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Ghezzi-Brian January 19, 2022 posted by William

As Rare As They Come: 2002 Moto Guzzi GHEZZI-BRIAN FOLGORE

Ghezzi-Brian is on of those amazing motorcycle stories that combines engineering ambition and raw talent into a winning product.  Always on the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries, the company started with a simple goal, to win races.  In 1996 they won enough to claim the Italian SuperTwin Championship.  In 1998 they started selling everything from components to fully built bikes to anyone that wanted to ride the ultimate Moto Guzzi powered motorcycle.  The efforts of Ghezzi-Brian lead to the birth of what many see as one of the most desirable Italian bikes, the Moto Guzzi MGS-01.  The company is still very active and continues to push what is possible out of these wonderful machines.

The example today is claimed to be one of 2 Folgore in the United States.  Other sources have made a similar claim, and some digging around for past listings has not turned up any other examples.  The Folgore featured some lighter wheels and other small but meaningful improvements on an already exotic motorcycle.  Some of the best braking and suspension components were used to ensure this package lived up to the expectations of offering extreme performance on the road and track.  Overall the bike weighs 55 pounds less then the V11 that donated it’s engine.

From The Seller’s Listing:

2002 Moto Guzzi GHEZZI-BRIAN FOLGORE, 2002 Ghezzi Brian Moto Guzzi Folgore One of two imported to the US. One owner. OZ magnesium wheels with perimeter brakes.  Stock MG V11 engine and 5 speed gearbox means its reliable and easy to service.

OZ magnesium wheels with perimeter brakes, Ohlins shock, Bitubo exhaust.  Stock MG V11 engine and 5 speed gearbox means its reliable and easy to service. CA title. ” The Super Twin is built around an air-cooled 1,064cc V-twin from the V11 Sport that’s had its flywheel balanced, and a new full exhaust added. The 87hp mill acts as a stressed member of the mono-beam chassis that houses the airbox and oil-tank. Connected to the race-developed frame are adjustable 41mm inverted Paioli forks up front and an Ohlins (or Bitubo according to some sources) monoshock. The race-replica’s giant 420mm perimeter discs — which are attached to the rim and not the hub — and dual-piston calipers help slow the 427lb (dry) machine — 55lbs less than the unfaired V11 Sport — from its claimed 140mph top-speed.” Google it for more details. Very unique.

When most think of perimeter brake rotors, they think of Buell, but Ghezzi explored the concept for a while as well.  Shock arrangement and frame design are also rather unique and really tell a story of unbridled engineering.  There is a sense that these were never meant for mass production or to suit a well rounded owner, these are focused and purpose built.  What makes this proposition even more appealing is the relatively low service costs.  This is now powered by some MotoGP race engine that needs pistons every other oil change.  The V11 Moto Guzzi engine is know for being reliable and easy to work on.

The bike is being offered by Pro Italia for $29,999.  Data is almost nonexistent for pricing, and while that sum is not insignificant a buyer would struggle to find a rarer or more interesting Italian exotic for that price point.   With something this rare it is hard to imagine another chance to add something like this to a collection, but if the opportunity passes there is always some of the original press documentation we could sit, read and enjoy.

 

As Rare As They Come:  2002 Moto Guzzi GHEZZI-BRIAN FOLGORE
Honda January 17, 2022 posted by William

Every Part From The Catalog: Harris Modified Honda RC51 SP1

For many years the RC51 was flying under the radar.  Only a few diehard fans were burning the flame whole the RC30 and RC45 got all the attention.  Well those days are well and truly over.  As they have transitioned into a collectable realm demand has increased massively.   While traditionally people shopping for a collectable are focused on finding the cleanest, lowest mileage and most original example they can fine, this can leave out amazing period built modified bikes like this Harris Honda RC51.

Modified when new by the legendary Harris Bother to showcase their line of products it is claimed the modifications cost more then the new bike did.  The best of everything available at the time was used to reduce weight, increase the braking and improve the already excellent handling.  The laundry list of top tier comments is an eye watering collection that would be almost impossible to replicate today.  The large diameter AP Racing 6 pistons calipers hung on Ohlins superbike forks are instantly recognizable as a bike that means business.

Harris is well know for producing frames and offering an extensive catalog of upgrades for a wide range of motorcycles.  They have raced in the premier class of almost every form of motorcycle road racing.  Over the years they have partnered with OEM manufactures and been granted access to factory race parts to develop.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Fastline Superbikes are pleased to offer this stunning and unique, only one ever made, Honda VTR1000SPY Harris SP1 Special. Built by the Harris Brothers in 2000 at a cost of £17000 then. Full listing in original catalogue of exotic parts, Ohlins forks, Ohlins rear shock, Marchesini wheels, Harris yokes, AP brakes, Goldline steering damper, Harris rear-sets, Harris high level exhaust carbon silencers, carbon Kevlar fairing and rear seat, carbon hugger, carbon front fender, quick shifter, Harris carbon frame protectors, Harris screen stay, Harris clip-ons, crash bungs and many more parts listed. Was owned by travelling TT marshal Fred Hoggett in regular mature owners heated mancave. Fully serviced and ready to go. Will come with all manuals, 2 keys, Honda owners manual. Very rare exotic bike.

It would take hours to really pour over all the little details of this build.  The asking price is eighteen thousand Pounds Sterling, or about $25,000.  Anything this custom and unique is hard to price, but it is safe to say there is no way a passionate RC51 fan could ever hope to collect these parts and a clean base bike for that sum of money.

This would make an amazing period correct addition to a garage of someone that wants to experience the best of the best out on the road.

Every Part From The Catalog:  Harris Modified Honda RC51 SP1
Honda January 16, 2022 posted by William

Paging Dr House: 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol

It often seems like Honda has been making the CBR series for millennium.  A staple of every years sport bike tests and features.  Rarely taking top trump in any one particular category, it has always been regaled as an extremely well rounded machine and praised for being easy to extract the potential performance contained within.

This eight generation CBR1000RR is one of the special Repsol editions.  The package was meant to celebrate Honda’s on track success in WSBK and MotoGP.  Race replicas like this had once been much more common, but by 2007 the trend was fading, a shame really as they added a pop and flair to an otherwise bland dealership floor.  This bike was also a long time feature on the hit TV show House.

The OEM package was mainly cosmetic, but the standard 180hp bike did not really warrant much extra.  Honda did not number the edition, so total production is unknown.  From release, these have always been sought after and command a premium over a similar standard bike.  This example appears to have a couple of period correct and desirable add ons.  Chief among them is the Akrapovic exhaust that without a doubt sounds amazing.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2007 Honda cbr 1000rr repsol edition, last 5 of the vin are 00093
Motorcycle is like new for its age, very powerful with zero issues, starts on touch runs very smooth, lots of upgrades Dino jet tuned super fast, all of her miles came from riding trough Georgia and Carolina mountains motorcycle has always been kept inside and ridiculously cleand. Never abused or raced. Has all new brakes EBC, racing brake lines, tires,. All carbon fiber trim, everything up-to-date. I will also include all of the stock parts that are been taking off, Feel free to ask any questions or for videos.

Opening bid of $6499 has yet to be made as of writing.  It has been a while since one of these has been listed in a real auction format.  Normally we see these with much higher Buy It Now prices, so this could be a chance to snag a deal on a fun motorcycle.

Listing claims a very clean bike, but the left side frame bobbin does raise a question.  Mileage is nothing to worry about as these fully live up to the Honda reliability reputation.

Paging Dr House:  2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol
KTM January 16, 2022 posted by William

Corporate Conscience: 2015 KTM RC8R

Manufactures of sportsbikes have been engaged in an arms race for decades.  Constantly pushing the performance envelop.  Adding technology to tame the ever increasing power and chipping away at lap times in order to be able to market their creation as the top of the heap.

KTM had a brief, but meaningful foray into the open class sportbike class.  The 1195cc twin developed over 170 horsepower and only had 410 pounds to push down the track.  KTM famously ended production of the street RC8R by saying that it was deemed irresponsible to sell a vehicle with this performance for street use.  Production numbers have never officially been released, but most agree total from 2008 is measured in the hundreds, not thousands.

The RC8R did incorporate some serious racing options.  Under slung exhaust, adjustable pegs and even an adjustable subframe made sure mass was controlled and the rider was perfectly situated to unleash all of the performance.  Many period reviews praised the bike as being very comfortable and useable because of how adjustable everything was.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Stock #:24048P
Exterior Color:White
Transmission:Manual
Drivetrain:Unknown
Engine:0
Mileage:4,208
Title Condition:Clear

This final year RC8R is listed with a Buy It Now price of a hair under $13,000.  Prices have always been all over the map for these bikes.  If cross shopping with any other bike of the era with similar performance, $13k does not seem out of line for the market right now.  The listing is painfully devoid of details, but the pictures do show a very clean example.  Take note of the paint markings on the calipers.  Could be a sign of how well cared for the bike has been.

Talk to any owner and they will tell you the machines are reliable and easy to maintain.  At some point these will tip into the collectable world and I would bet we will look back at listings like this and lament not buying one when they were under most people’s radar.

Corporate Conscience:  2015 KTM RC8R
magni January 6, 2022 posted by William

Gorgeous Goose: Guzzi Powered Magni Giappone 52

In 1977 Arturo Magni started a small, but interesting company in Italy that would bear his name.  Arturo had a long history in the Italian motorcycles, specifically MV Agusta.  For more then 25 years he was involved in the MV Agusta racing program, ultimately becoming the Team Manager.  Mangi would go on to make upgrade parts for many high end sports bikes in period.  They were also know for chain drive conversions.

When the original Moto Guzzi Le Mans was released Magni saw a chance to improve the machine by designing a new rear suspension.  Dubbed the Parallelogrammo, this design cured some handling issues from the factory and retained the shaft drive.  Magni also started to create parts to back date the Le Mans for a more vintage feel.  These fairings and packages began to become very popular in Japan.  This was the start of a long term focus on the Japanese market.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Magni, and the 50th anniversary of their Japanese importer, Fukuda Motors, the Giappone 52 was created.  Just 52 of these full faired motorcycles would be created.  All were powered by a 1064cc Moto Guzzi engine.  The Giappone weighed a staggering 36kg less then the contemporary sporting Moto Guzzi.

From the Sellers Listing:

Rare premium limited production 52 units Mani Japone 52 1998 13,744km

■ Front wheel: 3.50 × 17 3Spoke Vintage sports Gross Black finish MARCHESINI
■ Rear wheel: 5.50 × 17 3Spoke Vintage sports Gross Black finish MARCHESINI

■ Front tire: 120/70 ZR17 DIABLO PIRELLI
■ Rear tire: 180/55 ZR17 DIABLO PIRELLI

■ Grip: Racing type Closed end Black rubber DOMINO

■ Headlight bulb: Halogen bulb
■ Winker : European style Black body Amber Lens CUSTOM WINKER

Data is limited on any Magni due to the rarity, but it is unlikely one would encounter one at the local bike night.  Known for being bespoke commissions and offering a truly unique experience this auctions presents an opportunity for someone to join the elite club of owners.

This bike is located in Japan, but interested buyers should know that there is a thriving market for exporting motorcycles from Japan to the USA and cost/taxes are not as expensive as one would assume.  Might have to wait out the 25 year clock though on this.  Currently at just under $23,000 and no bids.  Unclear how many remain on the road, or how many have stayed in Japan.  At least one has been exported to Australia and unfortunately broken down for parts.  Maybe someone that lusts after a bike like this will buy one of the fairings and hand it on their wall as the art that it is.

Gorgeous Goose:  Guzzi Powered Magni Giappone 52
Ducati January 3, 2022 posted by William

First Year Monster: 1994 Ducati M900

Ducati invites thoughts of MotoGP and race winning performance.  An exotic machine to tickle the senses, and ignite passion.  Their superbikes have long been lust worthy machines.  But for many the most iconic modern offering from Ducati has been their Monster line.  This bike started the naked bike category and has offered many riders a very usable and enjoyable package for decades.

This example appears to be well taken care of over the years and regularly used.  A purest might want to revert a few small details to stock, such as the mirrors, but few would toss a red flag at the addition of aftermarket carbon exhausts as the sound will justify the change.  Pictures show that the bike could benefit from a proper wash and detail.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

1994 Ducati M900. This is the first generation Monster and was manufactured in July 1993. I am the second owner and purchased this bike from the original owner in the fall of 2009. This has been an incredibly reliable bike for me and has been a joy to own and ride. The dry clutch discs were replaced within the last 500 miles, tires were replaced around 500 miles ago and I would estimate still have most of their life left. Belts were replaced last year and have almost no miles on them. Front and rear brake pad were also replaced last year and have almost no miles on them as well. Oil was changed two years ago but less than 250 miles currently on it. Carbon exhaust is D&D, rear fender and master cylinder covers are Ferracci. Bike was apparently maintained at Ferracci by the last owner; I have since maintained on my own utilizing the Desmo Times 2V service and maintenance book. Bike is due for a dealer valve service, but does still run near perfect and has significant power; last owner had the valves checked and no adjustments were needed at the time (circa 2008). Slight adjustment may be needed now, but I’d be surprised. The engine does smoke slightly, which could be due to the limited miles put on it over the last ~8 years (<1000). The head was pulled from the horizontal cylinder in 2010 to replace leaky seals (no leaks since) and the vertical cylinder now shows a similar leak between the head and the cylinder (likely from the 28yo o-rings degrading). The rear seat cover has a small crack in it, as shown in the pictures, and the tank has a small chip as well, also shown in the picture. Tank is in otherwise near perfect condition and does not have the typical “Monster dent” that the older metal Monster’s are generally found with. Overall, this Monster is a head turner as it’s in excellent condition, has the excellent deep Ducati rumble, and the classic Ducati dry clutch sound. Feel free to reach out with questions prior to bidding.

As with any first year example, there are little details that make all the difference.  These seemingly small details are what make the bike special.  Stuff like the yellow swingarm bar, and rectangle master cylinders.  A true Ducati fan could nerd out for a while with all the subtle differences over the years.  It is wonderful to see an example preserved and not cut up, modified or left unloved.

The opening bid of $3,999 is sure to be placed in the near future.  One could expect the bidding to climb over time as this is a really unique and desirable motorcycle.  Presented well with few unwanted modifications.  Mileage will mean this will not appeal to a static collector, but should offer many more worry free miles to the next owner.

First Year Monster:  1994 Ducati M900
Ducati January 2, 2022 posted by William

High Horsepower and Mileage: 2014 Ducati Panigale 1199R

To say that the Ducati Panigale made a splash when it entered the market would be an understatement.  Ducati fans have a strange aversion to change.   They like what they like, and want to keep it that way.  There are a few core tenements that define a Ducati to many.  The sound the dry clutch makes, the marvelous desmo valve train, and the iconic steel trellis frame.

Well with the introduction of the Panigale Ducati decided to ditch the traditional trellis frame in favor of a lighter and more radical approach.  The over 200hp engine is now a fully stressed member of the machine.  This allowed for a reduction in weight to 362 pounds.  The cams are no longer driven by belts that need to be changed every couple of years, in their place are modern gears and chains.  Alloy tank so no expansion issues.  This package was a huge step for the Italian brand.

Electronically adjustable suspension was added to an already impressive electronics package.  It was clear that Ducati wanted to showcase their vast catalog of technology.  Often times writers talk about “Slow Bike Fast” or how you can not fully utilize the performance of the top tier bikes on the road.  Well sometimes it is just fun to have the fastest and best thing that money can buy.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Hello, for sale is my pristine Ducati Panigale 1199R. This motorcycle has been owned since brand new by my father and I have owned it for the past 3 years. Although it has 29,800 miles on the odometer it is in excellent cosmetic condition and runs like brand new.

Tremendous attention to detail was invested to make sure the motorcycle was perfectly maintained.

Whoever wins this motorcycle will love this bike! Happy bidding and feel free to send me a message for any questions.

Thanks.

If the past has shown us anything about collecting, we know that the first of a kind is always something special.  The 1199R may have been controversial when new, but the years have shown us that it was the way of the future.  Ducati still continues to refine the platform.  Other little interesting bits are that this was the last R to feature the Termignoni exhaust, latter R models came with an Akrapovic.  This is also the only generation of R Ducati Superbike that gets the semi active electronic suspension as homologation rules changed.

This specific example is rather interesting.  It remains in remarkably standard trim, and while the listing does not offer details on what has been done over the years, it does claim to have always been properly maintained.  What really makes this one stand out is the opportunity it could offer a buyer.  This listing is being used as a straight auction, a refreshing use of eBay.  The reserve price is unknown at this time.  The one thing that will hold this bike back in terms of price is the mileage.  With the better part of 30,000 miles on the clock there will obviously be a reduction in value, the question is how much.  Personally of all the things that could detract from a bikes value, damage, poor service history, mechanical issues, aftermarket changes or something more serious, mileage always stands out as being the least worrisome.  This could be a great buy for something that is looking to score a deal on an epic bike.  If the miles really are a deal breaker for you, there is This Bike.  Two thousand miles, but a $21,500 asking price.

High Horsepower and Mileage: 2014 Ducati Panigale 1199R
Ducati December 9, 2021 posted by William

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748

Update 12.9.2021: Sold in less than a week! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a bike for sale that would benefit from this kind of exposure, contact us for a Featured Listing. -dc

Our friends at Seattle Used Bikes have asked us to feature their beautiful Ducati 748.

It does not take any reader of RSBFS a long time to figure out that all of us are huge fans of the Ducati 748/916.  It is also not hard to figure out why it is one of the few universally adored motorcycle.  They are achingly beautiful, offer amazing performance and produce a wonderful sound.  For many they are dream bikes and something that has been lusted after for many years.

In the words of the Seller:

It seems to be harder and harder to find a good condition older Ducati Superbike. This 2001 Ducati 748 Superbike arrived last week and we have been asked to help find a new home for it. It has had a couple of local owners, most of its services were performed by the former Eastside dealer so no paper trail of service was provided. It started life as a base “E” model, not an “S” model, but has a few of the “S” upgrades like quick disconnect dzus fasteners on the fairing and nicer wheels. We were told it did have timing belts and basic service performed just last year and our guys gave it a good look over and made a few tweaks as well. It has some nice upgrades like the 10 spoke Forged Marchesini wheels and a Termignoni 3/4 exhaust system as well. There are a few other items like the SpeedyMoto open clutch cover and gold EVR pressure plate and springs. Out back we spot a nice carbon rear fender and chain guard, up front there is a smoke wind screen and adjustable brake and clutch levers. This particular 748 was originally sold from Ducati as a Mono seat model, that can be verified from the matching VIN under the seat. These did come with the steel Biposto sub frame so it could converted to a 2 seater if needed. We have our service records, 1 key, PitBull rear stand, Haynes workshop manual and a clean WA title

Ducati has never been shy about marketing and creating desire around their products and for years the focus was on the plethora of special and limited editions.  Over the years many have been so concerned with the R, SPS and Race Replica versions, they have forgotten how good the standard bikes are.

Traditionally if you had asked a collector what the least expensive way to own one of these gorgeous machines they would have advised you to fine a 748 Biposto.  This was due to the perception that it was the least desirable specification.  Think about that last sentence and be honest about how it makes you feel today.  Did it seem wrong? Well it should as clearly we now know all of these Ducati are desirable in some way.  That is rather evident when you see auction results like this $16,000 748 Biposto.

As time has marched on, and the markets move we are forced to accept that more and more people are entering the hobby and every day there are less and less of our beloved 748/916 available on the market.  None of these are simply used bikes any more, they are collectables and purchased with emotions, not spec sheets.  Will be interesting to look back on posts like this in a few years, willing to bet many will be kicking themselves for not picking up a clean example when they had the chance.

This example from Seattle Used Bikes offers a great opportunity to enter an ever rising market at an appealing price point of $7,999.  There are a few choice modifications that should appeal to someone that is going to get this bike out on the road and use it.  The upgraded exhaust will please the ears, and the open clutch cover will make sure everyone hears that unique dry clutch sound.  The images show that this bike is an original Monoposta.  Normally seen in yellow, the red will appeal to someone that values having something slightly different to the norm.

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748