Posts by tag: 900SS

Honda April 7, 2020 posted by

Affordable Twin: 1998 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk for Sale

By the late 1990s, Ducati’s success in production-based racing and general iconic-ness meant a new emphasis on v-twins for many manufacturers. It helps that a v-twin package makes for a great roadbike, with flexible midrange torque and lots of character at any speed. As a bonus a v-twin just sounds like a motorcycle. With 916-level specifications and a price that was lower than a Ducati 900SS, the Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk, or “Firestorm” in some markets, should have been a hot seller. But anonymous looks, road-biased handling, and a few annoying quirks combined to make Honda’s “Ducati-killer” a bit of a miss. Everything about the VTR1000F looked great on paper: a 996cc 90° v-twin with liquid-cooling and four valves per cylinder, lightweight aluminum beam frame, and adjustable suspension certainly fit the bill. Side-mounted radiators looked trick and were supposedly more efficient than a traditional unit. They probably also helped keep the wheelbase short, something that can be tricky on transverse twins like this one, but the location also made them a bit of a liability in a crash. Cam-chain tensioners were supposedly a weak spot, but the engine is generally blessed with the expected Honda-levels of reliability.

So what went wrong? The specifications may have been impressive, but power wasn’t quite up to Ducati 996 levels, and handling wasn’t even as good as the 900SS. At 423 claimed pounds, it was light enough, but the bike was really never designed to be a serious sportbike: the frame was light and had flex tuned into it to provide great feedback on the road, but it was too willowy for serious track use, let alone racing. I read an article years ago about a British privateer team trying to race a VTR1000F, back before the SP-1 was released, and their biggest challenge was stiffening that frame. A pair of carburetors may have seemed pretty retro in 1998, but the big mixers meant great fueling for the twin. Unfortunately, they also meant pretty poor gas mileage and limited range: the thirsty Super Hawk got less than 30mpg and a 4.2 gallon tank meant no more than 130 miles between fillups, with the reserve light staring you in the face at around 100 miles. Bikes from 2001 and beyond had a larger 5 gallon tank, but it still didn’t really qualify as a sport-tourer, in spite of all-day comfort from the reasonable ergonomics.

It may not have been a serious sportbike, but it was a pretty great motorcycle for anyone looking for a versatile street machine. Handsome and competent, without being particularly pretty or even distinctive, it’s been largely forgotten today. Launched at almost the same time as Suzuki’s TL1000S, it was probably a better bike, but the widowmaker Zook stole all of Honda’s thunder and was generally much more exciting, owing to it’s sometimes wayward handling and wheelie-prone character. It’s a shame because, limited range and bland looks aside, it doesn’t have any real vices.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk for Sale

Honda Super Hawk . This is a VTR1000 Superhawk v-twin. The bike looks, and runs great. This is Honda`s version of a Ducati without all the trouble, and expense, and much more comfortable. Bike has low miles with lots of extras, and everything is ready to go. Had to relist due to a Scam buyer. Shipping is the buyers responsibility. I will help load. 1/2 hour NE of Louisville, 1 hour SW of Cincinnati.

It’d be nice if the seller actually went into details about what “lots of extras” means. I see aftermarket levers, reservoir caps, signals, fender eliminator, polished wheels, and maybe an aftermarket seat. Most of it seems of average quality, but your mileage may vary. All-in-all, it looks pretty nice and it can all be reversed, if you want more originality. With 15,800 miles on the odometer and an asking price of $3,199 you’re certainly getting a lot of bike for the money, something that’s characterful and pretty unusual, as long as you don’t mind stopping for gas more often…

-tad

Affordable Twin: 1998 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk for Sale
Ducati November 6, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1977 Ducati 900 SD Darmah

Update 12.1.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This is the third of four motorcycles being offered from the Stuart Parr Collection. Thank you for supporting the site and good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

This 1977 Ducati 900 Darmah is an extremely early example of the bike that helped pull Ducati out of a slump in the mid-70s, and carries a roster of parts that is still enough to make sportbike lovers drool. By modern standards, it’s a bit of a minimalist, with bodywork kept scant and not much in the way of creature comforts — but in that simplicity lies its elegance.

Decked out with Campagnolo wheels, Ceriani forks and Marzocchi shocks out back, the Darmah’s chassis is a perfect match to its torquey 864cc square-case bevel-drive v-twin. Ducati’s signature air-cooled twin was given a mechanical going over in 2000 according to the seller, but its original lead engine seal has not been broken. The bike has just over 6,600 miles on the dial, which jibes with its untouched factory look.

From the seller:

By 1976, styling and fashion took precedence in the motorcycle world and dictated new features, such as market demand for higher levels of build quality and options – Ducati responded with the 900 Sport Darmah, the most advanced incarnation of the Bevel-twin yet. As with the 860GT (Giugiaro) Ducati decided to outsource the styling to longtime collaborator Leopoldo Tartarini, who had long associations designing for Ducati and Italjet.
This is a very early example – among the first production – and is a 6,600 mile original bike with factory Campagnolo wheels, Ceriani forks, Marzocchi shocks – considered the most desirable of the Darmah series.
The original lead engine case seal is intact, indicating original low mileage. The bike has non-standard, but period optional Conti tailpipes and K&N air filters.
Cosmetically and mechanically refreshed in circa 2000, the bike is in its second ownership and presents in beautiful overall condition today. A coveted Falloon report accompanies this bike and details every aspect of the machine thoroughly – it is summarized by Mr. Fallon as “One of the best I have seen”.
Please email with questions – no trades or purchase schemes please.

The bike can be viewed and the seller contacted at the Stuart Parr Collection. With a Falloon report in hand, an early production sequence and some very tasteful period mods, this is early Ducati gold. Asking price is $18.5k.

Featured Listing: 1977 Ducati 900 SD Darmah
Ducati October 27, 2019 posted by

Don’t call it a comeback: 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah

After the resounding sales flop of the Ducati 860GT, the Bolognese brand was in financial ruin and needed a Hail Mary to get back on its feet. The moonshot came in the by mass producing the extremely popular 900SS, which helped the marque pull out of its nosedive. The 900SS Darmah had a few internal updates to the square-case bevel engine, including the shift drums and the crank pins. That, and a really cool tiger graphic aping the Darmah’s namesake.

1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah for sale on eBay

The 900SS had originally been intended for low-production like the 750SS, but its ability to move off dealers’ inventory lists scuttled that plan. Isle of Man TT wins by Mike Hailwood aboard the 75-horsepower L-twin did not hurt the bike’s sales prospects, and a star was born.

This 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah appears to be in beautiful condition, though the seller is light on details. It certainly has not spent its life as a garage queen, racking up 35,000 miles over the last 39 years. Still, that’s less than 1,000 miles a year, and the clean cases and solid paintwork make the case that this bike has been loved.

From the eBay listing:

1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport Desmo Darmah

A total of 1,440 SSD motorcycles produced from 1978 to 1981, this is one of the 705 produced in 1980.

From 1979 DM900SD frame numbers where from 950001 – 951000, and this is one of the last one produced in 1980.

Everything works as it should. In perfect running conditions.

Great piece to add to your collection. You will not be disappointed.

Prices for big classic Ducatis are strong, so we suspect someone will jump quickly on this one at $17,900 buy-it-now.

 

Don’t call it a comeback: 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah
Ducati October 9, 2019 posted by

Well Presented: 1983 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica

There is nothing quite like finding a rare and totally collection-worthy bike to post for RSBFS. This is made all the better when the seller actually takes the time to give a detailed account of the bike in question – in both words and photos. This is one such example which I think readers will enjoy. Originally released in 1979 as a commemoration of Mike Hailwood’s miracle win at the Isle of Man TT in 1978, the MHR would play to the tune of an estimated 7,000 units before production was shut down in early 1986. This beautiful 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica is the last and the best of the bevel-drive Ducatis of the era, and a wonderful collector piece. Read on!

1983 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1983 Ducati 900 Desmo Mike Hailwood Replica
Frame Number: 900R1 906468
Engine Number: 905728
905 Original Miles
DGM Homologation Number: 51147OM
Production: 687 MHR Electric Start Machines

When the great road racer Mike Hailwood came out of semi-retirement at the age of 38 to win the 1978 Isle of Man Formula One race on an NCR Ducati, Ducati was presented with another opportunity to market a race replica. Although it was more than 12 months before a production Mike Hailwood Replica appeared, when it did so, it was basically a cosmetic alteration of a 900 Super Sport. But the MHR had a certain appeal. It was very distinctive machine and was destined to become Ducati’s most popular model in the early 1980s.

More from the seller:
Everything on this motorcycle is original, with exception of the tires. The paint, finishes, and chrome are totally original, as is the seat, with all of the factory stitching intact.

As you can see from the photos in the photo section as well as the body of the description, the machine has had absolutely no restoration performed to any part of it. The condition is exactly what it looks like in the photos.

The fairings have no cracks or damage and have had no paint work. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time.

More from the seller:
The Hailwood runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes. The carburetors have also been re-built and function perfectly.

If you’d like any additional photos of any particular part of the motorcycle, please let me know. I’m happy to email or text it to you. And if you would like to inspect the bike or ask any questions, please email or contact me by phone or text at 630-430-3855 anytime.

I have a motorcycle collection made up of Italian, American, German, and Japanese big bore motorcycles some of which I will be selling soon. If you have specific questions, just want to learn more, or are looking for something in particular, please let me know. I’m also always looking for other vintage motorcycles to add to my collection, so if you have something interesting to share, please contact me at 630-430-3855.

This bike is looking pretty nice for going on 36 years – and the design has certainly held up well. The bodywork looks to be in better than fair condition, and there are no wild mods or other tomfoolery going on here. There are fewer than 1,000 miles on the Nippon Denso speedo / odo (yes, that was a stock item on this Italian steed), and as a result damage is not really to be found in the photos. Speaking of photos, there are a ton of pics to drool over (even more in the advert), and they all pop with the vivid red color of the frame and fairing. There appears to be some oil or other fluid staining on the right side swing arm, but other than that everything looks as it should. This is a beautiful bevel, and if historic prices are correct, should fetch many times over the current bid of $6k. There is a reserve in place, so this one will be a fun one to watch. Check it out here, and let your inner bevel geek fly. Good Luck!!

MI

Well Presented:  1983 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica
Ducati November 19, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #776

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

The 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight came rolling out of Bologna ready to rumble, with lightened frame rails, a single-seat tail section sporting a big, brash number plate and a production number just shy of 1,000, which meant only the most devoted Ducatisti got their hands on one. Two years before Hunter Thompson’s Sausage Creature, the 900SS/SP, broke cover, this was the ultimate iteration of the machine.

By modern standards, the 900SS is kind of poky — you could keep up with one on an SV650 without a Herculean effort — but this 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight has been treated to a big-bore engine rebuild by Vee Two in Australia, netting 944cc. The big jugs have been augmented with a set of Keihin FCR39 flatslides from Sudco, and the stock upswept exhaust was switched out for a set of Fast by Ferraci high pipes.

On top of the engine mods, the bike has a Holeshot quick shifter, a trick swingarm that was made by JMC and is now unobtanium (JMC is no longer in business), and one-piece Marvic magnesium wheels. The original two-piece Marvics will come with it. If you are looking for an exclusive, sorted, fast-as-it-can-be 900, look no further.

From the eBay listing:

1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #776, 3 owners since new, 13,254 miles. Originally sold new by Letko Cycles in Kansas City on 8/29/1992 for $10,479.

While this motorcycle has many upgrades, the 944cc big bore motor built and installed in 2001 is hands down its best and most expensive feature. The original owner spent over $7000, most of it with Vee Two in Australia, to create a power plant that has almost endless torque and horsepower delivery. Receipts are included for nearly all of these parts:

Millenium Technologies bored and plated cylinders

Vee Two: 94mm pistons, steel connecting rods, Vee Two head featuring 43mm inlet valves, 38mm exhaust valves, intake & exhaust cams and adjustable cam pulleys, balanced crank, primary gears, clutch basket.

Keihin 39mm flat slide carburetors

Fast by Ferracci carbon fiber high pipes

California Cycleworks Dyna Coils ignition coils

Barnett Clutch kit

Pro Italia clutch slave cylinder

Holeshot quick shifter

Stainless braided clutch and brake lines

Corbin seat

Speedy Moto adjustable clip ons with 3” risers. Spare set of Pro Italia sport bars also included.

Stock and Pro Italia rear sets. (Stock rear sets currently fitted)

JMC aluminum swingarm with elliptical chain adjustment

Marvic Streamline 1-piece Magnesium wheels (6” rear) with new 120 front/180 rear Pirelli Diablo Supersports. Original Ducati Marvic 2 piece aluminum/Magnesium wheels also included.

New Renthal 39T aluminum rear sprocket

Refinished carbon fiber front and rear fenders. Carbon rear mudguard.

New Motobatt MB16AU glass mat battery

Fresh oil, belt, valve adjustment service and carburetor rebuild by Scott Waters at Motoservizio in Signal Hill, California

I am the 3rd owner of this bike and have nearly every receipt starting from the original Bill of Sale. This is my second 900 Superlight (former owner of #712) and thought I would never sell this one. But a busy work and family schedule, plus a garage with other toys gathering dust, is a clear sign that it’s time for someone else to become the caretaker of #776. It is truly a magnificent vintage machine to ride, period correct with its modifications. If you love the now “vintage” Ducati sport bikes of the 1990s (916, Monster, etc) this is one you must experience. It is a joy to ride leisurely, always mindful that it’s a 25 year old machine, not a modern superbike. Yet a healthy twist of the throttle rockets it forward. So now I’m testing the waters to see if there’s another person immersed in their own mid-life crisis, collecting the artifacts of his youth. If so, he needs this machine.

For $12,000, this stylish piece of Italian sportbike lore is begging to be aimed at the twistiest road you can find and let loose. Sure, you aren’t gonna be slicing inside R1s at the next track day, but there is little joy like piloting such a well-built machine with no agenda but to enjoy yourself.

Featured Listing: 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #776
Ducati November 9, 2018 posted by

Expensive Exclusivity: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

Ducati paid Paul Smart less than a grand to ride their newly-minted 750SS to victory in the 1972 Imola 200, which is insane value for money when you consider that that one race would solidify Smart’s reputation as a racer and give Ducati’s new Desmos the street cred they needed to thrive. The brand and Smart parted company shortly thereafter, finally reuniting 34 years later for a run of 1,000 special-edition bikes.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for sale on eBay

Thus, the 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE. The bikes were, like the MH900e before them, a very special chassis hung around Ducati’s vaunted 900cc air-cooled twin. The bikes wore gorgeous silver bodywork over an aquamarine trellis frame — not Ducati’s standard fare, but part of what made Smart’s 1972 mount stand out. This specimen has clocked 10,000 miles, and shows some signs of use and handling. It is still in excellent shape, but it is not a spotless museum-condition bike. It factory-option Termignoni pipes and the accompanying ECU upgrade, and has a small army of aftermarket parts. All the original pieces come with the bike.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE. This motorcycle is extremely rare (2000 worldwide) and is a true work of art.

This motorcycle has been meticulously maintained and taken care of. The bike is hand cleaned after every ride without the use of water which is done to prevent any rusting and damage to electrical components.

The major “Desmo service” was done at 7411 miles and the oil has been changed 3 times since then (every one thousand miles). Only high quality oil is used, which is Motul 300V 15W50.

The Ohlins front forks were serviced last year and had the updated fork seals installed.

As for aftermarket parts, the motorcycle has a fender eliminator/tail tidy kit by Motobox USA, speedy moto frame sliders, open clutch cover, aftermarket pressure plate, springs, spring retaining caps, supersprox front and rear sprockets and new chain.

The motorcycle had the factory option slip on exhaust with ecu.

With the purchase of this motorcycle, I will include the original parts I removed when adding the aftermarket parts.

On a motorcycle that has over 10 thousand miles, there are some paint chips and normal wear as expected.

The only major blemish is on the exhaust which was due to a tool drawer opening on its own and hitting the exhaust.

Having that said, the motorcycle has never been dropped or been in an accident.

Other than that, this motorcycle is in great condition and is a true pleasure to ride. The bike has always been garaged and covered with a Ducati performance dust cover.

If you have any questions, please send me a message and I will be happy to answer them.

This auction has NO RESERVE!

Happy bidding!

At $22,000, this PS1000LE is certainly pushing the upper echelon of what nice examples are going for. With their scarcity, good looks and model-specific pieces, this could be a harbinger of the direction these machines are going.

Expensive Exclusivity: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE
Ducati October 26, 2018 posted by

Reserve Met: 565-mile 2000 Ducati MH900e

Sixteen years after Ducati’s original run of bikes celebrating Mike Hailwood’s return to form at the 1978 Isle of Man TT, Bologna kicked out a Pierre Terblanche-penned update to the much-lauded MHR900. The MH900e, where ‘e’ stands for evoluzione, was a much more exclusive machine than the original MHR900, with just 2,000 rolling off the line between 2000 and 2002. Though the bike had a relatively sedate 75-horsepower air-cooled v-twin, the frame, suspension and bodywork were all one-offs, from the gorgeously sculpted bikini fairing, tank, tail and exhaust to the steel trellis frame and swingarm.

2000 Ducati MH900e for sale on eBay

To up the exclusivity, Ducati sold the bikes directly to customers over an Internet order form which opened at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2000. The first 1,000 sold in 31 minutes. By 2000 standards, the idea was dazzlingly futuristic. Especially since half the world still thought the stroke of midnight would mean the world’s computers would meltdown and send us back to the Stone Age.

This 2000 Ducati MH900e has been ridden enough to prove that it does actually run, and just barely enough to have been enjoyed a couple times. Aside from that, it has been a display piece, and has the pristine bodywork to prove it. The seller gives precious few details beyond the pictures.

From the eBay listing:

This motorcycle is For Sale only!!
Its in perfect condition only has 565 miles just serviced all original. Museum Quality and one of a 2,000 made. for more info just leave a message and i will get back to you.

The reserve appears to be met at $15,000, which is what Ducati commanded for the bikes originally. We’re sure that won’t be the end of the line for this rare and special Duc.

Reserve Met: 565-mile 2000 Ducati MH900e
Ducati October 17, 2018 posted by

Big money: Virgin 1985 Ducati MHR Mille

To celebrate Mike Hailwood’s stunning 1978 win at the Isle of Man TT, Ducati wrapped special tricolore bodywork around a bevel-head 900SS and cranked out one of the first true race replicas, and inadvertently launched a machine that would carry them more than halfway through the 1980s.

1985 Ducati MHR Mille for sale on eBay

This 1985 Ducati MHR Mille is a very late 1,000 cc example, from the final run of bikes that Cagiva authorized. It is available in Australia, and has accumulated just two kilometers in its 33 years. The sellers say the battery has never been connected and the bike has never been fired, so we have to assume that those miles are from moving it from display to display.

As you’d expect, the paint and bodywork are immaculate, and some of the rubber pieces that avoided direct exposure even look brand new. Its only major flaw appears to be turn signals that have been taped on after the original rubber mounts bit the dust.

From the eBay listing:

Ducati MHR 1000 1985

New condition

As per photos

Ducati Mark Hailwood Replica Mile 1985

Last and arguably the best of the legendary bevels. This motorcycle is in immaculate condition, new from a private museum collection. Never has been started nor has the battery ever been connected.

An extremely hard motorbike to find in this condition. The bike has 2km on the odometer, same as our Brand new Ducati F1. (See other ad)

All original from rolling out of the shop in 1985, original tyres, oil filter, battery ect.

The rubber in the indicators has perished and some of the indicators are taped onto the bike.

Motorbike turns over, we have not started the motorbike. Will be sold how we got it.

Will suit a collector

Can and will transport overseas. So please don’t hesitate to contact me with freight inquiries.

We are open to package deals with the new Ducati F1 as well

Will probably never see the same bike in
this condition. Don’t miss out with this investment

Can assist with freight/finance if needed

LOCATED IN AUSTRALIA BUT CAN FREIGHT TO WHERE EVER

Please note that we will need to be payed in AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS

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Despite its age by 1985, the bike produced an impressive 75 horsepower and knocked on 140 mph. Its performance numbers soon would be eclipsed by Ducati’s Desmoquattro bikes, which were to break cover two years after the MHRs went out of production.

The sellers have tailored their $60,000 U.S. asking price to the rarity of the bike and the fact that it has never been moved under its own power. The engine turns over, they say, but they have made no attempt to start it. By this point, that likely relegates the bike to permanent museum piece status.

Big money: Virgin 1985 Ducati MHR Mille