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Moto Guzzi December 3, 2009 posted by Phil

2003 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin 1100

I apologize for getting this listing up so late, but there’s still another day to go for this auction, so I’ll post it up anyway. 

So, what do we have? :

Here’s what the seller has to say about this pretty cool bike:

A stunning combination of Italian design, racing heritage and vintage feel, the Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin 1100 is the ultimate modern cafe racer. Born from the racing world-the same bike, with that frame, that set up, that legendary Moto Guzzi engine has been adapted for road use and improved with the best technical innovations. Specifications include the following; Moto Guzzi 1100 V-Twin, Weber Marelli digital electronic fuel injection system, Paioli upside down front forks, Hydraulic Bitubo rear shock, hollow Marvic wheels, custom TUBI exhaust, BRAKING dual perimeter front disc brakes and BRAKING rear disc brake. The body color is actually a light metal flake and combined with the blue chassis is it absolutely wonderful. Very few of these incredible road race machines were imported into the US. The original color brochure and owner’s manual come with the bike. This machine has been on display in a large Italian motorcycle collection and would benefit from an oil change and new battery.

Ghezzi & Brian is THE Guzzi specialist – they are like AMG for Mercedes or Ruf for Porsche.  To sum it up on one word: very cool (OK, that’s two).  Ghezzi & Brian are also responsible for designing and developing the truly awesome Guzzi MGS-01 limited edition track bike, so you know they’re good.

Not sure how many of these were made, but when was the last time you’ve heard of a Ghezzi & Brian being offered up for sale?  If you’re in the market for an Italian V twin and want something different and special, this bike has your name written all over it.

phil

BMW December 1, 2009 posted by Phil

Uber rare Demonstener D1200R Limited Edition for sale on ebay!

Haven’t heard of Demonstener?  Don’t worry – neither have I, but being 1 of only 5 in the world, this bike definitely qualifies as rare!  I remember reading about this unique boxer engined-hub center steering creation before on Kneeslider, but I thought it was just a one-off design exercise and wasn’t meant for production.  In any case, you can now
 

Here’s a short list of the (very) tasty specs:

Equipment:
Centre Hub Steering system that allows joining the centre of the front wheel to the chassis achieving the same inflexibility in any wheel position.

• The first Centre Hub Steering with straight steering (rod less) that allows the pilot a trust worthy feeling of anything happening on the tarmac.

• Ultra light steering column that avoids resonance phenomena as the shimmy (wobble).

• Anti diving geometry that keeps the suspension operative even in high performance stops.

• Light and innovative chassis with high degree of inflexibility to eliminate the weaving that allows a rapid assembly and disassembly.

• No welding used. Built on 70/75 alloy.

• Perimeter disc brake system with ABS

• Akrapovic exhaust

 

 Due to the handcrafted assembly process we are able to offer several extras and options.

• Custom built alloys. (Colour and Trim)

• Owner plate on chassis.

• Carbon fibre body kit

• Custom made body kit design.

• Exhaust system.

The last part makes it that much more interesting with a high level of customization available.

Being a fan of alternative front ends, this bike naturally appeals to me.  Combined with a boxer engine, this is will make one very interesting ride.  Actually, this bike reminds me very much of Swedish custom builder Stellan Egeland’s Harrier – which concidentally is also up for sale! was sold.  Nevertheless, surf on over the Stellan Egeland’s website SE Service to check out some amazing footage of Stellan dragging his toes around the track on the Harrier!

phil

Bimota November 19, 2009 posted by Phil

Must be Bimota Friday! Bimota DB2 for sale

There hasn’t been many Bimotas up for sale recently, so I’m pretty excited to see a clean red/white DB2 come up for sale on Craigslist:

 This is a 1994 Bimota DB2 Ducati powered motorcycle. It is one of 50 made. It only has 5000 miles on it. Was just serviced, new tires, has never been wet, custom made adjustable handlebars, heated grips, stock bars and everything pictured. This bike is in SHOW CONDITION. I am asking $14000 or trade for a drag car.

Not sure where the seller got his information from, but there were a total of 408 DB2’s made.  Nevertheless, it’s still a rare bird and a desirable one at that.  However, the asking price of $14,000 is WAY optimistic – there was a DB2 from an earlier posting with expensive mods such as a 944cc big bore kit, Brembo master cylinders, Dymags…etc. with an asking price of $10,000+. 

More concerning, however, is the seller’s wish to trade for a drag car (?!) – personally I haven’t heard of many (any) serious Bimotistis who are into drag cars.  It’s the first time I’ve seen “Bimota” and “drag car” mentioned in the same sentence!  I would make a first offer of $7000 and see what the seller has to say – $6800 will get him a very nice 1972 Buick Skylark “Rocket” drag car… 😉

phil

Ducati November 15, 2009 posted by Phil

Ducati 851 with ex-Doug Polen corsa frame

We’re on a roll here with rare Ducatis showing up on ebay. After that MH900E Mail Hailwood replica that I posted earlier, I came across this :

Here’s a (small) partial listing of the details:

For auction I have a Ducati 851 track bike. Ridden by an old guy on track days for the last 15 years and built and maintained buy one of the best Ducati shops on the planet this is a rare find for the lucky new owner. Built on a ex Doug Polen frame and serviced by BCM Ducati this 851 has received constant professional up keep and is fresh and ready to ride/race. These photos were just taken moments before this listing was created. This is a hand built bike with a factory racing frame, there is a salvage title for the motor from the donor bike but not for the Corsa racing frame. The motor is from a 92 street bike the frame is thought to be a 91. The 905cc big bore kit puts out 105 hp on the dyno with a mild cam to make it a very ride able bike. A very light package tipping the scales at approximately 381 pounds with half a tank of fuel. As you will find with a lot of different Ducatis the rear engine frame mounts have been welded years ago. The main frame along with the front and rear sub frames are straight but there is a small ding in the front upper frame tube from the left upper triple clamp as is common on the 851 and others. Some say this distinguishes it as frame used by #23; the signature was obtained on the Carbon Kevlar tank years later and clear coated over. The lower fairing was modified to incorporate the often mandatory liquid catch pan. To give you an idea on the investment it takes to build a bike as trick as this there is about $5000.00 in just the front end alone. Add it all up and I think you’ll agree the asking price is just a fraction of the value represented.

The 851 is already a desirable classic, and this one with a corsa frame ridden by Doug Polen makes it that much more rare and collectible. 

I would jump on this one if I have the money and the garage space!

phil

Ducati November 15, 2009 posted by Phil

2001 Ducati MH900E Evoluzione with Carbon Dream kit!

It’s been a while since my last post (thing called ‘work’ kept getting in the way), but hope this sweet would get things started again:

This bike is in a collector quality condition. You simply will not find a better example of this romantic, neo-clasical Ducati celbrating Mike Hailwood win at the Isle of Man TT in 1978.

With a limited production of 2000 ( this is #1598 ) and with only 1200 miles this is a rare opportunity to own the best.

This bike is part of a collection and has been handled with great care.  It is in mint condition, starts and runs perfectly, runs and handles awesome and sound incredible.

There are zero blemishes, dents, dings, scratches, paint flaws or any defects whatsoever.

Full staintune headers and mufflers. Custom carbon wheels, custon brake and clutch reservoir caps. Custom engine covers and license plate bracket. This bike has the rare Carbon Dream kit by Ducati performance. (Just the kit is selling on Ebay right now for $4995)

Original red skins, wheels, tires, manuals, pipes, muffler, tool kit, and owners plaque ships with the bike.All are in mint condition.When I say mint I mean mint. Like new.

The limited edition (2000 units total worldwide) MH900E is already a modern classic, and this one is loaded with desirable accessories (Carbon Dream kit, carbon wheels, Staintune full exhaust!) as well.  I am certain this one has been pampered as it is a part of a larger collection as the seller states (just check one the OTHER MH900E and MV Agusta F4 [Senna?] in the background in one of the photos).   

Whomever the new owner will be is going to be a very happy guy (or gal)!

phil

Bimota October 23, 2009 posted by Phil

Bimota Tesi 3D for sale…on Ebay Poland!

I know, I know, this bike isn’t in the US…but since the Bimota Tesi 3D is such a beautiful rare bird, I got permission from Dan to post this so we can all drool over it.  With that, I give you a 2009 Bimota Tesi 3D for sale on ebay Poland:

There’s not much information offered in the listing, except that the seller have a special statement to allow registration in Poland.”  While I cannot comment on the USD40,000+ asking price and the seller’s zero feedback rating, but coat me in chocolate and throw me in a barrel of cats if that’s not a beautiful bike!

A bit of background on the Tesi series: before working for the exclusive Italian marque, ex-Bimota chief engineer Pier Luigi Marconi wrote his Mechanical Engineering degree thesis on the hub-center steering concept.  While at Bimota, Marconi applied his thesis design to create the Tesi 1D (‘Tesi’ meaning ‘Thesis’ in Italian, and ‘D’ indicating that it has a Ducati engine – a Bimota modified 851 motor – inside) – Bimota’s first alternative front end design.

After the Tesi 1D was introduced in 1990, there came the Tesi 1D SR (slightly larger engine displacement than the 1D), the Tesi 1D EF (Edition Final), Tesi 2D (also known as the Vyrus 984), and now the latest incarnation, the Tesi 3D.  The Tesi was never meant to be a mass poduced vehicle, and the Tesi 1D was probably the most (relatively) common model at 127 units totally produced.  

Although there are no official figures how many 3Ds have been made, my (very) rough guess is 50-80 units worldwide.  This particular example is from a later production batch as identified by the red-coloured steel steering push rods and plastic brake fluid reservoirs.  Units from the very first production run was a limited series (named as the ‘Tesi 3D Concept’ by some importers), with carbon fiber steering push rods, alloy machined brake fluid reservoirs mounted on top of the triple clamp (just like the old DB1), wet clutch, and a small metal plaque stating the serial number. These bikes also came with Bimota Tesi 3D watches (made by Italian watch maker Officina Del Tempo) complete with matching numbers!

Definitely something to drool and fantasize about over the weekend!

phil

Uncategorized October 19, 2009 posted by Phil

Confederate Hellcat F124 on ebay

Thanks to “The Stig” (Stig – is it really you?!) for alerting us to this truly rare :

2004 CONFEDERATE F124 HELLCAT MOTORCYCLE WITH ONLY 2600 ORIGINAL MILES, THIS CELEBRITY STATUS BIKE HAS A 2 YEAR WAITING LIST IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET ONE ORIGINAL COST ON THIS BIKE IS ABOUT $80,000 The “F” architecture of the Hellcat is very simple, yet incredibly rigid and light. It is the only backbone downtube, cradle based chassis to utilize the powerplant as a stressed member. It is also the last architecture for a crafted series built machine designed entirely by analogue methodology. Born from the draftsman’s table, it has the essence of a finely crafted turntable. “F” architecture is unquestionably the stiffest, strongest, most rigid welded platform ever to run the Iconic American radial twin power plant. THIS BIKE IS BY FAR THE BEST LOOKING MC EVER PRODUCED, THE HUGE REAR TIRE AND THE FRAMED TAIL PIPES ALSO ARE CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS BIKE ONLY, PLUS THE CARBON FIBER STRUCTURE IS THE STRONGEST AND COOLEST LOOKING OUT THERE, THIS BIKE WILL SURELY APPRECIATE IN THE YEARS TO COME!  

Generally I don’t like cruisers at all, but I really appreciate Confederate for their unique and innovative designs and use of high-tech materials.  Much like the Yamaha V-Max, labeling Confederates as a “cruiser” does them serious injustice – they are engineering masterpieces.

I am, however, surprised by the total number – 180 units as claimed by the seller – of F124s produced.  I would have thought that the market for a $80,000 motorcycle (original retail price) would be much smaller.  Even the newer version of the F124 – the F131 – is targeted for 150 units and the Wraith, an even more outlandish (and probably even more expensive) bike from Confederate, is scheduled for a total production of 250 units.  For the amount of money that I am paying for a Confederate, I would expect a bit more exclusivity… all of a sudden that $36,000 Bimota Tesi 3D (probably only around 50 units worldwide) is looking to be quite a bargain!  Then again, I AM biased…

In any case, the seller is himself a collector/dealer and, from what I can tell from the photos, has a pretty darn cool collection of cars as well!  Love that black Countach and the F40!  Well, if the Confederate Hellcat is not your cup of tea, how about picking up one of them Lambos or Ferraris? 

phil

Uncategorized October 19, 2009 posted by Phil

1967 Norton Atlas cafe special on eBay

Now, I know what you boys and girls are thinking: “Phil, this website is called Rare Sport Bikes for sale – not Classic Bikes for sale or Cafe Racer for sale!”  Well, funny you should say that because… well I’ll let Dan explain!

I’ve decided to start a new site that focuses on more classic sporting motorcycles for sale, in the 25+ years old type of vintage: http://classicsportbikesforsale.com I’m still trying to decide if I’ll include customs, like bobbers and cafe bikes, the site will definitely include factory sport bikes and race bikes of the period. Obviously in it’s infancy and needs work, but take a look and let me know what you think.

Now accepting author applications for the site: dan@motoringblogs.com

Unfortunately this listing for the Nortan Atlas has already passed, but if it gets re-listed, it could very well appear over at Classic Sport Bikes For Sale next time. Thanks for the plug Phil!

Dan Crouch

Anyway, sport bikes are cool, but there is something magical about a nice classic and/or cafe racers.  I don’t know too much about Nortons (or other Brit bikes for that matter), but the brand has a loyal following among classic circles.  There is a pristine 1967 Norton Atlas on ebay:

Exquisite, no expense spared build of 1967 Norton Atlas in cafe trim. Done by master Norton and Lotus restorer Bill Eley, this motorcycle won People’s Choice Award in the Motorcycle Classics Magazine concours at Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT on September 6, 2009.  Words cannot do justice to this motorcycle. It was painstakingly constructed with the incredible attention to detail and custom fabricated parts that characterize his work.  

If you’re looking for the absolute best in a vintage Norton motorcycle, this is it.

Big words, but then again, this IS a very nice award-winning bike!  There are plenty of detailed pictures of this gem in the ebay listing, so check it out!

Hopefully Dan will let me post more classic stuff in the future!

Phil

Update: This posting is pretty outdated. Check out some of these current listings on eBay for bikes and parts right now!

[AffomaticEbay]Norton Cafe[/AffomaticEbay]