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Ducati May 7, 2020 posted by

Matched Set: A Special Pair of Ducati Supersports for Sale

The Ducati Superlight I posted up a few days ago was a classic barn-find, with an incredible 300 miles on the odometer and all the dust and neglect you might expect from a bike that has barely turned a wheel in nearly 30 years. The first of today’s two Ducatis is nearly the exact opposite, a Superlight with many more miles and a shedload of upgrades and modifications that suggest passionately enthusiastic ownership. The components that went into its construction are clearly well thought out and complimentary, much more go than show. Which is fine because the blinding yellow paint, gleaming white frame, and half-fairing have all the bling you’ll ever need.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale

1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #771 25193 original miles. All original carbon fiber is in perfect condition. As she sits: custom Ducati Kamna ¼ fairings. Termignoni carbon fiber mufflers with Rob North narrowed and flowed OEM header pipe. Ducati Kamna alloy exhaust rings. Lidless airbox mod. Original Marvic/Akront magnesium/alloy 2-piece wheels. Pro-Italia billet rearsets. 11.2:1 JE/Pro-Italia pistonsHeads ported and matched by Pro-Italia. Keihin 39mm FCR carburetors. Ducati Kamna alloy clutch basket. Ducati Performance gold alloy pressure plate. Barnett kevlar-alloy clutch. Galfer stainless brake and clutch hoses. Ferodo CP911 brake pads. Original cast iron rotors. Ohlins 46PRCL fully adjustable shock. Peterson PPS revalved forks. Brembo goldline clutch and brake master cylinders (from a Ducati 996). Pro-Italia seat support. Dr. Desmo alloy clip-ons. MagKnight tank bra. Corbin seat. K&N air filter. Pro-Italia billet oil cooler relocation valve cover. Fast by Ferracci alloy sprocket cover. DID ERVX gold chain/AFAM alloy 39-tooth rear sprocket. Shorai lithium battery. Nichols jewelry (alloy fairing buttons, billet “Flying D” timing cover). Also included: Storz steering damper. Stock rear shock. Stock exhaust header. Stock mufflers. Original full fairings. Stock rearsets. Stock carburetors. Original Ducati tool kit. Spare belt covers. Spare belts from California Cycleworks. Spare ignition coils from California Cycleworks and NGK spark plugs. Evoluzione billet clutch slave cylinder. Assorted spare small parts/hardware/etc. Original owner’s manual. Lots of documentation including service records, receipts, manuals, valve adjustment instructions, etc.

Obviously, this is not completely original and purists may turn up their noses, but the finished result is absolutely true to the Superlight’s spirit, and the upgrades are of high-quality. This is the Superlight I’d want to build. The stock parts are included, including the full fairings, but I’d just put those in a box and ride it as-is. The second bike is a teeny bit scruffier from a cosmetic standpoint, but is more of a Ducati hot-rod. It’s also much more red.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP for Sale

1996 Ducati 900 SS/SPI took ownership of the bike in 2017 with the intention of keeping it for a daily driver. I now have two kids, multiple Ducatis and no time to ride. This preloved has been under my ownership since 2017. Never rode it extensively, I put approximately 900 mi on it since purchase. Current mileage is at 22,345 mi. The Dunlop Q3’s were new upon my acquisition. Frame and swingarm are perfect, no cracks. Moving beyond the normal stuff, this isn’t a run of the mill, ordinary 900 SS/SP. The following improvements have been made to the bike: 944 pistons. Keihin 41mm FCRs. Ducati cast iron rotors. Termignoni high mount CF pipes and flowed header. Ohlins 46PRCL rear shock. Ohlins 20mm cartridge kit into the stock Showa adjustable forks. Ducati Racing magnesium engine cover – clutch side. CA Cycleworks coils. Dr. Desmo alloy clip-ons. Steel braided brake lines. Ducati Superlight solo seat with correct seat supports from the ’98 FE. Pro Italia rearsets. Kamna ¼ fairings. Dyno’d (10/13/2011 – at 21,410 miles) at Ferracci at 91.97hp. The suspension was redone by Markbilt Racing in 9/2011. This included rebuilding of the Ohlins rear shock and installation of the Ohlins 20mm cartridge kit into the stock Showa adjustable forks. The oil cooler has been relocated to under the headlight for better cooling. I had the bike professionally repainted, as the fairings were unpainted, to the tune of $1500. Stunning example of a true classic. No accident damage or history of damage.

It doesn’t look like it’s an original Superlight, in spite of the graphics on the tail. It’s still a worthy replica, considering the performance on tap. There’s some surface corrosion on the heads and barrels, but the bodywork is very clean and this thing should go like a stabbed rat: 92 whp is pretty impressive for an air-cooled, two-valve Desmo engine intended for street use. The 944cc mill should have an impressive midrange and launch out of corners with impressive urge and an even more impressive bellow…

Bidding is active on both bikes, with a couple days left on the auctions and the Reserve Not Met. If air-cooled Ducatis leave you cold, the seller also has a nice 888 SPO available for sale currently.

-tad


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Aprilia May 6, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2005 Aprilia RS50

In these trying times there is tremendous fear as to what might be to come. Worried about raiding your retirement account to purchase that perfect collectible specimen of a RC30 / OW01 / Mh900e that you are not likely to ride? Then how about setting your sights a little lower – as in lower seat height, lower capacity, lower investment risk and lower entry point. The only things that are not reduced with this plan are the cool factor and the fun. Today’s 2005 Aprilia RS50 is the perfect example of this “less is more” philosophy. This is an awesome little bike that allows you to channel your inner Max Biaggi and ride at 10 tenths without risking everything. It looks great and would make a fantastic addition to your man cave or garage. But please don’t miss out on riding – there is absolutely *nothing* like riding a slow bike fast. Those who have tried it would tell you about it, but they can’t stop smiling long enough to talk.

Featured Listing: 2005 Aprilia RS50

The RS50 is not your average little moped. For those raised on MB5s, AR50s and YSR50s (you know who you are), this Italian wonder is a mini GP bike on steroids. Under the full MotoGP fairing enclosing an aluminum, liquid cooled, single cylinder Motori-Minarelli engine (later units were built by Derbi), the RS offers some pretty advanced technology including a full aluminum frame, 17 inch cast wheels with a large 300mm front disk, and 40mm forks. Dry weight slips by under 200 lbs. Power – if you have to ask – hovers around 10-ish provided the tach is pointed at the 1:00 or 2:00 o’clock position. And that is where the fun lies with riding a bike such as this; nothing teaches you corner entry speed, conservation of motion, gearbox management, tachometer awareness and – perhaps most importantly – how to tuck in tight.

From the seller:
2005 RS50 with 1412 miles. Bike is all stock except for Leo Vince V6 pipe. Great condition overall except for a few minor scuffs here and there. Starts, runs, everything works as it should. New Mitas tires. New Antigravity LiON Battery. Comes with 2 keys, 1 liter of injection oil and a new Naraku 70cc BBK never fitted. Bike ready to go and is located in Cary NC

Clean & clear NC title in my name. $1900 or best offer.

Contact Roy at: roy44944@gmail.com

The US has never truly embraced the small-bore racing set. We don’t have license restrictions like they do in Asia and Europe. American riders tend to cut their teeth on bigger bikes, and as a result they see small motorcycles as entry level. But if you can work the sliver of a power band and minimize the limitations of the format, you can scare yourself silly while having the absolute time of your life. Anybody with access to a karting track knows they need one of these. And regardless of your age/weight/displacement preference, this is something that will make you a better rider. There is simply so little room for error that by simply tooling around on this type of bike you become more focused and aware. You want to improve your skills? The line forms right here.

And the best part of today’s offering is how accessible it is for nearly everybody. I don’t know how to say it gently, so I’ll throw it out there: this bike is priced to sell. The seller is a fan of the site, and is looking to change out his current stable a bit. So if you want to become a better rider, learn skills that directly transfer to a bigger bike, feel like Rossi without ever breaking the speed limit, or simply want an uber cool piece of artwork, reach out to Roy. He is one of us and gets it. There is not a lot of power here, but this one will move quickly. Check it out, and Good Luck!!

MI

MV Agusta May 5, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

Update 5.18.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

One could argue that naming a sportbike after its designed top speed is unfair. Kinda like naming a kid after Ayrton Senna or John Surtees. It’s a nice honor, but it takes a special person to leave the shadow of a lofty name. In the case of the 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R, being named after its top speed was no issue. With 183 horsepower from a slightly revised version of the regular F4’s radial-valve inline four, the bike had no problem outrunning its long shadow.

The 312R hit three years after the first-gen F4 1000s were introduced, wearing revised 50mm Marzocchi forks and a fully-adjustable Sachs rear shock. Brembo Monoblocs bring everything back into the stratosphere when the road curves or the rider’s nerves give out.

This 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R has been with our buddy Scott since new, and has covered just 2,200 miles in that time. Aside from a custom ECU tune to calm down the famously snatchy stock fueling, the bike is original down to the tires. It has had a recent oil pan gasket and a new battery, but those tires should probably be shelved if you’re going to ride it.

 

From the seller:

Over time I find my track time increasing so I’m continuing to thin my motorcycle herd due to a lack of street riding. You are looking at a mint 2008 MV Augusta F4 312R with 2200 miles on it. I bought it new, never been down or abused. I fell in love with the looks of it, the power and handling just added to it. The riding position is very similar to the Ducati 916 family. It just had the oil pan gasket replaced due to a slight leak along with the oil and the battery replaced. It’s ready to ride however; I’d consider new tires given the set on it is original so getting up there in age. The bike is stock and shows like new. If you know this model it was the fastest thing out there at the time but its fueling was terrible. Read any F4 MV test back then and fueling was always a sore spot. The throttle was like an on-off switch which made the power band almost two-stroke like, a little unnerving with this much grunt. Not this bike, it was gone through by fuel injection guru Doug Laughlin who came out to work on a few MV’s at Robb’s Dyno is Massachusetts. Essentially what he did was to re-write the entire map code to smooth out the power band. Think of it as a performance ECU upgrade, the bike is so much more enjoyable to ride now. Still scary fast but only when you want it to be. I’m a collector who properly maintains and describes my motorcycles. I’ve sold a few bikes over the years, my feedback is I under promise and over deliver. The new owner of a Ducati 999 I just sold sent me an email telling me I misrepresented the bike, never a good start to an email. However, he said my description did not do the bike justice given once he saw it, he was very impressed. No trades or lowball offer please. Shipping is the buyer’s responsibility however I’m happy to work with your shipper.

Price: $9,500

The first-generation MV Agusta F4s are gorgeous, iconic and scarce. To have the opportunity to get the even rarer F4 312R in beautiful condition and a well-documented issue sorted out is unreal. Scott is asking just $9,500 for this gem, which is bananas when you consider how little new motorcycle that figure will buy you. The days are getting longer, don’t sleep on this chance.

Honda May 4, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1988 Honda NSR250 / MC18 with CA Reg !

Two stroke 250’s have proved a bit of a niche market in bigger-is-better USA, but with a de-restricted 60 hp pushing 300 lbs. around, they are plenty quick.  RSBFS reader Simon’s example is pristine, nicely upgraded, and ready for a grand re-opening.

1988 Honda NSR250R / MC18 for sale

Since the 250cc formula was the penultimate MotoGP class until 2010, each competitive manufacturer had one in the showroom on Monday morning.  The 249cc L-twin was a popular solution, and Honda had one in their stable from 1984 to 1999.   The MC18 was the second NSR generation, with new 32mm carburetors and PGM-I electronics controlled ignition.  Similar to the race machines, the alloy chassis held the engine and the straight-leg swingarm was also alloy.  Triple-disk brakes are way up to the task and the angular fairing cuts through the air.

Simon’s NSR looks sharp in Honda red with lightly polished alloy frame, forks and muffs.  Except for the updated brakes it shows very factory, with 16,000 Km’s or around 10K miles.  Comments from the Santa Barbara Craigslist post:

Fully sorted and ready to ride. A few very minor mods to sharpen up the brakes, Galfer Wave brake rotors, steel braided lines with some aggressive pads. 16k KM. Recent carb clean, good tires, new plugs, new power valve controller and new lithium ion battery. Bike is de-restricted (of course). Starts easy, idles smooth and rips. Comes with some spares. Have clear title in my name and current CA reg.

Have factory service manual 
No rust in tank

Simon asks $8,000 for his NSR250R, and can be reached by email – here –.

Always a pleasure to review a machine with a caring owner, and this is certainly one.  The California registration is a nice selling point, no need to re-invent that wheel.  Looking ready to ride, Simon’s NSR should vacuum up the twistie bits.

-donn 

 

 

Ducati May 4, 2020 posted by

Old Family Recipe – 2006 Ducati SportClassic 1000 with just 4,492 Miles !

Like so many special bikes, the 2006 SportClassic 1000 had some neat things the first year which were moved into the profit margin going forward.  Beside low miles, this SportClassic has some nice upgrades.

2006 Ducati SportClassic 1000 for sale on eBay

When presented in Japan in late 2003, the Pierre Terblanche retro design injected a touch of excitement into the the 2005-6 model year.  The SportClassic 1000 gleaned 91 hp from the air cooled dual-spark 992, revered now as a classic Ducati powerplant.  The Mods vs. Rockers stance belied the modern 43mm upside-down forks, and curious double-sided swingarm, with single Sachs shock making room for the mufflers on the right.  Initially the SC1000 was a only a single seater, and kept the dry weight under 400 lbs.

From the comments the seller is helping out a friend who is the original owner.  Some nice Rizoma accessories and apparently un-stickered Termi’s.  Probably time for new belts and bologna skins before any real rides.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Mint condition, many after market parts. Original stock parts included, runs perfect , sounds awesome, bike has sat In my hanger for 5 years, it’s dusty but will clean up as new.

Beautiful and rare. Mono shock, mint condition, 4,492 original miles, runs perfect. Sounds incredible. Stored indoors, many after market upgrades, all original parts included. This bike will not disappoint it’s pure art. Needs nothing, no issues. Clean title, all manuals / keys / tools, etc., never laid down.

Subsequent years of the SportClassic GT1000 acquired dual seats, and the exotic asymmetrical swingarm went to a dual shock unit.  The leather helmet and goggles vibe took a while to catch on, and SportClassics as a whole were under-appreciated until they left the showroom.  Then prices started to go up !   Bidding is quite active but hasn’t met the reserve, with four days to run.

-donn


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Featured Listing May 2, 2020 posted by

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Keith just sold his KTM RC8R in two days on our site with a Featured Listing. Here’s what he had to say about his experience selling on RSBFS:

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These are difficult times and if you need to thin your collection, you should consider a Featured Listing. Our visitors are more engaged than ever with site traffic up significantly over the same period last year. We’re witnessing steady, if not increased sales, throughout the enthusiast powersports and collector car markets. In fact our readers purchased at least 6 bikes that we know of in the past 30 days.

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Ducati May 2, 2020 posted by

Purist: 1992 Ducati Superlight for Sale

The Ducati Superlight is a far-cry from today’s “limited edition” superbikes like the Superleggera that have a performance envelope well beyond most owners’ ability to fully exploit. The Superlight isn’t a particularly fast bike, but it is very collectible, and rewarding to ride at speeds normal humans can enjoy without risking license, limb, or achieving escape velocity… Basically, the Superlight is a 900SS/SP with lightweight Marvic composite wheels with a polished aluminum rim and magnesium spokes, some carbon bits, upswept exhausts, and a solo tail. Combined, the upgrades saved about 15lbs compared to the regular 900SS. So the Superlight wasn’t super light, unless Ducati was referring to your wallet: considering the minimal performance improvements, it was priced significantly higher than a regular Supersport. You did get a nice numbered plaque, though.

They still sold like hotcakes, and Ducati increased production to meet demand far in excess of the original planned 500 bike run. Part of that is down to the usual Ducati mystique, but the basic package has long been viewed as much more than the sum of its parts. On paper, the air/oil-cooled, two-valve 904cc Desmo looks pretty anemic, but a good Desmodue makes around 75 horses at the rear wheel, which really is plenty to have fun with on the road. It’s also relatively simple to maintain, surprisingly durable, and even gets good gas mileage. Fully-adjustable Showa suspension at both ends and a stiff trellis frame meant handling was very good then and still competent now, while very reasonable ergonomics [for a sportbike anyway] means even… ahem, older gentlemen can enjoy all-day rides. It was available in the vivid yellow seen here, although some markets got red instead. Considering how few bikes look good in yellow, I think it’s a great choice, and makes the bike feel more exotic.

The carbon-fiber Ferracci cans seen here are an almost mandatory option for any air-cooled Ducati, since the stock components make the bike sound strangled, and would likely be drowned out by the unfiltered rattle of the dry clutch. Ferracci didn’t make their own exhausts to my knowledge, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing: at various points, they rebadged SilMoto and Arrow parts, so quality should be high.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati Superlight for Sale

1993 Ducati Superbike, bought new and stayed in same ownership since.

I am happy to answer any questions about the bike via messaging.

Thanks!

So is it a 1992 or a 1993? It’s also odd that the seller calls it a “Superbike” when it says “Superlight” right there on the fairing. They may not know exactly what they have here, since a 300-mile Superlight would normally go for well north of the $9,000 the seller is asking. Although in this uncertain market, maybe it’s just priced to sell? From the pictures, it looks a little dusty, but otherwise as nice as you’d expect a bike with such low miles to be. It’s hard to tell from the images just how nice this bike is.

-tad


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Yamaha May 1, 2020 posted by

Formation Flight – 1985 Yamaha RZ500 with 4,600 miles !

With a pair of 250cc engines driving a common output shaft providing two power strokes on every revolution, Yamaha’s RZ500 pushed nearly 200 hp per liter, even in street trim.  This sharp Michigan example has been in storage but was recently freshened up for riding season.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

The RZ’s engine is almost a cube, with four 26mm Mikuni carburetors looking out to the side-mounted airboxes from the valley of the 50-degree V.  Individual expansion chambers wend their way back, with the upper cylinders’ pipes tucked into the seat fairing.  88 hp was available at a wailing 9,500 rpm, with the torque band was stretched by the YPVS power valve system.  The chassis was steel tubing and the forks were right-side-up, though the monoshock was underneath the engine to make room for the exhausts.

With just over 4,600 miles, this RZ had to be in storage before the present owner.  Just some stress cracking on the chin scoop is apparent, with none of the usual garage rash and corrosion.  The seller waited seven years to re-commission it for the road, and has the following comments in the eBay auction:

New Battery
New Tires
New Chain
New Wheel Bearings
New Tapered steering head bearings
Changed transmission Oil
Cleaned float bowls on carbs
New Shut off valve for fuel
New front Brake Pads
Amsoil Dominator Synthetic injector oil
New fork seals, Race tech Springs, Gold valves, Modified damper rods (per Race Tech) 20 wt oil
With modifying damper rods the Anti Dive units are inactive (left them for stock appearance)
 
This is a very nice mostly all Original RZ, Starts first kick most every time hot or cold, shifts and clutches fine, pulls all the way to redline.
 
All lights work, horn, blinkers, brake light, gauge lights

The RZ500 waited more than 10 years to hit the streets after the YZR500 race machine’s 1973 introduction, but by then the U.S. and a good part of Europe had declared two-strokes unwelcome.  So every RZ500 seen will be a gray market import with limited history, and a KMH speedo with MPH sub-titles.  This one’s about as nice as they come without claims of a collection or museum, and the auction’s at $11K with five days to run.  With recent sales in the low $20’s, a lot of us will just be watching, at least to see where the reserve is set.

-donn


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