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Rickman December 28, 2019 posted by

Between Successes – 1974 Rickman Triumph 650 CR

Rickman-framed cafe racers have had a steady if not frequent presence on RSBFS, but mostly using Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Z-1 drivetrains.  Just before, they had produced but a few dozen Triumph powered CR’s.  This diamond in the rough has been in storage since just 3,000 miles, and is ready for a makeover.

1974 Rickman Triumph 650 CR for sale on eBay

Derek and Don Rickman made their name designing and fabricating beautiful and world-beating frames for the scramblers they loved, the lightweight and nickel-plated chromoly tubing being a usable showpiece.  They turned their attention toward the street starting in 1970, and provided the recently nationalized BSA-Triumph a market for their T120 twin of 46hp.  The twin carbs and factory 5-speed were good news, and Rickman added alloy rims and disk brakes, as well as large-diameter forks.  Careful fabrication was Rickman’s calling card, with lovely fiberglass work augmenting the frame.

Undeniably tired and ready for the next chapter, this CR appears substantially complete.  The pittance of miles will have to be swept away in a flurry of renovation, but the new owner will have a beautiful rarity when complete.  A thoughtful test rider or British specialist will be required with the right-side shifter, left foot brake.  Comments from the eBay auction:

RICKMAN CR TRIUMPH   1 0F 53 BUILT
BIKE HAS BEEN STORED FOR YEARS WITH LOW MILES
READY FOR RESTORATION
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER MODEL
ENGINE TURNS WITH GOOD COMPRESSION
ORIGINAL ALLOY CHAINGUARD IS INCLUDED
MISSING THE FRONT BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER (SAME AS TRIUMPH T140 SO EASY TO FIND)
TITLED AS A 1979 SPECIAL WHEN THE ORIGINAL TITLE WAS LOST IN 79

Rickman won the Queen’s Award to Industry for their exports in 1974, but had to change horses when Norton-Villiers-Triumph could not resolve their labor troubles and were forced into liquidation.  Before that the Bonnies had been a big success so basic mechanical parts for this CR should be easy to source.  With its long lost history it’s a soup-to-nuts project, but a worthwhile endeavor in this complete and seemingly undamaged example.

-donn


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Benelli December 26, 2019 posted by

All I Want for Christmas: 2003 Benelli Tornado TRE 900 LE for Sale

Chasing the ever-changing rules of production racing can be rough on smaller companies. They spend years developing a machine that can be sold to the public, but also meets the stringent requirements to compete in racing, and then the formula changes, leaving the new machine high and dry, unable to race competitively. Larger companies can simply roll with the changes, but ones with fewer resources often have to cut bait, or struggle through a few sad seasons as an also-ran. Such was the fate of the Benelli Tornado TRE 900 LE.

For a long time, the formula for World Superbike allowed 750cc fours, 900cc triples, and 1000cc twins with the expectation that they would compete on relatively equal footing. During this period, the class was basically dominated by Japanese four-cylinder machines and Ducati’s v-twins. Several triples were designed and introduced just before the WSBK rules changed in 2003 to allow 1000cc displacements, regardless of configuration. Benelli’s newly-developed three-cylinder Tornado, along with Petronas’ Sauber-powered FP1, were left in the lurch and down on power. Handling of both was considered excellent, but when your more powerful opponents can simply gap you on the straights…

The production Tornado was eventually punched-out from 898cc to eliminate the performance gap, but that 1130cc version wouldn’t have been race legal at and the team had folded by then. It’s a shame because, in a surprisingly homologous landscape where the formula to create a competitive performance motorcycle was seemingly carved from stone, Benelli managed to incorporate some radical innovations into their machine. In an effort to place the engine as far forward as possible in the chassis, they moved the radiator from the front of the bike to the rear, where distinctive fans pulled air through ducts from the front of the machine, past the underseat unit, and out the tail. The chassis was a hybrid component made from tubes of steel bonded by industrial-grade adhesives to cast aluminum sideplates. A quick-change cassette-style gearbox and a slipper clutch, along with top-spec braking and suspension package rounded out this very exotic machine.

Rules changes may have made the bike obsolete for Superbike competition, but with those looks, the roadgoing version still should have sold well. Unfortunately, a few reliability issues and a sparse dealer network meant failure there as well. Like many bikes of the period, fuel-injection mapping was a bit primitive and, with around 134hp on tap, performance obviously can’t compete with modern 1000cc machines, but Tornados handle extremely well and will certainly generate interest wherever bikers gather.

From the original eBay listing: 2003 Benelli Tornado TRE 900 LE for Sale

This is my 2003 Benelli Tornado TRE Limited Edition LE, 150 were produced from homologation into the World Superbike Championship. 40 were slated for the United States but a claimed 30 were actually imported Stateside. MSRP was a whopping $36,500. Its a DOHC 900cc 4-valve triple with 6 speeds. The engine is canted forward for better weight distribution and balance having the cooling radiator in the rear – hence the dual rear fans. That’s the idea anyway.

The LE also gave you Marchesini wheels, front and rear Ohlins suspension, carbon fiber bodywork, carbon fiber tank and clutch cover, adjustable headstock and swingarm, titanium exhaust, magnesium engine covers, sandcast cases, dry clutch and probably more. Its a very different bike than the standard Tornado TRE, even the electronics are different. The battery is mounted under the motor and not under the seat. Service manual and factory cover are also included.

I bought it from the original owner 5 years ago but I’ve ridden it maybe only twice as part of my larger collection. It was restarted and serviced this month from it’s dormancy by Distefano’s Performance in Imperial, PA. The shop owner had been a regional service representative for Benelli and knows these bikes well. Mileage is original 5994 miles.

Clear  street title in my name. It comes with the Benelli suitcase (the race kit with swing arm pivot inserts, swing arm shaft and rear sprockets). Also comes with its Benelli rear paddock stand. It has the factory optional Arrow exhaust but the stock exhaust is also included.

The seller’s asking price is $15,500 which seems to be in the ballpark for these when they come up for sale. Styling is both striking and elegant, and looks especially stunning in these silver/green colors. The dash is a bit dated, but comprehensive and very functional, with a couple of stylish touches to make it look just a bit more special. And note the very slim, carbon-fiber turn signals and the delicate license plate holder. Surprisingly, the bulky exhaust shown is actually the optional Arrow bit and the stock component especially spoils the styling a bit, looking like it’s been pulled off the back of a Suzuki from the same period.

-tad


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Buell December 24, 2019 posted by

Win-Win – 2008 Buell 1125R

The penultimate Buell came with Rotax power, and a typically edgy Buell design.  This owner would like to split the difference between the trade-in value and dealer retail, a righteous thought.  An afternoon of detailing might push this 1125R over the goal line.

2008 Buell 1125R for sale on eBay

Rotax supplied their turn-key twin, a masterful use of 1125cc’s to make 146 hp.  Buell’s signature innovations are all aboard, the fuel-in-frame chassis, single 375mm rim-mounted front brake, and mass-centralizing exhaust.  Showa contracted for 47mm front forks, and the piggyback-reservoir monoshock, both multi-adjustable.  The seemingly overstated side radiator scoops funnel air under the rider to exit beneath the seat.  Buell’s earlier experience with the quiet and maintenance-free drive belt led them to design it into the 1125R as well.

Despite the “storage wars” presentation, if the routine maintenance hasn’t been overlooked, this Pennsylvania 1125R might just need some elbow grease to be sharp.  The exhaust could be hi-temp painted, ceramic coated or there are any number of aftermarket specials available.  No accident damage is readily apparent.  From the eBay auction:

Miles are higher than posted in picture, it has over 8000 miles. I drive it to circulate fluids so it remains in good shape mechanically. it starts, runs and drives perfectly. I’m trying to sell it to buy my fiancé her own bike she could ride comfortably since she’s short it doesn’t fit her well. I know what it blue books for and what a dealer will give me on a trade in but I want to sell to someone who would get it for a better price from me than from a dealer.

Despite their recent agreement on the not-invented-here powerplant, Harley would shortly change their corporate mind and shutter the Buell brand altogether.  This shaky support has to be factored into the next owner’s offer.  It’s a lot of bike for the ask, but a good relationship with a knowledgeable indy would be a big help.  In the right situation, it could be a smashing resto-rider.

-donn


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MV Agusta December 23, 2019 posted by

Furious Four: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

The 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R came dancing across the water in pretty short supply, but was still aimed at being something of a halo bike for those whose incomes don’t equal the GDP of an Eastern bloc nation. When this thing was new, it was meant for superbike competition, but didn’t carry the eye-watering $128k sticker of the F4CC dream machine.

2008 MV Agusta F4 312R for sale on eBay

Thanks to higher lift and longer duration cams, punched out throttle bodies and titanium valves, the F4 312R was good for 183 horsepower at 12,400 RPM — or 9 horsepower and 500 RPM above the standard F4. It had a fully adjustable Marzocchi front end, backed up by a similarly tweakable Sachs shock. The whole package weighed just 425 pounds without fuel. Even by today’s insane standards, it’s a fast machine. But in 2008, absolutely nothing stood in its way.

This 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R has been ridden and enjoyed, and it shows, but the bike is still in really nice, well-taken-care-of condition. With more than 10,000 miles on the dial, it’s on the upper end of the scale. To compensate, the seller says it has recently had a full service, which included Engine Ice coolant, Motul oil and new tires. It got a valve adjustment and new valve cover gasket at the same time.

From the eBay listing:

BIKE INFO;
THIS MV AGUSTA F4 312R IS AND HAS BEEN TAKING CARE OF WITH PASSION. ALL SERVICES AND MAINTENANCE IS DONE ON SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE TIME BY PROFESSIONAL MECHANIC AND MOTORCYCLE SHOP OWNER.

IT’S RIDDEN ON REGULAR BASES STREET,HIGHWAY,TWISTIES, FOR WEEKEND FUN.
NEVER RACED ON TRACK OR BEEN IN ANY SORT OF ACCIDENT OR TIPPED OVER.

ALL FLUIDS ARE CHANGED(PREMIUM OILS AND FLUIDS,MOTUL OIL & BRAKE FLUID,CLUTCH FLUID,ENGINE ICE COOLANT).
DNA’ PERFORMANCE AIR FILTER WASHED AND LUBED.
NEW SPARK PLUGS. VALVES CHECKED/ADJUSTED/NEW VALVE COVER GASKET ADDED.
ABSOLUTELY NO NEED FOR ANY MAINTENANCE FOR THE NEXT 7,500 MILES AT LEAST,JUST RIDE.
NEW PIRELLI SUPERCORSA TIRES,150 MILES ON TIRES ONLY DONE,SINCE NEW.

BIKE HAS LIGHT SMOKE SCREEN,INTEGRATED TURN SIGNALS IN REAR,SUEDE NON SLIP RIDER SEAT,MIDDLE EXHAUST PIPE WRAP TO KEEP HEAT AWAY FROM RIDER.

THERE IS 3RD FAN MOTOR INSTALLED ON THE RADIATOR WITH 2 SPEED IF NEEDED TO KEEP IT COOL IN THE TRAFFIC JAM.
UPGRADED VERSION ORIGINAL WATER PUMP INSTALLED FROM MV AGUSTA.
LOJACK INSTALLED FOR SECURITY./CAN BE TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW OWNER./ 0 COST
LITHIUM BATTERY INSTALLED. PASSENGER FOOT PEGS AVAILABLE TOO.

AS THE OWNER I AM VERY ATTACHED TO THE BIKE , DON’T WANT SEE IT GONE, BUT, AT THE END I HAVE REALISED THAT I AM NOT RIDING THIS FANTASTIC BIKE AS MUCH AS I SHOULD + I HAVE MORE BIKES TO LOOK AFTER.
MV-F4 MOSTLY SITTING PRETTY IN GARAGE.
I AM SURE THAT MANY OF YOU OUT THERE KNOW VALUE AND CAPABILITY OF THIS MOTORCYCLE,SO I WON’T POST BIKE SPECIFICATIONS HERE AS ALL! THIS CAN BE FOUND ON NET AND SEARCHED UNDER 2008 MV AGUSTA F4 312R 1+1

PLEASE NOTE;
I WILL HAVE OPEN BIDDING WITH MINIMUM PRICE AND NO RESERVE PRICE ADDED.-WOW
NO “BUY IT NOW PRICE”- ALSO.! JUST BIDDING AS IT SHOULD BE.
I AM DETERMINED TO SELL BIKE AND ONE OF YOU WILL CAPITALISE ON THIS DEAL SOON.
BID WITH CONFIDENCE.
LOCAL BUYERS IN CALIFORNIA(SAN DIEGO) ARE WELCOME TO STOP BUY AND LOOK BIKE UP CLOSE. LOCAL PICK UP, ALWAYS AVAILABLE AS OPTION.
MOTORCYCLE IS OFFERED FOR LOCAL SALE AS WELL.HOLDING RIGHTS TO CLOSE AUCTION BEFORE ENDS, IF NEEDED.
IF MOTORCYCLE IS PURCHASED ON EBAY, BUYER MUST PAY EVERYTHING IN TIME THAT HAS BEEN SCHEDULED.
“NO EXCUSES”

BUYER TAKES CARE OF ALL FEES,AND PLANNING REGARDING SHIPPING TO DIFFERENT STATES.
FROM LOCAL DEALER I FOUND THAT RATES FOR SHIPPING BIKE ARE $600 3-4 WEEKS, OR $780 IN 10 DAYS.
NOW YOU ALL HAVE SOME REFERENCE POINT ON SHIPPING COST.
2KEYS,2 LOJACK KEY FOB, TITLE, BILL OF SALE,MANUAL,EXTRA BIKE STUFF WILL BE MAILED SEPARATE FROM THE BIKE.

There’s no reserve on this beast, which means highest bidder takes it home. There’s scant few of these around, so we’ll be curious to see where the bids end up.


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Ducati December 22, 2019 posted by

Just in time for Festivus: Two 2018 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Editions!

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition #461 for sale on eBay

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition #519 for sale on eBay

Scrambling for a last-second, money-is-no-object gift for two of your closest friends? Look no further! Even the colors are holiday-themed on this brace of 2018 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Editions. All joking aside, there isn’t much time left to jump on these two, and they’d make a hell of a lot cooler gift than a Mercedes with a bow on the hood.

More than just a pretty paintjob, the 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition carried the most advanced v-twin Bologna ever spat out, which was fitting as it signaled the end of Ducati’s development of its most famous asset. With bigger vales, 13.1:1 compression, titanium connecting rods and electronics that would embarrass NASA, the FE managed 209 horsepower and 104 lb-ft of torque. The new fours may be more powerful in their ultimate form, but they’re cheating with more pots. This truly will go down as one of the engines of the century.

There were scant options available, as the bikes came with every box you could check as standard. That means electronic Ohlins suspension front and rear, top-whack Brembos and a full titanium Akrapovic exhaust system. Wet weight, with almost a full tank of gas, was 419 pounds.

As you might expect, there’s little fault to find with either of these two examples. Numbers 461 and 519 of 1,299 produced, they have only done 610 and 765 miles, respectively. Number 519 entirely as it left Bologna, and is listed slightly lower than 461. Number 461 has had its wheels powdercoated white and wears the optional Akrapovic titanium racing exhaust. They’re both rolling on their stock Pirelli Diablos.

From the seller:

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Tri-Colore

Final Edition

Number 461 of 1,299

1 owner motorcycle in pristine condition with only 610 miles. 1st service and safety inspection just completed.

Options include factory upgraded Akrapovic racing exhaust with up-map and carbon fiber belly pan. Factory lightweight Marchesini forged alloys professionally powder coated in gloss white with new bearings and seals installed.

This brings the original MSRP with upgrades to $46,560.00

Ducati celebrates the twin cylinder engine that marked the history of the Superbike World Championship. From Marco Lucchinelli’s first victory with the 851 in 1988 at the first race in the history of the World Superbike Championship, to 2017 with the victories of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri on the Panigale R, the twin cylinder from Borgo Panigale has always been a top performer of the Superbike Championship. Unmistakable design and uncompromising technical choices like the Superquadro engine with a record 116 mm bore. 209 hp of pure adrenaline and 142 Nm of breathtaking torque. Cutting-edge electronics with Bosch Inertial Platform to guarantee maximum control.1299 Panigale: The object of desire of every motorcycle enthusiast.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or call (919) 834-5111 and ask for Steve or Greg at Garcia Moto in Raleigh.

Original MSRP: $39,900.00

Upgraded race exhaust with labor: $6,260.00

Powder coated alloys: $400.00

Total order: $46,560.00

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Tri-Colore

Final Edition

Number 519 of 1,299

1 owner motorcycle with only 765 miles. 1st service and safety inspection just completed. Includes all books, extra unused key and additional $850.00 in OEM Ducati accessories listed below.

Ducati celebrates the twin cylinder engine that marked the history of the Superbike World Championship. From Marco Lucchinelli’s first victory with the 851 in 1988 at the first race in the history of the World Superbike Championship, to 2017 with the victories of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri on the Panigale R, the twin cylinder from Borgo Panigale has always been a top performer of the Superbike Championship. Unmistakable design and uncompromising technical choices like the Superquadro engine with a record 116 mm bore. 209 hp of pure adrenaline and 142 Nm of breathtaking torque. Cutting-edge electronics with Bosch Inertial Platform to guarantee maximum control.1299 Panigale: The object of desire of every motorcycle enthusiast.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or call (919) 834-5111 and ask for Steve or Greg for more information at Garcia Moto in Raleigh.

Original MSRP: $39,900.00

38520961A – Unused – DDA+ 16MB CONTROL UNIT: 380.62

97180241A – Unused – CLEAR OVERSIZED HEADLIGHT FAIRING – SBK: $200.10

97380371A – Unused – MIRROR HOLE COVER KIT: $150.00

69928571A – KIT CARICABATTERIA: $120.49

Total order – $40,751.00

More than likely, two lucky riders are headed for a wonderful treat next riding season, but we think it would be cool if these two were kept as a pair in someone’s very well-appointed garage.


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Cagiva December 21, 2019 posted by

Pint-Sized Oddball Exotic: 1986 Cagiva Aletta Oro S2 for Sale

When you see “Oro” in a motorcycle name these days, it immediately conjures images of low-production, high-spec exotics like the MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro. This little smoker was really anything but “limited-production” or “high-spec,” and Aletta Oro translates to “golden wing.” Of course, it’s obvious that it has nothing in common with Honda’s famous luxury touring mount, other than it being a motorcycle. Instead, the Cagiva Aletta Oro S2 was intended as a classy, entry-level bike with limited performance and plenty of style.

As you’d expect from an entry-level European machine, the Aletta Oro was powered by a motocross-derived, liquid-cooled 125cc two-stroke, with automatic oil injection to keep the little motor happily smoking. A six-speed gearbox helped newbie riders keep the engine in the meat of it’s meager powerband and make the most of the claimed 23.6hp. Thanks to a 277lb claimed dry weight, the little Cagiva could keep pace with its contemporaries in a straight line and the bike was a nimble handler, although ultimately limited by the budget suspension components.

Styling is very, very 1980s with pearl white bodywork and a red frame. Fuel goes in the normal place at the top of the tank, but the right-side fairing features what looks like a fuel door that hides the radiator cap. The dash is pretty comprehensive, although not shown here, with an absolutely huge tachometer front-and-center, temp gauge, and a digital fuel gauge, as well as the usual speedometer and row of idiot lights.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Cagiva Aletta Oro S2 for Sale

I purchased this bike off of original owner in about 2017 and installed a brand new Polini 162cc cylinder at my shop in New Hampshire. This is a stock bike otherwise originally 125cc 6 speed liquid cooled 2 stroke auto mix. Dash works and headlight/taillight work. Turn signals are cracked a little and have been repaired once (very poor design). I have personally taken this bike apart and ridden all over NYC this past summer and fall. Bike does a healthy 75+mph and shifts through all gears. Starts 1 kick and sounds very healthy. Can provide videos and additional photos upon request.

CLEAN STREET TITLE AND REGISTERED IN MY NAME. CURRENTLY BEING USED ON ROAD ONCE A MONTH OR SO.

Please keep in mind this is a very rare all original bike and there are almost none of these in the USA. this is not a showpiece but a running riding bike perfect for inner city domination or to hop on the highway for short trips here and there. 

I can also deliver up to 350 miles of NYC for Gas/tolls/fee discussed. Thanks.

The bidding is currently up to $2,000 with a couple days left on the auction. I highly doubt these will be worth much anytime soon, but you can’t beat a weird 80s Cagiva for novelty value. And, unlike a Motocompo or Monkey, it’s a thoroughly usable novelty, one that could make a great commuter or city bike, as the seller mentions. The biggest issue would likely be bodywork, although I’d expect you should be able to find plenty of used parts, if you’re willing to look online and trust shippers outside the US. This one isn’t pristine, but when will you have another opportunity to pick up something this rare for so little?

-tad


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Ducati December 20, 2019 posted by

By Any Other Name – 1992 Ducati 907 I.E. “Paso”

Massimo Taburrini penned the all-encompassing Paso in 1985, for the still-in-transition Cagiva and Ducati.  Not starting from a position of strength, the model fought the good fight for several years and culminated in a fuel injected 90 hp package.  Despite 35K miles and 27 years, it still looks great.

1992 Ducati 907 I.E. for sale on eBay

The 907 I.E. incorporated the best features from the Paso, revised some basics like the engine cases, and snuck in a few niceties from the 851, like the alloy swingarm.  With fuel injection, power was up to the 100 hp/liter benchmark and tractability wasn’t forgotten.  More standard 17-inch rims were a help as were 300mm front Brembo brakes.  The soap bar fairing was chockablock with inlets and vents, all in the name of flow.

The California seller appears to be an audiophile as well as sportbike enthusiast, and though not a long term owner, this 907 looks very tidy for 35K miles.  From the eBay auction:

This is a great running classic Ducati at very nice price. 

Purchased from the original owner last year. We did the following…
New tires front and rear
New drive belts
New plugs
Oil and Filter changed
New fork seals.
Coolant flush
New battery
She runs great and comes with the original seat as well as a Corbin seat.
The eastern juggernaut was not to be denied, but the decidedly classic 907 I.E. made a statement about a wide torque band and careful tuning.  Never exactly popular, the Paso gave way to Ducati’s ST series and resides in a fandom of backroad and sport-touring riders.  The generation gap between the 907’s introduction and today might be bridged by the sensible buy-it-now and very sharp condition.
-donn

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Ducati December 19, 2019 posted by

Road and Track: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

You’d think that, for sportbike owners, homologation specials would be the ultimate ride. And they technically are, but the whole point of homologation is to meet production requirements that allow certain parts to be used on a company’s racing machines, whether or not they result in a better finished product. So it turns out a slightly steeper steering head angle will allow a bike to transition faster? That’s great, but you have to use that same design on a certain number of machines available for sale to the public. Unfortunately, the advantages for road riders may be nonexistent in many cases. Or even a step backwards: flat-slide carburetors often found on 80s homologation bikes are generally less practical than the constant velocity units that came on the standard bikes. Luckily, the Ducati 749R manages to be a fantastic road bike, in addition to providing the foundation for a first-class racebike.

The 749R was developed to compete in the World Supersport championship. Unlike World Superbike, the rules for this series are very strict and allow extremely limited modifications to keep costs for the teams competing under control. WSBK machines are based on the production bikes, but liberal changes to the bodywork, suspension, and engine are permitted. Supersport rules, on the other hand, are so strict that even the stock wheels had to be retained! In order for Ducati’s 750 v-twin to compete on equal terms with the 600cc inline fours from the Japanese manufacturers within these narrow parameters, the 749R ended up being one of the trickest machines they’d ever produced.

Available between 2003 and 2006, the 749R used larger, titanium valves, titanium rods, a lightweight crank, magnesium cam covers, and high-compression pistons with a much larger bore. The larger 94mm pistons were combined with a shorter, 56mm stroke to help it safely rev higher and gave an actual 749.5cc, unlike the 749 and 749S that had 748. Power was up from 108 to 121hp, and a slipper clutch helped keep the rear tire from locking up during hard downshifts.

The frame was modified significantly and included an adjustable steering head. Suspension was heavily revised to match, with a different rear suspension linkage, a WSBK 999-style swingarm, and top-of-the-line Öhlins components at both ends. Radial Brembos up front meant the bike shared the 999R’s stopping power, as well. The bike featured adjustable ergonomics as seen on the solo-seat 749S but actually had a smaller range of adjustment, due to the larger-diameter racing exhaust taking up some of the underseat space. Lightweight Marchesini wheels were used and the 2004 model year bikes were clad in carbon-fiber bodywork. Later years switched to a new, lightweight plastic, which works well but isn’t nearly as sexy. The lightweight bodywork was paired with a larger fuel tank with increased capacity and exclusive to the 749R.

The 749R is an excellent sports motorcycle, with pedigree and performance. It’s rare, too: supposedly just 500 originally made it to North America. But you paid a premium for that speed and rarity: in 2005, the 749S sold for $14,795 versus $21,995 for the 749R. For 99% of riders, the 749S was just as effective, for a much lower price.

From the original eBay listing: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

2005 Ducati 749R limited production #0172. Bike was meticulously maintained and needs nothing. It has a Termignoni racing pipe and exhaust, CRG quick adjust racing levers, Brembo front and rear brakes, adjustable titanium racing pegs, shifter and brake lever. Ohlins front and rear Suspension and steering dampener, forged Marchesini Forged rims and many carbon fiber parts. Please no low ball offers and no joy rides. I’m happy to answer any serious questions about the bike.

The Seller is asking for a $10,999 starting bid, with a Buy It Now of $16,892. In spite of all the high-spec bits and limited production, these are still usable roadbikes, as this example can attest: it’s no garage queen, with 17,000 miles on the odometer. Not bad for an homologation machine with race-bred Italian heritage. Buyers shouldn’t necessarily worry about a Ducati with that kind of mileage: if properly maintained, the basic components are pretty durable. The usage probably does damage the bike’s collectability a bit, since folks picking up R-spec bikes these days are most likely well-heeled Ducatisti, and low-mile bikes tend to command more interest and higher values. If you have to have the very best though, just in a smaller package, this could be an excellent dual purpose sportbike that’s even more at home on track than on the road.

-tad


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