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Ducati March 18, 2019 posted by

Sponsored Listing – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore

Ducati returned to a more classic superbike look after the 999, and though some fans fault the almost cat-eyed look of the 1098, across the board improvements make it unfair to compare to a venerable 996 or even 998.  This Tricolore special  edition is in super-nice shape and offered by RSBFS sponsor Iconic Motorbikes in Marina Del Ray.

2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore from Iconic Motorbikes

An in-house design can sometimes become a formation of compromises, but as sketched by Giandrea Fabbro, the 1098 makes a bold statement and recalls its origins.  Likewise in the engine room, the 1098cc L-twin is a testastretta, but with EVO upgrades, it pulls 90 ft.-lbs. from 8,000 rpm on the way to 160 hp at just under 10,000.  Unsprung weight is kept down by forged Marchesini alloys and Brembo monobloc calipers, which have great feel even under heavy braking.

Fully adjustable Öhlins are found in the front 43mm forks, center with the TTXR monoshock, and at the steering damper, their trademark yellow complementing the Tricolore's gold frame and accents.  Special edition red, white and green is accented by gold highlights and a carbon mudguard and mufflers.  All 1098's were equipped with a full-function digital dash, with an optional data recording interface.

This Tricolore is owned by an Iconic Motorbikes customer, who has put under 5,000 miles on his 1098S.  Except for a few millimeter-sized paint chips, there is no apparent damage or wear.  A lightweight exhaust and tuned ECU have been added, increasing power and decreasing weight.  Asking price is $14,300.  Comments from Iconic's website:

Our particular model has a mere 4989 miles, fresh fluid change, and brand new Dunlop rubber. Both keys, the code card, and passenger footpegs and seat are included. Has a couple very tiny chips in the lower belly on the right side as you can see pointed out in the photo and the tank has some ever so slight expansion which has it rubbing against the mount of the steering damper from the Ethanol but with proper care, it will not expand any more. Other then that, the bike is in excellent shape and stunning in person.

The 1098 took many leaps forward in the cooling and electrical systems, and addressed criticisms of the styling and canister exhaust.  Handling and power were over the top for road use, testament being WSBK championships in 2008 and 2011.  Though it quickly gave way to the 1198, those changes were minor and the 1098 model remains a significant milepost for the brand.  Please address questions and offers to Adam at Iconic Motorbikes via - email - or phone (424) 228-4148.

Sponsored Listing – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore
Ducati March 13, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati 1098S for Sale

Update 3.13.2019: Price dropped $5k to $20k buy-it-now. Good luck to buyers and seller! Links updated. -dc

Made for just a couple years between 2007 and 2009, the Ducati 1098 was a more conservative approach to their top-flight superbike after the radically-styled 999 threatened to upset Ducati's apple cart. It's almost like the bikes were released out of order, and that the 1098 should have been the direct successor Tamburini's 916, as it had the same slab-sided bodywork, undertail exhaust, single-sided swingarm, and side-by-side headlights. Today's Featured Listing 1098S is typical of many Ducatis, in that it's been lovingly maintained, has low miles, and has had an entire catalog of aftermarket parts thrown at it.

So the 1098 was introduced to reinvigorate Ducati's superbike fortunes and the bike indeed proved very popular and sold well, so why was the bike only made between 2007 and 2009? Well rules changes in WSBK conveniently allowed an increase in displacement to 1200cc and the 1098 was quickly succeeded by the 1198 that displaced... 1198cc. In the early days of World Superbike, v-twins got a decent displacement advantage that kept them approximately equal to the inline fours that had 25% less displacement. But with the inline fours allowed a full 1000cc for the 2007 season, Ducati had to work hard to stay competitive, and there was a noticeable jump in power between the 999 and the 1098, from 138 to 160hp, with the new bike punching out a stout 90 lb-ft of torque.

Ergonomics took a bit of a backward step from the surprisingly user-friendly 999's adjustable seat and pegs, but you do have to suffer for art... This example, as stated earlier, has had a raft of aftermarket parts thrown at it, most notably a set of full carbon-fiber bodywork, including the tank. That's not a wrap, it's actual carbon fiber, thoughtfully lined to prevent damage from modern gas that seems to particularly plague Ducatis of this era. The entire, detailed list can be seen at the end of the seller's listing.

From the Seller: 2008 Ducati 1098S for Sale

Gentlemen's Express: DUCATI 1098S Full Carbon, Low Miles, Perfect Condition!

My Ducati 1098S Show bike is available for sale. It has been a prized part of my collection, but it’s time to move on to a new platform. This bike is exceptional in every way.  Stunning full carbon body and tank, Galfer Superbike Racing Brakes, Driven Racing Quick Change Sprockets, and much, much more!

The modifications to this bike were targeted in three areas; weight reduction, aesthetics and performance.

This bike draws a crowd everywhere it goes.  Extremely well cared for with full maintenance performed every winter. An impeccable machine with outstanding performance. It’s what all sports bikes should be, and given the extreme weight reduction it went through it still competes with today’s current sports bikes! There was a liberal use of titanium bolts (caliper bolts, rotor bolts, fender bolts etc., and the entire rear racing drive is all aluminum. The bike sits on two new brand new Michelin Pilot Tires and has the Ducati Racing ECU.

With less than 7800 miles, its just broken in. Everything works as it should, you will not be disappointed adding this to your collection or as a rider! This bike was over $35,000 to build (pretax), and comes complete with a Bursig Paddock Stand! All maintenance was just completed (as was done every winter) and is shown below along with the build list.  No rock chips, dings dents or scratches. It also has two Tec mounts – one for radar and one for a cell phone. Currently set up for an Escort 360 Radar unit and Smart Phone Blue Tooth Interface. The radar unit is not included. 

This bike has always been adult ridden, never wheelied (but it wants to), never down, has never seen rain never been raced or tracked.

Anyone that knows this generation of Ducati knows how beautifully the body flows. The exhausts sound awesome as does the open dry clutch. And the braking system is literally being used on superbikes across the country today.

The bike is available for inspection and pick up in East Texas (Tyler) or pickup at our performance shop in Dallas. We will also help prepare the bike for your shipper at your expense. We can recommend a great one we use for domestic white glove shipping, door to door.

Please note an immediate deposit of $500 is due upon purchase with full payment made within 5 business days. 

Serious parties only, please. If you want to discuss the bike, or arrange a viewing, send me a note with your phone number and name and I will contact you that day or feel free to call at (214) 585-3354. 

Thank you for looking, and happy eBaying! 

1098S Maintenance Completed Includes:

  • New Timing Belts $104.64
  • Changed Oil & Filter $42.00
  • Changed Filter $19.95
  • Changed Front Fork Seals $86.53
  • Changed Front Fork Oil $32.00
  • Changed Air Filter $58.99
  • Changed Coolant $28.00
  • New Front and Rear Tires $462.00
  • Replaced Rear Axle Hub with NOS $700.00
  • Changed Brake Fluid [Front and Rear] $24.00
  • Check Steering Head Bearings $0.00
  • Check Swingarm Bearings $0.00
  • Check Wheel Bearings $0.00
  • New Shift Return Springs $39.00
  • New Lightweight Battery $119.00
  • Fresh Dry Clutch Plates and Springs $368.00
  • Valve Stems $38.00
  • Shop Labor $821.00
  • Total $2,943.11

Upgrades Include:

  • New Galfer Superbike Rotors [Front] $812.00
  • New Galfer Superbike Rotor [Rear] $119.00
  • New Ferodo Carbon Ceramic Pads [Front and Rear] $211.00
  • Replaced Brake Lines with New Spiegler Thin-Wall Stainless $174.95
  • New Full Carbon Fiber Upper Cowl $599.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Side Panels $618.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Lower Cowl $299.00
  • New Carbon Fiber V Panel $111.00
  • Carbon Fiber Chain Guard $119.00
  • Carbon Fiber Rear Fender $106.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Solo Seat $439.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Rear Draft Panel $132.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Front Draft Panel $89.00
  • Carbon/Kevlar Fuel Tank $2,600.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Side Panels $185.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Heat Shields $85.00
  • Caswell Tank Seal to Protect Tank From Ethanol $54.99
  • New Puig Smoked Windscreen $92.50
  • New Puig Aluminum Screen Bolts $22.00
  • Full Dzus Quick-Release Body Fasteners $105.00
  • Puig 2.0 Short/Folding/Adjustable Control Levers $237.00
  • Rizoma Superbike Grips $112.00
  • Rizoma Frame Plugs $69.00
  • Ducabike Folding/Fully Adjustable Rearsets $580.00
  • Carbon Fiber Shift Rod $58.00
  • CNC Racing Carbon Fiber Racing Gas Cap $218.00
  • Ducati Corsa/Race ECU Flash $500.00
  • Termignoni Carbon Fiber Exhaust $854.00
  • Saddlemen Gel Seat $209.00
  • Ducabike Hydraulic Reservoir Covers $86.00
  • 520 GP Chain $189.00
  • New Driven Racing Quick Change Sprocket Carrier $219.00
  • New Driven Racing Rear Sprocket $89.00
  • New Rental Front Sprocket $54.00
  • Changed Gearing to 17/39 $0.00
  • New Aluminum Flange Race Cover $119.00
  • Chain Case Saver $39.00
  • Carbon Sprocket Cover $86.00
  • Black Billet Clutch Cover $129.00
  • Sprocket and Carrier Aluminum Nuts $98.00
  • Aluminum Front Axle Nut $36.00
  • Rear Aluminum Axle Nuts $89.00
  • Aluminum Flange Cone $64.00
  • ProTi 64 Titanium Rotor Bolts [Front and Rear] $119.00
  • ProTi 64 Banjo Bolts on Calipers $69.00
  • ProTi 64 Caliper Bolts [Front and Rear] $99.00
  • ProTi 64 Keyguard Bolts $39.00
  • Tech Mount Radar Mount $189.00
  • Tech Mount Cell Phone Mount $139.00
  • Escort 360 Radar $599.00
  • Skeletonized Fork Preload Adjusters $39.00
  • Fender Eliminator/Plate Mount Kit $119.00
  • Integrated Tail/Turn Light $89.00
  • Battery Tender Pigtail $6.99
  • Ducati Performance LED Mirrors $206.00
  • Bursig Paddock Stand $599.00
  • Shop Labor $3,500.00
  • Shop Supplies $72.00
  • Build Expenditure $16,991.43
  • Base Bike $18,000.00
  • Pretax Cost $34,991.43

The asking price for this very well-documented machine is a cool $25,000 $20,000. But if you're looking for something truly one-of-a-kind, this 1098S should be almost as fast and less likely to kill you, with or without traction control.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati 1098S for Sale
Ducati March 6, 2019 posted by

Tripping the Light Pantahstic: 1982 Ducati Pantah 600SL for Sale

Ducati's original "round-case" v-twin may be one of the most beautiful engines of all time but, while tower shafts and bevel gears may be a very precise way to operate valves, they sure aren't an economical one. Think about the shimming that must be done during assembly; it's a very labor-intensive way to construct an engine, not at all suited for mass-production. The Ducati Pantah that followed showed the way forward, and is the grandfather of all modern Ducatis. Introduced in 1980 in 499cc form as the 500SL, it grew to 593cc in 1981 as the 600SL seen here. The styling is very distinctive, like nothing else being produced at the time, and handling was up to the standards expected of Ducati.

But before the Pantah, there was one of Ducati's most infamous misfires, corporate thinking that led to a failed experiment with parallel twins. It all made so much sense: a parallel twin has similar two-cylinder character and compact dimensions that improve packaging, while a single head saves production and material costs, as well as weight. What could go wrong? Well basically everything. The 500GTL might have looked like a winner on paper, but pretty much rejected everything that fans of the marque loved, and was famously unreliable as well. Luckily, Ducati engineer Fabio Taglioni had continued to develop a new v-twin, just in case...

The new engine incorporated toothed rubber belts to drive the overhead cams instead of tower shafts and gears, or the chains that were popular in other high-performance motorcycles of the period. This made assembly and mass production of the new engine a relative snap, but passed the costs on to the owners: regular belt changes are a traditional part of the Ducati ownership experience, although that particular maintenance chore can be handled by a home mechanic, and even the two-valve Desmo valve adjustment isn't all that difficult.

On the plus side: the push towards standardization and mass-production also meant that Ducati's signature Desmodromic positive valve actuation now appeared on all models, and not just their SuperSport machines, giving the 600SL pretty good power for a two-valve v-twin of such small displacement.

From the original eBay listing: 1982 Ducati Pantah 600SL for Sale

If you are a collector of classic and iconic sportbikes - or would like to become one - here is something you might want to investigate. The Ducati 600 SL Desmo "Pantah" was the first of the next generation of Ducatis, powered by an updated L-twin desmo motor with valve actuation done via toothed rubber belts instead of the traditional bevel drive. The belt driven valvetrain was instrumental to production volume for Ducati, as the older bevel drives required a great deal of time-consuming, skilled adjustment during assembly. Belt driven valves made true mass production a reality.

Was in storage for the past 10 years (with no petrol in the tank). Will need tune up/oil change. Carburetor was rebuilt 2 years ago.

Nice original condition motorcycle come with its original no rust Conti pipes. Will need very little work to bring it back to mint show room condition. Comes with spare Desmo Belt.

These used to be very affordable bikes, but the seller is correct: these are now definitely collectible and, considering how many were made, you don't see them up for sale all that often. The $10,000 Buy It Now price is ambitious, but maybe not totally outrageous, considering the general condition. However... this one does have 69,000 miles on the odometer, which means it definitely isn't low-mileage. The Pantah engine is pretty rugged, and parts should be available to maintain or restore, or you could even box up the original engine and build a hot-rod 900 that should bolt right in with just a few modifications...

-tad

Tripping the Light Pantahstic: 1982 Ducati Pantah 600SL for Sale
Ducati March 5, 2019 posted by

Street Smart – 2004 Ducati 749S

Shopping for a road machine ?  Determined not to fall into the displacement arms race ?  Take a look at this Ducati 749S, a lot of good stuff and a limited amount of attitude.

2004 Ducati 749S for sale on eBay

The 749 looks and was built like the Pierre Terblanche designed 999, and the innovative design suffered the same short run.  The 749S had a niche though, the rev-happy 748cc engine had higher compression than the base model, and brought 116 hp to the game, with a surprising 61 ft.-lbs. torque.  Nicer Showa forks have nitrided fork tubes for less stiction, and forks and monoshock are multi-adjustable.  Variable seat and footpeg positions accommodate the rider, and steering head angle can be set for the track.  Stateside -S models were all single-seaters.

 

No word on the number of owners, but this 749S appears maintained and cared for.  Beside the requisite tail tidy, just seeing aftermarket levers and clutch cover.  Not sure what race exhaust is fitted, but likely the factory cat is no longer.  The owner has a new Duc coming, but must be of a certain age, "brakes are good - tires fair" echoing a fifties song Hot Rod Lincoln and the most popular version is from - 1971 -.   Recent maintenance is claimed in the eBay auction:

Very nice top of the line bike. Essentially a 999 with downsized bore and stroke. Adult owned and well maintained. 12.3:1 compression 110HP @10500 RPM. 6 speed. Showa fully adjustable TiN upside-down fork, progressive rear fully adjustable Showa monoshock. Steering damper. Adjustable headstock rake. 5 position footpegs. Adjustable levers. New chain. Seat/tank assembly adjustable 20 mm fore/aft. Carbon fiber tail and race exhaust. Open clutch cover. Cosmetically a 9 out of 10 minor nicks, no dents. Brakes are good - tires fair. Runs, shifts and stops as it should. Recent belts and valve check. Minor fairing repair (1 inch not visible in pics. Well done and hard to spot.). Enthusiast owned and never down.

The 749S is a good alternative to a liter-plus superbike, often more fun to ride in Dragon-like sections, and of course easier on the ways and means committee.  Long low ergonomics might be something to try before you buy, and starting and cooling systems should be under less stress than on the superbike.  The old question of whether Ducati was giving away the similarly built 749S or the not-all-that-much higher priced 999 is largely past for a 15 year old machine, and this should be an efficient entry into a real exotic supersport.

-donn

 

 

Street Smart – 2004 Ducati 749S
Ducati March 1, 2019 posted by

Barn Bevel – 1982 Ducati 900SS

Toward the left side of the sportbike diorama you'll find the Ducati Super Sports, with bevel-gear drive desmodue and long tubular frame.  This example is one of the last before belt-driven cams arrived, and appears to be a special order with nickel plated chassis.

1982 Ducati 900 SS for sale on eBay

Close enough to be called a 900, the 864cc L-twin pushed 65 ponies with twin Dell'Orto 32mm carbs.  Giorgetto Guigiaro and Ital Design had been enlisted to pen the mid-70's 860GT, and the bevel's crankcases have the angular shape then in vogue.  The twin downtube frame used the engine to transfer loads to the swingarm connector, with Marzocchi dampers front and rear.  Brakes were triple solid discs of 280mm diameter.  The tank became more rounded than the GT, along with frame mounted fairing derived from the early -70's racing bikes.

The El Paso dealer who offers this SS doesn't delve into the history, but with just 7,500 miles it's been accumulating barn dust for a while.  The clear bevel-drive covers show that there was a fan in the list of previous owners.  A vignette of Berliner Imports is in the auction, maybe they ordered it with the nickel plated frame as a display.  Some selective cleaning has been done, but there's more.  From the eBay auction:

VERY RARE NICKEL PLATED FRAME LESS THAN 5 KNOWN TO EXIST WORLD WIDE HAS 7434 MILES GREAT CONDITION. BARN FIND WITH TEXAS TITLE. SEE PICTURES. BUY AS IS. GREAT CONDITION. 

The bevels lost fans as other supersports caught up, but the bike reviewed as a stable high-speed platform, appropriately carburretted for the road.  Ducati got busy with the MHR's, and not so many Supersports were built in 1981-82.  This one has great potential, maybe not monetarily with the buy-it-now, but maybe down the road.  When sold for a little less and restored to perfection, this interesting 900SS might be the hit of an early sportbike show.

-donn

Barn Bevel – 1982 Ducati 900SS
Ducati February 27, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2005 Ducati 999R

I'm going to go on record here, and tell you that I was wrong. In fact, I think many people were wrong. We just didn't notice. You see, when the Ducati 916 was released it blew the world away with what a motorcycle should look like, sound like, and how one should move. Massimo Tamburini penned an instant legend; a svelte scalpel with a booming, throbbing heart. We fell in love. The world fell in love. And copy cats followed with the ensuing years - the 996, and the 998 just to name two. More of the same was good when it looked this good. And ultimately, we fell into a rut. Everything had to have the same narrow slit twin headlights, single sided swing arm, and exhaust cans hanging way up high. It was a look, and we liked it that way. Enter 2003, and the Pierre Terblanche-designed 999. Gone was the familiar face, the coke bottle side view, and that rear wheel hanging out with no visible means of support. The Ducati 999 climbed out of the rut in such a fantastic manner that people had a hard time following. History will show that the 999 failed to capture loyal Ducati buyers due to the polarizing looks. It was a love it or hate it sort of thing. But everybody who rode it loved it.

Featured Listing: 2005 Ducati 999R

Today the 999 is starting to get recognized for the amazing machine that it is. In person the lines and details on the bike make the 916 look like a Jr High School crush. And while pictures do not do it justice, the real thing draws your eye in to see more. This is a motorcycle that has presence with a capital P in a way the 916/996/998 simply cannot compare. And speaking of comparisons, let's talk performance. With a power plant based on the 998R unit (itself a major revision of the Testastretta engine), the 999R promised 150 HP pushing a sub-400 pound machine. That is both more powerful and lighter than the R bike that preceded it, and it shows on the road and on the racetrack. Stopping this missile is easy, thanks to the race-spec radial mount Brembos. And unlike the trio of bikes that came before, the triple nine has yet another crazy trick up its sleeve: comfort. With revised ergonomics that include a range of adjustments, the 999 is actually a platform you can ride without planning a trip to the chiropractor. The seller has good detail about this bike, so I will let him pick up the tale on this one:

From the seller:
The Ducati 999R was one of the most expensive to manufacture motorcycles Ducati created other then the Desmosedici. It had an invoice of $29,995 when new, $7000 higher then the S model which was the next lower upgrade over the standard 999 offered. The R had the same Ohlins Suspension, but the engine was treated to all sort of exotic changes including being a true 999cc in size from the 104mm bore, having Sand- Cast Crankcases, revised Ports with larger Valves, more aggressive Cams, higher Compression ratio, Titanium Connecting Rods, Knife Edged Crankshaft and 12-Hole Injectors feeding 54mm Throttle Bodies that added up to almost 15 HP more then the S model.

The end result was one of the most amazing refined motorcycles produced. It combined an incredibly smooth engine with insane amounts of torque along with an incredible chassis delivering unbelievable handling and astonishing brakes. It then wrapped all of this engineering and handling in Carbon Fiber Body Work finished in Ducati Red with fit and finish that has not been seen since.

More from the seller:
Living the Ducati dream, the owner (dealer) then installed all sorts of what have become “normal” Ducati ad on's. The Leo Vince Titanium Exhaust System sitting in a box new was close to $4,000. The Speedy Moto vented Clutch Cover and Pressure Plate was a foregone conclusion. The AMS Triple Clamps create a beautiful sight from the rider’s seat along with the Pmoto Master Brake and Clutch Reservoir billet covers. After Market Front Brake Rotors were dramatically lighter and replaced the stock Ducati items. The infinitely adjustable Rear Seats may take an engineer to adjust there are so many variables allowed. Also installed was Ducati’s Factory Shift Assist which can be seen to the left of the instrument cluster. There so much more as you can see in the images. What is great about this bike is that all of the stock parts (except the front brake rotors) are included with the sale.

A full service has been completed including Belts, Tires and Fluid changes. The motorcycle was inspected, the gas replaced with clear treated fluid and test ridden by a Ducati trained Tech.

The selling price: $16,495
Mileage: 3,642
VIN# ZDM1UB5W85B013323

For more information please contact: ted@automaniagp.com
You can also visit the Automania website

This is one very beautiful 999R, and it is sporting a wealth of upgrades and very few miles. It has had a recent service. If you dream of a Ducati R bike, this should be your wake up call. The 999 series were superior in every way to the previous generation. These are also the bikes that are next up on the value-appreciation escalator. As people realize how capable these machines really are AND begin to understand how good these bikes really look you will see a run on them. They have come of age. There is subtlety in this beauty; the 999 just needed a few years for us to mature - and admit we were wrong. But I'm not wrong about this - there is a whole lot of bike for $10,000+ less than a heavier, slower 998R will fetch. That is a bargain in the making, and a future standout for collectors. Look closely. Then admit it. You were wrong too. Give Ted a ping when you are ready to 'fess up. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2005 Ducati 999R