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Ducati November 29, 2022 posted by

Boz Hoss – 2002 Ducati 998s Bostrom Edition #97

The Ducati 998 was an evolution of the already successful 996, which was itself an evolution of the original 916. Far from yet another warmed over model with minor cosmetic changes, the 998 was a substantially new beast in the same wolf’s clothing. Making significant changes to the engine bay in order to remain competitive in the frenzied world of WSBK superbike racing, Ducati altered the bore-stroke ratio of the 996 even more in the direction of over-square (bigger bore, shorter stroke). With revised crank, rods, pistons, cylinders and a new cylinder head design with larger valves, the 998 was reported to churn out an additional 12 horsepower over the outgoing model. Those 123 ponies (stock) were put to good use by racers such as Troy Bayliss and Ben Bostrom, and each were represented by a replica street bike in 2002. Today’s example is a Bostrom edition, perhaps the wildest of the paintwork ever to adorn a showroom stock Ducati. Numbered 97 out of only 155 produced units, this Bostrom model is said to have only delivery mileage, and has never been ridden.

2002 Ducati 998s Bostrom Edition #97 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is your opportunity to bid on a never ridden two mile special edition Superbike.

Ducati Superbike. 998s Bostrom, signed with 2 factory miles.
Number 97 out of 155.
This was the exact bike that was featured in M&M Magazine in August 2002 when the bike was released.

Fluids drained. Fog prepped.
Bike has never been serviced.

Comes with stand, signed helmet, and regular red Ducati cover.
Collector Plaque was stolen during transport.

Clean title

More from the seller:
BIKE COMES WITH
Signed Helmet
Two keys
Ducati brochures
Copy of the magazine that bike was featured in
Ben Bostrom #155 Hat
Red Ducati Cover
OEM Blue Stand

I also have the original Ducati receipt

The seller has included a walkaround video of the bike in question, which can be found here:


It seems fitting that we post a track star hero on what is traditionally Track Day Tuesday on RSBFS, even if the bike in question is fully street legal. Sometimes it is puzzling why Ducati chose to honor a great rider like B-Boz with a 998S instead of the more potent 998R, although keeping some stratification across the model lineup must certainly have been a factor. It is a shame that this bike could not be pulled out of the storage area for proper photographs, although what is there shows a beautifully preserved example of a pretty rare and wild bike. Check out the pictures, check out the video, and then check out all of the auction details here. This is a popular model for collectors, and an extremely low mileage example such as this will certainly raise some eyebrows. Offered in a Buy It Now format for a cool $38k, this example is located in California and promises you plenty of attention wherever you go. Good Luck!!

MI

Boz Hoss – 2002 Ducati 998s Bostrom Edition #97
Bimota November 15, 2022 posted by

The Main Course: 2000 Bimota V-Due Trofeo Corsa

With deference to a certain US holiday fast approaching, the Bimota V-Due was deemed by many as a major turkey. The only Bimota to feature in-house design, frame AND engine, the V-Due was plagued by fueling, sealing, oiling and other terminal issues. While a failure in the commercial marketplace, the 500cc v-twin two stroke was a brilliant attempt and the company went through some efforts to make it right. Touted as a race bike from the start, Bimota (under revised management) set forth to correct the shortcoming and create a V-Due one-make race series. It was here that the Racing Trophy models – Trofeo Corsa – were created. With carbs instead of the troublesome fuel injection, new engine management mappings, revised crankshafts with different bearings, new seals and more, the Trophy bikes are very rare versions of what is already considered a unicorn bike.

2000 Bimota 500 V-Due Trofeo Corsa for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1 of 25 worldwide !
Bimota 500cc V-Due Trofeo Corsa 🏁
Brand new
with 0 mile, 0 km,
never runs from a collection
in original perfect condition.

More from the seller:
Here you have a unique opportunity to get a very, very rare
1 of 25 builds Bimota 500cc V-Due Trofeo Corsa Race bike.
With Original Bimota factory frame number!
Here with the race number.

More from the seller:
Built for the Bimota Trofeo Cup but never used.
Maybe worldwide the only one in brand new condition with 0 kilometers/ 0 miles.
The bike has been perfectly preserved in the past and for the future.
Perfect for every collector who owns already the normal Bimota V-Due version.

While most avid RSBFS readers will know about the V-Due and even the “corrected” models known as Evoluzion bikes, the Trophy / Trofeo Corsa might be a new one. And that is understandable given the very low numbers produced of this race track-only bike. That makes today’s find a perfect inclusion for the RSBFS Track Day Tuesday run, celebrating not only an amazing offshoot of an amazing motorcycle, but one in zero miles new condition as well!! Offered out of Germany as part of a collection, you can check out all of the details here (and there are a LOT of details from the seller that we could not include). Could you imagine hearing this one run in anger? Drool over the beautiful photography but start counting those pennies – this one will set you back just shy of $70k USD. Good Luck!!

MI

The Main Course: 2000 Bimota V-Due Trofeo Corsa
MV Agusta November 10, 2022 posted by

The Tamburini Tango – 2005 MV Agusta F 4 1000 Tamburini

When you are the designer of arguably the most iconic and beautiful motorcycle every made – the Ducati 916 – and after multiple iterations you decide to move on, what do you do next? Well, if you are Massimo Tamburini, you do it all again. This time celebrating the re-launch of the famed MV Agusta brand with a new take on the old icon, merging familiar and unique, to create the MV Agusta F4. And if you are fortunate enough to do it again – and do it right – you might just get a special edition of the bike named after you. Which is what the 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini is all about. Contrived by Claudio Castiglioni – the genius behind reviving the Ducati and MV Agusta businesses and founder of the Cagiva Research Center – the Tamburini was to be a limited edition (300 units) rolling artwork to honor his friend.

2005 MV Agusta F 4 1000 Tamburini for sale on eBay

The overall shape of the F4 was unchanged for the Tamburini, but the clothes were all made from carbon fiber cloth, left largely visible. This is another example of artwork and performance that show throughout the bike. The fuel-injection and DOHC radial valve heads help the F4 1000 churn out approximately 173 HP. This was aided by the Torque Shift System (first introduced on the Tamburini), which varied the intake trumpet length in order to maximize power across the rev range. This was Formula 1 level stuff, which along with the slippery shape of the F4 allowed the Tamburini to achieve a 190+ MPH top speed. Not that many of the only 300 were ridden in this fashion.

From the seller:
2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini . If you are familiar with this model and Massimo Tamburini then you know how special this bike is.
300 units were produced and only 59 of them were imported to the U.S. With only around 170 miles this bike is one of the lowest mileage examples left.
21 pieces of carbon fiber on this bike including the fairings, front clip, rear tail section etc. Anodized aluminum wheels are super light. Super Cora tires for ultimate performance.
Freshly serviced and running great.

There are a few small blemishes that I noted in the photos.
Message or call for more info, pics, videos etc . 808-783-3221
I can assist with shipping.
Don’t be afraid to make offers.

The seller has included some videos of the bike in question, the first showing a cold start situation, and the second highlighting some of the referenced blemishes:




Today’s bike, while not cosmetically perfect, IS one of the few Tamburini models in existence. It is made slightly more rare as it is in the United States, meaning importation should not be an issue. Miles are super low – only 170 claimed. And as a bonus, this bike is located in beautiful Hawaii, which means checking it out in person is all the more pleasant. Pricing is set at $46,999, which is not much beyond what these went for new; if you could find one. The seller is open to questions and offers, so check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

The Tamburini Tango – 2005 MV Agusta F 4 1000 Tamburini
Featured Listing October 31, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing in Portugal – 2002 Yoshimura Suzuki Tornado S-1

Francisco has upgraded this post to a Featured Listing. Check out all three of his listings: Honda MC28 NSR250, Suzuki RGB500, and a Yoshimura Suzuki Tornado S-1! Thank you for supporting the site and good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Say you want something really special, but an Italian Bimota doesn’t float your boat. There are certainly a number of boutique builders that have bikes on offer, but few are truly integrated offerings. Now imagine if somebody like the legendary Pops Yoshimura took an off the shelf 2002 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and reimagined it in a way that only Yosh can do? Well, you can stop imagining because today’s find is one of the only 50 Tornado S-1 models ever built. Performance and style courtesy of Yoshimura, with quality underpinnings by Suzuki. Now that is a win for a limited number of riders and collectors.

2002 Yoshimura Suzuki Tornado S-1 for sale on eBay

Since Yoshimura is best known as providing performance items for Suzuki, it made sense for them to leverage their Suzuki know-how. Unlike Bimota which utilizes donor engines in primarily stock format, Yoshimura dug deep into the GSX-R mill, modifying the cylinder head, valves, camshaft and upping the compression. Adding a Yoshimura Engine Management System (EMS) in place of the stock Suzuki unit and finishing off the powerplant with one of their 4-into-1 titanium exhaust systems added approximately 20 horsepower to the already stout Suzuki. The EMS change also benefits the rider in allowing for selectable power maps while on the go. To complete the engine work, Yoshimura added bespoke engine cases and a special sump, reducing weight and providing for a greater oil quantity.

From the seller:
2002 Suzuki S1 Tornado
With only 13400 kms, this bike is very rare.
Only 50 unities were produced, all numbered from 1 to 50.
This is probably the rarest Suzuki ever produced road legal.
Only true collectors will appreciate it.
Feel free to ask more pictures.
Bike is located in Portugal – Lisbon.

On the suspension side, nothing but Ohlins will do. Which is exactly what Yoshimura has done. Brakes have been updated through a radial master cylinder and re-worked six-piston calipers. Wheels are unique and lighter, thanks to multi-spoke aluminum units from BBS. And as if all this needed even more wrapping paper, Yoshimura draped the old Gixxer in a new carbon fiber body that completely disguises the original DNA. Unique, custom and totally Yoshimura, only 50 units were produced in a single run of bikes. Today’s rare find is one such bike.

Located in Portugal (and looking like it comes from the same shop as some other outrageous finds), this very rare, very unique, very special Tornado S-1 is ready for a new home. When new – if you could even get on the list – this was a nearly $35,000 motorcycle. Today you can only find them on the used market, if you ever see them at all. The back story on today’s bike is unknown, but a sticker on the frame indicates it may have come through Canada at some point. The asking price for this one is $42,500 – or best offer. That is not too bad considering 20 years has passed since this bike was introduced to the world, and we all know how rarity adds to value. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing in Portugal – 2002 Yoshimura Suzuki Tornado S-1
Bimota October 20, 2022 posted by

Oktoberfest! NEW 2003 Bimota 500 V-Due

What a week it has been on RSBFS! It’s hard to say what could top Monday’s Honda CB1100R, Tuesday’s Suzuki RGB500 or Wednesday’s Yoshimura Tornado S-1, but I think a BRAND NEW Bimota v-Due with ZERO MILES qualifies as a contender. Interested? Read On!

2003 Bimota 500 V-Due with Zero miles for sale on eBay!

For those unfamiliar with the v-Due, you are looking at the only Bimota motorcycle ever to be powered by an engine of their own make. While every other Bimota utilized donor engines and transmissions housed in one of their frames, the v-Due was 100% Bimota born. And not content to be a me too company, Bimota shot for the stars with an ambitious and never been done before 500cc vee twin two stroke with direct fuel injection. The goal was to clean up the two stroke’s thirsty and polluting nature, while benefiting from the power of the smaller package. The reality is that this was an early attempt at success, as fueling issues, reliability and seizing were common. Sadly Bimota never had the opportunity for a second chance at that glory; fortunes quickly waned, operating capital vanished, and the company went under.

From the seller:
Brand new Bimota 500 V-Due with 0 km/ 0 miles from a collection in Original condition.

500 cc, 105 hp, two-stroke street legal racing machine!
Stunning design paired with breathtaking technology with attention to detail manufactory built.
Endless carbon parts, such as the self-supporting one!! Carbon rear monocoque that is second to none.

Furthermore, many milled aluminum parts
46mm Paioli chassis with adjustable rebound and compression damping at the front
Öhlins dampers at the rear designed in the sensational push-rod spring system.
Frame made of aluminum oval profiles for the highest torsional rigidity
Aluminum swing arm with a passage for the rear silencer and an integrated Bimota badge
Aluminum alloy Antera wheels
Complete braking system from Brembo and much more… await you here with the exclusive Bimota 500 V-Due.

Dry weight only approx 145 kilograms.
World’s first 2-stroke engine with electronic direct injection.
Engine: Water-cooled, two-cylinder, two-stroke, 90-degree V engine.
No scratches, no damage!

More from the seller:
– 1 of 300 builds worldwide
– 1 owner
– German papers (vehicle registration and vehicle registration possible)
– 2x Bimota keys
– Original operating instructions
– Original sales brochure

Bimota actually attempted to buy back all of the delivered v-Due models in order to rectify the problems, but as stated above, the company did not survive the debacle. Post receivership, some bikes were re-worked with conventional carbs and sold as Evoluzion models. These are usually the ones you see with more significant mileage on them. But today’s ONE OWNER machine has a claimed ZERO miles, and as such represents a perfect time capsule of this stunning model that (briefly) shook the world.

Located in Germany, pictures show an unbelievable example of one of the rarest, and most mysterious of the bikes from the legendary firm from Rimini, Italy. This bike looks to be absolutely sano – so much that I can practically smell the Cosmoline protectant through the pictures. Everything appears to be what it should – brand new, with no visible damage. Nothing but acres and acres of carbon fiber. Am I the only one that can stare at pictures of this fascinating machine all day? From the beautifully machined aluminum to the precision welding, from the triangulated and asymmetrical swingarm with embossed logo to the offset rear shock, this bike exudes trick details like few others.

Financially, the v-Due sunk the company known as Bimota. And while they were able to rise again, they never again attempted so ambitious a project as the v-Due. That makes the v-Due a true unicorn model, and a one owner, zero mileage example is an otherworldly find. Pricing, as could be expected, is worthy of the example: a Buy It Now format for $49,900 USD. We don’t see these bikes often, but somehow that price does not feel out of place or wildly high for what is on offer. You can drool over all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Oktoberfest!  NEW 2003 Bimota 500 V-Due
Ducati August 29, 2022 posted by

I Dream In Carbon Fiber: 1999 Ducati 996S

Ah, carbon fiber. Could there ever be anything so cool as carbon roving knitted into a bi-directional matrix and embedded in epoxy resin? Light weight and super strong, carbon fiber was the hot new “in” thing in the 1980s and 1990s. Originally developed in the late 60s and 1970s as aerospace and military grade material (although the concepts go as far back as the 1800s!), carbon fiber soon became more earth bound in the form of Formula 1 cars, and later as off the shelf components for the every day man. And while these used to be parts exclusively for performance, today one can purchase any number of items made from the stuff, including “carbon look” stickers that – I have on good authority – will automatically add 10 HP to whatever you stick them to. But to really get what is going on with today’s 1999 Ducati 996S, you have to cast your mind back to when carbon fiber was expensive and exclusive. Wrapping an expensive and exclusive bike with that stuff was just over the top and for show. Which, apparently, this bike was.

1999 Ducati 996S for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is a rare bike indeed. One of 201 Ducati 996S 1999 model year. Coveted first year! This was the Ducati factory 996 Canadian launch bike in 1999 and they did it up with a full Ducati collaboration Carbon Dream factory race kit. If you don’t know Carbon Dream, they make carbon fibre for Bugatti Hyper cars amongst others. This was a crazy expensive option you could choose when ordering your 996S. Obviously Ducati launch bikes were all done up for the shows. The bike has never been down and has been fully and regularly serviced by the previous owner’s Ducati mechanic prior to my purchase. He was a collector and had several bikes in his stable.

More from the seller:
I am the second owner and I bought the bike as a show piece for Biker Down Canada. We have been offered a show bike by a manufacturer so this one reluctantly has to be sold and the money will be used to support the purchase of a mobile booth. Check our Biker Down ca. The first owner got it from Ducati and was an avid collector. It has a clean car fax. Located in Vancouver Canada. I can help the buyer with shipping anywhere in the world. It qualifies as a full collector bike and collector plates in Canada and likely the USA. Yes it has a clean VIN and registration in Canada and it can easily be imported into most countries under the vintage collector bike rules. One of a kind! Look at the pics and message with questions. This bike is cross posted so get in a bid fast to make sure it sells on EBay! 12500 kilometres on clock. She is a true Italian beauty.

Underneath all of the super cool window dressing lies the 996. The follow on act to the mighty 916, the 996 had all the great looks of the original, but with slightly softer lines. What was not softer was the power delivery, as Ducati bumped up the displacement to keep the bike on top of the WSBK rostrum. The S model of the lineup was primarily a suspension upgrade, courtesy of Swedish brand Ohlins. The seller claims this particular bike was an official Ducati show bike for the 996S launch in Canada. I cannot confirm this (perhaps some of the RSBFS Ducati tifosi might have some knowledge on that front) but by all accounts this looks like a show bike. The carbon bits are indeed gorgeous, and the color combo is an interesting mix of old and new. With a starting bid of just under $12k, this bit of flash will be auctioned off by the end of the week. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

I Dream In Carbon Fiber: 1999 Ducati 996S
Aprilia December 19, 2021 posted by

Matte Max – 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS WSBK Special Edition

In four seasons with the factory Aprilia WSBK team, Max Biaggi presented two championships, a second and fourth.  Aprilia returned the favor with a – North America only – Special Edition commemorative which also shows off how far their carbon fibre fab skills had come.

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory Special Edition for sale on eBay

The RSV4 engine is a complex V-4 but has been a reliable winner since its intro in 2009.  The 65-degree V is way oversquare, using 13-to-1 compression, and 48mm throttle bodies each with two fuel injectors.  Taming the 180-odd hp is a suite of electronic aids, from the Euro-3 ECU with ride-by-wire throttle and three performance maps – to the Performance Ride Control system which encompasses traction, wheelie, and launch control.  A cassette type gearbox would make trackside gear selections a relative snap.  All Öhlins suspension are a regular feature on the Factory models and Brembo M430 monobloc brakes are feathered by Bosch ABS with race, road, and rain settings.  The fuel tank shape was massaged with WSBK rider feedback, and the forged alloy rims make room for a 200mm section rear tire.

Props to the seller for reeling off 17,818 miles on this RSV4, and keeping it in seemingly display condition.  Not sure how many of the carbon bits are from the Aprilia counter, but the matte finish is easy on the eyes and a lot more resilient than a glossy coat.  The extended warranty might allay some worries if it can be extended.  RSV4 fans might comment on just how the turn signals were re-incorporated into  the headlights.  Clearly too much too list, but the auction does it in style, with a link to most of the bling.  Just a few of the comments from the eBay listing :

X-tremely clean, highly detailed, well serviced and adult owned “weekend rider” – 17,800mi. and still under zero-deductible and transferable extended warranty until 1/1/2022 –

Matte finish Twill weave Carbon Fiber extras   E  V  E  R  Y  W  H  E  R  E   !

Front and Rear OEM CF Fenders, OEM CF Seat Side Panels, Full CF Belly Pan, CF Oil Cooler Screen Frame, CF Upper Chain Guard, CF Front Drive Sprocket Cover, CF Air Intake Covers, CF Tank Edge Guards, CF Air Puller Covers, Sliders and more…

Max was at the far end of a twenty-year factory riding career, and went out on top after the 2012 championship.  Feeling out his early retirement, he pinch hit for Aprilia in 2015 and just last month set an electric bike speed record ( 283 mph ! ) at the 3 mile-long runway meant for the space shuttle in Titusville, Florida.   Aprilia continued their streak in 2014 with Sylvain Guintoli aboard, but ran into the wall of Rea after that.  Saddled with the longest model name ever, it’s a very fitting tribute and a great value at half the sticker with no mods, this RSV4 looks good enough to show but too fun not to ride.

-donn

 

Matte Max – 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS WSBK Special Edition
BMW October 17, 2021 posted by

Canyon Country Carver – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

BMW tempered their ultimate flat twin with showy build quality and engineering developed over darn near ninety years ( at the time ).  Like a lot of the HP2’s we’ve seen, this example has low miles, unassailable condition, and a collector’s buy-it-now.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport for sale on eBay

Starting with a new cylinder head design, four valves per cylinder and 130 hp, the HP2 even raised the powerplant in the chassis to provide more lean-ability.  The all stainless exhaust rumbles underneath in the carbon lowers, and exits under the integral carbon seat subframe.  Although dry weight stayed under 400 lbs., there’s room for a load of tech with factory speed-shifter, lap logging LCD dash, and multi-mode ABS.  Componentry wouldn’t be left behind with Öhlins dampers, forged wheels, Brembo monobloc brakes, and full carbon fairings.

Not the slickest presentation in the auction, but additional pictures and history can be requested.  New brake pads are puzzling but not seeing anything untoward, and just a few notes in the eBay listing –

2008 BMW HP2 Sport mint condition
CA bike
New tires
New oil and filter
New brake pads
Solid 9.5 out of 10 bike
4,897 miles
Comes with custom inner fleece bike cover

Occupying a special moment in BMW history, the HP2’s sporty aspirations for a boxer haven’t yet been eclipsed.  Blue and white-clad managers saw the writing on the pit wall, and focused racing developments on the S1000RR.  Privateers have tweaked their own HP2’s, adding slipper clutches and raising the ride height even more.  But like this one, most are un-modified, look excellent, and are just waiting for the right owner to get out more.

-donn

Canyon Country Carver – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport