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Moto Guzzi August 27, 2015 posted by Donn

Red Survivor – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV

Almost 20 years on since the introduction of the V7 and the big V-twin was still the basis for the Moto-Guzzi range.  Alejandro De Tomaso took a personal interest in the machine, displacement was increased from 850 to 1000cc, and the front wheel size reduced to 16 inches in the interest of quicker handling.  In various minor revisions and special editions, the Le Mans 1000 carried the marque until the early nineties when fuel injected models were ready.

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1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV for sale on eBay

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Sporting a more angular but bikini-style fairing, the Mk. IV Le Mans looks back at the sporty cafe racer it was when introduced in 1976.  The red-orange paint, now extended to the frame and forks, recalls earlier 850 models.  Small body fairing and chin scoop direct air over the cylinders.  Larger valves and 10:1 compression ratio gave a nice bump in power from the 850, needed as weight had creeped up to over 500 lbs.  With shaft drive and the fairly high-geared 5-speed transmission, if not super quick the 1000 was plenty fast with a top speed of almost 140 mph.  Steering was enhanced with the 16-inch front wheel, though not all riders considered it an improvement to the long heavyweight the bike had become.  Early linked brakes were a safety enhancement, handlebar lever operating the right front brake disk, and pedal gave you left front and rear brake together, each disk 270mm.

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Sparklingly presented by a Nashville dealer, this Le Mans has only 5,100 original miles and appears unrestored.  The eBay auction lists a few updates and repairs:

This Le Mans is in fantastic original condition and was just picked up from the second owner. It is bone stock with the exception of the leather bags and upgraded exhaust (comes with original exhaust as well, in poor condition) The paint is all original and is very glossy with very few minute blemishes. The tires are new Metzlers, 500mi ago. The brakes lines were all replaced due to age (original included) and the rear master cylinder was also recently replaced. Comes with all it’s original keys, 2 ignition, and two for the neck.

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Though a mature design at the beginning of the sportbike “revolution”, the Le Mans 1000 is still a looker, and can still perform.  The bombproof twin and shaft drive make it a cafe racer for the long term…

-donn

Red Survivor – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV
Bimota August 26, 2015 posted by Donn

Rebound – 2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica

As the 1990’s wound down Bimota ventured into powerplant development, and produced a race-derived 500cc two-stroke mill for their 1997 V-Due.  Not for the meek however, fuel injection difficulties forced a recall and Bimota re-fit the entire production with carburettors, leaving them mostly outside emissions regulations for street machines, and ultimately forcing the partners to seek investors.  Reincarnated in the early 2000’s, most of the models were Ducati-based, but the notable SB8 was built around the big Suzuki twin TL1000 motor.  Introduced as the SB8R, the bike gave Bimota two WSBK wins in 2000 before the team lost their sponsorship.  In 2005 the SB8K was launched as a commemorative edition for its rider Anthony Gobert, and the bike was revised for 2006-07, named for the Italian race course, and is a rare and great performer.

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2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica for sale on eBay

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Long revered for their aluminum machined parts, Bimota lavished lightweight materials on the SB8K, the frame an aluminum cradle with beefy carbon connectors, and fairings being carbon fiber.  Though road regulations here did not allow a carbon fuel tank, overall weight is still under 400 lbs, fine for a machine with 143 hp.  Bimota produced their own ECU  for the SB8K which reduces the number of electrical components, and innovative fuel injectors which capitalize on intake flow.

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Components are excellent also, with adjustable 46mm Ohlins forks and monoshock.  Brembo radial-mounted front brake disks are 320mm, with a 240mm rear disk.  Underseat exhausts have aluminum mufflers, and lightweight forged wheels are from O-Z.  The carbon-faired monoposto seat is in nice shape.

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The Santamonica offered here is no hangar queen with almost 9,000 miles, but looks good and unmolested.  The original owner says this in the eBay auction –

Original owner of this awesome Bimota. This is the highest specification motorcycle Bimota ever produced. Bodywork is full carbon fiber with the exception of the tank which is steel due to USA requirements. OZ racing wheels, Brembo radial brakes, Ohlins adjustable suspension and steering damper, mixed carbon fiber/aircraft alloy frame structure and numerous Bimota machined alloy parts. Suzuki TL1000R engine rated at 142.6 HP and 77.8 lb-ft of torque. Total weight less than 400 lbs with a very low center of gravity makes handling light and precise.

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A booming 1000cc twin with a bespoke chassis, the exotic SB8K has the advantage of a proven and repairable engine.  Nice to see one that’s been away from the display stand without being abused.  Priced in the mid-40’s when new, the patina-ed SB8K is liable to be much more affordable…

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-donn

Rebound – 2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica
BMW August 22, 2015 posted by Donn

Agent K – 1990 BMW K1

Produced in 1988-93 at a rate of just over 1000 per year, BMW’s 90’s flagship was sporty though quirky.  They have a cult following of BMW die-hards and engineers, enchanted by the aerodynamics and 100 hp.  Also offered in red with yellow graphics ( ketchup and mustard ) and basic black, the blue metallic with yellow is a good compromise.  The condition, originality, and accessories make this K1 something special.

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1990 BMW K1 for sale on eBay

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Responding to impending emissions rules, BMW developed the straight-four in the early 80’s for the K100.  The K1 was the first K-bike with 4 valves per cylinder.  With a steel backbone frame using the engine as a stressed member, the stable K1 was made for extended 150 mph runs on the autobahn.  BMW’s new Paralever shaft drive is in a single-sided monoshock rear suspension, with more conventional front forks.  Early ABS brakes use 305mm front disks and 285mm rear.

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The 7-piece fairing achieved a drag coefficient of .38 ( a record .34 with rider tucked in behind the windscreen ), though the slippery fairing traps heat from the engine.  The 1000cc K-engine also generated a secondary vibration in the midrange, causing complaints from some riders.  The seat fairing has built-in panniers, though soft bags might be required for a long trip.

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The owner has put a wealth of information and history in the eBay auction:

I purchased the bike from an avid BMW collector in Boise. I had the bike delivered directly to the dealership and had them go from front to rear of the bike and fix/replace anything that was in need of repair. I told them to not even attempt to start the bike as it sat for almost 2yrs.. told them to replace fuel pumps/filters/fluids/battery, and do a complete service on the bike, and tires are 85% new. This bike at 25yrs old runs good as new, and handles as new. The only thing this bike needs is a new home.

Included with the bike:
– Tool kit and tire repair kit. (original)
-3M Protection around rear box lids to prevent scratching (applied on date of original purchase)
– Cee Baileys Headlight protector (applied on date of original purchase)

Australian made Staintune Stainless Steel Performance Exhaust. ($1,200.00 to purchase now, and Staintune does not carry this part number any longer, refused offer of $900.00 and exchange for OEM exhaust at last bike rally)

Wonderful Bonus to this bike is the ORIGINAL Tank Bag with both original Rain Covers. Additionally, the original saddle bags and original K1 Rain covers.

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The first 20,000 miles on this K1, must’ve been extremely careful, as there doesn’t appear to be a mark on it.  Very original, the only aftermarket parts appears to be the Staintune exhaust.  The collection of accessory soft bags and rain covers are unavailable except on the used market and a useful addition.  Forward looking in design and engineering, the K1 marks a time when BMW peeked over the slippery slope of sportier bikes, which they would address later in the 1990’s with the -RS and -S 1100cc twins…

-donn

 

 

 

Agent K – 1990 BMW K1
Ducati August 21, 2015 posted by Donn

Senna Commemorative – 2002 Ducati 748S

Made since 1994 as a kid brother to the 916, 996, and 998, the Ducati 748 has generally been the more streetable member of the Ducati Superbike family.  No denying its fraternal relationship with the top of the Ducati line, though the shorter stroke and lower gearing made the bike more fun under 100 mph.  Ducati has made several models in the metallic gray with red wheels commemorating the life of Ayrton Senna, the Formula One legend killed at Imola in 1994.  This final-year 748S is one of the most beautiful.

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2002 Ducati 748S Senna for sale on eBay

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The 748’s bore and stroke are slightly smaller than the 998, making it a little easier revving and delivering 97 hp.  The silver trellis frame encloses the Desmoquattro with dry clutch and 6-speed transmission.  Two-into-two exhaust is under the seat with Termignoni mufflers.  Adjustable forks and monoshock are made by Showa.  Twin 320mm floating disks with Brembo 4-piston calipers are at the front, with 220mm rear brake.

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One of the final iterations of Tamburini’s iconic superbike design, the fairing has air intakes under the headlights and vents behind the monoposto seat, which has a white accent similar to a number plate.  Quarter-turn fasteners ease access to the engine room.  Wheels on the -S are lightweight Marchesini alloys.

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The 748S offered here appears substantially stock, with a few updates – carbon mufflers, open clutch cover, adjustable footpegs, aftermarket turn signals and grips.  No word on maintenance or damage history, though the matte gray bodywork looks excellent.  The owner also lists additional modifications in the eBay auction:

Sought after gray (senna) 748s in great condition.
Termignoni exhaust
Speedymoto clutch
Carbon intakes

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An oddity in 2002, the matte paint is mainstream these days, the gray over red now a classic Ducati color scheme.  Though available in 2003, 748’s from that year were likely built before the tooling change for the 999/749, making 2002 the final year of 748 production.  Ducatisti have made many dedicated track machines out of 748’s, but this one appears too nice for that…

-donn

Senna Commemorative – 2002 Ducati 748S
Ducati August 13, 2015 posted by Donn

Light Rider – 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #718

A limited edition of the Supersport line, the Ducati 900 Superlight was built from 1992-98 in numbers never exceeding 1000 per year.  As often happens the first year was the innovative year and some of the value was engineered out in subsequent years.  The 900 Superlight offered here appears to be a Mk. 1, and though it was victim of a theft and recovery, looks to have some of the early model’s prized lightweight components.

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1993 Ducati 900 SS/SL Superlight for sale on eBay

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The beginning of Ducati’s use of carbon fiber on their bikes, the Superlight benefits from its use on the fenders and vented clutch cover.  Lighter also were the Marvic composite wheels, aluminum rims held by magnesium hubs.  This gives the 904cc desmodue less to drag around, having none of its conservative 78 hp to give away.  Showa built the dampers, 41mm upside down forks, monoshock rear, both adjustable.  Brakes are floating disks, generous 320mm twins in front and 245mm out back.  Seeming a close cousin of the 750 F1, the 900 Superlight has a monoposto seat, number plate, and a beautiful endurance-inspired fairing.

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This 900 SS/SL has evidently seen some schtuff, a theft and eventual restoration, though it’s quite presentable.  Nice updates include Staintune exhaust, Zero Gravity windscreen, and dual headlight fairing.  As the owner states in the eBay auction:

The bike is mostly stock except some carbon parts, body color painted mirrors, front fender, Statetune exhaust (sounds amazing) and dual headlights. It has 12.9KMi and is running as strong as it should.

I have 2 keys, some manuals, and service records from previous owners. Major service (incl. valves) was done at 9.8KMi and performed by European Cycles Specialties in CA.

Within the last 250 miles motorcycle received a new set of belts, new Michelin PS-III, Mobil-1 oil, flushed clutch and brakes with Castrol SRF fluid (the best fluid you can get).

This Superlight is not a garage queen or concourse winner. It is a riding machine and is very fun. The bike attracts a lot of attention and compliments everywhere I go with it.

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Looking very clean, this Superlight might be a gem of a rider in the dreary cloud of a rebuilt title.  If you are a fan of the 900cc Supersport family, a close inspection and test ride is warranted…

-donn

Light Rider – 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #718
BMW August 12, 2015 posted by Donn

The Winner and Still Champion ( of the BoxerCup ) – 2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

After the introduction of their first sportbike since the R90S of 1973-76, BMW sponsored a spec race series for their new R1100S in 1999.  Running mostly in Europe but expanding to Daytona in 2003-04, the BoxerCup was great international series, with many different riders from different countries winning races during the season.   The Boxer Cup Replika was offered in 2003 and 2004, last year of production, with performance updates such as carbon head guards and belly fairing, braided brake lines, underseat Laser exhaust, and Ohlins suspension.

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2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for sale on eBay

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The most powerful BMW boxer to date, the R1100S has 98 hp on tap, thanks to dual spark heads with four valves per cylinder.  Owners were provided an updated engine management chip at the first service.  Though a heavyweight at 505 lbs. wet, the BMW Paralever single-sided swingarm ( with shaft drive ) and Telelever anti-dive front suspension work with the rigid frame to make it handle.  Brakes are appropriately sized 320mm fronts and 276mm rear.  Nice touches include carbon front and rear fenders and dual seat with fairing cover.

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Following BMW’s legendary ability to roll the odometer, this R1100S has over 25,000 miles, but looks good and with the up-to-date maintenance, should be ready for more.  From the eBay auction:

BEAUTIFUL BOXERCUP. LOOKS LIKE NEW. ALWAYS GARAGED. ALL BOOKS AND KEYS.  Bike  has been fully tuned with valve adjustment, new alternator belt,brake and cable adjustment all done in last 2 weeks. Tank bag included. Laser exhaust, non abs model.

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From the last year of production, the BoxerCup offered has the more attractive paint and graphics, and appears undamaged save a few scratches on the head covers.  Looking very stock and racy without the optional luggage, owner improvements include tank bag, K&N filter, and fork-mounted conspicuity lights.   A great, stable and very sporty BMW, this one is just at mid-life, no crisis…

-donn

The Winner and Still Champion ( of the BoxerCup ) – 2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
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