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Aprilia June 19, 2019 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV-R Nori Haga Edition

By all accounts, Japanese superstar Noriyuki Haga has had an interesting career. Starting out in home market racing – including Japanese Superbike – Haga made the jump into WSBK in the late 1990s, initially as a wildcard entry. One of his earliest opportunities was substituting for an injured Colin Edwards, who would later become his teammate. Throughout the years he jumped back and forth from WSBK and 500cc GP, with an impressive record of three second place championships and as a four-time third place championship finisher. And while securing a championship eluded him, winning and finishing consistently did not. His record of 11 seasons with at least one win was only broken this year by Jonathan Rea. And he managed this across a wide range of machinery, including a one-year spell with Aprilia racing the RSV 1000 in a one-bike team. No wins were to be had that year, but Haga’s consistency paid off to the tune of 4th in the 2002 WSBK championship. And that is what this Nori Haga Edition Aprilia is all about: celebrating the accomplishments of both Aprilia and Haga.

Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV-R Nori Haga Edition

Aprilia is a company focused on racing, and this Haga replica is quite the proof. Outwardly, the bike shares the livery of Haga’s PlayStation-sponsored WSBK racer, including number. Underneath the skin the Haga Edition is pretty much all RSV 1000R, which is a pretty stout piece of kit. Based around a 60 degree, 998cc V-twin, expect nearly 140 horsepower to be at your beck and call. Suspension pieces are Ohlins, and brakes are the requisite Brembo units. And while the changes are mostly graphical in nature when compared to a stock RSV 1000R, the build itself receives a color-coded top clamp complete with Haga’s dashing signature and a number plate. Only 300 units were released world wide, and only 60 of those were earmarked for the United States. Additionally, as a nod to the racing heritage of the livery, the Haga Edition also came with dedicated race parts (not for street use), which included a full Akrapovic titanium exhaust system and a corresponding injection unit programming chip. Installation of the race kit drops nearly 7 lbs from the bike, while adding approximately 10 horsepower. Win!

From the seller:
The look, sound, and ride of this bike are amazing! Low mileage, two mature collectors have owned this bike. It was imported to Canada in 2018 from Tennessee. Always stored temperature regulated space, it has never been in an accident and is in perfect running order. If you are looking for an amazing classic V-Twin Italian race bike, this is a rare find. #107 of a 300 bike production run. The tires are only a year old, recent oil change, and head bearings replaced. This bike is in 100% stock form, passed import safety inspection without any issues and is ready to ride. I have multiple bikes and I am looking to sell this to make room for another. (4250 mi / 6800 kms)

Noriyuki Haga followed Aprilia into their fledgling MotoGP foray, teaming with Colin Edwards on the ill-fated RS Cube machine. One year of that was enough, and he returned to WSBK, riding for a number of different manufacturers. But none provided the fruits of victory, nor the fruits of a race replica offering. That makes this Aprilia race replica something special. Not only is it undeniably rare, it celebrates one of the best Superbike riders to never win a championship, and looks awesome to boot. With only 4,250 miles on the clock, this bike is clean and looks near new. Interested parties should jump over here quickly, as this Canadian-based example has a nearly-free opening ask, and needs a new home. Check it out, read up on the specs, and then bid to win (just like Haga). Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV-R Nori Haga Edition
Yamaha June 18, 2019 posted by Mike

Two Picture Tuesday: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Here is a beloved model smoker that was actually available to riders in all 50 States – for a brief period of time. The last of the true factory two strokes, the Yamaha RZ was 350 cubic centimeters of power-valved, parallel-twin goodness. Competing against the contemporary likes of the GPz550, GS550E and FJ600, the little RZ held its own as it buzzed its way into the hearts and minds of American youth. Today these 35 year old motorcycles are collector items, and highly sought after. Prices have been holding strong – if not climbing slowly – and time, butchers and accidents make the dwindling supply even more scarce. This advert has a fair amount of text but only two scant pics of this red/white beauty:

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1984 Yamaha RZ 350
14,780 miles
Single seat rear cowl
Rear shock replaced
New Bridgestones

Spec 2 Research & Engineering work –
Stage 1 Porting
Cylinder Bored and Honed Oversized (estimating almost 400cc now)
Open Chambers 1.5 over
Open Head Gasket for 1.5 over
Kick starter seal replaced with Yamaha OEM seal
Setup Auto-lube oil pump
Installed new 45,000 volt ignition coil
Precision machined Lighten Flywheel
Rebuild YPVS Power Valve to SPEC II tolerances, new seals and o-rings
Dynojet Research Re-jetting carburetor richer and new needles
Professionally tuned carburetor induction system
Top end kit H, R, B Water inlet
New OEM Stock Reed Manifolds with High performance Fiberglass Reeds and Cages
All fluids changed including brake master cylinders
Installed new small end rod precision needle bearing
New battery
New Kick starter Lever
New Exhaust Gaskets
New Spark Plug Caps and Spark Plugs
K&N Air filter with “Two in One
Canadian Expansion Chambers – mellow tone compared to Spec Il pipes, but very volumetrically efficient

This US-based chainsaw shows nearly 15,000 miles on the odometer, and has been the recipient of numerous modifications and maintenance. There does appear to be some rash on the right side can, but hard to tell if that was a parking issue or a serious off. Back in 1984 the RZ350 was good for about 40-ish HP and retailed for $2,399. Today, this hot-rodded RZ is good for significantly more HP, and the price hike is nearly commensurate: the Buy It Now price is $8,000, or best offer. This is, unfortunately, pretty much in line with pricing for these models lately. We have seen higher dollar amounts for more original / lower mileage examples, but as a whole these models are getting harder to find and more expensive when you do. Check it out here. Serious tire kickers will want to request additional photos and details (or better yet, see it in person). Good Luck!!

MI

Two Picture Tuesday: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Buell June 15, 2019 posted by Mike

Rarely Seen: 2013 EBR 1190 RS Carbon Edition

Resembling a 1125 RR race bike for the street, the 1190 RS was a homologation machine from Erik Buell Racing in the post-Harley Davidson era. Freed from the Milwaukee boat anchor that powered earlier incarnations of the Buell product line, the EBR series utilized a technologically superior unit from Rotax. Delivering over 175 HP in under 400 lbs package (wet weight, ready to race), the EBR 1190 RS had the goods to take the fight to the top level of Superbike racing – right until the bottom fell out. Ultimately the company was liquidated and thus ended the dream of an American top-tier Superbike offering. But what an offering the 1190RS Carbon Edition was!

2013 EBR 1190 RS Carbon Edition for sale on eBay

The EBR 1190 RS started life as a $40,000+ machine. The Carbon Edition tipped that sum past the $50k mark. But for the money, you received the very best of the best across the board. Start with the Erik Buell exclusives, such as the hollow aluminum frame member that doubles as the gas tank. The single, perimeter rotor front brake is a Buell specialty, offering a zero torque load to the race spec Ohlins front fork under hard braking. Yes, that’s an eight piston caliper gripping that massive rotor. Out back the signature high-arc swingarm operates against another race spec Ohlins product, a TTX shock unit. There are enough adjustments here to provide setup across an amazing number of conditions – or riders. That healthy 175+ HP comes courtesy of a Rotax 1125 mill that EBR bored out and refitted with racing componentry such as forged rods, titanium valves and specialty made aluminum pistons. Other than the wheels which are US-made magnesium pieces, the rest is pretty much carbon fiber. Add up the cost of just some of these components and you will start to see where the MSRP starts to make sense.

From the seller:
Very rare bike. No. 7 of 35 2013’s. New MSRP, set-up like this was just over $50,000. Original owner. Factory race exhaust (Euro) with 93 octane race ECU; lots of Ti and a Lithium Battery Tender. 500 miles +/-. Gentle street break-in miles only. Not quite fully broken-in. I am a retired championship winning racer/mechanic and treat my bikes with respect. Comes with all original parts as well as an uninstalled full Bazzaz system with the quick-shifter and remote. Comes with all the original parts. I uncrated it myself. It has never been in the rain. It has always been garaged or in my living room (all last winter). The engine is hand-built and full of exotic parts. This is literally a racebike with lights and mirrors. It has the most immediate power delivery of any street bike that I’ve owned (of well over 100). Original MSRP for a replacement engine alone was $27,000+/-. The suspension is from Ohlins’ race catalog – not the typical street and track line which is less exotic. Excellent condition. One stone chip in the clear coat which can easily be fixed. I will include a 1/2 case of the required AMSOIL full synthetic racing oil and filter for the break-in service. Also all of the stuff that came with it including EBR tie-downs and the EBR crate tarp. Feel free to take a look if local but please – only if you intend to buy it.

Do your research and check the reviews. An amazing bike in near-new condition for well less than half of the original price. This is a very rare and special bike that you can buy, ride and enjoy and not see a big drop in value over time. The RS’s are almost certain to appreciate in the future. I’m only selling because I no longer see myself tracking it and I’m getting into a nice cabin cruiser. I reserve the right to end the listing early.

Thanks for looking! As noted the stock exhaust, ECU, turn signals, etc are all included…

Today Buell as an H-D company is no longer. EBR had a brief flash before it also fell by the wayside. But of all the bikes Erik has touched, the 1190 RS is certainly the most technological. This is the apex of the path Buell was on, and the Carbon Edition represents the best of the best of the last. Only 100 1190 RS bikes were planned, and few of that number were the final Carbon models. This is as exclusive as any homologation superbike, but without the star power or Italian mystique. That is a shame, as these late edition EBRs are as capable as any bike of the era, and continue to be amazing riders to this day.

This particular 1190 RS Carbon Edition example has a claimed <500 miles on the odometer - which means it has not even been fully broken in! It has all of the goods included, and the seller has the stock pieces to go along with the ride. The bike looks very clean, well cared for, and includes a photo of its indoor parking spot. This has obviously not been abused, and with the low mileage one might consider this nearly new. Which brings us to the elephant in Erik's room. Buells in general are wonderful, iconic and unique motorcycles. As a low-volume manufacturer, many Buell models can be considered rare. But as an American manufacturer, EB has never quite reached the collector status deserved by the quality of his creations. Thus you can sweep up this lightly used 1190 RS Carbon Edition for a fraction of the original MSRP asking price (probably lower than we have ever seen). There is likely a future for key EBR models in the market, but that future looks to be quite a few years hence. Until then, my vote is that someone needs to pick up this bike and ride it like it was meant to be ridden. We need a hero to make the world a better place. Check it out here – and Good Luck!!

MI

Rarely Seen: 2013 EBR 1190 RS Carbon Edition
Ducati June 14, 2019 posted by Mike

Sixteen Candles: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR

The introduction of the Desmosedici was a typical Ducati bombshell to the world. Over the top in a manner than only a MotoGP bike for the street can be, the D16RR was exotic and wild, beautiful and dangerous, and horribly, horribly expensive. This limited production (1,500 units total, world wide) model saw the introduction of the V-4, with the nickname Desmosedici (sixteen in Italian) and D16RR referring to this new arrangement. The bike was as MotoGP as possible for a Federalized streetbike, and retained some interesting features inherited directly from the racing lineage.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR for sale on eBay

Essentially two L-twin motors placed side-by-side and firing together in a twin pulse manner, the D16RR was really an homage to the GP racer. Power from the 990cc mill was knocking on the 200 HP door, with 197 and change reported. As expected, RPM limits were raised over that of the twins, with max power occurring near the 14k mark. But it is not just about raw power. The Desmosedici remains pretty faithful to the racer with frame geometry, and top level Ohlins suspension and radial mount Brembo braking components (sorry, no carbon-carbon brakes for the street). The comprehensive electronics package even includes a data logger to help you develop as a rider. What isn’t metal on this bike is all carbon fiber. What isn’t carbon fiber is either aluminum (frame, cases, swing arm), magnesium (heads and wheels) or titanium (connecting rods, intake and exhaust valves). The frame is minimal, and hangs the rear suspension off in a stressed-member format. The seat and underlying structure is also cantilevered off of the rear of the engine.

From the seller:
2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR, #457/1500, 8076 miles. Second owner motorcycle with all service records. Original bodywork has never been used on the bike, was packaged by original owner/dealer when new and replaced with Catalyst Composites street kit. This bike comes complete with the ‘Race Kit’ exhaust, ECU, cloth cover and rear stand.

Notable mentions:
– New original bodywork, never used
– Extra gas tank
– Street and ‘Race’ upper fairings
– Matching rear Marchesini Genesi M7RR 17″ rear wheel
– Extra 17″ rear wheel modified for proper width, from 999
– Original rear 16″ wheel
– Race Kit Exhaust, ECU and cloth cover
– Ducati Data Analyzer
– Braketech iron rotors (with spacers, not installed)
– Original rear display stand (never used)
– New Pirelli Rosso Corsa II tires
– 1 new, 2 used Bridgestone BT-01 rear tire for original wheel use, 1 used front BT-01 (all in good, usable condition)
– Catalyst bodywork was recently repainted to get rid of rock chips around the leading edge of the side panels and mask
– All service records available

*Bike is up to date on its services. Most recent service, 7500 mile service completed at 7353 miles, by Moto Italiano in Santa Cruz, California. Also completed at this time was K&N air filter, new clutch and basket, LOF, fluid exchanges, valve check and adjustment,

** There are a couple of small (very small) chips in the left side of the gas tank, noted in last picture.

The fly in the ointment with race replicas is that they are NOT simply the race bike with lights. Because racers don’t have the electrical loads required by lights, horn and signals, they can often get away with a minimalist electrical structure that offers just enough juice to power the ECU and fuel injection – or even run total loss with no charging system at all. That doesn’t work on the street, where bikes need electric start, headlights which are on all the time, a working tail light and turn signals. The bigger alternator and battery takes space. The race bikes run dry sump lubrication, but again, that is less useful on the street and requires valuable space that could be utilized for the upgraded cooling system, the upgrade charging system or the emissions controls. And while you cannot simply take a MotoGP bike and call it a street bike, Ducati went through a tremendous effort to produce something like a GP bike. And if you were lucky enough to be close enough to the front of the line to get one, it would only cost you $72k.

If I’m to be honest, it was really the background bikes in the photos that originally caught my attention in this advert. The 916 is classic, and I love the RC45. But the NR750? That is even more over the top. And that just might be the problem with the D16RR. While a phenomenal achievement by a relatively small manufacturer – and certainly very, very exclusive – it somehow lacks the “OMG Wow” impact that such a high dollar amount warrants. These are truly amazing motorcycles in many, many ways, yet they seem to fail to ignite the interest and the curiosity of our readers. Meanwhile, this beautiful 8,000 mile machine (let that sink in – somebody actually rode this beauty a respectable number of miles!) comes with all of the “race only” parts and spares and has a complete service history. The BIN is set for $64k, but the opening ask on the auction portion is a mere $56k with reserve in place. Check it out here. I’d love to hear your thoughts in our Comments section about the Desmosedici, and if you drool over these the same way we look at smokers or other homologation machines. Good Luck!!

MI

Sixteen Candles:  2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR
KTM June 8, 2019 posted by Mike

Different Perspectives: 2014 KTM RC8R 1190

In the world of different strokes, there are Japanese sport bikes and Italian sport bikes. And for a short while, there was a rational choice out of left field – Austria – with the KTM RC8R. With a unique blend of high-quality components and features not often found on bikes in the range, the RC8R was powerful, potent, very competent and largely ignored. Not even the impressive results of factory racer Chris Filmore in AMA Superbike competition could make the RC8R a commercial success. Ultimately KTM pulled the plug on the RC8 line – in part thanks to the CEO suggesting they should not build machines that could not be used sensibly on the street.

2014 KTM RC8R 1190 for sale on eBay

Powered by a 1190cc v-twin set at 75 degrees, the RC8R offered up a very healthy 175+ HP. With Keihin fuel injection via 52 mm throttle bodies feeding directly into the twin spark, four valve heads, power was instantaneous – if not a bit abrupt. Coupled with a 6-speed tranny and nestled in a unique trestle frame, the RC8R takes convention to a new level. Adjustments abound: the RC8R provided for a vast array of adjustments similar to what you would expect on a race bike. From levers to pegs, suspension and sub-frame height, the RC8R was an open book for a rider who knew what they wanted. Even the swing arm pivot angle is adjustable. And with WP suspension front an rear, the rider is availed to a dizzying array of potential changes that can be made in order to maximize the handling of the bike. When it comes time to stop, radial mount Brembos are up to the task. The seller is the original purchaser of this one-owner bike, and has quite a bit to share. Read on:

From the seller:
I am the original owner of this 2014 KTM RC8R 1190. I purchased the bike in March of 2014 from Thousand Oaks. The bike runs perfect and looks beautiful. I have taken excellent care of the bike keeping up on regular maintenance and always in my garage. Its always clean and waxed and has never seen rain. Never downed, raced, or abused, in like new condition and babied.

The fluids were changed last year including the oil, coolant, and brake fluids and have about a 1000 miles on them. I have only used Motorex Power Synt 4T oil in this bike per KTM’s recommendations. It has never been raced and most of the miles are highway from road trips with my buddies.

More from the seller:
I want to sell the bike with the accessories, but if somebody doesn’t want them I would let it go for less money as stock. Here are a list of the mods:

-Akrapovic EVO 4 Full Titanium Exhaust ($4600 and over 20lbs weight savings)
-K&N Air Filter
-KTM Factory EVO 4 Tune
-CJ Designs Block Off Plates
-KTM PowerParts Reservoir Covers
-KTM PowerParts Tinted Wind Screen
-KTM PowerParts Rear Seat Plugs
-KTM PowerParts Supersprox Rear Sproket
-KTM PowerParts Swingarm Protector
-KTM PowerParts Tank Pad
-Bestem Carbon Fiber Tank Guards
-Bestem Carbon Fiber Chain Guard
-Bestem Carbon Fiber Rear Fender
-Evotech Fender Eliminator
-Brand new Dunlop Q3+ Tires
-Clear Wrap on Front and Rear Tail Panels
-Fuel Tank Anti-Scratch Protector
-HID Headlamp
-DB Silencer for Akra Exhaust
-KTM RC8 Indoor Cover

More from the seller:
Factory Wise, the bike is set up very well. It has many adjustments with seat height, foot peg location and height, and handlebar height. WP suspension is stock and very good, Marschesini Wheels, Brembo Brakes, and hydraulic slipper clutch. This bike is a blast to ride, has so much torque and power I can only explain it as violent. This truly is a riders bike as there aren’t any rider aids and its all up to you. I am 6’1″ and 200lbs and this bike was comfortable for me on long road trips because of its adjustability and room to move around.

Only issue with the bike is a small burn mark I put into the lower right fairing when I installed the EVO 4 exhaust. The exhaust was missing a bracket, I was excited to ride the bike and the fairing was touching the header. But its fixed and only cosmetic. I was planning on replacing the fairing with the KTM race pan. The EVO 4 Headers also developed a crack at the intersection which was not uncommon. The crack was welded and is only cosmetic and doesn’t affect performance. I have all of the stock parts to go with the bike too.

Otherwise, bike really is 10/10 and still looks and rides perfect. Any questions please feel free to ask.

By then numbers, RC8 machines are relatively rare. Only a few hundred units were purportedly imported each model year, with the 2015 – and final – example being the rarest. But the RC8 is plagued by the worst of all collector bike syndromes; ambivalence. You see, these are great motorcycles swimming in a sea of lots of great motorcycles. The fact that the RC8 and RC8R failed to make a splash has more to do with economics and dealer reach than anything performance or quality related. No, the RC8R did not win an AMA Superbike race. Nor did one top the championship standings. But Chris Filmore was there and was close, and such speaks to the potential of this platform. As an out of the box offering from the Austrian manufacturer – their first big-bore sport bike – the RC8 was a refreshing alternative to the rest of the known crowd. And while the party ended too soon, there are plenty of good examples around. This particular RC8R looks to be well cared for, has some tasty updates, and fewer than 7,000 miles. The ask on it is a very strong $13k, but the seller indicates he is willing to entertain offers. The last few R bikes we have seen have been up in the $10k range – with exception units topping at $12k – but the dollars sunk into all of the KTM upgrades may bolster that price somewhat. It was a pity that the KTM street bike party ended too soon – it would have been fun to see what could happen at the WSBK level. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Different Perspectives: 2014 KTM RC8R 1190
Ducati June 5, 2019 posted by Mike

Maryland Missle: 1995 Ducati 916

If you are looking for a collector category bike and figured the first generation Ducati 916 might have hit rock bottom, you are (unfortunately) already too late. Early year 916s have stepped onto the valuation escalator, and are already going places. They are still relatively affordable, but you will be parting with a fair number of ducets if you want an early model in clean condition. The Varese models will still top the dollar range, but any nice 916 will set you back some coin. It is with that in mind that we present you with this 5,000 mile, beautiful first-generation 1995 Ducati 916 located in Maryland.

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

As oral tradition dictates, the story has been told often around the warm, flickering glow of computer monitor screens – a story about a man named Massimo Tamburini and his desire to conquer the world with a motorcycle design the likes having never before been seen. Jump to the chase and one might believe he did just that. The Ducati 916 was a stunning design of sharp angles and flowing streamlines, of extreme compactness, yet dense with power. Of single sided swing arms and raucous pipes poking out beneath the seat. The four valve desmoquattro engine featured liquid cooling and fuel injection, and rev’ed higher than any twin in recent memory. Handling was redefined, and the bar was raised. Trophies stacked up; both those won racing in WSBK as well as those awards won at design competitions and motorcycle shows.

From the seller:
Up for sale is a beautiul 1995 Ducati 916 sport bike with 5196 original miles. Bike has been well maintained and not only looks great but still runs great as well. All maintenance records have been kept for this bike and can be emailed if needed. Only modifications to the bike are Termignoni carbon exhaust pipes and integrated turn signals. If you have any questions or would like more pictures or information, please send me a message. Thanks for looking!

Now celebrating its 25th birthday (originally released in 1994), the 916 has reached that classic collector status. It is old enough to be able to re-emerge into the spotlight as a yesteryear machine, yet new enough to give relatively modern machinery a good run for that collector money. The iconic good looks remain fresh and vibrant, even as they have been re-interpreted, copied and evolved in models such as the Ducati 1098/1198, the Panigale, and the MV Agusta F4. This bike still looks modern, and if you can live without the electronic nannies such as traction control, wheelie control, ABS and bang-shift electronic gearboxes you will find that this bike still IS modern. The V-twin lights with a roar, and remains usable and tractable around town. But it is in the canyons where the 916 really shines, allowing a rider to make the most of the strong (at the time) Brembos and sublime Ohlins suspension, and really delve into the 114 HP as the tach swings past 9,000 RPM. The soundtrack is glorious.

Stepping back onto the sidewalk of reality, the stewardship of a Ducati 916 is a little bit different than owning your average UJM. Desmo valve adjustments, for example, require specific shims and are more frequent and more involved than what you might be used to. Cam belts need to be replaced at regular intervals. Skip either of these steps, and ownership becomes an exponentially more expensive prospect. Aside from more frequent maintenance, these hyperactive twins are surprisingly robust. Mileage is rarely a factor in 916 ownership provided services are completed on schedule. The rest is riding, smiling, rinsing and repeating. This particular example looks very clean, and has obviously been well loved. It sports a few extra bits – such as the Termi exhaust cans, the carbon fiber mud guard, chain guard and front sprocket cover, uprated brake lines, and the rear turn signals have been re-positioned. There also appears to be a pigtail for either a battery tender or electric vest. With low miles, a clean presentation and a complete set of service records, this 916 looks to be a fantastic find – and the asking price reflects the condition. Check it out here, and then fire up your inner Carl Fogarty. Good Luck!!

MI

Maryland Missle: 1995 Ducati 916
MV Agusta June 4, 2019 posted by Mike

Aged Art: 1978 MV Agusta 850 Monza

Let’s close out the recent spate of very beautiful MV Agusta models we’ve been posting in the last week or so with this beautiful example of the old school art. Designed before the days of Tamburini involvement, this classic 850 Monza has a look all its own, without the #metoo styling that seems more common today. This was the stuff of legends, the scoot of choice for riders such as Phil Read and Giacomo Augustini. Alas the glorious MV Agusta factory was already in financial free fall when this beauty was built, and plans were in play to exit the motorcycle space entirely. That makes the model among the last of the original MV Agusta line to be built. It took until 1980 for the last of the inventory to go, and with it went the hopes and dreams of the Agusta family. MV Agusta lay in dormant slumber until 1991, when Cagiva swooped in on trademark ownership rights, and set out to revive it with a bang – the new F4 models being introduced fully 20 years after this 850 Monza made its swan song.

1978 MV Agusta 850 Monza for sale on eBay

From the seller:
MV AGUSTA 850S MONZA 1978, ONE OF THE LAST 27X TO BE BUILT BEFORE THE FACTORY CEASED PRODUCTION OF MOTORCYCLES. ORIGINAL FULL FACTORY FAIRING. BIKE FULLY RESTORED 9 YEARS AGO WITH VERY LITTLE MILES SINCE. BEAUTIFUL CONDITION. COMES WITH ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL AND FULL DOCUMENTATION OF AUTHENTICITY

Powered by an 837cc air-cooled, inline four cylinder engine with DOHC, the Monza had but two valves per cylinder (while the Japanese competition offered four). The cylinder block was situated atop sand-cast cases that also housed the 5 speed transmission. Final drive was via shaft – a novelty in the sport bike world. Power was estimated to be in the 80-ish range, while weight was approximately 570 lbs. Perhaps the most interesting part about the 850 Monza is the last-gasp aspect of the design. History shows that the Monza bikes were actually unsold Americas which were tuned and and fitted with optional extras in order to move them. Originally based around the 750cc base design (check out the serial number), the Monza was also sold as an 832cc. Only the final 27 bikes carried the 850 moniker. Nomenclature also varied, as these were known as Boxers in the UK, and Super Daytonas in Germany, while being referred to as Monzas in the rest of the world. From an auction perspective Monzas are rare and valuable. The 832 variants are reliable high five digit sellers. This 850 Monza – the last of the original breed – is located in Australia and bidding begins at $110,000. That is very strong money, but considering this is one of 27 of the final model line, it just might be worth checking out. Pictures are few and with low resolution it is difficult to make out detail; serious bidders might want to request additional images. A fitting close to the flood of MV Agustas posted as of late, this is a nice example of old school art done right. Good Luck!!

MI

Aged Art: 1978 MV Agusta 850 Monza
MV Agusta June 1, 2019 posted by Mike

More Art: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

It seems like we are seeing quite a few newer generation MV Agusta models crossing the block as of late. This sets up an interesting study of values and comparisons. It also highlights the feast/famine nature of the rare sport bike segment. The market is currently flooded with a variety of F4 machines, so if you are interested in an example from the storied MV Agusta brand you have a good opportunity to find a clean, low mileage bike across a number of price ranges – such as this 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R.

2008 MV Agusta F4 312R for sale on eBay

The F4 1000 lineup – comprising several different models – essentially all share the same engine configuration and primary chassis. That is a seriously stout foundation for any bike, as seen in the 166 HP base model F4 S. But the 312R is more. Much more, in fact. The 312R is two performance steps above the base S model, given that it is built upon the F4 R – which itself has a bump in HP to 174, and improved brakes and suspension. Take that F4 R, add another 9 ponies and special graphics, and you come to the 312R. Named after the bike’s target top speed of 312 kph (approximately 190 mph), the original 1000cc 312R was a limited edition offering. Today its performance is eclipsed by several more modern bikes – and it may get lost in all of the “Limited Edition this and Limited Edition that” MV Agusta noise, but is still a beautiful and respectable powerhouse with some real cachet.

From the seller:
Time to sell my beautiful 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R. Second owner. I bought this MV to use as a piece of ‘art’ in my man cave. I have never ridden it. The bike has never been down. The original owner rode it for a year, then displayed it in his house until my purchase in 2016. I am moving into a smaller house and will not have the space to show the bike, hence the reason for its sale. It has 2881 miles on the odometer. All fluids, except the brake and clutch, were drained in preparation for display. The battery was also removed. The prior owner upgraded the front Brembo calipers to a better spec Brembo caliper, he also upgraded the Brembo brake and clutch levers, added Rizoma grips and swapped the plastic trim pieces for OEM MV Agusta carbon fiber ones. The bike comes with all the goodies supplied by MV for the 312 owner, including the bike cover, tool kit and owner’s manual.

Created by the father of both Bimota and the Ducati 916 (and 996/998), it is hard to call the F4 anything other than gorgeous. The seller obviously thinks so, as this bike has adorned his man cave since purchased and has not turned a wheel since. I can’t tell if Count Giovanni Agusta – original founder of MV Agusta way back in 1923 – would be rolling in his grave, or proud that his humble motorcycles have transcended the plane of mere transportation. Either way, one cannot help but admit that a bike of this caliber would look stunning in any room of the house, provided that one’s spouse were on board with the concept. Prepped for the indoor motorcycle mannequin gig, this bike was drained of fluids and the battery has been removed. As a result, there are no “powered on” shots of the odometer – but the ad states the original owner put 2,881 miles on the bike before it was acquired by the seller.

The 312R was a homologation machine in the US with a mere 150 units imported to meet AMA regs. And while I doubt that the first owner ran that slick for 2,800+ miles, it does wear racing rubber properly and proudly. This is a rare sub model of a relatively rare machine; MV Agusta did not produce many bikes in the early years of the comeback, and they all carried a premium over peer bikes of the time. Thus, even a base F4 is a sight not often seen, and the other LE models even less so. The 312R is probably not the most rare – nor the most pricey – but stands out as one of the rarer examples of the MV Agusta offering set. That has not helped it out much at the checkout stand as of late; this beautiful example is being offered for a relatively scant $12,500. That is right in the money for other 312R models on the market, but well below the original MSRP. That could be a good thing, as predictive analytics indicate that the bike could be reaching the bottom of the curve. Nearly all bikes that are collector status today were available for less $$ at some point in their lives; nearly everything goes through a dip. The 190 mph question is if this is such a bike. The 312R is rare enough, and this example is in clean enough condition to ride that wave should it develop. Check it out here, and then check your crystal ball. Good Luck!!

MI

More Art: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R
MV Agusta May 29, 2019 posted by Mike

F1 Dreams: 2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44

How do you take a very exclusive motorcycle and push it over into the mega-dollars collector category? Star power always works. Just like Ducati with exclusive models based around Mike Hailwood (two of them!), Troy Bayliss, Ben Bostrom, Carl Fogarty and Ayrton Senna, Italian art dealer MV Agusta has celebrated Claudio Castiglioni, Giacomo Agostini and Ayrton Senna. Both the Ducati and MV Agusta Senna tribute bikes were used to raise funding for Senna’s foundation to care for poor children in his native Brazil. And while other F1 racers have indulged in a bit of two-wheeled motor sports, Lewis Hamilton is – to my memory – the only current driver with a bespoke motorcycle model to his name. Behold, in all its glory, the #41 of 44 Lewis Hamilton MV Agusta F4.

2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44 for sale on eBay

Reportedly built with direct input, only 44 units of this rare bike were built (Hamilton races the #44). The engine and control unit are straight from the top-spec RC (Reparto Corse) model, pulling 212 ponies in all – but for non street use only. If you abide by the rules and don’t run the superbike spec ECU or exhaust (with Hamilton’s logo and number, no less), you limit yourself to only 205 ponies. Throttle is fly by wire (no push-pull cables), which runs straight through the MV Agusta MVICS system to provide for multiple engine maps and traction control. The electronic transmission features a quick shifter as well as a slipper unit. The radial mount Brembos are also wired to a brain and offers full-race ABS and anti rear wheel lift for maximum braking capability. Tires are special Pirelli builds with a red line around the sidewall and the “LH44” logo. Slippery carbon bodywork offers Lewis Hamilton graphics, including the #44. The top speed of this 386 pound missle is listed as 302 KPH (~188 mph).

From the seller:
A very rare opportunity to purchase what is probably the only Lewis Hamilton F4 still in its crate in existence today.

This bike is number 41 of 44 units built, with Lewis himself taking three units for him and his family leaving just 41 of these incredible machines available to the worlds market.

All units were immediately snapped up, however we are particularly pleased to offer this machine for sale on behalf of our client.

NOTE: – Free Shipping via International Sea freight.

The LH44 model F4 is RARE. This is RSBFS-worthy rare, but it may not tick all the right boxes for everybody. First off, this is a pricey piece of kit – with MSRP in the $72,000 range. That is Desmosidicci D16RR territory, and you will recall that those bikes all sold quite quickly (and they continue to trade relatively strongly today). But the collector that picks a zero mile $70k+ motorcycle tends to be far different than those that covet other desirable models to ride (i.e. RC30, MHe, etc). After all, the whole purpose of this bike is to show off the LH44 branding; otherwise save yourself the $25k and pony up for the F4 RC and ride the wheels off of it. It won’t be as rare, but is every bit the LH44 equal in terms of street (or on track) performance. But if you are collecting to fill an indoor, climate controlled, hermetically sealed parking spot, this might be your bike!

With only 44 pieces available world wide and Lewis being a glutton and claiming 3 units, there are really only 41 bikes still remaining in this very exclusive collection. Today’s example is purported to still be in a crate according to the advert, and is located way down under in Christchurch, New Zealand. That is a long way to go for a US buyer, however with such rarity I’m sure prospective buyers are simply happy to find one on the open market. Asking price is $67,905 USD. It’s not often that one would think an asking price of that amount is reasonable, but its not often you can score a rare and collectible bike still new in the box at lower than MSRP. Are you looking for a bargain? International shipping is INCLUDED, and the seller is open to offers. I’d prefer more pics of the actual bike rather than MV Agusta promo shots, but there is enough there to indicate this bike is legit. Check it out here, as you won’t likely be seeing very many of these around. Good Luck!!

MI

F1 Dreams: 2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44