Posts by tag: 998

Aprilia July 30, 2019 posted by

Mil(le) Spec – 2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R

Aprilia boarded the naked train in 2002 and shortly switched tracks to a more streetfighter-ish vibe.  This 2008 model is super-clean and has some nice accessories.

2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R for sale on eBay

Based on the Mille superbike, the Tuono ( thunder, to you ) used the investment-grade Rotax 999cc twin, somehow making 139 hp along with a good reputation for reliability.  It’s dry-sumped and the ignition timing is controlled by the fuel injection computer.  Formed aluminum spars are welded to cast frame connectors, and the classic banana swingarm allows for an exhaust collector upstream of the big twin mufflers.  Showa forks and Sachs monoshock aren’t quite the superbike parts, but are preload and rebound adjustable.  4-pot Brembo brakes are superbike-sized at 320mm.  No Mickey Mouse ears on the bikini fairing but there is a little praying mantis thing going on.

Some of us would ride right through Fresno’s winter weather, but it’s a good sign that this owner babied his Tuono.  Apparently mods and rides were more carefully chosen than the pictures.  From the eBay auction:

Excellent Condition, Glossy/Beautifully Preserved Fluo Red/White Paint, 100% Garage-Kept (It Shows!)
All Scheduled Maintenance, Rides Fantastically, Clean Title, No Accidents, Low, Low 11k Mileage.
Responsible Adult-owned (I purchased directly from original private owner in 2011 with 5,500 miles). Never Raced/Tracked or Adulterated. Both the 1st owner and I exclusively used MOTUL 100% Full Synthetic Motor Oil/Lubricants for: Engine, Hydraulic Clutch System, Brake Fluids, Shocks & Forks, & Motul Motocool Expert Coolants/Antifreezes. (Google Motul: Top-line, Premium Quality products–Official supplier/partner/sponsor of MotoGP & many Motorsport World Championships)
All Maintenance/Services performed by trusted, seasoned Mechanic/Builder/Restorer/Fabricator at Vintage Works Motorcycle.
My beloved Tuono has always been properly winterized and covered/stowed during winter seasons; oil changes every 6 months regardless of miles ridden.
– Leo Vince SBK Race-Tech Performance 2:2 Dual Slip-On Exhausts
– Dynojet Tuned via Power Commander III (Fuel Injection Tuning Module) – Map 923-002 (DB-Killer installed)
– ECU Tune+ Dynojet O2 Controller
– CRG Arrow Bar End Mirrors+Recesses
– Carbon Fiber Clutch Cover
– OEM Aprilia Sliders/Crash Protectors
– STOMPGRIP Volcano Tank Grips
This Tuono has been re-listed a couple of times and is approaching downright bargain territory.  The front tire looks to be in better shape than the rear, but that’s an occupational hazard for the liter-size streetfighter.  Aprilia’s big naked is almost a middleweight at 399 lbs. dry, and this one appears to have had adult ownership and care for the long view.
-donn

Mil(le) Spec – 2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R
Ducati July 22, 2019 posted by

Doppelganger – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition

Like Agent Smith inhabited Bane’s real body, the 998 cloaked the new Ducati testastretta in the familiar 916/996 package.  This Virginia example is offered by the original dealer and looks excellent.

2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition for sale on eBay

First introduced in the 996R, the early testastretta engine was seriously oversquare ( 104 mm bore x 58.8 mm stroke ) and cooked up 123 hp.  The classic trellis frame was silver and a nice contrast with the metallic green bodywork.  Gold accents on the Showa titanium nitrided forks, 320mm Brembo brakes and Öhlins monoshock showed off the premium components.

Evidently a franchise dealer back in the day, the seller is now an independent but has serviced the bike for its 12K-plus miles.  Not sure there are any mods beside the Arrow exhaust, and the condition is immaculate.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This wonderful example was sold new at our shop when we were a Ducati Dealer and has been a local bike ever since. The bike has just received a full and inclusive 12K Service including but not limited to; valve adjustment, throttle body synchronization, new belts, new fuel filter, all fluids, all critical fasteners checked, brake service, clean lube and adjust chain. Ready to Ride!!! Buy It Now price includes either black or original silver five spoke Marchesini Wheels.   

The 998 won in WSBK and the dealerships, and was a memorable superbike when the 999 styling failed to impress fans.  The Matrix Edition number just a few hundred and always attract attention.  The ( ahem ) trinity of long time dealer service, super and collectible condition, and up-to-date maintenance should make for a winning combination.

-donn

Doppelganger – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition
Ducati May 13, 2019 posted by

Less Equaling More – 2001 Ducati 996R #114/500

Ducati’s Superbike homologation special in 2001 was the 996R, and received the first narrow head testastretta engine, thinner 320mm front brake disks, and bodywork with almost no vents.  One place it didn’t scrimp was MSRP, and along with its factory-new appearance, this example sports an ask which is virtually the same as in 2001.

2001 Ducati 996R for sale on eBay

The R shared much with the preceding SPS, but the powerplant was comprehensively revised, more oversquare with larger but lighter pistons to displace 998cc.  Valve angle was reduced to 25 degrees, allowing bigger valves and more compact desmodromic actuators.  54mm oval intake tracts had one shower injector for each cylinder, under Marelli electronic control.  As configured in the 996R, 135hp was the result, with max torque of 77 ft.-lbs. at just 8,000 rpm.

Chassis, suspension and brakes sound similar to the SPS, but are closer to the race machine with fully adjustable Ohlins, special Brembo brakes with lighter rotors, and forged Marchesini wheels.  Body work is all carbon but relies on motion to get the airflow to work, the sleek fairings completely uninterested in sitting at idle.  Carbon Termignoni mufflers imparted a distinctive boom to the exhaust.

Not much information about the chain of ownership, but with only 225 miles, it’s been more a series of guardians.  On office display, it looks new in every way, with the mirrors and signals looking like possible updates.  From the eBay auction:

This particular Ducati 996R is a one-owner, USA delivered, 225 original mile example.

Build Number 114 of 500.

Sale includes all owner’s handbooks, both keys, OEM compliant mufflers & ECU, Ducati Performance Carbon Fiber Parts, Termignoni Exhaust and Computer, Evoluzione Slipper Clutch and Titanium Guard, and all original parts.

The FIM’s directive to was make the homologation machines available to customers, but the factory’s interpretation did not really include the general public.  Special connections, select privateer race teams, and a dealer’s best customer could place an order, but a walk-up inquiry might find them to be sold out.  When new £17,000 – over $50,000 – accounting for inflation this -R should be about 75 large.  But even at a smashing discount the new owner will be an unusual motorcyclist.  Very fitting for a most rare Ducati, which will likely never get to 226 miles.

-donn

Less Equaling More – 2001 Ducati 996R #114/500
Yamaha April 29, 2019 posted by

Fiat Currency – 2008 Yamaha YZF-R1

Having presented an all-new R1 in 2007, Yamaha changed very little for 2008.  Hopeful for Rossi, they presented a Moto GP liveried body kit.  This owner has barely ridden the bike, kept it perfectly, and even improved a few of the minor decals.

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 for sale on eBay

After many years with the 5-valve Genesis, Yamaha’s ’07 re-design used just four valves per cylinder, but still managed 180 hp from the liter.  Intake runner length is computer controlled, optimizing the low and high rpm running.  The throttle is electronic rather than mechanical, and there’s a factory slipper clutch.  The rider is warmed by air evacuating the fairing and the underseat exhaust.  Kayaba suspension is multi-adjustable and triple-puck calipers over 310mm rotors are outstanding.

The original owner has protected this R1 from a sportbike’s usual reality, installed the Fiat fairing kit, and made a few minor improvements.  For a fan, it’s a collectible combination, plus there’s a Rossi-signed tailpiece.  Pre-owned but not really used.  Comments from the eBay auction:

What’s unique about this particular scooter is the Limited Edition MotoGP Yamaha/Fiat Livery Kit which was presented by the Yamaha Factory Race Team back in 2007. Only 380 were made and distributed worldwide and my number is 144.  Every piece was meticulously installed and the results were and remain flawless.
The sponsorship decals that came with the kit were used at the time of installation but were of inferior quality so I had a professional printer make die cut decals copying what was on the factory race bikes at the time and the result is night and day difference. The decals you see on the swing arm and rear tire hugger show the better application. The original kit decals were smaller in dimension and were not proportionate to the areas of their intended placement. I did not keep the originals, some of them were damaged when removing them but in all seriousness, no big loss in that department. 

There have been no engine or exhaust modifications. Electronics have not been tampered with whatsoever. The bike is primarily stock with only a few aftermarket accessories. The stock brake and clutch levers were removed (for you purists, I still have them) and replaced with a machined set in anodized black. They’re not a brand name, I purchased them from a Chinese vendor on a whim but was pleasantly surprised by the exceptional quality and I thought they met my aesthetic and quality standard so that’s why they’re on the bike. 

The other decals you see on the bike which were not part of the Livery Kit are the number 46 on the windscreen and other assorted decals on the white bodywork towards the rear of the bike, the rear seat cowl and under the seat area. (No, that’s not a genuine OHLINS shock. Only the decal is genuine) All are high quality die-cut and replicate with accuracy of what was plastered all over Valentino Rossi’s bikes during the 2007/2008 MotoGP seasons. 
When Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the MotoGP races, I had the good fortune of first meeting Valentino Rossi in 2010 (and three times after) and he personally signed the seat cowl. I don’t have it installed on the bike. I’ve always kept it off. Safely protected of course.

Ten years on from the original R1, the oughties update had a host of improvements, and the bike got good reviews for it’s roadability.  The compact cockpit pleases smaller riders and the suspension isn’t too brutal.  Power delivery is slow starting but comes on strong above 8,000 rpm.  Number 46 went on to dominate the 2008 season, clinching the championship three races before the end of the season.  Collectible as it is, a ride would be hard to resist.

-donn

Fiat Currency – 2008 Yamaha YZF-R1
Ducati March 22, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition

Update 3.22.2019: Now on eBay as well. Links added. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

The 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition appears only occasionally on RSBFS, and this Featured Listing is owned by a collector, in primo condition with some choice updates.  It’s a rarity as only a couple of hundred were made, and is one of the high peaks of the classic Ducati superbike family.

2004 Ducati 998 Matrix for sale on eBay

The 998 had first-generation testastretta cylinder heads, with revised valve angles for better reliability and reduced maintenance, not to mention 123 hp !  Shortened intakes and electronic fuel injection improved throttle response, and an additional cooling fan whispered a prayer when caught in traffic.  The Matrix edition had top-of-the-line Showa forks, with an Öhlins monoshock, and steering damper to boot.  Brembo brakes and dry clutch are de rigueur for a Ducati superbike and the 320mm disks on the Matrix had outstanding reviews.  It’s a biposto ( after all, Trinity had to have a place for the Keymaker ) but the black seats don’t clash with the deep green paint.

Stephen in New York has taken nice care of this 998, equipping it with nicer Termignoni carbon underseat mufflers, a billet clutch and carbon covers that top the fairings.  Mileage is just under 9,000 and it’s cleaned and detailed nicely enough to be in the dining room.  The owner’s comments:

one of 217 supposedly ever built w 8976 miles
adult owned and dealer maintained
kept wrapped in heated garage and never down on a tender
Full Termignoni Carbon Fibre exhaust
Carbon Fibre top panels replacing plastic stock pieces
Billet Pressure Plate and open clutch cover
Ohlins rear shock
LED integrated tail lights
Mirror Integrated turn signals
never down w 3 minor scratches (didn’t want to touch so minor)
bike has been meticulously owner maintained

Ducati got a lot of – excitement – for their product placement in the sequel, way more than GM who seemingly rolled hundreds of cars.  Likewise 998 Matrix owners, who stayed out of the -R or -SPS spending spree but still had a very sharp-edged tool.  This 998 looks to have been carefully ridden and maintained, and Stephen asks $12,000 for his copy.  He requests questions and offers by email – here –.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition
Ducati February 11, 2019 posted by

BOZSBK – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition

Ducati had hopes for a long successful WSBK career for Ben Bostrom, and rewarded his 6-win 2001 season with a splashy limited edition replica.  #133 of 155 is offered by a Miami dealer and has 5,875 miles.

2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom for sale on eBay

The Bostrom was graced with the 998S engine, the new testastretta with 104.0 mm bore and 58.8 mm stroke making way for 123 hp.  An Öhlins front fork and steering damper were added, as well as racier Brembo brakes with thinner ( lighter ) 320mm rotors.  Carbon was the major material for the bodywork, and since the Bayliss LE had scooped the race graphics, designers used Bostrom’s helmet graphics as the inspiration for the love-it-or-hate-it livery.

No information about ownership, maintenance or damage history from the Florida dealer, but they do have a pretty high-end selection, not mention a polished white floor.  Miles are low, under 6,000, and while the FBF mufflers suggest a dyno tune, it appears factory otherwise.

2001 was a singular year for Ducati WSBK, beside Boz’s 6 wins, Troy Bayliss had six, plus six 2nds to take the championship.  Beside the limited edition Bayliss and Bostrom 998’s, there were also the R’s, the Matrix, and the Final Edition.  Rarest of all might be a plain vanilla 998 !  Seriously though, loud ( graphics ) and fast for the road, the 998S Bostrom is eager to please a fan of the 916-era, pre-electronic wizardry superbikes.

-donn

BOZSBK – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition
MV Agusta February 4, 2019 posted by

Distinguished – 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

MV’s 312R was introduced midway through the F4’s lifespan when top speed, rather than 0-60 or a 1/4-mile was the goal.  In its alternative (not red and silver) livery, this Scottsdale example looks cared for with just 4,500 miles.

2008 MV Agusta F4 312R for sale on eBay

The F4 were built around the powerplant, and the 312R had revised heads with 30mm titanium intake valves, 48mm throttle bodies and longer intake horns to help make 183 hp at a lofty 12,400 rpm.  In the shiney-side-up department, 50mm Marzocchi forks are nitrided with carbon to reduce stiction, and the Sachs rear monoshock has low and high-speed adjustments.  312 kmh eventually has to end, and the Brembo P4/34 brakes are some of their finest.  The bodywork is at once trim, complex, and aggressive, and the stuff dreams are made of.

Not much to tell about a minty example with low miles, but there has been a sprocket change, maybe an additional tooth out back to trade a little top speed for sub-sonic convenience.  Pearlescent white over carbon looks so classy a tux might be good riding gear.  The owner relates recent maintenance in the eBay auction:

If you know sport bikes, you know MV Augusta is Motorcycle Art! This 200 mph F4 is in mint condition; stored for years as part of an MV collection. Beautiful paint, 2 tone pearl white and pearl black. This bike is completely stock, except for sprockets upgrade. New Metzler M5 tires. Recent oil service and coolant service…

The 312R was MV’s pinnacle for a bit, superceded by the RR and then very special Castiglioni tributes.  The air slips over this veritable work of art, with premium appointments adding up to a $30K MSRP, making the current ask seem almost reasonable.  The same folks who said you’d be just as quick and a lot more sensible on any of the Pacific flagships are still on duty, but now saving you just a few thousand instead of the huge when-new dollars.  In this case the big step to a real exotic isn’t such a leap !

-donn

Distinguished – 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R
Ducati November 21, 2018 posted by

Low-Mileage Superbike: 2000 Ducati 996 for Sale

If you’re looking to pick up one of Tamburini’s iconic Ducati superbikes, now is the time. They appear to have hit bottom a while ago, and values are on the rise. I mean, we’ve seen 748s for as little as $3,000 so how much lower did you expect them to go before you were planning to buy in? But while they generally cost a bit more than a 748, a Ducati 996 falls nicely in between the bikes that bookend it: the collectible 916 and the highly-developed 998.

It’s not the fastest of the breed, but it looks the part and has the series’ famous handling and v-twin boom. The 996 offers a pretty great balance of power and handling, along with the iconic looks and a pretty affordable pricetag right now, if you’re looking to pick up a bit of classic Italian exotica. Parking a 916, 996, and 998 right next to each other, you could be forgiven for thinking the only difference between them is the graphics change between the 916 and 996 era. But Ducati’s superbikes of the period represent a constant evolution of the platform.

The 996 was introduced in 1999, after the 916 engine hit its practical limits: as World Superbike displacement for v-twins increased, it was discovered that the original cases effectively maxed-out at 955cc before things started to come apart at the seams. Literally. Sure, many parts can be swapped between the different generations, but the new machine was much more than a bored-out 916 and used a more road-friendly version of the heavily revised 996cc twin that debuted in the 916 SPS.

In this case, “road-friendly” means it used the older bike’s camshafts for more manageable power delivery and 112 peak hp. Proper fuel metering for big twins can be tricky, and the 996 used a pair of injectors per cylinder for improved power and response, although early mapping wasn’t really ideal.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Ducati 996 for Sale

For sale 2000 model Ducati 996 with ONLY 3099 miles

One original owner, price new was $17,333 before tax and fees

  • Has full service with new belts and fluids.
  • Termignoni Titanium exhaust; original pipes included
  • Öhlins shock
  • Brembo brakes
  • Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires with Marchesini wheels
  • Carbon Fiber 996 tank cover included, never applied
  • Includes rear wheel stand; Marsee magnetic tank bag 
  • Garage kept under cover; cover included
  • Both keys; original papers and owners manual, toolkit

This motorcycle looks and runs like NEW! You will not find another iconic original Ducati 996 in this excellent condition with only 3099 miles!

I’m sure other bikes with mileage this low exist out there, but there’s no arguing that, if you’re looking for a 996, this one is seriously worth considering. The starting bid is $7,500 which should be right on the money for a clean example, and seems like a reasonable place to expect bidding to start. The seller refers to this as a 996, but it looks like this may be the higher-spec 996S as it has the Öhlins shock, instead of a Showa unit. I’m not clear whether or not we’re looking at slip-ons, a full-system or a half-system, but if you’ve ever priced a Termignoni exhaust, that does sweeten the deal…

-tad

Low-Mileage Superbike: 2000 Ducati 996 for Sale