Posts by tag: cafe racer

Sport Bikes For Sale January 6, 2022 posted by

Foot-notable – 2003 Voxan Café Racer

Trying to start a motorcycle business is one thing, but setting the corporate sights on a liter V-twin ups the ante somewhat.  Voxan pulled this off in the late 1990’s, at least for a while, and gave the imports some competition.  This very unusual example looks excellent and located in Britain.

2003 Voxan Cafe Racer ( England ) for sale on eBay

An all-French design, the Voxan had a tubular backbone chassis, into which a 72-degree V-twin was hung.  The engine was largely Rotax-inspired, executed by the race engine builder Sodemo, and though a four valve 996, could only generate the legislated limit of 100 hp.  Appointments were first class, with Paoli forks, WP monoshock, and 320mm Brembo brakes.  Innovations had a Buell-ian air with engine oil in the frame tube, and under-mounted rear shock.  The supersport fairing was very sculptural, and housed the radiator up high to show off the powerplant.

Evidently a previous owner was planning to be the brand’s U.K. dealer, and retained a sample Racer though Voxan’s plans changed.  Looking excellent for its reported 16,000 miles, the tailcone is endorsed by three hall-of-fame racers.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Beautiful, very rare French exotica .
Very good condition with all original fittings such as standard cans and original tail unit included. 
Getting very rare as no longer manufactured . 
Lovingly cared for and owned and maintained by motorcycle mechanic
and only top quality Motul oil used.

3 keys, service history, owners manual. Third owner.
Dynojet power commander fitted and remapped. Private plate.
Tailpiece signed by two World champions,
Mick Doohan and Nicky Hayden along with Cal Crutchlow .

Photographic evidence to prove. 
Brembo calipers, Paioli suspension.
This was bike number 23 off the production line and sold to the owner of Three Cross motorcycles as they were going to be the official UK stockists. The deal never went through in the end and so is believed to be the only one in the U.K. 
A piece of motorcycling history as Voxan are no more. Collector’s item. All running.

This would be one for a well-equipped hobbyist, though the chain-driven cams should be low maintenance and some long distance support might be available from Sodemo.  Voxan’s assets were purchased by electric car specialist Venturi, and they have since concentrated on electric cycles.  GP and WSBK Champion Max Biaggi set a host of electric bike speed records aboard the Wattman in Oct. 2020.  This might be the only French superbike in your neighborhood, or maybe even on the continent.  

-donn

Foot-notable – 2003 Voxan Café Racer
Norton December 1, 2021 posted by

Modern Yet Retro: Brand New 2016 Norton 961

A little while ago I made a post about what I thought was a very special vintage Norton.  Some loved to see an older performance bike, but others were less impressed.  One even commented, and questioned the bikes ability to wheelie.  Hopefully this Norton redeems myself and appeals to some of our inner hooligans as well as fans of vintage bikes.

With over 80 horsepower moving about 400 pounds the bike is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.  Modern Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes ensure everything is kept under control while enjoying the bike.  Styling is unmistakably a Norton, and it walks the retro line very well.  It clearly is a modern bike paying tribute to the past, but is not pandering, or trying too hard.

This example is being sold as a brand new bike.  The $19,569 asking price on eBay is very close to what the original MSRP would have been a few years ago.  Maybe a shrewd negotiator can get a slightly better discount.  The green color beautifully suits the lines of the bike, and looks amazing with the gold accents of the suspension.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This Norton 961 is in new condition however due to its age we are selling this bike without any warranty or implied conditions. Therefore this bike is sold as is however we will run up this motorcycle for you if you are seriously interested and or can send you a video of it running if required

Blackfoot Motosports is selling off our collection of Vintage motorcycles. These bikes have been stored in doors heated for many years and we have decided to put these Vintage Motorcycles on the market for customers to have the opportunity to purchase and enjoy rather then having them in storage at our dealership.

A bike like this is an emotional purchase.  Sure the money could be spent on something that laps a track faster, or maybe on something more beautiful to stick in the back of a man cave, but for those that desire a bike with modern components, build quality and performance, but wrapped in a vintage style, there are few real options.  Many flock to the Ducati Sport Classic, and for good reason.  But this Norton offers a very similar, but far less common package.  What would you rather have?

Modern Yet Retro: Brand New 2016 Norton 961
Classic Sport Bikes For Sale November 17, 2021 posted by

1974 Norton Cafe Racer: Vintage Dunstall Goodness

With the holiday season fast approaching and the end of the year right after that, many spend this time reflecting on the past.  They wax poetic about the good old days and times past.  No reason not to do so in a motorcycle context as well.  Even more so when epic vintage bikes like this Norton Commando are on the market.  This era of motorcycle is seen as the birth place of the modern sports bike.  A time when the lines between race and road blurred.

Norton Commandos need very little introduction.  Instantly recognizable and universally loved for the iconic style and sound.  The market for clean stock examples is on fire these days, but it has been a while since a tuned racer has been offered to the public.  This bike is not some cosmetic cafe racer built with a fairing bolted on and a cut seat.  This one was built by the one and only Kenny Cummings of NYC Norton.   Anyone that is not familiar with his work should spend some time digging around his website.  It is filled with amazing street and race bikes.  He is the go to guy in this world, so it is amazing to see one of his bikes for sale.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

1974 Norton Commando For Sale

I am selling my Norton Commando Dunstall Café Racer.

The bike was built as a Dunstall café racer by NYC Norton’s Kenny Cummings about ten years ago.

I then couldn’t resist turning it into a Production Racer for a few track days.

It is now back in its “street legal” Dunstall form.

Over $17,000.00 in shop bills alone not including the original donor bike, wheels, tires, paint, powder coating, etc. etc.

Bike comes with:

· Black NOS Dunstall fairing, fiberglass tank, two up seat and other Dunstall accessories.

· Mick Hemmings floating front disk brake and alloy front wheel.

· Dave Taylor Head Steady

· Steve Maney Belt Drive.

· Boyer Electronic Ignition.

· Mikuni 32mm Carburetors.

· Buchanan rear alloy wheel.

· Avon Race Tires/ Street tires.

· Re-laced steel wheels with stainless spokes.

· Build sheets available.

· More pictures available.

· Receipts available.

· Dyno charts. (58 H.P.) @rear wheel.

· Spare Avon “sprint” fairing.

· Pit Bull stand.

Bob McKeever clip-ons.
Doc Z starter
Norton Production Racer body parts.

The seller highlights a laundry list of top tier components used in the build, and even quotes an eye watering bill from NYC Norton for all the work.  At a starting price of $10,000 on the eBay listing, there is no way anyone could duplicate this bike for that number.  Unsure where the reserve is, so it will be interesting to watch the listing and see where bidding goes.  A bike like this offers a very versatile option to a buyer.  It can be an entry ticket into vintage racing, a sure fire conversation piece at the local bike night, an exciting weekend ride or just something beautiful to stare at in the garage.

 

 

 

1974 Norton Cafe Racer: Vintage Dunstall Goodness
Ducati August 18, 2021 posted by

617 Miles From New: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart

For the past couple of years the Ducati Sport Classic series of bikes has been highly sought after.  It stands to reason as the bikes offer epic retro looks in a well rounded and usable package.  They make the right noise, handle well and offer a unique experience.  The Paul Smart has always been the top of the heap in terms of desirability.  Ducati did not add any more power to the 1000cc dual spark air cooled motor, but did toss in some Ohlins suspension to ensure and even better ride.  The instantly recognizable color scheme still looks amazing today.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

PAUL SMART 1000 SPECIAL EDITION MODEL PURCHASED ONE OF THE TWO NEW IN 2006 THIS PAUL SMART 1000 SPECIAL EDITION IT WAS RIDDEN IN 2006 TO VISIT A FRIEND OUT OF STATE AND A FEW LOCAL RIDES,IT HAS BEEN STORED IN A CLIMATE CONTROLLED GARAGE SINCE PURCHASED NEW ,A VERY LOW MILAGE EXAMPLE OF THE PAUL SMART 1000 SPECIAL EDITION ,

Featured today is a bike with only 617 miles.  Many of these bikes were purchased new and added to multi bike garages, so finding one with low miles is not hard.  It is a shame to see so many go unridden as that is really where these bikes shine.  Maybe the next buyer will see this as an opportunity to get a bike with low enough miles to be in as new condition, but already has enough miles to not fear taking out from time to time.  The opening bid of $21,500 has yet to be made, and is in keeping with pricing on other Paul Smarts.

If you bought it, would you ride it or put it on display?

 

617 Miles From New: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart
Ducati December 7, 2020 posted by

Just in Time – 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000

Jones-ing for a new ride this holiday season ? Here’s a rare mango Sport 1000 with low miles, and there’s still enough month left to ship it almost anywhere.


2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 for sale on eBay

One of Ducati’s now classic engines, the 992cc desmodue was air-cooled but dual plugs and modern fuel injection gave a smooth application of 91 hp.  The engine hangs in the breeze below the trellis frame, and locates the asymmetrical swingarm, which was only used on the ’06.  Clip-on handlebars gave it a café racer’s stance, with front and rear Öhlins to soak up reality.  Supersport Brembos were overdone for the generally relaxed mission, but standing by in a pinch.  17-inch alloy hoops were laced to the hubs for a retro look par excellence.

Rosso Corsa in Costa Mesa presents their customer’s super nice Sport 1000, with Termi megaphones and seemingly recent tires.  Likely the first valve adjustment has been done, and the belts replaced on time rather than miles, but it is a question for buyer to ask.  The seat is another question, as Sport 1000’s were monoposto, but a later GT1000 ( dual shocks and seat ) seems to be on the mind of the commenter in the eBay auction –

If you are looking for the coolest Ducati Sport 1000 on the road today – this is it. Period !

We are proud to present this very rare 2006 Ducati Sport 1000. This is a rare bike in like new condition. This is your chance to own a piece of motorcycle history. This bike is truly breathtaking!

– Termignoni Exhaust

With the Sport 1000, Ducati follows the 1970s trend of individualism and performance. Boasting a dual seat and twin shocks, the Sport 1000 lets you enjoy the Café Racer style two – up. A removable tailpiece cover gives the Sport 1000 the Café Racer look, but when removed reveals a seat for your favorite passenger.

Its confident road holding is thanks to its race – inspired Trellis frame and sport – tuned suspension. It uses high performance Öhlins front forks, while rear suspension is handled by a high performance fully adjustable Öhlins shock.

In the same burnt yellow that made the 1973 750 Sport an icon, this Sport 1000 might not be your only Duc but certainly has a place in the garage.  The ask indicates Rosso Corsa considers this a present rather than future classic, and it’s certainly in collectible condition.  RSBFS would love to hear from the next owner !

-donn

 

Just in Time – 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000
Ducati November 25, 2020 posted by

Stopped to Rest – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Across from the 916 in the showroom, the -90’s Supersports had a price advantage and could just about do it all.  This Florida rider took a break but appears ready to resume the road.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR for sale on eBay

When the “new” generation of Supersports was unveiled in 1991, Ducati had the formula down, with the air-cooled desmodue delivering a smart 84 hp.  The front-mounted oil cooler can deal with most engine conditions, helped by the un-faired powerplant.  The Cafe Racer moniker could have meant cost reduction, with pre-load suspension adjustments only, steel swingarm, and smaller rear wheel size.  Still, the upper-only fairing had rugged good looks and kept the dry weight to 414 lbs.  A painted cover on the pillion gave you all the options.

The owner of this SS has returned his CR to the living after some down time, and it looks to have had inside storage at least.  Original right down to the aluminum mufflers, you’d expect more than its 9,860 miles.  The pictures aren’t great but don’t indicate any ugh-knowns.  New tires and brake fluid are all that call attention.  From the eBay auction:

CR with 9,860 miles. It’s unmolested and all stock/original with the exception of the Zero Gravity windscreen. I had let it sit for a while and I just went through the carbs, changed the oil and filter, air filter, and plugs and installed a new battery. I bought new timing belts and when I took the covers off to change them, the belts looked like new. I adjusted the tension and reinstalled the covers. The spare belts will be included.

The bike runs, rides, and stops beautifully. All the lights and dash lights work, even the low fuel light. This is a 20 year old machine and has the patina of a bike that’s been well cared for but ridden. There are a few small scratches and chips in the paint as would be expected but it still presents very well. I believe the tires are original and will need to be replaced.

Cycle World and others reviewed this era’s Supersports as great used bikes – very versatile, quick and exotic enough, and often a bargain – even a nice one at Bonhams couldn’t even muster $4K recently.  This one requires in-person inspection, but the opening bid is a reasonable starting point.  Keep an eye on it, and have a great safe holiday !

-donn

Stopped to Rest – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Ducati November 13, 2020 posted by

Choucoune – 1997 Ducati 900 Supersport

Ducati’s 1990’s Supersports were some great all-around bikes and only relinquished that honor to the new Monster. This late SS is over on the sporty side with the CR’s half-fairing and looks better than excellent.

1997 Ducati 900 Supersport for sale on eBay

The 900SS took styling cues from the 907 Paso, but with the 84hp air cooled desmodue.  Appointments were contemporary with 6-speed, 17-inch wheels and inverted Showa forks, and the drivetrain wasn’t left behind with newer 38mm Mikuni carburetors.  Trellis frame and silhouette fairing helped keep the weight under 425 lbs. wet.  Nicer components like aluminum swingarm, lighter wheels and carbon rear mudguard moved around on the range but are readily available.

This SS hails from Florida and The half-fairing with engine scoop looks better than its just over 10,000 miles.  Just a couple of mods evident, Sargeant seat, carbon clutch cover and tinted windscreen.  A word about recent maintenance might help some prospective buyers weigh the rebuilt title.  From the eBay auction:

Show quality!  It is so clean that you could eat off the engine. Look closely at the photos and you will realize that this is a very special motorcycle. It has only 10,179 careful  miles on it.  That makes only 442 miles per year of its life. It has been lovingly cared for during its entire life. It starts, idles, runs, shifts, brakes, and handles like the day it was made.  It also looks  like  new. Both tires are excellent. 

It has an amazingly comfortable Sargent seat and dual carbon slip ons that sound great!  It has absolutely no issues and is ready to go anywhere. You will not be disappointed.

It has a “Rebuilt” title because of cosmetic damage when it was knocked over in my garage. The engine was not even running and the bike was stationary.  Now there is not a scratch on it and it is not possible to tell that it had any repairs.

SS’s had roles as varied as racebike and sport tourer among their owners, and the design and better quality suspension made it possible.  Even with clip-ons the riding position was a good compromise and reviewed well.  The classic sound and appearance will make new fans even now.

-donn

Choucoune – 1997 Ducati 900 Supersport
Sport Bikes For Sale September 14, 2019 posted by

The King in Yellow: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP for Sale

Not too many bikes look good in yellow, and that very short list is mostly made up of Italians, Ducatis in particular. Red may be the most traditional color for Ducatis but the 916, Panigale, and this 900SS/SP look so striking in the bold yellow seen here, especially with the half-fairing that reveals most of the classic, air and oil-cooled v-twin. Most of the half-faired bikes here in the US were the lower-spec CR model with much more basic suspension, but some apparently did come that way from the factory, and I’d definitely configure my dream-build SP that way. Yes, I do have a dream-build SP, and it’s basically this one, with a two-up seat.

The Supersport was a mainstay of Ducati throughout the 90s, and was available in 900, 750, and even 400cc flavors, depending on the market. Here in the US, we got the 900, although 750cc examples do show up for sale from time to time, apparently sneaking in over the border. The 900SS came in two flavors: the SS/SP and the SS/CR. The motors for both versions were in an identical, as was most of the bodywork. As mentioned earlier, bikes could be had with a full or half-fairing and the SP generally had a carbon fiber front fender for, you know, weight savings. The aluminum swingarm doesn’t look quite as trick, but probably offered a greater performance benefit.

The biggest difference was the suspension. The CR or “cafe racer” came with non-adjustable suspension, because apparently cafe racer people don’t really care about handling all that much? Anyway, the SP or “sport production” came with a fully adjustable Showa front end and shock. Parts are completely interchangeable, so some CRs have been updated, but this example does have the plaque on the top triple that indicate this is an original SP.

It’s not completely stock, with a white frame, solo tail, and graphics meant to evoke the very limited-production Superlight, along with a low-profile LED taillight instead of the chunky 90s piece, but this 900SS still has the brackets for the passenger pegs, so it would be a relatively simple thing to put it back closer to stock. The Öhlins shock is a welcome update and the bike appears to be very nicely put together, as long as you’re okay with the non-standard paint.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP for Sale

1996 Ducati 900 Supersport SP Half Fairing Monoposto 

I’m selling my 1996 Ducati 900 Supersport SP.
The bike was rebuilt by Johann Kaiser of Moto Motivo in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2017. 
The bike is powered by a 904cc desmodromic V-twin paired with a six-speed transmission. 
It features yellow bodywork with a white-colored trellis frame, and features include new Brembo brakes, upgraded Ohlins rear shock, cast aluminum wheels, and a carbon fiber exhaust and fenders.
The bike has a clean NC title in the seller’s name.
Has been garaged and has about 1000 miles after rebuild, and runs great.

You can find the bike on Moto Motivo’s website:
https://www.motomotivo.com/restorations

As mentioned above, I have a soft spot for these bikes. I’m a huge fan of the engine and the looks are a little bit retro and a little bit modern at the same time. It’s not really sleek, but solid and handsome, a practical sportbike that doesn’t overwhelm with power but can still handle well enough to entertain. With nice, original examples beginning to increase in value, the $6,000 asking price is a steal, if it’s anywhere near as nice as it looks in pictures. I’d look for a set of classic Termignoni cans to really finish it off and just enjoy the two-valve boom and midrange shove while bombing along a set of canyon roads.

-tad

The King in Yellow: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP for Sale