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Bimota December 22, 2022 posted by William

World Cup Keepsake: 2006 Bimota DB6

Seems to be raining Bimota here at RSBFS these days!  This particular bike has some history here.  It was posted about in 202 and as far back as 2014.  It is no secret that we, as well as many in the exotic motorcycle community are huge fans of all things Bimota.  Some regular readers and a couple of posters are fortunate enough to even own some.  Much as been written about how wonderful the mix of light weight components, top tier suspension is in a street bike so no need to repeat any of that.

The DB6 is unique even in the world of Bimota.  While there is no way overlook the beautiful fit and finish and epic use of materials.  What really stands out is how useable a package this represents.  Some claim that if a person was to only have one motorcycle, it should be a Ducati Monster due to the relaxed ergonomics, great sound and solid performance.  It is an entirely reasonable choice.  But if someone was really looking to kick things up a notch, the answer would be a Bimota DB6.  To think of it as a Ducati Monster on steroids would be slightly missing the point.  Better to think of it as taking the best of the Ducati, and making every other detail just a little bit better.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzurro….#4 of 23 in the world. Very Limited edition with awesome torquey 1000DS engine.

THIS IS ON DISPLAY AT MOTO JAVA IN SF….YOU CAN STOP BY OR CALL THEM TO INSPECT IT!!!!

Extras:

Zard slip-on carbon fiber mufflers

Rizoma mirrors

Rizoma brake and clutch reservoir mounts

Brembo RCS radial brake & clutch cylinders

New battery and trickle charger

Excellent condition. It has 13,371 km, equal to 8,222 miles.  LOCAL PICKUP AND CASH in person Preferred- DO NOT use ebay checkout for this item. . The DB is located in the SF Bay area….I can transport it to Los Angeles inexpensively. 

The example today has a Buy It Now price of $13,999.  Sure there are some used 1000/1100cc air cooled Monsters on the market for about half that sum, but the premium is well worth it if you value the rarity, materials and amazing history of Bimota.   If you were to only have one motorcycle, what else would you spend $14k on that offered this level of exotic in an easy to live with and service package?

World Cup Keepsake:  2006 Bimota DB6
Bimota December 14, 2022 posted by William

For Someone That Has Everything: 2008 Bimota DB7S Moto Corse

When Ducati launched the 1098 it took what a V-Twin superbike could be to a new level.  Much more powerful than the 999 that came before.  Faster and lighter pushed the performance dial beyond what many thought was possible.  The Bimota DB7 takes a money no object approach to further increase the performance envelope.  Powered by a slightly tuned Ducati 1098 engine the $40,000+ Bimota used the best of the best of suspension and materials.  When looking at the spec sheets the Bimota is 6 pounds less than the Ducati, but most publications shows that Ducati was rather optimistic on their curb weights at the time.

This bike appears to have some rather interesting Moto Corse additions that are not fully described in the listing.  More billet than even the OEM Bimota would have had, upgraded exhaust, race spec masters and a slipper clutch poking out from behind the OEM vented cover.  Hard to tell in the pictures provided, but there is a chance those front calipers are upgraded performance units as well.  Moto Corse has a long tradition of tuning and and enhancing Ducati and even Bimota.  These parts are not for the faint of wallet when new.

From The Seller’s Listing:

Vehicle information
[Manufacturer] BIMOTA
[Car name] DB7S
[First year] 2008
[Vehicle inspection]
Expired [Vehicle number] ZESDB07
[Mileage] 25,060km
[Custom] Refer to image
・Moto Corse intermediate pipe
・Back torque limiter
・Moto Corse fluid Reservoir, Brembo master
many dry carbons
cylinder head O/H at 21000km
suspension FR both O/H
normal muffler

The example today is located in Japan, and while that might be an issue for some buyers it is worth exploring.  These bikes do not come to market very often, even less so with all those amazing Moto Corse parts.  Listing states that 346 were built, and that number sounds reasonable.  Book keeping was never a priority for Bimota, so real production data is often hard to come by.  One of the most strikingly rare things about this bike is the mileage.  It is not super low.  All too often these bikes were put on display or made part of a large collection and not given the chance to be used.  25,000KM is something to be proud of.  If all of those miles were done in Japan this bike must have some epic stories to tell.  If the location is a deal breaker because of your market, but you still want want to lust after a DB7 there is a way to indulge.  Hang a used fairing on your garage wall as an asperation.

 

For Someone That Has Everything:  2008 Bimota DB7S Moto Corse
Honda December 13, 2022 posted by William

Stocking Stuffer: 2004 Honda NSR50R

For many a factory race bike is the end all, be all of the motorcycle world.  It represents the pinnacle of what is possible.  The OEM has a budget that few can fathom and when they pour R&D money into a platform some amazing things can happen.  Rarely sold directly to the public these rare machines are coveted by collectors and racers alike.  Sure you can modify a street going bike into a racer and develop it over time.  But taking the short cut and starting with a purpose built race bike yields many dividends.

As with anything there is a spectrum to consider.  When talking factory race bikes people understandably go right to the top tiers and think MotoGP bikes.  While those do come to market from time to time, they demand eye watering price tags and require a team of people to attempt to use them in anger.  For the NSR50R one has to think about as far down the food chain as possible.  All the way down to a 50cc pocket bike.  Sure that might not sound like much and some haters at the local pub will claim it is a scooter.  But what they fail to see is that this offers the first of many steps up the ladder of greatness.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This 2004 Honda NSR50R is equipped with a liquid-cooled 49cc two-stroke single paired with a six-speed transmission and is finished in white with a black number plate on the front fairing. Equipment includes a twin-spar aluminum frame, full-fairing bodywork, a telescopic front fork, an adjustable monoshock, 12″ alloy wheels, and disc brakes.No title. Message for any questions or concerns.

If one is in the market for a small displacement track bike like the NSR50R it is actually not that hard to find a brand new example like the one here today.   Many were bought with the intention of use, but sadly not all of these dreams came true.  Some were also purchased to be stashed away in collections, or on display in man caves.  It is always impressive to be the owner of a factory built race bike.  Anyone in the know will tell you that these bikes are weapons on go kart tracks.  Offering a very cost effective way for riders of any skill level to hone skills.  You need not be a child to get anything out of this bike.

Stocking Stuffer:  2004 Honda NSR50R
Ducati November 19, 2022 posted by William

End Of An Era: 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299 R

The swan song for the V twin powered Ducati superbikes was the 1299.  There were R version, Superleggera versions and one that combined the best of both and was aptly named the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.  While that may be a mouthful of a name, this bike packed a serious punch.  If one was to guess what the design brief with the engineers revolved around, it probably could be distilled down to one word.  Raw.

Over 210 horsepower, under 370 pounds.  Dripping with the best of the best in terms of suspension and brakes, this was not just a sticker package and a marketing campaign to say goodbye to the V Twin.  This was the most refined, the most developed version of a bike that Ducati had spent decades perfecting.

The full Ti exhaust is sure to sound amazing.  The power and handling of the Panigale are well respected.  This would be equally at home on a race track, empty back road or on display with other beautiful sport bikes.  The ownership experience should be rather nice.  New enough to have solid support from the dealer network, but old enough to not be subject to depreciation.  The other nice thing of about bikes this age is they are slowly becoming the choice of collectors and enthusiasts.  They are not the next new thing to just be showing off with.  Memphis Raines once famously eluded to the fact that once you are viewed as a connoisseur, Champagne would fall from the heavens. Doors would open. Velvet ropes would part.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299 R Final Edition.
Original owner
3415 miles
Full titanium akrapovic race exhaust
New tires
Gorgeous bike!

The $36,000 Buy It Now price is likely going to be hit on this low mileage example.  While that is objectively a lot of money, there is no chance that this bike will not be on the short list of collectors must haves for many years to come.  The listing does not make mention of all of the little add ons that have been added since new.  It looks like the owner hit this bike fairly hard with the upgrade catalog.  Lots of billet and carbon extras.  Right now as just a used motorcycle these might be appealing, but the next owner would be wise to see if the seller has retained the OEM components.  If now the next best option would be to casually search eBay for the correct parts to have on hand for when this becomes a blue chip collectable.

 

End Of An Era:  2018 Ducati Panigale 1299 R
Suzuki October 30, 2022 posted by William

Featured Listing – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Looks like the buy-it-now on eBay was used to purchase this one quickly! Be sure to check out Bob’s other Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati MH900e!

In the social world it may be cool to be fashionably late to a party, but in the high stakes game of sport bikes being first is key.  It allows you to define the field, cement bragging rights for marketing purposes a keep everyone else playing catchup.  Suzuki’s GSX-R1100 was, and has remained the definitive sport bike of the mid 80s.  One would struggle to find anyone that was around sport bikes in the 80s that did not lust after the oil cooled four cylinder monster.  Even today if you bring up the GSXR you will be sure to hear some amazing stories about how much of a game changer the bike was when new.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

It is not hard to see why these were an instant hit.  The market was ripe for a break out star.  At the time Suzuki was enjoying success with the Katana.  While the Katana was fast and desirable, the GSX-R was the better part of 100 pounds lighter, and made more power.  Some that only looked at power numbers might have been disappointed, but none that rode it shared that opinion.  Shorter wheelbase, better brakes, suspension and wind protection meant the GSX-R was a serious performance machine.

As with any machine with such a large performance envelop few remain in good condition long term.  Some are raced and live hard lives.  Many are modified.  The GSXR might go down in history as the most modified motorcycle ever.  From track riders, club racers, drag racers and people just looking for a blank canvas to express themselves, the GSXR has been loved by all.  The example today has not suffered any of those fates.  Not shocking because this beautiful bike shows just over 1500 original miles.  Bodywork shines wonderfully and this would surely be a great addition to any collection or enthusiast garage.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

COMING OUT OF MY PERSONAL COLLECTION GLOBEMOTORCYCLES.COM OF OVER 150 VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES 🙂 GLOBE MOTORCYCLES

THIS IS AN AWARD WINNING, ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION 1986 SUZUKI GSX-R 1100 WITH ONLY 1500 ORIGINAL DOCUMENTED MILES!!

THE BIKE: 
MY ALMOST FLAWLESS GSX-R 1100 COMES WITH EXTRAS:

THE ORIGINAL FACTORY ORIGINAL 4 INTO ONE EXHAUST, FACTORY ORIGINAL WINDSCREEN, FACTORY ORIGINAL FLAWLESS SOLO SEAT COVER (IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND A PERFECT ONE), AND THE FACTORY ORIGINAL CARBURETOR JETS/PARTS.

THE ENGINE:
THE ENGINE IS ALL ORIGINAL AND HAS NEVER BEEN REMOVED FROM THE FRAME. SHE IS SET UP WITH A PERIOD CORRECT VANCE & HINES 4 INTO ONE EXHAUST. I WILL HAVE MY BOYS RESTORE THE EXHAUST TO ITS ORIGINAL BLACK HIGH HEAT COATING AND POLISH THE ALUMINUM CANISTER BEFORE SHE LEAVES MY SHOP. A DYNO JET STAGE 3 JET KIT IS INSTALLED ON FRESH ULTRA SONICALLY CLEANED AND OVERHAULED CARBURETORS, K&N POD FILTERS.

THE FRAME:
THE FRAME HAS ALL THE ORIGINAL LABLES AND HAS NOT BEEN TAMPERED WITH AT ALL. ORIGINAL CHAIN AND SPROCKETS, CHAIN GUARD, TURN SIGNALS AND MIRRORS, GRIPS, ECT. LOCKHART BRAKE LINES AND SMOKED WINDSHIELD ARE INSTALLED. NEW METZLER Z6 RADIALS MOUNTED AND BALANCED

THIS BIKE HAS BEEN IN THE CLIMATE CONTROLLED CARE OF 2 COLLECTORS SINCE NEW. HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A HUGE PART OF MOTORCYCLING HISTORY IN THE HARD TO FIND RED WHITE AND BLUE COLORS.

Strong bidding right out of the gate mean that the $14,000 BIN might be clicked at any moment.  If one has ever looked for a clean, low mileage and largely stock early GSX-R they know how hard that search can be.  Here we have a first, and in some people’s opinion the most desirable year, in great condition.  The listing states to have the OEM parts to revert the few departures from original shown in the images.  This is particularly nice because the next owner can choose to keep the bike as is and show it as period correct and fantastic sound from the Vance and Hines pipe or to go back to 100% factory.

Featured Listing – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Honda October 24, 2022 posted by William

Wrongfully Imprisoned: 2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

Honda knows how to build a motorcycle.  They have been doing it for decades, and the CBR line is the stuff of legend at this point.  Always renowned for excellent road manors and approachable performance, the CBR line has offered plenty of choices for buyers over the years.  What Honda does not always know how to do is market a new version of a new bike.  Case in point is the 2014 CBR1000RR SP.  If you are asking yourself what the SP version is, you are not alone.

In the same vain as an R Ducati, the SP was designed as a type of homologation version of the standard CBR1000RR.  Lighter wheels, more powerful brakes, Ohlins suspension, and a few other trick bits were added to the SP.  These parts really are  bargain at just $2700 over the standard bike.  Honda took great care in developing the bike.  The engines were hand blueprinted and make the better part of 180 horsepower.  Full production numbers were never officially released, but most rumors put the numbers in the mid hundreds for the world.

Today’s example has never been started or used.  It is perfectly preserved.  Seems like only yesterday this was a brand new offering from Honda, but in reality it is about to become a teenager.  Strange to think that something of this era is on the cusp of becoming collectable.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

The new limited-production SP isn’t an exotic like the RC30 or RC45, it’s special in its own right, with a hand-balanced engine, top-level Ohlins suspension, and Brembo brakes. It was the basis for Honda superbikes worldwide and this street bike is among the finest on the road. Everything about the SP’s is just a bit more refined feeling. This example has spent the last few years in The Throttlestop Motorcycle Museum after we uncrated it. It’s never been fuel up or started. It’s like the wrapper was just pulled off, it simple outstanding in every way. This is one of the best-looking modern Superbikes around and this special and limited production SP takes the cake.

This is an interesting listing for a few reasons beyond it being for an amazing motorcycle.  The market over the past couple of years has been insane to watch, and recently started making wild moves again.  Some bikes are still selling for huge money, and others have struggled to find new homes.  If there is one constant, it is change.  Zero mile examples of top tier specs have always been in demand.  These are often unlikely bikes to have been tucked away due to the fact they were incredible machines to ride and use.  While the SP is no doubt a great machine out on the road, the sales were a total flop.  Many bikes languished on dealer floors for years.  Partly due $16,999 MSRP and partly to do with the appallingly bad marketing by Honda.  Buyers simply did not know the bike existed when new.  Does all that translate to a 13 year old bike selling for more than MSRP when new?  Personally I think not as there are surely others out there to choose from.  Maybe it is less of an argument about paying too much, but rather buying too early.  As more and more people start to understand what a great bike there are, demand will finally rise and so will prices.

Wrongfully Imprisoned:  2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP
Honda October 13, 2022 posted by William

Closer Look Needed: 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP2

For decades the CBR line from Honda has been offering incredible performance packaged into a useable platform.  Long have reviewers talked about comfort, solid street manors and how approachable the performance envelop is.  The SP name plate was first used for the 2014 model year.  This version had a number of upgrades over the standard CBR1000RR.  Lighter wheels, Brembo calipers and Ohlins suspension were among these changes.  Normally this kind of specification is reserved for uber expensive Italian offerings.  While not exactly a bargain basement offering, the Honda did represent a great value in the market when new.

The MSRP of $25,000 got you more than just the fancy suspension and brakes.  It got some really interesting little details like a titanium fuel tank, oversized valves and over a 30 pound weight reduction when compared to the pervious version.  Without getting extremely nerdy, the valves and details in the cylinder head were really special.  Honda when the extra mile with this homologation bike and designed a head that would work on the street, but would allow race teams to aggressively port and polish the head to extract maximum horsepower.  It is very cool to have such focus on race team changes on a street bike.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

If you know bikes, you know what this is. A unique SC77 Honda SP2 Fireblade. Only 500 ever made, out of which 100 was raced and no longer in circulation. Worldwide only 400 in existence. In the US we have 65 of these still in existence.

I have tastefully modified this bike with a KC2 Stage 3 Race tune with the quick throttle option. Calibrated for 190/55.

Racing Stacks, Yoshimura Alpha 1 Exhaust, ASV Levers, Piug windshield, Axle sliders and a bunch more mods. Too many name. ECU has a lifetime support and warranty.

There is no question that a closer look is needed before pulling the trigger to purchase the bike.  There is odd damage to one of the turn signals and a couple of worrying scratches.  Perhaps it is just a poor presentation of an amazing bike.  The SP2 was not something that was casually purchased when new.  These were not well marketed, offered in limited numbers and commanded a premium price over even the already pricy SP.  Many of these bikes have been used as intended and that should not in itself scare away buyers.

Closer Look Needed:  2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP2
Ducati October 12, 2022 posted by William

End Of The Line: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore

In the early 90s Ducati stunned the motorcycle community with the launch of the Monster.  The combination of sporty frame and simple engine was an instant hit.  It became to define the naked segment for years.  Latter in the production run Ducati added the four valve, liquid cooled superbike powerplant to the mix and kicked off the idea of the super naked bike.  When talking about the original silhouette the S4RS was the pinnacle of specifications.

130 horsepower was plenty to motivate the 390 pounds of machine.  Radially mounted Brembo calipers ensured the bike would stop as well as it could.  Light weight wheels were controlled by Ohlins superbike suspension.  If one was just to read the technical details they might be confused into thinking they were reading about a full fledged homologation race bike, and not an upright two seat naked bike.

These S4RS came with a plate representing the limited production of the model.  The Internet has debated if that is 400 bikes for the USA, the world, or if it was more of a marketing stunt by the Italian manufacture.  Either way the numbered edition is really just icing on what is unquestionably a desirable cake.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore. Only 400 of these were made…250 US models and 150 Euro models. This one is #224 with only 6350 miles.
Has some aftermarket parts but pretty much stock.
*Upgraded Rotors
*Ohlins Frame mounted Damper
*CRG Levers
*CNC handlebar Rear Mirrors
*Gel Grips
*Zero Gravity Windscreen
*Cox Radiator Screen
*CNC Clutch Cover
*Billet Pressure Plate and new Springs
*Frame Sliders
Tires have less than 400 miles on them.

As of writing the opening bid of $6500 has not been made, but surely there will be interested parties.  At the end of the day this is as good as it got for the early Monsters.  Largest and most powerful engine, best suspension specs and all wrapped up in the most desirable color combination.  These will no doubt continue to be sought after bikes, and the most money will be with 100% units.  This has some typical and period correct modifications, but nothing that the next owner can not easily correct should they choose.  There is no mention of the last belt service, and new owners should budget a couple of hundred bucks for this if it has not been done.  Pictures show the proper manuals as well as the infamous red key are included.

End Of The Line:  2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore