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Ducati June 29, 2019 posted by Donn

Semi Senna – 2002 Ducati 748S

The original desmoquattro designed for Cagiva was a 3/4 liter, so a supersport from the 916 gene pool was a forgone conclusion.  Some reviewers thought the higher revving 748 was a better choice for the road than the superbike.  From Miami, this 748S has just 7,776 miles and looks excellent.

2002 Ducati 748S for sale on eBay

With its smaller bore, the 748 could rev more freely, reporting 98 hp at 11,000 rpm.  Luckily the cooling system built for the 916 can cope more readily with the 748’s heat.  Premium Showa dampers soak up the road’s realities, with Ti nitriding on the fork legs to reduce stiction.  Retro-grade operations are conducted by Brembos’s excellent dual 320mm front disks, which fully occupy the Marchesini five-spoke wheels.  The bodywork was available in mono or biposto and many of the single seaters had a sporty number plate area behind the seat.

With under 500 miles per year, the semi-gloss finish on this 748S looks great.  Updates appear to be limited to Silmoto mufflers, Rizoma reservoirs and aftermarket levers.  Bar risers might be a thought for riders of a certain age, as the aggressive riding position is shared with the 916.  Tires and cam belts would want renewal if they’re original.  From the eBay auction:

Selling my Ducati 748S ‘Semi Senna’. All the best add-ons, she is fast and stops on a dime. Sounds AMAZING! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking.

Besides its classic good looks, the 748 got good marks for the close ratio transmission and just-about-superbike power.  Early years had issues with the hard plating on the rocker arms failing, but were resolved before this last year example.  Bidding has been active, and should really take off if the seller posts answers to the questions they must be getting.

-donn

Semi Senna – 2002 Ducati 748S
Honda June 25, 2019 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2000 Honda RVF400 NC35

Honda’s second generation small V-4 took the successes of the VFR-400R / NC30 and modernized them for the late 1990’s.  Having never been sold new here, all are gray market imports with metric speedos.  RSBFS reader Jae has this super-clean example tuned for the high country.

Sticking with the winning formula, Honda made evolutionary changes for the NC35’s 1994 introduction.  Carburettors were updated to a 30mm semi-flatslide design, with velocity stacks aimed down the intake.  Rake and trail were unchanged but the frame was re-designed.  Inverted forks were installed, and the single-sided swingarm recieved a major update.  17″ wheels are found front and rear, easing tire choices for the future.  The styling templates the iconic RC45, and the riding position is more relaxed than some other small sports.

With just under 11,000 miles, Jae and the previous owner have been careful custodians of this NC35 if not long distance riders.  Most of the mods are deep under the fairings:

– Current and clean Colorado title and registration (registered & titled as a “2000 Honda NC35”.
– VIN is: NC351103563
– 17,400 km (10,800 miles)
– Motor has fresh oil, oem air filter, recent valve adjustment
– Bigger capacity upper radiator
– new Samco radiator hoses (fresh coolant last summer)
– Penske shock (emulsion version with ride height adjustment)
– 5.5″ Kosman widened rear wheel (fresh new tire)
– Dymag magnesium front wheel (new tire)
– JHA shotgun full exhaust system from Japan (with new exhaust gaskets)
– Tyga steering damper (sorry, stuck on a few Ohlins stickers but no real Ohlins parts…)
– Solo rear cowl (stock passenger seat included)
– new gold chain, rear sprocket (520)
– Titanium nuts/bolts sprinkled throughout (rear spindle pincher, rotor bolts)
– Braided steel brake lines front & back (newer RC51 gold Nissin front calipers w/HRC pads)
– Magura HC1 radial brake master cylinder
– Jetted for Colorado elevation
– As far as I know, I am the 2nd owner in the states. Previous owner (~2008) was a Porsche mechanic from Denver)
– misc small box of spares (passenger pegs, oem brake master, original rad, etc)
– I can throw in a spare set of oem wheels (powercoaded white) if full price is paid
– shipping (or pickup) will be have to be paid/arranged by buyer…

* Needs nothing to ride as is, perfect to start the summer!

Jae asks $10,000 USD and can be contacted – here –

Originally presented as a junior sportbike in markets with progressive licensing, the RVF-400R’s wide powerband, crisp handling, and distinctive engine sound gained the attention of cognoscenti worldwide, and it’s a sought after track day machine.  Thankfully Jae’s hasn’t been subjected to that, it’s been nicely updated and maintained.  Not to mention being an RC45 lookalike without the vacation-home pricetag !

-donn

Featured Listing – 2000 Honda RVF400 NC35
Ducati June 21, 2019 posted by Donn

Ace of Base – 1995 Ducati 916

The new 916 was a nice pinnacle and was available in mono and biposto editions.  This early single seater has some mods normally only seen on the SP, and though not without miles it appears to be in special condition.

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

Ducati set the sportbike world on its ear in 1994, but it was a team effort.  With Massimo Tamburini leading from the Cagiva Research Center, suppliers like Weber tuned up their fuel injection game, helping the 916 pull 114 hp.  Showa refined their 43mm inverted forks, and Brembo delivered 4-piston calipers for 320mm rotors ( superceded on this example ).  At the core was an 18 lbs. trellis frame with a single-sided swingarm which allowed racers quick wheel changes, and made it easier for everyone.

The long term second owner doesn’t say, but perhaps the original owner had race connections.  The Öhlins shock and steering damper, numerous carbon bits, number plated bodywork are one thing, but DP clutch and AP Lockheed racing brake setup indicate friends in the business.  Not enough pictures, but overall condition seems excellent.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Bike has been well cared for NO track days.  I am the 2nd owner for over 22 years now.  Bike comes with Marchesini Magnesium race wheels 94/95 race team only issued AP RACING 6 POT FULL TITANIUM FLOATING BRAKES.  Ohlins rear shock and dampener DUCATI RACING airbox and intakes.  Ferracci Eprom /stator/starter up grade billet clutch basket.  Casoli carbon fender vented. Termignoni carbon oval canisters.  The stock air box front fender and tail lower chin all red factory parts take offs come with bike Stand and Cover.

Though minor by international manufacturing standards, the 916 was instantly successful with a few thousand sold each year.  Carl Fogarty and Troy Corser won four Superbike World Championships in five seasons, and the introduction made superbikes and Ducati globally popular.  Special early models are extremely rare, and this one appears to fill the bill even without the pedigree.

-donn

 

Ace of Base – 1995 Ducati 916
Bimota June 16, 2019 posted by Donn

Air Male – 2008 Bimota DB5R

Happy Father’s Day to all once and future Dads !

Emerging from the shadows of bankruptcy, Bimota introduced a supersport based on Ducati’s air cooled dual-spark engine, penned by Tamburrini disciple Sergio Robbiano.  This second generation DB5R has the 1078cc engine, premium appointments, and an exciting and award-winning design.

2008 Bimota DB5R for sale on eBay

The core of the DB5R is Ducati’s 1078cc L-twin, with Marelli fuel injection tuned for Bimota’s exhaust good for 95 hp and a nice 76 ft.-lbs. torque.  The lines of the chro-moly trellis frame echo through the seat sub-frame and fabricated swingarm.  Frame connectors show off Bimota’s CNC machining as the bodywork and accessories showcase their carbon fiber technique.  Premium Öhlins and Brembo components complete the luxurious but sporty picture.

Straight out of Silicon Valley, this DB5R is engaging even with the signs of a minor low side, the seat console more easily corrected than the scratched engine case.  Not many miles but the new owner might be in for belts and tires.  The aftermarket mirrors aren’t a bad match but stock would be my choice, plus a little reflector-ectomy.  The first order of business would be more pictures.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Original owner, bought from Scuderia West SF ( no longer sells Bimota but they can service it ) and original cost was around 40K.

It’s a beautiful and great winding road machine, but selling it as I don’t have much time to ride, and feel sorry for the machine.

Only rode casually around the Saratoga Mountain.

4046.8 Miles

Ducati 1100DS engine ( any Ducati shop can service it )

Updated with STM slipper clutch, Carbon mirrors ( so you can see the back )

‘DB5R’ number plate

Minor scratches on tail cover and engine cover. Repaired areas on edge of tail cover.

‘Service Required’ indicator always on ( the dealer could not figure out how to turn it off )

Comes with the owner’s manual, racing stand, and a battery tender.

The DB5R reviewed as a fine handler even if the dual-spark 1100 wasn’t too exotic.  A pair of tank pads might be in order, as the winged tank was maybe a little too skinny for a good grip.  Each Bimota model has its place on the peacock – rhinoceros spectrum, and the DB5R seems to be right in the middle, with a very together design built on a modern but uncomplicated powertrain.  With just a few hundred sprinkled over the globe each year, you won’t see yourself coming and going.  Just right to ride to the bike show, collect a ribbon, and ride home.

-donn

Air Male – 2008 Bimota DB5R
Ducati June 12, 2019 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1993 Ducati 900SL Superlight #826

6.23.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Everyone has their personal definition of what’s essential and what’s superfluous, but for many, the early 1990’s Ducati SuperSports had everything you needed and nothing you didn’t.  The 900SL Superlight had one less seat and several kg.’s less weight thanks to some carbon appointments and Marvic composite alloy wheels.  RSBFS reader Steve has similarly added nothing to his Superlight that isn’t required, but made a few choice upgrades.

Ducati introduced the 900SS in 1990, and though it was a solid seller, Ducati took the opportunity to make a limited edition.  Planning to release 500, the factory bowed to the market and eventually produced over 900 Mk. 1 examples, just a couple of hundred destined for our shores.  The air cooled 904cc L-twin had newer Mikuni carburettors and scored 78 hp and 62 ft.-lbs. torque.  Upside-down Showa fork and rear monoshock were both fully adjustable on the Superlight.  Floating rotors differentiate the 320mm Brembo front brakes, with Gold Line four piston calipers.  Innovative Marvic wheels used an aluminum rim and magnesium centers.  Carbon mudguards and alloy swingarm walked the weight reduction walk.

Steve has eased the 904’s breathing with a K&N air filter and Staintune exhausts.  A Corbin seat firms things up for the rider, and braided lines do the same for braking performance.  Cosmetics are excellent and belie the 16,589 miles.  A few not-installed ugrades and NOS parts are included as Steve notes in his comments:

1993 Ducati Superlight #826

This is the cherished Superlight MK1, of which only 952 were made worldwide, 200 for the U.S. market. If you’re familiar with this bike and model year, you’ll know that it’s meant to be well ridden and properly cared for as there are not many left in this condition. The bike is in great condition and still has many original parts, unless otherwise noted.

The bike is located in Northern California, always garaged and covered. The previous owner was a collector located in Texas. The bike was serviced by AMS Ducati out of Dallas, TX during that time. No significant modifications have been made, keeping it in original condition. Some minor changes are as follows:

Open airbox (see photo)
Staintune Slip-on Exhaust
Braided brake lines
Yoyodyne Clutch Slave
Corbin Seat
Motobatt Battery

Comes with a few extras:

OEM Blank Key
NOS Handgrips
NOS Seat
Upgraded CA Cycleworks Coils (Unused, not installed)

Also have some performance parts that will be made available to the buyer as well. Ohlins shock and FCR41 carbs, not included with sale.

Asking: $13,000 USD 

Going on twenty-five years old, the Superlight had the friendly handling of the SuperSport line, but with nicer appointments and a number on the triple tree.  Though second fiddle to the 916 back in the day, the Superlight’s tractable power and limited numbers have made it a very sought after SuperSport.  Steve’s has been nicely preserved and wants only a caring new owner.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1993 Ducati 900SL Superlight #826
Honda June 10, 2019 posted by Donn

Featured Listing x 2 – 1989 and 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 !

Update 10.12.2019: Both bikes have sold. Congratulations to buyers and seller! -dc

Not one, but two of the most sought after middleweights have become available because of a slight shortage of garage space.  The 1990 ( white tank and nose ) was purchased from RSBFS sponsor Moto2 Imports and the 1989 ( red tank and nose ) found locally.  A tune-up for the ’89 put things right, traded bodywork with the 1990, and both are for sale.

1989 and 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 For Sale

The NC30 was built from 1989-92 and was the latest of three VFR400R generations.  The lightweight and sweet handler was meant for the Japanese market and their progressive licensing laws, but acquired a following in the U.K., down under, and lately here in the U.S.  Always equipped with a carburetted V-4 good for 59 hp, the later NC30 had a 360-degree big bang crank, exhaust on the left to expose the single sided swingarm, and sharp RC30 styling.  Gear driven cams impart a vintage whine to the 14,500 rpm rev limit, and offset tire sizes ( 16-inch front / 18-inch rear ) insure agile handling.

Both bikes are super clean, the ’89 having an aftermarket monoshock and exhaust, and ’90 is nice shape – having been recently delivered from Moto2.  Both have new voltage regulators, and a lot of spares are available.  Comments and gallery for each bike follow below.

1989 NC30 ( Type III Color – red tank and nose ): Overall, she’s in very good condition

– Installed new Electrex regulator/rectifier
– Replaced all floats, float valves, correct needles (previous too rich) and full set of LiteTek carb gaskets
– Fairing is still good condition from the other ’90 NC30; but has a few hairline cracks in the usual places (willing to include new Type I aftermarket set)
– Viper exhaust (OEM included)
– Hagon rear shock (OEM included)
– It’s time for sprockets and chain change; parts in hand, just haven’t gotten around to replacing.

1990 NC30 ( Type I Color – white tank and nose ): Overall, she’s in excellent condition and needs nothing.

– Recently installed new OEM Honda regulator/rectifier for reliability (properly soldered all terminals)

The NC30’s fair power, almost full size and low ready-to-ride weight have made it the standard for small sports.  Reviews from the day praised the easy riding balance and top build quality.  The 1990’s Moto2 pedigree is helpful since a thorough going over by Speedwerks is part of their service, and the RC30 lookalike livery will make them wonder – if only for a time.  The 1989 has recent maintenance, some nice mods and backup fairing, exhaust and monoshock.

The owner Ken has made a deal with his better half to get it down to one bike and has his eye on a follow-on model, the RVF.  Located near Washington, D.C. he offers delivery in DelMarVa, or will prepare the bikes for pickup.  Ken asks $16,000 for the pair.

-donn

Featured Listing x 2 – 1989 and 1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 !
Suzuki June 10, 2019 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1989 GSX-R750 Slingshot

Update 7.23.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Presented in their alternate red and white livery, this K-variant GSX-R750 is ready to do battle at the next street cred concours. It has a careful 12,000 miles which is low, but more of a survivor than babied collector. Suzuki designed it with a laser focus on light weight and usable power, which made the GSX-R750 instantly popular.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot for sale on eBay

Suzuki went seriously oversquare in the comprehensive 1988 revision, the 73mm bore and 44.7mm stroke allowing 13,000 rpm and 112 hp. Still air/oil cooled though, which eliminated weight and complexity. 36mm Mikuni carbs featured the asymmetrical slide hence the “Slingshot” name, beside the way it took off from the starting line. The alloy frame was updated, but continued with its lightweight and braced theme, carrying the engine lower than before. Cartridge forks were still right side up, and the Full Floater swingarm controlled the rear. Brakes were a more modern size with 310mm front disks. Without a spec sheet or caliper you can see the wheels are wider and noise is contained by a 4-into-1 exhaust.

The owner Scott’s comments:

If you’ve always wanted a really nice Slingshot here’s your chance. Red with white just under 12,000 original miles. This is a true survivor which is mostly stock other than the airbox and Supertrapp silencer. New battery just serviced all new fluids and carburetor cleaning/rebuild, new rear brake line, petcock, and cush drive. Everything including dash lights are in perfect working order, its ready to go for the new owner. It comes with a hard to find unpainted rear seat cowl along with a back of the gas tank bra. It’s a lot of fun to ride for a thirty-year-old bike. Rides very close to a modern bike and makes great sounds. It’s never been down to the best of my knowledge.

Here’s the back story, I bought it with the thought of turning it into a vintage race bike. When my friends saw it, particularly one that’s a GSXR nut, they convinced me it was too nice the convert. They were not willing to buy it but would not let me race it! So I found a Slab-side that was a better candidate. As I’m more of a track guy my street riding in next to zero nowadays so this has been sitting in my climate-controlled Man Town.

I like to sell bikes with no stories hence the recent service. I would rate this an 8 out of 10. It’s not a museum piece but a really nice original survivor that you will be proud to ride and turns heads wherever you go. There are a few stress cracks in the bodywork which is normal. There’s also a crack in the top right side of the fairing right underneath the throttle.

I’m a fifty plus year old you guy that collects bikes so I am quite picky and tend to understate a bikes condition. It’s registered in New Hampshire which does not title anything over fifteen years old, but I do have the previous owner’s title. I do not need to sell this bike so please don’t waste either of our times. I have a more pictures and happy to answer any questions. Thanks for looking!

1989 was the second year of the 2.0 GSX-R750, and small changes were made, mostly to increase available lean angle ! Otherwise it was a fitting second generation of a middleweight bred for the track, and a great value for the ante. Rather than a sheltered collector, this unrestored survivor could be enjoyed inside and out.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1989 GSX-R750 Slingshot
BMW June 9, 2019 posted by Donn

Unretouched – 2005 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika

The BMW BoxerCup had just a couple of appearances at Daytona but sparked a lot of interest in the Replika, an R1100S with a nice factory option package.  This is number 504 of a around 550 made, and looks excellent with under 13,000 miles.

2005 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika for sale on eBay

BMW developed the R1100S for the 1998 model year and equipped it with their 1085cc four valve boxer, good for 98 hp.  The 2004-5 iteration has a second spark plug which makes for a smoother running engine at Euro 3 leanness, though torque and power numbers haven’t changed.  The BCR sports longer fork tubes allowing greater lean angles, and Öhlins dampers on the Telelever front and Paralever rear.  House brand 320mm front brakes have 4-piston calipers.  A Laser underseat exhaust is part of the Replika package, as are the carbon head covers and engine fairing.  A special factory ECU chip was generally installed by the servicing dealer.

The one owner was evidently unimpressed by BMW’s list of optional goodies, looking very stock with excellent cosmetics.  The limited pictures are at least a conversation starter.  From the eBay auction:

2005 Ultra Rare BMW r1100s Boxer Cup Race Replica. There were only 550 of these motorcycles produced in the world, and only 300 of them were shipped to the United States. This motorcycle is number #504. The motorcycle is a single swing arm, drive shaft driven motorcycle. The odometer reads 12,849 original miles. I am the original owner, since I bought the motorcycle new. This listing will also include the owners manual, a leather riding jacket, two sets of gloves both cold weather and summer, and two helmets. One needs a new visor cause a clip that holds it in broke from the visor. It has relatively new tires, the original seat has been recovered by Sargent Seats, and it has a fresh oil change. This bike is crazy fast and so much fun to ride. It handles like a dream.

A pretty nice run for the R1100S, though the BCR came toward the end and the R1200S was introduced in 2006.  Replikas are most often well maintained and lightly ridden, and demand a premium.  Here again the ask draws attention to the “Make Offer” button.  If a detailed inspection and maintenance records pan out, it could be a nice value.

-donn

Unretouched – 2005 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika