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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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20150804 2004 ducati 998 matrix edition cockpit  20150804 2004 ducati 998 matrix edition left detail

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.

20150804 2004 ducati 998 matrix edition binnacle  20150804 2004 ducati 998 matrix edition right front wheel

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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.

20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr right rear above

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
Ducati July 27, 2015 posted by Donn

Fascination Fogarty – 2002 Ducati Monster S4 Foggy #019

After Carl Fogarty retired his 916 racer with 4 Superbike World Championships, the Ducati factory released a 2002-only Monster S4 commemorative edition which are quite rare with total production of only 300 and highly regarded as the first water-cooled 4-valve Monster.

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2002 Ducati Monster S4 Foggy

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With 101 hp and just a bikini fairing, the S4 is study in contrasts, the short Monster wheelbase but the booming 916 cc engine.  Developed on an ST4 frame, it’s a monoposto but with a relaxed seating position, the bars mounted to the tops of the triple clamp.  A neat carbon chin scoop under the horizontal cylinder, but not much cover for the water pump and radiator.  Running gear is more standard early 2000’s Ducati, 6-speed straight cut gearbox, dry clutch, nice 320mm front disks and 245mm rear.  Almost all the external accessories are carbon, headlight fairing, cam belt covers, side covers, and various guards – even the Termignoni’s  – help keep the weight around 400 lbs.

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Number 19 0f 300 with just break-in miles, this 13 year-old machine appears super nice.  Only two owners to date, and the sale includes front and rear pit stands, and factory cover.  Red and black keys shown ( plus spare key ), so no immobilizer issues.  From the eBay auction:

#19 of 300. 1 of 300 worldwide and 1 of 75 imported into the U.S. This is 916cc 4-valve water-cooled engine mounted to an ST frame to handle the increased power. 110hp/66 ft lbs torque. 2100 miles since new and in near-mint condition with very minor imperfections as one would expect for a Quality motorcycle. This motorcycle wants for absolutely nothing and is 100% ready to ride..Fresh oil and service 6/23/15. It comes with front and rear stands and the red cover and all three Keys. I am the second owner of motorcycle.

It’s mid-summer and likely too hot for much sport biking, but this would be just the ride across town for an ice cream or down to the beach, while celebrating one of Ducati’s great champions…

-Donn

Fascination Fogarty – 2002 Ducati Monster S4 Foggy #019
Bimota June 30, 2015 posted by Donn

Blade Runner – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio

The late designer Sergio Robbiano’s upright response to his Bimota DB5, the DB6 Delirio is a motard variant, an urban sportbike based on the Ducati 992 desmodue.  Factory-made but hardly mass-produced, the Delirio has inspired design, innovative solutions and superb components.

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2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio for sale on eBay

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If the trellis frame of the Delirio appears unusually light, Bimota used chrome-moly tubing, showing off some of the thin edges.  The distinctive billet aluminum connectors for the frame and rear wheel complement the red frame.  The body is an angular combination of metal and plastic, complex without being busy.  Just 400 lbs. wet, the Delirio requires just a thought to change direction, the Marzocchi suspension always ready.  Braking by the Brembo 320mm wavy front disks and 4-piston calipers is outstanding.    The alloy Marchesini wheels are light and black to the point of invisibility.  The futuristic headlight fairing integrates the turn signals and has its own billet brackets.

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20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio cockpit  20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio right clutch detail

Asking nearly $30,000 when new, the DB6 is a design piece, every detail examined, drawn, tested.  On this one, only the exhaust has been upgraded to a Zard carbon system.  With just break-in miles since 2007, this bike looks perfect but will likely require new fluids, belts, and rubber.  From the eBay auction:

This is a beautiful Bimota DB6 Delirio in excellent condition.  Zard carbon exhaust.  Rare and exotic, incredible workmanship and detailing, just 1,787 original miles, a Ducati at heart, but much more!  Condition: Excellent-Bike shows like brand new.

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20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio right exhaust  20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio right rear

There are more rare and exotic Bimotas, even special Delirios, as there is an Azzurro model ( think blue ) and a Superlight with full carbon frame, but this “base” model has all the design elements, just about all the performance, and most of the exclusivity.  A dream compared to the wide majority of naked bikes.  Hoping those frame sliders never get used !

-donn

 

Blade Runner – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio
Ducati June 28, 2015 posted by Donn

Man Up – 2008 Ducati Desmosedici

The road-going version their GP7 racer, the Desmosedici was a limited edition of 1500, but more limited by stratospheric pricing and long lead times.  Originally offered to only Ducati cognoscenti, the $72,500 cycle was way more than could be used on the road, the spec sheet having enough of everything for two or three sportbikes.

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2008 Ducati Desmosedici for sale on eBay

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Sixteen desmodromic actuated valves give this bike its name, gears driving the cams on this 989cc V4.  The nearly 14,000 rpm redline resulted in 200 hp, four multi-injector throttle bodies making the power delivery manageable.  The rest of the specifications are over the top – steel trellis frame but chrome-moly steel, reptilian plastic bodywork but carbon throughout, 43mm upside-down forks but with remote reservoir, 4-2-1 underseat exhaust but all titanium and exits the top of the seat fairing, alloy wheels but forged and machine magnesium,  Brembo brakes but radial 4-piston calipers.

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20150627 2008 ducati desmosedici tank  20150627 2008 ducati desmosedici exhaust

Well on its way to a fourth oil change, a surprising amount of miles for a machine like this.  From the eBay auction:

Ducati Desmosedici 16RR in great condition! Only 7387 miles. Comes with both keys, sticker kit, cover, and rear stand. All recalls done. New tires.

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Badged number 69 out of 1500, it may well be rarer if the total production limit was never met.  Dazzlingly presented by a dealer in Thousand Oaks, Calif., there are forty auction “watchers” but for the same eye-candy reason the Porsche and Ferrari new car websites get such a workout, just 7 bids as of this writing.  Ducati’s only V-4 road bike, the Sedici will only be more rare as they migrate to the gallery and away from the tarmac…

-donn

 

Man Up – 2008 Ducati Desmosedici
Ducati June 26, 2015 posted by Donn

Some Tasty Mods – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR

On the air-cooled side of the 1995 Ducati showroom, possibly back in a corner, was the 900 SS/CR.  Not leading edge like the 916 or 748, not as racy as the 900 Superlight, not a new naked Monster, a nice bargain but not like the 600 or 750, the 900 SS/CR had its own gap to fill.

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1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR for sale on eBay

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A nice handler with 84 hp, the SS/CR was the basis for many owner upgrades.  The basics were there, reliable oversquare desmodue, dry clutch, 6-speed, 41 mm inverted forks, big triple disk brakes, monoshock, and sweet half-fairing showing off that neat engine.

20150623 1995 ducati 900 ss cr binnacle  20150623 1995 ducati 900 ss cr seat fairing

Subject to a recall, the frame on this machine was evidently replaced under warranty.  While apart, the owner of this machine had the frame and swingarm powder-coated black, as well as the distinctive side cases, all normally silver.

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Just getting started with the upgrades, the dampers were upgraded to fully adjustable, along with steering stabilizer and Staintune exhaust.  The engine was overhauled with Ferracci pistons, oversized valves in the ported and polished heads.  A nice list of recent maintenance as well.

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From the eBay auction:

The time has come to part with my prized Ducati 900SS/CR. This 1995 Ducati 900SS/CR features SP adjustable forks, 2000 Super sport rear shock. Ferracci High Compression pistons, Ported and polished heads w 1 mm over sized valves, Khien 41 mm flat slide carbs, Dyna coils, Staintune stainless full high pipe system. LSL steering stabilizer Those are real Super light exhaust hangers sprayed gloss black. Exhaust sounds amazing and is no longer in production. Brand new Anti- gravity Lithium Ion battery, custom fabricated stainless steel fender eliminator (uses 996 signals), and light weight barnett clutch and a 999 clutch basket. Frame was replaced under warranty, infamous cracked neck. While the bike was down frame and swing arm were powder coated gloss black. Wheels and engine side cases are satin black. Clutch pressure plate high gloss red. Valve adjustment, new belts, fork seals, carbs rebuilt, new starter clutch all within the last 500 miles.

Nicely modified, this is a CR is name only, up to SP specs or better.  This SS/CR is likely to make the next owner very happy…

-donn

Some Tasty Mods – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR