Posts by tag: 748

Laverda June 8, 2014 posted by

1999 Laverda Formula 750S

Many of the machines featured on this site are pristine, beautiful examples, the best available anywhere. This is not one of those bikes. But it is rare, and it is a sportbike. And it’s worth looking at because it’s pretty hard to find Laverdas like this in any condition here in the USA.

1999 Laverda Formula R Rear

If you thought Laverda disappeared after the slab-sided RGS of the 1980’s, you’d be wrong. In the early 1990’s, a legitimate attempt to revitalize the brand was attempted and, following Laverda tradition, these “Zane era” Laverdas [produced in Zanè, Italy] utilized the best available components: the bikes featured a traditional beam frame, although beautifully detailed, with fully-adjustable Paioli suspension and hollow-spoked Marchesini wheels.

Powered by a parallel-twin engine that displaced first 668, then added water-cooling and a boost 750cc’s [747cc’s], the bike never really made the power to compete with the bike it was pitched against, Ducati’s 748. Interestingly, the Italian manufacturers were some of the first to adopt fuel injection for their motorcycles, and this Laverda features a surprisingly well-sorted system.

1999 Laverda Formula Front Crop

Period tests often criticized the lack of power, but they all had plenty of superlatives handy to describe the way it went around corners. Those Paolis were more than just window-dressing, and the Brembos up front provided some of the best stopping power available.

Unfortunately, by 2000 the new Laverda was sunk and sold to Aprilia, who seem happy to let the brand languish in obscurity for now.

1999 Laverda Formula Clocks

This particular example is obviously a bit… damaged, which is a real shame as these are very striking in black and orange. D&D pipes are evocatively loud, but Formulas generally came from the factory with a pair of carbon Termignonis, and I’m wondering where those got to…

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Laverda Formula 750S

Laverda 750s 1999 This is a very unique bike, it can be considered the alternative to the Ducati 748. Bike is a head turner not mention the sound. It has a very deep lope as it is a parallel twin and fires 180 from each other. The power comes best on the top end rather then a low end. If I have to say my favorite part of the bike besides its performance is the sound, the D&D pipes literally make the ground shake, and when the throttle is cracked your heart jumps.The bike feels very planted in the corners, front brakes feel awesome and the best ive feel ive felt compared to all the newer Japanese bikes. The power is comes in midrange and pulls hard to redline. This if defiantly a bike to take to the twisys. It has a lot of character, very raw and a sense of pride when riding the bike. Has a new pilot power 2CT and a new rear sprocket, tire has maybe 500 miles and is broken in. its been laid down on the left and the only physical damage you can se

these black plastic was installed by my friend, as this was my friends bike and then I purchased it for my collection,

Has new battery, just started yesterday sounds so cool and run very strong.

1999 Laverda Formula L Rear

Looking for all the world like a Latin-ized ZX7, the styling of the bike was a bit dated even when new, but I think has aged really well. Oh, and notice the smooth surface of the tank? It’s actually the airbox: the fuel-filler door is under that little, hinged pillion pad. While these certainly are hard to find, they really don’t command all that much in terms of dollars yet. They’re sort of lost in between eras: a forgotten marque, unless you’re a classic enthusiast, with late 80’s style, mediocre power, and questionable parts availability.

With a clear title and a Buy-It-Now price of $4,500, this could be a great chance for someone to pick up an Italian exotic at a bargain price. Probably not a great choice if it’s your only bike, but cheap enough to make a fun weekend blaster or occasional track day bike.

-tad

1999 Laverda Formula L Side

1999 Laverda Formula 750S
Ducati August 28, 2013 posted by

Got low miles? 1999 Ducati 748 with only 159 miles!

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Perhaps a better title for this post would be “These go to 11.” Why 11 you ask? Because that is how many miles this bike has reportedly been ridden each year since the day it rolled off the showroom floor. I don’t know about you, but I can put in 11 miles of walking a year just between the ultra-plush offices of RSBFS and my parking spot. (Its a lot more than that when jokesters Ian, Rem and Jared arrive before I do and steal my spot right by the front door, but that is a topic for another time). 11 miles. A YEAR. There is something wrong with this picture, and I think a RSBFS reader needs to buy this bike and ride the wheels off of it.

1999 Ducati 748 with 159 miles for sale on eBay

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The 748 is known as a darling of a bike. While it is missing some of the grunt offered by the larger 916, it inherits all the same great looks and superb chassis. With Showa suspension instead of Ohlins, there was some cost cutting by Ducati – but for most riders (assuming you would ride this 159 mile time capsule) the difference was difficult to notice. Let that desmoquattro L-twin wind up to 12,500 and bask in the glory of the speed and sound.

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From the seller:
I AM SELLING FROM A FRIEND OF MINE A 1999 DUCATI WITH ONLY 159 MILES ON IT, YELOW COLOR SEE PICS.IT HAS A FORZA EXHAUST CARBON FIBER. LIKE SHOW ROOM CONDITION ALWAYS GARAGED STRONG BIKE. LOCATE IN CITY OF INFLEGOOD CAL.

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This is a California bike (incidentally the bike is located in the city of Inglewood, not Inflegood as the seller has typed – in the event you are trying to map the location), and the seller has set the reserve AND the opening ask at $5,500. No takers as of yet, but it looks like this low mileage Superbike is going home with the first person who ponies up the cash. Click the link to check out the auction here. I’m pretty sure this bike deserves a home where it will be ridden. Do your homework and then ask yourself: do you have room in your garage? Well do you?

MI

Got low miles? 1999 Ducati 748 with only 159 miles!
Ducati June 4, 2013 posted by

Tuesday Treasure: “New” 1997 Ducati 748

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When the Ducati 748 was released, it was very nearly anticlimactic. Hot on the heels – and definitely in the shadows – of the bigger 916, the 748 was the answer to a question nobody was really asking at the time. Essentially a 916 with a smaller motor, did the world really want a kindler, gentler superbike? Regardless of the answer, the 748 has gone on to prove itself as an iconic sportbike, successful in the showroom as well as on the world’s racetracks.

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1997 was the final year for this striking yellow/white livery. The following model was available in solid yellow or red, with new logos; Ducati had been sold to the Texas-Pacific investment group and the times were changing. Sporting hollow 3-spoke light alloy wheels, Showa suspension components and Brembos all around, the 748 was a high-spec, high-end offering for this time. The underseat exhaust and single-sided swingarm were exotic then, although far more common today. The desmoquattro L-twin engine is capable of 95 HP in stock form, and revs to 11,500 RPM.

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From the seller:
WHAT CAN I SAY THIS IS A NEW 1997 DUCATI 748. it has been in a collectors hands since coming home from the dealer. These are remarkable pieces of Italian art. First time offered.

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The 916/748 lineup revolutionized sportbike handling. Offering a razor-like response to control inputs, these bikes demand commitment from the rider. They also require you to accept the chiropractic repercussions of a forward-canted riding style (those bars are a good reach away), and not to mind some warming of the nether regions when the bike warms up. Put up with those nits, and this can be a fearful weapon when you take the fight into the canyons.

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This “new” 748 sports only 6 miles on the clock. It purportedly comes out of a private collection, which accounts for the condition and low miles. Tires and belts will surely need to be changed before riding in anger, but the rest of the package looks good. These were $13k+ machines when new; what is one worth today? Click the link to jump over to the auction and let’s see where this one ends up. Good Luck!

MI

Ducati December 11, 2012 posted by

The “Picollo” Ducati Racer From Italy: 2002 Ducati 748RS

Another ultimate 748 is up for grabs,  the homologation special for the standard Ducati 748.   I look at it as a great way to own some Ducati exotica without the larger Ducati’s exotica price tag.  Having said that I don’t have a firm grasp at what these bikes are selling for.  We listed several; one well used example had a list of $12,500 and others failed to meet their reserves after starting around $7,000.  Some chatter around the web seem to lean towards  $10,000 for a nice example.  What do you guys think?  Am I close?  Here is a nice write up on racing the RS by Sigma Performance.

Purpose built.

The info on it:

Lots of trick parts! Too many to list, but here are a few:

 RS Motor with “the big cams”

 Double Core Radiator

 Updated SBK Spec Internals in Fork and Shock

 Includes all of the Original Corsa Carbon Fiber Kevlar Bodywork (AMS Livery)

Fiberglass Bodywork Installed

New Michelin Slicks Front Rear

Lots of Spare Parts

Full Titanium Exhaust

 I bought it as a collector and owned it for the past two years. Had it out to one track day.

Super clean bike.

Carbon to help gulp lots of oxygen.

More carbon and a nice clean area without all the street bike bits and bobs.

You pay for the 11,500 redline with valve replacements recommended at 750 miles.  Did you spot the exposed cam belts in the top photo?  I saw some talk on message boards that parts are pricey.

This picture is here to satisfy my own radiator fetish.  I like them big.

This bike has absolutely no business being on the street.  It does happen to have a 17 digit VIN though, hmm.

Click here for  the auction.

Ian

Ducati December 29, 2011 posted by

R is for Resolution: 2002 Ducati 748R

Unfortunately this was sold just as Mike was putting the finishing touches on the post. Congratulations to the new owner! -dc

From the land of sunny Florida comes this striking 2002 Ducati 748R. Only in Florida (and some of the Western states) can you get a shot of your Ducati in such fine fashion during the Christmas season – without snow or rain, that is. And how about that color? Are Ducs really like Ferraris where they have to be red, or do you like ’em with the occasional splash of color? Personally, I think the Tamburini designed 916/748 would look great in ANY color, as this is one of the all time classics when it comes to style.

The 748 was first introduced to the world in 1994. Essentially identical to the 916 – save for a shorter stroke motor and less top-shelf suspension bits – the 748 competed against 600cc Japanese fours in major roadracing competition. Initially, there were several different variants of the 748 – including the base, the SP, and the SPS. While most records show the base bike being a biposto and the remainder of the higher performance models being only of the single seat variety, rumors indicate that any seating configuration bike could be ordered in your desired state of tune. Thus, not all biposto bikes are 100% base models, and vice verse.

In 1998 Ducati introduced the 748L model, which was an exclusive color for Neiman Marcus. Shortly thereafter, the entire lineup was renamed, with the base being the 748E (available in mono or bi-posto formats), the 748S which was in a higher state of tune, and the R model you see here, which was intended for homologation racing.

This 748R offers a limited edition number on the top of the triple clamps to identify it as special. The other visibile changes include Ohlins suspension front and rear, and an oil cooler poking out from the bottom vent of the chin. The rest of the “special” parts were unseen but very racetrack worthy. Connecting rods and valves where made out of Titanium, allowing for lighter weight and a quicker revving motor. The valve angle was made more extreme to help flow air, and the fuel injection system was changed completely from a throttle body setup to an overhead shower arrangement. This last detail altered the design of the airbox; the R model has a split airbox arrangement specific to the type. Finally, the clutch was replaced by a slipper-type as befitting the bike’s racetrack status.

From the seller:
UP FOR SALE IS MY DUCATI 748R MODEL, ITS NUMBER PLATE IS #0682. THE BIKE HAS 10400 miles on it and is in immaculate condition. THE BIKE IS FACTORY STOCK EXCEPT FOR THE CARBON FIBER CHAIN GUARD, FENDER GUARD AND FULL TERMIGNONI EXHAUST SYSTEM. IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE 748R, DO A GOOGLE SEARCH AND SEE THE DIFFIERENCE BETWEEN THE STANDARD 748 MODEL.

R model bikes are pretty rare macines. These first generation bikes do not have quite the pull of the later 999/1098 R machines, however, meaning that your dream of Ducati greatness might be closer than you think. This is a very clean, very original bike (nobody cut away the rear tailsection, there are no LED turnsignals, etc), that is rare enough to be numbered. We don’t see many of these, so you might want to pay attention.

This bike has a few more miles than others we have seen, but it is by no means excessive. The seller is asking $7,500 for this bike, which is pretty square on for the model, year and condition. To check out all the pics (and there are quite a few), or just to dream of motorcycles and sunny Florida, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck with that New Year’s track day resolution!

MI

Ducati December 21, 2010 posted by

Limited 748’s: 1998 748L Neiman Marcus and 2001 748RS

Limited 748’s: 1998 Neiman Marcus and 2001 RS

I appropriately found this bike while sipping a very nice Bombay Sapphire gin and tonic last night.  Have you ever wondered how this bike came about?  Neiman Marcus?  Well, that does sound better than the Walmart Edition.  They were hoping to find that lady out there who was shopping  for the guy who had everything:  except a Ducati 748 with mercury metallic paint, carbon fender and chain guard.  These were strictly cosmetic editions but on the plus side they only made 100 of the things.  Rare indeed and I would think a nice way to have a limited edition at an affordable price.  I’ve seen these sell in the 6k to 7k range.

 

The info on the bike:

Up for sale is my 1998 Ducati 748L Neiman Marcus limited edition motorcycle. I am the second owner of this motorcycle. I purchased it from a friend of mine who was the original owner. It only has 5,258 miles on it and is original condition. As far as I know every part on it is the factory original part. It has the factory tires still on it.

The bike is number 41 of 100 that Neiman Marcus sold in 1998 through the Neiman Marcus catalog. It is definately a collectors piece and from what I know pretty rare to find one in such original condition.

The motorcycle is very clean and runs great.

It has a clean title and is in Non-Op status right now with the DMV.

The selling point here is the bike is bone stock.  Not bad for a 12 year old bike.  Maybe only having two owners saved it from the backyard mechanic that would find it  if it had been sold multiple times.    You more refined types out there can

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If shopping isn’t your thing but the track is, how about a 748RS?   This track only 748 is as rare and good as it gets for the 748’s.  This is one of the 50 bike production run.  No street equipment, racing engine internals and even slightly smaller frame tubing to save weight high light the bike.

FRP dash, for racing purpose! 

 It may look well used due to the run in with the stickers and spray can but this  bike is said to be very low mile/hour.  Read on below for the details:

  We have a like new 748 RS that has very little time on it. It has only seen the track once and was ridden only for about 2 hours. We have been using this 748 RS as a display in our showroom ever since. There are only 50 of these 748 RS’s produced and they are going to be hard to find in this condition which other than a little tire wear is darn near perfect.

Some of the features of the 748 RS include but are but not limited to:

-A Ducati Corse custom built engine made in Italy 130 horse power engine
-Ohlin front forks, rear shock and steering stabalizer
-Full carbon fiber body
-Carbon fiber chain guard
-Magnetti Marelli digital and analog guages
-Marchesini light weight wheels
-Factory installed and tuned termi race exhaust with carbon fiber mufflers

If you’re looking for the ultimate track bike this Ducati 748 RS is ready to go. It is not a 748 that has been modified to make it a RS model, so there are no mounts or electronics to make it street legal. This is a out of the crate ready to race super bike.

 

I think you’d ear some track day “style” points for showing up with a 748RS.  Like the Neiman Marcus above, these appear to be real bargains if you don’t mind an older bike.  Some message board posts claim well used RS’s have sold in the low $10,000 range and an unused one went for $15,000.  I guess my only concern would be parts and specifically engine parts and there accessibility.  .

Naked and running! Sounds healthy to me, I do notice a different gauge cluster.

IK

Ducati July 20, 2010 posted by

2001 Ducati 748RS With Very Little Use On eBay

This is a very good looking 748RS with 400 total miles on eBay!

Bike:  2001 Ducati 748RS

Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah

Mileage:  400mi

The seller states that this 748RS has only been used ten times with four of those times being races.  This bike has always been owned by a dealership and is still on MSO.  This bike is stock except for the silver paint and decals.  The bike has recently been inspected and is said to need nothing.

This bike is a factory Ducati Corse item for use by privateers and as such requires a large amount of routine maintenance, parts replacement, and inspection.  A lot of this is inspection but there are major issues such as inspection and replacement of the cam items at very low mileage (compared to a street bike) intervals.  Don’t get me wrong, these are fantastic bike’s but, if you think maintenance schedules and parts costs are outrageous for the R series bike’s, this one’s probably not for you.  However, if you’re looking for your own piece of Ducati Corse history and either want to use it as art, or have the pocket’s to run it, this bike IS for you!  Supposedly only around 20 of these were brought into the U.S. making them very rare but, are a factory race item so it’s to be expected.  If you’d like to bid on this nice 748RS, see it on eBay .

AG

Ducati June 15, 2010 posted by

Ducati 748 Monoposto – Never Ridden!

Sure it’s “just” a garden variety 748, and most Ducatisti look down on the model as being inferior to the 916/996/998 series. But lets face it, for the rest of us it’s still a really great motorcycle. And it’s brand new ten years later!

Take a trip back in time and check out this :

2000 Ducati 748 For Sale with Zero Miles

quote from the listing:

This is the real deal, zero miles never driven or started, displayed in dinning room on painted to match track stands (provided with sale of bike). Purchased new in 2004 to be a “show” bike, project never started due to financial and personal changes. Paid over 12K and invested another $1500 in goodies that will be included with sale of bike. Will deliver within a 200 mile radius for cost of gas.

The auction has no bids at the moment and an opening of $7500. If you walked into your local Ducati dealer and spotted this amongst all the 2010 bikes, would you buy it? According to the Ducati USA website, the cheapest in their lineup is a Monster 695 for $9k. Makes me wonder what the reserve on this bike is because if it was in the same neighborhood, I know what I’d choose!

dc