Posts by tag: 900

Ducati June 7, 2015 posted by

Unchained – 1983 Ducati 900 S2

While not a critical or sales success, the 1982-84 Ducati 900S2 is still an honest-to-goodness 900cc Desmo-engined Supersport.  Caught up changing in emissions and noise regulations, the air-cooled and carbureted engine was silenced on intake and exhaust, and performance suffered.  With bevel-drive cams and Ducati handling, it’s better than its reputation.  The example here has been a collector bike since new, apparently never registered, titled, or run.

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1983 Ducati 900 S2

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Hanging on though they were at the time, Ducati still built a fine machine, with beautiful half faring, 18-inch cast wheels, triple disk brakes, and adjustable suspension.  Putting out a respectable 80 hp, the neat bevel drive engine now has a vintage look.  The red frame stands out, complementing the stripes on the black faring.  The cockpit is completed by sweet teardrop mirrors and nice instrument cluster.  Distinctively, this is a kick-start Ducati, one of the last models without a starter.

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Evidently on display since new, this is a zero-mile, no fluids, and no chain bike.  Never registered, the owner provides the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin as documentation.  Looking better than a neglected museum bike, this one seems to have been cared for and detailed.

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A lot of information in the eBay auction, here is a short excerpt:

This is a rare chance to own a VERY PURE zero miles vintage Ducati .  Might be the only one in the world in such well preserved condition .  Bike looks brand new like the day it came from the factory. Brakes functions correctly without any fluid leakage or damage.  Front tire rotated frequently to avoid flat spots . Petcocks knobs turns freely. Cylinders are lubed and kicks over with great compression. All settings remains factory.  It should start up and ready to ride with gas , fresh oil, and recommend using sealed battery. These bevel twins are bullet proof with much more refined electrical for reliability than early Bevels .  Bevel Ducati sounds very exciting , rides smooth and responsive in corners. 

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The S2 was the 900SS’s kid brother, and never got the development it deserved.  Around the corner were the belt-driven cam engines and cool as they were, the bevels were history.  This amazing collector bike could be put back on the road, but more likely will be on display again, showing all the classic Ducati beauty without divulging its foibles…

-donn

Unchained – 1983 Ducati 900 S2
Triumph May 16, 2015 posted by

Triple sec – Sweet 1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

Revived by entrepreneur John Bloor after their final bankruptcy in 1983, Triumph Motorcycles engineered a family of engines using a 76mm diameter piston and established a manufacturing facility in Thailand.  The venerable brand celebrated it centenary in 2002 and has continued manufacture and now completes almost 50,000 motorcycles per year.  This particular bike is a nice example of one of their best machines.

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1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

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Initially designed in 1989, the smooth-running 885cc triple underwent a major review in 1993 and with Cosworth’s help emerged with 115hp, and somewhat lighter thanks to pressure casting the engine cases.  Too busy trying to stay alive to enter into racing, modern Triumph cycles never experienced the weight loss racing requires, and the Super III carries 465 lbs wet.  But with the aluminum frame, 43mm forks, 310mm front disks, the entire package tests lighter than it should, a well-balanced handler.

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The speed yellow fairing on this example appears better than excellent, the lower reaches of the classic shape protected from chips by automotive film.   The black monoposto seat looks cushy and in nice shape, the pillion seat under a fairing.  Very polished and very pretty 3-into-1 header with carbon muffler appears to be the only modification, and belies the 8900 miles the odometer shows.  Have to like it when someone’s been detailing the engine !

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From the eBay auction:

Proudly kept and displayed indoors with only 8900 original miles. (That’s less than 450 miles/year)100% Original everything*. Perfect condition; no scratches, dents, or nicks of any kind. Carbon fiber everywhere. Aluminum 6.6 gallon tank.

As second owner, I’ve meticulously maintained the bike in every way. All questions will be answered immediately.

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Though a revised 675cc engine has led to recent racing successes by a contingent of privateers, the Daytona Super III was developed before the racing program and is a smooth, powerful road bike, the 1995 being a nice update from the original design.  This auction looks to be for one of the very best of this model.

Triple sec – Sweet 1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III
Kawasaki April 4, 2015 posted by

She Sells Sanctuary: 1975 Kawasaki Z1 Streetfighter for Sale

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Front

This isn’t something we’d normally feature here on RSBFS, but given the effort that went into this restomod Kawasaki Z1 and the performance that’s likely on tap, it seemed like a fun bike to share.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod L Front

Keep in mind: “musclebike” and “sportbike” are general terms at best, not a specific category of motorcycle. And remember, they raced “superbikes” that looked a whole lot like this one on tracks throughout the 1970’s. On the road, where slow in, fast out is the name of the game, I’d bet a bike like this one would give most “genuine” sportbikes a real run for their money.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Rear

Based around Kawasaki’s beastly Z1 that dominated the roads of the mid to late 1970’s, much of the customization that’s gone into this one seems intended to address the original bike’s glaring weakness: a flexible frame that made serious cornering pretty much out of the question.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod Dash

There’s plenty more detail regarding the build and seemingly every part that went into it over at the original eBay listing: 1975 Kawasaki Z1 900 Restomod Streetfighter

I built this bike to mimic a Sanctuary built streetfighter from Japan. I built it as though I were going to ride and enjoy it. The stock Z1s are cool, but they are flexi fliers. I wanted a bike that would handle like a modern bike, but still have the look and feel of the original Z1. I started with a 75 Z1 900 and a 2000 ZRX1100 then added time and money. Having completed the bike, I now realize that I really enjoy building these bikes. So I thought, if somebody were interested in this bike at a good price, I’d let it go and build another.

This is a matching numbers 1975 Z1 with updated suspension, wheels and brakes.

Frame: stock Z1 frame modified with gussets to minimize flex, rear shocks cantilevered.

Forks: KYB 43mm, 2000 ZRX1100.

Electrical, all new harnesses including a hybrid electrical system. This hybrid system has modern relays and uses modern fuses, 5 of them. The system includes electronic ignition and a voltage regulator/rectifier combo. The goal was to provide a dependable electrical system for years to come.

Engine: Fresh built, less than 50 miles. Transmission, shift forks, cylinder head, cylinders and crankshaft are from a pristine low mileage 1978 KZ1000(11K miles). The internals were beautiful so I kept them aside for this project. The piston kit is an MTC 1076cc. Cylinders were bored to match by Joe Hooper at Pit Stop Performance. The cylinder head was worked by Joe at Pit Stop as well. The head has been completely rebuilt including fresh valve guides, seals, heavy duty springs. The valve train is standard over bucket shim. The cams are new Web Cams, 410 lift and they have been degreed per manufacturer’s specifications. To finish out the valve train, a new cam chain, guides, pillow blocks, and all 3 rollers were installed. The side covers are all powder coated flat black, the cases, cylinder and head are high temp gloss black. No broken fins or cracks, the best of the best on this motor.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Rear

If you’re not familiar with “Sanctuary” as mentioned by the seller, pop onto Google and take a look. They’re based out of Japan and sell premium parts like titanium headers for Japanese bikes. Complete Sanctuary builds tend to be stunning distillations of the Japanese superbikes of the 1970’s and drip with titanium, carbon fiber, and exquisite detailing.

This guy may not quite achieve that level perfection, but you’re getting 90% of the finished product for 30% of the cost, and that seems like a pretty good deal for a bike you can ride to bike nights, rip around backroads, or even pack up with luggage and ride to the ends of the earth…

-tad

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Side

She Sells Sanctuary: 1975 Kawasaki Z1 Streetfighter for Sale
Triumph June 27, 2014 posted by

Out of the Ashes: 1995 Triumph Daytona Super III

This was really where the modern Triumph began. Basically a mix-and-match of triples and fours stuck into a modular, steel spine-framed chassis that allowed the reborn British company maximum versatility to create different bikes on a common platform at a relatively minimal cost. The 900 in the Daytona was a three-cylinder and the same basic engine also powered the Thunderbird, Trident, Sprint, Tiger, Trophy, and Speed Triple.

1995 Triumph Daytona Super III for sale on eBay

1995 Triumph Daytona III Front Rear

Unfortunately, this modularity came at the price of increased weight. Handling isn’t ideal, and the bikes weren’t competitive in terms of ultimate performance when compared to the Japanese machines of the time. But they exuded character, were reasonably reliable, and allowed Anglophiles to “fly the flag” with pride.

1995 Triumph Daytona III Rear Speedo

While the bike as a whole may have been a bit heavy and slow-steering, the engine was, as the Brits say, “a corker.” Powerful, smooth, and relaxed, it would pull from low and wind out to redline, whichever struck your fancy. Too heavy for track work, it’s an excellent GT. A road-destroying tool for fast street riding, with a protective fairing and reasonable comfort, stable handling, combined with strong brakes and that peach of an engine.

1995 Triumph Daytona III R Front Wheel Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Triumph Daytona Limited Edition Super III

Bike is always garaged. It is a solid 9.5 out of 10. There is 1 tiny blemish a half an inch long on the tank but barely noticeable. The bike is one of 150 world wide. Special features include carbon fiber fender and sub-fender,flat side mikuni carbs, 6 pot calipers, and seat cowling. The motor is a 900cc triple, tuned by Cosworth (of rally car fame). The bike was fully serviced 30 days ago. It is started periodically but not driven to ensure the battery and motor stay in good working order. Tires are fairly new with 95% tread remaining. Though the bike retains all stock pieces (exhaust cans as well) with sale, some tasteful upgrades were made. Micron carbon pipes, handlebar risers, throttle meister cruise control and a beautiful Corbin seat. This is a rare bike in an important time in Triumph’s rebirth. It is sure to appreciate, and I will miss it.

I think the styling on these early Bloor-era Triumphs has aged particularly well. Like the Ducati 900SS, they comfortably straddle eras, with design cues both vintage and modern. I prefer the first-gen Speed Triple, but this bike looks great in yellow and would make an excellent get-out-of-town bike for long weekend rides.

-tad

1995 Triumph Daytona III R Tank

Out of the Ashes: 1995 Triumph Daytona Super III
Ducati June 13, 2013 posted by

Pasta Run! 1982 Ducati 900 Supersport

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31 years away from being new, this 1982 Ducati is a classic bike that still looks great. Reported as original paint and sitting just shy of 24,000 miles, this bike offers traditional cafe racer styling with loads of collector bike appeal. With an air cooled, desmo L-twin engine, this model was one of the last of the bevels ahead of the stunning Pantah.

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From the seller:
Classic extreme machine! original paint has some body scuffing on the tank and light nicking along the inside edge of the front fender, otherwise for 30 year old paint its awsome! this machine dont look 5 years old!.runs drives like new. prestine collectors bike. near showroom condition.

letting the pics do the talking,,,,,,

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This bike is available right now in Massachusetts. Since winter is finally over and the time to ride has come, why not ride something cool and different? This beautiful 900SS certainly fits the bill. Bidders are slowly turning out for this one, with the current bid at $12,600, no reserve in place, and several days left to play. Click the link and check it out here. Good Luck!

MI

Ducati May 22, 2013 posted by

More Super Lightness: 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight MK1

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It’s apparently time to sell yellow Super Lights this month.  Number 827 is currently looking for a new garage to call home.  This one has a Canadian accent and has been breathed on a bit.

What’s the story you ask?

Up for sale is my Limited Edition 1993 900SS Superlight Mk1.  Bike # 827 out of 952 units produced worldwide with only 300 sent to the USA.  This is the geniune article and the most desirable of the Superlight that came to North America.  Only the Mk 1 bikes came with a full spectrum of upgrades directly from the factory that include full floating Cast Iron front disc brakes, Two piece Marvic/Akront 17″ Rims, Vented Clutch Cover, Carbon Fibre Front Mudguard and Rear Hugger, Carbon Fibre Slip-On Exhaust.  In addition to these very desirable factory exotic parts, the motor on this bike has been upgraded with High Compression 944 Big Bore Pistons fueled by a pair of Kehin flat side Smooth Bore Carbs.  Ohlin Front Fork Springs, Ohlin Steering Damper, Oberon Clutch slave Cylinder, Upgraded Master Cylinders with Aluminum Caps, Billet Aluminum Rearsets, Carbon Fibre Dash, Leather Corbin Seat, Zero Gravity Tinted Windshield, brand new Prirelli Corsa Tires and much more.

This is a bike that has been totally sorted out with an impressive array of performance upgrades and improvements over the stock bike.  This bike rewards riders who appreciates mechanical perfection; you would want to ride this one and not just admire her beauty.  The body work on the bike is a 9.5 out of 10 and the bike has been maticulously maintained and tuned.  This is the fastest air cooled 900SS I have ever ridden and she runs, sounds and handles as good as she looks.

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Help me out Ducatists;  I keep reading that only the 1992 (MK1) Superlights had the cast iron brakes, vented clutch cover and two piece Marvics yet it seems every 93 (MK2) I see has them as well.  Did North America get them a year late?

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Hmm, it doesn’t weigh much at all and it has  more go compared to stock.  That should make for a lot of smiles on a twisting road.

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Sign me up;  a limited edition, light weight, some extra go and classic Ducati styling.

Check out the auction here.

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale February 6, 2013 posted by

Big Bird: 1995 Triumph Daytona III

1995 Triumph Daytona III For Sale

Yep, she’s British, bright yellow, and a bit on the heavy side. Described as more hyper sports tourer than superbike, the Super III did get good reviews even if couldn’t really be compared to it’s competitors of the time. The Super III is an upgraded 900cc Daytona that is lighter, features better brakes, and somewhat revised cosmetics. While Triumph made more powerful models featuring 4 cylinder 1000’s and 1200’s, it was the 900 triple that felt like the best balance and set the Daytona apart.

1995 Triumph Datyona III For Sale on eBay

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This example has a little over 11k miles and looks really clean in the photos. With an asking of $4500 this looks like a cool pickup for not much cash.

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Ducati June 20, 2012 posted by

Beveled Beauty: 1978 Ducati SD900 Darmah

For Sale: DUCATI SD900 Darmah

From the green hills of Connecticut comes this wonderful period sportbike. One of the last of the bevel line, the Sport Desmo 900 embodied the segment known today as the naked bike. Intended to be unencumbered and less complicated – not to mention lighter – than a fully faired bike, the 900 Darmah was a good “all ’rounder” and equally at home in the canyons as on the boulevard.

Built in the day when men were men and bikes were started with a forceful kick, this classic Ducati shows what the brand was all about: good looks and great components. The bike is a veritable who’s who of the respected: Brembo brakes, beautiful Campagnolo wheels, and Conti mufflers working in conjunction with the latest 90 degree vee twin Bologna had to offer; a true taste of Italy.

From the seller:
Up for Auction is a DUCATI SD900 Darmah, Sport Desmo, 1978. I purchased this bike a year ago in the condition that is shown in the photos.
It is currently registered and insured by me in Connecticut. It runs very strong and shifts in all gears. Kickstart. Front Light not working. Will need rear brake pads.

The following was performed on the Ducati:
-Gas tank was removed and cleaned.
-New Fuel Petcocks installed, Have the original.
-Twin carbs were dismantled soaked and rebuilt.
-New Fuel Pump Diaphrams.
-Changed Engine Oil.
-Rear Brake Master Cylinder rebuilt.
-New Handgrips.
-New Clutch Cable.
-New Brake Pedal Spring.
-New Brake Fluid.

This bike has survived quite a few years to come to you in this condition. The seller notes that there are some minor issues to correct, but the bike presents well and provided that the mechanicals are in decent shape this could be a keeper for years to come. While we have not see prices on the “standard” bevels climb too high in recent years (price inflation has primarily centered around the green framed 750SS models and the Hailwood replicas), there is no reason to believe the SD models cannot achieve collector status from a monetary perspective. Until then, ride the heck out of it just like the Italians intended!

This auction is going on now and the opening bid is a cool $5k. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts to this one; there are not many clean Darmahs still around, much less in stock (or relatively stock) condition. As we know, condition drives the price – especially with the older bikes. While this is not one of “the” collectable models of the era, this is a nice model in presentable condition. Take a look and then share your thoughts!

MI