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Bimota January 12, 2015 posted by

Unobtanium Alert: 1987 Bimota DB1SR New in The Crate!

1.12.2015: Originally we first saw this DB1 SR available in October of last year. It failed to meet reserve reaching just over $31k. Now back on the market, just after the Vegas auctions, it is listed with a $45k buy-it-now. Thanks for all those who emailed with the heads up. Links updated.-dc


Here is some true unobtanium; a still in the crate 1987 Bimota DB1 SR.

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For motorcycle collectors, there are two main types of bikes; the survivor and the New Old Stock (NOS). Survivor bikes can be bikes that weren’t popular in their time but are now desired such as the Honda CX turbo editions . They can also be bikes that that were popular but are now hard to find in good condition such as a 1st generation GSX-R 750 slingshot.

New old stock/NOS bikes are quite a different matter; they seem to either be something a dealership had tucked away or something a collector bought and are usually in pristine condition with very low mileage. While NOS bikes ares rare, we do see them reasonably frequently here on RSBFS. But within the NOS segment there is an even rarer sub-group; bikes that are still in their original crates. There have been less than 10 NOS Crate bikes on RSBFS since this sites inception, so this Bimota DB1 SR is really something quite special.

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1987 Bimota DB1 SR new in crate for sale on ebay (Canada)

The Bimota DB1 was offered between 1985 and 1990 and was designed by Bimota’s Technical Director and ex-Ducati engineer, Dr. Frederico Martini. The DB1 stands for Ducati Bimota One which makes sense since it was the first Bimota powered by a Ducati engine.

The DB1SR is an even higher performance version of the “standard” DB1. The SR model came with 4-piston front calipers, 41 mm carburetors instead of the standard 36mm, freer 2-into-1 exhaust and more radical cam shafts. The SR model was only made between 1987 and 1989 and in performance it was frequently compared to Ducati’s Laguna Seca/Montjuich/Santa Monica models of the 750 F1s. Confusingly, many of the ealy DB1SRs are labeled “DB1RS” on the fairing. Later models were styled a bit differently with a rear red number plates and correctly labeled “DB1SR”. The DB1SR was successfully raced in Italy by Tiziano Bombardi, winning the 1987 Italian Sport Production Twins Championship, finishing on top of the podium in 8 of the 9 races, with one second place finish.

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Here is a portion of what the seller has to say:

This DB1SR is quite possibly one of only two still in their original shipping crates. When the current owner received this bike, he raised the crate top off the platform for only the second time since its departure from Rimini, Italy; the first time being at Canada Custom when it first arrived in our country.

It’s still mounted to the crate base and still shows some floor dust on the tires from the manufacturer wheeling it across the floor to be crated. The current owner simply couldn’t bear to have this beautiful Italian gem hidden in the crate, so he carefully removed the top and packaging so the bike could be displayed still strapped to the base. The crate top and packaging have been carefully stored.

In 1987 only 153 DB1SR motorcycles were made – and of these, most went to Japan. Although I’ve seen a pair of the later SR Serie Finale in North America, I’ve not seen one of these on our shores. This amazing piece of performance art was originally imported by the legendary Frank Romanelli – who indicated that this unit was destined for the market in France and should by all accounts, not have been directly exported to Canada.

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So of course now we come to the big question, what’s it gonna take to get it? Well the DB1 is pretty rare by itself. The few previous DB1’s that have appeared on RSBFS have all gone for between 30-40k USD and given the fact that this is a still-in-the-crate bike, I would expect the ebay reserve to be at the upper end of that range. It is certainly an amazing opportunity for a serious collector to acquire a rare bike and given the recent decline of the Canadian dollar, might even be available at a bit of a discount.

-Marty/dallaslavowner

Post Script: The same seller is also offering a nice 1986 Ducati BOTT Racer which can be seen here.

Unobtanium Alert:  1987 Bimota DB1SR New in The Crate!
Ducati September 14, 2014 posted by

Mama Mia! 1986 Ducati Bevel Twin racer

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Today’s eye candy is brought to you by the letter “B” and the number “2.” That would be “B” as in Battle and “2” as in Twins. Straight from the The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) website: “The Battle of Twins concept was born in the late 1980s as modern Superbike racing became increasingly dominated by inline four-cylinder machines. BoT racing kept alive the thunderous roar of twin-cylinder machines from British, European and American manufacturers.” Indeed the BOT concept has provided some very interesting racing across many different manufacturers (you do remember the HD entry “Lucifer’s Hammer” don’t you?), and was the proving ground of some great riders. This particular bike was prepared for Jimmy Adamo – a racer we sadly lost in 1993 at the Daytona 200. Fortunately the machinery lives on, which brings us to this gorgeously prepared Ducati racebike.

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1986 Ducati racer ex Jimmy Adamo for sale

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From the seller:
This amazing Ducati Mille BOTT racer has quite a history. Legendary Ducati tuner Reno Leoni built this machine for the late Jimmy Adamo to replace the Daspa-framed machine that he had been campaigning for many years. Using a rare, limited production endurance frame & swing arm, Tecnomagnesio wheels, a Double System air shock, Marzicchi M1Rs, and the team’s seriously modified ’86 Mille engine, the machine was tested by Adamo – but he elected to stay with the Daspa package.

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Reno Leoni is a tuner with racing in his blood. He has worked with Jimmy Adamo, Mike Baldwin and Freddie Spencer just to name a few. He started his career back with NSU before becoming involved with Ducati and Moto Guzzi. If there is speed to be had, Reno could always find it; hit bikes had the highest trap speeds at Daytona year after year. This looks to be a pretty interesting piece of history. Toss out the history, and this looks to be one very cool Ducati bevel racer with excellent pedigree. Check it out here, and don’t get too lost in the pictures!

MI

Mama Mia!  1986 Ducati Bevel Twin racer
Bimota October 17, 2011 posted by

Super Rare Italian Beauty: 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D!

For Sale: 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D

Update 10.17.2011: Just a few hours remaining to snag this one. Current bid is $15,200 and looks like reserve has been met. Good luck!

Today’s RSBFS Featured Listing is a very rare, and very special bike. Any Tesi will quickly draw the stares of motorcycle enthusiasts, but how about a Tesi 1D prepped by the Bimota factory as a backup bike for AHMRA Battle of the Twins (BOTT) events with rider Dale Quarterly and *hand signed* by none other than Pierluigi Marconi himself?

From the seller:
This is a 1991 Bimota Tesi 1Dsr. It is the most advanced and celebrated bike of the time, being part of a limited series of thirty bikes produced by Bimota of Italy for sale in the US. The information I recieved from the previous owner was that this particular bike was modified for racing by the factory in an attempt to bolster their design theories. It is one of two bikes that was hand assembled and signed by Pierluigi Marconi in 1991 for Bimota’s short and unsuccessful attempt at racing in the US. It was to be campaigned by Dale Quarterly in the Battle of the Twins series put on by AHMRA, which was a hot and competitive event during the time. Shortly after, Quarterly quit the effort in disgust when the bike and team could not be made competitive. The bike you see here was the back up bike for those events though it was never raced in anger.

The engine started out as a V-Twin, four valve head, water-cooled, belt driven cams, Ducati 851 that was bored to 906cc’s. It has Twin Raymond Roche injectors along with other internal modifications. The stock suspension has been replaced with Ohlins units front and rear. The radiator fan has been removed and along with other items, but other then the stock bodywork, this is how the bike was to be raced. When new in 1991, in it’s stock form, the out the door price was $42,000.00! There are about 4500 miles on the bike. The first speedometer expired with 3600 miles showing and the new replacement has about 815 miles on it at this time. A sister bike to this one is today in the Barber Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, though it has been extensively modified.

Created as a thesis for his Mechanical Engineering degree, Designer Pierluigi Marconi’s hub-steering Bimota TESI 1D first hit an unsuspecting world in 1990. The bike was an instant sensation with a swingarm arrangement both front and rear, and an evolution of the DB1’s all-enveloping bodywork. Bimota was headed into the future, and with the Tesi 1D they were looking to get there ahead of everybody else!

Stare at this tidy shot of the front suspension for a while. After a bit, you might ask why other manufacturers did not embrace this particular concept. After all, the swingarm front suspension does a nifty job of isolation braking forces and minimizing chassis pitch changes, allowing the suspension to handle bumps in the road. Load paths are fed directly into the chassis and not via spindly tubes like a conventional fork. Stiction is greatly reduced as well. Weighty components are all kept down low, helping lower the overall center of gravity. What’s not to like?

As Bimota found out, there are some minor drawbacks to the hub-center approach. First off, there is a severe limit to how far the front wheel can turn, and most bikes similar to this Tesi have terrible turning radii. The removal of the front wheel can be a very involved process, and adjustment of the tie rods and various control arms is critical – making this design more difficult for the average user/wrencher. Ah, but Bimota has always made concessions in favor of the Gods of Speed and Design, as many Bimota owners already know. Quirks and minor maintenance issues come with the territory.

From the seller:
1991 Bimota Tesi 1 D.

Owned since 2005…. Had 750 Miles when I got it. Only 875 miles now showing, not sure if original.

Mileage update: Bike has a just under 4500 miles on it. 3600 orig Speedo that died plus 835, now.

Looks great, Runs strong. Original Paint. New battery , yesterday. Tach seems to be only going up to 2000 RPM . Charging and other electrics seem to be ok. Tach dead on my 92 model, so may be a common ailment. Tags expired in 2007 and has Cali PNO, so no penalties. Bike always stored indoors , and run every couple of months to keep healthy.

Have very large bike collection being thinned down to make more space. See pictures. Numerous pictures to show the good and the bad of it. Overall, a pretty well preserved bike.

The seller, noted So Cal collector Chris Dolan, has offered many pictures and details regarding this particular bike. Some minor scratched are noted and highlighted in the pictures. In addition to the photos and text, there are also a few videos of the bike in question. These are worth watching if only to hear the beautiful sound of that healthy Ducati Desmoquattro!

This auction started out with a $5,000 opening and an $18k BIN. Since that time bidding has begun in earnest and the BIN has been dropped. This bike was purchased at auction in 2005 for $22k according to the text in the ad, so it will be interesting to see where it all ends up. With so few 1D machines in existence – plus the documented factory race team history – this is one Bimota that you don’t want to miss. Isn’t this why you read RSBFS every day? Be sure and check it out here, and good luck!

MI

Buell May 19, 2011 posted by

Bullish on Buell: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin

For Sale: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin 1 / 34 NOS never titled

Erik Buell started his engineering career at Harley Davidson, but left H-D to pursue an opportunity to market Buell Motor Company 750cc two stroke racebikes to privateer teams competing in the AMA Formula 1 series. The racebike stint was short lived, as the AMA discontinued the series in favor of Superbike less than a season later.

Buell then turned to streebikes. He obtained a large quantity of XR1000 motors via his contacts at H-D, and he used these to create the RR1000. Between 1987 and 1988, Buell delivered 50 bikes to customers, placing the Buell Motor Company on the map. When his supply of XR1000 motors ran out, Buell adopted the new H-D 1200cc Evolution engine, upgrading the bike and making the necessary changes to package the new powerplant. Through the 1989 model year, Buell created an esitmated 65 RR1200 bikes; this is one such machine.

Notice how these early Buells contain many of the iconic features seen on later bikes. The Uniplanar engine mounts – to allow the engine to be used as a stressed member while still isolating the vibration of the big twin – continues to be a patented feature on modern Buells. This bike also shows the under-the-engine suspension and exhaust – both necessary compromises to package the big twin.

From the seller:
The history of this RARE motorcycle is part of Harley-Davidson’s success in Canada. Legendary enthusiast, racer and man behind the largest importer of Harley’s in the world(Trev Deeley) brought this machine into Vancouver as one of only three ever to be imported into Canada. I am sure that Trev did all he could do to promote Buell, simply becauce of Buell’s brillance and innovation as a motorcycle racer. Stories of this RR1200 in the window of Deeley’s east Broadway motorcycle shop are consistant…”so many traffic rear-enders distracted by the Buell in the window”…the machine was removed from it’s display. From the spot light to the warehouse; that’s where the RR1200 sat for some time. One of Trev’s racing pals eventually purchased the RR1200 and moved it into his private collection.

Never registered. 152 miles of demo. Sales brochure and original price tag included. Serviced and ready to show or vintage track.

Very rare, very low miles, and never registered – to be honest I’m not even sure where to begin concerning pricing on this one. Thankfully, there are many bidders out there who are currently showing the way. While the auction opened below $1k, bidding has been very brisk; at the time of this writing the price has risen to over $14,000 and the reserve is still in place.

This bike is a very unique piece of motorcycle history. With its aerodynamic wrap-around fairing, color scheme straight out of the 1970s, thundering performance and interesting back story, the next owner will be very lucky indeed. To check out the pictures and details or to watch the sprited bidding, . Good luck!

MI