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KTM September 25, 2021 posted by Mike

Double Boom KaToom: KTM RC8 times two!

When the flash flood of ultra-rare and highly collected models at auction dries up, RSBFS attentions turn to unique and under-represented specimens such as today’s underrated KTM RC8. While the top of the line R model offers greater performance and rarity (for a price), the RC8 still offers striking good looks (if you’re into angular design language) and more than respectable performance in a package you simply do not find very often. Post 2010 all RC8 models were R bikes. Given that KTM has completely pulled out of the Superbike world – both in the showroom as well as the racetrack – these bikes are only going to become more coveted. As luck would have it, there are two different RC8 examples available right now to compare and contrast, so let’s jump into it!


Bike #1: 2011 KTM RC8 – 29,503 miles

Built between 2008 and 2015, the RC8 went through a few iterations during its time. The original prototypes were 990cc V-twins, then iterated to 999cc V-4, before KTM settled on the now famous 75 degree, 1190 designation (actual displacement 1148cc for the base, and 1195cc for the R spec), fuel injected V-twin mill. Some of this had to do with competition; KTM paired with Ducati to lobby the SBK powers that be to allow for bigger twins to compete against the current crop of fours. Hence, shortly after the introduction, KTM was in the deep end of the WSBK pool, swimming with the sharks. For the buying public, the RC8 represented an all-new, scratch built motorcycle specifically tailored for performance. The specs are pretty special: 155 HP, thanks to four valve heads, Keihin fuel injection with 52mm throttle bodies and dry sump lubrication (with no fewer than 3 oil pumps!). The R models post 2010 upped the spec considerably with more displacement and bigger ponies (170). The chassis took a KTM-interpreted page from the Ducati trellis frame approach, with a series of short, straight sections of chrome moly tubing and an aluminum subframe. WP suspension appears on both ends, and is fully adjustable. In fact, nearly everything about the RC8 is adjustable, ensuring that nearly any size rider can find a fitment that offers comfort and control once on board this 406 pound missile.

From the seller:
This 2011 KTM RC8 is an original. The owner has had it for 4 years. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend rides. Super Rare* 2011 KTM RC8R. Not for beginners, it’s a torque monster with a vtwin engine. It’s a Guaranteed attention getter at any even or ride. Priced to sell!!

Positive
Has new shinko tires,
new oil and oil filter,
The fuel pump was also rebuilt prior to this season
New featherweight lithium battery that still has warranty on it.
The plastic fuel quick release line has been up graded to the metal one.
new quick release fuel cap/door.
It has sato racing frame sliders.
Never been laid down on the street.
Starts right up and ready to ride.

Negatives
windscreen is dull, previous owner clean with wrong chemicals
custom exhaust melted bottom fairings and a few blemishes (all can be seen in photos).

Picture wise, there is really not much to say. Most of the photos do not contain enough precise detail to determine exact condition. I’m not a big fan of the added on stickers, but there is nothing to suggest that they are hiding anything. Clearly the seller has spent some time detailing the bike, as is evidenced by the photos. No shot of the command center and unique gauge stack, although the eBay advert lists the mileage as 29,503. That is pretty significant mileage for such a rare beast. It also sports some mods, including an unnamed exhaust and a tail tidy-up kit. On one hand it’s great to see these things ridden, on the other hand a collector would undoubted look for something closer to stock and fewer miles. But a collector would likely be looking for either an early RC8R or the last model year in the first place, making this more of a great rider option. Pricing is curious on these bikes, as they are bit of a no-man’s land due to infrequent sales and being lost in the gray area of unique but not on collector lists (and hence not appreciating… yet). Seller is asking $7,500 Buy It Now, and is open to offers. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!


Bike #2: 2014 KTM RC8 – 997 miles

The second bike for your consideration is another RC8, however this one is a newer model year and features a slightly different graphics package with the black lowers. Graphics aside, there is not too much to change between the earlier RC8 and one a few years later. Same great thumping engine, same WP suspension, etc. Perhaps the biggest change was a tweaking of the fuel injection to lessen the on/off throttle response, as well as the introduction of a slipper clutch. Otherwise you are looking at a newer – maybe more evolved – but not substantially different motorcycle.

From the seller:
This 2014 KTM RC8 is an original. This is offered for sale by the original owner. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend rides.

Bike rides like brand new. Barely driven. I am entering my 50s and not able to ride crotch rockets anymore. Have 1 other bike on eBay auto for the same reason. Rear brake light is not working. And missing a mirror on right side of bike. Bike was never laid down. I walked by it and broke the mirror. Matching leather motorcycle jacket from London, barely worn, XL for $500.

This bike has not seen many miles, but does sport a little bit of damage that is worthy of further investigation. The seller notes that the mirror was broken when he ran into it – which may well be the case. Potential buyers should shop for a spare, as the mirror stalks also contain the front turn signals, making them a bit pricey. There is also some paint/graphics damage on the right hand side of the fairing, with the stickers showing some bubbling. This looks like it could be the result of a brake fluid spill during service (conjecture on my part), because it does not really appear to be impact damage. No clear indication as to the brake light switch; perhaps some of our RC8-knowledgeable readers can chime in on if that is a common failure point. I really like that it has low, low miles, but it’s a shame that this example will need some replacement pieces before being considered mint. This bike is being offered for the nice, round sum of $15,695 in a Buy It Now format, with the seller open to offers. You can check out all of the details here.


If I was in the market for one of these big, rare KTM superbikes what would I look at? All are super rare R models (although in the end that was all you could get – other than a track version). That being said, pricing for R models is on the rise, and the capability of even the base earlier RC8s is impressive. Of the two bikes listed here, the second one with low miles would be my first choice for investigation, however there is a nearly $8200 price difference between the two of them. That is a LOT of cash. Still, I would be tempted to learn more about Bike #2 in order to ascertain the true condition, and work on a valid offer based on what was found. Any way you look at it, the big KTM makes for a wildly radical departure from the standard fare. Good Luck!!


Post script:
While prepping for this post, one of the RC8R examples featured on these pages was relisted. With 12,000-ish miles and in semi-modified condition, the seller is asking $10,500 – see it here. For those who are interested, the RC8R featured different graphics, a bigger motor (1148cc vs 1195cc) that has a lightweight, titanium valve train, and peaks out at a massive 170 crankshaft HP. Suspension is still WP, brakes are still Brembo but the RC8R comes in lighter, faster, and far more rare than the base model RC8.

MI

Double Boom KaToom: KTM RC8 times two!
Featured Listing September 22, 2021 posted by Mike

Featured Listing – 2006 Honda RS125R GP Racer!

There are sport bikes, there are track day bikes, and then there are full on GP racers. Today’s stunning Featured Listing is one of the latter. In fact, this RS125R represents the final build of the Honda 125cc two stroke bikes before the GP world turned to four strokes. And unlike some privateer machines which have been run hard, crashed often, rebuilt and thrashed again, this example is clean, complete, and rash free. If you are looking for that perfect man cave centerpiece, or if you fancy yourself some Valentino Rossi moves at your next track day or club racing event, you just might want to check this out. When you compare a kitted out street bike set up for the track, this 2006 Honda RS125 will stop quicker, handle better, and basically run rings around most non-race bikes for the same amount of coin.

From the seller:
Last of an era. About the model..
Factory HRC RS125R Grand Prix racer. These bikes ended production in 2004 but were assembled and sold until 2009. The bill of sale I have lists this example as 2006. It was superseded in 2010 by the NSF250R which was largely the same save for the 250cc four stroke engine and beefier swing arm. Overall power was down on the 250 compared to the 125CC but torque was up, so was weight…

SPECS
bhp 45
Weight 158lbs dry (yes you read that right)
Fuel 100 octane minimum

More from the seller:
Hello, you are viewing the last factory production two stroke Grand Prix road race motorcycle Honda ever made. These ended production in 2004 and were assembled and sold until sometime in 2009 without changes. It has a 125cc engine that makes 45hp and total bike weight of 158lbs dry. It requires premix fuel of 100 octane minimum. The engine was fully rebuilt at the end of its last racing season prior to my ownership. The only non-factory items are a VHM head, Moto Tassinari V Force reed valve, and Ceramic Wheel bearings. The bike is fully safety wired, and spares are readily available through several vendors in the USA.

I purchased this bike from a local dealership owner several years ago. His son had campaigned it briefly in the USGPRU series before outgrowing it and moving on to 600’s. As you can imagine being owned by a dealer it has been professionally maintained. I can see no evidence that has ever been down. It has been properly stored on display by its two included stands in a heated garage. The included stands are an OEM rear, and Battle Factory Front. This is the nicest RS I have seen in the US that is not still new in the crate. If your intent is to collect, display and occasionally fire it up its good to go. If you plan to track day or race it competitively you will need a new set of tires, as the Dunlop slicks that are on it though brand new, are at least seven years old.

More from the seller:
The extent of my ownership has been display and yearly warming up, function checks, then back to storage.
I would consider there to be two flaws on this entire bike, one the OEM windscreen has a crack which was drilled to stop the spread, and is missing a chip in upper left the corner, two it has a quarter sized hole in the upper fairing where the front stand was incorrectly placed into the bottom of the steering head, which fell off and punched through. This is not visible from above. If your seriously interested I can provide more specific pictures or schedule a time to view this piece of history in person. My price is negotiable in person within reason. I would work with you if you wished to ship it within the USA at your expense. A bill of sale will be provided as these motorcycles were never issued titles. Bring a gallon of VP C12 if you want a ride!

Asking Price: $8,000
Contact Benjamin at: benjamincholcomb@gmail.com
Cell: 4433506838

The Honda RS125R is a pretty special machine. A factory-built racer intended for the sharp end of the GP grid, the RS125R was a weapon in the hands of heroes such as current stars Andrea Divizioso and Tom Luthi, or past multi-time winners like Dani Pedrosa and Loris Capirossi. Today these bikes are relatively rare (especially in this condition), collectable, and yet still very usable. The aftermarket has taken care of the concerns regarding spares, meaning that this is artwork you can fire off in anger a few times a year without fear of irreparable damage. And as the seller states, being previously owned by a Honda dealer certainly helped with the current condition and setup. For an asking price of only $8k you get history, speed, and a seductive silhouette – a bargain even before you fire it up! Interested parties should contact RSBFS reader Benjamin for more info or to strike a deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 2006 Honda RS125R GP Racer!
Suzuki September 18, 2021 posted by Mike

Dry Aged Rare: 1985 Suzuki GS550E

During a recent staff pow-wow in the ultra plush offices located on One RSBFS Drive, a debate raged whether mass produced Japanese sport bikes really deserved to be on the pages of this fine publication. After all, “rare” is right there in the title, and mass production somehow works against the whole concept of supply vs demand. But if we limited ourselves to a narrow margin of production numbers, this would become the Ducati_Gray_Market_Two_Stroke_Homologation.com site, and fail to list some of the more interesting finds available. Ultimately, we decided that while production numbers are one element of the equation, condition and rarity as found today (be it survivor, locality given imports, etc.) would be a necessary augmentation to the formula. Thus I present a not rare in the day, not super expensive, unlikely to appreciate into 5 digits type of motorcycle that is sure to please readers of a certain age: this 1985 Suzuki GS550E.

1985 Suzuki GS550E for sale on eBay

Take yourself back to 1985 (in a DeLorean if you must). Turn on the TV and you were either watching the Cosby Show or Family Ties. The radio was blasting out Madonna, Wham! or REO Speedwagon. Fred Merkel was in the middle set of his 3 AMA Superbike championships on Honda VF750 machinery. Freddie Spencer was winning both the 500cc and 250cc GP titles. The mighty 900cc Ninja redefined sport motorcycles as we knew them, and the middleweight class of 550cc sport bikes was as hotly contested as always. From this last mix came the GS550E, a capable entrant by Suzuki, seeking to win sporting riders over to the brand. The 572cc inline four pushed out 64 HP, and the Suzuki was notable for triple disk brakes, the rising rate single shock rear suspension, and up front the novel 4-way adjustable anti-dive front fork. Like most of the middleweights during this time, the GS550E was as much a commuter and sporty tourer as it was a sport bike – which means this class had not yet gone down the road of full-on hyper-sports middleweights.

From the seller:
1985 Suzuki GS550E with only 4,100 miles. This low mileage original bike is in great shape. The bike runs great, just a smooth comfortable ride. The 6 speed transmission shifts through the gears flawlessly. Seat is in fantastic shape, paint stills shines beautifully. You can tell that this bike was stored inside. These GS550E models are a fun bike to ride. They’re lightweight, easy to throw around and enough power to get you in trouble. All the lights work, headlight (high and low beam), stop light and directional. All the indicator lights work, along with gas gauge, speedo and tach. Oil has been changed and brakes bled. Carbs were recently rebuilt. It even has the original tool pouch. There are a few knicks and scratches on the tank, front fender and side covers which I have shown in the pictures. I had to make a repair to the left side cover. One of the tabs was broken so I had to epoxy a new one on (picture attached). It appears previous owners weren’t very careful when storing this bike. The side covers and front and rear cowling have no cracks. Overall a nice bike that will give you years of fun riding. I have a clear AZ title in my name.

In the “find another test” method to determine rarity, the condition of this bike is pretty sublime given the age. It has clearly been used, but would not look out of place in a stable full of much more rare machinery. The fact that it has racked up but 4,100 miles (that’s 114-ish miles per year if you do the maths) probably helps a bit. That can sometimes be a warning sign that a vehicle has been sitting for too long to function properly, but according to the seller all is well with this example. A running video might help, but the pics do show a properly clean example of a mid-1980s ‘Zook. There are a few scratches that the seller points out, as well as surface rust on the ends of the exhaust pipes. But in general, this is nearly 40 years old and looking great.

Pricing on these older models is tough. So many of the 550cc class bikes have been run hard, sold often, abused incessantly and cared for infrequently. That is what makes this example stand out, and what makes it RSBFS worthy. The best part of looking at extra-minty examples of mass produced bikes that were never collectors to start with is that the pricing is more reasonable than your average Italian exotic. This Arizona beauty has a starting bid of $3,400. Check out all of the details here, and then let us know your thoughts on if the condition of this one rates it as rare. Good Luck!!

MI

Dry Aged Rare: 1985 Suzuki GS550E
Kawasaki September 16, 2021 posted by Mike

Albino Unicorn: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

I know what you are thinking: How can this possibly be a genuine ELR if it’s in white?? And if you think that way, you are likely located in North America. You can thank the RSBFS institution of higher learning to help widen your viewpoint and knowledge base. You see, while the ELR was strictly painted in electric lime green (i.e. the AMA Superbike racing colors) for the US and Americas, international markets enjoyed a couple of more subtle color palette choices that retained the distinctive striping. This rare white example is a UK model, the muted colors more in alignment with the British market. The remainder of the specs were pretty similar, save for country-specific requirements around emissions, lighting and licensing.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R for sale on eBay

The whole concept of the ELR was to celebrate the victorious conqueror that was one “Steady” Eddie Lawson. But there is much debate among the inner circle of the ELR fans as to what comprises a “real” ELR. You see, the model that we consider the Eddie Lawson Replica was actually several, with some subtle and some not so subtle changes. Originally marketed as a 1,000cc model, the engine grew in size to 1100 (which was no longer Superbike legal, but that wasn’t really the point). The earliest model years were known as ELRs thanks in part to the tank graphic. Along the years those changed to Superbike Replica instead. And of course we learn of the stepchildren of international heritage – the replicas that were NOT electrified lime green (the horror!) – which would not likely be considered an ELR, although the spec sheet reads much the same (sans paint code).

From the seller:
Here we are selling a very rare white eddie Lawson original colours, Genuine ELR 26,000 miles resent German import to Uk . Spare 1100 engine installed original engine with sale (needs piston). Bike runs great, original exhausts and un molested condition…too many toys great opportunity for the collector or enthusiast. Wwwkz1000r.com for more information, rare find, serious bidders only, good luck.

Those looking for museum originality might wish to continue looking further, as this original 1,000cc model now has a bigger bang 1,100cc unit installed. The original engine is included with the sale, but requires what sounds like a significant rebuild. The pictures show a pretty bike with original black chrome exhaust – even if the European bikes shipped in the 4-into-2 configuration unlike the hotrod 4-into-1 unit that came on US bikes. Mileage is a surprising 26,497, which means this beast was ridden a fair bit. The good news is that this one has been imported and currently sits in Florida. If you are looking for something a little different – but not totally different – this KZ1000R in unique white just might be your ticket. The starting bid is nearly $10,500 – so be forewarned that this one is not in the bargain bin category. Did you know these were shipped in colors other than green? Do you like the white? Check out all of the details here, and then share your thoughts in the comments. Good Luck!!

MI

Albino Unicorn: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
Yamaha September 11, 2021 posted by Mike

California Dreaming: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

Today’s find is a rare and wonderful thing. Not only is it a fantastic Yamaha RZ350 in classic racing colors, it also appears to be completely stock and original. And this is the funny bit here – in that this is perhaps the rarest of the RZ350s, given that this is an original California model. When released this would have been the heaviest and potentially most choked up model due to the additional EVAP canisters and extra-stringent emissions rules. But today the stock bits that made the RZ350 C.A.R.B. compliant in California are all but unobtainable – making this bike such a rare example of originality.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

The tech used to make the RZ350 50-state legal was substantial, but rather well known in automotive circles. Since we all know (and love) the blue smoke that emanates from a two-stroke, it should come as no surprise that the smoke is unburned hydrocarbons from the oil mixed in the gas. The oil is necessary to lube the bottom end, as two strokes do not have a crankcase full of oil. Additionally, two strokes have very dirty exhaust gas as some of the intake charge goes right out the exhaust port at the best of times. The smoky exhaust is evidence of greenhouse gas and particulate matter that are two major causes of pollution – which, in LA at least, caused a horrible brown haze that blanketed the valley and persisted throughout the year. By introducing catalytic converters into the heavy exhaust pipes, Yamaha sought to burn off some of the excess fuel ejected by the cylinders. The converters required an additional air bleed to aid in burning, which is some of the additional exhaust tubing (and reason why expansion chambers are the #1 performance mod made to these bikes). In California there is the added fun of the evaporative canister, which aims to capture any escaping fuel vapors. This is why CA bikes have a veritable spaghetti bowl of rubber tubing out of the tank. This was a lot of work for Yamaha, and the complexity meant that CA was a one year only bike.

From the seller:
Here is your chance to own one of the cleanest, unrestored Yamaha RZ 350s out there.

The Good:
– Darn near showroom new
– 11,000 miles, but you would believe me if I said 3,000 miles
– Body work (9.5/10)
– Has never been repainted
– Frame paint is close to mint
– Never been dropped
– Bolt plating looks factory new
– Forks look new
– Wheels look new
– Stock pipes are mint, no scrapes or scratches
– No rust in the gas tank
– All original decals, even on the gas tank and gas cap
– California RZ so it has the extra smog canister
– Motor has never been out of the bike
– Comes with its original tool kit
– Still has the rubber headlight gasket
– On original top end
– Runs fantastically

More from the seller:
The Bad:
– Bit of wear on the handlebars from tie downs and the key on the ring
– A little paint coming off the right hand brake caliper and brake master
– Rubber piece that goes around the fairing is kind of dry and needs some glue

The Neutral:
– The owner before me had cleared the side covers, front fender, and fairing years ago because he wanted it to match the tank better

More from the seller:
Please look at the pictures to see how clean this bike really is. I included a photo with the fairing swung down so you can see how clean it is underneath. I know there are cheaper RZs out there, but they aren’t as clean or original as this one.

So there you have it. What was likely the least desirable RZ when new due to the additional emissions equipment has turned into a time capsule and an ultra rare offering today. This bike looks far, far better than a 36 year old motorcycle should, especially when you consider some of the more, um, well-used examples seen on these pages recently. The price reflects the condition and originality, with an auction already above $8k (reserve not met) and a Buy It Now of $16,500. It will be interesting to see how high the bidding goes on this California special. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

California Dreaming:  1985 Yamaha RZ350
Ducati September 6, 2021 posted by Mike

The French Connection: 1993 Ducati 888 SP5

Update 9.6.2021: We have received word from a reader who is well known and respected in the modern classic Ducati community, that there is some cause for concern with this example. See the thread here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/138029276886641

the Ducati SP5 Community & I have been all over this “genuine” SP5. It’s a fake.

According to the frame VIN, 3 months ago it was a 888 Strada being sold for $13,000 in France. Now it’s $38k.

Thank you for the heads up, -dc


Queue up the Oooh La Las, because regardless on which side your baguette is buttered you are looking at an Italian legend… that has been well preserved… yet definitely ridden… and lives in France. Sure, the global pandemic may prohibit you from taking the Grand Tour across Europe, but you can get Italy delivered via France without ever leaving home right now thanks to eBay.

1993 Ducati 888 SP5 for sale on eBay

The Ducati triple 8 was an evolution of the milestone 851, and incorporated key learnings from the initial seasons of WSBK racing. Namely, more capacity and more power. The 888 produced just 2 ponies shy of 120 HP in the SP5 trim, thundering its way to an 11,000 RPM redline. That is big territory for a twin. This is, in fact, the SPS motor, which therefore includes stronger rods and twin injectors. Limited to 500 units, the SP5 offered a substantial set of components, from race-ready Brembos (including braided lines and a fully floating rear disk), the close-ratio six speed box, solo tail section with the upswept Termi cans, and Ohlins rear shock. Up front the SP5 came stock with a multi-adjustable Showa front fork, but it appears today’s seller rectified that cost cutting measure with a proper Ohlins front unit. Exclusivity was pretty good to start with across the years of the 888 (1991 – 1994 model years), but to ensure stature the 888 SP5 was fitted with a bespoke numbered tag on the headstock. Today’s bike is #369.

From the seller:
for sale this fantastic ducati 888 SP5 N° 369
only 32, 000 km, new complete overhaul.
many rare parts like the magnesium rims “Raymond Roche replica”, the carbon footrests (originals, not replicas ), the ohlins fork, the brembo race brake calipers, the magnesium casing.
a unique opportunity to acquire this exceptional motorcycle.
the engine was completely rebuilt 10 years ago at virginio ferrari and the bike has not been driven since.
it is therefore running in.
Bike is in perfect condition

Unlike many rare Ducatis, this particular beast has been ridden a fair amount. 32,000 KM equates to just under 20,000 American miles, which is a lot for a rare collector. The seller indicates a significant amount of work done on the bike, including a complete engine rebuild. Note that the work was completed 10 years ago, and it is likely the bike was parked soon afterwards. Visually the bike appears to be in good condition, especially when the mileage is taken into consideration. Historically significant, justifiably rare and potent, this 1993 Ducati 888 SP5 is looking for a new home. The seller is asking $38,000 USD, and you can check out all of the details here. Does the 888 touch a nerve in your collector heart? What’s your favorite 888 variant? Be sure to let us know in the comments. Good Luck!!

MI

The French Connection: 1993 Ducati 888 SP5
Ducati September 4, 2021 posted by Mike

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Update 9.6.2021: Cold start video added below. -dc

The Ducati Supersport of the 1990s is not just an icon. It is a capable and robust platform that incorporated a solid foundation of stiff chassis and torquey Desmo power, all beautifully molded into rolling Italian artwork. And while some saw a ready-to-rumble motorcycle, others saw a canvas – an opportunity to build on those fantastic bones and turn it into a beast. Such is what we see today with this 1998 Ducati SSCR Featured Listing. One of the very few yellow 900SS models imported into the US, this Supersport is also the very desirable half-faired model. This unique look allows the engine to dominate the view, not to mention allowing for easy access to most all the bits and pieces. There is a lot to unpack here, so I will let Brendan take over and give you the details.

From the seller:
Available for sale is my 1998 Ducati 900 SS w/ 21500miles. I bought this back from a friend a while back and have continued to enjoy the process of replacing stuff with parts to improve it. It is as fun to ride as anyone has ever said, but I have too many bikes in the garage to get my daily driver back in. Falloon’s book says that this is one of 200 yellow CR’s for 1998. Has the upgraded charging system, I think is a difference.

More from the seller:
I have had 900SS’s before but decided to address the lower spec items found on a CR and do some upgrades beyond what they were when new.

Ohlins Shock-Racetech rebuilt/sprung for 235lbs w/receipt
Ohlins Valved Forks-Racetech rebuilt no receipt
Marvic Penta Magnesium 5 spoke wheels
Floating Iron rotors
40MM to 65mm caliper adaptors
999 4pad/4piston calipers
Dual stainless steel front brake lines
996 masters- brake and clutch w/reservoirs
SpeediMoto 3″ adjustable riser clipons ( narrow originals w/ masters included)
SS/SP aluminum swing arm
Mono Posto seat unit
reshaped/recovered Sargent seat
Stock bi-posto seat unit w/ seat, pegs,cowl
Relocated Monster oil cooler
39mm FCR flat Slide carbs
SilMoto spaghetti header
No-name hi-mount carbon cans ( bought used w/not visible crack)
EVR open clutch cover
Double Bubble smoked windscreen
520 Chain/sprockets
Vitaloni painted mirrors

More from the seller:
Tuned/belts, carbs rebuilt, rectifier replaced, Pirelli Diablo Rosso III @20600
records from 2010

Everything works as it should, and the induction honk brings a smile everytime you whack it open. She is a very nice rider, not a display queen. Available in San Diego, CA.

Asking Price: $8,000
Contact: Brendan @ Brendan@CAYachtsales.com

The CR model (Cafe Racer) was the lowest spec Supersport available when new, and met the needs of the budget conscious rider. Brendan has taken all the goodness and elevated this beauty above the SP specification with tasteful modifications and improvements. This is what the Supersport is all about – a bike so good at the basics that it can follow you where you go; with careful application of parts and money, can get you there even faster. Drop dead gorgeous in yellow, bristling with upgraded tech and fully sorted, this is a bike that you could not build for what you can buy if for here. Every rider needs something like this in their stable and your opportunity is right now. Give Brendan a shout, tell him what a gorgeous bike he has built, and then make yourself a deal!

MI

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Ducati August 30, 2021 posted by Mike

Year of the Duc: 1991 Ducati 851

Unsold at a significantly higher asking price earlier this year, this beautiful 851 has been relisted at $13,999 OBO. Links updated.

The year of 2021 needs to officially be renamed as the Year of the 851. I cannot recall ever seeing such an inventory of these milestone machines (check out a search of the RSBFS archives here). So what is so special about the 851? In a nutshell, the 851 contains 3 separate technologies that were a first for the Bologna manufacturer: 4-valve heads, fuel injection and liquid cooling. This combo kicked off a winning spree in WSBK and solidified Ducati’s approach of being a race team that occasionally builds street bikes. Today’s find is an exceptional 1991 model, which includes the popular white frame and wheel combination. I won’t go into the gory details of the model – check out the link above for that – but will simply remark that this is a well-represented version of this model and year.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Beautiful and well-maintained 1991 Ducati 851 Superbike for sale by owner. Have all of the original paperwork and maintenance records, as well as 2 original keys. Iconic and classic motorcycle in mint condition. The bike is all original parts and works flawlessly. Timing belt replacement and valve adjustment have both been done in the past few months. New tires were also fitted 6 months. Always kept indoors in a temperature controlled space. It hurts me to let go of this beautiful piece, but it is time to sell to someone who has the time to care for this motorcycle.

Today’s bike shows a few more miles than some of the museum want to be machines that we have seen previously, but it is obvious it has enjoyed some care and feeding deserving of the breed. Belts and valves are critical for this model, and both have been addressed recently. That means that this beauty is ready to ride off into the sunset right now. Both seat and windscreen look to be aftermarket, but neither should be considered deal killers. The rest looks to be completely stock, right down to the stock cans and stock clutch cover. The asking price on this one is a seemingly high $17,000 (now $13,999), but the seller is open to offers. Check out all of the details here, and let us know what you think: Is 2021 the Year of the 851? Good Luck!!

MI

Year of the Duc: 1991 Ducati 851