Posts by tag: 996

Honda October 4, 2020 posted by

Well Enough Alone – 2005 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 SP2 with 5,181 miles !

Hard for a sport rider to keep any factory’s stock set-up, but the 2005 Honda RC51 SP2 might be a good candidate.  This seriously black stocker from Mass. has all the SP2 goodness and none of the typical farkles.

2005 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 SP2 for sale on eBay

After two successful years with the initial RC51, a weight loss regimen was introduced for 2002, as well as making the chassis more rigid and increasing the throttle body size to 62mm.  Tweaks to steering head angle and monoshock linkage vied to add quickness to the bike’s stability.  Hoping to keep the wheelbase compact, Honda went with side-mounted radiators to suck heat from the 136 hp engine room, and added dual fans to the SP2 to help out.  A taller windscreen was designed with Colin Edwards’ input and cut a more generous hole in the oncoming air.

This RC51 has been preserved in a Boston suburb, and beside the unusual all black, it’s even missing the routine tail tidy and light(er) weight slip-ons.  Can’t quite see what the reflection at the back of the rider’s seat is all about though, doesn’t seem like a removed pad is likely.  Gear-driven cams only require fresh oil, no belt service to get you riding, but checking the date code on the tires might be a thought.   The owner has this to say in the eBay auction:

Bike is in excellent/showroom condition, no dents or scratches. Bike has a new battery and has recently been serviced. There are NO modifications to the engine, exhaust or suspension. Bike is in ORIGINAL condition. Bike is stored indoors and has not been registered since 2015. I do start it and take it up the street a few times a year though. You won’t find a cleaner all original RC51 out there. It is a hard to find color combination as well.

The SP2 has a lot of lessons learned campaigning the SP1 to a championship, and is the one to own unless you want a first-year model or Nicky Hayden livery from 2004.  Most sources indicate production of only a few thousand each year, which will make this RC51 an eventual collectible.  And there’s a winding road of modifications if you prefer, but for pete’s sake if the original parts look this good put them in storage !

-donn

 

 

Well Enough Alone – 2005  Honda RVT1000R / RC51 SP2 with 5,181 miles !
Ducati September 25, 2020 posted by

One and Done – 2000 Ducati 996 SPS #1334

If your significant other said there was room for just a single bike on your side of the garage, a 996 SPS might be a worthy choice.  This turn-of-the-century model has been babied but not left un-ridden.

2000 Ducati 996 SPS for sale on eBay

The SPS was the top of the line for 2000, and carried 73 ft.-lbs. of torque from 8,000 to max power of 123 hp.  Bigger differences from the -S were the Öhlins forks and monoshock, and forged Marchesini alloys.  Adjustable headstock almost needed a pro-level rider, stopwatch, and a racetrack to get the benefit of the steering damper.  Iconic trellis frame and quick-release fairings are accented by carbon fenders and side covers.

In private hands, this SPS looks carefully tended, and maintenance and ownership sound like they’re in for the long haul.  Mod-wise, the carbon cans were likely a dealer option, and not much else is evident except the alloy footpegs.  From the eBay auction:

2000 Ducati 996 SPS #1334 out of 2000 built for year 2000. I have owned the bike for over 10 years and it been rode sparingly. It has always been garage kept and maintained meticulously. It has recently had the belts replaced, brake & clutch fluid flush and replaced, oil & filter changed. I am 50 years old and do not have the time to ride anymore. This bike is an absolute work of art.

Carl Forgarty and Troy Bayliss alternated Superbike championships with Colin Edwards on the RC51, in a great era for superbike racing if not rulesmaking.  For all the limited editions which were more properly commemoratives, the SPS is really what the numbered triple-tree plaques were meant for.  While not a zero-mile collector, this SPS looks to be what homologation was all about.

-donn

One and Done – 2000 Ducati 996 SPS #1334
Honda September 23, 2020 posted by

Non-Negotiable – 2001 Honda VTR1000 / RC51 – SP1

Looking to use Ducati’s own rule book, Honda introduced the V-twin RC51 and went superbike racing.  This excellent example shows very little wear for its 8,000 miles, and looks worth its not-insignificant asking price.

2001 Honda RC51 – SP1 for sale on eBay

Comparing to the 996S, the Honda’s engine is slightly more oversquare, and makes 136 hp at 9,500 rpm.  Up front, the central nostril supplies fresh air to the intakes.  Long gearing requires some clutch slipping down low, but the gear-change reviewed as sublime.  In contrast to the Ducati trellis, the RC51’s chassis has huge hollow spars and cast frame connectors, with a heavily fortified swingarm.  Components are excellent with Nissin brakes and adjustable Showa dampers.  Fairings are dominated by the radiator outlets, which attempt to send heat outside of the rider.

Rather low miles for the year and sparkling condition set this RC51 apart.  Where many have had lots of speed mods, just the Delkevic exhaust ( and accompanying Power Commander ) is found here.  Evidently fairings were swapped with a friend, making this a Nicky Hayden tribute but not exactly the special edition.  A photo of the tank with autograph would have been nice.  From the eBay auction:

Sold between in 2000 and 2006 in two different versions, the RC51 has gone down as one of the most legendary motorcycles to ever come out of Honda, well-deserving of the “RC” designation that’s graced other famous Hondas like the RC30, RC40, and RC45. It was Honda’s take on the V-Twin replica racer, beating Ducati at it’s own game with multiple World Superbike Championships and a AMA Championship.
RC51 enthusiasts will note that Honda did not offer the Nicky Hayden edition in 2001 – the previous owner of this machine liked this look so he ended up swapped out the fairings with a buddy that was going racing as he preferred this combination with the white number plates.
In addition to the updated fairings, this Honda has a tail tidy, RC51 stickers on the wheel rims, and a Delkevic exhaust.
It also has a POWER COMMANDER module and dark tint windscreen. The bike is flawless, and needs nothing but a good new home! I have clear Texas title in hand. I am NOT negotiable on the price, and you can see why by browsing the pictures. This bike is perfect, never raced, or layed down. I am a seasoned 54 year old rider, and have never abused this bike, and maintained it flawlessly. 

Honda traded WSBK championships with Ducati for a few years, then dispersed the factory team to other projects.  Colin Edwards was the rider for both WSBK crowns.  Kentucky Kid Nicky Hayden rode the RC51 to an AMA Superbike Championship in 2002 before beginning his MotoGP career with Honda.  Like so many of the RC series, the big twin has become the stuff of legend, but has the Honda attributes of great balance and around-town manners.  Seems like the ask isn’t way out of line for an interesting package with the later fairings and restrained mods.

-donn

Non-Negotiable – 2001 Honda VTR1000 / RC51 – SP1
Bimota September 16, 2020 posted by

Once Bitten – 2000 Bimota SB8R-S Carbon

Last seen on RSBFS in 2015, Bimota’s SB8R-S brought Suzuki’s TL-1000 twin to the Rimini carrozzeria.  Out of Vegas with minimal pertinent information, the condition of this SB8RS is to drool for.

2000 Bimota SB8R-S Carbon for sale on eBay

As Bimota liked to do, they took a leading drivetrain and wrapped it in their innovative chassis.  In this case the aluminum twin-spars terminate in carbon frame connectors.  The lighter weight and Bimota’s intakes, bespoke fuel injection, and exhausts put 133 hp up against sub-400 lbs. dry weight.  Components from Paoli, Öhlins, and Brembo transform the lazy handling TL-1000 into a superbike worthy of the name.  Bimota showcased their carbon fab skills, with the big-weave fresh air tubes dominating the cockpit.

No maintenance or ownership history is mentioned by the selling dealer, but 1,500 miles and excellent condition tell their own story.  Though the black on black presentation is tricky, exquisite details abound.  While the interface between the seat sub-frame, frame connector and fairing is a futuristic landscape, the asymmetrical triple tree with off-center ignition switch greets the owner on every ride.  Gold Paoli accents are echoed at the pegs and brakes.

Though the SB8R was a winning model, the V-Due and Moto GP sponsor debacles forced the doors closed for a few years.  It’s a  pretty nice testament to the design that it was reinvigorated in 2005 as the SB8K.  This might be the same example auctioned at Iconic recently, if so it’s said to have a celebrity owner Nicholas Cage in its past.  An SB8R-S in this condition should be celebrity enough for any owner, though if it’s a short-term sale the reserve is probably up there.  Something to keep a close eye on !

-donn

Once Bitten – 2000 Bimota SB8R-S Carbon
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 March 23, 2020 posted by

Can’t Ride 55 – 2000 Ducati 996 SPS

Though you would had to have been a racer or one of your Ducati dealer’s best customers to rate a 996 SPS back in 2000, they are starting to appear with some regularity.  Most have just introductory miles like this one, and are carefully tended.

2000 Ducati 996 SPS #1214 for sale on eBay

Ducati and Carl Fogarty were working hard to continue their championship-winning ways, and the SPS was their homologation special for the turn of the century.  Not radically different than a base 996, it’s just a little more powerful with 123 hp.  Suspension was top-of-the-line Öhlins for 2000, and worked well with the adjustable frame geometry to suit a rider’s preference.  Marchesini forged their 17-inch wheels for the occasion, and likewise Brembo supplied their best 4-piston calipers up front.  A sea of racing red gives way to white number areas behind the single seat.

For whatever reason this short-term owner didn’t warm up to the red experience, fortunately the previous completed a major service last summer.  Miles are not significant at 4,565, and it looks very stock, right down to the clutch cover.  Condition looks great save one near miss on the right seat console, and the belt buckle / key guard is cheap insurance.  Some SPS’s come with their original tires, but thankfully this one has new rubber.  The owner’s comments from the eBay auction:

The bike is all original, it’s been ridden and well cared for. 

-4570 miles with almost new tires (under 400 miles)

-went through a thorough inspection in September 2019 (when purchased). All fluids and fuel system were flushed and replaced. Switched water tank to carbon fiber one. 

-battery, spark plug, belts were serviced July 2019

Foggy’s 2000 season ended early in a collision at Philip Island, but the work he did developing the 996 paid off with Troy Corser’s 2001 championship.  Though the 996 could be a chore around town, as speeds exceed highway normality and the wind lightens the load on the rider’s wrists ( and makes the cooling system work ), it turns into a great pleasure.  Maybe the next owner will take the new tires at their word and put a few miles on this millennial beauty.

-donn

Can’t Ride 55 – 2000 Ducati 996 SPS
Ducati March 18, 2020 posted by

Great Unwashed – 1999 Ducati 996S

Probably the root of more Ducati obsessions than any other bike, the squinting headlights of Massimo Tamburrini’s 1994-2002 masterpiece say ‘Faster’.  This 1999 single seat 996S shows beautifully with just over 3,000 miles.

1999 Ducati 996S #098 for sale on eBay

The increase from 916cc led Ducati to specify a new Weber fuel injection system, and it required dual fuel injectors to achieve its 123 hp.  But the new system could be a bit rich around town, and some owners took to re-programming to disarm the second injector.  Elsewhere, a few things from the base 996 that had been plastic were now carbon, dampers were upgraded to adjustable Showa forks and Öhlins monoshock, and wheels were of course alloy but lighter Marchesini forgings.  The -S was always a monoposto, and not sure if I’ve ever seen anything but red.

This San Diego owner doesn’t tell the ownership history, but it’s clear this 996S has been protected from the garage elves and updated in very good taste.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This 21 year-old is in amazing condition with only 3,017 miles on the clock!  The original date coded Michelins are still on the bike as a testament to it’s condition.  One is dated the 10th week of 98 the other the 52nd.  The bike has never been washed with water, if you look closely in the pictures, all of the original factory grease torque marks are in place!  All of them.  It has always been stored in a climate controlled garage and it is absolutely free from corrosion.  It has been kept upright it’s entire life completely free from ANY blemishes.  At 1,959 miles, the timing belts and a full service was performed at Ducati of Newport Beach.  Currently registered and insured in my name with a clear California title.
This 996S is sporting a few period correct upgrades.  It sounds evil thanks to it’s obligatory open clutch cover, classic Termignoni exhaust and Ultimap chip.  Steel braided lines throughout including brakes, clutch and oil cooler.  Lastly there were a few extra carbon bits added including chain guard, sprocket cover, chin spoiler and license plate holder.  The tank guard on there is magnetic so there is no sticker residue.  I have the original ugly red reflectors that go on the front fender as well. 

While you could just take a spin on those old tires, how would you ever explain it should one come apart ?  Might be good to date the belt service as well, before requesting take-off power.  In a issue of just 200 machines, a 996S is very collectible, but having ridden a nicely updated base 996, the next owner will not want to relegate their new purchase to display without at least one great afternoon.

-donn

Great Unwashed – 1999 Ducati 996S
Ducati March 11, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS with just 2,471 miles !

Update 3.14.2020: SOLD in just 3 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Hard to blame RSBFS fan Mark for secreting his 996 SPS away to an undisclosed wine cellar, it’s a once and future classic.  With under 2,000 examples for the 1999-2000 years, a rare sighting even here.

1999 Ducati 996 SPS #1440

Ducati had started to run the WSBK table with Foggy in the 916 saddle, and the 996 was an evolutionary model.  In SPS form, the L-twin put down 123 hp, and had nicer Öhlins dampers and forged Marchesini wheels to justify the extra Benjamins.  The steering geometry is adjustable for rider preference, and the Dzus-released bodywork is off in minutes at trackside.  Don’t ask if it has a passenger seat or came in anything but red !

These came with the Termi exhaust and had to be shipped with standard exhausts in a box to claim roadworthiness, but his #1440 sports a clean CA title.  Startlingly few miles and no visible accoutrements except for the clutch cover.  Ready to go or stay with factory stand and exhaust.  His ask is $13,000 and his comments are to the point:

Next up is a Ducati 996SPS, a no stories bike.  It’s been in my basement, admired over too many bottles of wine.  It comes with the factory stand, bike cover (which you never see), the exhausts that had to be shipped to claim road worthy, factory alarm, nothing added, nothing taken away.

Mark says his 996SPS is a much better bike to ride than the RC30 he recently sold, which interrupted Fogarty’s championship streak in 1997.  Foggy won two more 98-99 before Honda presented their own big twin and another interruption in 2000.  As there was never a championship-winning 998 ( though the winning 2001 996R seemed to be about halfway there ) the 996 SPS might be the ultimate version of the 916/996 generation. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS with just 2,471 miles !