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Ducati July 6, 2022 posted by

High End Hoon – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore #382/400

Stir the throttle and brakes a bit too thoroughly and a knowledgeable gendarme might just pull you over to check out the S4RS.  Today’s is a single-year special, all the best components and the national livery to boot.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for sale on eBay

10 years into the Monster, Ducati fit a desmoquattro to the naked, and the market considered it worth overdoing.  S4 with a 916, S4R with a 996, and S4RS with the testastretta 998.  130 hp without a fairing was pretty out there in 2008, with a light gold trellis struggling to find enough places to attach plumbing and electrical.  As a flagship, components on the S4RS were top shelf – Öhlins front and rear, 320mm Brembo radial mounts, and Marchesini Y-spoke wheels.  The seat fairing might look like a hideaway pillion, but the S4RS is a mono.

Apparently the seller has an eBay business selling petroliana, but knows their way around a testastretta as well.  Nice mods but more importantly, maintenance is current including a new battery.  Tires aren’t mentioned in the eBay auction, but look good –

S4RS Tricolore.  Only 400 produced total.  Bike is very very nice. Mechanicals up to date and had a few tasteful mods.  Full Arrow exhaust system. Number 382 of 400. Every stock part (except the original tires) is included. I bought this from the second owner with 2,700 miles. I have all the paperwork and all keys (2 black, 1 red). Timing belts changed and valves adjusted less than 500 miles ago. Brand new battery, oil and filter, and coolant flush, tires are in good shape. Bike runs great and needs nothing.  Let me know if you would like more or specific pictures. Bike has an Oberon slave cylinder (previous owner) CRG mirrors and levers, Cox Racing screens on the radiator and oil cooler, open clutch cover, plate, springs from EVR.

Not really at home on the highway, the water-cooled four valve Monsters are more comfortable around town, and often add a tooth out back to help rideability.  Lack of fairings helps the engine stay cool(er), and the exposed works have their own beauty.  Quite collectible at this level, the Make Offer button is there if the ask seems a stretch.

-donn

High End Hoon – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore #382/400
Suzuki February 8, 2022 posted by

Strange Magic – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ with Lockhart lowers !

Suzuki’s stylish flagship was a released as an 1100cc model, but also homologated for superbike racing with just a liter, but racing cams and carburetors.  Here’s a collector that was nicely upgraded, put in hibernation for 35 years, and has recently been fawned over to a museum-ready level.

1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ for sale on eBay

Though the Katana made do with a fairly conventional chassis, its clip-ons and factory rear sets made for a riding position poised for action.  Having the front axle centered in the anti-dive forks put a fine hone on the handling.  With 108 hp on tap, Hans Muth’s triangular fairing made a surprisingly effective notch in the wind.  1000SZ homologation specials got a performance intake cam and round slide Mikuni carburetors.  Alloy wheels had the then-current street stagger with 19-inch front / 17-inch rear.

The seller is apparently the second owner, but both custodians can clearly be termed superfans – the original owner spec’d engine mods by Vance and Hines, and the seller has gone through the bike comprehensively after its long hiatus.  Take a look at the – detailed pictures – and mammoth list in the eBay auction, and enjoy these comments:

First year, limited production. One year only AMA homologation model. One owner bike (I purchased this bike from the original owner). Purchased new at Pasadena Suzuki in 1982. All work performed in-house by Vance & Hines in late 1983/early 1984. Bike was parked and put into hibernation around 1989/1990 at the request of the original owner’s wife when they had their first child. Bike has been stored indoors in a climate controlled garage ever since.

Clean and clear title. Clean VIN. Starts, runs, and stops great. Bike has been fully gone through. All body work and panels are original, as is the paint. Frame and bodywork are in fantastic shape, paint is in great condition throughout. The seat cover is the factory original faux suede seat cover. The windscreen is the factory original GE Lexan windscreen. The lower fairings are original Lockhart Phillips fairings. These were made to order back in the early to mid ‘80s and are extremely rare. Fairings were color matched with the factory 13L paint. (Note: The fairings were stored off the bike for the last few decades and could stand to be refinished; however, the current paint is in fair condition.) Inside of fuel tank is extremely clean and rust free. Wheels are virtually spotless: no scratches, no pitting, no corrosion, no deeply embedded brake dust/road grime. No oil leaks or seeps, engine is very tight. Bike does not smoke or burn oil. All lights and electronics function properly. This Katana is a true survivor and is in amazing shape at 40-years-old. Aside from the parts and services needed to make it road worthy, this bike has been left as found and was meticulously restored to reflect that.

Original owner’s manual, spare key, steering lock keys, some ephemera (a few sport bike magazines from 1981, a new, sealed in box Testors 1/8 scale model), and some spare parts (original air box, original camshafts, exhaust baffle) are also included with the bike.

While the ask is up there, it’s unclear you could replicate it, when you’d have to start with an undamaged original and source a bunch of goodies that have been out of production for 30 years or more.  The Katana did pretty well with AMA champion Wes Cooley aboard, at least on endurance race track, and was just off the championship podium in 1982.  Somehow the styling made it a reach in the showroom, though it has a loyal following including your truly.  Normally, committing a classic to the carpet doesn’t seem right, but keeping those vintage tires in this case might be a good idea.

-donn

Strange Magic – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ with Lockhart lowers !
Laverda January 25, 2022 posted by

Florida Orange – 1979 Laverda Jota 1000

Air cooled early superbikes are becoming rarer by the minute, especially built in Italy and tarted up in England. Today’s Jota has an owner or two’s worth of miles but apparently was restored at some point and still looks great.

1979 Laverda Jota 1000 for sale on eBay

Laverda had been making motorbikes since 1949, and their 750 twin was a great success, especially in endurance racing.  As new competition from Japan was arriving, the company created a 980cc triple, with double overhead cams and 32mm Dell’Orto carburetors.  English importer Slater Bros. saw more potential and commissioned higher lift cams and 10-to-1 pistons resulting in a whopping 90 hp.  A strong steel backbone accompanied the light-looking downtubes, making for a solid foundation for the usual Ceriani suspension units.  Handlebars are adjustable but not too much higher, due to the 140 mph speeds expected.

Presented by a Miami dealer, this Laverda looks like a survivor that had some quality restoration work.  Some light corrosion has crept in since then, but a quick clean-up should do wonders.  Though most ( and this one ) have been converted, Jota’s originally came with left brake and right shifter.  Paint work is excellent and includes a full fairing which apparently has never been mounted.  Comments from the eBay auction:

A beautiful specimen immaculately maintained and cared for by its second owner for the last 32 years. This is a rare Slater Brothers 180 degree crank and the the 7th bike imported into the states. It was purchased in 1990 in San Diego from a retired US Navy officer who bought it new while stationed in Europe in 1979.  Slater Bros. in Tacoma Washington informed him that they had imported 6 Jota’s in ’79 and that this was the seventh they knew of. 

The bike was immediately taken to Lance Weil in Burbank California who was the undisputed Laverda guru And who went through the bike from ground up and restored it. Lance rated the motor at over 90hp then and it has covered small mileage since. Runs Now as it did then. The sound of these is unique and memorable to all who have heard it.  These hardly ever come up for sale. Don’t miss this opportunity.
 
A “no stories” bike, this is one of the top collector bikes out there and the fastest of its time. Comes with super rare full fairing which looks amazing fitted. A few spares and another set of matte black silencers. The right brake set is not original but is fitted for better performance and safety. The original one comes with the bike. The back brake is spongy right now and might need slight attention. Books and manual too. 
 
 
The Jota got glowing reviews for power and handling, but the overall build quality vs. the premium price took some lumps.  Either way the factory was positioned more as a boutique than volume manufacturer.  At this level of ask, some further contact with the seller might be in order, not to mention verifying the advertised running condition.  Could be ready for concours season if it checks out.

-donn

 

Florida Orange – 1979 Laverda Jota 1000
Ducati November 4, 2021 posted by

2002 Ducati 998 with 896 Miles

Collectors often speak about “book end” models as being the most desirable.  The first being the original, purest and the one that started the generation.  The last being the end of the era and offering the most refined package of the generation.  We all know that the Ducati 916 is going through resurgence of popularity.  These bikes are regarded as epically beautiful and a real icon of the day.  Over the years the 916 gave way to the 996 and then to the more powerful 998.  While the engines were enlarged and the tech improved over the years, the one constant was the amazing design and looks.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Up for auction 2002 DUCATI 998 Runs and Drives great with no known issues Only 896 Original miles No Warning Lights “ON” Carfax One Owner Accident Free Please see all the pictures for cosmetic condition and options Please read all terms and conditions before placing your bid

The listing is definitely lacking in detail, and the pictures leave something to be desired, but the sub $16k asking price and mileage under 900 means some things can be forgiven.   Please do not light the pitch forks if this listing is sold before you finish reading.  This will surely be snapped up quickly by an investor looking to capitalize on the recent wave of enthusiasm for this generation superbike.

Taking a look pictures and the eagle eyed can spot the original tool kit, unmodified rear plate bracket and OEM exhaust and factory turn signals.  These little details mean a lot for a collector.  Many bikes were dressed up or modified in period so it is nice to see an untouched example.

2002 Ducati 998 with 896 Miles
Aprilia July 22, 2021 posted by

Comfort Zone – 2003 Aprilia SL1000 Falco

Not quite as cutting edge as the Mille, Aprilia’s Falco provided plenty of excitement for less Euros.  Just under 8,000 miles and of legal drinking age, this Falco has had a careful owner or two, and looks excellent.

2003 Aprilia SL1000 Falco for sale on eBay

Slightly less compression ( still 10.8-to-1 ) than its big brother RSV gives the Falco 118 hp to work with, and an alloy chassis plus adjustable suspension to carry it.  Aprilia component choices are typically upper crust, with USD Showa forks and Sachs monoshock.  Likewise the 320mm Brembo brakes.  Even the fairing is more than the typical supersport, with modified lowers and a rarely used pillion.  Lower seat height and pegs, with higher clip-ons, made for a friendlier experience.

Offered by a Florida specialty dealer, this SL1000 looks un-modified and ready to rumble, though those particular mufflers might be something new – or maybe the only stock set ever seen on a Falco.  The exuberant frame sliders don’t appear to have been used, and the sticker kit will come off easier than it went on.  Capitalization is by the seller in the eBay auction:

This Bike has a Great Running Water-Cooled Fuel Injected V-Twin Engine that Produces 111 Horsepower with just the twist of the throttle. This bike has a smooth Shifting 6-speed Transmission. The Factory Dual Exhaust on this Bike Sounds Like an Orchestra, there is nothing else that has the sound of an Italian V-twin Revving up to Speed through a pair of perfectly tuned mufflers. This Bike is Like the Lamborghini of Motorcycles. If you are Searching for a Beautiful Investment that you can ride and will only go up in value over time, this could be the one you have been waiting for. Truly a Gorgeous Modern Classic Italian Motorbike.

The Falco might be happy in its junior role, a good helping of performance without the expectation or quite the expense of the superbike.  Reviewers loved the power band, called for an upgraded rear shock, and praised the moderate riding position.  The buy-it-now is just about in RSV territory, but maybe bidders will find the reserve before time runs out.

-donn

Comfort Zone – 2003 Aprilia SL1000 Falco
Honda June 20, 2021 posted by

Unchecked – 2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 with only 795 Miles !

Hard to know whether parking a barely broken in RC51 would elicit cheers or jeers, but it’s looking downright visionary 17 years later.  Today’s RVT1000R is a one-owner, carefully tended, showroom stocker in amazing shape.

2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 for sale on eBay

As the second round of RC51’s, the SP-2 had revised suspension and fuel injection.  133 hp were on tap at 10,000 rpm, thanks to dual fuel injectors in each 62mm throttle body.  Up front, that triangular scoop sends fresh air through ports on either side of the headstock right to the airbox.  HRC had plenty of input on the alloy chassis and rear suspension, though the new model’s wheelbase grew a bit.  Fully adjustable dampers are aboard the 43mm forks and Pro-Link monoshock.  Side-facing rads have a lot of exhaust area and there is a cooling fan behind each one.   The myriad incremental changes on the SP2 made for another Colin Edwards WSBK championship.

Though years of storage might have more effect than 795 road miles, neither are apparent from the pictures of this RC51.  Not seeing any mods save a magnetic tank protector.  Too many good pictures to bring over but they are available with the seller’s comments in the eBay auction:

Original Arizona title, with only 795 original miles.  D208 OEM tires, service just completed, new lithium battery, NGK IFR9H11 spark plugs, fuel system service ( fuel injectors sent to RC Fuel Injection for cleaning and flow testing with receipt, new fuel filter, pressure regulator ) GN4 oil and OEM filter, both OEM keys, books, toolkit, solo cowl cover and spare passenger seat, gasket for rear passenger seat.  Fantastic condition, doubt there’s a better 700 mile bike on the planet, has been stored since 2004.

The SP2 is the curator’s pick for a long-term RC51 purchase, though there was a Nicky Hayden special edition which might be more collectible.  The ask for this example is not far from double the MSRP, a good comment on the sport bike market.  Hopefully this one isn’t quite done turning the gears, and can produce a few grins before going up on the pit stand for the long term.

-donn

 

 

 

Unchecked – 2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 with only 795 Miles !
Honda May 11, 2021 posted by

Add Blue Here – 1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor

Honda introduced a V4 superbike just a year after the 750’s intro, but then made significant changes and didn’t refer to it as an Interceptor in 1985, making the ’84 a rarity.  Here’s an Ohio example which has low miles and looks quite good.

1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor for sale on eBay

Honda bored and stroked their 750cc engine, pressed steel liners in and claimed 122 hp.  The four overhead cams were chain-driven, and torque was such that a five-speed trans was considered a better choice than six lighter gears.  The double basket chassis was crafted of steel tubing, with selectable adjustments on the air forks and Pro-Link monoshock.  Triple 276mm disks seem undersized for a liter these days, but not in 1984.  The bodywork had a nice flow accented by a racy engine scoop.

This Interceptor looks very clean, and seems to have just a pair of SuperTrapps as mods.  The white fuel cap pretty much confirms a re-paint, but the striping is faithful to the original, and even the “1000” on the white! seat is accurate.  It wouldn’t take much to push this VF1000F over the goal line – add the blue field on the tank and sidecovers, find a better license plate bracket, refinish the forks and black out the mufflers.  Might have to sacrifice that bright seat for a stock cover.  Comments from the eBay auction:

With title and only 14,207 miles. This is one of the coolest and fun bikes Honda ever made. This 1000F Interceptor was made in only 1984 before it became the 1000R which makes it very rare. Bike runs and rides great and is fast. Anyone whoever rode one will tell tell you how fun and cool sounding they are. It has  very nice pearl paint on it. New rear tire and the front is like new. Everything works like it should.

The compact V4 could do just about anything, except repeal the law of gravity.  Quite a few of the early engines succumbed to a cam oiling design deficiency, and Honda re-designed the cam drive with gears in 1985.  But at this point a survivor is unlikely to be affected.  The succeeding VF1000R had an endurance racer’s full fairing, but hid the big V4 and was no longer an Interceptor.  This one should give a lot of capability for the buck, and marks an interesting page in Honda history.

-donn

Add Blue Here – 1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
Ducati April 1, 2021 posted by

Wouldn’t Start – 2004 Ducati 998S FE with 2 miles !

Always dressed in red, Ducat’s 998S Final Edition celebrated the tenth anniversary of the iconic 916 generation.  This very special order waited in its shipping crate until a few years ago, and since its factory road test, hasn’t seen a battery, gas, or oil.

2004 Ducati 998S FE for sale on eBay

Some specs show the 998S power as 100Kw, a nice round number and 136hp.  The cases were different than a base model, and had a deep oil sump to ensure the pick-up didn’t run dry.  Adjustable Öhlins dampers are all around, with 43mm forks and a progressive rocker arm for the monoshock.  Dry clutch and single seat naturalemente, with 320mm Brembo brakes and 17-inch Marchesini forgings.  The FE’s aren’t numbered but have a Final Edition plaque on the triple tree, right below the temperature gauge, which required some attention since the cooling system hadn’t had a major update to cope with the increased power.

This FE showed the same two miles on RSBFS – back in 2018-, and has had one or two more owners since then, who also ( wisely ) declined to bring it from display to riding duty.  So far all the owners have been collectors, including racing driver Graham Rahal.  The seller’s comments comments from the eBay auction-

Limited production Final Edition model that has reportedly never been ridden. The bike was removed from the factory crate with 2 indicated miles in 2017, when Indy driver Graham Rahal acquired it for his private collection. It has not been started since, or had fuel or a battery put in. Factory equipment includes Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels, and a graphics package specific to the FE. Power is supplied by a 998cc Testastretta L-twin paired with a 6-speed gearbox, and the original protective film remains on the engine covers and frame. The bike was acquired by a dealer in late 2018 from from Mr. Rahal’s collection.  I purchased the bike in January 2019.  Since I have owned the bike, it has been sitting in my garage as eye candy.

Both factory keys, the original tool pouch, and owner’s manuals are included with the sale.

The collector’s realm might be foreign to a weekly rider, not being able to hop on and enjoy.  Could be there are other diversions.  The 998S FE with its angular nose, air intakes, single-sided swingarm, and underseat exhaust might deserve to be saved for a future rider.  Or collector.  Looking forward to hearing from the new owner.

-donn

Wouldn’t Start – 2004 Ducati 998S FE with 2 miles !