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Ducati March 29, 2020 posted by Donn

Pictures on Request – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP with 843 Miles !

Newly received pictures from the seller in gallery below – Donn

Though the Chatsworth, CA seller might have under-represented this listing, this might be the best recent example of the one of ultimate years of Ducati Supersports.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay 

Developed to buff up the North American market, the SP was a numbered edition with carbon fenders, adjustable Showa suspension and alloy swingarm.  The 900 Supersport had been developed for most of the 1990’s and had well-sorted carburetion, 17-inch wheels, and the now-iconic trellis frame.

Gallery of newly recieved photos –

Tantalizing in just two medium-res photos, this SP looks new, sporting only an open clutch cover mod.  If the mileage and condition are true, it could be a very nice find for an air-cooled fan.  The dealer’s website indicates a recent price reduction and the eBay listing has the Make Offer button enabled.

-donn

 

 

Pictures on Request – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP with 843 Miles !
Honda March 26, 2020 posted by Donn

Sex and the Single Owner – 1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30

Lately more appropriate to a Bonhams or Mecum stadium event than an online auction, the very collectible RC30 appears here claiming just one previous owner and 4,809 miles.  The sparkling condition and reasonable* asking price makes it possible this listing will end early.

1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30 for sale on eBay

Honda built the 748cc V-4 with the Superbike World Championship in mind, and the big bang 360-degree crank opened an interval for correction mid-corner.  A generation before traction control and 3-axis reference systems, the factory slipper clutch eased downshifts.  Showa provided adjustable forks with quick-release axles, and matched the single-sided swingarm’s quick tire changes.  Brakes are right-sized at 296mm, and the rear caliper has linkage designed to reduce wheel hop.

Not sure where this RC30 has been all these years, but it’s shown with Oregon tags by an eBay specialist with a bunch of other neat bikes on offer.  Spotless and seemingly original right down to the DOT reflectors on the front forks.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This RC30 hailed from a small, but discerning collection of cars and motorcycles. The original owner covered a mere 4,800 miles in just about 30 years. Regularly maintained since new, the bike runs and rides like new.

This legendary machine is offered in excellent condition throughout. The engine starts readily, idles smoothly and has an abundance of power. AN ABUNDANCE! The bike is fast with a long first gear, that doesn’t launch you from a standing start, but winds on power for what feels like an age. The clutch is silky-smooth and brakes and suspension are near perfect. Tires are in very good condition.

There are negligible blemishes in the paint finish around the bike, mainly at the bottom of the fairing, and there are no dings. All body panels are original, and the tank is totally free of blemishes and scratches/dents. Seat is excellent as is the rest of the bike. The bike is accompanied by a clean, clear title, books and manuals, spare key, and a full set of completely untouched tools. There is also a matching hand-crafted tank bag.

Honda took the first two years of the championship with Fred Merkel, and three if you look at the manufacturer’s ranking.  Most of us will just have to wonder what it was like, to be in the points so consistently, on a Castrol purple machine.  Lightness, power, and build quality all played their role.  The motoring press ran out of superlatives almost as soon as the limited edition was gone.  Cherry though not a museum piece, the next owner could sample the RC30 experience before the spotlights beckon.

-donn

Sex and the Single Owner – 1990 Honda VFR750R / RC30
Ducati March 23, 2020 posted by Donn

Can’t Ride 55 – 2000 Ducati 996 SPS

Though you would had to have been a racer or one of your Ducati dealer’s best customers to rate a 996 SPS back in 2000, they are starting to appear with some regularity.  Most have just introductory miles like this one, and are carefully tended.

2000 Ducati 996 SPS #1214 for sale on eBay

Ducati and Carl Fogarty were working hard to continue their championship-winning ways, and the SPS was their homologation special for the turn of the century.  Not radically different than a base 996, it’s just a little more powerful with 123 hp.  Suspension was top-of-the-line Öhlins for 2000, and worked well with the adjustable frame geometry to suit a rider’s preference.  Marchesini forged their 17-inch wheels for the occasion, and likewise Brembo supplied their best 4-piston calipers up front.  A sea of racing red gives way to white number areas behind the single seat.

For whatever reason this short-term owner didn’t warm up to the red experience, fortunately the previous completed a major service last summer.  Miles are not significant at 4,565, and it looks very stock, right down to the clutch cover.  Condition looks great save one near miss on the right seat console, and the belt buckle / key guard is cheap insurance.  Some SPS’s come with their original tires, but thankfully this one has new rubber.  The owner’s comments from the eBay auction:

The bike is all original, it’s been ridden and well cared for. 

-4570 miles with almost new tires (under 400 miles)

-went through a thorough inspection in September 2019 (when purchased). All fluids and fuel system were flushed and replaced. Switched water tank to carbon fiber one. 

-battery, spark plug, belts were serviced July 2019

Foggy’s 2000 season ended early in a collision at Philip Island, but the work he did developing the 996 paid off with Troy Corser’s 2001 championship.  Though the 996 could be a chore around town, as speeds exceed highway normality and the wind lightens the load on the rider’s wrists ( and makes the cooling system work ), it turns into a great pleasure.  Maybe the next owner will take the new tires at their word and put a few miles on this millennial beauty.

-donn

Can’t Ride 55 – 2000 Ducati 996 SPS
magni March 20, 2020 posted by Donn

One for the Count – 2002 Magni Sport 1200S

Virtually bespoke with total production countable on just two hands, Arturo Magni’s Sport 1200S was a reverent styling based on the MV Agusta 750S.  Though the SACS-cooled Suzuki 1200 took flak from European cogniscenti, it turns out the drivetrain was a perfect choice.

2002 Magni Sport 1200s for sale on eBay

The first in a series of Magnis to pay homage to – MV Agusta’s 750S –, the Suzuki-based Sport 1200S used Magni’s typically beautiful frame, this time finished in red.  Ceriani forks mount big Brembo brakes, and the swingarm is a historical dual-shock arrangement.  Owners got their money’s worth just in the craftsmanship of the alloy tank, fenders, and side covers.  Suzuki’s late oil-cooled engine was handed down from the GSX-R generation, tuning relaxed in concert with an increase in displacement, and promised 98 hp with the more important 68 ft.-lbs. torque.  And Suzuki’s reputation for staying in the ring when beatings were handed out.  Maybe not Agusta music, but the sculptural 4-into-4 exhaust must’ve made an auditory statement.

Not sure how this Magni came to have 17,000 km, maybe before it was imported or with dealer plates.  Either way, it shows like the exotic it is, nothing detracting from Magni’s metal artistry despite being college-age.  From the eBay auction:

This is an extremely rare (probably nonexistent in the U.S.) handmade model. The Sport 1200S is a machine that recreated the style and presence of the MV 750 Sport. The Magni hand crafted chrome-moly frame, Ceriani forks and Brembo brakes and a pair of Showa shocks at the rear. The engine breathes through a set of signature black curved four-into-four megaphone exhausts. The alloy swingarm was taken from the GSX 1200 Inazuma. Engine modifications included a 1mm overbore to give 1156cc, mild cams, and a 9.5:1 compression ratio, making 100hp. This example is a 17,000 km example that is extremely clean and has been lovingly owned and cared for – this an incredible handbuilt exotic, which is simple to service at any Suzuki or independent mechanic.

Magni went back to MV Agusta for drivetrains after the Sport 1200S, but continued to commemorate the 750S successfully.  Not bad company, the Suzuki-powered Magni is in the second row with Honda, Moto-Guzzi, and BMW.  Though not Magni’s raciest model, the Sport 1200S is a lovely tribute to the 750S, a peculiar combination of rarity and easy maintenance, and might pique the interest of a Suzuki fan as well.

-donn

One for the Count – 2002 Magni Sport 1200S
Ducati March 18, 2020 posted by Donn

Great Unwashed – 1999 Ducati 996S

Probably the root of more Ducati obsessions than any other bike, the squinting headlights of Massimo Tamburrini’s 1994-2002 masterpiece say ‘Faster’.  This 1999 single seat 996S shows beautifully with just over 3,000 miles.

1999 Ducati 996S #098 for sale on eBay

The increase from 916cc led Ducati to specify a new Weber fuel injection system, and it required dual fuel injectors to achieve its 123 hp.  But the new system could be a bit rich around town, and some owners took to re-programming to disarm the second injector.  Elsewhere, a few things from the base 996 that had been plastic were now carbon, dampers were upgraded to adjustable Showa forks and Öhlins monoshock, and wheels were of course alloy but lighter Marchesini forgings.  The -S was always a monoposto, and not sure if I’ve ever seen anything but red.

This San Diego owner doesn’t tell the ownership history, but it’s clear this 996S has been protected from the garage elves and updated in very good taste.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This 21 year-old is in amazing condition with only 3,017 miles on the clock!  The original date coded Michelins are still on the bike as a testament to it’s condition.  One is dated the 10th week of 98 the other the 52nd.  The bike has never been washed with water, if you look closely in the pictures, all of the original factory grease torque marks are in place!  All of them.  It has always been stored in a climate controlled garage and it is absolutely free from corrosion.  It has been kept upright it’s entire life completely free from ANY blemishes.  At 1,959 miles, the timing belts and a full service was performed at Ducati of Newport Beach.  Currently registered and insured in my name with a clear California title.
This 996S is sporting a few period correct upgrades.  It sounds evil thanks to it’s obligatory open clutch cover, classic Termignoni exhaust and Ultimap chip.  Steel braided lines throughout including brakes, clutch and oil cooler.  Lastly there were a few extra carbon bits added including chain guard, sprocket cover, chin spoiler and license plate holder.  The tank guard on there is magnetic so there is no sticker residue.  I have the original ugly red reflectors that go on the front fender as well. 

While you could just take a spin on those old tires, how would you ever explain it should one come apart ?  Might be good to date the belt service as well, before requesting take-off power.  In a issue of just 200 machines, a 996S is very collectible, but having ridden a nicely updated base 996, the next owner will not want to relegate their new purchase to display without at least one great afternoon.

-donn

Great Unwashed – 1999 Ducati 996S
BMW March 14, 2020 posted by Donn

Glad Rarity – 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

Despite its /S provenance and signed fairings, this R1100S hasn’t been allowed out much.  The only thing between this BCR and a great day is some new fluids and tires, and a weekend detail.

2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replica for sale on eBay

BMW has had the R1100S in their catalog since 1998, and put the Replikas together to capitalize on their investment in the mostly European race series.  But the BCR wasn’t just a cosmetic exercise – the later dual-spark engine made 98 hp available, and the stainless Laser exhaust is both lighter and flows better.  As nice as it is to have that flat twin low CG, the dual-adjustable suspension on the Replika works by raising the ride height to allow more lean angle on the track.  A whopping 5-1/2 inch rear wheel and braided brake lines help manage the 500-lb. ready-to-ride weight.  Carbon belly pan, front fender and head covers contrast with the factory white/blue racing livery.

Seemingly a little young to be a barn find, this R1100S looks good especially compared with its homely storage mates.  Not seeing any mods or damage, though a detailed examination for garage rash can’t be done with the pictures provided.  No belts or water system to worry over, not much to be done but all new expendables and hope the fuel injectors haven’t been affected by their long nap.  The owner acknowledges possible rubs from storage in the eBay auction:

This bike has 569 Original Miles.
It has had only one owner, never track raced.
This has normal ” Shelf Wear “.
It is a good running cycle.
This a very nice collectable especially at this low mileage.
Randy Mamola might be happier to see his signature on a concours contender or neo-café racer, as any AMA hall of fame inductee deserves.  Mamola started racing a generation before the Boxer Cup, but was in their “race of champions” field early in the series.  Without most of the user-friendly bag racks and heated grips this BMW is one for an afternoon blast and back.  The ask is a ways above recent sales, but a low or no-mile BMW is an oddity in its own right – usually they have tens of thousands of miles and look almost as good !
-donn
Glad Rarity – 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
Ducati March 11, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS with just 2,471 miles !

Update 3.14.2020: SOLD in just 3 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Hard to blame RSBFS fan Mark for secreting his 996 SPS away to an undisclosed wine cellar, it’s a once and future classic.  With under 2,000 examples for the 1999-2000 years, a rare sighting even here.

1999 Ducati 996 SPS #1440

Ducati had started to run the WSBK table with Foggy in the 916 saddle, and the 996 was an evolutionary model.  In SPS form, the L-twin put down 123 hp, and had nicer Öhlins dampers and forged Marchesini wheels to justify the extra Benjamins.  The steering geometry is adjustable for rider preference, and the Dzus-released bodywork is off in minutes at trackside.  Don’t ask if it has a passenger seat or came in anything but red !

These came with the Termi exhaust and had to be shipped with standard exhausts in a box to claim roadworthiness, but his #1440 sports a clean CA title.  Startlingly few miles and no visible accoutrements except for the clutch cover.  Ready to go or stay with factory stand and exhaust.  His ask is $13,000 and his comments are to the point:

Next up is a Ducati 996SPS, a no stories bike.  It’s been in my basement, admired over too many bottles of wine.  It comes with the factory stand, bike cover (which you never see), the exhausts that had to be shipped to claim road worthy, factory alarm, nothing added, nothing taken away.

Mark says his 996SPS is a much better bike to ride than the RC30 he recently sold, which interrupted Fogarty’s championship streak in 1997.  Foggy won two more 98-99 before Honda presented their own big twin and another interruption in 2000.  As there was never a championship-winning 998 ( though the winning 2001 996R seemed to be about halfway there ) the 996 SPS might be the ultimate version of the 916/996 generation. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS with just 2,471 miles !
Moto Guzzi March 11, 2020 posted by Donn

Storm Trooper – 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III

Some lucky rider bought-it-now last night but still worth a look !  – Donn

Would that it were so all venerable GT’s could be shared among a group of like-minded owners as this 1983 LeMans.  With 50K-ish miles, it still looks sharp and raring to go.

1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans for sale on eBay

LeMans fans were left asking in early 80’s while Moto Guzzi re-designed their 844cc engine to meet emission regulations, and though the CX100 liter was available, the LeMans III’s return was eagerly awaited.  The angularized heads had bigger valves and more efficient cooling, and 36mm Dell’Orto carbs whispered through an intake silencer.  76 hp were on tap, with a single-disk dry clutch and of course shaft drive.  Suspension preload was air-adjustable though damping didn’t change, and the linked braking system worked better than most of its type.  Guzzi designed the modern fairing in their factory wind tunnel, and reviewers loved the way it cut through a cross-wind.  A large white tach dominates the binnacle, which relies on warning lights for everything else except MPH and Volts.

This example has been among friends, knowledgeable fans who took excellent care.  The paint and pipes look excellent, and I’d expect updated shocks as well.  From the eBay auction:

This is the last series for the 850 cc motor.  This particular bike has been sold and bought among a group of Pittsburgh area Moto Guzzi enthusiasts who are all aquainted with each other since it was new.  The odometer shows 12,000 miles but it actually has about 50 K on it, the odometer was replaced a number of years ago.  I have the original bill of lading from Italy from 1983.  I’ve owned the bike since 2005.  I had this serviced at Westmoreland Moto Guzzi before it went out of business a few years ago.  The dealership installed a new clutch assembly and I had them go over it back in 2007. The bike has a lighter flywheel than stock, clip-ons, newer tires and a new battery.  The Corbin saddle was added a number of years ago before I purchased it.  I installed lighter throttle springs, but I have the originals also if you really feel the need to exercise while you ride.  It was painted by a pro in 2009.

While Moto Guzzi re-grouped, several new players nailed down the mass-market, and the company segued into a niche sort of fan base.  Having relinquished the sporty ideals, the LeMans still provides a classic GT sound and enough fury.  Lucky for this particular bike to have fallen into the hands of these owners, and fortunate for the next rider as well.

-donn

Storm Trooper – 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III