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MV Agusta August 10, 2015 posted by Donn

Sterling Silver – 2002 MV Agusta F4 750

Rarely seen outside of the factory red with silver lowers, the MV Agusta F4 750 is a true exotic, a technological wonder in a beautiful package.  From its introduction in 1997 until it was succeeded by the 1000 cc model in 2004, the F4 750 enjoyed a few special models and updates but kept the winning design penned by Massimo Tamburini.

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2002 MV Agusta F4 750

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With design assistance from Ferrari, the F4 was given hemispheric combustion chambers and radially arrayed valves ( 4 per cylinder ), complicated but achieving 126 hp.  Complementing the power output are 49mm diameter Showa forks and 310mm front disks squeezed by 6-piston calipers.  More-is-more extends to the 4-into-4 exhaust system and Ohlins steering damper.

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Not super-light at just over 400 lbs, the reviews show the F4 750 to be a fast, stable platform.  Controls at the handlebars and footpegs are adjustable, as are the suspension and ride height.  Nice carbon fiber touches at the front fender, airbox, and side covers.

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Offered by a dealer on the back east, this F4 750 looks excellent, substantially stock with a nice tail tidy.  Though there's no bidding or offering, the buy-it-now looks reasonable.  From the eBay auction:

Rare All Silver OEM Color!
6000 miles
Excellent condition
Well maintained
Carbon Fiber air box, side covers, air tube covers,
tank protector and key guard
Beautiful Merlotti plate re-locator
Integrated turn signals / tail light

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MV Agusta's history includes many championships and countless wins, mostly long past, though they returned to some racing since 2000.  After several years of a few hundred bikes per year, the F4's distinctive design and top-shelf components helped the company turn a corner to the new machines.

-donn

Sterling Silver – 2002 MV Agusta F4 750
Yamaha August 6, 2015 posted by Donn

Proof of Concept – 1990 Yamaha OW 01

Shortly after the Superbike World Championship opened in 1988, manufacturers were compelled to prove their production bikes were up to the task, by providing comparable bikes to the marketplace.  Numbers of bikes homologated depended on the size of the manufacturer.  Though it did not result in a championship, Yamaha provided the OW 01 to the fray in 1989 and 1990, and in the process created a very memorable street machine.

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1990 Yamaha OW 01 ( FZR 750 R ) for sale on eBay

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Built to compete with the YB4 and RC30, and the eventual championship winning Ducati 851, the OW 01 was a thinly disguised racer.  A 749cc carburetted straight four delivering over 120hp can hardly be otherwise.  The 5-valve OW 01 was reputed to be quite rideable, thanks to EXUP, the automatic exhaust port valve.  The aluminum perimeter frame was not an innovation but this lightweight DeltaBox was , with similar fabricated swingarm.  Large for the day, 43mm forks are fully adjustable, as is the Ohlins rear shock.  Braking handled by 280mm front disks and 177mm rear.

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Not without its blemishes, this OW 01 looks good for its 34,000 kms.  From the eBay auction:

One of only 500 produced this bike has never been raced. dry stored for the last 7 years, running and riding perfect before storage
has the stock exhaust and muffler which is in mint condition,
has 34,000 kilometers (20,000miles)
top end was done using yamaha parts and i have the receipts
comes with the owners manual and pouch
original toolkit, missing one small socket
as you can see in the pics there are 2 chips in the paint beside the headlight and under the headlight area there are stress cracks in the paint.

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A higher mileage OW 01, this machine might be a restoration candidate, maybe after some serious rides.  The steep price when introduced speaks volumes about the development dollars and potential in each machine.  OW 01's are available as perfect restorations or patina-ed racers, this one could be great to take in either direction...

-donn

Proof of Concept – 1990 Yamaha OW 01
Ducati August 5, 2015 posted by Donn

You look surprised to see me, again, Mr. Anderson – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition

Toward the end of the 998 model's run of 2002-04, the company made a special color edition after a Ducati was used in the 2003 film, Matrix Reloaded.  A non-standard color and with special badges, but otherwise a 998, the final update of Tamburini's legendary 916.  A commemorative as rare as a green Ducati, only around 150 were made.

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2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition for sale on eBay

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The final version of the 916 generation had 123 hp on tap, thanks to the new testastretta 4-valve heads.  If not on the move all that power can be hard to keep cool.  Contrasting silver trellis frame looks great under the green fairings.  The hydraulically actuated dry clutch might be the best of both worlds.  Not a lightweight at just over 400 lbs, it relies on 320mm front disk brakes and 220mm rear.  Showa supplied adjustable forks and Ohlins the shock for the bike, supporting a sweet cast aluminum single-sided swingarm.  Nice factory steering damper, and Termignoni fabricated the aluminum mufflers.

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This 998 looks great and the owner is very proud, and he states in the eBay auction:

This is a 2004-Limited Edition Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded.  Its in Excellent condition, low miles and always been garaged and on a front wheel chalk block.  It has a clear title and never had any problem.  It has been regularly maintained with tune up.  I have put on brand new rear turn signals that are sequential integrated LEDs and Beautiful!!   When I got the bike it had a 1098 wiring harness on it for the rear lights and was not functioning properly.  The harness was removed and the original wires that were zip corded up, I rewired the original wires.  The rear marker lights work perfect and are very bright!  That was the only issue I have had.  The bike is very well cleaned and I have personally detailed it from top to bottom!  The bike comes with the front chalk block where you can keep the kickstand up and it wont fall over!  Awesome garage feature and a set of new tie-down straps!  I have all the paperwork, maintenance documents, factory 998 book!  Which alone is very RARE!!  The coolant has been ran with anitfreeze and water-wetter to maintain a cooler running temp which works perfectly and on average keeps the bike about 15 degrees cooler.

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Looking very stock as the owner states, super-clean and nice low miles, includes free-standing wheel chock.   Though the high minimum bid might be an impediment to some, but except for the -S and -R models, this is the ultimate bike of the 916 generation.  The 998's speed requires special attention to ride on the street, and forget about splitting lanes in head-on traffic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKmT9D2VwTk - ( a 996 was used in the movie ) - a rare and very distinctive Ducati...

-donn

You look surprised to see me, again, Mr. Anderson – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition
Ducati August 1, 2015 posted by Donn

Absolute Power – 2008 Ducati 1098S

After the controversial 999, the 1098 of 2007-09 was an un-redesign, instantly recognizable as a Ducati, designed by Giandrea Fabbro, now a senior designer at the company.  Additionally, the Testastretta engine received some significant upgrades after a petition to FIM for an additional 100cc for Superbike World Championship twins.  The result was a quintessential Ducati which just happened to have the most favorable power-to-weight ratio of any v-twin ever, at least for a while.

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2008 Ducati 1098S for sale on eBay

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Returning to a look more like the 916, the 1098 was available in red, black, and yellow, this one is the attractive black over the red trellis frame.  Brutally powerful with 160 hp and 90 ft-lbs. torque, many owners mounted a throttle tamer to make the response more progressive.  Though other models in the line for that year have a wet clutch, the 1098 keeps the all business dry clutch.  Putting many sportscars to shame, the 1098 has 330mm front disks with radial mounted calipers and 245mm rear.  In another tip of the hat to the 916, the 1098 has a 2-1-2 exhaust, with twin mufflers under the seat.

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The -S has a few high-euro upgrades from the base model, wheels, suspension, exhaust, and dashboard.  Forged Marchesini wheels save almost 4 lbs, reducing critical unsprung weight.  Three-way adjustable Ohlins dampers are on both ends of the bike, and carbon Termignoni silencers replace the aluminum canisters.  The all-LCD rider display includes a data-logging function for track days.

Changes to the 1098 engine involved adjusting the valve angles, smoothing flows and improving economy.  These updates also reduced stress on the valvetrain, extending the valve adjustment interval.

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With a healthy 8,000 miles, the 1098S offered here appears very good at least.  The owner has made a few nice upgrades like a Puig double-bubble windshield, hideaway rear turn signals, and includes a Pitbull stand and adult-sized Alpinestars suit.  From the eBay auction:

The body is in excellent condition and the engine is as strong as the day it was purchased. New Tires, Bought new from Duc Pond Motorsports all service records are up to date and done professionally by Duc Pond themselves. It currently has 8K miles and a few after market parts including a single side stand, Corsa Diablo tires, set Ohlin's suspension, a Puig double bubble window and hidden taillights in the upper louvers of the tail section. I also have a pit bull stand to go with the bike and an XL full Alpine Star leather, worn twice.

With current maintenance and great condition, this 1098S is more desirable than non-S and much less common than the 848 - worth a second look !

-donn

Absolute Power – 2008 Ducati 1098S
Ducati July 29, 2015 posted by Donn

All on Red – 2008 Ducati Sport 1000S

Cashing in on the retro-craze or reverently invoking Ducati history, the Pierre Terblanche design for the Sport Classic series was ( and is today ) a hit.  Built from 2006-09 in relatively small numbers, the bikes were styled in the 1970's but had power and reliability for the new century.

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2008 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

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Using the air and oil-cooled 992cc Desmodue, the Sport 1000S has 92 hp available, driving through a hydraulically actuated wet clutch and 6-speed transmission.  Big 43mm upside-down forks lead the way for a more retro dual-shock rear swingarm.  Not terribly overweight at a scosche over 400 lbs, the 320mm dual front disks and 245mm rear are up to the task.

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The seat and fairing choices changed from year to year, but this Sport 1000S has the monoposto seat cover and lowers to complement the windshield fairing.  The red bodywork is magnificent.  Without even first-oil-change miles, this bike is hard to call used, but after 7 years in the garage, the belts and tires might want sprucing up.  From the eBay auction:

ABOUT AS NEW AS YOU WILL FIND, TOTALLY SHOWROOM CONDITION, LOOKS BRAND NEW! ALWAYS GARAGE KEPT.

I have all keys, manuals, etc. Also there is no fuel tank spreading issue on the bike. It was checked out when Ducati did the recall a few years back and is still nice and tight today. Bike has never been dropped and has never seen rain. I know 'it's only new once' but this is about as close to new as you'll find for a 2008 bike.

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Though the Paul Smart commemoratives are fetching huge bids, the buy-it-now on this bike looks almost reasonable.  Hmmm, a little over an hour from here, maybe a test-ride up Conn. Rte 7 would be possible ?  After a quick service, this Sport 1000S should be ready for a lot of fun miles...

-donn

All on Red – 2008 Ducati Sport 1000S
Honda July 28, 2015 posted by Donn

Paging Dr. House – 1991 Honda CBR400RR

More appropriately sized for Hugh Laurie than the 954RR he rode in the show, the CBR400RR is a Japan-only model which occasionally finds itself in North America via the grey market.  Name-dropping back to the CB400F Supersport ( well, for riders of a certain age ) the diminutive 400RR is updated in every way and revs to 14,500, making 60 hp available at 12,500 rpm.

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1991 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

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Closely related to the CBR900RR of the same vintage, the 400 also has an extruded aluminum beam frame enclosing the 399cc inline four.  Similarly, it has a reinforced aluminum swingarm, the chassis easily coping with the power available.  A smooth wet clutch sends power to the 6-speed transmission.  A steady and nimble handler, the preload-adjustable forks complement the rear shock adjustable for preload and compression.  Suitably-sized triple-disk brakes ( 275mm front / 220mm rear ) can handle the slowing.

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With just over 6,000 miles, this 400RR has had only two caretakers.  The current owner re-bodied the bike in Repsol, but includes the factory fairing.  Updated muffler looks great, and CRG shorty levers are a known quantity.  Describing it in the eBay auction:

Bike runs strong and fast, extremely fun to ride. Everything works and is in great shape for a 24 year old bike. A few things to note:

  • I replaced the stock exhaust can with a ‘Fuel Exhaust’ (carbon, oval), sounds great.
  • I installed CRG ‘Roll-A-Click’ clutch and brake levers, “shorties”.
  • I swapped out the OEM bodywork with ‘Repsol’ plastic. Tank has been painted to match. I will include the OEM bodywork with the successful bid (black/silver/teal scheme).  
  • I have all of the Japanese paperwork from the original owner, including the shipping manifest from Japan to the US.
  • The bike only has 6,337 miles on the clock (10,200KM).

This bike is very rare in the US. It has been meticulously cared for; always garaged, covered and properly maintained.

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Recent maintenance included carburetor service, which can be a bugbear on older creampuffs.  Maybe you know a new rider or a collector on the smaller end of the scale...

-donn

Paging Dr. House – 1991 Honda CBR400RR