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Moto Guzzi January 13, 2023 posted by

22 Year-Old Red Head – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Rosso Mandello

OK, maybe spring on the shore of Lake Como isn’t in the cards this year, but Moto Guzzi had a limited edition V11 that celebrated life in red.  Today’s Goose looks very good and quite original with a little over 16K miles.

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Rosso Mandello for sale on eBay

Styled and named to commemorate 80 years in Mandello del Lario, the limited edition used the recent V11 backbone chassis and two-valve twin, with respectable power at 91 hp.  Torque was actually plan A, with 69 ft.-lbs. and a new six-speed transmission plus a light hydraulic clutch.  Nicer components spiced up the traditional drivetrain, with Marzocchi usd forks, an adjustable monoshock, 320mm Brembo brakes and wide 17-inch alloy wheels.  The side view is a composition in red, black and grey, with candy apple valve covers and a helpful carbon fiber handlebar fairing and mudguard up front.

Not a great time of year for a test ride in central Wisconsin, but the owner has wheeled her out for a short video,  hard to share but easy to play on eBay.  A few touch-ups to the fuel tank, but otherwise looking quite good and just waiting for a proper detail.  Fresh Michelins and the Power Commander will fill in the dry spots in the fuel injection map.  Notes from the eBay auction –

Bike is #49 out of 300 numbered bikes produced. It was estimated there were around 177 shipped to the United States. Bike is all original besides a power commander and a Penske rear shock which was over $1000 new. I was told by previous owner the clutch was done but I do not have any paperwork for it. It feels great.

Bike starts and runs great. Has excellent Michelin Pilot Power 4 tires. Needs nothing. The pictures are unedited and speak for themselves. 

I have all the original literature for the bike including pictures of it being uncrated, letter of authenticity, manuals, original sales receipt, advertising, and a small model of the bike.

Guzzi has a clean and clear WI title.  A Mistral crossover and carbon exhaust will be available for this bike at an agreed upon price.

The Rosso Mandello was only mid-point in the V11’s model run, and the longitudinal V-twin and shaft drive soldier on in Guzzi’s current line-up.  For all their traditionality, many innovations have come out of Mandello del Lario – the first motorcycle wind tunnel, a 500cc V-8 racing engine, and more contemporary CARC shaft drive that reduces torque reaction, and cartridge fork innovations.  Just starting their second century, Guzzi’s continue to be unusual if not rare, with yearly production in the several thousand range.  The Rosso Mandello came here in just a few hundred though, and this example looks very collectible.

-donn

22 Year-Old Red Head – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Rosso Mandello
Laverda December 29, 2022 posted by

Zanèy – 1999 Laverda 650 Sport Kevlar Edition

The naked Ghost Strike models are seen here more often for some reason, but in the late 90’s Laverda’s 650 Sport was good competition for contemporary supersports.  This very collectible example apparently has limited edition kevlar bodywork and wicked British Racing Green paint.

1999 Laverda 650 Sport for sale on eBay UK

Laverda had a long history of parallel twins, and developed a new four-valve twin in the early 1990’s.  668 air/oil-cooled cc’s brought 70 hp to bear, with electronic fuel injection.  The alloy twin-spar chassis was fabricated from rectangular tubing and side plate castings, finished in black.  Appointments are excellent, with W-P upside down forks and monoshock, and 320mm Brembo brakes.  The full fairing is molded in kevlar fiber, which has a certain imperfect attraction, and helped keep the dry weight to just over 400 lbs.

Evidently a personal bike from an eBay dealer with an eclectic presentation, this Laverda looks basically new and is hardly used with a hair over 2,200 miles.  Somehow it has escaped the garage elves and though most parts are painted, even the bare aluminum parts hardly have surface corrosion from long term storage.  A walkaround – video – runs the bike toward the end, and enthusiastic comments are part of the eBay listing –

Selling a couple of my cherry picked toys and in my humble opinion this is probably one of the lowest mileage and one of the rarest colours and being the Kevlar bodywork series with the numbered plaque it wants to be tucked away in a collection although this will really make you feel special every time you throw your leg over it, if it doesn’t you have no soul. 

Up against the 748 in its day, the 748 was a bit quicker whilst the Laverda which handles like a charm with all the top spec components lavished on it, is now the much rarer bike and for the collector rare is key.

It has 3,729 kms which equates to just over 2k miles has been in a good long slumber and has been woken up and sounds great,it has been part of a collection for long enough,its not perfection but it is in terms of originality.  The Kevlar panels were never perfect when new and haven’t got any better with age more like a race panel ,engine cases good etc.  Marchesini wheels look superb too, it’s a piece of motorcycling history that can be used or enjoyed in a mancave forever.

The 668 was product of a revitalization effort and built at a new facility in Zanè, not for from the company’s birthplace in Breganze.  Sticking with a parallel twin, it was an all new affair and suffered some reliability issues, but these were cleared up by the time this 650 Sport was built.  The ask here is just under $6K, and though it still has to take a boat ride and visit DMV, pretty reasonable for a very good-looking and sporty Laverda.

-donn

Zanèy – 1999 Laverda 650 Sport Kevlar Edition
Bimota December 24, 2022 posted by

Term of Art – 1999 Bimota DB4R/3 Redbro Limited Edition

From a high perch in the rarity department, today’s Bimota DB4R was tuned by Redbro Racing, and has recently been liberated from a Japanese museum.  Had to go all the way to Queensland Australia to find this one, but it appears worth all the pointing and clicking.

1999 Bimota DB4R/3 Redbro Limited Edition for sale on eBay Australia

Bimota had recently re-awakened their relationship with Ducati, and used the now venerable – but then quite sporty air-cooled 904 desmodue.  Most DB4’s are carburetted, but the Redbro /3 used the factory fuel injection, delivering a better-running 80 hp.  The alloy chassis was shared with the Mantra roadster, and the welds are to die for.  Though equipped with a 5.3 gallon tank and pillion seat, designers kept dry weight to 364 lbs.

Specs for the /3 include a titanium exhaust, EFI, and upper-only fairing.  Just 2 km’s on the clocks and the condition reflects that, with just a hint of aging on bare aluminum components – 23 year years old, after all.  Mirrors have apparently never been mounted, and are in the spares picture.  The seller seems somewhat low on feedback, but has a nice selection of collectible bikes on offer.  Comments from the eBay auction –

Bimota DB4R 3 1999
New old stock 
The R stands for “refine, reborn and racing”
Has been sitting in museum in Japan. only 2 kms on the odometer (push). 29 of 35 built. very rare motorbike. will definitely be on for the collection. 900cc Ducati motor. made for the Redbro racing team.  as per pictures, a beautiful bike in the tri colours. fuel injected. 

Instead of being one of a few hundred DB4R’s, this is number 29/35 of the Redbro series 3. The valise of AUD will need to include shipping and leave some for import, so a fairly serious endeavor.  But as special as the DB4R is in its own right, the Redbro with the Ti exhaust and fairing which shows off the desmodue, is even better.

-donn

Term of Art – 1999 Bimota DB4R/3 Redbro Limited Edition
magni December 21, 2022 posted by

Bangers and Mash: 1977 MV Agusta 861 Magni

The MV Agusta Sport 750 America is a special bike. Developed by the company of the Count as a road-going testbed to celebrate and enhance racing exploits, MV Agustas were well known as capable race bikes in the hands of such legends as Giacomo Agostini. And while the 750 America was developed to conquer that emerging market that was the United States, not all examples actually shipped stateside. Incredibly rare, the 750S America is a beautiful example of the quirky mix of performance, engineering and artwork that defines Italian motorcycle design. However this particular bike was ever more special than that, as it was delivered into the hands of Arturo Magni who worked his magic. That magic included a new frame, new suspension, a new driveline (exchanging the shaft drive for a lightweight chain setup) and a complete tear down and rebuild of the engine. While they were in there, they punched out the 750cc bores to 861, while massaging and breathing on everything else. The full Magni catalog applied to the MV Agusta Sport America 750 was one of the most exclusive, expensive and performance oriented bikes you could buy.

1977 MV Agusta Sport America 861 Magni for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1977 Used MV Agusta 750 861CC AMERICA, 861 MAGNI BUILD is offered to you for sale in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, finished in red & silver, this used 1977 Used MV Agusta 750 861CC AMERICA, 861 MAGNI BUILD is one of the many rare and coveted used bikes that used motorbike dealer The Bike Specialists, Sheffield, South Yorkshire have available for sale.

More from the seller:
Here we have for sale a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Italian engineering history. Built by the legendary Arturo Magni, a household name in motorcycle race engineers, we’re extremely proud to present the MV Agusta 861 Magni. Born in Milan in 1925 Magni’s career began at Gileras racing department in 1947, he was employed to assemble the Piero Remor deigned four-cylinder engine which went on to win the team six world championships. He first began work for MV in 1950 and later managed their racing department during MV Augstas ‘Golden Age’ who won no fewer than 75 world championships under Magni’s direction with riders including Hailwood and Agostini!

After retiring from Grand Prix in 1976 Magni and his sons set up a company producing performance parts for MV 750 Street bikes and began redesigning the 750 Sport and America range. Their bespoke kits enabled customers to be able to transform their road bikes into light weight sportier machines which increased capacity and performance. The most famous by far amongst aficionados was the 861 Magni.

More from the seller:
Our motorcycle is the ultimate example, it began life as a 750 America and was purchased in 2012 with the intent to recreate the original 861 Magni. With the expertise of Giovanni Magni and the original specifications set by Artuto work began to create this wonderful machine. The 750 America was disassembled before being re-built with a new frame designed by Magni himself, the inline-four-cylinder engine was rebuilt with new high-compression pistons, capacity was increased from 750cc to 861cc and new rear forks were fitted to support the Magni frame. Aesthetically the side panels, wheels, aluminium fuel tank and seat unit we’re all painted to exact original specification. The seat rubber and leather was replaced, Conti exhaust pipes fitted and the full fairing was added to create this stunning masterpiece.

Our 861 comes road registered and complete with the original 750 America parts including the frame and exhaust system as well as the owner’s manual, workshop manual and brochure. This machine features exemplary craftsmanship and would be the true jewel in the crown of any collection, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, we can offer UK and worldwide delivery services.

In today’s market any vintage MV Agusta is in prime territory. These bikes are so visceral, the brand so storied and legendary that open spots in collections have a vacuum for one of the red & silver machines. And while this is likely true of most clean examples, a Magni build such as this goes over the top in terms of rarity. While the truism of collecting is to pick a stock example over a modified one, that rule changes when the modifications are so completely integrated into the bike and made by a handful of recognized icons; Magni certainly qualifies in the that category. Offered on eBay UK, this stunning example of twice-engineered Italian goodness is listed for £99,980. For US-based investors paying in greenbacks, that equates to approximately $121k at the current exchange rate. At that price not only do you get the bike as pictured, you also will receive many of the original, OEM parts such as the original frame (!). There are more pictures online that could not be shown in this post. You can check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Bangers and Mash: 1977 MV Agusta 861 Magni
Ducati December 19, 2022 posted by

Cherry Filling – 1996 Ducati 900SS

Without a numbered plaque or extra letters, this might just be a plain vanilla 900SS.  But it appears remarkably original and in excellent shape for 33K miles.

1996 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Special models such as the SuperLight and SS/SP get most of our attention, but the base 900SS is most of the way there.  The air cooled 904cc twin put out a respectable 84 hp, and 38mm Mikuni’s were tuneable if not inspired.  The dry clutch and inverted Showa forks added to the sports-oriented theme.  Exhausts on the two-seater were upswept, but not as sharply as the monoposto.

With all those miles it’s a safe bet there have been at least a few owners and plenty of maintenance, but history or no, at this stage of life most bikes are on the IRAN (inspect-and-repair-as-necessary) plan.  At least no apparent faux pas, and just as hard to find a mod – maybe the tail looks a bit tidy but that’s about all.

The SS were Ducati’s all-rounders until the Monster and then Multistrada arrived, and they took a little commuting and cross-country in stride.  The dry clutch and air cooling set a rider apart these days, and there’s probably a manual transmission car home in the garage.  Toward the end of the model run, this example is certainly worth a more in-depth look.

-donn

Cherry Filling – 1996 Ducati 900SS
Kawasaki December 12, 2022 posted by

What’s Old Is New – 1983 Kawasaki GPz550

With apologies to RSBFS readers nearing, at, or possibly over the ripe age of this pristine GPz550 (did I cover everyone?), 40 years old in the sport bike business might as well be 80. And yet in the early 1980s (that’s right – depending on your musical preference it was the same era Ozzy bit the head off of a bat, Michael Jackson released Thriller, and Olivia Newton-John’s Physical hit #1) this mundane Kawasaki was as close to the pinnacle of middleweight performance madness as could be. Today there are few survivors that present this well. And despite Kawasaki’s attempt to produce more of these bikes than the competing examples from the other Big Four, this is a rightfully rare find today.

1983 Kawasaki GPz550 for sale on eBay

With DNA solidly rooted in the KZ550, Kawasaki breathed life into the air-cooled, two-valve mill with bumpier bump sticks and higher compression. New technology in the form of solid state ignition juiced up the spark, and Kawasaki added an oil cooler to help keep rising temps at bay. The net result was a respectable 57 HP. On the chassis side, the new bike was fitted with beefier, adjustable forks, and triple disk brakes were added all around (replacing the KZ’s single front disk and drum rear brake). The ’82 onward bikes enjoyed a new single-shock rear suspension. Signifying the sporting intent of the new model – now known as the GPz – a bikini fairing was fitted. And with that, Kawasaki invented an icon that would live on for generations.

From the seller:
1983 Kawasaki GPZ550. Very rare find in unmolested condition. Only non original parts are tires, battery and o ring chain. Fresh out of 18 year storage from original owner. Will come with original title filled out by original owner but not assigned. Video is available on YouTube under my username theoriginalmungaman. Starts and runs as new. This is a legitimate #2 bike. Could be displayed in a museum. You can text me for specific questions or photos. 774-246-9884. I have a shipper who is cheaper than anyone and will assist.

The seller has noted a start-up video of the bike, which is shown below:



It is incredible to think that this (by today’s standards) humble bike could spark off such a fierce middleweight arms battle, but that is exactly what occurred. Honda upped the sport bike ante the same year with the VFR (initially a 750, then necked down to 500cc to create the mini-ceptor), and Yamaha and Suzuki followed suit. But lost in the intense battles for mid-sized supremacy were the machines themselves; time has not been kind to hand-me-down motorcycles, anything that was fast and cheap, or miles of black chrome (a key Kawasaki ingredient during this time period). Yet this one survived.

Today’s example is a 1983 model GPz550. It shows a tick over 12,000 miles on the odometer, but otherwise looks clean and original, right down to the dual exhaust pipes, bench seat, stickers and turn signals. Recently brought out of storage, this nicely aged beauty is looking for a new home. Check out all of the details here, and be sure and jump back to the comments and share your experiences with this model. Did you have one? Good Luck!!

MI

What’s Old Is New – 1983 Kawasaki GPz550
Ducati November 22, 2022 posted by

The Past Future – 2002 Ducati MH900e

It was a long time ago – and a long time coming – but the spectacle of The Year 2000 loomed large during the final minutes of the last century. This was the future date by when we would have flying cars, personal jetpacks, and robotic assistance in every aspect of our lives. The same year also promised catastrophic failures across any number of computer and infrastructure systems in the form of the Y2K bug. Looking back it is laughable that a single New Year’s Day would suddenly encompass all our hopes, dreams, ideals and fears into an isolated event, but it became a momentous milestone all the same. And amid all of the hoopla, Ducati embraced the fad known as the internet to offer a new take on an old classic for sale in an exclusive manner: The MH900e was born.

2002 Ducati MH900e for sale on eBay

Designed by the controversial stylist Pierre Terblanche, the MH900e morphed the traditional Mike Hailwood model DNA into an extremely stylized display. Highly accentuated features such as the aggressive stance, the shotgun pipe high exhaust, asymmetrical shock and single sided swingarm make the bike stand out like none other. You know an MHe when you see it. But not all is for show. The MHe started life as an adaptation of the standard Supersport package, motoring an air-cooled, two-valve, torquey Desmo twin. Brembo brakes, Paioli shock and 43mm upside down forks add to the go side of the equation. The riding position is said to be a bit stretched out, but many MHe examples have seen some reasonable miles, making the show AND go equation work out well.

From the seller:
or your consideration is a rare Ducati MH900E ( # 1587) of which only 2000 were produced world wide. These were sold online and first available to order at 12:01 1/1/2000. They sold fast and are a combination of old and new design.

This is truly a special low production bike. Often referred to as the most beautiful motorcycle ever built. The bike has just 1306 mile in 20 years. It has been run regularly and maintained to the highest degree. Belt service preformed 2 miles ago last week as well as valve adjustment. I’m the second owner and both myself and the original own have kept the bike in a climate controlled storage. The batteries and all bulbs just replaced as have the plastic fuel line connectors with new metal connectors. The OEM connectors have a tendency to crack with age. The bike runs like a champ and sounds awesome. I have the things you see in the pics that came with the bike. Clean title is in my name. Feel free to come inspect the bike if you wish or ask any questions. Bike is all original except for the service items mentioned. Not original is the carbon fiber chain guard. The previous owner had a mishap with the bike stand cracking the chain guard and scratched the swing arm that has been touched up with exact color match could wet sand if you wanted but you will not see it unless you know it’s there. The emissions box has been removed but is included and is simple to reinstall. Bike recently ceramic coated and looks great. Original tool kit and cover included.

The seller has included a cold start video which can be seen here:



Sold only through the internet and with all 2000 units sold out in short order, the MH900e was only ever destined to be a collector bike. As such, we see these bikes turn up from time to time, always in immaculate condition, and – more often than not – with fewer miles than most other banner bikes. Today’s example looks well loved and clean, has a very modest number of miles on the clock (1,306), and is nicely photographed. Pricing – at $30k or best offer in a Buy It Now format – is pretty much on the money for what is being asked with similar examples. You can check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

The Past Future – 2002 Ducati MH900e
Sport Bikes For Sale November 4, 2022 posted by

Going Back – 1975 Ducati Supersport

Forty Seven years old. Nine Hundred cubic centimeters. Three thousand, nine hundred miles. Two hundred and twenty five thousand US dollars. I’ll let that sink in while you do the maths.

1975 Ducati 900 Supersport for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is a pre Keith Harte owned 1975 Ducati 900SS. First year for 900 Supersport and only 246 were built in combination with the ‘75 750SS. The ‘75 SS is the only Ducati that shares the ‘74 750SS frame. Also the first 900 Supersports were made for production racing. They featured a fiberglass tank with 40mm Dellorto carbs, Conti Silencers, no turn signals and GP style right side shift. At the time you can also order them with the Imola upswept pipes as shown in some photos. They were the real superbikes of the 1970’s. With less than half of 1975 900SS built compared to the 1974 750SS Greenframe it makes the 1975 900ss the most rare of the Supersports.

More from the seller:
This particular example was slightly modified by Keith Harte in the 70s. He disassembled the motor and built it with high performance Ducati racing parts and also nickel plated the frame. It also won a Canadian championship with rider John Connel from Oakville, ON, Canada. I recommissioned the bike approximately 5 years ago giving it a new set of shoes, some elbow grease, carb and brakes rebuild and some TLC. I ride it approximately twice a year without any issues. Thanks for looking and good luck.

The 1970 era Ducatis are pretty hot on the collector market. The green-framed 750 is the usual suspect when it comes to valuation, as these are most closely aligned with Ducati’s early race efforts (and victories). The 750 was first made available in 1974 as a round case model. By 1975 there were two versions, the 750 and the 900. These are suitably rare due to the low numbers in production at the time. Interestingly these models had the shift linkage on the right hand side, rear foot brake on the left – in the days before global standardization of controls. They are also relatively identical, save for capacity. And while neither was officially imported into the US, it is nice to see a few of them made the journey. Today’s example is exactly that.

The seller indicates this is a Keith Harte bike, Keith being one of the earliest Ducati dealers/importers in Canada in the 1970s. That would fit how this bike came to North America. Keith was well known as a tuner and builder of race bikes. Certainly there must be some interesting stories about this particular machine if Keith toyed with it! By all accounts this is one gorgeous and historic piece of thundering artwork. The bike is well presented and the seller has offered some beautiful photographs. This 1975 Ducati 900 Supersport is being offered in a Buy It Now format for a mere $225,000 (the seller is open to offers). Check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Going Back – 1975 Ducati Supersport