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Cagiva August 23, 2012 posted by

Who Shrunk The 916? 2000 Cagiva Mito 125cc EVO II (CA Title!)

Who Shrunk The 916?  2000 Cagiva Mito 125cc EVO II (CA Title!)

You have to give it to Massimo Tamburini, the man’s designs are classics.  It takes skill to make people appreciate a 125cc bike designed for teenagers.  Yeah, it might not have come from a fresh sheet of paper but it has some sexy lines for any size of bike.  Of course we American’s lust after them like  teenagers because of the stroker factor as well.

The Evo II is differs from the Evo with a 6 speed gearbox (Evo is 7), 6 spoke wheels and solid color lowers and white number plates on the tail.

The seller included a lot of info on the bike so I’m going to let him take it away:

This is an extremely unique motorcycle here in the US.  Designed by legendary Ducati/MV/Husqvarna designer Massimo Tamburini, this little Italian two-stroke single delivers Ducati looks and 125cc GP performance in a complete 7/8-ths sized motorcycle.  This California clear-titled and currently licensed and registered example shows only 4,527 km on the clock (2,813 miles), and only 350 km (217 miles) since a fresh top-end and service was done.  De-restricted and capable of 11,500 RPM, this light and very flickable ride is a true blast in the twisties, and will be one-of-a-kind wherever you go.  These were only imported briefly in 2000, and they are incredibly rare.  The good news is that there are parts all over the world if you need something, as this is a far more common bike in Europe and Australia. Also, many parts on this bike are common to other models that Cagiva produced, again helpful when in search of a part.

The GOOD thing is that this bike is close to stock, including those ‘sponsor’ stickers.  It is about a “9” cosmetically, and about a “9” mechanically. It has brand new tires and a freshly serviced carb and top-end, and comes with a handy box of spares (including an extra cylinder to ready your next top-end job “on the bench”).  There is nothing that NEEDS to be done right this second, turn the key and ride away. Auction includes the bike, the spares including the tool-kit, and the original owner’s manual (not pictured). EVERYTHING WORKS, and nothing leaks.  This bike starts on the first push of the button, warms right up and is ready to ride.  The Michelin Pilot Powers have only 217 miles on them, the carb was completely cleaned with the new top-end, oil injection system works fine, and it is pre-pig tailed with a hidden plug for a standard Battery Tender.  The rear passenger pegs are not currently installed, but are in excellent condition and are included in the sale (see spares photo)

The BAD is that there are a few items that will need attention soon:  A new chain and sprockets will be a good idea for next season maybe, although these have some life left in them.  The brake pads will be up soon, but new sets from GALFER (front and rear) are INCLUDED with my spares (see spares photo).  The bike originally had large “MITO” stickers on the rear number plates, they were ugly anyway, but the prior owner removed them.  New ones could be ordered to get the stock look back easily.

The UGLY is really not that bad:  Previous owner has cut the rear-fender to flush with the tail, and moved the rear signals inside the tail, viewable through the rear-tail vent holes.  To go back to stock, a new stock undertail fender would be needed, as well as the rear-signals, these items can be ordered.  Also, the front R turn signal and front L turn signal don’t exactly match, they are slighlty different, I believe the R side was replaced, but the stock ones are easy to find anyway.  The previous owner let the kickstand wiggle loose, and it looks like it struck the swingarm a few times on the L side.  I immediately tightened the stand and it no longer can make contact, but a small paint repair here would be ideal…I just never bothered with it, please see swingarm photo to see the scratch.  There are only a few chips in the original paint, the chips were filled with matching red but you can still see them from closer than 5 feet away.  It is missing ONE lower fairing rivet, lowest rivet on the R side (see R side photo) you will see is slighlty larger, it is currently just a plastic screw being used as a placeholder.  These are like the metal rivets on the Ducati 916, I am sure they can be ordered, I just didn’t get to it.  There are some small chips on the underside edge of the R rear side of the swingarm, just in front of the rear caliper.  Lastly, I believe this bike may have fallen over on the previous owner.  There is a tiny scuff on the lowest corner of the (right-side mounted) pipe, it is TINY.  There is a tiny scuff on the stock R side bar-end (not currently installed, but included in the spares), and then there is that non-matching R side front signal.  The good news is that there is no damage to the tail or the mirror, so it must not have been more than a tip-over IMO.  I have tried to photograph each of these issues, look carefully at the shots but please understand that overall, this is a beautiful machine with great paint and only a few minor blems.  Besides, if the small scratch in the swingarm gets you down, swing around the back and just look at that California License plate and current registration, that should cheer you up (I didn’t install the month upside down, previous owner did that…)

I have taken very good care of this machine, always garaged, never rain-ridden, and it has not been crashed as far as I can tell…I know I didn’t crash it.  I had designs on doing the few things it still needs to make it absolutely perfect, but I found riding it required none of these things. 

This is a beautiful bike, a blast to ride, and it is hysterically rare in the US, but easy to find parts for…What a dream. 

I’ve never owned one or talked with an owner but I just get a sense you would end up neglecting other bikes if this became part of your collection.  By the way, if it even crossed your mind that some parts might interchange with the 916; forget about it.  There was actually a forum thread discussing that exact topic.

Click it for the auction.


Aprilia August 14, 2012 posted by

Mailbag Tuesday and Feature Listing Price Goes Up Sept. 15th. [RS250 Chesterfield, 998 Bostrom, Muth Katana’s, Raymond Roche, CX500T, Haga RSV1000R, Guzzi Sport 1100, FZ600, Superlight]

Hey guys,

Sorry we’ve been behind on these catch-all entries based on your emails. Between sheer email volume and weekends out and about, it’s been on the back burner. Here are the best of what’s still active.

Also I wanted to alert all you guys who are planning to sell your bikes at the end of the season that our Featured Listing is going to get upgraded in the fall. This means that for a limited time you can still take advantage of the low, low price of $25/mo before it goes up. The price will expire on September 15th. Email me now on how to get started. More details on the new and improved Feature Listings coming soon.

Good luck to all the buyers and sellers out there and keep the emails coming!


Marty was spending a hot evening surfing ads in Europe and came upon this 1987 Cagiva GP C587 ridden by Raymond Roche. Yours for only $104k USD.

A few of you emailed us this Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield for sale in the Bay Area for $7800. Ad states 10k miles and like new. Do some investigation though as it’s missing about half of the factory decals. Possible they were removed cleanly as they were on top of clear coat from the factory. And it does have a plate.

Philip sent us this Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 available on eBay for $7500. These have a strong cult following with people emailing them to us all the time!

Jeremy had another stack of bikes for us to consider in the Bay Area as well, and this Ducati 998 Bostrom stood out to me with less than 1k miles. He’s accepting offers and suggests that $12k isn’t an offer, so bid accordingly!

David emailed us this 2003 RSV1000R factory Haga race replica for $8495 in Minneapolis, which is down from $9250 in just 11 days since I got the email.

Shay on our Facebook page alerted us to a guy in Los Angeles with 4 Suzuki Katana’s for sale and all of them look pretty interesting in different ways.

Brian shot us a note that his 1982 Honda CX500T Turbo is available for $5500 in Los Angeles. Good luck with the sale!

J.D. sent us a note that his 86 Yamaha FZ600 has only 345 miles and is just $4k on Colorado Springs Craigslist. Good luck!

Garrett in Boston emails us the budget bike of the day with his Honda Hurricane for $1500! Looks damn good at that price, good luck with the sale!

And finally Greg just spotted this Ducati Superlight with 7200 miles in Florida on Craigslist. $10.5k seems a bit lofty but I know when I list on CL I expect low balls…


Cagiva August 3, 2012 posted by

Relisted on eBay: Honda RC45, Cagiva Alazurra, Suzuki RG500

Honda RC45 For Sale

The RC45 in Florida is back. Price is down ten grand to $35k. Getting closer…. Original Post.

Cagiva Alazurra for sale

This nearly new Cagiva Alazurra 650 is back. Bidding up to $2,800 with reserve still in place. It only made it up to $4k last time, and didn’t meet the reserve. Our original post on this bike.

Lance Gamma RG500 For Sale

This Gamma is back as well. Looks like the current bid is up to $8,600 and no reserve or reserve already met. I know readers are annoyed that Lance removes the listing before they close, but I’ll bet actual buyers will find a way to make it work. Our original post on this bike.

Cagiva June 30, 2012 posted by

Nearly New: 1987 Cagiva Alazzurra 650

For Sale: Cagiva Alazzurra 650

The Cagiva Alazzurra fits into the category of relatively rare, but does not always fit into the category of well loved. In the day they were as close as you could get to a legally imported, street Ducati. But adoption was low and Cagiva eventually removed the brand from the US shores in favor of Ducati. What we have here is the leftover orphan.

From the seller:
When I bought this Cagiva a year ago, it had never been started and the odometer showed two miles. It had been in a museum, stored in climate-controlled conditions. It had never been titled and was on its original MSO. I thought that it was time to “liberate” it, so I changed the oil and filter,put a new sealed battery in it, changed the timing belts, rebuilt the stuck master cylinders, and replaced the cracked windscreen. She fired right up after her 27 year slumber! I then put 256 highly enjoyable miles on this great bike, following the break-in procedure as set out in the owner’s manual. I did not even change the original Pirelli Phantom tires since there are no cracks showing. I do recommend that you put new tires on it before you do any serious riding. On the minus side, the left petcock leaks in the “on” position, there is a small wrinkled paint area on the fairing where some brake fluid dripped, and one of the ridiculous rear turn signals has broken off (you would be replacing these silly things with shorter stalk versions anyway).

The bike is a joy to ride with a comfortable, humane riding position. The handling is top-notch as you would expect of any Ducati. The engine is torquey, smooth, and has that soul-stirring Ducati sound. The trans and clutch work well, as do the brakes. All in a package that is small and light enough to make it a joy for everyday use. If you do your research, you will find that the Alazzurra was the ultimate development of the Ducati Pantah line, built after the Cagiva takeover of Ducati in 1983. As such it is the most refined and developed Pantah. Most agree that the fit and finish and overall quality was improved. Think about this: buying this bike has all the advantages of having a new un-worn bike, but without the penalty of plummeting depreciation. You can ride it and watch the value go up over the years.

If you don’t expect class leading exclusivity or performance, the Alazzurra is a nice bike. It is not an outstanding model by most counts, but with a decent seating position, a nice L-twin rumble and above average componentry it is still a relevant bike. If you don’t expect it to go – or go up in value – like an RC30 you might find this to be a real jewel.

This auction is going on right now with a fair amount of bidding. I would guess that there are not many “near new” Alazzurra’s left in the country, making this one a pretty interesting find. The current bid is at $3,050, with a reserve still in place. Generally these are $6,500-ish machines in great condition, but I would expect this to place higher than most given the miles. Check it out here and good luck to the bidders and the seller!


Cagiva May 23, 2012 posted by

Classic Duck: 1986 Ducati F1

For Sale: 1986 Ducati F1

Update 5.23.2012: We first saw this Duc in November of last year and it’s be relisted. Last time we saw bidding cross $10k with the reserve still in place. Currently at $5700 reserve not met. Links updated. -dc

From San Francisco, California comes this fantastic Ducati 750 F1 “B” model, with engine internals breathed on by the legendary Fast by Ferracci crew. While this is not a pristine example of the breed, it is in very nice condition and appears to have enjoyed considerable “experience” unknown to many garage queens. For more museum quality F1s, consider these posts HERE and HERE.

The Ducati F1 was as close to a race bike with lights that you could purchase back in the day. Patterned after the TT racers, the F1 was the base model of this stripped down series of bikes. Although the F1 is exclusive in its own right, the Montjuich, Laguna Seca and Santa Monica models were built upon the F1 base and offered more exclusivity and more performance. Still, the F1 was a strong runner for its day, and offered torque, light weight and nimble handling (thanks in part to the 16-inch front wheel).

Today’s bike has a paltry 6,000 KM on the clock – that is approximately 3,700 miles for us metric-challenged US-based riders. This is not terribly high mileage, as this bike is pushing on 25 years of age. That works out to be about 148 miles per year, or about one tankful of gas per annum. That is not much at all.

From the seller:
This is a very nice example of a Ducati F1B “survivor” in original condition. The F1 is the epitome of Ducati’s racing-bred efforts from the company’s early resugence in the 1980s. The F1 is basically a factory-made, low-production racing motorcycle with added lights and turn signals. This one has very low miles.

The F1B was an evolution of the original F1A of the late 1980s- the F1B’s have more engine development including a better combustion chamber and bigger valves that boosted performance. The earlier F1A’s were slightly anemic by comparison as the earlier bikes merely borrowed the 650 Pantah/Alazzurra motor with the same sized valves and merely a larger 88mm bore. The F1B rectified this lower performance with these noted modifications.

The motor in this F1 was built by Ducati experts Fast by Ferracci. It uses quick- responding flat slide 38mm Keihin carbs, NCR #7 cams, and significant head work to squeeze the most from the high performance cams. The bike runs very well ….especially above 5000 rpm- It’ll definitely straighten your arms, and it’s noticeably quicker than a stock F1!

On top of the built motor, this F1 is outfitted with some very nice period racing equipment. A Silentium 2-into-1 racing exhaust system, a vented clutch cover, twin 280 mm full floating Brembo rotors. Menani front brake adapters with 3034 Brembo 4 piston brakes. Forks are 40mm Forcella Italias, the best period forks available. Tires are in good shape- approximately 60% left. The motor was recently serviced with fresh oil, a valve adjust and new belts. You can jump on and ride it home if you so desire.

The paint, particularly on the fairing panels and tail section, is in very good condition with nice patina developing. I would conservatively rate the cosmetic condition as a 6.5 out of 10, well above average. There are paint dings on the frame in the area near the rear wheel, from thrown gravel and road debris. Other paint dings are shown in the photos.

Like many F1’s , this bike has some racing history. I was told that this bike was raced, when new, by an editor of an automotive magazine ( “Road and Track” is what I was told) Its racing number was #88.

F1’s are rapidly appreciating, period superbikes. With the recent interest in and support for these fine machines at Ducstock and the TT2 symposium, prices will continue to rise.

Check out the multiple photos, and video of this fine example of a great running F1B. This would be a great daily driver, cafe racer, weekend canyon carver, or Sunday morning coffee- getter. It would be equally at home on display in your garage, office, or living room. Very few bikes draw as much attention or sheer awe as the F1.

The odometer reads in kilometers, so this has 6000km, not miles.

I added the VIN number to the bike’s description per your requests. PLEASE note that the bike is a 1986 model, not a 1988.

The eBay auction lists this bike as a 1988, but the VIN checks out as a 1986. The seller has made a correction in his text which seem to indicate a simple mistake. The F1 was introduced in 1985 and ran through 1988, so this bike certainly looks to be legit. However as well caution all of our RSBFS readers: if are interested in a particular bike, do your homework and ask lots of quetions. In this particular case, I would love to know more about the racing history of this particular bike as I find vintage racers quite interesting.

The value of the 750 F1 series has been pretty solid in the $9,000 – $12,000 range as of late. Perfect bikes with no miles will go for higher (between $13k and $15k according to history) , and well used models a little less. We have seen some bikes listed for as high as $25k, but thus far I have no knowledge of one selling at that stratospherical price. This bike is up to $10,000 relatively quickly, and the reserve is still in place. The modifications and racing history may make up for the lack of “perfection” that some collectors desire. For me, this is *exactly* what I would hope to collect, as it is a bike that has been used and can be ridden. For your chance at this California beauty, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Cagiva April 7, 2012 posted by

Italian Two Stroke -’86 Cagiva Aletta Oro S2 125

Update 4.7.2012: Originally listed in September 2011, I believe this to be the same bike that is currently listed on eBay. Very close mileage and still in New Hampshire. Looks like the original windshield has been refitted. Links updated. -dc

Location: Chichester, New Hampshire

Mileage: 1,319

Price: Auction with reserve

Want a super cool two-stroke that you don’t see everyday? Well, I have it for you. Here is a Cagiva Aletta Oro S2 125 two stroke. We all know that two strokes are not common in the U.S. market and certainly Cagiva’s are not common either. So here’s an opportunity to have what I’m guessing would be a really fun bike to ride or something to fill a hole in your collection. Or both.

The single cylinder 125 cc pumps out a not so staggering 23 hp at 9,100 rpm. So this is clearly not a speed demon. But it’s also a lightweight 271 lbs. So it could be a blast for grabbing some corners.

Here’s some more pics (with many more in the auction)-

Here’s the breakdown from the seller-


The seller highlights the bike needs work and that there has also been some modification, the cut down windshield being notable. The seller also notes that these parts may be found on Ebay. The other thing significant thing is the fact that it comes only with a bill of sale. The bike is not currently titled, so that may present some problems.

All that being said, the mileage is low and this is still a unique machine that could be an awesome addition to any garage and a blast on curvy roads. Or you can just freak out other sportbike people. Not many of these around, so if you want to take a shot at this one, make the jump!


Cagiva March 7, 2012 posted by

A Ducati by any other name…. 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra

For Sale: 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra

If elements of this Cagiva Alazzurra look familiar, they should. Until the late 1980s the Cagiva brand name (and elephant logo) were the face of Ducati in the United States. Yes, we all knew about the Ducati brand before then, but with Ducati-sourced engines, the only officially imported brand in the US was Cagiva. Thus, this Alazzurra contains a Pantah-based L-twin rubber-band motor, the same as the Ducati 2-valve, air cooled twins of the era. The componentry was likewise Ducati spec (Marzocchi, Brembo, etc), and the Alazzurra was known as a sweet handling bike in the day.

By 1985 Cagiva had acquired Ducati and dropped the Cagiva name from the U.S. lineup. While Cagiva continued to be a European brand to be reckoned with (including competiting in several seasons of 500 GP road racing with the likes of Randy Mamola and Eddie Lawson), Ducati was the only way forward for the brand abroad. That makes this little Alazzurra a reasonably rare and significant motorcycle.

From the seller:
This auction is for a 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra with 26173 miles. To my knowledge only 300 were built. This bike looks very good and runs and drives good. It is all original. The paint has almost no scratches. The tank is clean and has no dents. The front fender had been repaired. The tires are fair and everything works on this bike, including the clock! The tranny works fine and the engine sounds and feels healthy. The battery is brand new as well. It’s not leaking, not smoking and doesn’t make any noises! The tool kit is included! It might need a minor tune up, but you see me riding it!

If you collect bikes and this isn’t in your collection, you should get this one!

Here is a video of the actual bike in action:

This bike looks to be in fair shape given the years and the miles. These tend not to be uber-collectable, pricey machines – which makes this a nice opportunity for a unique bike you can actually ride. The bike has a look all its own, and that familiar 90 degree Ducati sound. It even comes in the standard Italian color: red.

This auction is going on right now, and the cost of entry is a paltry $3,500. There has not been much interest in this bike as of yet, but I don’t expect that to last. The starting price is a bit higher than I might like to see, but it is certainly in line with the value of the bike. For more information and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on RSBFS!


Cagiva September 13, 2011 posted by

Simple 2 valve twin – 1987 Cagiva SS650

OK so I am sure some of you are wondering why this is up as a rare sports bike well it was priced under the era when Cagiva owned Ducati and this used the 650 Ducati engine. In fact only 500 of these bikes ever made it to the US..  It was from a time when Ducati was in transition having had huge financial problem and been saved by the Cagiva purchase.  The Pantah engine which is used here was getting tired and not long after these venture Cagiva went back to using the Ducati name and the company introduced the 851.  The reset as they say its history.  However this part of the Ducati heritage should not be overlooked.  The parts used were high quality and you have to love the Silentium exhausts which were anything but!

650cc…..5 speed…..Brembo brakes…..

On the block:1987 Ducati/Cagiva Aluzzurra SS 650……..Made by Ducati for the parent company Cagiva.Ducati engine,Ducati frame,Ducati decals,etc……..

In 1985 Ducati was purchased by the Castiglioni brothers (Cagiva),which was already the largest manufacturer in Italy(mainly small street bikes and mopeds),with the intention of entering into the sport bike market.The Aluzzurra SS650 was an upgrade of the defunct Pantah.

“Gone are the swoopy paint, flashy lines and radical seating position of the Pantah,” Rider said in its March 1985 review. “Instead, the Alazzurra has been designed to appeal to a far broader spectrum of riders … Whereas the Pantah was an outrageous Italian flashbike, a mini machomobile, the Alazzurra is a sensuous rolling sculpture of tasteful and graceful proportions.”

Thankfully Cagiva realized the importance of the Ducati name,and restored the mark in 1987 with only the Elephant retaining the Cagiva name.

When I got this bike it hadn`t been riden much. The spark plugs were old,and the carbs were dirty,and not adjusted properly. I took it to my mechanic who removed/cleaned/adjusted both Dellorto carbs. Installed new NGK plugs,and a new battery. Charging system works excellent.

I drove it about 40 miles.The more I drove it the better it ran.Fast and nimble.Trans/clutch are like they should be.Lots of fun for a cheap price!

Note:Sold as-is.This is a 25 yr old bike so expect wear. Look at all the BIG pictures. I`m sure I missed a ding-scratch-crack-blem or whatever so ask questions. Will need tires soon.Good tread but old. Smokes SOMETIMES when first started. The more I drive it the less it happens. No extra parts. There are e-bay listing for lots of Cagiva parts.

The eBay action is here.

This might just be a cracking bargain for someone with it no doubt going for a small sum.