Posts by tag: 996

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 !
Suzuki September 3, 2019 posted by

Never Better – 2004 Suzuki SV1000S

Suzuki jumped on the liter V-twin bandwagon in 1997, and though the fine TL1000S didn’t meet sales expectations, they made some changes and released the SV1000S in 2003.  This one-owner example has been tuned and personalized, but ridden only 3,000 miles.

2004 Suzuki SV1000S for sale on eBay

While the vacuum-cast aluminum chassis looks beefy, a look from – inside – shows it is not solid, but a complex array of stiffeners, adding lightness and rigidity.  The 996cc twin has many changes from the TL1000S including forged pistons, lighter con-rods and timing chain.  The intake and valve train is optimized for its 75 ft.-lbs. torque – though peak power isn’t nothing at 123 hp.   Right-side-up forks and monoshock are multi-adjustable, and there is a steering damper and slipper clutch to help the big twin mind its manners.  Brakes are from Tokico and 310mm in front, 220mm out back.

This South Jersey owner has addressed every comment the media had about the SV1000S, and made several cosmetic updates as well.  A more open exhaust and accompanying Power Commander has allowed the engine to be heard, some reviewers thought it was too quiet.  Braided brake lines firm up the lever and pedal feel, and an adjustable steering damper has been added.  Suspension has been updated and tuned, and the supersport fairing has been made full with factory parts.  Not to mention a lot of blue anodized and carbon accents.  From the eBay auction:

Suzuki OEM Lower Fairing Kit.
Suzuki OEM Solo Seat Tail Section
Hot Bodies Undertail Section w/ Flush Mount LED Turn Signals.
Zero Gravity Smoked Double Bubble Race Screen.
Mirror Extender Blocks.
Dale Walker Holeshot High Mount Stainless Dual Exhaust System.
Vance and Hines Power Commander.
CNC Fabricated Tank Riser Forced Air Kit.
K&N Stage I Air Filter.
COX Racing Radiator Guard (Anodized Blue).
Traxxion Dynamics Road Raced Tuned Forks
Penske Triple Clicker Rear Shock w/Remote Reservoir.
Extended Dog Bones Ride Height Increased.
Hel Custom Brake/Clutch Lines (Carbon Look w/Blue Anodized Ends).
GPR Steering Stabilizer (Blue Anodized).
Tapered Steering Head Bearings.
CFM Woodcraft Road Racing Rear Sets w/Brake Light Switch Option.
Delran Frame / Swingarm Slider Stand Spools.
R&G Axle Sliders.
EBC Carbon Fiber Road and Race Clutch Kit.
Pazzo Adjustable Levers (Anodized Blue).
SBS Brake Pads.
Vortex Rear Sprocket.
Carbon Fiber Gauge, Triple Tree, License Plate, and Gas Cap Covers.
ProBolt and TiForce Titanium Hardware Throughout (Anodized Blue)
Brand New Dunlop Q3 Tires.
Brand New Maintenance Free Sealed Battery w/ Battery Charger Quick Connect.

The SV1000S could only long for the success of the jack-of-all-trades SV650, and though Suzuki could have presented a model as exciting as this owner’s, the cost probably wouldn’t have helped matters.  As offered, the bottom line is a little more than the usual 15 year-old Suzuki, but the new owner of this SV will have a basically new bike, itself a comprehensive update to the TL1000S, professionally updated in every important way.  It’s also one of a very few monoposto SV’s with full bodywork, its angular complexities downplayed by the dark blue color.

-donn

Never Better – 2004 Suzuki SV1000S
Ducati August 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS #481

Update 3.20.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Ducati wanted to continue their WSBK winning ways, and presented an homologation special to legalize their 996.  Just a few hundred SPS were made in any year and they appear only occasionally.  This example has been returned to riding status after a long time on display and looks excellent.

1999 Ducati 996 SPS with 4,560 Miles !

The 996 added a new desmoquattro to the legendary 916 design, the increased bore bringing 123 hp to the track-oriented machine.  Pit lane features like quick-release fairings, flip-up seat, and single sided swingarm made service items easy to get to.  SPS buyers who were going right to the track needed the adjustable steering head angle, but all appreciated the lightweight Marchesini rims, adjustable Showa forks and Öhlins monoshock and steering damper.  Monoposto seat and red paint were part of the SPS package.

Over the 20 years this SPS has travelled under 5,000 miles, and looks very original.  RSBFS reader Chris has these notes:

– only 4,560 miles on odometer
– professionally gone through / got running / checked over
– new battery, belts replaced, new fuel pump, screen, filter, air filter, spark plugs
– tank cleaned, injectors and lines cleaned, oil change
– light weight, lots of carbon fiber
– only minor blemishes from years of sitting / storage, little riding, no major damage of any kind
Asking $12,990

As the 916 – 996 – 998 family progressed up the slippery slope of track-ability, street manners suffered with ergonomics and cooling systems that called for highway speeds at minimum.  But the 996 SPS is in a good spot on the timeline, and with a little judicious route planning and maybe a fan override switch, can make for an exhilarating morning off.  The extra power and lightness reviewed as worth the upcharge when new, and look like an absolute bargain these days.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS #481
Ducati August 6, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R

8.20.2019: Sold in just 14 days. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Jamming superbike performance into a standard package, Ducati brought more excitement to the Monster corner of the showroom with their water-cooled S4’s.  For 2005 the S4R used the four-valve 996 engine tuned for 113hp.  From the Carolinas, this blue example has been nicely accessorized and maintained.

At the top of the Monster range, the S4R used premium suspension components are from Showa, with Ti nitrided fork legs and fully adjustable monoshock.  The sculptural single-sided swingarm is templated from the MH900e showcase.  Brakes are semi-floating Brembos, super(bike) sized at 320mm.  The classic trellis frame is in body color, which camouflages some of the surface mounted plumbing and electrical.  The bikini fairing and carbon accents keep the eyes moving, and the 996cc engine runs cooler without the usual fairing.

Longtime RSBFS reader Ryan chose well as the previous owner had started with a good year (2005’s have a steel fuel tank and no ethanol issues), specified the option paint, and added 2-into-2 Termignoni exhaust, Speedymoto bar risers and Pazzo levers.  Ryan made his own mechanical and appearance mods, and has these comments-

I serviced all the fluids, installed Pirelli Angel GT tires, and a new EVR sintered clutch pack, blue STM clutch pressure plate, Oberon slave cylinder and Speedymoto open cover to showcase the dry clutch. At 16,000 miles it received valve adjustment, belts, fuel filter, new EK chain, 14 tooth front sprocket, Ducati Performance Touring seat, CRG bar end mirrors, Rizoma front signals, and integrated tail light. The ECU was sent out to Houston Superbikes for software flash and disabling of the immobilizer.  The bike runs flawlessly, has clean title, never taken to the track, great condition with only a few minor paint chips and faded carbon fiber heel guards. This year it’s had fluids serviced, new coolant hoses, rear brake pads, and new timing belts. Including original seat, front and rear stands with sale.

Ryan’s S4R has 22,795 miles but looks much less, especially with the maintenance history.  Some find a certain beauty in the complexity of a 996, and this silver, black and blue Monster makes it look as good as ever.  Asking $5,000 for the pleasure,

-donn

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R
Ducati July 18, 2019 posted by

Featured listing: 2000 Ducati 996

Dennis has 3 very low mileage bikes listed right now:

Thank you for supporting the site, Dennis, and good luck to buyers! -dc

The Ducati 996 is revered for its place in Ducati history as the final, fastest evolution of Massimo Tamburini’s masterpiece 916. Debuting in 1999, the 996 carried over the cylinders from the last 916 SPS, with a new crankshaft and bigger valves than the old 916. The result, in regular trim, was about 115 horsepower in a modified 916 chassis. The gunslit headlights, single-sided swingarm and high-tailed stance carried over, letting everyone know that this was a very special Ducati.

The suspension was fully-adjustable Showa stuff front and rear on the standard bike, which is what you see here. It got stronger brakes and lighter wheels than its predecessor, and for 2000 got a set of five-spoke Marchesini wheels.

This 996 has led the life any buyer would want to see: it was purchased new by a man in his 60s, ridden 280 miles and put away in a climate-controlled facility. Over its life it has had new batteries and been cared for, but is still on its scant original mileage. If you want to ride it — who wouldn’t — it’s certainly going to need a new set of tires to be safe.

Otherwise, the condition is as you would expect: flawless.

From the seller:

2000 Ducati 996 (PHX)
VIN: ZDM1SB5T4YB007857
Price: $9,000
Contact: dennisk11@me.com (Dennis)

I purchased this motorcycle in San Jose, CA, new in 2000 and rode it 280 miles and then parked it. I’m turning 80 years old in the next month and the time has come to find it a new, younger owner, hopefully someone that is a collector of motorcycles and that would appreciate the fact that it is 99.9% original (new batteries only and still on original tires), has been ridden 280 miles and has been in a climate-controlled environment from the very first day that it was bought and has had the best of care.

The bike is now located in Chandler, Arizona. The ask for this nicest-of-its-kind 996 is $9,000. Contact: dennisk11@me.com

Featured listing: 2000 Ducati 996