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Ducati October 6, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale in the USA!

Update 2.22.2106: Now listed with AMS Ducati Dallas. -dc

Update 10.6.2015: Price dropped from $32,000 to $27,500. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 L Front

If you’re an 851 fetishist, today’s Featured Listing Ducati 851 SP3 is a rare sight here in the USA. We first saw this particular example back in July from the same owner, but the bike is back now with seriously improved photography. Even if you have no interest in buying, it’s worth a few right-clicks on the images to add to your dream garage…

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 R Front Detail

At the time it was last posted, the RSBFS commentariat was pretty critical of both the pricing and the photography, but with the photography issue sorted, I think it’s clear why the seller has ambitious goals in terms of pricing: it’s a beautiful example of a very rare bike that is likely to become very valuable. The 916 is perhaps the most iconic modern Ducati, but the 851 laid the groundwork and although the 851 certainly isn’t as pretty or as elegant as its descendant, it has a brutal simplicity that is every bit as purposeful and effective.

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Clocks

Originally introduced in 1987, the 851 was most significant for its introduction of four-valve heads, liquid-cooling, and fuel injection to the venerable L-twin engine, changes required to make the bike competitive in the then-new World Superbike series. It worked, and Ducati returned to the world performance stage in a big way.

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Front Suspension

Good for a claimed 93hp and the usual fat midrange and lazy power delivery compared to four-cylinder rivals, the 851 was eventually superseded by the bored-out 888 that displaced, surprise surprise, 888cc.

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 L Rear

That bigger motor also powered the homologation SP3 and put out 111hp. Other changes to the SP3 included Öhlins suspension at both ends, a close-ratio gearbox, reinforced cases, and a few cosmetic carbon bits. The original bikes did have a set of Termignoni upswept pipes, although this bike features what appear to be Verlicchi megaphone exhausts. It’s a shame the originals are missing*, but I’ve seen a number of earlier 851’s with similar exhausts so they’re not completely inappropriate.

(*Note: I’ve discussed with the seller and he notes that he has identified a source for the originals but that it would require a trade for the current exhaust. Please contact the seller for further details. -dc)

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Pipe

From the seller: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale

I purchased this bike from The Silverman Museum Collection. It was serviced extensively prior to me purchasing it. I then had the fork seals replaced and the clutch and brake lines replaced along with a few other odds and ends (oil change, battery, etc.) I only rode the bike once (it scared me), I thought it was just beautiful to look at. I would put new tires on it if i planned on riding it a lot, but other than that, it’s in great shape.

I believe these pictures do the bike justice. I can provide a video of a cold start for anyone who is interested: it likes a little throttle when cold but after it’s warm it will idle without issue. It sounds phenomenal.

Keep in mind while the seller is asking some big money for an 851, this is an extremely rare homologation-special SP3 and even cooking 851’s are finally beginning to appreciate in value. While the Ducati Monster can be credited with saving Ducati in terms of sales, it was the 851 that gave the brand back the street cred on which the parts-bin Monster traded, and paved the way for the stunning 916 that graced a million bedroom walls.

-tad

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 L Side

Featured Listing: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale in the USA!
Buell September 23, 2015 posted by

The Tools at Hand: 1991 Buell Westwind RS 1200/5 for Sale

1991 Buell RS1200 R Side

Given a clean sheet of paper and nearly unlimited resources, it’s no surprise when major manufacturers come up with good motorcycles. In fact, when you consider those factors, it’s shocking how often they get it wrong… But Buell had neither advantage in building his motorcycles and still managed to come up with some very interesting motorcycles. In fact, many of the most striking innovations in his early bikes like this Buell RS1200 were workarounds for the tall and heavy Harley powertrain he was using.

Too heavy? Save weight everywhere you can. Bulky non-unit engine and transmission? Centralize mass with a shock mounted under the engine. Vibey powerplant? Mount it using innovative heim joints that works like Norton’s “Isolastic” system to isolate the worst of the vibrations and allow a stiff package that doesn’t try to rattle the rider’s teeth loose. Worried about losing your girlfriend off the back? Don’t worry, the passenger seat cover doubles as a backrest!

1991 Buell RS1200 R Side2

Much of the bike’s detailing honestly looks custom up-close. If you didn’t know better, you’d swear those heim joints mounting the engine to the frame were aftermarket bits, but no, they were there from the factory, a measure of the quality components used to build these. Performance Machine is a brand often associated with Kustom Kruizer Kulture, but they make quality stoppers.

1991 Buell RS1200 Front Brake

And if the styling of this early Buell is, um… unconventional, the complete package exploits the antediluvian engine’s inherent power, torque, and character for a uniquely American take on a sport-touring motorcycle.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Buell Westwind RS 1200/5 for Sale

I am the original owner of this Beautiful Red California RS 1200/5 Westwind. Purchased in 1991 From Fremont Harley Davidson in FremontCalifornia, it has 5289 miles on it and is in very good condition. It has a small scratch on the tank and fender. It has a small crack on the fairing. It needs to have the fork seals replaced. It is bone stock expect for the screaming eagle Dyna ignition. It fires right up and runs like new. It has been garaged and covered since new.

I take for granted that most of you know this is one of the hand-built, low production models, before they were mass produced and cranked out by the thousands on an assembly line. This was when Erik Buell owned the company. It has a unique 5 digit VIN number acceptable to the DMV. Most vehicles have a 17 digit number.

1991 Buell RS1200 Dash

There are no takers yet with a starting bid of $5,500 but plenty of time left on the auction. Whether you love his motorcycles or hate them, Erik’s obvious passion for motorcycling and innovative mind shine through in all of his bikes, and it’s a shame he’s had so much trouble. But it’s a testament to his talent that people keep trying to give his ideas a home, so let’s hope this new guy in Asbury Park can give Buell the stability he needs to keep making interesting machines.

-tad

1991 Buell RS1200 L Side

The Tools at Hand: 1991 Buell Westwind RS 1200/5 for Sale
Ducati August 4, 2015 posted by

Four-Valve Genesis: Pristine 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

1991 Ducati 851 Front

Long forgotten in the wake of the 916, the Ducati 851 and 888 have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, likely because they are seen as the genesis of Ducati’s four-valve, liquid-cooled v-twin superbikes that may have reached its apex with the Panigale: Ducati is struggling in WSBK and there is talk of a move to a V4 format in the future, which would likely mean a V4 roadgoing superbike as well…

1991 Ducati 851 Tail

Ducati L-twins have always been fundamentally tough machines. Designed to handle the rigors of the track, the roadbikes were always relatively understressed, and while the air/oil-cooled two-valve engines can be tuned to make significantly more power for the track, they’re still unable to compete against liquid-cooled, four-valve four cylinder engines.

1991 Ducati 851 Fairing

In order to stay relevant in racing and, by extension, in showrooms, Ducati needed a new bike to compete in the fledgling World Superbike Championship. The 1987 Ducati 851 was the result and while the skin was all-new and modern, it was what lay beneath that was most important. Based on the existing air/oil cooled engine, but now with four-valve heads and a radiator strapped to the front, the newly-dubbed “Desmoquattro” put out 93hp at the rear wheel along with the healthy midrange you’d expect from an Italian twin.

1991 Ducati 851 Clocks

The bike was successful and quite literally put Ducati on the modern performance map, going toe-to-toe with the best Japan had to offer on track and on the road. It was followed by the similarly-styled 888 that featured, surprise-surprise, an 888cc engine, before being replaced by the significantly redesigned and restyled 916.

1991 Ducati 851 Seat

This 851 is one of the nicest and definitely one of the best-photographed bikes we’ve featured recently. It’s a stunning, low-mileage, one-owner bike that’s largely stock, other than the slick, vintage Fast By Ferracci cans, making it perfect for collectors.

1991 Ducati 851 Pipe

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

One owner! Brand new condition!
NO Dings, NO Dents, NO Scratches, NEVER Put Down!
Fast By Ferracci Exhaust!
Corbin Seat!
Bike is new… Nothing more to say!

1991 Ducati 851 Tank

With just two days left on the auction, bidding has been active so far, although well below the $11,999 Buy It Now price. That’s certainly big money for an 851, buy you’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer, lower-mileage example: at just 3,500 miles, this thing hasn’t even seen its first valve-check yet. And you’d easily spend that much to get a shoddy example into this kind of shape. If you’re looking for a nearly perfect 851 to complete your four-valve collection, this is your bike.

-tad

1991 Ducati 851 R Side

Four-Valve Genesis: Pristine 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale
Suzuki July 17, 2015 posted by

Road Legal: Titled 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side Front

In countries where riders prefer their roads twisty and their exhausts smoky, bikes like this little Suzuki RGV250 aren’t all that rare and don’t command the prices they do here in the US, and titled examples of the little two-stroke sportbikes are even more difficult to find.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side

Introduced in 1988, the RGV250 Γ “Gamma” replaced the parallel-twin RG250 as Suzuki’s GP-replica backroad ripper. The new liquid-cooled, 90° v-twin produced in the neighborhood of 55hp at first and weighed in at under 300lbs dry, making for a very entertaining ride. Aprilia saw the potential in Suzuki’s snarling little twin and used the same motor to power their RS250.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 Dash

The RS250 was certainly fast, but Aprilia didn’t see fit to grace their bike with any cool acronyms. Of course Suzuki couldn’t resist: the “SAPC” on the tail section stands for “Suzuki Advanced Power Controller” and refers to their proprietary power-valve system found on the second-generation VJ22 that was introduced in 1991. Power was up a bit above 60hp for the VJ22, although weight was up a bit as well, in part due to the distinctive curved swingarm that allowed room for the expansion chambers to tuck in close and maximize cornering clearance.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Side Rear

It’s worth noting that the power-valves on the VJ22 can stick in the low-rpm position, but the seller’s listing mentions that they’ve been “pinned” which I’d assume means it’s locked in the full-open position. This will hurt low and mid-range power a bit, but will ensure that the power valve won’t stick closed and murder the top end kick.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale

In good condition with clean and clear Florida title in my name. Bike has approximately 4,665 miles (7,465 KM’s) miles on it. It produces approximately 55 hp and weighs approximately 282 lbs. Power valves have been pinned, and it has fresh tires.

Bike does not have any corrosion or rust that is typically found on these 250’s. This is a rider and not a museum piece so it does have a few scratches. USD forks, banana swingarm, exhaust-valve controller etc..

I have owned lots of other 2 strokes and none compares to a RGV250.

I have 3 bikes with not enough time to ride them all. I want to do a frame-off restoration on a vintage 2 stroke I have, so I need the funds from one of my bikes to get that done.  Bike is listed elsewhere so auction may end early

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side Rear

As the seller points out, the bike isn’t perfect, and has a few signs of wear-and-tear that result from regular use. I’d prefer those easily fixed or lived-with scuffs to the cancerous creep of decay that results when bikes sit too long on display…

This one’s ready to go, as this video of the bike starting and running shows.

There are no bids yet, but the seller lists a Buy It Now price of $6,999.00 which seems reasonable, given the rarity of the RGV250 here in the US, especially titled and in such solid condition. Except for those purple bar-end weights: they hurt my eyes.

-tad

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Side

Road Legal: Titled 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale
Ducati June 29, 2015 posted by

Italian Twin for Road or Track: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

1991 Ducati 851 R Side FrontWhile Ducati’s MHE and 900SS may be collectible and iconic now, they were seriously long in the tooth by the time they were discontinued, and even the Pantah-engined SS didn’t exactly offer cutting-edge performance when new. In order to keep their racing heritage alive in any meaningful sense, Ducati needed a top-shelf sportbike like the 851 that could compete successfully on track with the best bikes from Japan.

1991 Ducati 851 L SideIn 1987, Ducati released the 851, which took the proven foundation of the air-cooled two-valve 90° v-twin motor and added liquid-cooling and brand new four-valve heads for a serious performance upgrade. With chunky styling from Pierre Terblanche, the new Desmoquattro thumped out 93hp to the rear wheel along with a wave of torque when compared to the screaming fours favored by the Japanese manufacturers.

1991 Ducati 851 Tank DetailAnd it worked: the 851 paved the way for the 916 and helped return Ducati to the spotlight in World Superbike competition and showed that the Italian brand had value beyond nostalgia and “character.”

1991 Ducati 851 L Side RearThis particular bike walks a nice middle-ground between “time-capsule original” and “race bike.” If you’re interested, the seller also includes a comprehensive list of the upgrades made to the bike. From the original eBay listing: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

Excellent Condition – Well Maintained – Ready to Ride or Vintage Race

I bought this Ducati about five years ago from a local neighbor that had taken it, and a mid seventies Corvette, in part exchange for his services, at the time it had approximately 5,800 miles.  The bike had been garaged in Westchester County, New York and had not been ridden for quite a while, but was in very nice original condition.

I had always admired the 851’s and thought it would make a great vintage road racer, so I went through the bike with that goal in mind.  The following was done to the bike: new fuel pump, had the gas tank restored (the paint is beautiful), belts replaced, valves adjusted, throttle bodies synched, Ferraci race chip installed (all work was done by Razee’s in Rhode Island), sent the forks to RaceTech for a re-valve and spring upgrade, upgraded the front wheel to the later model, larger diameter front axle, installed Pirelli Supercorsa tires, Sharkskinz solo seat.

Upon completion I rode the bike at a couple of track days, did the VRRA vintage festival at Mosport in Canada (it was a real treat to ride this Ducati on such a famous track), did the USCRA Vintage Festival at Loudon, New Hampshire and the AMA Vintage Festival at Mid-Ohio.  About a year ago, I decided to put the bike back on the street and registered it as a vintage motorcycle.  Since putting it on the street I have only ridden it less than 100 miles.  So all total, I would say I’ve really only put about 500 miles on the bike.

This Ducati is a blast to ride, looks great and always gets a lot of compliments.  The speedometer is not working as I needed to replace the metal tang in the front wheel and the front brake light is not connected.  It’s probably one of the cleanest 851’s you’ll see and will not dissappoint.  All of the original 1991 body work is included, seat, side panels etc…  The 851’s are now becoming sought after collectibles and are eligible for vintage racing with organizations such as AHRMA, VRRA, USCRA and the AMA.

There are plenty of 851’s out there, but this one is particularly appealing to me, featuring a combination of thoughtful, real-world upgrades [as well as the original parts] designed for performance, not wow-factor or the typical Ducati bling you find on more recent bikes: this one is made to run, but is well cared for as well.

1991 Ducati 851 R Side Rear With all the hype surrounding the 916, the 851 and 888 definitely have been overlooked for a long time. Although there have been some hints that might change, we’re still looking at a starting bid of $5,000 you could be looking at a collectible modern classic that offers track-day thrills for a reasonable price.

-tad

1991 Ducati 851 L Front - Copy

Italian Twin for Road or Track: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale
Ducati May 21, 2015 posted by

Four-Valve Founding Father: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

1991 Ducati 851 R Front

Introduced in 1987, the 851 was a huge leap forward for Ducati, adding four-valve heads, liquid-cooling, and fuel-injection to their 90° v-twin. The resulting engine was good for a claimed 93hp at the rear wheel and was dubbed the “Desmoquattro” for obvious reasons. The new bike allowed Ducati to again be competitive in racing, and was followed by a bored-out 888cc version known, shockingly as the “888.” 1991 Ducati 851 Tank

Interestingly, the new superbike was styled by Pierre Terblanche. For all of the controversy surrounding his tenure at Ducati, people often forget that he also designed the Supermono and the restyled Pantah-engined 900SS as well as the 999/749. The 851 isn’t pretty in the same way as the 916, or as aggressive as the new Panigale, but it looks simple and purposeful in a way that some of his other designs were not, and has definitely aged well. 1991 Ducati 851 Dash

It’s not completely clear, but I’m assuming this bike is based on the Strada version of the bike, not the higher-spec SP. Those front calipers, while not original, should provide plenty of stopping power. And the Giacomoto Spagetti exhaust is more than just a pair of slip-ons and should provide enough boom to annoy neighbors two towns over and help produce some legitimate power gains.

1991 Ducati 851 Front Brake

The add doesn’t mention if he has the original parts, other than the pictured original wheels, but that information would just be a quick email away.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

The bike is 24 years old, I have had it almost 24 years. It has a few scratches and the front of the forks have some marks from the salt air [I live and ride on the coast] it is a beautiful bike and it shows very well. The registration shows it as a 90 sold in 91, I believe it to be a 91.

  1. 903cc
  2. high compression pistons
  3. SPS cams
  4. light flywheel
  5. Barnett Clutch
  6. magnesium side case
  7. single seat tail [aluminum subframe]
  8. ISR Calipers
  9. Brembo GP brake and clutch masters
  10. floating rotors
  11. Brembo 4 piston rear caliper [probably from a small cc gp bike]
  12. Giacomoto spagetti exhaust
  13. magnesium wheels [original white wheels included]
  14. Sato adjustable clip ons
  15. tool kit and steering damper [not shown]  

I have had the bike for about 20 years, I believe I am the third owner. Engine work done by Evoluzione, runs great, do not ride much,I am 72. I will be selling my other Italian bikes. If this add seems a little lame, its my first attempt on Ebay Motors. Any questions please ask. $1000.00 to my paypal account on completion of sale, the rest wire transfer to my bank. The mileage is approximate, the magnesium wheels do not have a speedo pickup. Once again, clear title, registration is current.   

1991 Ducati 851 R Side

This isn’t completely perfect, low mileage, or original, but that shouldn’t deter buyers: the updates are all appropriate, although the ISR brakes might cause some controversy, and the bike has obviously been owned by an enthusiast.

1991 Ducati 851 Rear Brake

19,000 miles shouldn’t scare anyone off: Ducati engines are generally very durable when properly maintained and this one appears to have been shown plenty of love. It’s hard to see the exact condition of the paint from the photos, but it looks very clean and well looked-after.

-tad

1991 Ducati 851 Wheels

 

Four-Valve Founding Father: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale
Gilera April 8, 2015 posted by

Lightweight Italian: 1991 Gilera Saturno 350

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 R Side

Although forgotten now, Gilera was one a famous manufacturer of serious racing hardware, and this “Nuovo” Saturno was an attempt to revitalize the marque in the late 1980’s. Now owed by Piaggio, Gilera was originally founded in 1909 and had a long history of high-performance motorcycles.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 L Side Rear

These sportbikes were often based around big singles, sort of like an Italian Norton Manx, although they were also famous for circumventing the significant cooling issues that surrounded multi-cylinder engines by producing a transverse four-cylinder that dominated 500cc GP racing through the 1950s.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 R Side Fairing

The reborn Saturno was powered by a big, liquid-cooled four-valve single that put power through a five speed gearbox. Most markets got a 491cc engine, although a smaller 350 was available for Japanese customers. This simple, robust powerplant was suspended in a lightweight trellis frame with modern suspension and brakes front and rear, with lightweight Marvic wheels that provided an all-in weight of under 300lbs dry.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Gilera Saturno 350 for Sale

In the mid 80s Gilera collaborated with a Japanese company, C. Itoh & Co. Itoh produced a frame design and Gilera the powerplant. The frame was very similar to that of Ikuzawa. Gilera put the project in the hands of a gentleman called Sandro Columbo, who in the 1950s had been in charge of their race team.In August 1987 the bike was ready as a prototype and in March 1988 started the production. Two versions were built: a 350cc model only for the Japanese market and sold by Itoh, and a 500cc model for the rest of the world, sold through the Gilera network. The bike was by all accounts very expensive in its day and few were sold.

This is a 1991 example, which has travelled just over 5,100km or 3,100 miles and been very well cared for, and lightly modified with nice chrome high pipes and a bikini tail section. An rare opportunity not to be missed.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 Engine

Very rare in any form, the Saturno is all about light weight and handling, with a look that, to me, is very purposeful and doesn’t appear “styled” at all. As the seller mentions, the dual exhaust on this one isn’t stock as they generally use a single exhaust on the right side of the bike, but it looks to be of high quality and does suit the bike.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 R Side Tail

This bike is currently located in New Zealand, although the seller claims they also have a location in Texas. If you happen to live in New Zealand, or are able to register it in your state here in the US, this would make a great back-road bike. If not, this might make a very

-tad

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 L Side

Lightweight Italian: 1991 Gilera Saturno 350
Suzuki February 5, 2015 posted by

Free Shipping! 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale in Japan

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Side

Before you get too excited, this RGV250 is located in Japan, so if you want this one in your garage, you’ll have to navigate the requirements for getting it shipped to and then registered wherever you live.

Unless you’re in Japan…

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Front

The RGV250 Γ “Gamma” was introduced in 1988 to replace the two-stroke parallel-twin RG250 and was built until 1998. The new machine shared its liquid-cooled, 90° v-twin with the Aprilia RS250 and, with about 60hp and a 300lb claimed dry-weight, the RGV was in the hunt with competing motorcycles from Kawasaki and Yamaha, although Aprilia made some modifications to improve performance, including reworked heads.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 Dash

This second-generation “VJ22″ incorporated Suzuki’s power-valve technology and featured upside-down forks, a 17” rear wheel that should make tire choice a bit easier, and a very cool “banana” swingarm that was designed to allow the paired exhausts to tuck in close for improved cornering clearance. The new swingarm increased weight slightly, but was very stiff and looked trick as hell. If you’re looking at RGVs, this version is definitely more desirable than the earlier VJ21 model, but early VJ22s should have their power-valves checked to ensure they’re functioning correctly: they can stick in the “low-rpm” position and limit top-end power.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 L Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale

Very rare 2 stroke bike from Japan to you.
The shipping cost is including the price!!(From our place to your nearest port)
It has scratches at both side of lower cowling and silencers. And has a little cracks. Right rear seat cowling of mounting tab is broken.
It has No rust in the gas tank.
Front forks are full adjustable, it has No rust on the chrome and No oil leaks.
The main key cylinder, tank cap and seat lock can use 1 key. But the key is not original.
Front break disc of thickness 4.2 mm, Rear break disc of thickness 4.3 mm.
It can start by 1 kick!! And runs very well!!

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Rear

The RGV250 is extremely rare in North America, having never been officially imported. Although the $8,000 Buy It Now price seems a bit high, it supposedly does include shipping costs “to your nearest port,” so that should count for something. To me though, an Aprilia RS250 looks better and are available for much less.

This one is obviously not some pristine collector, with some obvious scuffs and scrapes. Honestly, these make pretty lousy roadbikes for the most part, and while many people are happy to put up with narrow powerbands and uncomfortable riding positions in the name of style or because they live in Topanga Canyon, bikes like this are best on track.

So store away the original bodywork and lights or sell them on eBay, fit some lightweight plastics with fresh blue-and-white graphics, and turn this into a terrific trackbike!

-tad

1991 Suzuki RGV250 R Front

Free Shipping! 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for Sale in Japan