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Ducati March 25, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Red Rider – 1995 Ducati 916

1995 Ducati 916 on eBay

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We all remember the first time we saw one.. in print, in person, online…  The Ducati 916 made us all stop and stare.  It made us all think that maybe form is more important than function.  I mean, if it looks this good, who even cares how it rides, right?  But then a funny thing happened… it ended up performing as beautifully as it looked.  The Ducati 916 and it’s evolutionary siblings, the 996 and 998, went right to the front of the World Superbike results and pretty much stayed there for the better part of 10 years.

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This particular 916 is listed as a “first year” in the auction, however 1994 was the first year for the 916.  It appears to have some pretty standard modification including the Termi pipes and 5 spoke Marchesini wheels.  Those are easy enough to change back if originality is your end game.  There’s a lot of interested parties, with 50 watchers already.  If you want to add yourself to that list, check out the eBay auction here:  1995 Ducati 916 on eBay

From the seller’s description:

First year Ducati 916 monoposto. This bike was built in the Varese plant after the Bologne fire.    Showa forks and Maxtor shock.  Stainless steel Termignoni exhaust system, Merchesini 5 spoke wheels.  New Michelin Pilot tires, new battery. Top end checked over the winter with a couple of new rocker arms installed.  Rear stand and head stand included in sale.  Its fast.  It has a P8 computer and Ohlins steering damper.  Body work is beautiful.

It should be noted that the seller also states that this is a “Varese” build and the VIN would appear to support this claim.  Early Ducati 916 production took place at the Cagiva factory after a fire at the Bologna facility.  Whether this adds or detracts from the value is up for debate… but it is an interesting bit of history.

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Mike M.

Red Rider – 1995 Ducati 916
Ducati March 21, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Worth Saving – 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight

1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight on eBay

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The 900SS falls right in the middle of an interesting period for Ducati.  The SS was subject to years of continuing refinement rather than any dramatic changes, however they were very capable machines by the end.  This 1993 900SS Superlight is perhaps the peak of that refinement.  By this point, it had inherited better brakes from the 851, better Showa suspension, carbon fiber bits all around and a solo seat.  There were only 700 Superlights ever made and reportedly only 300 of them made it to the U.S. so it’s a rare bird for sure.

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This one isn’t in the collector condition like some of the ones listed for sale recently, so hopefully that makes the price more attractive for somebody looking for a little bit of a project.  The seller states that this IS a barn find and it needs TLC.  There is some damage to the fairings and tank and I would expect replacements to be all but impossible to find.  Repairing them might be the only option.  However, given the rarity of the Superlight, I think it’s worth saving.  You can read more details from the seller’s auction found here: 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight on eBay

1 of only 300 imported into the US and number 690 of 700 in the world. Some of these vintage Mk1 Superlights are titled 1992 and some are 1993. This one is a 93, probably because it is a late production bike. 949 original miles, yes nine hundred forty nine miles, maybe the lowest mile Super Light in the country.

This was a modern “Barn Find”, it was covered in a Los Angeles back yard for 18 years, unloved and un-ridden. She is mostly complete and original, the only aftermarket parts are grips, bar-ends, windshield, rear-sets, exhaust hangers, rear sprocket and brake lines. She has all of the Superlight parts still intact: high pipes, carbon fiber front and rear fenders, vented clutch cover, single seat, Mavic wheels and cast iron front rotors.

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Mike M.

Worth Saving – 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight
Suzuki March 19, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Torquey Twin – 2003 Suzuki TL1000R

2003 Suzuki TL1000R on eBay

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DISCLAIMER!  Let me start by saying that I actually owned a ’98 TL1000R.  I had the first one in Michigan and rode it for almost 6 years.  So this post is will be love/hate for me.  I went into the dealership to buy an R1 and despite having left a deposit, it was sold (salesmen!).  So the dealer cut me a screaming deal and I left with my first V-twin.

The Suzuki TL1000R was a failure, but it was a spectacular one.  Suzuki (like everybody else) was blindsided by the Ducati dominance of the 90s in World Superbike Racing and tried to bring their own V-Twin to the scene.  They debuted the trellis framed TL1000S first in 1997 and, well, the reaction was harsh.  There were NO complaints about the 996cc engine.  It was a monster, producing a legitimate 125hp and nearly 80lb-ft of seamless torque.  The problem was that the surrounding bits weren’t up to the task of containing it.  The press quickly dubbed it another “Widow-Maker” as it developed a reputation for nasty tank slappers and spitting riders off.  It got so bad that Suzuki recalled the TLS and retrofitted them with a very crude damper.  It didn’t help very much.

The next year, Suzuki brought out the TL1000R.  It still had that monster engine (good) that was now producing 135hp and that rotary rear shock (bad)… but the rest of it was very different.  The styling was subjective, but I loved it.  Sure it was a little bigger and curvy… but think of it like this; The TL1000R is Kate Upton and the Ducati 916 is Kate Moss.

So what do you notice after the styling?  The wheelies… Oh my God, the wheelies!  They just happened everywhere, on barely half a turn of the throttle.  This torque thing was very new to me and I had a lot of fun.  The problem was, that was pretty much all it was good at.  With the new beam frame, the added bodywork and other bits, the TL1000R was over 20lbs heavier than the Tl1000S.  And, despite being a V-twin, it was still very wide.  It was NOTHING like a Ducati 916 and Suzuki very quickly threw in the TLR’s racing towel and went back to what they did best (GSXRs).

PS.  Don’t let your butt hit that back seat hump, because that’s about all it takes to let it loose at highway speeds.  Ask me how I know.

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The seller has a great amount of detail in his eBay auction.  I’ve posted some of it and you can read the rest here: 2003 Suzuki TL1000R on eBay

This has sat in the garage way too much in the last several years.  I have a different lifestyle, too many things with not enough time to do them and just don’t get to make time to ride any more. 

Up for auction is a 2003 Suzuki TL1000-R.  I’m the original owner and have some extra items to go along with it.  The bike has never been down and was purchased new in April of 2004 and currently has 12,500 miles on it.

Immediately after break-in period of 1200 miles I did the following:
Installed Ivan’s TRE
Installed Power Commander II
Installed used Yoshimura full exhaust
removed Pair valve and installed block-off plates

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I suspect this posting may draw some heated discussion both for and against the TL1000R and ultimately that is it’s legacy.

-Mike M.

Torquey Twin – 2003 Suzuki TL1000R
Suzuki March 15, 2015 posted by Mike M.

A true classic – 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited Edition on eBay

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Here is a chance to own a real, rare classic bit of motorcycle history.  Finding a 1986 GSX-R 750 in this condition is rare indeed.  Most of us are familiar with the classic blue and white, but this one stands out from even that small crowd.  The red and black beauty pictured here has been imported from Japan where this was the standard paint scheme.   I have to say, I have never seen one in person and only a few small pictures of one on the internet.

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This one appears mostly stock, although the turn signals are updated and it has what appears to be a Yoshimura slip-on exhaust as well.  There’s some wear and tear that indicate it’s been enjoyed.  The forks are pitted and there is some wear on the controls and the lower fairings.  However, and let this sink in for a minute… this motorcycle is now approaching 40 years old!  Hard to believe but true.

The seller provides only minimal details, as seen here in the eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited Edition for sale

Beautifully kept bike, own a piece of history,
This bike came the way it sits in the pictures from Suzuki in Japan

If you’re an avid collector, this has to be on your radar.  And hopefully, considering that it’s not necessarily in MINT condition, you might even be considering riding it.  It deserves to be ridden, enjoyed and appreciated.

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A true classic – 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition
Honda March 14, 2015 posted by Mike M.

V4 Perfection: 1997 Honda RC45

Beautiful 1997 Honda RC45 on eBay UK

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Honda’s stunning RC45 was never intended for the masses. It was built to win on the racetrack and it did just that. Maybe not to the level of Ducati’s domination, but it still had plenty of success. The RC45 was able to win one World Superbike Championship with John Kocinski and a pair of AMA Superbike Championships with Miguel Duhamel and Ben Bostrom in the saddle. While it wasn’t a horsepower monster, it was laden with high tech goodies like titanium rods, ceramic lined cylinder walls and lots of cast magnesium parts.

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Total production numbers remain a bit of a mystery but we do know that only 50 of them came over to the US and 20 of those went to privateer race teams. So it definitely fits the “Rare” definition of this website. They were also extremely pricey with an MSRP of approximately $32,000. A few years ago, you might have found a used one close to $20,000 however those days are long gone and prices are now surpassing the original MSRP for clean examples. As everybody knows, I’m a fan of riding my bikes, but with the hefty price tag, the appreciating value and the cost and scarcity of replacement parts… this is one that I might just be too nervous to actually enjoy.

The seller doesn’t go into a lot of detail about the actual motorcycle, but includes the overview quoted below. If you want more details or you just want to watch the auction, you can check it out here: 1997 Honda RC45 on eBay UK

THE HONDA RC45 IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST MADE MOTORCYCLES OF ALL TIME AND IS A TYPICAL EXAMPLE OF THE FLAGSHIP MOTORCYCLES MADE WHEN ENGINEERS WERE STILL IN CHARGE AT HONDA. ITS MOTOR IS A BEAUTIFUL HAND-CRAFTED STATEMENT OF EXCELLENCE AND THIS BIKE IS UNDOUBTEDLY A CLASSIC BUILT TO LAST A LIFETIME AND OUR BIKE IS NO EXCEPTION AND IS IN SIMPLY STUNNING CONDITION THROUGHOUT COMING WITH A PRIVATE “RVF” NUMBER PLATE

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Mike M.

V4 Perfection:  1997 Honda RC45
MV Agusta March 13, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Sexy Senna – Art For Your Garage

2002 MV AUGUSTA F4 SENNA for sale on eBay!

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When Massimo Tamburini passed away last year, the world lost perhaps it’s most gifted motorcycle designer. Whenever there is a conversation about the most beautiful motorcycles of all time, the Ducati 916 and the MV Augusta F4 are always favorites. Tamburini gave us both of them. Many of the signature elements of the Ducati 916, such as the single sided swingarm, undertail exhaust and the trellis frame are present here and they are gorgeous.

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The “Senna” edition was mostly a cosmetic package with a unique paint scheme and some carbon bits. It was outfitted with the next generation Evo2 engine which made approximately 135hp. Production of the Senna edition was limited to 300 units with only 50 of those making their way to the U.S. It looks like the seller is shooting for the moon on the price, but given the undeniable design, the low mileage and the very limited numbers of the special edition, it might be just right for somebody.
From the seller’s eBay ad seen here: 2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna on eBay

THIS F4 SENNA IS COMPLETE WITH STOCK EXHAUST, STOCK E-PROM, EXTRA SPROCKETS, COVER, SMALL TOOL KIT & BAG & INSTRUCTIONS IN ORIGINAL MV BOX.

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This particular example is another with low, low mileage… showing just 188 miles on the clocks. So what you do with it is up to you. Personally, I think anything with Senna’s name adorned upon it deserves to be thrashed to redline as often as possible. He wouldn’t want it any other way.

Mike M.

Sexy Senna – Art For Your Garage
Yamaha March 10, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Cult Classic – 1988 Yamaha FZR-400

1988 Yamaha FZR-400 on eBay

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The Yamaha FZR-400 has always been popular with the RSBFS crowd and this one appears to be a gem.  It was known for it’s light weight and great handling around the track.  Unfortunately this means a lot of them have been very well used in just this manner and when they do show up for sale they have evidence of a hard life.  They’ve been modified, parts don’t match, fairings are barely hanging on, etc, etc.  However, this one looks like it has had the easy life.

With barely 2000 miles and looking bone stock (down the reflectors and exhaust) this example appears to have survived unmolested and in great condition.

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The seller’s eBay description appears to indicate that it came from a collection and probably only saw the sunniest of days and easy riding.  You can read more from the seller’s actual eBay action seen here: 1988 Yamaha FZR-400 on eBay

This bike is in great condition. Runs like a champ, I use non ethanol gas to keep the carbs happy.  Very Rare to find one in this condition. I am only selling to thin the herd. Clear Georgia title in hand. Have original owners manual. A $500 deposit will be required within 24 hours of the end of the auction.  Buyer will have to arrange the shipping if not local but I will assist.  

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Cult Classic – 1988 Yamaha FZR-400
Yamaha March 5, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Never Been Smoked… Yamaha RZ350 with 10 miles

We just saw a very nice NS400R and now we have this immaculate RZ350 with just 10 miles on the clocks.  It wasn’t a powerhouse, but Yamaha’s claimed 55hp combined with a dry weight of just 305lbs made for a very engaging riding experience.  As long as you keep the revs and corner speed up, it was a backroads canyon carver that could leave bigger bikes in a cloud of blue smoke when the roads got twisty.

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 Mint Condition 1985 Yamaha RZ350 with just 10 miles!!

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This particular example is sure to cause the never ending ride it/display it debate to rage on.  It only has 10 miles on the clocks and appears flawless.  This is another case where the eBay description doesn’t say much, because the pictures do all of the talking, but you can read the seller’s input here:

RZ 350year 1985 2 stroke – Liquid Cooled, YPVS, TWINCompression 6.0 : 16 Speed TransmissionClassic White/Red Kenny Roberts ColoringI am not interested in any tradesPink Slip says 1985, but I am getting hit up that the tank is an 1984? it came out of the crate as is. thanks for an extra fee I can have you meet Kenny Roberts when you pick it up.

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Whether it’s the low miles, the fantastic condition or the flashbacks to what was the first “fast” bike for a lot of riders, there is plenty of interest.  The bidding is fast and furious and is approaching $10,000 in the first 24 hours!

-Matt M.

Never Been Smoked… Yamaha RZ350 with 10 miles