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Ducati February 11, 2019 posted by

BOZSBK – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition

Ducati had hopes for a long successful WSBK career for Ben Bostrom, and rewarded his 6-win 2001 season with a splashy limited edition replica.  #133 of 155 is offered by a Miami dealer and has 5,875 miles.

2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom for sale on eBay

The Bostrom was graced with the 998S engine, the new testastretta with 104.0 mm bore and 58.8 mm stroke making way for 123 hp.  An Öhlins front fork and steering damper were added, as well as racier Brembo brakes with thinner ( lighter ) 320mm rotors.  Carbon was the major material for the bodywork, and since the Bayliss LE had scooped the race graphics, designers used Bostrom's helmet graphics as the inspiration for the love-it-or-hate-it livery.

No information about ownership, maintenance or damage history from the Florida dealer, but they do have a pretty high-end selection, not mention a polished white floor.  Miles are low, under 6,000, and while the FBF mufflers suggest a dyno tune, it appears factory otherwise.

2001 was a singular year for Ducati WSBK, beside Boz's 6 wins, Troy Bayliss had six, plus six 2nds to take the championship.  Beside the limited edition Bayliss and Bostrom 998's, there were also the R's, the Matrix, and the Final Edition.  Rarest of all might be a plain vanilla 998 !  Seriously though, loud ( graphics ) and fast for the road, the 998S Bostrom is eager to please a fan of the 916-era, pre-electronic wizardry superbikes.

-donn

BOZSBK – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition
Ducati February 9, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati 1098S for Sale

Made for just a couple years between 2007 and 2009, the Ducati 1098 was a more conservative approach to their top-flight superbike after the radically-styled 999 threatened to upset Ducati's apple cart. It's almost like the bikes were released out of order, and that the 1098 should have been the direct successor Tamburini's 916, as it had the same slab-sided bodywork, undertail exhaust, single-sided swingarm, and side-by-side headlights. Today's Featured Listing 1098S is typical of many Ducatis, in that it's been lovingly maintained, has low miles, and has had an entire catalog of aftermarket parts thrown at it.

So the 1098 was introduced to reinvigorate Ducati's superbike fortunes and the bike indeed proved very popular and sold well, so why was the bike only made between 2007 and 2009? Well rules changes in WSBK conveniently allowed an increase in displacement to 1200cc and the 1098 was quickly succeeded by the 1198 that displaced... 1198cc. In the early days of World Superbike, v-twins got a decent displacement advantage that kept them approximately equal to the inline fours that had 25% less displacement. But with the inline fours allowed a full 1000cc for the 2007 season, Ducati had to work hard to stay competitive, and there was a noticeable jump in power between the 999 and the 1098, from 138 to 160hp, with the new bike punching out a stout 90 lb-ft of torque.

Ergonomics took a bit of a backward step from the surprisingly user-friendly 999's adjustable seat and pegs, but you do have to suffer for art... This example, as stated earlier, has had a raft of aftermarket parts thrown at it, most notably a set of full carbon-fiber bodywork, including the tank. That's not a wrap, it's actual carbon fiber, thoughtfully lined to prevent damage from modern gas that seems to particularly plague Ducatis of this era. The entire, detailed list can be seen at the end of the seller's listing.

From the Seller: 2008 Ducati 1098S for Sale

Gentlemen's Express: DUCATI 1098S Full Carbon, Low Miles, Perfect Condition!

My Ducati 1098S Show bike is available for sale. It has been a prized part of my collection, but it’s time to move on to a new platform. This bike is exceptional in every way.  Stunning full carbon body and tank, Galfer Superbike Racing Brakes, Driven Racing Quick Change Sprockets, and much, much more!

The modifications to this bike were targeted in three areas; weight reduction, aesthetics and performance.

This bike draws a crowd everywhere it goes.  Extremely well cared for with full maintenance performed every winter. An impeccable machine with outstanding performance. It’s what all sports bikes should be, and given the extreme weight reduction it went through it still competes with today’s current sports bikes! There was a liberal use of titanium bolts (caliper bolts, rotor bolts, fender bolts etc., and the entire rear racing drive is all aluminum. The bike sits on two new brand new Michelin Pilot Tires and has the Ducati Racing ECU.

With less than 7800 miles, its just broken in. Everything works as it should, you will not be disappointed adding this to your collection or as a rider! This bike was over $35,000 to build (pretax), and comes complete with a Bursig Paddock Stand! All maintenance was just completed (as was done every winter) and is shown below along with the build list.  No rock chips, dings dents or scratches. It also has two Tec mounts – one for radar and one for a cell phone. Currently set up for an Escort 360 Radar unit and Smart Phone Blue Tooth Interface. The radar unit is not included. 

This bike has always been adult ridden, never wheelied (but it wants to), never down, has never seen rain never been raced or tracked.

Anyone that knows this generation of Ducati knows how beautifully the body flows. The exhausts sound awesome as does the open dry clutch. And the braking system is literally being used on superbikes across the country today.

The bike is available for inspection and pick up in East Texas (Tyler) or pickup at our performance shop in Dallas. We will also help prepare the bike for your shipper at your expense. We can recommend a great one we use for domestic white glove shipping, door to door.

Please note an immediate deposit of $500 is due upon purchase with full payment made within 5 business days. 

Serious parties only, please. If you want to discuss the bike, or arrange a viewing, send me a note with your phone number and name and I will contact you that day or feel free to call at (214) 585-3354. 

Thank you for looking, and happy eBaying! 

1098S Maintenance Completed Includes:

  • New Timing Belts $104.64
  • Changed Oil & Filter $42.00
  • Changed Filter $19.95
  • Changed Front Fork Seals $86.53
  • Changed Front Fork Oil $32.00
  • Changed Air Filter $58.99
  • Changed Coolant $28.00
  • New Front and Rear Tires $462.00
  • Replaced Rear Axle Hub with NOS $700.00
  • Changed Brake Fluid [Front and Rear] $24.00
  • Check Steering Head Bearings $0.00
  • Check Swingarm Bearings $0.00
  • Check Wheel Bearings $0.00
  • New Shift Return Springs $39.00
  • New Lightweight Battery $119.00
  • Fresh Dry Clutch Plates and Springs $368.00
  • Valve Stems $38.00
  • Shop Labor $821.00
  • Total $2,943.11

Upgrades Include:

  • New Galfer Superbike Rotors [Front] $812.00
  • New Galfer Superbike Rotor [Rear] $119.00
  • New Ferodo Carbon Ceramic Pads [Front and Rear] $211.00
  • Replaced Brake Lines with New Spiegler Thin-Wall Stainless $174.95
  • New Full Carbon Fiber Upper Cowl $599.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Side Panels $618.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Lower Cowl $299.00
  • New Carbon Fiber V Panel $111.00
  • Carbon Fiber Chain Guard $119.00
  • Carbon Fiber Rear Fender $106.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Solo Seat $439.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Rear Draft Panel $132.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Front Draft Panel $89.00
  • Carbon/Kevlar Fuel Tank $2,600.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Side Panels $185.00
  • New Carbon Fiber Heat Shields $85.00
  • Caswell Tank Seal to Protect Tank From Ethanol $54.99
  • New Puig Smoked Windscreen $92.50
  • New Puig Aluminum Screen Bolts $22.00
  • Full Dzus Quick-Release Body Fasteners $105.00
  • Puig 2.0 Short/Folding/Adjustable Control Levers $237.00
  • Rizoma Superbike Grips $112.00
  • Rizoma Frame Plugs $69.00
  • Ducabike Folding/Fully Adjustable Rearsets $580.00
  • Carbon Fiber Shift Rod $58.00
  • CNC Racing Carbon Fiber Racing Gas Cap $218.00
  • Ducati Corsa/Race ECU Flash $500.00
  • Termignoni Carbon Fiber Exhaust $854.00
  • Saddlemen Gel Seat $209.00
  • Ducabike Hydraulic Reservoir Covers $86.00
  • 520 GP Chain $189.00
  • New Driven Racing Quick Change Sprocket Carrier $219.00
  • New Driven Racing Rear Sprocket $89.00
  • New Rental Front Sprocket $54.00
  • Changed Gearing to 17/39 $0.00
  • New Aluminum Flange Race Cover $119.00
  • Chain Case Saver $39.00
  • Carbon Sprocket Cover $86.00
  • Black Billet Clutch Cover $129.00
  • Sprocket and Carrier Aluminum Nuts $98.00
  • Aluminum Front Axle Nut $36.00
  • Rear Aluminum Axle Nuts $89.00
  • Aluminum Flange Cone $64.00
  • ProTi 64 Titanium Rotor Bolts [Front and Rear] $119.00
  • ProTi 64 Banjo Bolts on Calipers $69.00
  • ProTi 64 Caliper Bolts [Front and Rear] $99.00
  • ProTi 64 Keyguard Bolts $39.00
  • Tech Mount Radar Mount $189.00
  • Tech Mount Cell Phone Mount $139.00
  • Escort 360 Radar $599.00
  • Skeletonized Fork Preload Adjusters $39.00
  • Fender Eliminator/Plate Mount Kit $119.00
  • Integrated Tail/Turn Light $89.00
  • Battery Tender Pigtail $6.99
  • Ducati Performance LED Mirrors $206.00
  • Bursig Paddock Stand $599.00
  • Shop Labor $3,500.00
  • Shop Supplies $72.00
  • Build Expenditure $16,991.43
  • Base Bike $18,000.00
  • Pretax Cost $34,991.43

The asking price for this very well-documented machine is a cool $25,000. But if you're looking for something truly one-of-a-kind, this 1098S should be almost as fast and less likely to kill you, with or without traction control.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati 1098S for Sale
Ducati January 9, 2019 posted by

Ital-Lebanese Delight: NEW 2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss Edition

Ducati has an enviable record when it comes to performance motorcycles. Not only do they succeed on the racetrack, but the bikes from Bologna seem to be at home on the street, in museums, as artwork, and in collections everywhere. This is partly due to the legendary record of wins delivered by the big desmo twins. Some of the biggest names in WSBK and MotoGP have enjoyed success on a Ducati, and with that brings a mythical element to the equation. It certainly does not hurt that styling is an equal partner to horsepower, as is the Italian way. To complete the trifecta, Ducati has always capitalized on the supply-demand ratio, producing limited edition and short production run examples, numbered to prove exclusivity. Many of these specials are based on famed riders for the brand, such as today's beautiful Troy Bayliss Edition 2009 Ducati 1098R.

2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss Edition for sale on eBay

If you've been following RSBFS for any period of time, you already know that the "R" spec versions of Ducati models are special. Usually bestowed with carbon fiber components and riding on upgraded suspension, the R bikes also usually offer more HP than a standard edition base model. In many cases, the R specification had a different engine entirely: late year, top spec 851s were 888cc, the SP0 versions of the 888 were actually 916 configurations, etc. So too, did the R version of the 1098 herald the coming of the 1198 - at least in displacement. This was good for 180 horsepower, making the 1098R no slouch on the dyno. Traction control was included.

From the seller:
A great opportunity to own a Superbike, a piece of history, which would take pride of place in any serious collection. Ducati saluted Troy Bayliss career with a great special edition -R in 2009, with his race number and Aussie flag livery.

Bayliss Limited Edition has been drenched in carbon fiber and has a special colour scheme designed by Aldo Drudi. comes with rear paddock stand.

No track work, very reluctant sale. Number 355 of 500. This bike still brand new, never registered. available for pick up in Beirut, Lebanon. also available for International shipping

Ducati introduced the Troy Bayliss Edition 1098R to celebrate Troy's swansong. After winning the 2008 WSBK championship Bayliss retired from competition, a 3-time crown winner. The 1098R Troy Bayliss Edition is essentially a R model with some minor additions (carbon fiber pieces and model specific wheels). The major highlights were in the graphics: livery that resembled the WSBK racer, replete with the famous Bayliss 21. With only 500 examples produced worldwide, this was a fitting tribute to one of the greats.

This particular example is claimed new (as in never been registered), wears a reported 150 miles on the odo, and is located in Beruit. Given than only about 150 examples were imported into the US, it is natural to find good examples elsewhere in the world. But certainly this is the first RSBFS post highlighting a bike in this particular region. If I had to nitpick, the pictures are not as high-res or clear as I would like. Still a rare Duc is a rare Duc; the question is really about importation. Prospective buyers need to consider paperwork and shipping as part of the bargain. Starting bid for this one is $22,500 - which is in the money zone compared to most Bayliss LE models we have seen, however it may be a bit high for the opening ask. No bids as of this writing, which gives you time to jump in. Check it out here. Once you look at the details, come back and share your thoughts in our Comments section. If you were in the market for a Limited Edition Ducati, does the Australian-flagged Bayliss model make your top 3? Let us know, and good luck!!

MI

Ital-Lebanese Delight: NEW 2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss Edition
Moto Guzzi December 24, 2018 posted by

Some of its parts? 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 with mods

While we here on RSBFS tend to favor the original over the modified, sometimes there is a clean enough project bike that deserves some attention. I believe this V11 is one such bike, and I think you will by the time you get to the bottom of this post. Pull up a chair, grab some coffee (or something stronger) and read on!

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 build for sale on eBay

While we tend to see major dollars thrown at the odd Ducati or custom two stroke, it is not often we come across a Moto Guzzi bestowed with such a lavish wardrobe. Guzzis are relatively rare enough in the US and a V11 would find itself on these pages if in decent condition, but when somebody takes the time and money to bridge the stocker into something more while retaining nearly all the stock pieces, you see a potential collection in the making. After all, there are nearly enough parts here to build a second bike!

The V11 is as straightforward a Guzzi as you can imagine: The big V twin is situated across the chassis. Displacing 1064cc and with valves actuated with pushrods, the focus is more on torque than outright, high RPM power. Still, there are over 90 ponies at your disposal in stock form, which ensures respectable performance. Modern touches such as fuel injection and a six speed gearbox bring the Italian relic to the current century. Evolution is a good thing, and Guzzi took advantage of a solid foundation to provide minor improvements to the lineup: a lighter clutch made engagement easier (and reduced the torque roll), enhanced swing arm / driveshaft geometry reduces shaft jacking, and revised chassis rake/trail numbers enhance handling. If you ever drooled over a 1970s or early 80s LeMans, the V11 line offered the same great bones with far greater refinement and reliability. Better yet, the V11 was offered in several guises, including Naked, Sport and LeMans formats along with a few limited specials.

From the seller:
After 5 years of ownership and countless dollars and hours spent on restoring and modifying this Moto Guzzi V11 Sport (serial #1 for the 2003 model year), I have decided to part ways with this fantastic motorcycle. My BMW car hobby has overgrown the garage, and I haven't rode any motorcycles in a few years now. I've sold off all my other bikes and this is the last one I was hanging on to. I've only ridden this one about 64 miles since I completed the resto-mod. There's still a few things I'd like to do to be fully complete to my satisfaction, but I will have to leave those items to the new owner. I'd be happy to discuss all the details with potential buyers.

As a brief overview, I purchased the bike in 2013 from a local seller here in Tucson. Although it had fairly low miles, it had seen some sun exposure and needed some serious TLC. Being serial number 1 for the 2003 model year (the very first bike with all of the Piaggio group updates), I had to save this bike, and also put my flare into it. About 9 months later and thousands of dollars later, I had created a wanna-be Cafe Sport model, with actual Ohlins suspension from a Le Mans (sourced from The Netheralands), a brand new Quat-D exhaust, and custom SpeedHut digital gauges with GPS speedometer (to name a few mods). Lots of OEM and Italian carbon fiber bits too, along with a Power Commander III. Tons of brand new parts from Italy, including a new gas tank and hand controls just to name a few parts. Including the purchase price of the bike, I probably have close to $15K wrapped up in this restoration.

More from the seller:
I will consider getting the old Odyssey battery I have installed and try to get the bike started for interested parties, but I may not have the opportunity during this holiday season. The tank has been drained and not run for a few years now, as it's just been on display in my garage (sad I know). It was running fantastically before putting it away, as I had adjusted the valves and balanced the throttle bodies with the special adapter cable and multi-meter, as well as a digital differential pressure gauge I borrowed from work. That said, I would highly recommend that the bike be gone over thoroughly by a Moto Guzzi expert before taking to the streets. The tires are old now and should be replaced, even though the tread is still within spec. Again please remember that this has been sitting un-ridden in a climate controlled garage for at least 3 years. The engine oil, trans oil, and final drive oils are 4 years old, but only have 64 miles on them.

More from the seller:
In the pictures below, please note that I am selling ALL of the spare parts with the bike, so if you are the lucky winner, please plan on arranging for transport of the motorcycle as well as the huge spread of parts as shown. There's probably $3000 in spare parts alone. On that note, please do not ask me to part out the Quat-D exhaust, carbon fiber pieces, etc. At this time, the winning bidder will be rewarded with a large collection of rare OEM and aftermarket parts to which he or she can part out as they see fit. I truly think this resto-mod is a great 'sum of its parts' motorcycle, but I understand if it appeals to some people as a source for parts and profit; however I will not be tearing the bike down for that purpose.

Selling as shown in the photos, no warranties expressed or implied. Happy to work with your moto-shipping company for transport. The bike is located in Tucson Arizona. I will be keeping the personalized license plate!

Not only is this a gorgeous build full of some awesome parts, it has been chronicled in a few different formats. First off, there is an extensive thread in the Guzzi forums HERE. If you want to see a timeline, this is your chance. There is also a video of the bike in action, however it may not be in its final configuration:

As you can imagine, the seller has invested more into this V11 (with serial #1) than he is likely to get back out of it. Bespoke items for Italian hardware do not come cheap, and modified machines rarely recoup the purchase price (or labor) of the upgrades. And at the heart of it, the base V11 Sport is not exactly rocketing up the charts when it comes to valuation. That makes this auction extra interesting: with a $7,500 opening ask there is a lot of value here, even if that is on the high side for this make/model. Check it out here - there are many more pictures available. Enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor and obsession, and if you play your cards right you might end up with an Italian steed with a boatload of spares for a decent sum. Viva Italia!

MI

Some of its parts?  2003 Moto Guzzi V11 with mods
BMW December 19, 2018 posted by

HP What ? – 2012 BMW K1300S HP

With mid-size car power and somewhat lighter weight, BMW's K1300S jumped onto the bus headed for the dragstrip with the Hayabusa, ZX-14, VFR1200F, and Triumph Sprint GT.  The rare HP limited edition upped the ante with titanium Akrapovich exhaust, and everything that wasn't electronically adjustable was carbon fiber.

2012 BMW K1300S HP for sale on eBay

For 2008, BMW increased the bore of their almost-1200cc inline four to arrive at 1293cc.  Double overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, and digital electronic fuel injection conspire to make 173 hp, with 103 ft.-lbs. torque peaking at 8,250 rpm.  It's a long reach out to the adjustable handlebars, but the factory rear-set pegs are a help.  The Duolever front end and shaft drive are chapter and verse from the BMW hymnal, but you can select the mode for the HP's ESA electronically adjustable suspension on the fly.  ABS and traction/stability control are on-off only, and tire pressure monitoring completes the car-like spec sheet.  Carbon is there for the mudguards, airbox ( i.e. tank ) cover, clutch cover, and seat console.

 

Coming out of Brooklyn, this K1300S has relatively low miles, seemingly undamaged and stock except for a gel seat.  Starting bid seems competitive for a bike with an original MSRP of $20K-plus.  Tank bag and choice of windscreen round out the accessories, and though there's no BIN, maybe the rear stand and battery will come with.  From the eBay auction:

2012 K1300S HP limited edition number 215 out of 750 in excellent condition with only 9830 miles.  New Continental Sport Attack tires with 300 miles on them.  Comes with ESA, ASC and ABS.  Gear shift assistant-heated grips, BMW tank bag and clear and smoked wind screens.  Leather gel seat for those longer rides.  Akrapovic exhaust, radar detector (adaptive technology and the white powder coated wheels round out this great motorcycle.  Never been down.  I have the clean title in hand.  Buy it now and I will throw in a rear BMW wheel stand and a BMW battery charger.

 

The HP reviewed well, most of its mass vanishing once under way.  Hard to imagine how the platform could be developed further, and it didn't find a home in BMW's line-up after 2016.  Like its heavyweight counterparts, it only needs access to a nice open road and a major hole in the schedule.  Maybe that rider is out there watching this auction, with just one day to run...

-donn

 

HP What ? – 2012 BMW K1300S HP
Ducati December 4, 2018 posted by

Rouge One: 1999 Ducati MH900e pre-production

Given the futuristic Star Wars appearance of the bike - as well as the innovative internet-only sales model - I thought the reference to the movie franchise fitting. But what is more amazing is that this bike is purported to be Number One of the two thousand examples created (1k each as 2000 and 2001 model years). With zero miles, a nearly zero serial number and all of the usual fanfare that goes with this rebooted homage to Mike Hailwood, this particular example is rare, special and unique. It is also predictably expensive.

1999 Ducati MH900e pre-production model for sale on eBay

The MH900e is perhaps the most recognizable of the Pierre Terblanche designs. The "e" in the nomenclature stands for evoluzion (evolution in US-speak), referring of course to the Mike Hailwood replicas built on the 900cc bevel drive platform of the 1980s. Taking the spirit of the original but updating it to the new Supersport/Monster/Sport Classic desmodue foundation, the MH900e was part replica, part homage, and part new direction for Ducati. Power was via the standard 900cc, air-cooled, two valve workhorse of the Ducati lineup. Ditto with the gearbox. Major components aside, the bodywork, fuel tank, exhaust and asymmetrical trellis swing arm were pure MH900e. So, too, was the riding position with a long reach to the low bars. But comfort was not the design goal. Creating a sensation was the goal - and on this front Ducati hit one out of the park. Nearly 20 years later these are still coveted collector machines. And what could be more coveted than the very first one produced?

From the seller:
DUCATI MH900E original and authentic factory pre-production, first one ever produced.
everything original and authentic, no fake no repro. obtained directly from Ducati.
correct frame numbers and model, serial 000001....
perfectly working. many extra unique parts included.
unique opportunity.
serious inquires and offers are welcome
bike located in modena, italy. will properly crate for shipping.

This is not the first time we have seen this particular example. I reference you to Tad's excellent write up from over a year ago, in which the seller included a significant amount of additional information. Including:

More from the seller:
The bike was acquired from Ducati with a non-production plastic body, painted flat black like the rest of the bike, including frame and swingarm. the exhaust was also custom-made, clearly an assembly try-out, yet perfectly working.

We did a "conservative" restoration on the bike, taking it completely apart, making sure every original bit and piece was kept and restored to obtain this amazing piece. we also decide to maintain the black look that sported when we got it, just upgraded it a bit with proper carbon body and custom-made graphics (Ducati made them for us).

The market for authentic, low mileage (aren't they all??) MHe models is hot. One only needs to get lost in the details for a few hours to understand why. The swing arm alone is worthy of framing. The oil sump of the Pantah-based engine is recreated to resemble the round case units from the green frame bevel days. The under tail exhaust and intricate snaking of tubes looks impossibly large, yet balances out the aesthetics of the bike nicely. Chrome accents bring light and shine to the shape. Terblanche followed his muse on this one, and the siren song is without equal. If there are whisperings from the peanut gallery they usually form around the relatively low HP of the stock desmodue engine (approximately 75 HP). Comfort is often another low point, although buyers of such exotica rarely mistake such machinery with a Gold Wing. Availability of parts is another fair comment, but such is the price of rarity, and the reason for ever escalating values.

Last November this Italian resident was offered with a starting bid of $50k USD and a reserve in place. There were no takers. One year later this same, ultra rare example of Ducati history is back on the block, but this time in a Buy It Now format. The first $49,900 takes the bike (after arranging passage from Modena), although in this round the seller is open to offers. The question remains how much of a premium a zero mile, number one serial number bike can fetch. With MHe examples in the mid to high $20k range, how long would it take for a buyer to earn this back on the investment? Perhaps we are looking at it all wrong here, as this is clearly a collector and art museum filler. At that target, a fair price is not market value but what something is worth to the buyer. Only one owner can claim first status, and this beautiful 1999 Ducati MH900e prototype is your ticket to the holy grail of Hailwood. Overpriced, over hyped or future investment of the century? Be sure and share your thoughts in our Comments section (but keep it civil - no haters please). Good Luck!!

MI

Rouge One: 1999 Ducati MH900e pre-production