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Ducati October 29, 2018 posted by

Darkwing Duc – 1999 Ducati 900SS

Though the Supersport has been a Ducati staple through thick and thin, the late 90's re-design by Pierre Terblanche was met with either a cheer or a wrinkled nose.  Having mostly been riders, not many have been nicely modified and barely ridden like the one here.

1999 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Not just a facelift, the Supersport re-design brought a host of mechanical improvements, like fuel injection, an improved charging system, and a wider rear tire.  The 904cc desmodue has revised cam profiles to help bring 80 hp at 7,500 rpm, and mid-range has a healthy 57 ft.-lbs. torque.  As on Supersports past, the suspension was supplied by Showa, and brakes by Brembo, who also cast the hollow-spoke wheels for this generation.

This 900SS is owned by a N.J.-based parts re-seller, and has just 2,772 miles despite some premium upgrades.  An act of faith to tear down a factory new engine, the 944 upgrade is a piston and cylinder swap for 40 more cc's, but higher compression results in what should be 85-90 hp.  Seems only right to fit an Arrow "spaghetti" exhaust and re-flash the ECU.  Hard to argue with new cam belts and battery.  From the eBay auction:

Very nice low mileage injected Supersport.  944 kit and ecu flash by Certified Ducati Dealer when bike was brand new.  Full Stainless Arrow 45mm big tube exhaust, Ohlins rear shock, Yoyodyne clutch slave, Custom matched seat, Billet gas cap.

Bike is in very nice condition and it would cost you $4500 to build the motor, buy the exhaust and flash the ECU.  Ohlins shock is another $1200.  You are well over that price I am asking for just these few items.
New timing belts, New battery.

The revamped SS had slightly raised bars but the ergonomics were still unfriendly until you were moving well, and the love-it / hate-it design didn't help matters.  Sculpted fairings have since come back into fashion, and the upper-only set are few and far between.  I'm with the owner that the value is there, but since I'm not in the market, someone else will have to push Make Offer.  Not being very suitable for collateral duties like touring or commuting, the late Supersport is just for a nice weekend afternoon, but for that it is perfect...

-donn


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MV Agusta October 28, 2018 posted by

Rare Colors: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 for Sale

Prices for the Massimo Tamburini-styled MV Agusta F4 are currently at a low point, so if you can put up with the bike's limitations and sometimes frustrating quirks, you can have what is arguably the best-looking sportbike of all time in your garage for the price of a used Suzuki. Most early F4 1000s you'll find are the classic MV Agusta red-and-silver, but occasionally, you'll see one of these silver-and-blue ones for sale.

It is a factory color combination, although you only rarely see them. I have a soft spot for this particular design, since the very first MV Agusta I had the opportunity to ride was in these colors. And, although everything you've heard about them is true, I was still smitten.

Issues with the first-generation F4 are well known: they're hideously uncomfortable and they run hot, especially in traffic, the rear hub is very sensitive to overtightening and can fail catastrophically if not properly adjusted. Or even if it is. The fuel injection is crude, and obviously parts can be a problem for a bike that's long been discontinued and was never produced in great numbers.

But if you're willing to take the plunge on an older MV, you can update the radiator and fans, a more robust hub kit is available, and when the injection is properly sorted with a Power Commander or stand-alone system, the 998cc inline four pulls like a freight train and the F4 handles like you'd expect of a thoroughbred Italian superbike. There's not a whole lot you can do to sort the cruel ergonomics, but adjustable rearsets and clipons might make it bearable, depending on your particular physique...

From the original eBay listing: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 for Sale

2005 Mv Agusta F4 1+1 well maintained super bike (recipients available) 

Unique and rare motorcycle for enthusiasts with great power and beautiful design.

Always garaged and adult owned, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you

*update please note a small dent on the tank (see last picture)

If you want an icon in your garage and have limited cash, or just want to convince strangers you've got more money and taste than you actually do, here's your ride. The seller is asking just $6,900 for this one. Honestly, that's a sharp price, assuming it's been well maintained and doesn't have any history of mechanical problems: the F4 is generally pretty robust, aside from the aforementioned issues, but the electrics can be fickle and a neglected MV will be a nightmare to put right. The seller doesn't include much information in the listing, but claims it's been well cared-for, and the photos suggest it's a clean bike. The fact that he points out the small dent in the tank suggest that he's probably pretty meticulous...

-tad


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Bimota October 27, 2018 posted by

Early-Production 2009 Bimota DB7 for Sale

Bimotas are unparalleled garage ornaments: blessed with exotic components, striking looks, and wild graphics, they're two-wheeled art and look every bit the barely-tamed racebikes they're purported to be. Unfortunately, they've also been pretty hit-or-miss when it came to the actual riding, often from bike to bike. Set up for any Bimota is key and, in spite of claimed advantages in terms of power, weight, and componentry, their bikes have sometimes struggled to even match the bikes they were built to supposedly outperform. But by the time of the company's rebirth in the early 2000s, they'd gotten their act together, and today's DB7 is one of the best bikes in the company's history.

Of course, improvements in performance and quality aside, we should still at least briefly touch on the elephant in the room: cost. The Ducati 1098-powered Bimota DB7's $35,000 asking price was in no way a good value. It definitely wasn't $10,000 better than the hot-rod Ducati 1098R of the same year, a bike that made significantly more power and even weighed a couple pounds less than the "lightweight" Bimota... But if you're fixated on something like that, you're missing the entire point: Bimotas of this period are for well-heeled connoisseurs with money to burn, and they're not intended to make financial sense.

I love 90s Bimotas, but some of the details are a bit crude and they're a complete pain to work on: those gorgeous aluminum beam frames significantly limit access to the bike's oily bits, and the overall "kit-bike" quality meant the brand's reputation suffered. It didn't help that the major manufacturers had been honing their craft. When two motorcycles with the same engine have a 150lb weight difference, the lighter machine can't help but be faster. But by the late 1990s, bikes like Yamaha's R1 and the Suzuki GSX-R1000 offered the same level of performance as Bimota's creations, but with much better reliability, and at a third of the price. So Bimota focused on creating bikes like the DB7 that offered an incredible level of craftsmanship and detailing, even if they weren't any faster.

I'm not a huge fan of the stacked projector-beam headlamps, but this is the kind of machine that gets more an more impressive, the closer you get. The detailing is incredible, especially the heart of the beast, or maybe the skeleton if we're staying with the anatomical metaphor... Bimota doesn't generally build their own engines, and the bikes' claim to fame has always been their frames. They started experimenting with hybrid frames that combined multiple materials with the SB8R, the idea being to obtain different performance characteristics for different areas of the frame. In the SB8's case, it was designed to shift weight forward for better weight-distribution and handling. In the DB7, the frame is an evolution of the earlier DB5/6 that used a combination of trellis structures for the frame and swingarm, connected to stiff machined aluminum sideplates, a design similar to MV Agusta's modern roadbikes and their upcoming Moto2 machine. In the Bimota DB7, the tubular trellis is replaced by oval-section tubing, and the overall effect is similar, and the bike looks light and agile, even at rest.

Of course, improvements in performance and quality aside, we should still at least briefly touch on the elephant in the room: cost. The DB7's $35,000 asking price was in no way a good value. It definitely wasn't $10,000 better than the Ducati 1098R of the same year, a bike that made significantly more power and even weighed a couple pounds less than the "lightweight" Bimota... But if you're fixated on something like that, you're missing the entire point: Bimotas of this period are for well-heeled connoisseurs with money to burn, and they're not intended to make financial sense.

From the original eBay listing: 2009 Bimota DB7 for Sale

The DB7 was Bimota's first superbike after their rebirth in 2003, and it featured Ducati’s 1098 Testastretta Evo engine. The engine isn’t the only impressive part–in addition to Bimota’s home-brew oval tube trellis frame, this bike is packed with top-shelf components like Marzocchi forks, Brembo Monobloc calipers, and the fully adjustable ExtremeTech rear shock. But what truly makes this bike stand out is the way this bike is made.

Ugh, I know what the seller means by "home-brew" but wow, is that the wrong phrase. Bimota literally made their name developing sophisticated frames that offered significant handling advantages, compared to machines from major manufacturers, and this one, while not necessarily better than the frame that forms the basis of the 1098, is a piece industrial art. The $21,000 starting bid is pretty steep, but these are some of the best bikes Bimota ever made. Sure, you could get a decent Panigale 1199S for that money, but those things are everywhere in Southern California...

-tad


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Ducati October 26, 2018 posted by

Reserve Met: 565-mile 2000 Ducati MH900e

Sixteen years after Ducati's original run of bikes celebrating Mike Hailwood's return to form at the 1978 Isle of Man TT, Bologna kicked out a Pierre Terblanche-penned update to the much-lauded MHR900. The MH900e, where 'e' stands for evoluzione, was a much more exclusive machine than the original MHR900, with just 2,000 rolling off the line between 2000 and 2002. Though the bike had a relatively sedate 75-horsepower air-cooled v-twin, the frame, suspension and bodywork were all one-offs, from the gorgeously sculpted bikini fairing, tank, tail and exhaust to the steel trellis frame and swingarm.

2000 Ducati MH900e for sale on eBay

To up the exclusivity, Ducati sold the bikes directly to customers over an Internet order form which opened at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2000. The first 1,000 sold in 31 minutes. By 2000 standards, the idea was dazzlingly futuristic. Especially since half the world still thought the stroke of midnight would mean the world's computers would meltdown and send us back to the Stone Age.

This 2000 Ducati MH900e has been ridden enough to prove that it does actually run, and just barely enough to have been enjoyed a couple times. Aside from that, it has been a display piece, and has the pristine bodywork to prove it. The seller gives precious few details beyond the pictures.

From the eBay listing:

This motorcycle is For Sale only!!
Its in perfect condition only has 565 miles just serviced all original. Museum Quality and one of a 2,000 made. for more info just leave a message and i will get back to you.

The reserve appears to be met at $15,000, which is what Ducati commanded for the bikes originally. We're sure that won't be the end of the line for this rare and special Duc.


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Suzuki October 25, 2018 posted by

2nd Life – 1983 Suzuki GSX1100S Katana

RSBFS normally shies away from buffed-up resto-mods, but this long term transformation is understated, very true to the original - and a looker.  This owner has polished where appropriate, but powder-coated in many cases, with a nice performance rebuild of the 1100cc four.

1983 Suzuki GSX1100S Katana for sale on eBay

 

On the radical side, the German firm Target Design penned their edgy 111 hp flagship, as the headlight fairing slashes its way toward 136 mph.  Suzuki's twin-swirl combustion chamber ( TSCC ) and forged engine internals made all that power more reliable.  Ergonomics are long and low, rake and trail numbers optimized for high speed  work.  Forks had anti-dive but were not adjustable, while dual rear shocks had five selections for preload and rebound.

 

Evidently restored by the original owner, this Kat has some serious mods in the engine and could be shown as a light custom.  Some normally bright parts have been powder coated black while forks and calipers ( and float bowls ! ) have been polished.  With stripes, the paint is celebratory compared to the original.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

The bike starts and runs great, and has about 600 miles on it since being restored.
 
Engine assembled by Scott Horner / Heads Up Performance
 
Wiseco 1160 piston kit
Heads Up Performance ported and polished head
Yoshimura stage two cams
Crank rebuilt by Falicon
New OEM rods, oil pump
Vance & Hines Super Hub rebuilt by APE Performance
APE Billet clutch basket assy, Valve job w/ bronze valve guides, Undercut trans gears, Heavy duty cam chain,
Manual cam chain tensioner, Adjustable cam sprockets, cam chain guide
Vortex Overhead oiling kit
Dyna ignition, green coils, HT wires
Paint by AT. Markus
New GSXR front master cyl & OEM rear
Stainless brake lines/fittings
Powder coated frame and all brackets
Bolts stainless, new OEM or black oxide finish
EBC Pro-lite brake disks
Works shocks
Pirelli Sport Demon tires
Rizoma Blinkers and Grips
New seals/bearings
 
With four days to run, bidding is active and has almost reached the original MSRP, at a level now reserved for singles and scooters.  It's a lot of bike, with the forward riding position better for higher speeds.  The detailed restoration on this Katana shows well, and the engine upgrade backs the design up with plenty of oomph.
-donn
 

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