Posts by tag: 996

Ducati May 10, 2022 posted by

Gloriously Excessive: Carbon Framed Ducati 996

Everyone knows that the Ducati superbike market is on fire right now.  Amazing low mileage examples are bringing huge numbers at auctions.  Collectors are hunting for the best of the best and paying up for the chance to add one of these beautiful machines to their garages.  As with most things collectable, originality is the primary focus.  Gurus are consulted for information on tiny details in the endless pursuit of perfection.  The bikes not snapped up by collectors are often enjoyed out on the road by owners that want to have the experience of this era motorcycle.  But the often overlooked custom market offers some really unique and interesting items.

The work custom in the collector market can be both scary and polarizing.  Many have seen poorly slapped together projects called custom builds, and rightfully shy away.  Often the modifications do not have a meaningful improvement on the performance.  They often would cost a substantial amount of money to replace with the correct OEM parts.  Those fears are not justified on a bike like this.  Today’s bike is one of those “money no object” builds that rarely trade hands.  Just take a look at the lengthy list of over the top parts that were used to build this bike.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This special Ducati is for the collector who demands perfection, and something spectacular.

Rare, one of a kind, Ducati Superbike.
Up for sale: the “You Wish” 1036CS built by Alex Ortner which took 1700 man hour to build.

The “You Wish” bike as published in the Ian Falloon’s article in Two Wheels magazine.

Quick synopsis of the bike:
-342lb wet (no gas)
– 155hp with just under 100ft-lb of torque
– Ti, Mag, and CF everything
– 1700hr of build time, many one-off parts

The bike has been gone over and completely sorted by CommonWealth Motorcycles, over the 12-years I have owned it. Also, the motor was rebuilt to a much higher spec than Alex had it by CommonWealth motorcycles and tuned by Doug Lofgren (to the tune of $12,000.00 invoices attached). The motor is now putting out 155hp and just under 100ft-lbs of torque. Also, the motor has roughly 100mi since the rebuild.

The bike has also had a certified independent appraisal done by Mark Mederski of Mederski Vintage Motorcycle Services for $205,000.00

Attached:

*Copy of “You wish” article

*Full Independent appraisal by Medershi Vintage Motorcycle Services

*copies from Common Wealth Motorcycles of the work they have done on the 1036CS since purchased.

*the 1036CS will be sold with a fresh service by Common Wealth Motorcycles for the new buyer so it is ready for the track or road upon delivery.

The trouble with this type of bike is that they are extremely challenging to value.  Do you take the cost of the build?  How do you factor into the fact that some of these period parts are no longer available?   Does the price of the underlying stock bike matter?  Or do you just pick a number that you are comfortable with and tell yourself that you only live once and that life is too short to miss out on an amazing bike like this?

Bidding is already over $15k and the seller is hinting at six figure evaluations.

Gloriously Excessive:  Carbon Framed Ducati 996
Ducati April 12, 2022 posted by

The Long & Short of It: 2000 Ducati 996 Monoposto

The Ducati 996 was the follow-on act to the stunning 916. Instead of a sophomore slump so often seen after a runaway hit, the 996 was a tasteful evolution – both more elegant and more ferocious than the original. The bump in displacement helped the 996 make better headway in WSBK, with Troy Bayliss winning yet another Ducati championship. At the dealership, the 996 was a flagship bike drawing in the crowds – and their wallets. The 916 might have been a hard act to follow, but the 996 was right on target.

2000 Ducati 996 Monoposto for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Model Year 2000 Ducati 996 Monoposto. Well cared for. Red with only 26,600 miles. Pirelli Diablo Rosso II front 120/70 ZR17 and 180/55 ZR17 rear tires at 24,943 miles. Ohlins fully adjustable rear shock and Ohlins adjustable steering damper. Arrow carbon fiber mufflers with Ducati Performance Eprom. 520 chain & sprockets, 14/39 ratio with AFAM quick change rear sprocket carrier. New cam belts at 24,376 miles. Electraeon start in neutral with sidestand down modification. Shorai lithium battery. BMC in-airbox air filters.

Original owner’s manual, shop manual, Ducati certification of authenticity, Pit Bull rear stand, and spare key come with the bike.

More from the seller:
Bike is lowered approximately 24 mm front and rear due to my short (28”) inseam. Rear strut length can be adjusted to restore stock ride height. Adjustable side stand to accommodate lowered ride height. Rear adjuster strut and adjustable side stand by Soupy’s Performance. Stock rear strut and side stand come with the bike.

Great iconic bike in remarkable condition.

This beautiful example of the 996 has some miles under the oil pan (26k+), and has seen some slight modifications. I spy with my little eye a smoked windscreen, Arrow carbon exhaust, vented clutch cover, and Ducati performance Eprom. Some of the other mods are practical for those shorter of stature. The 916/996/998 model series can be a bit taller than some riders expect. That leads to some tippy-toe moments in parking lots and at stop lights. The seller has made some non-destructive mods to help alleviate the seat height issue through a shorter rear strut rod – which also necessitated a shortened side stand. Both stock units are included in the sale to bring that aspect of the bike back to showroom fresh.

With Ducati 916s reaching skyward in terms of value, the obvious next candidate for potential investing is the 996. These are still relatively undervalued for what they offer, and draped in the super-sexy Massimo Tamburini-designed bodywork there is no other silhouette like it (except maybe for the 916 and 998). Time is running down on this auction, and with the latest bid at a low $5,480 USD, you can be sure this will see some more action before auction close. Which is your favorite of the 916/996/998 trifecta? Be sure and let us know. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

The Long & Short of It: 2000 Ducati 996 Monoposto
Suzuki March 21, 2022 posted by

Indoor Outdoor – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S

Though most RSBFS TL1000 love is lavished on the R-models, the TL1000S was the original customer for Suzuki’s big twin and has its own supersport vibe.  Today’s example looks very good for the miles and has just a few decent mods.

1997 Suzuki TL1000R for sale on eBay

More than one manufacturer tried to chase the success of Ducati’s 916, and Suzuki brought some innovative engineers to the task.  Their 996cc L-twin used a combination of gear and chain cam drive, resulting in 125 hp and a distinctive sound.  Air scoops presented fresh air to the throttle bodies, incorporating multi-point fuel injection.  The trellis frame looks familiar but is all aluminum.  Suspension was a match of USD forks and a rotary shock which helped keep the wheelbase under control, but had a tough time dealing with heat from the drivetrain.

This very SoCal TLS shows 17,530 miles, and has a bit of an outlaw look with carbon mufflers, no rear mudguard, and a seat fairing with built-in turn signals.  It has the typical replacement monoshock, and the Corbin looks a little tire but could have a new cover economically.  The paint might be a little too shiny but the decals look correct, and the red calipers and levers aren’t overdone.  A walkaround – video – says the tires are new, and there’re no cam belts to renew.  Just a note or two from the eBay auction –

Low miles, new tires, fresh paint, Needs nothing. Carbon pipes. Sounds amazing. Corbin seat. I will load more pics and a video if there is any interest. Lots of torque and is great in the turns. Very fun and unique bike. Extremely clean.

Suzuki soon returned to the winning GSX-R racing formula, leaving the TL-1000S and R with a short-ish model run.  The engine was a winner though, and lived on in the SV and V-Strom 1000’s, as well as Bimota’s SB8K.  Our last TLS went quickly and seemed like a bargain, hopefully the reserve will allow a successful bidder this time.

-donn

Indoor Outdoor – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S
Honda March 18, 2022 posted by

2001 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk 996 For Sale!

2001 Honda VTR Super Hawk 996 For Sale on eBay!

Make: Honda
Model: Super Hawk 996
Mileage: 11,350
Location: Highwood, IL
Price: $7,950 BIN

Back in the day, when I had a great relationship with the local Honda dealer, I was afforded the opportunity to take one of these for the day and run it through the paces. I remember that day very well. The loaner was equipped with a set of Jardine’s which gave it a nice low rumble. The Super Hawk felt very narrow- almost smallish to the point of feeling like a NT650 Hawk.
Of course, having 996cc’s under you was a huge bonus compared to the NT650’s power.

When I returned it to the dealer, I was all smiles and the sales manager asked me what I thought about it. In typical Honda fashion- it did everything well, but nothing really jumped out at me other than it was fun to ride. It was narrow, felt light, had plenty of torque and the exhaust notes were intoxicating. Just like this one, the one I rode was covered in that super rare Honda red color 🙂

From the seller:

“2001 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk 996 Sport Bike – There is NOT another Super Hawk in the entire country in this condition! EXTREMELY RARE FIND! 1000cc V-Twin BEAST – Original. In miraculous condition. Time to thin the herd – and I have two of these bikes. I’m selling this – keeping the other. The pictures don’t do this bike justice. COLLECTOR-GRADE. Carbs cleaned and jetted. Meticulously cared for and maintained throughout its life. Garage-kept and covered. PRIVATE SALE – one of a large, personal collection. RUNS LIKE A DREAM! The Super Hawks are very difficult to find – this one is unmatched and one of the finest true sport-touring bikes on the road. Reliable, quick and BEAUTIFUL. In 2001, Honda introduced – larger tank, upgraded front forks, black wheels, smaller indicators, new LCD dash and HISS. I’m located 12 miles North of O’Hare Intl. Airport. Fly in and ride home or have it shipped. Buy with confidence.”

Having been around the Rare Sport Bikes For Sale block a time or two, I always cringe a little when a seller says “There is NOT another (insert any motorcycle) in the entire country in this condition!” I assure you, someone, somewhere has one of these in the factory crate, squirreled away. Trust me Bro!

I’m not taking away from how nice this one is because it is a very nice example.

I don’t dare post it on here, but if you make the jump over to the auction site the seller has their number listed for easy Q&A.

Click here for more information.

Cheers!

Doug

2001 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk 996 For Sale!
Ducati February 14, 2022 posted by

Act Fast: 2000 Ducati 996 Monoposto

Not a single person that regularly reads RSBFS needs an education on how amazingly good looking the Ducati 916/996/998 series of motorcycles is.  They are steeped in racing history and dripping with appeal.  This all translates to increased demand for the few remaining clean examples.  We can lament the days gone past when prices were more in reach, or just kick ourselves for not buying one sooner.

The example today shows just under 15k miles, but the seller is making bold claims of it being one of the best examples on the market today.  There are a few desirable modifications and a comment that all the OEM parts are included with the sale.  Normally with a bike like this, and these kinds of claims we would want to see higher quality images as well as some more information about the recent service.  Some can be forgiven with the $7500 opening bid and $10,250 Buy It Now.  Fully expect this one to sell quickly based on previous sales and general market conditions.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This auction is a 996 Monoposto. From the moment the 916 debuted in 1994 this model caught the superbike worlds attention. This model is still considered one of the most beautifully designed bikes ever. Well, you are probably looking at the cleanest example around. This bike is in Museum like conditions, extremely clean. It possess all the high-end brands. A set of Termignoni mufflers, Yoyo Dyne slipper clutch, CRG levers, Ducabike accessories throughout, BMC air filter kit, domino grips and was recently serviced with new fluids and timing belts. The bike comes with all the original components, nothing was discarded. No need to sell, just don’t have time to ride. I suggest you look at all the other 996’s for sale and then come see this one. It is by far the cleanest 996 on the market. For more details call Jesus

Hopefully a reader here will strike a deal on a great looking bike and join the ranks of other owners that are enjoying a bike that is equally nice to ride as it is to look at in the garage.  If that buyer is you, please be sure to tell us in the comments.

Act Fast:  2000 Ducati 996 Monoposto
Sport Bikes For Sale January 6, 2022 posted by

Foot-notable – 2003 Voxan Café Racer

Trying to start a motorcycle business is one thing, but setting the corporate sights on a liter V-twin ups the ante somewhat.  Voxan pulled this off in the late 1990’s, at least for a while, and gave the imports some competition.  This very unusual example looks excellent and located in Britain.

2003 Voxan Cafe Racer ( England ) for sale on eBay

An all-French design, the Voxan had a tubular backbone chassis, into which a 72-degree V-twin was hung.  The engine was largely Rotax-inspired, executed by the race engine builder Sodemo, and though a four valve 996, could only generate the legislated limit of 100 hp.  Appointments were first class, with Paoli forks, WP monoshock, and 320mm Brembo brakes.  Innovations had a Buell-ian air with engine oil in the frame tube, and under-mounted rear shock.  The supersport fairing was very sculptural, and housed the radiator up high to show off the powerplant.

Evidently a previous owner was planning to be the brand’s U.K. dealer, and retained a sample Racer though Voxan’s plans changed.  Looking excellent for its reported 16,000 miles, the tailcone is endorsed by three hall-of-fame racers.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Beautiful, very rare French exotica .
Very good condition with all original fittings such as standard cans and original tail unit included. 
Getting very rare as no longer manufactured . 
Lovingly cared for and owned and maintained by motorcycle mechanic
and only top quality Motul oil used.

3 keys, service history, owners manual. Third owner.
Dynojet power commander fitted and remapped. Private plate.
Tailpiece signed by two World champions,
Mick Doohan and Nicky Hayden along with Cal Crutchlow .

Photographic evidence to prove. 
Brembo calipers, Paioli suspension.
This was bike number 23 off the production line and sold to the owner of Three Cross motorcycles as they were going to be the official UK stockists. The deal never went through in the end and so is believed to be the only one in the U.K. 
A piece of motorcycling history as Voxan are no more. Collector’s item. All running.

This would be one for a well-equipped hobbyist, though the chain-driven cams should be low maintenance and some long distance support might be available from Sodemo.  Voxan’s assets were purchased by electric car specialist Venturi, and they have since concentrated on electric cycles.  GP and WSBK Champion Max Biaggi set a host of electric bike speed records aboard the Wattman in Oct. 2020.  This might be the only French superbike in your neighborhood, or maybe even on the continent.  

-donn

Foot-notable – 2003 Voxan Café Racer
Ducati October 25, 2021 posted by

Two Seat Beauty: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 20+ years you have undoubtable heard someone talking about how beautiful the Ducat 916/996/998 series of motorcycles is.  Since the launch people have hailed it as one of, if not the best looking motorcycle ever.  Not only is it an amazing looking motorcycle, but it is also an amazing looking object.  People that know nothing about motorcycles can instantly recognize the desirability of the style.

Much has been written about the specs, performance, race wins about this generation of bike, so no need to repeat all of that.  At this point the buyers are well beyond buying on specification and are mainly looking to add one to the garage for emotional reasons.

Over the years depreciation took it’s toll.  While these never got to the level of “cheap” time marched on and these were fairly easy to find nice examples.  Newer, faster, more modern offerings from Ducati kept prices in line.  In the last year or so the market has began to understand that this era of bike is no longer just a used toy, it is a classic collectable.  Prices for clean, low mileage examples have shot up rapidly.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This auction is for my 2001 Ducati 996 Superbike with only 4350 actual miles on it. It is in true mint condition and starts, runs and rides perfectly. Very few of even the smallest scuffs on it, you would be hard pressed to find a nicer example. As far as I can tell all bodywork is original and almost perfect. I have really wondered if it has ever been ridden in the rain. It has always been stored in a climate controlled garage. It is of course the Biposto model. It is completely stock other than the Termignoni exhaust installed by the selling dealer when it was new, and the dark windscreen. The factory clear windscreen is included in the sale. I have a clean and clear title in hand. Please email with any questions. Delivery possible within 500 miles of 45701 for an additional charge. Thanks for looking!

Buy It Now price of $8995 is sure to attract some attention.  Amazing that the seller is even opened to offers.  Under 5k miles means this will be able to be ridden guilt free from time to time.  Seller notes how original this example is.  Generally the market does not view the Termignoni exhaust as a modification in the negative sense, rather the expensive and high quality pipes are viewed as a value adding addition.  A rare feet in the aftermarket.  Small details like the unmarked heel guards and uncut under tail plate mount go a long way for collectors.

While the Biposto was never the most desirable model, it dose have all of the looks and performance of the single seat versions.  A rising tide raises all ships and while the prices on S and R models is shooting up, this two seat bike might be a great opportunity for a collector to get in on the action before everything really gets out of hand.

Two Seat Beauty: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto
Suzuki July 15, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S

7.15.2021: This bike has SOLD in just 5 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Suzuki was after some of that V-twin thunderbike love in the 1990’s, and developed the TL1000S which showed some innovative design solutions.  RSBFS reader Michael’s TL1000S has had numerous performance upgrades, only 16,565 miles, and just one owner.

1997 Suzuki TL1000S for sale

Suzuki’s 996 cc twin had a breakthrough cam drive, a chain-driven gear which spun both cams, making the engine more compact and pushing 125 hp.  Multi-port fuel injection reduced driveability issues normally expected in a big high compression twin.  Quite a bit was done to lighten and reduce the mass of the drivetrain, like staggering the transmission shafts and incorporating a compression relief system to allow a smaller starter.  The clutch size was reduced with a system of torque-sensitive ramps to increase clutch action under power, which also provided a slipper action on deceleration, smoothing downshifts.  Suzuki spec’d a rotary shock to help keep the wheelbase under control, but the proximity to the exhaust caused overheating, stiction, and often replacement with a more conventional damper.  The TL had a great-looking supersport fairing, revealing an oil cooler, upside-down forks and a small pillion above the two-into-two exhaust.

Michael has made a close study of all things TL1000S, and upgraded his bike carefully.  Also carefully ridden, it shows 16.5K miles, and looks great in the dark green.  The high points are the intake, exhaust, Power Commander, Racetech prepared forks, Öhlins shock and steering damper, cast iron rotors, Heli-Bars, and new Metzlers – but read through the list and see that just about everything has been improved and/or lightened –

The 1997 models were the most powerful of the TL1000S series. Suzuki later retuned them as sport tourers when they release the TL 1000R. I’m the original owner. The bike is dark green with 16,565 miles. There is one minor scuff on the lower right side of the fender* and right side mirror, due to a tumble when stopped. {edit: I meant “fairing”. In fact, looking more closely today, I think that it’s only the decal which is scratched.} Given the quality of components used, the thoroughness of preparation, this bike is a standout among TL1000’s. The bike has never been tracked but was tastefully modified with the best components available in the day which I will summarize below.

 

Performance –
Indigo Motorsports 50mm stainless steel full, equal length 2-1-2 spring mounted exhaust manufactured by Leo Vince, with carbon fiber oval cans. Front aluminum flange replaced with a welded SS flange to eliminate system droop. System now tucks in close to the engine.
K&N air filter
Airbox vacuum operated flapper valve removed and inlet enlarged to full ID of air filter. Side inlets from front scoops also enlarged. Work done in carbon fiber. I have step by step photos of the modification process and a side by side comparison of the current air box with the original
Original ECU, 32920-02F40 112100-0120 USA (original) replaced under warranty with 32920-02F41 112100-0123 USA (new, per Suzuki)
Dynojet Power Commander
Techtronics Quick Shifter
Suzuki uprated high performance clutch. Kit included springs, friction plates and steel plates
Valves Adjusted around 15,500 miles

Suspension –
Racetech prepared front fork w/Gold valves, uprated springs and Racetech synthetic Fork oil. Inner and out fork bushings, seals and oil changed 500 miles ago
Ohlins Rear shock
Ohlins steering damper mounted to a TL1000S (W) upper triple clamp (purchased new, the “W” means 1998 model year)
Vee Two adjustable rear link w/ increased rear ride height

Brakes –
Braking cast iron full floating rotors F&R. Front rotor carriers are aluminum.
6 piston GSXR-750 front calipers and master cylinders
Goodridge -2 teflon/SS brake lines F&R
Ti rotor and caliper bolts
Ferodo Ceramic metallic brake pads F&R

Controls/Steering –
Heli-bars with SS pinch bolts
Ti triple clamp pinch bolts
Euro right side switch gear with on/off headlight switch

Gearing –
Hard anodized AL rear sprocket w/ original number of teeth
1 tooth fewer countershaft sprocket

Carbon Fiber –
Airtech rear hugger/chain guard in CF
Yoshimura CF front fender
Carbon fiber heel guards and license plate frame



Miscellaneous –
Zero Gravity Windscreen
Zinc plated steel allen bolts replaced with SS cap screws
Fairing mount front turn signals w/o stalks
Twin Fiamm horns
Gel Cell Battery
Factory Suzuki gel seat covered with fabric.
Original saddle as well
Tail cowling included
Lightly stressed bolts (e.g. plastic side covers, fender and hugger) side replaced with AL screws
Front and rear tires (Metzler) replaced about 500 miles ago

Spares Package –
Factory Service Manual (paper binder, not fiche or CD)
2 oil filters
Hand and foot brake levers, clutch lever
1 pr throttle cables
Fuel pump gasket and bolts
Exhaust system springs
Clutch cover Gasket 11484-02F10
Spare Ferodo Brake pads F&R
1 front turn signal
Windshield rubber mounting nuts

Michael asks $4,000 for his TL1000S. Bike is located in Northern California, in Santa Cruz county, about half an hour south of Silicon Valley.

Suzuki saw SBK potential in the TL-S and developed a fully-faired TL1000R for 1998.  They returned to the undeniable GSX-R for racebikes in 2002, but the great-sounding twin lived on in Bimota and Cagiva bikes, and still powers the V-Strom.  The TL1000S might be seen as a V-twin supersport for fans of the brand or budget concious, but at this point has its own forum and book of knowledge.  Michael has made his TL-S very ready for the next owner,  who will be rewarded by the low mileage, single ownership, and extensive upgrades.  Michael asks $4,000 for his TL1000S.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S