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Ducati August 13, 2022 posted by William

No Longer The Ugly Duckling: 2005 Ducati 999R

The Pierre Terblanche era of Ducati will likely go down in history as the most misunderstood times in terms of design.  When new they were widely rejected, but as time has marched on they have aged amazingly well and are catching the eyes of more than just collectors.  These bikes look at feel thoroughly modern out on the roads today.  To say the design was ahead of the times when new would be a massive understatement.  The evolution of the acceptance of these bikes as the collectors pieces that they are has been amazing to watch in the market.

While the 916 will always be remembered as the belle of the ball, the 999 bikes will be remembered for dominated the racing world like few other bikes have.  With over 60 WSBK race wings and multiple work championships to the name, there is little doubt that the 999R earned its place on the mantle.  All of these improvements translated to a great road bike.  More powerful and comfortable than the previous generation these bikes appealed to a wider range of buyers, racers and riders.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

999RClean and well cared for. Making room in garage because I dont have time to ride it. OEM Carbon fiber fairingsMonopostoEVR slipper clutchTermignoni street and race exhausts with cluster matched ECUs(second set of OEM carbon fiber fairings may be available separately for right price)New clutch, sprocket (Superlight RSX steel, 15/41), chain (520 ZVMX), fuel pump with harness. Tires 2014, but soft rubber, minimal miles, garaged. Original Ducati printed manual for 999R (color). Both ECUs programed to cluster and keys (2 x black and 1 x red) by SOS Diagnostics. Belts done 5 years ago, but only 300 miles since. Service by local experienced Ducati repair shop. Complete, sorted and reliable. Includes some misc parts: filters, gp shift, long side stand, ventilated clutch cover, spare fuel pump, carbon chain guard (without fender for use with race exhaust) and spare front CF fender. Most recent images show the OEM painted CF winglets and clear windscreen that are now reinstalled.panigale bayliss hodgson xaus

This example shows just over 4k miles and is offered with a Buy It Now price of $17,000.  While not a budget bike by any means, there is an undeniable value for entry into the exclusive world of R Ducati.   Tires are dated for most hard core riders and while the last belt change might only have been 300 miles ago, most new owners will want to change them based on time.  Lucky for the new owner the service is not nearly as expensive as some corners of the internet will have you believe.  Belts and service items direct from Ducati should cost well under $500, and one can budget for a couple of hours labor to install.  In the USA there is a slight debate on what year 999R is the most desirable.  The 2005 bikes got an improved swingarm, a beautiful red frame and a few other choice bits.  But these bikes departed from the 2003 in that they did not come with a number plaque on the triple tree.

No Longer The Ugly Duckling:  2005 Ducati 999R
spondon August 2, 2022 posted by William

Track Bike Tuesday: Yamaha Powered Spondon

Spondon has been providing frames to some of the most lust worth motorcycles for decades.  They have built everything from championship winning race bikes to wild turbocharged street fighters for the road.  As with many small batch British manufactures, the company has a storied history and has gone through many ups and downs.  While never a common thing to see on the market, it is more likely to find one in Europe than on this side of the pond.  There is little chance it would be cost effective to build a motorcycle like this on your own.

As with the old Lotus adage of “Simplify and add lightness” these Spondon race bikes with a simple Yamaha single offer a refreshing change of pace to the multiple cylinder monsters that normally dominate the track day paddock.  Claimed 70 horsepower are more than capable of pushing the 275 pounds of motorcycle.  With something light and simple the cost would be kept down because the bike will not require tires and brakes at the rate of a larger bike.  This translates to only more fun, but more time learning, training and pushing on track.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Yamaha powered Spondon chassis, former Slipstream British championship bike.

It was featured in Performance bike, topping out at 148mph Silverstone.

-Championship-winning bike, ridden by Colin Sturgeon in the British, isle of man and world S.O.S series.

-Never run here in the states.

-Xt600 powered has been stored since then.

-I did refresh it back in 2008 (thinking I wanted to ride it )

Engine: Yamaha XT 600. Carillo rod. Fresh, top end, Webcam (214 grinds, 107/109

cam lobes). Falicon Stage 2 crank. Arias high compression piston, 12.5:1.

Ported head. New undercut tranny. Yamaha D

series cases. New valve guides. New clutch basket, plates,

springs. Twin Keihin Cr’s smoothbores

Chassis: Spondon twin spar frame with adjustable yokes, Tz front end, brakes, wheels, Ohlins.

275lbs (125kg) ,71bhp

It is not very often that a chance to buy a championship winning bike comes along, even less so with a Buy It Now price of $11,000.  Appears to have say in a large collection for quite a few years so a refresh would be in order if the new owner wanted to use the bike on track in anger.  But the process should be worthwhile and not only offering excitement on track, but also unique conversations off track.  These bikes should have a great cost to uniqueness ratio.  The Yamaha single should be easy to keep going and the Spondon frame should out handle almost any converted street bike.

Track Bike Tuesday:  Yamaha Powered Spondon
BMW July 19, 2022 posted by William

Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee: 2005 BMW Boxer Cup Replika

There is little doubt that the air/oil cooled BMW boxer powered bikes from the 90s and 00s are going to go down on history as having one of the greatest motors of the time.  They are powerful, smooth, interesting and above all, ultra reliable.  Owners have racked up amazing mileage traveling to remote areas of the globe on some epic adventures.  The R1100S was renowned as one of the best sport touring options on the market.  For a limited production run across a couple of short years BMW leaned into the sport aspect and developed the Boxer Cup Repika.  While not exactly in the same vain as the Haga Aprilias or FILA Ducati the BMW was not specifically to honor a racer or championship but rather was put together to show the range of performance of the platform.

One could be mistaken to think that this is just an appearance package with some bright stickers applied to an already well performing bike, but they would be wrong.  The Boxer Cup got a few carbon bits, upgraded Ohlins suspension, as well as a few other tweaks.  These seemingly small changes added up to a really wonderful street bike.  Praised for sweet handling and manageable power these bikes are equally at home blasting around back roads or pushing the limits further on a track day.  At the end of the day ultimate power and speed is what most buyers lust after, so the S1000RR and other much faster machines meant the Boxer Cup was never going to be a huge seller.  Many claim just a few hundred ended up coming to the USA.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

For your consideration is a 2005 BMW Box Cup Repika with only 5960 miles. Of the 3 years limited production offered I think the 2005 color scheme is the best. This bike has been very well maintained and is in excellent condition. All service is up to date and it needs nothing. The battery was just replaced and it’s set up with a trickle charge. Included in the sale are the rear foot pegs and 2 sets of whole bike decals just in case any get scuffed. The rear tail section was repainted with new decals due to a couple of scratches from the previous owner. Exact match paint was used from BMW and is included with the sale. As one would imagine with 5900 mile the bike runs drives and breaks flawlessly. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this bike in my collection but it’s time to pass it on as I’ve added a number of bikes recently and space in tight. My reserve is set at a very fair price but in all fairness I will not disclose the reserve. Clean title in my name!

No Buy It Now is listed, and at the time of writing the reserve has not been meet with a $4500 bid.  That makes sense as these normally trade hands for a fair bit more.  Bike shows well and the listing gives the indication that it has always been with an enthusiast owner and well looked after.  The unconventional front suspension and engine lay our ensure this will be a unique riding and ownership experience.

Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee:  2005 BMW Boxer Cup Replika
Ducati July 12, 2022 posted by William

Like A Fine Aged Wine: 2005 Ducati 999R

Top tier Ducati R models have always been in high demand.  The connection to the factory race bikes means collectors and riders alike lust after them.  It is unlikely that these rare beasts ever fall into the hands of owners that would treat them as basic used motorcycles, meaning they are often well cared for and loved.  Often all of this doting translates into stratospheric pricing.  Many are left on the sidelines only to watch desirable machines endlessly bringing eye watering results at sales and auctions.  Well there is a glimmer of hope in the 999R.  In the last couple of years there has been a large shift in pricing for the once cast aside 999 generation and it might time to grab a 999R at the bottom of the depreciation curve.

Full carbon fiber fairings, shower fuel injection, forged light weight wheels, radial Brembo calipers, magnesium castings for the headlights and engine covers as well as fully adjustable Ohlins suspension round out the amazing list of performance parts that go into creating the 999R

The piece to take note of is the relative movement of the R versions.  The example today has a Buy It Now price of $15,000 and when the S models are routinely cresting the five figure mark it seems that the premium to step up to the R is money well spent.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This is the very rare, very fast, homologation-built Ducati 999R – The last of the breed of serious max performance liter bikes.

– This bike produces over 150HP easily, with upgraded exhaust,
– a Power Commander should the next owner want even MORE HP. (this bike currently has the OE tune on the CPU).
– The forks seals have been replaced recently by a certified Ducati dealership service department.
– The sprockets and chain are brand new
– Comes with a new, OE tail, should the next owner prefer total originality versus the rear signals removed.
– has aftermarket clutch basket cover as well.
When the Ducati 999 was released in 2003 the world wasn’t ready for the huge design change from the superbike’s predecessors.

However, now the 999 is being viewed as the leap in V twin Ducati superbike design that it really was.

The all new Ducati 999 featured a different new line from the 916 which was largely created by a double sided swingarm and boxy, bulkier bodywork.

Powered by the revered 90° V Twin Testastretta Desmodromic engine, by 2005 all 3 models received upgrades with the 999R in particular benefiting from an additional 11 horses and 6lb more torque. – That’s 145 HP and 88 lb/ft in BASE TRIM. This bike is easily upward of that to the wheel.

The homologation Ducati 999R was released in 2004 and was Ducati’s premium offering of the model. It was equipped with carbon fiber parts and the engine was remapped to offer the most power possible. At the time it was the closest race-like machine you could get without forking out for a custom built bike.

Technically the machine was exceptional and the detail incorporated is really what makes the Ducati 999 stand out. Built and designed for both excellent technical performance and riding position comfort.

Here are some of the key design features:

Super aerodynamic fairing
Ellipsoidal headlamps
Turn signals into mirrors which were also quick release
Adjustable ergonomics
Adjustable levers and controls
Turbulence reducing forward air vents
The rider ergonomics of the Ducati 999 were later incorporated into the GP bikes as they proved superior over previous designs. The steering angle was also increased which made low speed manoeuvres easier.

On top of all this Terblanche knew the importance of improving the new motorcycle over and above the Ducati 916 so he sought to improve the ease of maintenance, increase maintenance intervals, and improve power and torque curves.

Terblanche and his team used CAD and extensive computer technology to test the bikes design, leading to a simplified machine layout and simplified electrical system. The Ducati 999 was a bike built for function over form, styling came second. Ducati knew the performance of the bike was second to none and therefore felt the risk on the aesthetics was worth it.

The Ducati 999 only remained in production until 2006.

However, the bike made its mark on both the track and the street.

The Ducati 999 won three Superbike titles with riders Neil Hodgson, James Toseland and Troy Bayliss riding to victory in 2003, 2004 and 2006 respectively.

The new Ducati split enthusiasts with its styling but there was no denying its improved riding performance over the 916. While it was a slow burn for the Ducati 999, its wins on the track led the way for the masses to appreciate the superbike.

When it comes to buying a Ducati 999 buyers need to be aware that there is a significant difference in price between the various models with the standard 999 sitting at around $7,000 in the US and the 999R going for upwards of $17000 on average, and climbing! Hagerty valuations confirm this.

This seller’s listing does have a few inaccuracies from a historic prospective, and they even might be accused of embellishing some of the folklore surrounding the bike, but that does not take away from what appears to be a very clean example of a great bike.  The 2005 came with an upgraded swing arm when compared to the first year bikes.  They also have the striking red frame and revised front nose bodywork.  Would be nice to know if the bike has a service history, or some details on when the belts were last changed, but truth be told these are not major issues.  Service costs are not as inflated as some on the internet would have you think.  These bikes are undervalued in the market and really offer a great opportunity for someone to jump into the world of R Ducati at an affordable price point.

Like A Fine Aged Wine:  2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati July 8, 2022 posted by William

Sold By Original Owner: 2008 Ducati 1098R

If there is one line of motorcycles that needs no introduction, it is the R models from Ducati.  All of our loyal RSBFS readers will know all about how there are the homologation versions of the era and represent the best that was available.  Their massive performance envelops also came with high prices and production numbers that often did not keep up with demand.  The 1098R is rather interesting because it uses an 1198cc engine and produces over 180 horsepower.  This was a massive jump over the 999R in terms of power.  The styling was also a return to form for Ducati and harked back to the beautiful 916.

Collectable motorcycles often focus on the first or last of something.  In this case the 1098 was towards the end of the line for the steel trellis framed Ducatis.  There was a 1198R, but those are extremely rare in the US, and truth be told are not all that different in terms of engine spec to the 1098R.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This is a pristine 1098R with 6000miles all serviced kept with all Carbon.

There is not a single scratch on the fairings. Clear bra installed from brand new.

It has all original parts also original indoor dust cover.

It has the BST Carbon wheels

Clean title in hand.

Bike located in Chandler Arizona

Listed with a Buy It Now price of just under $21,000 the bike should sell quickly.  Relatively low miles and some tasteful, and expensive upgrades makes for an attractive package.  Buying from the original owner is a amazing perk.  The listing claims to have all the service records and original parts.  Only thing to note on any 1098 is that these are from the era when Ducati had issues with the fuel tanks swelling.  Most have been resolved by the point, but it is worth noting and confirming the issue was addressed by the seller at some point.

Sold By Original Owner: 2008 Ducati 1098R
Ducati June 28, 2022 posted by William

Get ’em While The Gettin’s Good: 2005 Ducati 749

Not that long ago the 999/749 era was not looked on fondly.  People repeated an endless stream of disparaging comments, all revolving around aesthetics.  They literally were looking past a machine that was better in every functional way to the previous generations.  They failed to acknowledge the amazing racing success and usable road manors.  Today we have seen collectors turn their eyes to the 999/749, partly because of massive price increases to the 996/748 bikes but also because the newest collectors are at an age to have a stronger connection to the 999/749.  It was the bike they grew up lusting after.

As with most Ducati lines ups there is a “standard” bike, an upgraded S model and the range topping homologation specials with and R branding.  Obviously the higher specification bikes come with a premium both in appeal and pricing.   For many years enthusiasts quietly purchased and  enjoyed the 750cc versions of Ducati sport bikes.  The idea was that you got all the looks and curb appeal for a fraction of the cost.  Some were even opened an honest about riding style and skill so they admitted that for most the open class bikes were overkill.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Excellent condition cosmetically and mechanically. Bike needs nothing. Really rare and collectible with really low miles. Mint condition. 6700 miles. Recently serviced including belts, oil, oil filter, spark plugs etc…more pics and videos on demand. This is a classic Ducati only raising in value. Bike comes with Biposto seat and biposto frame. Past are the days that this model was considered ugly and only people started appreciating this a few years ago. Clean title on hand. Only cash. No trades. Thanks for watching

This standard 749 might not be a top tier version but that does not mean it should be dismissed.  The bike is listed as being well serviced and in nice shape.  Images show a desirable Tergi exhaust and a complete suite of books and keys.  As more and more people start looking to add a bike from this generation it will be come harder and harder to find a clean and well sorted example.  The $8,999 Buy It Now price might initially shock some, but that does appear to be reasonable pricing right now.  Worst one could say is it might be slightly “future pricing”.  These are well beyond the timeframe to be depreciating.

Get ’em While The Gettin’s Good:  2005 Ducati 749
Honda June 28, 2022 posted by William

Honda Heavyweight: 1982 CB1100R

The Honda CB line of bikes has spanned decades and a wide range of offerings.  The CB label has been used on everything from small commuter bikes to all out powerhouses.  The original SOHC CB750 is often sited as one of the first true superbikes.  They latter evolved into the DOHC air cooled bikes of the mid 80s.  These bikes were successful on the race track and most notably with Freddie Spencer.  Towards the end of the line Honda decided it was time to make a true homologation special with the 1062cc engine.  Making 115hp Honda added a full fairing and tweaked just about everything when compared to a CB1100F.

Endurance racing is where the CB1100R saw the most race wins.  Details are limited on just how many road bikes were build, but it is safe to say these were not built in large numbers.  Rough counts indicate around 2500 units built across four production years.   Never officially sold in the USA, some have been imported over the years, but this remains a sought after model for most collectors.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

1982 Honda CB1100R. A low mile original one owner bike in almost perfect condition both mechanically and cosmetically. An extremely rare bike in the US and part of the holy grail of collector Hondas.
Absolutely no issues. Do not miss this opportunity, it will be a long wait for another like it whether you’re a collector or true aficionado. This bike is appreciating at an unbelievable rate and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s one of the bikes we will all eventually wished to have purchased when we could.
Immediate PayPal deposit of 1000$ required on purchase to XXX and please send your details so I can call and finalize.
Descriptions, viewpoints and opinions vary between people.
Please look at the photos and do your own evaluation.

DO NOT bid, make offers or press buttons if you’re not absolutely sure you’re buying it.

Your purchase is not subject to ANYTHING!!after you buy.

ANY questions, inspections, viewing, test drives etc are welcome BEFORE PURCHASE ONLY!!!! No warranties are implied or made. Sale as is.

Immediate deposit required. non refundable.

The Buy It Now price of $30,000 can only be described as aggressive based on other transaction data.  The seller unfortunately spends more time in the add laying out rules and making market claims than providing solid details on the bike.  These are relatively simple bikes from a mechanical point of view.  Honda is known for being very supportive with vintage parts availability to keep a machine like this serviced.

Honda Heavyweight:  1982 CB1100R
Honda June 20, 2022 posted by William

Good Things Come In Small Packages: 1989 Honda NC30 VFR400R

The Honda RC30 needs zero introduction.  The looks and performance are the stuff of legend.  As more and more collectors compete for a limited number of bikes on the market the prices inevitably rise.  We often hear enthusiasts in the hobby lament this as it means they might not get a chance to experience the machine.  The wonderful thing about this hobby is that even though specific models might be rare, there are always alternatives to explore.  In this case it the RC30s baby bother, the NC30.

The 400cc class of sport bikes from the late 80s and early 90s offer some amazing technology, packaging and overall fantastic riding experiences.  These were not built as the budget, or entry level motorcycles of today.  These were built to fit into engine size restricted classes and to offer buyers real performance.  Most offerings remained as JDM options.  It was determined that the US and European markets would not see the value in these smaller bikes.  Hindsight has told us that this was probably true.  The 600cc class is dead in the USA and most modern sport bike riders are only focused on absolute power and speed.

Today these are available for import and are being brought over for collectors and riders alike.  Known for extremely high redlines (some north of 17,500 RPM) and sublime handling it is no wonder many buyers are taking advantage of this opportunity.  Parts availability should be of little issue as Honda is very good at supporting vintage motorcycles.  For the price point it would be hard to find something more unique, reliable and with a usable performance envelope.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Honda’s Street-legal race bike. This exquisite 1989 Honda VFR400R NC30 has been thoroughly sorted and is a fabulous rider. Runs incredibly strong, no smoke or leaks. 100% of the electrical and lighting work. See videos below! A fully documented restoration was performed a year ago, and has been on museum display since. Clean title, in hand. Original exhaust is excellent and free of any scuffs or dents. Brand new battery, fluids, and tires. 48k kilometers (30k miles) A wonderful collector piece of Honda’s HRC racing history.

The VFR 400 series were explicitly a scaled-down version of Honda’s racing RC30 models and only intended for the Japanese domestic market. The VFR400, like the RC30, used straight-cut gears to drive its camshafts, which made a characteristic whine that became associated with pure speed.

With a redline of 14,500 RPM, the top speed was 130 MPH. Riders loved the NC30 for its razor-sharp handling and its wide spread of power, which had plenty of torque without the peakiness of most highly tuned fours.

 

This bike looks to represent a great opportunity for someone that wants a bike that is equally good to look at as it is to ride.  Relatively high mileage will mean riders are the buyers, not matter how many time the seller uses the word collector in the listing.  That is not a dig as these are wonderful out on the road.  The 400cc market is very hot right now because more and more riders are embracing the slow bike fast ethos.  It will get even hotter when the new Kawasaki 400cc four cylinder sport bike hits showrooms.   The Buy It Now price of just under $12k seems reasonable for the condition and current market.  A buyer would be wise to press the seller for more details on the mentioned restoration as that could potentially be a great selling feature.

Good Things Come In Small Packages:  1989 Honda NC30 VFR400R