Posts by tag: 998

Honda July 25, 2020 posted by

Entrée – 2002 Honda RC51 / RVT1000R

As the 20th century wound down, Honda needed a new tool to work on WSBK, and developed a fresh 90-degree V-twin, wrapped in a new aluminum twin-spar chassis.  This RC51 is a rider but looks very good with a conscientious maintenance history.

2002 Honda RC51 / RVT1000R for sale on eBay

Surprisingly close to the engine specs for Ducati’s 998 with 100mm bore and 63.6mm stroke, the Honda managed 136 hp in street trim, a skwoshe more than the 998.  Programmed fuel injection, two injectors per cylinder and gear-driven cams counted for a lot.  Fork and brake specs are identical to the 998, with multi-adjustable 43mm forks and 320mm disks grabbed by 4-piston calipers.  The RC51 exhausts make their way to the side of the swingarm, and weight is within a few pounds of the competition.

This mid-life owner has taken nice care in their ownership, though the RC51 isn’t without a past.  The Yoshimura mufflers look a lot lighter than stock, though the pipes are ready for another round of polishing.  From the eBay auction:

Very nice condition. All maintenance and service done, maint. log book included. I recently did the first valve clearance check and will include the valve shim kit I purchased for it. Engine is all stock and original except for the Yoshimura Exhaust. The “pair mod” and “intake air flapper” mod has been done, but I kept the original parts to put back to stock. The header is also stock and is in perfect shape. I have other original parts also including the like new original windscreen (Puig wind screen installed). Some other OEM decals and labels included. Has aftermarket undertail but has (what I think is) the original tail light included.

Also has aftermarket rear sets, Stainless Steel front and rear race brake lines (I have all original lines and hardware tagged and bagged) Newer brake pads (I kept part numbers and brand), newer Dunlop Q3’s. OEM Passenger seat pad included. Honda service manual, spare tail fairing in like new condition included. New chain and sprockets where installed as a matched set a few thousand miles ago. A few other parts included (see pictures). Flush mount LED turn signals. The non-oem stickers at the bottom of the fairing where added after a coat of wax so they can be easily removed (I’ll remove them for you if you prefer). New aftermarket adjustable levers.

A short cold start walk-around is shown – here -.

Honda won their first year with the RC51, Ducati replied, and Honda won again in 2002, both times with Colin Edwards aboard.  The benefit afforded twins of any brand lasted until the Jonathan Rea era began in 2015, and is awaiting its next resurgence.  If the reserve is set with the buy-it-now as reference, this might be a winning entry into the sportbike affliction.

-donn

Entrée – 2002 Honda RC51 / RVT1000R
Yamaha July 8, 2020 posted by

Naked Reprise – 2006 Yamaha FZ-1

While the original FZ-1 was one Cycle World’s bikes of the year, Yamaha made a substantive update for 2006.  With miles in the 1,000-per-year neighborhood, this Tennessee example looks excellent.

2006 Yamaha FZ-1 for sale on eBay

Yamaha brought their aluminum casting technology to bear on the new FZ-1 chassis, cradling the R1-derived liter, and steadying it during its 147 hp moments.  The 20-valve four had a heavier crankshaft than the R1, along with torquier cams and a smoother balance shaft.  Fuel injection is electronic, but this FZ-1 pre-dates any power nannies.  Brakes are up to the task with 320mm disks and four piston calipers.  43mm forks separate compression and rebound damping duties, and are fitted with an almost straight across the top handlebar.  In a close-up the angular fairing could be mistaken for a superbike part.

Despite a little sticker-mania, the owner has taken nice care of their FZ-1,  looking excellent with no particular damage.  Interested bidders will have to ask, since there aren’t enough pictures and not much history in the comments from the eBay auction:

Condition is Used. This bike is in perfect condition. No scratches or dents. Looks like it came off the showroom floor. It has been taken excellent care of and is ready to ride. Clear clean title.

The FZ-1 caught both far ends of the R-1 spectrum, riders who weren’t ready for a superbike statement, or maybe could no longer deal with the R-1’s ergonomics.  The performance put most nakeds to bed, with Yamaha tech and build quality.  The ask seems at the top of the range, but maybe the Make Offer button will make an appearance in a re-listing.

-donn

 

Naked Reprise – 2006 Yamaha FZ-1
Ducati June 30, 2020 posted by

Non-Virtual – 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss Edition #310 of 400

With only 400 worldwide, the 998S Troy Bayliss commemorative in InfoStrada livery is a pretty rare sight.  This California example sports just 825 miles and includes all manner of swag.

2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss Edition for sale on eBay

The last in a long line of 916 derivatives, the 998 has the classic lines, but the more modern narrow-head engine.  136 hp are available, made almost usable for the road by Marelli electronic fuel injection.  Gold anodized forks, monoshock and steering damper are all by Öhlins, and lighter 4.5mm thick brakes by Brembo.  Not shouting about it under the red paint, the fairings are carbon fiber.  The steel tank has Troy’s autograph and the monoposto seat shows race number 21.

Viewed in the back room at Marin Speed Shop, this 998S looks stunning and stock.  On display since almost new, no mention of maintenance is made, presuming a continuing duty in a collector’s diorama.  Goodies include the authenticating plaque.  From the eBay auction:

2002 Ducati Bayless replica all stock unmolested! only 825 miles included is the cover, original tool kit, shirt, jacket and plaque!  Bike is number 310 out of 400 produced. 

For whatever reason, WSBK machines suited Troy Bayliss better than his stint on the factory Ducati MotoGP mount, and he returned to SuperBikes to win championships in 2006 and 2008.  Though in 2006, he became the first rider to win WSBK and MotoGP races in the same year, replacing injured Sete Gibernau at the final GP in Valencia, after the end of the WSBK season.  Likely bidding will go stratospheric over the next week, even then no guarantee it will meet the reserve.

-donn

Non-Virtual – 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss Edition #310 of 400
MV Agusta May 28, 2020 posted by

Trouble in Paradise – 2008 MV Agusta F4 1000R Corse

The Corse was MV’s first limited edition of the F4 1000R, and a pretty big investment.  This San Jose example has some interesting details, very low miles, and one ‘oh darn*’ in its past.


2008 MV Agusta F4 1000R Corse

MV Agusta cut their teeth on special editions of the F4 750 and first gen F4 1000, and in the Corse’s case only 300 were made.  The second generation F4 1000 had been substantially re-designed, with 174hp on tap and a new chassis under the carbon fairings.   Marzocchi forks have carbon nitriding on the legs, and the Sachs monoshock has adjustments in high and low speed ranges.  Brembo supplied their new monoblock 6-piston brakes, and a special Corse exhaust was fitted.

Most Corse’s are built as single seaters, but this one has a pillion ( best suited for a thoroughbred jockey ).  Also most references show the Corse wheel set as a silver 5-V spoke, but these are the usual and lovely MV stars, finished in gold.  A numbered badge would be expected on the top tree, but it’s not pictured.  An apparent tip-over victim, the handlebar end and crank sensor cover should be easy replacements.  Just 890 miles, but the original tires will require replacement if the bike is to be ridden much.  The second owner did re-new the fluids and make the bike ready, as they state in the eBay auction:

– Brake fluid flushed
– Upgraded the water pump 
– Flushed the coolant and changed to engine ice 
– Flushed the fuel system 
– Changed every fuel pipe and all connectors 
– Upgraded and changed the fuel connectors from plastic to metal 
– Changed the fuel filters 
– Changed the oil and filter 
– Changed the fork oil
– Changed and upgraded to a BMC High Performance Air Filter
– New Battery
– Battery Tender is also fitted

While not exactly the museum piece this seller states, it shouldn’t be forgotten how far off the charts the Corse is.  It’s got great potential and could be a substantial savings over a perfect specimen.

-donn

Trouble in Paradise – 2008 MV Agusta F4 1000R Corse
Bimota April 27, 2020 posted by

Hangar Queen – 2000 Bimota SB8R with just 1,560 miles !

Bimota’s SB8R combined Suzuki TL1000 power with a hybrid alloy/carbon chassis, and presented the company with a WSBK win in 2000.  This example was parked in an aircraft hangar for many years but shows none the worse for it.

2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

Bimota saw the potential in Suzuki’s liter twin and worked their now-typical magic of better handling and lighter weight.  The 996cc mill is canted slightly further forward and equipped with Marelli fuel injection and 59mm throttle bodies.  Along with Bimota’s own exhaust, the package rates 134 hp.  The chassis uses carbon frame connectors and alloy spars, with a self-supporting carbon seat console.  After Paoli 46mm forks were installed in an adjustable headstock, Bimota found room for a more conventional Öhlins shock on the right side of the engine, with a healthy linkage.  Weight was below 400 lbs. dry, and despite the bulbous looks from the front was quite narrow.

Back in a corner behind the King Air or turbine single ( looks like it’s in a real toy shop now ) this Bimota waited for a break in the action that came too late.  Still it was protected from the elements, and shows like a virtually new bike.  The all metal cam drive could deal with the waiting, but all new expendables will be required.  After a thorough going over, the next owner will have real time machine.  Details from the eBay auction:

Stored in a private collection the last 10 years, 1,560 miles from new, $7k in upgrades including Arrow carbon fiber exhaust system, many billet pieces, upgrades to fuel system, new battery, workshop manual, factory cover, we have factory exhaust. Receipts for all upgrades. Bike sounds incredible. When first bought no expense was spared to make this Bimota supersonic and address any factory issues, many racing spec parts were sourced and installed. Look over the receipts for specifics. Bike has sat in a hanger for 10 years – it’s not detailed it will clean up as new.

Bimota dialed in every target where the TL-1000R had missed the mark, though it cost just about double.  Racing helped the road bike, as the exhaust was re-designed after endurance race failures.  The new owner will have to peek around the big carbon fresh air ducts until the thumbs memorize the switchgear, but big torque will make pulling out to pass a memorable experience.

-donn

Hangar Queen – 2000 Bimota SB8R with just 1,560 miles !
Ducati January 22, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 2008 Ducati S4RS Tricolore

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

Ducati took a step away from the “Swiss Army knife” of motorcycles when they put the liter-sized desmoquattro in a Monster frame, but they generated a lot of excitement in the showroom and on the road.  The 2008 eyeball magnet shoehorned the 998cc testastretta engine into ( well, under ) the classic gold trellis frame.  David’s limited TriColore edition has lots of carbon, both factory and upgrades, and premium Öhlins suspension.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS

At 130 hp, power from the 999-spec narrowhead engine is about all that can be used without more recent electronic aids.  Headers and plumbing that would be under a superbike fairing are smoothly integrated into the engine scoop and aftermarket radiator shroud.  The beautifully crafted single-sided swingarm could have been glorified rather “disappeared” in black, but it shows off the wide rear wheel from the right.  The one-piece tapered handlebar is all business, though some might have preferred the clip-ons used on earlier models.  Dry weight is under 400 lbs, superbike cooling woes are largely gone with the full fairing, and the bikini windscreen reviewed as much more effective than appeared possible.

RSBFS reader and collector David chose this Monster for his usual rider, and accessorized carefully.  The carbon engine scoop and Termingnoni mufflers are most evident, with the carbon tank guard and radiator shroud doing their part to hide hoses and scratches.  Almost disappearing are the Rizoma mirrors and revised signals and levers.  As tricky as it is to keep Monsters looking sharp, David has kept up with it, and he asks $10,500 for his example.  Here are his notes:

This is a two owner bike and is loaded with aftermarket accessories including, dark windscreen,
carbon fiber engine covers, carbon fiber belly pan, adjustable levers, carbon fibers radiator
shrouds, Carbon fiber front fender and rear hugger, open clutch cover, rear sets and
aftermarket blinkers front and rear.  This bike is #284 of 400.  I bought the bike from the original owner in 2009 and it was my favorite bike for 10 years and the Tricolore livery and limited number of bikes made for one year only makes this bike a collectable bike. It had plenty of good rubber left on it with Dunlop’s front and rear.  I have every receipt for the last 10 years and it has only been serviced by authorized Ducati dealership.  The bike has 15,298 miles and I am asking $10,500.

The liquid-cooled, 4-valve per cylinder, 998 Testastretta L-Twin engine features a 100mm bore
and short stroke of 63.5mm to limit average piston speed and allow increased rpm.  The result is
a staggering 130+hp and 76.6 lb-ft of brute torque.

Testastretta technology allows a reduced angle between the intake and exhaust valves resulting
in a clean, compact combustion chamber that is highly efficient.  The optimized combustion
environment and linear flame front inside the specially designed heads, combined with cutting-
edge electronic engine control technology, guarantees precise and optimal combustion
throughout the rev range.

The chassis components are unparalleled.  Fully adjustable Ohlins suspension front and rear
complemented by super lightweight Y-shaped 5-spoke wheels ensure outstanding handling,
while 320mm Brembo twin discs on the front have radial-mounted calipers with four pistons
and four pads per caliper to provide incredible race-worthy stopping power.

Beside the TriColore being a single year model, it was also the last S4 variant, with air cooled engines taking up the slack until the 1198-powered Monster 1200 was introduced in 2014.  The TriColore colors wouldn’t be seen on a Monster until the 2018 25th Anniversary edition.  The power to sensibility ratio is off the usual charts, but speaks to a skilled, adult rider.  Please contact David by email – here –.

Featured Listing – 2008 Ducati S4RS Tricolore
MV Agusta January 4, 2020 posted by

Senior Service – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R

Often the peak in disposable income arrives after the tire-tearing and footpeg scraping has already been accomplished, and the experienced rider can appreciate a very special model without resorting to the whip, preserving it for the next owner.  This initial-year F4 1000R appears carefully ridden and maintained, with a handful of choice upgrades.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for sale on eBay

MV made mostly internal upgrades to their initial 1000S, with evolutionary tweaks to the chrom-moly chassis.  The 998cc four is a new layout with a focus on heat dissipation ( i.e. durability ), while increasing power to 174 hp.  Marelli fuel injection incorporates their “engine brake system” which acts as a slipper clutch for the rider.  50mm forks by Marzocchi and Sachs monoshock are simply the best of either world, and an Öhlins steering damper is also included.  Brembo monobloc calipers are radially mounted to 320mm discs.

Most often seen in MV’s red and silver race livery or just black, this 1000R shows beautifully in the pearl white with black lowers and red accents.  The wallet-lightening full titanium calliope is also a nice weight savings over the factory exhaust.  An optional factory pillion is installed, thankfully without accompanying footpegs.  Cleanliness is not only skin deep, as the unfaired pictures show.  From the eBay auction:

It presently has 6694 certified original miles. It starts, idles, runs, shifts, brakes and performs like new.  It could pass for a six month old bike. It doesn’t have a scratch on it, I provided many detailed closeup photos to show this. The original owner was 63 years old and I am 72. It has a gorgeous sounding $4000 titanium exhaust system. The tires are excellent with about 1200 easy miles on them. I felt that it was geared too low and replaced the sprockets to 16/38. This gives it 70 mph at 4200 rpm and 80 mph at 4900 rpm. I had a Speedo Healer installed so that the speedometer is accurate. I also installed a new DID X chain.

Since winning a bevy of “bike of the year” awards in 1999, the F4 750 looked longingly at liter-bike power, and MV did their homework racing 900 and 1000cc variants in the early 2000’s.  The 1000R is one of the few non-special models from MV, though it’s only missing a paint scheme and decal or two.  The previous owners, as astronaut Frank Borman might have said, used their superior judgement to avoid situations requiring their superior riding skills, and though it can’t be called inexpensive, it might be a very good buy.

-donn

Senior Service – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R
Aprilia September 27, 2019 posted by

Truth or Dare – 2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol D’Or

While Aprilia has a long successful history racing their smaller machines, they took their liter twin endurance racing in 2006, learned a lot and did well to boot.  The Bol D’Or commemorative was a great limited edition paint scheme on the already nicely spec’d RSV1000R, and this example is outstanding with low miles.

2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol D’Or for sale on eBay

Since its debut in 1998, the RSV has used the dry-sumped V-twin from Rotax, in magnesium cases.  The gear-chain combo driving double overhead cams gives a distinctive sound on its way to 143 hp and 79 ft.-lbs. torque.  An Öhlins forks and steering damper are found at the front of the twin-spar alloy frame, and a Sachs monoshock takes care of the symmetrical banana swingarm.  Engine vacuum on over-run actuates the factory slipper clutch, and monoblock Brembo brakes claim the first road-going radial master cylinder.  The cockpit reviewed as comfortable even in the fairing’s drag-reducing design.

This RSV has covered under 7,000 miles over its eleven years, and appears original and excellent.  The tires look fresh and the owner advises a recent oil change in the eBay auction – nice of the owner to include the stands.

Bike is in great condition.  The look of this bike will definitely get you some attention.  Never been down and always kept in a garage with a cover.  Well maintained, serviced regularly with oil change in the last past 2 months.  It has two little marks in the paint.  One of the pictures has it shown.  Comes with cover and Pit Bull Lifts.

The Rotax powered Aprilia can be a good candidate for purchase in the middle-aged-but-barely-used category, since the valve adjustment interval is 12,500 miles and the all-metal cam drive ages gracefully.  This one doesn’t appear to have been near a racetrack, but RSV’s are set up for it, with no hanging signal lights, once the mirrors are removed all you need is some tape.  Or though it might be easier said than done, vow to ride it within limits on the street, and keep it extra nice.

-donn

 

Truth or Dare – 2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol D’Or