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Ducati April 25, 2017 posted by

Signed and Numbered: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

 

Different motorcycle manufacturers have different ways of mining riders’ nostalgia and their own history: Triumph makes motorcycles that look like they rolled straight out of the 1960s but perform like modern machines, while Harley Davidson makes actual 1960s motorcycles, only heavier and with 1980s brakes and electronics. Ducati’s retro bikes manage to straddle the line between vintage and modern styles, so designs for their Sport Classic and Scrambler models have classic colors and shapes, but you’d never mistake them for actual vintage machines. When released, bikes like the Paul Smart 1000LE caused a sensation, but demand died out relatively quickly and the line was discontinued after just a few short years, with only the GT soldiering on until 2010.

Values for them second-hand have been surprisingly strong however, particularly for the 1000LE and Sport models. I’m a huge fan of the offset monoshock that looks like a dual-shock setup from the left side and the tubular swingarm, although that setup on the original bikes meant a solo-seat option only. Performance was fairly tame on paper, although 92hp is really nothing to sneeze at and can be put to good use because of the bike’s excellent handling. This was a bike pitched at a more mature crowd and experienced riders who appreciate a fast motorcycle but weren’t interested in bench-racing or pointless horsepower-measuring contests.

Paul Smarts show up pretty regularly on eBay, considering how few were built, often with low miles and exorbitant prices. This particular bike certainly fits that description, as the asking price is $27,500 only with even lower miles and the added bonus of Paul Smart’s signature on the bodywork, which should be like catnip for Ducati collectors. I’m glad the factory pipes are included for originality’s sake, but they are very ugly things clearly designed to be replaced by the owner as soon as possible. The Keihan exhausts currently installed suit the classic style of the bike, but are almost too vintage for my tastes, and are likely too quiet as well. Maybe some Termignoni pipes would be more appropriate? Or those wild Zard high/low pipes that only work on the solo-seat models?

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale 

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE Limited Edition. Perfect condition with just under 700 miles.  Autographed by Paul Smart on the tank and tail. Both have had a clearcoat applied over them. Always garaged. Collector owned. The bike is located in Washington DC, but I can arrange for shipping anywhere. Aftermarket Keigen pipes, but the originals will be included in the sale. More photos available upon request.

Aside from a relatively uncomfortable riding position, the 1000LE makes for a pretty great roadbike, with excellent handling, adequate power and a rich midrange, wind protection, decent fuel economy, and reasonable reliability, assuming you take good care of it. But in such perfect, low-mileage condition, and with that Paul Smart signature on the bodywork, I doubt anyone would want to destroy the bike’s value by actually riding it. So it’s a shame that such a practical exotic will  probably spend most of its time in an office, living room, or heated garage, sealed away as an investment.

-tad

Signed and Numbered: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale
MV Agusta September 16, 2016 posted by

Jet Fighter Replica: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada for Sale

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To stimulate interest in their flagship F4 that saw only occasional updates, MV Agusta trotted out a seemingly endless series of special-edition bikes with the usual collectors-only price tags, wild horsepower claims, and extremely limited production numbers. Certainly, today’s F4 1000 Veltro Strada counts as rare: just 99 were built, along with 23 of the track-only Pista version. The Strada included carbon fairings, tail piece, airbox, fenders, air-ducts and so on. The frame side plates are magnesium instead of aluminum. The Pista version also included a lighter frame, oversized radiator, a carbon-fiber fuel tank, and a magnesium triple clamp and swingarm. It was powered by MV’s 998cc, radial-valved, inline-four that, in this version, produced a claimed 174hp, or 185 with the “race-only” titanium exhaust fitted. The Veltro Strada was, to my knowledge, never imported to the USA: this one is for sale in the UK.

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Interestingly, “Gruppo 23” isn’t a race team, as you might expect. It’s an Italian fighter jet squadron that was based in northern Italy. Their mascot was a greyhound, as can be seen in the graphic on the fairing. Unfortunately, at a glance the greyhound silhouette does look a bit like those awful tribal flame graphics that were popular during the early 2000s…

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Considering these went for around $72,000 new, the approximately $80,050 USD asking price might sound reasonable for such a rare, exotic machine at first, until you consider that even very limited-edition MVs are going for relative peanuts right now here in the USA. If you’re a collector, this kind of thing might make sense. For the rest of us? The “regular” F4 1000 offers up the same exotic looks for 1/7th the money, with the only penalty being a few more pounds and a couple less horses you probably weren’t using anyway.

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From the original eBay listing: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada for Sale

This is an exciting and rare opportunity to acquire a mint condition MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada Sports Bike – 1 of only 99 ever produced worldwide!!

This super bike is in ‘As New’ condition with only 175km/ 100 miles approximately on the clock, and is being sold complete with MV Agusta unused titanium exhaust system, MV Agusta race fairing and MV Agusta race helmet.

This collectors superbike would not look out of place being displayed within your home or as part of a vehicle/bike collection.

The Veltro Strada motorbike is the road legal version of the Veltro Pista, and only 99 of this model were every manufactured making it an excellent collectors item. The Strada features carbon fibre bodywork and fixtures, machined aluminium steering head and foot rests, Brembo superlight wheels and unique matt black paintwork/graphics in the style of a WWII Italian fighter plane.

It’s top speed is listed as 190+ mph and features 185hp @ 12,000rpm.

Viewings are more than welcome on this rare motorcycle from serious purchasers. Vehicle location is within the London area, United Kingdom.

Asking price for sale is £54,995 GBP

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It’s a shame for all those speculators who purchased what they thought would be blue-chip collectibles, but great for the rest of us: these things really should be ridden, not hoarded anyway. If you like the F4 and can’t stretch to one of the various ultra-collectible versions, a “regular” F4 1000 offers up the same exotic looks for $10,000 or less and, in most parts of the country, you’ll still likely be the only person on one at your local bike-hangout. Obviously, that same money would buy an equally fast Japanese literbike that would be infinitely more practical, but if you want a bedroom-poster machine in your garage, and have a spare bike to ride while you’re waiting for parts to arrive from Italy during August when the MV factory is completely shut down for the entire month…

-tad

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Jet Fighter Replica: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada for Sale
Yamaha August 12, 2016 posted by

Pint-Sized Racer: 2006 Yamaha TZ125 for Sale

2006 Yamaha TZ125 R Side

Unlike the roadgoing, but still-sporty TZR series, Yamaha’s TZ bikes were track-only motorcycles with performance far exceeding what road riders might expect from their diminutive displacements and dimensions: technically, the Yamaha TZ125 isn’t even pint-sized as this post title implies, since Google reliably informs me that a pint is actually 473cc, and even a cup is 236cc, which is an interesting coincidence for bikes like the Aprilia RS250 Cup… The TZ125 featured a liquid-cooled two stroke with slightly oversquare 56mm x 50.7mm bore and stroke that produced an impressive 44hp from those 124cc, helped by Yamaha’s YPVS power-valve. Pushing just 160lbs “semi-dry,” the featherweight sportbike could see speeds north of 125mph, depending on tuning, gearing, and what the rider had for breakfast.

2006 Yamaha TZ125 L Side Bare

A cassette-style six-speed gearbox allows for quick trackside repairs and changes, and there’s no starter of any kind, so rollers or bump-starting are the order of the day. Keep in mind that this is a true MotoGP machine in miniature, so you should be prepared to spend plenty of time between race or track weekends tweaking and maintaining this highly-strung little beast. But even just sitting still, this is such a cool machine: the details and welds on the frame, that huge intake snorkel, the dry clutch jutting from the side of the bike, and the airbox nestled between the frame spars.

2006 Yamaha TZ125 Dash

These probably work better for younger or smaller riders, owing to the fact that even last night’s heavy meal could make a difference in top-speed and acceleration. Those 20 pounds of ballast you’ve put on since college? Yeah, that’s more than 10% of the bike’s total weight. But several commenters in the past have claimed that taller folks can actually ride them, something I hope to put to the test at one point or another.

2006 Yamaha TZ125 R Side Bare

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Yamaha TZ125 for Sale

Yamaha TZ125 Roadracer 2006 year model, all must go! Same owner since bought new in Nov 2005, original crankcases as new, KLS shifter, Ohlins rear shock, Marchesini wheels, Galfer brakes, PVL programmable ignition, MCE Racing/airtech airbox and fairing, thumb Choke, Storz steering damper, MCE Racing ported and flowed Cylinder, MCE Racing crankshaft, MCE Racing tuned engine. Additional spare parts, new crank cases, 2 new cylinders, 3 new cylinder heads, new front forks, 2 new windscreens, front and rear stands, tools with toolbox, crankshaft fixtures, foldable steel worktable, misc new gaskets, leathers, gloves, helmet, Accumix jug. Dent in top of fuel tank from something falling while in storage, can be removed by dent specialist.

The listing is pretty simple, but includes plenty of information about performance modification and spares included. The bike has a starting bid of $6,995 with no takers yet, which seems fair for a pure racing machine that includes some trick updates and a bunch of parts to keep the bike running for a long time to come.

-tad

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Pint-Sized Racer: 2006 Yamaha TZ125 for Sale
Ducati June 14, 2016 posted by

A Smart Buy? 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

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Ducati’s SportClassic line made a big splash when it was introduced in 2005 and included today’s Paul Smart 1000LE. Powered by Ducati’s torque-rich L-twin with modern suspension at both ends, they were mature sportbikes for riders with a sense of history, an eye for design, and an appreciation for accessible performance. Many will complain about how “underpowered” they are, with just 92hp from the twin-plug, air-cooled twin, but there’s plenty of performance for most road-riders and the relative light weight and top-shelf suspension mean you can exploit every available horse.

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The style was never really in question though. Pierre Terblanche may have caught some serious flack for his superbike restyle, it’s pretty obvious he knew what he was doing when he designed these. Unfortunately, although demand was high at first for the SportClassic line, interest tapered off fairly quickly and only the conservatively-styled GT1000 soldiered on until 2010.

2006 Ducati PS Rear Suspension

Interestingly, that low initial demand quickly turned into high collectability, especially for the half-faired Paul Smart 1000LE that was low-production to begin with. Designed to evoke the bike ridden by Paul Smart to an unlikely win at Imola in 1972, the bike featured silver, half-faired bodywork and a blue-green painted frame. Rear suspension was unusual and looked like a classic dual-shock setup at the rear, but only from the left-hand side. It’s an asymmetric monoshock, and one of my favorite features of the bike.

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This example appears to be fitted with a set of the correct Pirelli Phantoms that were designed for this bike to offer modern performance and classic looks that mirror the bikes themselves. It also features a set of accessory fairing lowers that strengthen the Imola-bike-connection but to me detract from the looks. I prefer the half-fairing that resembles the road-going 750SS and, if it were my money, I’d be holding out for a bike with the funky Zard high/low exhaust instead of the entirely appropriate, but fairly conservative two-into-one Termignoni pipe seen here.

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From the original eBay listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart for Sale

Up for auction is this incredibly clean, low mile Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart Sport Classic. This Paul Smart comes with a Termignoni system and is otherwise stock, save for the accessory seat. The bike is in near-showroom condition and has just had the 2-year service completed…it needs nothing. And with only 1,953 it’s virtually new. This bike is 100% correct with zero issues, flaws or scratches.

We’ve had several inquiries about the tank. Currently there is no sign of warping, bubbling, etc. Tank has not been coated but looks good.

Over the last few years, the Paul Smart has become one of the most sought-after Ducatis in recent memory. Not only is the Paul Smart a competent and capable road bike that’s zestful and invigorating to ride, it’s also a stunningly gorgeous object of beauty.

Based on a Sport Classic engine/frame combination, the PS100LE was built to commemorate Paul Smart’s classic win at Imola on the fabled 750ss. The silver bodywork and blue/green frame was meant to conjure up images of the 750 race bike – only this model contains a 1000cc dual-spark lump and top-grade Ohlins suspension to compliment the single seat and clip-on bars.

The bike is styled in the fashion of the Ducati 750 Imola Desmo race bike that Paul Smart rode to victory, and the 1974 750 SuperSport it originally inspired. It is one of the SportClassic series designed by Pierre Terblanche.

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Just 2,000 Paul Smart replicas were made, and they already command serious coin among collectors. This bike is in nearly perfect condition, although I’ve yet to see a Paul Smart that wasn’t: it’s pretty obvious that, unlike some bikes that take time to establish their collectability, buyers bought these from new well aware they’d become instant classics, and have maintained them accordingly. Bidding on this example is already up to $12,300 with the Reserve Not Met. Want to skip all that bidding drama? The Buy It Now price is set at a stunning $30,000! These have been steadily on the rise, but that still stopped me in my tracks…

-tad

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A Smart Buy? 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale
Ducati June 22, 2015 posted by

Retro Looks, Modern Handling: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

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Just 500 of the classically-proportioned Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE bikes were imported to the US, with silver half-faired bodywork and a blue-green frame intended to recall the bike ridden to victory by Paul Smart at the Imola 200 in 1972, a win without which Ducati might not exist.

Modern retro-styled bikes often use their throwback looks to justify performance to match. Harley’s Sportster is obviously the worst offender, but the Triumph Bonneville, while an all-around great motorcycle, is hardly a performer when the road gets twisty. The thing is, although the Ducati Sport Classics weren’t cutting-edge sport bikes in terms of weight or power, they did feature top-shelf suspension and braking components so they are actually rewarding to ride quickly and use one of the most charismatic and long-serving engines of all time: Ducati’s belt-driven, two-valve, air-cooled L-twin. In the Sport Classic, it displaces 992cc and uses twin-plug heads for more efficient combustion across the honking big piston surface.

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For your consideration today is this very nice Paul Smart 1000LE that features the truly lust-worthy Zard dual exhaust. Seriously, I want one of the original solo-seat Sport Classics just so I can fit one of those exhausts. They look cool as all get-out and sound amazing as well. I also love that very slick LED taillamp that cleans up the look of the rear and is almost invisible, while providing you with all the “hey I’m stopping” and turn-indicator-y-ness of the original units, but with less overtly retro styling.

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And let’s not overlook those very trick Beringer front brakes, although I’m not sure the original Brembo units were actually lacking in stopping power…

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Front Brake

Feel free to check out the original eBay listing if you like itemized grocery lists of aftermarket part prices and boring copy-paste manufacturer’s spec sheets with, let’s face it, relatively unimpressive [on paper] specifications…

2006 Ducati Sport Classic Paul Smart 1000 for Sale

As much as Terblanche’s Sport Classics didn’t sell all that well when new, once the initial rush of Ducatisti purchases was finished, they’ve held their value very well: bidding on this bike is over $18,000 with the reserve not yet met. Since new examples rang in at $14,000, that means that, unlike buyers of, say the MV Agusta F4CC, the original owners of the Paul Smart are just about breaking even now…

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Seat

Most riders aren’t actually capable of exploiting a 1299 or even an 899 Panigale, much as they might love the style and heritage. And you pay a pretty hefty price in terms of comfort, insurance, and maintenance if you choose the superbike style over the real-world performance of something like this.

A Sport Classic allows you to have your cake and eat it too, offering an effective blend of modern design and vintage styling cues, along with performance that is real-world fast, and enough handling to embarrass unsuspecting squids on a Sunday morning ride.

-tad

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Retro Looks, Modern Handling: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE
MV Agusta April 10, 2015 posted by

Hand-Built Masterpiece: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC for Sale

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The MV Agusta F4CC might at first look to be something along the lines of Ducati’s endless, blinged-up “S” versions that slap on some carbon, slightly up-spec suspension, and call it a day. But the F4 “Claudio Castiglioni” is far from a paint-and-tape special edition. It is, without question, the ultimate incarnation of the first-generation F4 and incorporates the very best parts, cost no object.

It’s basically what you’d do to your own F4, given an unlimited budget.

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Priced at a shocking $120,000 new in 2006, the bike looks basically the same as a stock F4, but 90% of the parts are handmade and constructed from better, lighter material wherever possible: the gearbox housing is magnesium, as are the frame sideplates and swingarm. Everything that can be made from carbon fiber is made from carbon fiber. Even the little vent mesh inserts are made from titanium instead of steel. All that attention to detail, while it will be overlooked by 99.9% of riders, costs money. Lots and lots of money.

2006 MV Agusta F4CC Rear Suspension

Inside, the engine featured a slipper clutch unique to this model that replaced MV’s unconventional system that held open valves on one cylinder to keep the rear wheel from hopping across the pavement on corner entry. Boosted to 1078cc and making 163.7rwhp the wailing inline-four is likely very close to the 200hp claimed by MV at the crank.

2006 MV Agusta F4CC Seat

From the original eBay listing: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC for Sale

This is a collector grade vehicle in stunning condition which can be enjoyed in the saddle or on a pedestal, it’s up to you to decide, but rest assured, at this highly depreciated cost, the value can only head one direction.

With only 198 miles , expect near  new condition on the F4CC. The howl of the inline four through the beautiful, sculpted, titanium organ pipes is intoxicating!

The bike comes with a cover, a  full titanium racing exhaust is installed and spare stock exhaust, a Corse rear wheel stand, disassembled shipping crate and a matching #76 Girard-Perregaux Evo3 Laureato watch ($10,000 value), Trussardi F4CC leather jacket  ($4000 value) certificate of Authenticity. The F4CC is the bike that MV Agusta President Claudio Castiglioni built for himself. 

The F4CC had an MSRP of $120k, making it the most expensive production bike at the time. Only 100 F4CCs have been built with less than 20 making it stateside.

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The increased displacement makes it ineligible for most forms of racing, but you probably wouldn’t want to track this anyway: even if you can afford to buy a $120,000 motorcycle, insurance generally doesn’t cover on-track mishaps, so you’re on your own if you take a tumble. “If you can’t afford to crash it, you can’t afford to track it.”

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So most of these have simply become collectors items, a true shame considering the potential contained in the bike. While the CC certainly commands a premium on the used market, they aren’t selling anywhere near the $120,000 list price. They do come up from time-to-time, with asking prices in the $50-$60k range, so this seems in line with current values. A lot of money for a bike, but maybe a small price to pay for one of the most beautiful, and beautifully detailed motorcycles of modern times.

-tad

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Hand-Built Masterpiece: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC for Sale
MZ February 16, 2015 posted by

V-Twin Alternative: 2005 MZ 1000 Sport for Sale

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If you’re in the market for a practical exotic that will turn heads and won’t break the bank to buy or to run, this virtually new MZ 1000S deserves a closer look. As much as we’d all probably love a garage full of weird exotica, for budgetary and space reasons, many riders are forced to buy a do-it-all machine.

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So what do you buy if you want a bike that’s sporty and practical for daily use, but one that’s also good for riding to the twisties and not just in the twisties, something with a bit of “get out of town-iness”. And what if you want something a bit out of the ordinary? Well, the Ducati ST2, 3, and 4 represent a pretty great bang for your buck, but were introduced before Ducati adopted much longer service intervals, and the four-valve L-twin can be pricey to maintain. The BMW R1100S and the Triumph Sprint are also pretty good choices, but not really all that exotic…

2006 MZ1000 Sport Front

Introduced in 2005 and powered by a big parallel twin that provided packaging advantages and midrange punch at the expense of top-end performance, the 1000S engine was an ideal powerplant for the road. Unfortunately, the lack of a truly prestigious brand name worked against the 1000S and was at odds with MZ’s quirky, grassroots image and the bike was discontinued after just three years. These are extremely rare in the US, although the ones that do come up for sale tend to be in excellent condition, and this one has just 16 miles on the odometer from new.

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From the original eBay listing: 2005 MZ 1000S for Sale

The MZ 1000 Sport Touring bike is a museum quality motorcycle. Owned and sold by a former MZ Motorcycle dealer, this bike is one of a kind. It has only been ridden around the dealership to park it. It has been kept in a climate controlled environment on display in the owner’s various stores, from Michigan to Tennessee. This is truly a wonderful bike for the European motorcycle collector or for someone who is just looking to buy a piece of German history. 

Everything on it is original, everything is perfect like it would have been 20 years ago. Never titled, never tagged.

The bike listed for $11,000 in 2005.There were only 40 of these bikes imported into the USA. This bike is like new. Owned by the original dealer and sold by the original dealer. Fantastic bike.

Who ever is fortunate enough to become the new owner of this bike will become the proud owner of the last brand new MZ 1000 in the world.

It truly should be in a museum. 

2006 MZ1000 Sport Cockpit

In spite of the racy looks, the 1000S was really never intended as a pure sportbike, with handling biased towards the “comfort” end of the spectrum. But don’t let that fool you into thinking this bike can’t get a wiggle on when asked. It will function as a sporty, stylish everyday motorcycle that can munch miles and looks far less dated than many other bikes from the “straight edge” school of design.

2006 MZ1000 Sport Tank

If you really want a classy, competent machine that will leave onlookers scratching their heads or or nodding in sagely respect, something like the MZ 1000 Sport should do the job nicely, assuming you’re willing to take a bit of a chance on servicing and parts. These are reportedly very reliable, and easy to get serviced by non-MZ mechanics, but it’s still a bit of a leap of faith, buying an out-of-production sportbike that was never made in great numbers.

-tad

2006 MZ1000 Sport R Side Fairing

V-Twin Alternative: 2005 MZ 1000 Sport for Sale
MV Agusta February 6, 2015 posted by

Bargain Exotic: 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for Sale

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This entry may reignite the endless “what exactly is a sportbike” debate, but I’d argue that the MV Agusta Brutale is far more of a legitimate sportbike than a Ducati Monster or some other built-to-a-price bike designed to trade on an exotic name with parts-bin engineering. The Brutale is a full-on sportbike, fairing removed. It’s far less extreme than the F4 on which it is based in terms of ergonomics, but isn’t watered-down much at all.

It was almost unavoidable, really: in the same way that Triumph’s Street Triple ended up being far more aggressive than competitors from Japan simply because Hinkley’s budget was too small to create an entirely new bike. Triumph and MV Agusta simply did what you or I might have done with a crashed Daytona or F4 and pulled the shattered fairing, fitted comfortable bars, moved rearsets to a less punishing position, and called it done.

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 Front

The suspension could perhaps have been tuned a bit better for the new weight distribution, but is undoubtedly high quality, with almost ridiculously beefy 50mm front forks. There isn’t much room to move around on the bike: the seat sort of wants you to stay where you are and won’t let you slide forwards or backwards much and the ride is stiff, but feels very well controlled at all times.

And, because of its exotic name and initially high costs, many have been absolutely babied, making them an excellent buy on the second-hand market.

From the original eBay listing: 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for Sale

Here is an extremely clean and original Brutale for your consideration. 

3200 miles with light use by an older gent owner. Sensible modifications include CQ mid pipe (Cat removal), removal of license plate hanging apparatus and large turn signals (bike has LED taillight with integrated indicators) 

Ferracci adjustable billet rearsets. 

Light custom accents include: Suede seat, Tommaselli grips, powder coated and machined heel guards and frame guards, custom plate holder, Carbon fiber passenger seat cover. Omission of passenger pegs – all original parts available. 

Bike had recent spark plugs, correct AGIP oil and filter service, brake pads, front & rear, complete injector removal and service. 

Bike is in excellent condition, paint on body panels, trim, frame, wheels is all excellent. 

This is a blisteringly fast (135hp) bike that has a comfortable upright seating and handlebar position…fantastic for weekend rides or commuting. It’s not uncommon to find Brutale owners with 20k – even 30k + miles on these bikes. 

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 Rearset

Unfortunately, if you’re a fan of “moar noise” I’ve yet to see an end-can choice that really replicates the slash-cut style of the stock pipes, although a cat-delete mid-pipe like the one on this bike will free up a very expensive-sounding snarl from the radial-valved four. But you really don’t need to do much of anything to these: they’re pretty great right out of the box, with quality components, and plenty fast. Deleting the hideous stock mirrors is a great start, and even though it’s probably a little bit gauche, I actually like the suede seat. It might impede side-to-side movement if you like hanging off in corners, but I’m sure you could find a second-hand stock seat for days when you want to corner-carve instead of pose…

And this will definitely do both. It makes plenty of power for a naked bike and the suspension has the chops to keep it under control.

Brutales are available for a song right now and are virtually indistinguishable from new bikes to the average onlooker. They’re beautifully engineered and very well finished bikes: up close, the details impress. The hard parts are very robust, although some details can require attention: headlight lenses can, um… fall out, and you should make sure the rear hub has been updated, since earlier examples did sometimes fail.

So this may not make a great everyday bike, and you should plan to spend some money on upkeep, but when properly maintained, these are pretty spectacular bikes and should be able to embarrass more than a few sportbikes on road, track, or anywhere top speed isn’t an issue.

-tad

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 Dash

Bargain Exotic: 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for Sale