Posts by tag: 750

Cagiva September 22, 2021 posted by

Often Forgotten: The 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

Some might claim that it is easy to overlook the late 80s Ducati 750 Sport with everything else that was going on with the brand at the time.  We were greeted by the amazing 851 and 88, and patiently awaiting the legendary 916 to arrive.  We were also lamenting the end of the F1 era of superbikes.  There were people that unfairly dubbed the 750 Sport “The Poor Man’s F1”.  Maybe it was a case of being overshadowed by other offerings, or just not being fully understood in period but the 750 Sport offers and enjoyable and usable option for people wanting to experience this time period again.

The 750 Sport is an interesting mix of different Ducati eras.  The 72 horsepower is made with the use of a single Weber carburetor pulled from the Paso, the frame is very similar to the F1 and the brakes and suspension were the standard units from Brembo and Marzocchi.  It has been claimed that around 400 of these machines came to the US, but concrete documentation from this era of Ducati is challenging.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

Please note this bike is technically a 1989 model, according to the frame, but it is, and always has been, titled as a 1990 model, accounting for the fact it wasn’t sold until 1990, which was a common occurrence in that time period with low production European motorcycles.

The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting right up. This bike has been part of my collection for a while and just isn’t ridden enough, so it’s time for someone else to enjoy it. It’s basically a well-maintained and well cared for bike that runs and rides with absolutely no issues. Leave it the way it is (preferred) or restore it eventually after having some fun with it. I just happen to like this machine the way it is.

The paint on the tank, fairings, etc. are original, and have never had any type of paintwork or touchup, as far as I can tell. The paint on the frame and associated parts is also original, and aside from some minor age freckling, is in good condition. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time. The seat is also original and is in very nice condition.

Listed with no Buy It Now button, keen watchers will be excited to see where the market prices this example.  With just over 19k miles it will be more appealing to someone that wants to ride the bike, even if sparingly.  This could be the most affordable way to own a classic 80s Ducati.  Condition seems to be that perfect balance of used and loved.  Nice enough to be proud of at a local show, but used enough to be enjoyed on the road guilt free.

The eBay listing goes to great lengths to talk about originality.  Does not mention the aftermarket exhaust.  The F1s are sure to sound amazing and are period correct.  One nit pick is that the front turn signals are no the factory units.  As luck would have it the factory units were used on a wide range of bikes of this time, so sourcing a more correct looking options should be no problem at all.

Engine Number: 750 LS 751253

Frame Number: ZDM1KA3JXLB751788

Often Forgotten: The 1989 Ducati 750 Sport
Ducati August 19, 2021 posted by

1987 Ducati Paso 750 with only 9,218 Miles!

1987 Ducati Paso For Sale on eBay!

Red, White and Blue- is this Ducati Controlled Air Flow 750 the one for you? Pretty cheesy right!? Well, maybe my rhymes could use a little work, but I don’t think it’s any cheesier than the plain white block “Controlled Air Flow” sticker prominently displayed on Massimo Tamburini’s first Ducati. C’mon Man!

In full transparency, I spent countless hours pouring over RSBFS.com archives trying to find another 750 or 906/07 Paso sporting the Controlled Air Flow decal and I couldn’t find one. I did manage to find a few photos on the WWW of red 750 Paso’s sporting the decal. I know my witty poem caught you of guard, but the fact of the matter is the RSBFS Way Back Time Machine didn’t yield any results and the WWW search results only returned a few archive photos of the Paso sporting the decal.
Now, before you go and get your tightie whitie’s all bunched up, I realize we are not the “end all- be all” of Ducati information. But, over the past 12 years we’ve seen our fair share of Paso’s so, I think we carry an ounce or two of weight.

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of the Massimo’s first Ducati, but I can certainly appreciate that we needed this design in order for him to create our beloved 916’s.

Here’s what the seller has to say about his Controlled Air Flow Paso-

1987 750 Ducati Paso. ONE owner since new. Well cared for example of one of the most iconic motorcycles of its time. Owner downsizing collection. Not many of these one owner mint condition examples left out there

What’s your thought’s on the 750 Paso? Love it or hate it- it’s an iconic Italian machine that deserves our respect.

Check out this 750 Paso here-

Side note to the owner: If you’re reading this, I need to talk to you about your 900SL 😉

Ciao!

dd

1987 Ducati Paso 750 with only 9,218 Miles!
Suzuki July 23, 2021 posted by

1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750: The L O N G Stroke Returns

So, I’m a little older and little fatter now than I was back in 1990. It’s also possible I had a Kenny Powers mullet and wrap around Oakley’s, but that can’t be proven by any of you gear heads.

Look at that side shot- it’s a thing of beauty! All I knew in 1990 was it looked a hell of a lot faster than my mullet and 87 750 Ninja! Plus, all of the kewl kids were riding them so, it had to be the one to get. Can I interest you in a tired Ninja?

1990 Suzuki GSXR 750 For Sale

1990 was a fantastic year for Suzuki GSX-R’s and my beloved Oakley’s. Suzuki revamped the air and oil-cooled power plant and returned to their long stroke 70mm x 48.7mm design as it proved to be a better race platform than the previous years short stroke design. And, if we’re being completely honest here- Who doesn’t like a good L O N G S T R O K E . . . motor?

From the seller:

The 1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 (L) Slingshot is probably the best of the oil-cooled models while retaining the classic dual headlight, flat head front. It’s a stunning and iconic bike, back then and now.

This one shows 14,982 miles on the clock (713 miles per year- WTF!) and appears to be very well kept.

More from the seller:

I’m the 3rd owner and put <10,000 mi during my 21 years of ownership. The bike was low-sided at low speed in fall 2000 and subsequently restored to its current condition (right side panels and front cowling replaced). Bike comes with original rear indicators, left mirror, original Suzuki air filter, two oil filters, tank bra, Clymer manual, and misc. parts. The bike sports a Vance & Hines header/muffler and was jetted for the original air filter and air box.

I like that the seller is up front about the repairs, but from the images, it was done the correct way and should be a non-issue. The seller is also upfront about his bottom dollar.

Reservation price is $7,000.

At the time of writing, the auction was still at the starting price of $6,000, but since we know the reserve, you know where you need to be if you want to park this 115hp classic in your garage.

For your viewing pleasure, the seller has a video link posted on the auction of the bike running and a quick walk around.

Check it out and let us know your thoughts.

dd

1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750:  The L O N G Stroke Returns
Ducati July 14, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1973 Ducati 750 Sport

9.28.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The term “Collector Alert” gets thrown around in various circles for cult classics, homologation bikes, and other up and coming motorcycles of interest. But beyond the hype, there are certain brands, certain bikes and certain creations that are blue chip. As time passes, there become fewer and fewer good examples of a certain age, until ultimately – usually due to parts availability – there become yet a handful left of truly exceptional examples of a model. This is especially true of older Ducatis, which did not have the mass production methods and large exportation networks cultivated by the Japanese. With fewer bikes in the overall pool, the ravages of time take a heavier toll. So when we come across a true classic that has been restored to a very, very high standard by notable Australian Ducati experts Vee Two, the term Collector Alert truly applies.

Featured Listing – 1973 Ducati 750 Sport

Looking every bit like what you might find ensconced in the Barber Museum, this 1973 Ducati 750 Sport has been completely restored. Some of the best bits are what you are not seeing – as in a huge pile of NOS parts. Why? Much of this bike was already original, making this as much a refurbishment and refresh as it was complete restoration. As the saying goes, something can only be original once, and the more original parts kept with the bike means greater originality and better options down the road.

From the seller:
Ducati 750 Sport 1973

Full Nut and bolt restoration. 2021
Motorcycle restored by Vee Two Australia .Very original Restoration using OEM parts .
Original Scarab Brake master Cylinder , Caliper and Disc. Leading Axle 19″ front end.
Originally Australian delivery 1973.
Original engine and frame numbers: Engine Number DM753820 Frame Number DM750S753919

Original milage showing . 38464 Kilometres
Original Borrani Rims . Stainless Steel Spokes.New Tyres
Complete Vee Two Australia engine rebuild .
Electronic Ignition. fitted. ( original ignition with bike )
Full engine built and Parts list sheet available. ( comes with Vee Two Warranty )
Original headlight . ( Jod )
Last registered 2012 by current owner.

New Fiber glass tank suitable unleaded fuel. Original tank with bike.
Koni Shocks. Original shocks rebuildable and with bike.

More from the seller:
An Extremely originaly restored Ducati 750 Sport and one of very few to become available in the past 10 years in this condition with this originality.

Asking Price: Entertaining offers around $115,000 AUD (approximately $87,500 USD)

Those in the know will tell you that it is far less expensive to purchase a fully restored automobile or motorcycle than tackle a basket case in the hopes of making it “like new.” The internet is littered with half-completed projects that will never be completed, or potentially worse, projects that have been completed resulting in bastardized, non-original mutants. Here we find an icon of the early Ducati twin years, restored by experts with a solid reputation. In addition to the bike itself, the seller indicates over $30k USD was spent on the refurbishment of this beauty – and that is with their expertise, parts knowledge and availability and experience. Many original parts are either on the bike or included with the sale, and the seller is willing to help arrange shipping worldwide.

Bikes like this will only appreciate over time, so if you are in the market now is the best time to make a move. If you want the best and don’t have the inclination to break into Barber or the patience to wait for such a superlative example to make it’s way over the block at Christies or Bonhams, You really need to reach out to Brook over at Vee Two and have a chat. As a noted Ducati bevel expert Brooke has done and seen it all when it comes to these bikes, so you know you are in good hands. Don’t wait too long though, as I have a feeling this one will go pretty quick. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1973 Ducati 750 Sport
Suzuki June 27, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750

Update 6.27.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Already the stuff of legend, the GSX-R750 got a substantial revision in 1988, with a higher revving engine, “slingshot” carburetors, and 17-inch wheels.  RSBFS reader Jim’s GSX-R has a professional re-paint and several neat updates.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale asking $6,900

Beside the semi-flatside carburetors, the new 748cc engine had larger valves than it predecessor, and hotter cams to operate them.  112 hp at 11,000 rpm was the final result, with max torque of 55 ft.-lbs. of torque measured at a lofty 10,000 rpm.  The enhanced air-oil cooling system on the engine took an extra quart and ran it through a two-stage oil pump and oversize oil cooler.  The revised alloy chassis was substantially more rigid, and added some 15 lbs.  43mm cartridge forks replaced the air-adjustable models but lost their anti-dive circuit.  Brakes remained excellent with a 60-to-zero distance of 122 feet, and the full fairing had the dual headlight looks of an endurance racer.

Jim’s K-model has relatively low miles and looks to have been garaged consistently.  The full Yoshimura exhaust is complemented by a jet kit, and the wider rear wheel makes for a bigger contact patch.  Jim’s comments about his bike:

This is a very clean and unmolested 1989 GSX-R 750. I believe I am the 5th adult owner, previous owner was an engineer in Southern California, and by the previous owner the bike has always been garaged and well cared for. It survived the last 30 years without having its frame polished, being raced or otherwise abused. Low original miles (22,537) and in very nice shape. Few left like this anywhere, truly a classic. It pains me to sell this bike, but it’s time to thin the herd.

Prior to me purchasing it, the previous owner had the bike professionally painted and re-decaled. He said the original bodywork was un-crashed and in good shape physically but suffered from fading and the yellowing you will often seen on the decals. He left the tank and front fender original as they were nice – likewise the solo cowl is original Suzuki paint. They are in excellent shape. Mechanically solid with the carbs just cleaned a month ago, Pirelli Diablo’s are in great shape, almost new RK chain, fresh brake fluid flush and bleed front and rear and also has had a recent oil change. Bike is turn key and ready to ride. Everything works!

It’s very original with a few mods. Period correct Yoshimura Duplex header, a newer Yosh slip on exhaust, Factory Pro Jet Kit, has an 1100 rear shock as well as 1100 gauge surround. Rear wheel is from a 1990 to run a 180 rear tire.

Very hard to find unmolested GSX-R’s of this vintage anymore and prices are going up every year – and I do not think you will find one this nice cosmetically. The bike is located in Maryland near Washington DC and you are welcome to come inspect in person. Bike has a CLEAN and CLEAR Maryland title.

Jim is asking $6,900 for his GSX-R750.

The 2nd generation GSX-R750 weighed a bit more, but with the additional power, the pound/horsepower ratio improved a hair.  Though the model was well on its way to becoming a classic, the J and K years had a lot of nice improvements, and took the AMA SuperBike crown with Jamie James in ’89.  Jim and his previous owners have taken nice care of this GSX-R, and avoided the personalization pitfalls.

Jim is asking $6,900 for his GSX-R750.

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750
Ducati March 11, 2021 posted by

Bleautiful: 1988 Ducati Paso 750

Welcome to one of the most polarizing models in Ducati history. Perhaps second to only the 749/999 series, the Paso was a little bit like the un-Ducati. With full bodywork resembling more of a a monolithic, monochromatic sport tourer, the Paso took styling in an entirely new direction. Thankfully under the covers the DNA and performance of the F1 Pantah series remained, ensuring lots of lumpy, torquey goodness.

1988 Ducati Paso 750 for sale on eBay

Strip away the Paso’s fully enclosed bodywork (purported to vent away engine heat in a controlled manner) and you would essentially be looking at a Ducati 750 F1 mill with a reversed rear (upright) cylinder head to allow for both barrels to breathe through an automotive-styled carb between the vee. This also simplified the rear exhaust routing somewhat, although the collector is a work of art. The chassis is not quite what you would expect from a company that built round-tube trellis frames for decades, but all covered up in bodywork you would never know the Paso is based on a square tubing cantilever arrangement utilizing the engine as a stressed member. And speaking of bodywork, you may note similarities between the Paso and the Bimota DB1 – after all, they were both the brain child of designer Massimo Tamburini. All in all, the package worked well, yet was a significant departure from the classic lines of pervious Ducatis. The Paso was loved fervently by some, while hated by others.

From the seller:
Excellent example of the Ducati that is credited for saving the brand from disappearing, desinged by Massimo Tamburini, the legend behind Bimota, Ducati and MV Agusta. Paso 750 is powered by 748 cc Desmodue engine, the same Pantah motor from the Ducati 750 F1. Engine starts easy, runs great without overheating or smoking. Originally powered by a Weber carburator which was often the cause of high engine temps especially in traffic, this Paso has been upgraded to a Keihin 39mm flat slide. It currently retains OEM exhaust but an upgrade to an aftermarket system will allow for much better breathing motor.

The heads have been upgraded to M750 which increase the valve adjustment intervals while offering improved valve guides as the originals had a tendency to wear out rather quickly. The cam belts were replaced approximately 3 years ago and the valves were adjusted at the same time. There is around 2600 miles on the oil and filter. All lights and signals as well as the horn work perfect. Even the clock!

The front forks with anti-dive technology were very advanced for their time. Swing arm is lightweight alloy with concentric chain adjuster. This Paso rides on factory original Marvic aluminum wheels, tires have around 3500 miles but still have plenty of thread and perform fine in the canyons.

More from the seller:
Factory blue color is a rare find for a Paso, with some sources claiming only 50 or so were painted in this color. This Paso has been completely refinished by previous owner with correct decals applied and cleared over to prevent them from fading or pealing. Bike looks like new!

Keep in mind this is a 33 year old bike and it will have few quirks and needs. The fuel gauge works but it tends to bounce a bit, especially if the fuel level is at or below half mark. There is a very minor oil leak coming from what appears to be an oil pan gasket. Due to the conversion to Keihin flat slide, the choke has been disconnected.

Sold with a clean California title. Registration is expiring on 3/10/21 and was changed to non-operational to avoid any back fees. The Paso is sold “as is, where is”. In case of shipping, it will be responsibility of the buyer. I will work with the shipper to accomodate their time schedule. Please make arrangements and ask questions before buying.

The Paso offered here is a great combination of updated pricey mechanical components and cosmetic refresh. The motor is a very desireable Pantah mill that is gaining traction with the collectors. It is rare, it is cool and its very fun bike to ride. Overall this motorcycle is an inexpensive entry into vintage Ducati world!

The Paso lineup has yet to see the light of day when it comes to collectors and appreciating values. With 35 years gone since introduction, there are signs that some of that reticence is beginning to change. To find an exceptionally clean and original anything 33 years later makes it more rare than the day it rolled off the showroom floor. And sadly many of these models – after dropping in value – fell into the hands of those who could not (or would not) give them the care and maintenance they deserved.

To be clear, this particular Paso is not strictly a bone-stock example. The seller does a good job outlining the mods made, and the switch from the stock Weber carb is a popular one (Ducati eventually introduced fuel injection in later models), although pictures of the carb throat sans filter make me nervous. The rest of the bike looks used but clean, and readers should note that it has travelled nearly 24,000 miles. Mileage is not an issue with these models provided proper maintenance has been adhered to, but if you are seeking a zero mile bike look elsewhere. There are lots of good photos provided by the seller, so check out all of the details here. On which side of the Paso debate do you fall? Unloved, or unloveable? Let us know in the comments. Good Luck!!

MI

Bleautiful: 1988 Ducati Paso 750
Ducati March 1, 2021 posted by

New-ish Old School: 1986 Ducati 750 F1

The Ducati 750 F1 is about as old school cool as you can get. Devoid of any wizardry found on more modern motorcycles, the F1 is a basic bare-knuckle brawler with fancy footwork. To call this a race bike for the street would certainly be accurate, given the underlying DNA came directly from the factory TT1 and TT2 racers. Sporting a similar trellis frame and utilizing a Pantah-era engine punched out to 748cc that were both first utilized in the TT1 racer, the F1 offers a no-nonsense riding experience that is raw and pure.

1986 Ducati 750 F1 for sale on eBay

Both the TT1 and the TT2 racers were effective weapons at such iconic places as the Isle of Man. The F1 followed in those footsteps – such that there were three “special edition” models of the bike named after famous racing circuits such as Montjuich (Spain), Stanta Monica (Italy) and Laguna Seca (United States). With about 70 HP on tap, the F1 was not so much a rocket ship as an adequately fast – but extremely nimble – racing sled. With no anti-lock brakes, no anti-wheelie control, no anti-stall device, no traction control and no quick shifter, this relic is missing everything that helps make racing motorcycles fast today. But what remains is the essence of motorcycling, distilled down to only what needs to be there. Creature comforts? Sorry, not on this bike. If it doesn’t make you faster or the bike lighter, it simply isn’t there. THAT is the beauty of the F1 series, in a nutshell.

From the seller:
Selling one of my 750 F1’s, bike got a new paint job, new belts, overall in great shape. Comes with set of original turn signals and a few more parts. Was last on the street probably 20 years ago when I bought it, see manufacturing date from tires. I had the bike for 3 years and only rode it twice, restored it to what you see and now selling it. Needs new tires and the turn signals which I installed are not connected yet, everything else works and bike starts cold and warm very well. The last 4 pictures show the bike as it looked when I got it, from the original ad when I bought the bike: “Rare 1986 Ducati F1B. Super trap tail pipe, repaired gauge mount, last ridden Donner Pass Hwy 40 hill climb 2000. Fresh oil, new battery, petcock eliminated, runs good. Liquidating collection.”.
More information can also be found at raresportbikesforsale.com when you search for Ducati 750 F1B.
Happy to answer any additional question.

The seller is correct in that we at RSBFS have seen a lot of these F1 machines (and more specialized variants) posted on these pages. In fact, this exact bike graced our pages in its earlier tricolore guise back in 2017. Comments were not kind regarding the butchered paint job, and this seller has done a great job restoring the livery to former glory. Here is a link to find other F1s on RSBFS. Researching older posts offers a great way to learn more about the model, but can also help describe the rough historical value of these models over time. Those serious about a bike such as this F1 would be well advised to do their homework.

This particular example looks pretty good in the pictures. It shows a nicely painted F1 in the standard Italian tricolore scheme. Mileage is low (4,200 claimed), however given that this bike had been raced it is possible that the speedo drive has been disconnected at some point in its life. There appear to be other minor foibles that may need to be sorted here as well. Sharp eyes will also spot some non-stock additions, including modifications to the left-side lowers as well as the tail section. But such is the nature of a 35 year old racer that aspired to be a street bike. There is no claim of “all original, zero miles” here, and the seller has been open about the efforts undertaken to bring this classic back to the status it deserves. Bidders have agreed, with decent traffic and action up to $7,300 at the time of writing. Quite a few watchers are standing by, so expect a lot more bidding once the reserve has been met. Check out all of the details and pics on this auction here. Good Luck!!

MI

New-ish Old School: 1986 Ducati 750 F1
MV Agusta February 18, 2021 posted by

Different Name Same Game: 2002 MV Agusta Senna 750

The name Ayrton Senna evokes some crazy raw F1 emotion. Arguably the greatest F1 driver of the modern era (uh, Schumacher and Hamilton excepted), Senna was in his day the highest paid driver and an international superstar. He parlayed some of that wealth and fame – not to mention his close personal relationship with motorcycle magnate Claudio Castiglioni known for the rebirth of Ducati and MV Agusta – to create a funding opportunity for his charity foundation looking after impoverished children in his native Brazil. Senna was a huge motorcycle enthusiast, and lent his name to Senna tribute models for both Ducati and MV Agusta. Today’s bike is a 2002 model MV Agusta Senna F4, based on the very successful re-launch of the MV Agusta brand.

2002 MV Agusta Senna 750 for sale on eBay

The F4 hit the press in 1998 as a 1999 model. Displacing 750cc (749.5cc to be exact) and sporting some novel engineering in the heads and intake runners (courtesy of Ferrari F1 involvement), the original engine developed 126 HP and was utilized in the Oro, the S, the 1+1 two-seater, and the Neiman Marcus Edition. It was not until 2002 that the EVO 2 spec engine was introduced – itself a product of a delayed SPR project – bumping power up to 137 HP, but at a lower redline. The Senna model was based on the EVO 2 spec, but was further blueprinted to allow for the full use of revs and then some: all the way to nearly 14,000 RPM. Festooned with the usual carbon fiber farkles, the black/gray/red Senna livery and unique number tag on the headstock, the Senna 750 was limited to 300 units worldwide.

From the seller:
2002 MV Agusta Senna in excellent condition. Number 218 of 300 made. Very rare. Clean NH title. Sold new by Fast -by- Ferrarci. Has Ferrarci risers, aftermarket LED tail light and rear fender eliminator, I have all parts removed as well as the accessories that came with the bike. (sport exhaust, sport chip, extra sprockets, factory cover) Runs and drives excellent, 3403 miles. I just have too much stuff!

In current markets Senna Editions are star-power bikes that come with exclusivity and some level of cachet. Originally conceived to be a funding vehicle for charity, today these are rare and collectible models worthy of note. We have seen several Senna models on these pages – both from Ducati and MV Agusta – and they always bring with them a stronger market than the base level bikes on which they were created. Such is the case with this model today.

Showing less than 3,500 miles and with some owner mods (original pieces reportedly come with the bike), this particular example looks clean from the photos provided. The red wheels highlight the single-sided swingarm stance, and the mods to the rear bodywork really show off the organ pipe shotgun exhaust. There are a number of watchers on this one, but nobody is piling onto the $7,000 USD opening ask. That is bargain money for a Senna Edition of any brand, however it remains to be seen where the reserve is set. There are a fair number of days remaining, so we may see some action on this one yet. Check out all of the details here. For those of you in more temperate climes, I believe that white stuff is known as snow/ice. Stay warm, stay safe, and Good Luck!!

MI

Different Name Same Game: 2002 MV Agusta Senna 750