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Ducati February 9, 2011 posted by Phil

Get ready for summer – 1998 Ducati 900SS FE #212

1998 Ducati 900SS FE #212 with 5820 miles!

i bought this Ducati from a ducati nut in cambridge, MA in 2003.  I have kept the bike in my heated garage and it is in unbelievable original unmolested condition.  It has fancy carbon ferraci exhausts(the originals are included also).  Also included is a new right side fairing that i never put on(the bike fell over and put a scratch in the fairing…you can hardly see the scratch so i never put the spare on…the prev owner literally bought a new fairing from the dealer since he wanted his bike perfect)

It’s been a long, hard winter and I bet most of you are looking forward to riding again in some warm weather.  Well, what better way to kick start the new riding season with one of these older, classier Ducatis?  Sure, it’s a bit down on power @ 84 hp from the air-cooled 2V engine, but the way it delivers the power makes it a real fun ride – none of that silly traction control or power modes required!  You can crank it over and crack open the throttle without having to worry too much about it throwing you off.  And the 900SS FE’s are only made in limited numbers as well (this one being #212 of 300), so that makes them just a bit more special as well.

And maybe it’s just me, but I find the older Ducs more pleasing to look at.  The Tamburini designed 916 was iconic; Terblanche’s 999/749, while controversial, is starting to grow on me (the 2004 749R previously listed on RSBFS helped); but the 1098/1198, even though an excellent performing bike, seems to lack some of that unique Ducati-ism of old – if I saw it in my mirrors, I could’ve easily mistaken it for an R1 or CBR or ZXR or some GSXRCBZX thingee. And don’t even get me started on the Diavel monstrosity…

So, if you’re an old fogie like me looking to re-capture some of that Ducati charm of old, . Just for reference, here are the 900SS FEs that we have listed in the past, and here’s my own 900SS FE (#299) up for sale.


Honda January 25, 2011 posted by Phil

Ex-racers: ultimate track day weapons! Part 1 – Honda

Two Swan Honda British Superbike CBR1000RR  Fireblade ex-race bikes for sale!

**Just a quick apology to everyone. I missed one of the auction end dates on Phil’s series of race bike posts. Please accept my apology and I hope you enjoy**

We go on harping about rare bikes such as the Bimotas and Ducatis (well, some of them), and in their own right they are, but sometimes a bike comes along that not only has all the trick parts on it but also race pedigree that just blows all the other “rare” bikes away – and these ex-BSB race bikes definitely fit that description.  Here’s part 1 of a 3-part mini series of some amazing factory race bikes for sale:

Available for sale are the two Superbikes as used to win BSB races in 2009 and 2010, ridden by Stuart Easton, James Ellison and Karl Harris.

The specifications are too complex to list on here.

However we can guarantee that these are 2 of the best bikes raced in the 2010 Superbike championship, (and better than most WSBK machines) using the highest technology to control throttle, power and engine braking.

They have the best chassis technology, electronics and engine components available on the market.

The bikes and especially the engines have been maintained to the highest standards, all components are mileaged and replaced as required by our strict limits on use.

As stated it is impossible to list everything on here, if you are a serious potential buyer then please contact us for more information on how to view the bikes and the full specifications.

We have wheels, 3 spares engines and full gearbox options available for each engine plus many many spares available, packages to be agreed for buyer.

Price listed of £35000 +vat is base price machine only, deal to be arranged for spare engine, wheels et\.

Not a lot of info there I know, but when it’s an ex-BSB race bike ridden by the likes of Stuart Easton, James Ellison and Karl Harris, what more do you need to know?  £35000 is approximately equivalent to US$56,000 – a lot of money for sure – but with that money you’re getting 2 bikes with race winning pedigree plus a boat load of spares (probably enough to build a third bike), so it’s not outrageous as it may sound.

If this Swan Honda race bike speaks to you (quack quack?  Geddit?  Swan? Sorry, I just couldn’t resist…), .

Sport Bikes For Sale January 25, 2011 posted by Phil

Ex-racers: ultimate track day weapons! Part 2 – Suzuki

William Dunlop’s 2010 Suzuki GSXR1000 L0 Race Bike

The bike was brand new in March 2010 and supplied by TAS Racing directly to CD Racing and prepared for the 2010 road race campaign for William Dunlop. It’s the 2010 model with the blue frame and swingarm.

The bike has raced at the Cookstown 100, North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix as well as a handful of national Irish road races.

The bike has been thoroughly maintained and everything it has needed it’s got. Oil and filter changed after every race meeting and anything else it’s needed.

The bike lapped the Dundrod (Ulster Grand Prix) course at 131mph and was through the speed trap at 195mph with William onboard. It’s a excellent fast, reliable package!

Blue Printed Motor
Yoshimura EM Pro Ignition System
Bazzaz Traction Control & Fuel Management System (including handlebar control switch)
Leo Vince (4-2-1-2) Titanium Factory Race Exhaust System (as fitted to Relentless Suzuki’s)
30mm Ohlins Front Fork Cartridge Kit
Ohlins TTX Rear Shock
Ohlins Steering Damper
Valter Moto Rearsets
Valter Moto Race Fuel Cap
HEL Performance Braided Brake Lines
SBS Race Brake Pads
Carbon Fibre Front Mudguard
GB Racing Engine Protectors
Radiator Guard
Oil Cooler Guard
Renthal Chain & Sprockets (520 Conv.)

The bike is in excellent condition and ready to race.

The bodywork is 100% but could do with a paint-job as the paint has some stone chips from doing the road races.

This bike is a fantastic piece of kit, super fast, super reliable. The bike is exactly as it finished it’s last race, no parts removed.

Change of machinery forces sale.

Also available is 1 x Front and 2 x Rear 16.5 rims with Brembo discs to suit this bike. They will be offered to the buyer at an additional cost.

The bike is located in Bangor, Northern Ireland and must be collected.
We can meet/deliver to the Belfast docks if required.
A £500 deposit is required at the end of auction and remaining payment in cash and collection within 7 days.
The bike will not be released until bike has been fully paid.


Priced to sell @ £8995 o.v.n.o

Any questions please email me or call 07541017622.

Click here to see the ad on Visordown.

2009 MIST Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike Evo

For Sale: Top specification Suzuki GSXR1000K9.

– Standard engine & electronics with Interceptor fuelling and data logging box.

– Ohlins FGR900 SuperBike Forks, Ohlins TTX Shock & Brembo Monoblock Callipers.

– Marchesini Magnesium 16.5″ Wheels with Brembo 320mm SuperBike Discs.

– Harris Adjustable Yokes, HM Quickshifter, GPR Steering Damper, LighTek Rear Sets & Harris Clip Ons.
– Leo Vince Corsa Titanium Full Exhaust System, Brembo Brake Master Cylinder, Active Quick Action Throttle, Bodywork and tank about to be painted. Can be painted to your design.
Race team is VAT registered. VAT included in £16,495 price.
– Engine just undergone full bottom end rebuild with new crank and other parts.
– Ohlins forks just completely stripped and rebuilt with new seals.
– Can supply extra wheels and discs, available at extra cost.


Sport Bikes For Sale January 25, 2011 posted by Phil

Ex-racers: ultimate track day weapons! Part 3 – Yamaha

Steve Hislop’s Virgin Yamaha YZF-R1 as ridden in the 2003 British Superbike Championship!



I don’t think I need to say much more – the list of factory race spec parts and the pedigree speaks for itself.  The asking price is £24,000 (which is approx. USD38,000 – ouch), so if you’re a hardcore Hizzy fan or you just like really tricked out Yamaha R1s, get your cash ready and .

Question is, of all the four ex-racers listed here, which do you think would the ultimate track bike?  Hmm….


Ducati January 14, 2011 posted by Phil

For the Matrix fan – a pair of 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix editions on ebay!

Two 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix editions for sale on ebay!

If you consider yourself a consumate Matrix (as in the movie series) fan, then you must add one of these to your collection – a 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Edition.  And for your convenience, we just found two of them listed on ebay!  Here’s the first one:

Only 150 Matrix Edition 998 motorcycles were built by Ducati in 2004. This Ducati has been garage kept. The following additions/modifications have been made to it: FBF 54mm full system with carbon fiber cans, Power Commander, breather valve & airbox reed valve installed, .90 rear spring to replace the softer factory spring, Cycle Cat vented clutch cover, carbon fiber Rear Hugger, Pipercross air filter , carbon fiber sprocket cover, rider foot peg guard set and exhaust guard, Cox Racing radiator & oil cooler guards, Tank Slapper 3M paint film, and a kickstand bypass. New battery and tires.The bike has only 4724 pampered miles.

And here’s the second one:

This is a limited build 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix.  It is super clean. The bike has 609 miles on it.  It was basically kept as a show bike with only barely seen the outside world.

I know some of your probably think that using a movie to sell motorcycles (or vice versa) is a bit gimmicky, but I actually think these Matrix edition 998s are pretty cool with their very unique dark green paint.  And hey, wasn’t The Matrix a SUPER cool movie? Just so that you know what I’m talking about, check out Trinity doing some trick riding through busy LA (I assume) traffic:

Back to these two specific bikes – the starting bids for these are $8999 and $7500 respectively.  Although the second one has close to zero miles (609!), the first one would be my pick with its tasty list of mods (notice the Silmoto carbon end cans) and that fact that it is being ridden and well maintained.  After sitting for all the years, the cheaper one would probably need a throughout going over anyway if you intend to ride it!

Only a handful of Matrix editions have been previously listed, so that’s not much price reference info to go by, but personally I think the prices are fair for a pair of very unique and rare pure bred Italian racing motorcycles.

Click and click .


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale January 3, 2011 posted by Phil

1988 Ducati F3 Santa Monica in Oz

1988 Ducati 400cc F3 6 speed Santa Monica limited edition in Australia!

We’ve already stepped into 2011 here in Hong Kong (and in Australia where the bike is located), so I’d like to wish everyone safe and happy riding in 2011!  Keep the rubber side down!

OK, now let’s move on to the bike…it seems that we here at RSBFS have a thing for the miniature versions of 90s sports bikes – ZXR400, VFR / RVF400, GSX-R400, FZR400…etc., so this 400cc version of the Ducati F1 750 should hit the spot right on:

DUCATI F3 400 Santamonica Superbike.

A limited edition F3 Six Speed Santamonia released in Japan along side the F1 750 Santamonica, 2 seater also a Japan special edition bike.  There was only a handful of these ever made and this is in original condition with just over 5,000kms. I am a collector and will sadly miss this bike however due to circumstances the bike is for sale to a collector. Always undercover and well maintained it also comes with a few spares and extra bits.

The bike is an original Six Speed F3 2 seater in original limited edition Santa Monica colors 1 of 150, MADE only in ITALY! Come as a factory 2 seater or monoposto (single with seat cover). Tyres very good. The factory original Hand book and tool case also come with the bike.

It was purchased by me in Japan and as far as I know its has two owners prior to me. It is fully complied to Australian design and safety standards and ready to register in Queensland right now. It comes with all paperwork required such as import approval, dereg etc.  International buyers are welcome, I am willing to assist in anyway possible to make a smooth transaction.

While the 400cc Ducati Pantah engine is generally considered to be a gutless lump, you can’t deny that this is an extremely handsome looking bike, and on top of that it’s a Santa Monica too (which is extremely sought after in the 750cc version)!  The 750cc and 400cc version shares pretty much the same chassis and running gear, except for smaller diameter forks (35mm vs 40mm) and narrower wheels, but other than that, most of your friends will be none the wiser and could be fooled into thinking that this is the Santa Monica F1 (well, the big ‘400F3’ letters on the tail might give it away, but that’s a minor point).

Sadly, the F3 will always live in the shadow of its bigger brother, but that’s a shame because I think it’s a cool bike in it’s own right. If you, like us, think that the smaller versions are in some ways even cooler than their bigger brothers, . Cheers and have a g’day mate!


Ducati December 12, 2010 posted by Phil

2002 Ducati Monster S4 Foggy edition #192 of 300

2002 Ducati Monster S4 Foggy edition – #192 of 300.

Carl “Foggy” Fogarty was one of the most successful WSBK racers of all time – not only did he bring Ducati four WSBK Championship titles, but also fame (and increased sales) to it’s 916 Superbike series.  So it’s fitting that Ducati created the “Foggy” Monster edition to commemorate his victories when Fogarty retired from racing:

Only 300 Foggy Monsters were produced as a tribute to Carl Fogarty when he retired, 75 came to North America. Titanium number plate on the tank as well as on the front and rear stands that were included with the purchase. Also includes Foggy cover. Neither the stands or the cover have ever been used. Collector owned from new, this Ducati has been kept in a climate controlled environment, on stands and covered since it was new. Comes with all original documents and even the side of the shipping crate that shows the VIN and other information particular to this bike. Never in rain, not a single mark on the bike, absolutely “as new.” Full Termignoni spaghetti tuned exhaust system makes it the best sounding Ducati I have ever owned. New Avon tires, I saved the original, dated Pirelli’s that came on the bike. I have all the original parts neatly packed in boxes. I have added Cycle Cat concentric bar risers, custom made to fit around the factory steering damper, Cycle Cat sets, STM frame plugs purchased in Italy, Rizoma mirrors, custom billet tail piece installed without cutting the frame, custom billet front piece with Alfa Romeo hallo glow headlights purchased in Italy. There is factory carbon everywhere in this model. Purchased and serviced at Fast By Ferracci. I had the 6,000 miles service (including belts) done 100 miles ago. I have over $20,000 invested in this Ducati and it really draws a crowd. It was selected for the Monster Challenge hosted by Ducati and has won 1st place at Ducati Day Daytona twice. If you are looking for a collectable Ducati, consider purchasing this motorcyle, you won’t see another one anything like it. Female owned and ridden, in truly perfect condition. Mileage is approximate. The black mark on the exhaust is from the heel of my boot melting and has now been removed.

This was one of the first special edition Ducati’s. It was sold on line only and all 300 were gone within 24 hours. They also offered a limited edition jacket that was sold only at the time of purchase and never offered elsewhere. On the jacket is a replica of the number plate from the tank and the same “Foggy Eyes” theme. Each jacket has a serial number and I’ve heard that they sold about 175. I didn’t purchase the jacket when I bought the bike because the extra $500 was more than I wanted to spend. While touring the Ducati museum in Bologne, I saw the jacket on display and told the tour guide I regretted not purchasing it when I bought the Monster. She told me that I was looking at jacket #1 and it had been worn by Carl Fogarty during the photo shoot for the MS4 Foggy. They were changing the display next week and, with a little coaxing, agreed to sell me the jacket. So I bought it and is has never been warn. It’s in new condition and included in the sale of the bike. Also included is the t-shirt Carl Fogarty wore in the photo shoot.

The Foggy Monster does sound like a very special bike, and this specific sample sounds like it has had a very pampered life in the hands of a slightly obsessive owner (‘Comes with all original documents and even the side of the shipping crate that shows the VIN’; ‘new Avon tires, I saved the original, dated Pirelli’s that came on the bike. I have all the original parts neatly packed in boxes’?!) – which is definitely a bonus for the new owner.

The list of modifications – Full Termignoni spaghetti tuned exhaust system, Cycle Cat concentric bar risers, Cycle Cat sets, STM frame plugs, Rizoma mirrors, custom billet tail piece…etc. – are very tastefully done and adds to the value of the bike, with the possible exception of the “Alfa Romeo hallo glow headlights”.  But since the owner has all the original parts safely packed away, it shouldn’t be too hard to find and install the original lights back on.  And don’t forget that it also comes with a matching “Foggy” bike cover, matching Foggy” bike stand, “Foggy” leather jacket and t shirt!  Holy matching accessories Batman!

Seriously though, I think it’s actually kinda cool… Heck, even the story about the leather jacket alone makes for a good conversation piece! If all this is talk is getting you “Foggy-ed” up, then 

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale December 10, 2010 posted by Phil

Very clean 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R

1996 Yamaha YZF-750R with 24,000 miles for sale.

We have seen some crazy prices with some of my previous posts – such as the pair of Ducati MH900e’s for close to a cool million dollars or the ex-Chili Ducati 916 WSBK race bike – so here’s something a bit more affordable but no less fun (if not more – because you won’t be constantly thinking of the repair bill if you bin it!):
this is the one you should have had when  you were racing.. the ow 1 [I think he meant the OW01] was 22000$ so i guess you didnt get that , this was 8000$.    so heres the diff, no snorkels threw the tank, they were a pain any way.
135 hp at 422lbs
128 hp at 435lbs for this one
both had 165mph top speed,
so here she is in all the glory , it has a small scratch on the tank near the cap and a ding on the front fender , most likly from a stone.  the foot pegs are barly worn , only a small wear on the outer edge where your boot would rub..  its so clean pix cant show the reality.
check out  the seat, yea your passanger will like it, unlike modern bikes that have little pad for rider or passanger.
cool factor, bikes are all the same look these days . this is an era that had flash, you got a fast bike that looked fast.
has excelent tires,, maybe 800 miles on them,  carbon vance and hines pipe and thats it.
shes  a beauty  have a look and a listen
i have a mint rear seat cowl as well  its white covers the rear seat
if you r gonna look may as well make offer, or send an e mail , thanks

The YZF-750R was actually very decent sports bike, if it were not for the Honda CBR900 Fireblade that stole the show when it was introduced back in 1992.  Fast forward 18 years and things look a bit different – most of us are a bit softer around the edges and with several strands of hair fewer.  We are also not chasing the latest and greatest race replica since we can’t contort ourselves to fit into that race tuck position for more than 5 minutes.  Now classics such as the Yamaha YZF-750R is starting to look like a pretty attractive “softer” sports bike for daily street riding.  No matter how you look at it, 125 horses is nothing to sneeze at.

The SP version (with pink, blue, and white graphics, flatslides, and solo seating) is quite a sought after bike as it was never really imported into the US (funnily enough our neighbours up north got a few of those) but for street riding the regular R version is a much better bike.  The YZF also has a pretty good fan base – just check out the YZF section on EXUP Worldwide forum. Here’s also a pretty good review and buying advice on the YZF750R over at Visordown.

This specific sample, while a bit high on mileage at 24,000 miles looks to be very clean and well taken care of. Aside from the high Buy It Now price (for this time of year) and the somewhat uninformative description (sorry, a pet peeve of mine), this YZF would make a great Christmas tree ornament.  If you’re shopping for a modern day classic this Christmas, .

MCN did a test comparing a few older bikes (the YZF750 being one of them) with a 2006 GSXR1000 around Cadwell Park, and the results might surprise you: