and rod.  Vented 1/2 clutch cover.  Lightly tinted windscreen.  New Yuasa YTX20HL-BS High Performance AGM battery.  Did I mention how clean this bike was?

The later Supersports had a tough row to hoe, second fiddle to the superbikes with the new Monsters breathing down their corner of the showroom.  Only a few hundred were imported in ’97-98, and Pierre Terblanche provided a re-styled SS for 1999.  Though there is a reserve on this auction, this SS/CR should still be a down payment-sized entry into the sportbike affliction.

-donn

BFF – 1996 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Ducati July 22, 2019 posted by Donn

Doppelganger – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition

Like Agent Smith inhabited Bane’s real body, the 998 cloaked the new Ducati testastretta in the familiar 916/996 package.  This Virginia example is offered by the original dealer and looks excellent.

2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition for sale on eBay

First introduced in the 996R, the early testastretta engine was seriously oversquare ( 104 mm bore x 58.8 mm stroke ) and cooked up 123 hp.  The classic trellis frame was silver and a nice contrast with the metallic green bodywork.  Gold accents on the Showa titanium nitrided forks, 320mm Brembo brakes and Öhlins monoshock showed off the premium components.

Evidently a franchise dealer back in the day, the seller is now an independent but has serviced the bike for its 12K-plus miles.  Not sure there are any mods beside the Arrow exhaust, and the condition is immaculate.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This wonderful example was sold new at our shop when we were a Ducati Dealer and has been a local bike ever since. The bike has just received a full and inclusive 12K Service including but not limited to; valve adjustment, throttle body synchronization, new belts, new fuel filter, all fluids, all critical fasteners checked, brake service, clean lube and adjust chain. Ready to Ride!!! Buy It Now price includes either black or original silver five spoke Marchesini Wheels.   

The 998 won in WSBK and the dealerships, and was a memorable superbike when the 999 styling failed to impress fans.  The Matrix Edition number just a few hundred and always attract attention.  The ( ahem ) trinity of long time dealer service, super and collectible condition, and up-to-date maintenance should make for a winning combination.

-donn

Doppelganger – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition
Honda July 17, 2019 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda NSR250R SE / MC21 Super Nice !

At this point in the lives of small grey market two-strokes, buyers must often choose between clapped out originals or restorations with a lot of reproduction parts.  Long time friend of RSBFS  Moto2 Imports has recently found an all-original NSR250R in excellent shape with all the MC21 goodness.

1992 Honda NSR250R SE for sale on eBay

Honda built the NSR250R from 1987-96 and the 4th generation MC21 had the longest run from 1990-93.  Though horsepower was legislated at 45, carburetion and ignition control were improved along the way and the MC21 uses the card-based PGM-III system.  All the NSR250’s had a similar look with a single trapezoidal headlight, but underneath the bodywork the frames borrowed developments from Moto3, with the MC21 sporting air-adjustable forks and an assymetrical Pro-Link swingarm which allowed the right exhaust to pass underneath.  The Super Edition featured a dry clutch and close-ratio gearset.

Moto2 has built a following by searching out better examples, then tuning and making them ready rather than restoring.  This NSR250R must’ve had a careful adult rider, its 12,811 miles show no damage or significant wear.  Moto2 has this to say about the bike in their eBay auction:

Tired of seeing nothing but junky imports dressed up in cheap aftermarket fairings? This NSR is the real deal, the way the Honda engineers designed it to come off the factory line. Simply put, there are not many bikes of this condition and quality left on the planet.

1992 Super Edition model features upgraded fully-adjustable suspension, dry clutch & close-ratio gearbox

Original Honda bodywork & tank in 9+/10 condition – see all 24 HD pics. Video available upon request.

12,811 miles (20,627km); super clean chassis and peripheral components

Inspected and test ridden – starts/runs/shifts/stops as expected of a bike in this condition

Legally imported with EPA/DOT clearance for US street use.
We have imported dozens of NSRs from Japan over the years, but this ’92 SE is the nicest overall we’ve had come through our doors. The OEM bodywork and tank are in near mint condition, and the chassis is equally clean. Switchgear, rear sets, calipers and hardware look factory fresh, while the exhaust pipes are perfect. Bike has been inspected / test ridden and needs nothing. It starts easily, pulls hard, and shift/stops like it should. If you’ve been dreaming of a two-stroke street bike, but were waiting for the right one, wait no more. Pics posted here, video available on request, and we are happy to answer any questions about this amazing machine.

You can also check out Moto2’s website – here -.

Though the NSR250R is equipped for a pillion, it’s just not the steed for two-up or a long day.  But if the twisty bits are nearby, the instantaneous power and sub-300 lbs. weight are just the thing for maximum fun.  Never imported to the U.S., it’ll be an event to see another one.  Along with Moto2’s major service, the legendary Honda build combined with the fanatical care this example appears to have had, should make for a very happy new owner.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda NSR250R SE / MC21 Super Nice !
Ducati July 11, 2019 posted by Donn

White Elefant – 1988 Ducati Paso Limited

New Cagiva managers enlisted Massimo Tamburini to design the next Ducati, and installed the desmodue 750 in the Paso.  Unfortunately it didn’t lead to a sales boom and a limited edition was issued to bump showroom interest.  This Virginia example is very stock and very, very clean.

1988 Ducati Paso Limited for sale on eBay

Ducati got their design dollar’s worth and the Paso looks like no other Ducati, with a square-section dual downtube frame, hidden under the all-encompassing soap bar.  The innovative 44mm Weber carburetor fed both cylinders and the engine bragged 73 hp with a wide torque band which made the 5-speed trans workable.  The Limited benefits from premium Marzocchi M1R forks and Öhlins monoshock.  Brakes are shared from the non-limited, but fine Brembo 280mm dual disks.  Nicer suspension and 16-inch rubber masked the 430 lbs. dry weight, which still cost performance versus the competition.

This owner has helped preserve his Paso Limited, even keeping the black chrome muffler and having a Corbin seat done which is almost indistinguishable from the factory sofa.  Comments from the eBay auction:

I have owned this Bike since 2005
Total original miles is Just under 5,900 miles
Only Fifty Paso Limited made
I just completed installing
New timing belts
New under tank gas filter
Plugs
Oil change
Brake fluid
Bike is totally stock with the exception of euro turn signals and polished grabrail
This bike actually has a Weber carb which is factory
I had a Corbin seat recovered to look exactly like stock seat, original seat included

The Weber carb doesn’t suffer neglect gladly but can be tuned to relative perfection.  Without much adjustment, the Paso’s riding position is relaxed enough for sport-touring and even some commuting.  Subsequent 900cc models addressed charging issues with a bigger alternator, stop-and-go cooling with water-cooled heads, and replaced finicky carburetion with fuel injection.  Styling continued to be a bugbear though, and the model struggled to break 1,000 sales each year.  For fans of the enclosed solution or just the transition to more modern engines, every Paso is a Limited Edition.

-donn

White Elefant – 1988 Ducati Paso Limited