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Laverda April 10, 2012 posted by Phil

1999 Laverda 750S on eBay

Update: Originally listed in February 2010, this bike is back. Thanks for the hat tip Scott! Links updated. -dc

1999 yellow Laverda 750S for sale with low miles on ebay.

Probably not many people know of Laverda (a small italian brand founded in 1873), and those who have heard of it may know only of the legendary 750 SFC and Jota. So probably even fewer know about one of their modern sports bike, the parallel twin engined 750S:

If you are looking at this ad, you know what this is.

1999 Laverda 750 S in nice condition. Recent tires, chain and lower ratio sprockets (15 vs 16 tooth front), VeniVidiVroom SS oil filter. Runs great. Periodically the tach will stop then start again, the bike continues to run fine. The tach and ignition module is the same as was in my Ducati ST2. I think there is a loose wire in the tach. The gas cap is difficult to remove, the location doesn’t help. There are a few cosmetic scuffs from prior owner moving. Too many bikes and relocation force reluctant sale. This is a great back road bike with terrific transitional handling and a power band more like a multi than a Ducati twin. 12154 K Kilometers. Stock exhaust but D&D offers alternative slip-ons which would give it the bark it deserves.

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“These bikes were outfitted with Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection, Brembo Gold Line brakes, fully adjustable Paioli suspension (White Power on some models), state of the art hollow spoke Marchesini wheels and a modern beam or trellis frame. With 65 bhp (48 kW) available at the rear wheel and a very rev-happy engine, these bikes were nothing like traditional parallel twins. Within a year and a half, a larger, water cooled 750 appeared with a new engine in an aluminum beam chassis developed by frame specialist Nico Bakker, which boasted very fine handling and finish quality.”

Click HERE and HERE for some good background reading on the Laverda 750S.

If you want an Italian sports bike for not a lot of money (I’m guessing this one can be had for cheap) and are sick of seeing Ducatis, this yellow Laverda 750S just might be your ticket. The current price is at $2091 with 11 hours to go – I would be very interested to see what it fetches at the end of the auction.

Click here to see the listing on eBay.

phil

Bimota December 7, 2011 posted by Phil

1995 Bimota DB2 Tricolor – almost mint with 2145 miles!!

Here’s a VERY clean (almost mint!) 1995 Bimota DB2 tricolore with only 2415 miles!!

Update 12.6.2011 – last listed September of last year, this DB2 is back on eBay and hasn’t taken on any new miles. Links updated. -dc

What can I say – it’s a Bimota, it’s got an eye-talian tricolore paint job, and it’s got a 2V air-cooled Ducati inside.  I’m in love!!

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If you’ve been waiting for the right db2 this is it. This tri-color db2 has been in my collection since July 1995. I am the second owner but purchased it three months after the original owner bought it new from Pro Italia. Carbon-fiber mufflers and steel braded brake and clutch lines were added and I have the original mufflers that go with the bike. Owner’s manual and all documentation included. Ducati 904 2-valve runs strong and sounds great. Always garaged, never down, adult owned. I love this bike but it’s time to thin out my collection.

Just like most Bimotas, this VERY VERY clean (just check out the detailed photos – you can eat your Millefoglie off that rear sprocket!) sample is obviously very well taken care of.  And with just 2415 miles on the clock, this is practically a new bike!

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We have previously listed several DB2s for sale around here, but this is only the second tricolore that I have seen for sale – it’s that rare (there are only 34 these tricolores in the WORLD since they were only sold in the US).

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The bidding price is now at $8500, but I won’t be surprised if this one fetches over $10,000.  If I were in the market for an all-time classic Bimota, I’d be all over this one.  You simply can’t go wrong!  target=”_blank”>Here’s the listing on ebay.

ph

Bimota May 10, 2011 posted by Phil

Smoke gets in my eyes – 1998 Bimota V-Due Evoluzione

1998 Bimota V-Due Evoluzione with 201 miles in Florida!

I wasn’t lucky enough to grow up around them 2-stroke smoking machines, so I don’t get all misty eyed like some of my fellow RSBFS contributors whenever a Suzuki RGV, Honda NSR250, or Aprilia RS250 comes up for sale.  I do, however, being a bit of a Bimota fan, the V-Due gets my attention every time:

YOU ARE BIDDING ON: A USED RARE / HARD to FIND LATE MODEL 1998 BIMOTA V-DUE EVOLUZIONE 500cc 2-STROKE MOTORCYCLE with ONLY 201 MILES.

Please check pictures, as you can see this 1998 Bimota V-DueEvoluzione is in good – very good condition. This bike has been in a collection for many years and still needs to have the electronics sorted still – as it is completely original and has not been modified except for the stainless collector pipes. This bike is being sold AS IS with a Bill of Sale only and I do not know what country it was imported from.

Since the bike has been sitting so long, the battery is dead and the carbs will need to be cleaned. Also, as you can see the bottom of the fairings are damaged from gas leaking on them. To my knowledge, the bottom of these fairings may still be available in carbon?

The front fairing on the white number plate has a small scratch, but the rest of the bike is close to perfect (except for the lower fairing).

If you are familiar with Bimotas V-Due project and lineage, then you are also probably familiar with the need for the electronics to be sorted out on the bike for it to run at its full potential.

This is a late model V-Due and does not have fuel injection. The fuel injection was removed and replaced with carburetors at the factory to help fix some of it’s running problems (didn’t really work that well), but does make it easier to tune the bike. Also the later model V-Dues have a digital tach, and a different paint scheme.

The V Due was a bike very significant in that 1.) it was Bimota’s first and only (and ill-fated) attempt to develop an engine in-house  2.) it was supposed to be with cutting direct injection technology (on a 2-stroke!)  3.) styling was and still is absolutely drop dead gorgeous  4.) it broke Bimota.

Since a few V Dues have been listed before on RSBFS and we have written quite extensively about it, I’m going to be lazy and ask everyone to click here to read about them in our previous posts.

The one for sale here is the Evoluzione version – which means it is the later carb-ed models after the initial fuel injected production batch were plagued with running problems, so much so that a recall had to be issued.  The good thing is that carbs are much easier to tune than Italian fuel injection systems.

The bad thing is, as the seller states:”…still needs to have the electronics sorted still.” which could mean anything on a 1998 Bimota.  The good news, however, is that there is a good following of V-Dues and there are websites (and passionate enthusiasts) dedicated to it, so I guess if the will is there, any V Due can be made to run properly.

The auction currently sits at $10,000 with 7 days to go – a good indication of just how desirable these bikes are. Did I mention that there are only – surprise, surprise – 500 (probably more like 300 by now) of these out there?  If you’re feeling lucky,

ph

Bimota May 8, 2011 posted by Phil

Collector alert part 2 – 2000 Bimota DB4 i.e. with zero miles*

Zero miles* 2000 Bimota DB4 i.e. for sale!

*the odometer does read 21 miles, but given the condition of the bike and the status of the seller (one SERIOUS collector!), I would say this one is as good as new – i.e. ZERO miles!*

Ah, another brand new Bimota that eBay seller “joejo20” is selling for his dad.  Just one question for Joejo20: “Is your dad adopting?”

Up for auction is a 2000 Bimota DB4 (fuel injected). This is a Brand New Zero Mile motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. Technically it has 21 miles on the odometer but that is how it came from the factory.
The condition of the bike is fantastic and is like new. It does come with the original tool kit and literature. It also has a free and clear title in the sellers name.
Please take a look at the large pictures to get a better idea of condition and email me if you have any questions.
** Visit this link to see higher resolution pictures http://imageevent.com/joejo20/2000bimotadb4 **

Those with a sharp eye (which means most of our readers) will notice that this DB4 is  a.) not splashed in tricolore b.) a biposto  c.) with neither a shotgun exhaust nor a Motocorse titanium – all of which signifies this as the “iniezione elettronica” fuel injected version. Also note the Euro only projector headlights as well.

While DB4s are relatively rare, the DB4 i.e. is much rarer still – only 9 were imported into the US and we have only come across it once here on RSBFS.

Like most of joejo20’s bikes, this one is a real collector piece with basically no miles and with everything the way it came straight from the factory. For true collectors out there, this one could be had for $16,900.  If this fine specimen is calling out to you,

ph

Ducati May 2, 2011 posted by Phil

Old-skool, air-cooled love affair – 1998 Ducati 900SS FE (#42) in LA

1998 Ducati 900SS FE (#42) for sale in LA with 23,855 miles.

Always wanted to date an Italian supermodel but couldn’t deal with high maintenance and the diva attitude?  How about something slightly less sexy (to some maybe even more so), a lot easier to live with but still lots of fun to go out with? If the Ducati Superbikes are Italian divas, then the air-cooled Supersports would be the sweet girl next door:

If you are looking for a classic Ducati, This is it!
1998 Supersport 900 F.E. The F.E. stands for Final Edition. It was the last special production run of the 900SS. A limited edition of only 800 bikes were made with only 300 sold in North America. A brass plate on the triple clamp has the edition # of 042 on it. It will only go up in value not down.

It is in excellent condition with 23,855 mi. New battery, brakes, all fluids replaced, re-built carbs and a recent valve adjustment, new chain and sprockets. Extras include rear axle stand, original mufflers and Ducati tank bag included.

I am the second owner, the original owner also lives in Los Angeles. The bike was bought from Beverly Hills Ducati.  All service records are available.

As I have said many times before, the 2-valve air-cooled Ducati engine might be technologically down on the their water-cooled 4-valve brethens, but require less maintenance, pretty much bullet-proof reliability (aside from a few reports of broken engine studs on the early 90s Supersports), and still offer bags of character and old-skool charm.

The FE is basically a Superlight but with all the earlier problems sorted out and all the refinements over its 8 year model history, so its got the handling that Ducatis are famous for but without all minor issues or hiccups that Ducatis are infamous for. Limited to 800 units worldwide and only 300 in the US, the FE is truly a limited edition (heck, there are even more Desmosedicis than there are 900SS FEs!) and should holds its value in the future.

So if you are smart enough to go for the girl next door instead of fantasizing a date with a supermodel diva, And good luck!

For those who might be interested, here’s my own 900SS FE (#299) for sale in NY.

good luck!

ph

Bimota April 29, 2011 posted by Phil

Collector alert! ZERO miles 1999 Bimota DB4 up for grabs!

ZERO – as in not turned a wheel, nada, zilch, Z-E-E-R-O, miles 1999 Bimota DB4 with performance kit for sale in Michigan!

*update: as Joel and fellow RSBFS contributor Mike pointed out, the bike has 23 miles on the odometer, so strictly speaking it’s not a zero mile bike.  Aside from the factory performance kit it has also an aftermarket clutch slave and a tinted windscreen.

While both these points do not detract the bike from what is it – a desirable and collectible, almost new Bimota DB4 – it is nevertheless not truly zero miles and not 100% original.*

From the same collector that brought you the zero miles Bimota DB1Bimota Laser TT KB2, and a 1977 Ducati 900SS (on ebay now!) here’s another yet another zero miles Bimota from his amazing collection:

Up for auction is a 1999 Bimota DB4. This is a Brand New Zero Mile motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection.

The condition of the bike is fantastic and is like new. It has been upgraded with the performance kit which is a Corse Exhaust and Kehin CR special Carburetors installed (the stock parts have been saved and will come with the bike). It does come with the original tool kit and literature. It also has a free and clear title in the sellers name.

Please take a look at the large pictures to get a better idea of condition and email me if you have any questions.

** Visit this link to see higher resolution pictures http://imageevent.com/joejo20/1999bimotadb4 **

Really, what’s there to say about ANY zero miles Bimota? It’s very desirable and collectible for sure, but I’d be too afraid to ride it.  I like to ride my bikes and I guess I’m not a serious enough collector to have separate bikes for riding and for static display. $16,900 for a DB4 is a lot of money for sure, but how do you put a value on the fact that it’s zero miles?!  Plus, if you are into that sort of thing, this is a low serial number bike (003) so may be worth just THAT much more…

This guy is a serious collector (just check out some of the other bikes in the background – Ducati NCR New Blue, Desmosedici, Ducati TT F1…) and I would love to see what else he will be listing for sale.  My only question would be – if my dad has such an amazing collection, why would I sell it?!

If you like having a brand new 1999 Bimota DB4 for display in your collection (and who doesn’t?), .

ph

Aprilia March 17, 2011 posted by Phil

Let’s go Mini GP racing – Aprilia RS50 for sale in MA

2000 Aprilia RS50 with 1800 miles for sale in MA for $2000!

Here’s another Aprilia RS 2-stroker, but this time it’s the smallest (and cutest) of the 3 bears – the diminutive RS5o:

70cc Althena Kit

21mm Dellorto Carb

V force reeds

HD clutch springs

Arrow Carbon ExhaustSetup for Pre-Mix

Now I have no idea whether something like this could be made street legal or not, but with a top speed of  only 100km/h (de-restricted; 50 km/h in restricted form) you would have a hard time trying to outrun granny in her Oldsmobile anyway, so this mini GP rep would probably be best served as a pit bike or, better yet, as a mini GP race bike.

There not much additional info on the bike, but at this price you couldn’t really go wrong unless it’s an absolute lemon.  For pricing reference, check out previous RS50s that we have listed.

If you’re feeling lucky and need a pit bike or mini GP race for the upcoming race season, click HERE to check out the listing on Aprilia Forum.

ph

Bimota March 15, 2011 posted by Phil

Back to our regular Italian program – a truly rare 1982 Bimota SB3 with history!!

Ex-Malcolm Forbes owned 1982 Bimota SB3 with Suzuki GS1000 engine!

Having answered some of our readers’ request for fewer Italian bikes (well, Ducati specifically), I posted a Honda RVF750R RC45 race bike and a Honda NR750 that generated some interesting comments.  However, I am still an eye-talian bike kinda guy and so before long I find myself Googling “Bimota” and this is what I found:

The motorcycle has been in a private collection since new. The bike is almost 30 years old and in beautiful condition, as it should for remaining in a climate controlled environment for its entire life. This is an exclusive and gorgeous exotic thoroughbred. Its craftsmanship and design will grace any collection. The motorcycle was purchased by Malcolm Forbes new, and is being sold from the Forbes collection. It has been maintained meticulously, even being taken back to Italy for a complete renovation at the Bimota factory. Mr. Forbes had a specially equipped 727 for carrying motorcycles; he transported motorcycles all over the world regularly. Here is an article that came out when he bought the Bimota [see photo above].

Look closely at the technology and engineering of this machine. The SB3 showcase’s some radical thinking; particularly in the frame design. The chromoly frame is assembled around the engine and uses aircraft style conical joints to connect the front and rear halves. It also has a perimeter swing arm, which pivots exactly at the transmission sprocket axis, eliminating the need for chain slack. Its modular bodywork and top of the line Italian components made it one of the most, if not the most expensive motorcycle you could buy in 1982. The engine, a Suzuki GS-1000, has been increased in power by adapting a 4 into 1 type exhaust system. Its standard suction chamber [I think he meant the air box – ph] has been replaced with 4 K&N filters on the carburetor horns. Only 402 were made during its production; this bike being a late production model (number 390).

Included in the auction are all of the service records, receipts and paperwork. This Bimota has been ridden regularly over the years; there are not any issues because of the bike sitting for an extended period of time.

The SB3 (like the very collectible SB2) has a modular steel tubular frame joined together by conical joints (you can see this in one of the photos above of the right hand side of the frame) – a very unique and innovative feature even by today’s standards.  It weighted 20kgs less than it’s donor bike (the Suzuki GS1000) and was 20 km/h faster – it even set a time of 1’02″40 at the Monza circuit where 55″ was the record for GP bikes at that time.

There were only 402 SB3s produced in total, with most of them being in a silver grey with paint stripe paint scheme.  Only 9 were offered in white with red speed blocks which makes this one even more rare. Now Suzuki engined Bimotas aren’t particularly collectible (with the exception of the SB2), but with its unique frame structure, colour scheme, combined with the interesting ownership history, I bet this SB3 will be sold for good money when the auction ends.

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ph