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Ducati August 13, 2022 posted by

No Longer The Ugly Duckling: 2005 Ducati 999R

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

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

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

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

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

No Longer The Ugly Duckling:  2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati August 12, 2022 posted by

Uber Bella: 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

Today’s particular Ducati find is a true international affair. Originally born in Bologna, Italy in 1989, this bike found a home elsewhere in Europe – Germany to be exact. For the next several years this 750 rumbled up and down the autobahn, no doubt embarrassing some of the Bayerische Motoren Werke boys in the process. This bike certainly would have turned some heads against the staid R80s and even K75 and K100s of the time, given its, uh, “distinct” livery. Exported out of Germany in 1995 and officially imported into the United States, this is a titled example of a model that really turned things around for Ducati. This was a bread-and-butter Pantah machine, which while not as performant compared to some of the Japanese machines of the time, pushed Ducati and the Desmo twin concept in all corners of the world. Sure, the Limited Edition models get all the glory but the base 750 Sport was the foundation of the whole deal and the face of Ducati worldwide.

1989 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

The 750 Sport is an evolutionary bike. Based on the Pantah motor which was introduced at the beginning of the decade as a 600cc, the configuration and basic design remained save for the bump in capacity. That meant quieter valve operation thanks to toothed rubber timing belts (hence, the Pantah is known as a “rubber band” motor), gained a longer maintenance window thanks to reduced valve lash requirements, yet retained the higher RPM capability enabled by Ducati’s myopic focus on desmodromic valve operation. This arrangement eliminates valve springs, and uses the cam and followers to not only open the valve, but also close it. The result is more precise valve operation at higher RPM, and elimination of the dreaded valve float. The rest of the 750 was pure Ducati – basic trellis frame, solid, narrow, relatively light, and free from most bells and whistles that might get in the way of a spirited ride.

From the seller:
Rare 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

The Ducati 750 Sport was only in production between 1988 and 1991 and only bikes produced in 1990 models were imported to the USA. Since the bike is not as common in the USA, as in Australia and Europe, it created lots of attention and questions when I was riding it. The 750 Sport is a beautiful sports bike that has in my opinion one of the best sounds Ducati has to offer.

I purchased the bike in Germany from the Original owner in 1995 and imported and registered the bike to Minnesota in 2001. The bike was extremely reliable, and I never had any repair before I parked the bikes for a couple of years. At the end of the slumber earlier this year, I felt that the bike requires a major tune-up / overhaul, since it was standing for 10+ year. The bike received a new rear shock (original shock will ship with bike, but had a leak), new front and rear tires, new fuel pump, tank cleaned and lined, rear wheel bearing kit, new battery, oil filter, air filter, timing belt, brake pads, and more. A total of over $3,300 was put in the bike to bring it back into really great condition.

More from the seller:
The 750 Sport has run for 33674 km (20924 miles) and is powered by a 748cc V Twin engine that produces 72.0 HP (52.6 kW)) @ 8500 RPM and a top speed of 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph). The bike features it original mufflers, which again sound absolutely phenomenal. Maybe the most important thing about the bike that it is so much fun to ride. The windier the road, the more fun the bike gets.

The bike is located 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, PA. Local pick-up or buyer organized and paid for pick-up and delivery. This is a rare opportunity to own a very reliable classic that will make heads turn. While I am very sad to part with the beautiful bike, it is time to find the bike a good new home.

Today’s bike has a very bright (if not unusual) livery that really stands out – whether you might want to or not. I’m not sure what matching leathers might look like here, but you might possibly be able to find something that really fits the theme around Christmastime. Suitable helmet paint might include a white pom-pom or elf ears. Of course if standing out is your thing, then the line starts right here; shrinking violets need not apply. Still, this is a Ducati model that is not readily available in the US, as Ducati had yet to hit their stride and import new bikes in large numbers. That makes this a standout machine, unique due to the geographic history and livery, yet maintainable and rideable as only these v-twins can be. The all KM clocks show nearly 33,500, which equates to just over 20,000 miles. Check out all the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Uber Bella: 1989 Ducati 750 Sport
Ducati August 11, 2022 posted by

Trackday Tuesday Feature – 2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Race Bike

Update 8.11.2022: Jonathon has renewed his Featured Listing and is now available on eBay with an updated description and pictures. Buy-it-now is $13,500. Please note BST wheels are no longer included. Thank you again for supporting the site! -dc

Ducati packed a host of worthwhile changes into the 4th Generation Monster, and RSBFS reader Jonathan has modified his extensively for the racetrack.  With its Paul Smart style fairing, NCR look belly pan, and custom race-prep for just about everything else, this Monster race bike is ready for this season’s Battle of Twins.

2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Race Bike for sale on eBay

Ducati massaged the air-cooled desmodue and achieved 100 hp for showroom machines, and was able to stretch valve adjustment intervals for the dual-spark motor.  Accompanying the big power was a heavily triangulated trellis from headstock to engine, and a cast aluminum subframe holding the single-sided swingarm.  Its high gear ratios are a natural for the race course, and the 43mm Marzocchi forks can handle the force of the 320mm cross-drilled brakes.  A plastic fuel cell hides under the tank covers, and the stock seat fairing has a remarkably similar shape to the racing seat.

Jonathan works in a Chicago motorcycle shop when he’s not practicing his AHMRA or BoT craft, and has raced and wrenched many different bikes.  The Monster has had the engine done by MotoCorse in Fort Lauderdale, and shows a dyno sheet with 90 rwhp.  There’s a long list of mods for the track, with a custom exhaust and seat subframe.  Here it is single-spaced:

2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO

This is a racing motorcycle for competition use. Built to run in the AHRMA Battle of the Twins 1 class. This machine is in a great condition and has been meticulously maintained. It has some blemishes and wear from normal use which can be seen in the photos provided. This includes seat foam pad has cracking, the rear tail section as a hairline crack roughly 2-3mm long, the front fairing has some light scratching, and the clear coat on the front fairing has been retouched. Overall the bike is in excellent overall condition. Monster 1100 EVO BOT1 Bike with PS1000 style fairing, Custom Aluminum Fairing Stay, Custom Aluminum Subframe Mounts, Custom exhaust, NCR style belly pan, race tail, and blueprinted engine from Motocorse Performance.

Has the following components and modifications:

Yoyodyne Slipper Clutch
Andreani Fork Cartridges Sprung for 180lbs rider
Penske Shock
Ohlins Steering Damper
Rapid Bike with Quickshifter
Zullo ECU Flash
Woodcraft Rearsets
Woodcraft Clip-Ons
Woodcraft Lever Guard
Throttle Tamer Tube
Brembo GP Mk2 Front Brake Master Cylinder
GP routed Brake lines (ABS deleted). The dashboard does not indicate vehicle Speed with this modification. This also means the odometer is not accurate.
Shift Tech Muffler with Custom exhaust
Driven Keyless Fuel Cap
Woodcraft Clutch Cover Guard
Pro bolt Race Spec Caliper Bolts
Motocorse Performance Adjustable Camshaft and Layshaft Pulleys
Pitbull Rear Paddock Stand Included
New Rain Tires (currently mounted)

Built on a Salvage Title. Mileage is not accurate as the dashboard does not record mileage with ABS removal.

Just had major service, fluids, belts, valves checked.

Video Walk Around:
https://youtu.be/q30BHwwhtwQ

Video Fly By NJMP:
https://youtube.com/shorts/NgyT4CIj-aA?feature=share

Video Of Corner Exit:
https://youtu.be/C2RGfpmFbZI

Just had major service, fluids, belts, valves, fork oil, etc
Fresh and Ready to ride!

Jonathan can be reached via email here – Tecnicomoto729@gmail.com

A short corner exit video shows the torque – 20220115 2012 ducati monster race bike on track

This Monster road racer is up-to-date gear for a track day or club racing.  Race bikes always need more maintenance than their road cousins, but the 1100 dual spark is as reliable as they come, and apparently free of any major mishaps.  Spring is on the way and the calendar is already filling in.  Contact Jonathan to discuss this special Monster – Tecnicomoto729@gmail.com

-donn

 

Trackday Tuesday Feature – 2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Race Bike
Ducati August 11, 2022 posted by

Bay Area Bliss: 2002 Ducati Bayliss 998S

With the introduction of the 851 in 1987, Ducati fired a shot across the bow of World SBK racing. They were in it to win it. And like biblical clockwork, the 851 begat the 888, which paved the way for the revolutionary 916. The 916 grew in capacity to 996cc, and ultimately to 998cc to fully extract the edges of the WSBK rulebook. And domination ensued. From Raymond Roche to Doug Polen, Troy Corser to the great Carl Fogarty, and Foggy’s replacement rider after injury Troy Bayliss, some of the greats have ridden – and won – for the Bologna factory. But it is the 3 championships and 52 races won by that last Ducati rider mentioned – Troy Bayliss – that are celebrated with the 998S Bayliss Limited Edition pictured here.

2002 Ducati Bayliss 998S for sale on eBay

Like all motorcycles produced for a global audience, the US-based Bayliss 998S was different than the Canadian or European deliveries. Some of this was down to components such as a speedometer calibrated in MPH instead of KPH, and different countries have different requirements in terms of headlights, taillights, turn signals and noise and emissions limits. But the BIG difference with the US model when it came to the Bayliss (as well as the same year Bostrom replica) was power output. While the US managed with the standard 998 motor rated for an estimated 125 HP, other markets received the 996R spec motor, with deep sump and approximately 10 HP more. US bikes received more carbon fiber throughout. Model runs were limited to 400 units.

From the seller:
Ducati Bayliss 988S issue 375/400 (Canadian 998R Dump Sump Engine), Full Termignoni Race System, Aluminum Water Tank, Original Ducati CORSA Carbon Fiber Air Ducks, Chain Guard, Rear Tire Shield, Cog Shield, Side panels, Front Grill Carbon and Race water pipes. Corbin Race Seat, Original bike dust cover, manuals, service books and Bayliss Plaque.

MINT CONDITION
How the totals are calculated:
Title collection fee: $60.00
Escrow fee: $244.75
Buyer price: $27,804.75

Today’s example is listed as #375 of 400, but that is difficult to see in the pictures provided. The seller does include a shot of the commemorative plaque that came with these Limited Edition model bikes. The wild part here is the reported mileage is even lower than the edition number, at 352. That puts this in rare territory indeed, as this livery/combination was already restricted in terms of units produced, making a low miles example a rare example of a rare breed. That seems to be reflected in the asking price. We know prices are edging upwards on the 916/996/998 series overall, so a special edition brings with it even more cachet and value. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Bay Area Bliss: 2002 Ducati Bayliss 998S
Ducati July 28, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2002 Ducati 748 with 6,087 Miles!

SOLD!

One of Seattle Used Bikes’ service customers has a plan for a new ride, and SUB is repping the sale of this beautiful 748.  The upgrades to this single-seater are nice, but for the next rider, the comprehensive maintenance is even better.

2002 Ducati 748 for sale at Seattle Used Bikes asking $13,500

Ducati brought a companion to the showroom for its flagship 916, but in this case the desmoquattro had originally been designed for the supersport.  The smaller bore and stroke allow an 11,500 rpm redline, with 98 hp 500 revs before.  In most other ways the 748 borrows from its older brother, the chassis and geometry, ergonomics and bodywork.  Suspension is from Showa, fully adjustable, USD forks and remote reservoir shock.  Accompanied by 320mm Brembo brakes and a close ratio gearset, it reviewed as a better choice for the street.

This 748 has been a SUB client longer than its individual owners, and a recent valve train service should relieve any worries.  The chronically over-stressed coolant tank has been replaced by a robust aluminum unit, the fuel pump serviced and steering head bearings replaced.  The upgraded Marchesini wheels and Termignoni exhaust take this 748 very close to how an S was delivered.  That nick on the tailcone could be handled with a touch-up, and a repair to the inside of the front fender would be just about invisible.  Dave at Seattle Used Bike’s provided more detailed comments –

The current owner purchased the 748 April of 2018 from one or our former customers. Looking at our past records, we performed basic maintenance and tuning on this 748 starting in 2016. 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, 5 spoke wheels and a Termignoni 3/4 exhaust system with a proper FBF eprom and a nice carbon SP style heel guard on the exhaust. The biggest upgrade is the early 5 spoke Marchesini magnesium wheels front and rear. These were some of the lightest wheels back in the day, with the rear weighing in at 8.7lbs vs stock 5 spoke wheels at 12.4lbs. Their condition looked perfect, no visible damage, no paint issues, rear was indexed properly and there is no wheel damage in mount points.

A few other items like the carbon open clutch cover and gold EVR pressure plate and springs. Chain and sprockets look in great condition, a nice carbon chain guard is in place, up front there is a carbon fender that has been matched to the red paint but leaving a peek of carbon. This 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 be converted to a 2-seater if needed.

We got the go ahead to perform the recommended 6k desmo valve service, including timing belts, all fluids, fuel filter and coolant. To our delight we found our favorite reusable air filters in place from BMC. We also decided to pull the cams during the service to answer the question we often hear on this desmoquattro series, “how are the rockers”? All were in great shape, normal wear but no signs of the dreaded flaking. New OEM O-rings and gaskets were used to replace all items disturbed during the service. We included pictures of internals while disassembled. This 748 has healthy compression reading with 140psi Horz & 155psi on Vert, checking leak down, 5% H and 4% V, good numbers.

We replaced coolant reservoir tank in 2017 with a Corsa Dynamics aluminum unit. This time around we gave the entire chassis a thorough inspection, replaced the steering head bearings as they felt a little notchy, pulled the rear spindle, inspected, cleaned, greased and reassembled. The inside of the tank is also in great shape, the factory lining is still intact. We replaced fuel filter and hoses inside the tank. We then installed a fresh set of Pirelli Diablo Rosso’s as we buttoned things up. We did find some damage on the front fender where the brake lines cross over at the rear, it is fairly well hidden, most likely caused by oversized front tire it came in with. That is about the only damage worth noting on a 20 year old Italian beauty. We have our service records, 2 factory keys, tool kit, Pitbull rear stand and a clean WA title.

Seattle Used Bikes asks $13,500 for this 748, contact Dave on (206) 535-6812 or dave@seattleusedbikes.com

And here’s SUB’s video walkaround –

 

Dave also included this sharp analysis of the 748 –

The hot-blooded Italian middleweight was a mirror image of the bigger 916 but with a smaller, higher-revving motor. Handling was legendary and performance numbers registered mid 11’s in the quarter-mile and 150 MPH on the big end. If you can ignore the idiosyncrasies it’s a small slice of heaven. Ducati’s 916 deserves all its iconic status and then some. But for many people who were lucky enough to ride both, the smaller 748 was the better bike to ride. It’s a long-running Ducati trait – the 750SS was more enjoyable than the 900SS and the later 749 was almost the perfect early-noughties sports bike where the 999 was grumpy, difficult to ride and needed to be going a lot faster than we actually went for it to work properly. The 748 came out a year after the original 916. It’s easy to think of it as a sleeved-down 916, but the changes are much more than that. Bore and stroke are both different, the smaller capacity loses a bit of bottom-end power, but the lighter flywheels allow the 748 engine to rev much faster meaning the lack of bottom end doesn’t really matter. It feels like a very different bike and, bizarrely, while the 916 feels like a massive, powerful engine has been stuffed into the chassis of a 250, the 748 feels like it has exactly the right engine for the chassis.

Contact Dave for more info at dave@seattleusedbikes.com or on (206) 535-6812

-donn

Featured Listing – 2002 Ducati 748 with 6,087 Miles!
Ducati July 23, 2022 posted by

Tall Dark & Handsome: 1982 Ducati Supersport Desmo

Looking absolutely stunning in black and gold, this 1982 Ducati Supersport is the epitome of old-school cool. Sure, it is rocking 1970s technology and appears positively stone age on paper when compared to another 1982 model – the Honda CX500 Turbo – but the bevel-drive Desmo had some speed tricks up it’s sleeve to help combat the ravages of time and tech. Lightweight and narrow with a wide powerband and centralized mass to provide good handling, the 900 Supersport was the ultimate evolution of the bevel drive Ducatis, and exhibited all of the characteristics that made the model great. Bad habits were few, the exotic element was high, and the Desmo twin was ready to lead all comers on a chase through the canyons at a moments notice. Today, these are pinging the interest of serious collectors. But don’t take my word for it: today’s example has numerous suitors on ebay – with 23 bids and counting.

1982 Ducati Supersport Desmo for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Knee surgery dictates selling my beautiful black/gold Ducati 900 super sport .Upgrades include
:Electronik Sachse digital ignition with 9 selectable advance curves.
:Dynatek DC10-1 5 ohm ignition coils.
:Surflex Alloy clutch kit from Bevel Heaven.
Have all the original parts including the CEV turn signals.

Original Conti Mufflers
Recently rebuilt Delorto PHM 40mm Carbs.
The bike starts first kick, idles perfectly.The handling and torque of these bikes is legendary and must be experienced to be believed.
This is the last year of the 900 SS bevel drive and benefits from 10 years of refinement.
There is a small dent in the right muffler.a small crack in the plastic dash below the speedo and 2 chips in the tank paint-all minor.

At time of writing the current bid was a touch over $20k. That is with a very clean, well presented, but 26,000 mile used bike. As a counterpoint, that same 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo – with all of its high tech and relative rarity (obscurity?) – would struggle to max out at half that much. Quality and DNA matter here, and the Ducati Supersport has the bones to be a long term contender on the collector market. These are rideable machines today. Sure, there is a bit more maintenance involved in keep such a classic, but this is a dark-haired beauty that will not fail to disappoint a willing rider. Check out all of the details on this auction here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Tall Dark & Handsome: 1982 Ducati Supersport Desmo
Ducati July 22, 2022 posted by

Almost a Ten – 2005 Ducati 999S

Someone would’ve bid $9,999.99 for this excellent 999S, but this owner was left nothing to chance with a buy-it-now of $9,990.00.  Extra sharp in racing red, today’s superbike looks well cared-for and lightly updated.

2005 Ducati 999S for sale on eBay

Despite the Pierre Terblanche design which was radically different from the 916-996-998 model, the 999 was very together for 2003 and won a lot superbike shootouts including WSBK in 2003, 2004 and 2006.  The tall L-twin makes 136 hp, attenuated by the underseat canister exhaust.  The trellis chassis has adjustments for the steering head angle and footpegs, and on the -S components are top shelf – Öhlins including steering damper, 320mm Brembo brakes, and Y-spoke Marchesini wheels.  Some dual seat 999’s were made, but the monoposto is more apropos.

Coming out of Las Vegas, this 999S looks super clean.  Pictures seem to be at a storage unit and it’s shown without a plate, so might not be in use currently.  The FBF fuel filler is almost as rare as the factory clutch cover.  Cam belt service might be a consideration for the next owner.  Notes from the eBay auction:

I’ve had this bike for 4 years and put about 3000 miles on it. Clean title and never dropped or raced while I’ve had it. Oil changed every year at Ducati dealership.

Maintenance work done while I’ve had it:
Fork seals, Fuel Pump, Tires and Battery

Upgrades I’ve done:
Feracci locking fuel cap
Smoked turn signals

Upgrades it came with when I bought it:
CRG adjustable brake and clutch levers
GP shifter

999S model comes stock with:
Ohlins suspension
Termignoni exhaust
Brembo brakes

The 999 might have been a more significant model for Ducati, but the styling limited its showroom run to four years.  Fans of pre-nanny superbikes have come to embrace this era and lately the 999.  The ask is somewhat less than these were going for just a year ago, and the bike looks undamaged.

-donn

Almost a Ten – 2005 Ducati 999S
Ducati July 16, 2022 posted by

Photogenic – 2002 Ducati 748S

Image 01 - 2002 Ducati 748 Superbike

2002 Ducati 748S

Much like myself, it seems that any automobile or motorcycle made in the 90s or early 00s is really coming into stride today. The 748 is no exception and although it lived in the shadow of it’s bigger brother, the 916/996, collectors and enthusiasts have finally started to chase this bike with their dollars and not just their eyes. The 748’s bored out brothers had big power and clearly displayed handling prowess in The Matrix so it’s understandable that they had the spotlight first. The 748 was the path of least resistance for some buyers and is now getting similar treatment to the 916/996.

Image 7 - 2002 Ducati 748 Superbike

The fact that the 748 was easier to purchase wasn’t the only reason it gained popularity. HP and displacement aren’t everything and you have to consider the total package. Smaller engines rev much faster and higher which let’s you get to the good part of the song much quicker. On the topic of power and performance, the 748 did pale in comparison to competitors. While hard to ignore for the spec sheet warriors, it’s hard to imagine any owner is sweating about how this bike stacks up to Japanese 600s. Most owners probably won’t put this on a track anymore so it’s more about the experience and that’s exactly where the 748 delivers.

Image 91 - 2002 Ducati 748 Superbike

From the seller:

Perfect condition, engine doesn’t eat oil, no leaks, the ECU was remapped [but I don’t know the exact HP] lot of carbon parts and titanium all documented and done by myself, too much to list here contact me for any questions. Comes with the original parts, and helmet, gloves, tools etc…

Image 3 - 2002 Ducati 748 Superbike

The listing does leave a bit to be desired for an auction that starts at nearly $10K. However, the bike does look pretty clean and the the seller does include a lot of the original parts that were replaced with lightweight bits. The ECU remap does warrant some further inquiry but it seems the seller has the info and just wasn’t bothered to type it out.

Auction starts at $9,500 and has no bids over the first day. The seller is also accepting offers. Enjoy the bidding!

-Norm

 

Photogenic – 2002 Ducati 748S