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Ducati September 19, 2022 posted by

Polyphemus – 2005 Ducati 999R

Before its recent resurgence as a classic, even a 999R could come under the customizer’s gaze.  The air and eye flow more easily over this ultimate Ducati offering from 2005, beautifully presented by a leading northwest dealer.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

Quite a bit more than the sum of its parts, the 999R was a portfolio of red and carbon, exquisite drivetrain engineering and special components.  The R is set apart from the rest of the line by the even more oversquare engine, with titanium rods and valves plus knife-edged crank.  The chassis has an adjustable headstock, and the beside hand and foot control adjustments, the seat console can be moved a little closer or further from the bars.  Glitter from Öhlins, Brembo and Marchesini were ti-coated, radially mounted, and forged.  2005 brought a revised swingarm but deleted the number plate on the triple tree.

No info on ownership history, maintenance, or how the modified nose came about, but the rest of the bike looks excellent for its reported 11,135 miles.  The fairings and other carbon bits appear complete and undamaged, with other mods including a bar-end mirror, streamlined turn signals, fuel filler and stripes that are somewhere between the Xerox or Desmosedici.  The exhaust looks to have been coated, and the tail-ectomy deserves a closer look since the brake light can be a tricky detail.  Evidently paying by the word in the eBay auction –

Superbike with solo headlight fairing, Termignoni exhaust, and just 11K miles on the odometer.

Most collectors would take off points ( and dollars ) for almost every change from the factory original, but this 999R is asking over $20K so we’ll have to see how it goes.  The overall condition doesn’t seem like a totaled bike could’ve been the catalyst for the nose job, but that question is going to come up eventually.  The single headlight solution holds together well, and might lead the next owner to blast out even more miles.

-donn

Polyphemus – 2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati July 12, 2022 posted by

Like A Fine Aged Wine: 2005 Ducati 999R

Top tier Ducati R models have always been in high demand.  The connection to the factory race bikes means collectors and riders alike lust after them.  It is unlikely that these rare beasts ever fall into the hands of owners that would treat them as basic used motorcycles, meaning they are often well cared for and loved.  Often all of this doting translates into stratospheric pricing.  Many are left on the sidelines only to watch desirable machines endlessly bringing eye watering results at sales and auctions.  Well there is a glimmer of hope in the 999R.  In the last couple of years there has been a large shift in pricing for the once cast aside 999 generation and it might time to grab a 999R at the bottom of the depreciation curve.

Full carbon fiber fairings, shower fuel injection, forged light weight wheels, radial Brembo calipers, magnesium castings for the headlights and engine covers as well as fully adjustable Ohlins suspension round out the amazing list of performance parts that go into creating the 999R

The piece to take note of is the relative movement of the R versions.  The example today has a Buy It Now price of $15,000 and when the S models are routinely cresting the five figure mark it seems that the premium to step up to the R is money well spent.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This is the very rare, very fast, homologation-built Ducati 999R – The last of the breed of serious max performance liter bikes.

– This bike produces over 150HP easily, with upgraded exhaust,
– a Power Commander should the next owner want even MORE HP. (this bike currently has the OE tune on the CPU).
– The forks seals have been replaced recently by a certified Ducati dealership service department.
– The sprockets and chain are brand new
– Comes with a new, OE tail, should the next owner prefer total originality versus the rear signals removed.
– has aftermarket clutch basket cover as well.
When the Ducati 999 was released in 2003 the world wasn’t ready for the huge design change from the superbike’s predecessors.

However, now the 999 is being viewed as the leap in V twin Ducati superbike design that it really was.

The all new Ducati 999 featured a different new line from the 916 which was largely created by a double sided swingarm and boxy, bulkier bodywork.

Powered by the revered 90° V Twin Testastretta Desmodromic engine, by 2005 all 3 models received upgrades with the 999R in particular benefiting from an additional 11 horses and 6lb more torque. – That’s 145 HP and 88 lb/ft in BASE TRIM. This bike is easily upward of that to the wheel.

The homologation Ducati 999R was released in 2004 and was Ducati’s premium offering of the model. It was equipped with carbon fiber parts and the engine was remapped to offer the most power possible. At the time it was the closest race-like machine you could get without forking out for a custom built bike.

Technically the machine was exceptional and the detail incorporated is really what makes the Ducati 999 stand out. Built and designed for both excellent technical performance and riding position comfort.

Here are some of the key design features:

Super aerodynamic fairing
Ellipsoidal headlamps
Turn signals into mirrors which were also quick release
Adjustable ergonomics
Adjustable levers and controls
Turbulence reducing forward air vents
The rider ergonomics of the Ducati 999 were later incorporated into the GP bikes as they proved superior over previous designs. The steering angle was also increased which made low speed manoeuvres easier.

On top of all this Terblanche knew the importance of improving the new motorcycle over and above the Ducati 916 so he sought to improve the ease of maintenance, increase maintenance intervals, and improve power and torque curves.

Terblanche and his team used CAD and extensive computer technology to test the bikes design, leading to a simplified machine layout and simplified electrical system. The Ducati 999 was a bike built for function over form, styling came second. Ducati knew the performance of the bike was second to none and therefore felt the risk on the aesthetics was worth it.

The Ducati 999 only remained in production until 2006.

However, the bike made its mark on both the track and the street.

The Ducati 999 won three Superbike titles with riders Neil Hodgson, James Toseland and Troy Bayliss riding to victory in 2003, 2004 and 2006 respectively.

The new Ducati split enthusiasts with its styling but there was no denying its improved riding performance over the 916. While it was a slow burn for the Ducati 999, its wins on the track led the way for the masses to appreciate the superbike.

When it comes to buying a Ducati 999 buyers need to be aware that there is a significant difference in price between the various models with the standard 999 sitting at around $7,000 in the US and the 999R going for upwards of $17000 on average, and climbing! Hagerty valuations confirm this.

This seller’s listing does have a few inaccuracies from a historic prospective, and they even might be accused of embellishing some of the folklore surrounding the bike, but that does not take away from what appears to be a very clean example of a great bike.  The 2005 came with an upgraded swing arm when compared to the first year bikes.  They also have the striking red frame and revised front nose bodywork.  Would be nice to know if the bike has a service history, or some details on when the belts were last changed, but truth be told these are not major issues.  Service costs are not as inflated as some on the internet would have you think.  These bikes are undervalued in the market and really offer a great opportunity for someone to jump into the world of R Ducati at an affordable price point.

Like A Fine Aged Wine:  2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati May 10, 2022 posted by

Gloriously Excessive: Carbon Framed Ducati 996

Everyone knows that the Ducati superbike market is on fire right now.  Amazing low mileage examples are bringing huge numbers at auctions.  Collectors are hunting for the best of the best and paying up for the chance to add one of these beautiful machines to their garages.  As with most things collectable, originality is the primary focus.  Gurus are consulted for information on tiny details in the endless pursuit of perfection.  The bikes not snapped up by collectors are often enjoyed out on the road by owners that want to have the experience of this era motorcycle.  But the often overlooked custom market offers some really unique and interesting items.

The work custom in the collector market can be both scary and polarizing.  Many have seen poorly slapped together projects called custom builds, and rightfully shy away.  Often the modifications do not have a meaningful improvement on the performance.  They often would cost a substantial amount of money to replace with the correct OEM parts.  Those fears are not justified on a bike like this.  Today’s bike is one of those “money no object” builds that rarely trade hands.  Just take a look at the lengthy list of over the top parts that were used to build this bike.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This special Ducati is for the collector who demands perfection, and something spectacular.

Rare, one of a kind, Ducati Superbike.
Up for sale: the “You Wish” 1036CS built by Alex Ortner which took 1700 man hour to build.

The “You Wish” bike as published in the Ian Falloon’s article in Two Wheels magazine.

Quick synopsis of the bike:
-342lb wet (no gas)
– 155hp with just under 100ft-lb of torque
– Ti, Mag, and CF everything
– 1700hr of build time, many one-off parts

The bike has been gone over and completely sorted by CommonWealth Motorcycles, over the 12-years I have owned it. Also, the motor was rebuilt to a much higher spec than Alex had it by CommonWealth motorcycles and tuned by Doug Lofgren (to the tune of $12,000.00 invoices attached). The motor is now putting out 155hp and just under 100ft-lbs of torque. Also, the motor has roughly 100mi since the rebuild.

The bike has also had a certified independent appraisal done by Mark Mederski of Mederski Vintage Motorcycle Services for $205,000.00

Attached:

*Copy of “You wish” article

*Full Independent appraisal by Medershi Vintage Motorcycle Services

*copies from Common Wealth Motorcycles of the work they have done on the 1036CS since purchased.

*the 1036CS will be sold with a fresh service by Common Wealth Motorcycles for the new buyer so it is ready for the track or road upon delivery.

The trouble with this type of bike is that they are extremely challenging to value.  Do you take the cost of the build?  How do you factor into the fact that some of these period parts are no longer available?   Does the price of the underlying stock bike matter?  Or do you just pick a number that you are comfortable with and tell yourself that you only live once and that life is too short to miss out on an amazing bike like this?

Bidding is already over $15k and the seller is hinting at six figure evaluations.

Gloriously Excessive:  Carbon Framed Ducati 996
Ducati January 29, 2022 posted by

Unbridled Engineering: 2017 Ducati 1299 SuperLeggera

There has never been a shortage of special Ducati to lust after.  For many years the top tier was the R models.  They represented the closest thing to a factory race bike that mere mortals could own.  These R models were limited in a way to what the racing regulations allowed, so Ducati decided to throw out the rule book and design the best bike they could with the SuperLeggera.  First introduced with the 1199 series, that bike used an extreme amount of magnesium to keep weight down.  For the 1299 Ducati went even further, everything is carbon fiber.  The wheels, the frame sections, the swing arm and of course the body work.  The result was a 215hp bike that weighed 368 pounds wet.

It goes without saying that the suspension, electronics package, brakes and general technology was the best of what Ducati had to offer at the time.  This was a technical tour de force and really unparalleled on the marked.  Ducati wanted to assert their dominance as the most exotic and desirable manufacture.

Just 500 of these machines were made for the world.  Unclear what percentage of those came to the USA.  Originally shipped with a few notable extras that included stands, a second exhaust and a few other nice treats.  None of those are pictured or mentioned in the add, an interested buyer should inquire about them with the seller.  While none would take away from the epic riding experience, they are things that are nice to have and will enhance the appeal of the package over time.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Well this bike does not need any introduction as this is the Dream bike of them all. Everything is carbon fiber including the frame and swing arm.

Only 1780 miles and all service to date.

Bike is located in Arizona payment can be made through bank wire and we can help with transport or pick up are available as well.

Any questions please ask.

Firm on the price

The listing has a Buy It Now price of $55,000 and a comment that this is a firm number for the seller.  While this is not an insignificant amount of money, it does signal a price shift for the 1299 SuperLeggera market.  When new these bikes were in high demand and the $80,000 MSRP did not hamper sales.  This bike was also seen as the high water mark for the V Twin Ducati Superbike.  The V4 bikes are starting to become adopted by racers, and fast road riders, and as more and more of the V4 are produced, prices of even the most sought after V Twins will be pushed down slightly.  That bike that has been out of reach for a few years might just dip enough to snap up.  Would be wise to keep an eye on these, as at some point they will cross over from being a used motorcycle, and transition into a must have edition to any collections.

Unbridled Engineering:  2017 Ducati 1299 SuperLeggera
Aprilia December 2, 2021 posted by

Dream Series: 2004 Aprilia Nera

Ever since Aprilia entered the Sport Bike market with the RSV Mille, it has to unfairly live in the shadow of an Italian giant, Ducati.  Reviews have always raved about the wonderful handling of the Aprilia.  The specification sheets rival and sometimes even exceed that of the Ducati.  Loyal owners shout from the mountain tops about how reliable they are, and in both the new and used markets the Aprilia represents a relative bargain.  But still there is a sense that Aprilia has to prove something.

In 2004 the marketing team at Aprilia decided that the time had come to release a halo motorcycle.  Something to sit above the R or Factory model, a bike of dreams.  The Dream Series was branded an exclusive and exotic tier in the Aprilia line up.  The aim was to attract high end customers to the brand by offering something unique and special.   Buyers were treated to an array of perks, including MotoGP events, private track days, bespoke leathers and more.

At first glance one could be fooled into thinking the Nera was just an aesthetics package.  This could not be further from the truth.  The bike is 30 pounds lighter then the standard RSV.  Titanium is used for most of the hardware and fasteners.  All of the bodywork is carbon fiber, including the tank, something even Ducati was not able to offer at the time.  Magnesium wheels and engine covers rounds out the use of space age materials.

Just 200 of these $40,000 machines were built.  The Nera is the one and only Aprilia to be released under the Dream Series banner.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2004 Aprilia Nera, one of only 200 made worldwide. This one is serial number 45. I believe less than 40 came to the United States, but I’m not 100 percent sure.

This bike is all original, the front tire is an original date coded tire with plenty of tread. The rear tire was replaced in 2012, I would still replace both tires. The bike has the carbon fiber gas tank that was included in the original purchase, but I do not have the original black rubber tank that came stock on the bike. I do have a black rubber tank from a 2004 factory that I will include with the sale. It does have the stock rear carbon fiber license plate holder but the previous owner cut the bottom part of it off. I will include a complete RSV factory plastic license plate holder with reflectors. The full Akrapovik exhaust that came in a box with the original bike purchase is what is installed on the bike.

The bike has been sitting for a while. The bike is not mint, but is very close to mint. There is not one knick or scratch on the magnesium wheels. All body work is very very nice.

The carbon fiber infills on the fairing have been drilled for the frame sliders with no damage to the fairing. I will include a non-drilled set of carbon fiber infills.

In 2004/2005 Aprilia’s, the odometer resets if the battery dies or is replaced, such as the case with this bike. I would just like to let that be known since the odometer has reset. If I had to guess, this bike has less than 2,500 original miles. The bike runs excellent. This bike would need very little work to be considered a 10.

This bike has never been dropped or crashed. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better one. Clean California title in hand.

This is about as exotic as it gets for this era of Sports Bike.  It is also one of the few bikes that would with in a top trumps game against the 999R of the same period.  The V60 engine and the 140 horsepower it produces is long know to be easy to live with and use on the street.  The Buy It Now price of $16,500 is reasonable in the market, but there is a chance to snap up a bargain as the opening bid is much less.  One can only wonder at this point what the reserve is.  What else could offer this much usability, exotic appeal, and rarity for the price?

Dream Series: 2004 Aprilia Nera
Bimota November 22, 2021 posted by

2000 Bimota SB8R: The TL1000R with Italian Flair

The Suzuki TL1000R is widely known for an attempt to go superbike racing in period.  Large displacement twins were dominating the track and cementing a reputation for desirability that still lives on.  At this point the TL has a cult like following, despite some well known flaws.  Top two that come to mind are the weight and the suspension geometry.

For many years Bimota has wrapped their beautiful carbon bodywork around limited production frames holding other manufactures engines.  In the case of the SB8R a twin beam frame, with a stressed carbon fiber engine cradle holds a TL1000R engine.  While Bimota was able to squeeze about 10% more power out of the mill with the addition of a new fuel injection system with absolutely massive throttle bodies(59mm vs 52mm stock), the real real headline is that the SB8R is 46 pounds lighter then the Suzuki.

Fully adjustable Paioli forks and Ohlins shocks were used as they were some of the best components available at the time.  Brembo calipers and masters round out the braking system.  The self supported carbon tail and font carbon intake tubes just ooze cool.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This 2000 Bimota SB8R is an original. The owner has had it for 1 year. The vehicle needs work.
Seller’s Notes
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY

Dreadfully light on details in this listing, a little digging shows a pervious listing of the same bike.  Some of the details in that listing need a little bit of clarification.  It looks like the turn signals have been changed to the latter style clear lens units, not a big deal and an easy thing to correct.  The rearsets are not aftermarket, they are a factory option.  Basically a silver version of the adjustable units used on the SB8RS.  A fuel pump and system overhaul should be on anyone’s radar when considering a bike with such low mileage.  While these were rare bikes, with about 250 made, parts are not that hard to come by.  There is a very active Bimota owners community, and an amazing classic parts division.

Priced at $7,000 and opened to offers this could represent a great opportunity for someone to dip their toe into the world of exotic bikes without fully busting the piggy bank.  The upgraded Corse exhaust is sure to please the ears and it is highly unlikely to see another bike like this out and about.

 

2000 Bimota SB8R: The TL1000R with Italian Flair
Ducati March 5, 2021 posted by

BBBBBBad – 2008 Ducati 1098S

(With thanks to George Thorogood) – Ducati returned their sportbikes to side-by-side headlights for 2007, and Troy Bayliss brought home the WSBK title aboard a 1098 F08.  Even though it’s not rosso, the way this 1098S is constructed, updated, and photographed imparts the sport’s aggressive essence.

2008 Ducati 1098S for sale on eBay

A further bump up the displacement ladder helps the 1098S report 160hp, with the very oversquare 104mm bore and 65mm stroke mill quite rev-happy.  The chro-moly trellis is dominated by large perimeter tubes, holding the engine from between cylinders and behind.  Components are where the -S premium is spent, with Öhlins dampers and forged Marchesini wheels ( here updated to BST Carbon ).  Brakes are standard but XL 330mm fronts with radially mounted calipers.  The fairing is smoothly angular, with this year’s cat-eye headlights just above fresh air intakes.

The Jax dealer had their offering professionally shot, but this 1098S would be to drool over even with cellphone pictures.  The condition makes its 13,300 miles a bit surprising, and carbon farkles are around every corner.  Mods read like a holiday gift list in the eBay auction:

BST Carbon wheels                                                                            New Pirelli tires

Carbon Swing arm cover                                                                   Carbon sprocket cover

Carbon key tray                                                                                   Carbon front fender

Carbon air intake                                                                                Carbon belly pan

Carbon tank guard                                                                              Carbon racing fuel cap

Shorty clutch and brake levers                                                         Rizoma grips

Pitbull stabilizer                                                                                   Full Termi Exhaust

EVR slipper clutch                                                                               Black woodcraft rear sets

The 1098’s lifespan was relatively short, as after all of Ducati’s lobbying, FIM raised the WSBK twin displacement to 1200cc where it stands today.  The 1098R for 2008 came with 1198cc’s of testastretta goodness, making it way too fast for public roads instead of just much too fast like the -S here.  For a serious rider, the condition and not-inflated ask for this superbike makes it worth a serious look.

-donn

BBBBBBad – 2008 Ducati 1098S
Ducati November 6, 2020 posted by

A Different Animal – 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS

As tough as it was to make the water-cooled engine look beautiful, the four valve testastretta ( and 130 hp ) was worth it.  Here’s a powerful creampuff with under 1,000 miles and a veritable mountain of farkles.

2007 Ducati Monster S4RS for sale on eBay

The S4RS was a certain pinnacle of Monster engineering, with the superbike’s 50mm throttle bodies tucked under the fuel tank.  It’s geared more for the stoplight to stoplight contests than the GP course, and excels in traffic.  Öutstanding Öhlins dampers are front and rear, as are wide 17-inch rims.  Ergonomics accommodate the long engine and might require a lean over the tank, and the smooth dry clutch will tone up your left grip.

Out of dry Palm Springs, this S4RS looks better than new, with carbon a major element.  Depending on who did the installation, the upgrades might’ve challenged the purchase price.  Comments and a list from the eBay auction:

Purchased new in 2007 and been garage kept ever since. Only 939 Miles from new. 3 keys. Clean title in hand. Detailed serviced history and all manuals included. Perfect condition. Never been dropped and only adult ridden, in the dry. Has over $15k in extras added on to this motorcycle, no expense has been spare on this bike. All work has been done by either a Ducati dealership or a Ducati Certificated Master Technician. Sorry no test rides.
 
Items Include: 
  • Termignoni full race exhaust system with ECU
  • Ducati Performance slipper clutch w/ red pressure plate and black springs
  • Ducati Performance Garmin Zumo 590 GPS
  • BST Carbon Rims with Pirelli Diablo Rossa Corsa tires 
  • Custom rear sets from Pro Twins (Ducati dealership in the UK)
  • Black powder-coated passenger foot-pegs w/ carbon fiber heel guards
  • CNC Racing rear sprocket cover and flange bolts in black
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber chain guard (front & rear pieces)
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber tail unit
  • Ducati Performance rear view mirror set with built-in turn signals
  • Hyperpro 140 mm steering damper (frame-mounted)
  • Rizoma NEXT fluid reservoirs w/ clear tubing
  • Brembo radial brake master cylinder + lever
  • Brembo radial clutch master cylinder + lever
  • Ducati Performance front & rear turn signals
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber front mudguard
  • Rizoma open clutch cover
  • DID 525 final drive chain
  • CNC Racing clutch slave cylinder
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber rear hugger
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber radiator covers
  • Ducati Performance aluminum gas cap in black
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber front sprocket cover
  • Evotech bar-end weights
  • Zero Gravity black fly screen.
  • Renthal 42-tooth rear sprocket
  • K&N air filter
  • Shift Tech carbon fiber plate surround
  • HID main headlamp bulb
  • Renthal 14-tooth front sprocket
  • Pro Grips
  • Custom Paint Protection Film on all fairings and tank
  • Front and rear paddock stands
  • Custom indoor cover

Though jamming the 916 engine into the 2001 Monster S4 wasn’t a wild leap, down the road it led to some seriously super naked bikes – right down to this year’s 1200S, with three electronics packages to tame the 147 hp twin.  But the round headlight S4RS has a different feel, with the main computer just north of the helmet chin strap, and the desmoquattro engine quite similar to the World Superbike Ducati from that year.

-donn

A Different Animal – 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS