Posts by tag: carbon

MV Agusta February 4, 2019 posted by

Distinguished – 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

MV's 312R was introduced midway through the F4's lifespan when top speed, rather than 0-60 or a 1/4-mile was the goal.  In its alternative (not red and silver) livery, this Scottsdale example looks cared for with just 4,500 miles.

2008 MV Agusta F4 312R for sale on eBay

The F4 were built around the powerplant, and the 312R had revised heads with 30mm titanium intake valves, 48mm throttle bodies and longer intake horns to help make 183 hp at a lofty 12,400 rpm.  In the shiney-side-up department, 50mm Marzocchi forks are nitrided with carbon to reduce stiction, and the Sachs rear monoshock has low and high-speed adjustments.  312 kmh eventually has to end, and the Brembo P4/34 brakes are some of their finest.  The bodywork is at once trim, complex, and aggressive, and the stuff dreams are made of.

Not much to tell about a minty example with low miles, but there has been a sprocket change, maybe an additional tooth out back to trade a little top speed for sub-sonic convenience.  Pearlescent white over carbon looks so classy a tux might be good riding gear.  The owner relates recent maintenance in the eBay auction:

If you know sport bikes, you know MV Augusta is Motorcycle Art! This 200 mph F4 is in mint condition; stored for years as part of an MV collection. Beautiful paint, 2 tone pearl white and pearl black. This bike is completely stock, except for sprockets upgrade. New Metzler M5 tires. Recent oil service and coolant service...

The 312R was MV's pinnacle for a bit, superceded by the RR and then very special Castiglioni tributes.  The air slips over this veritable work of art, with premium appointments adding up to a $30K MSRP, making the current ask seem almost reasonable.  The same folks who said you'd be just as quick and a lot more sensible on any of the Pacific flagships are still on duty, but now saving you just a few thousand instead of the huge when-new dollars.  In this case the big step to a real exotic isn't such a leap !

-donn

Distinguished – 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R
Ducati January 2, 2019 posted by

Up Close and Personal – 2005 Ducati 749R

RSBFS readers are accustomed to spotless 749R's with very few miles, and this example does not disappoint, even though it was owned by a race team.  This rare homologation special has been barely broken in, displayed, protected from damage, maintained, and even autographed by its designer Pierre Terblanche.

2005 Ducati 749R for sale on eBay

Ducati viewed World Super Sport as a good fit for their 749, having been updated in 2003 with the 999.  WSSP rules encouraged manufacturers to load their middle-weights for bear, and Ducati obliged, equipping the 749R with a special oversquare engine tested to 121 hp and happier at the upper end of the rev range thanks to titanium internals.  An adjustable headstock was at the front of the trellis frame, with race-derived flat rate swingarm at the back.  Tunable forks and rear monoshock were by Ohlins, with radially-mounted Brembo brakes.  Adjustments are also available for the seat and footpeg positions.  The monoposto-only fairing was initially carbon, but de-rated to polymer after the initial year.

Hidden in the back of the  - Tech46 - shop in Birmingham, AL, this 749R has been witness to their preparations for AMA, endurance and rally events.  From the eBay auction:

749R with only 1780 original street miles. This motorcycle is in immaculate condition, runs perfectly, and has been hand-signed the bike’s designer - the world renowned Pierre Terblanche.

This bike has never been on the racetrack. No leaks, no smoke, shifts like new bike, rides like new, everything works just as it did when sold new. Paint is flawless. Full synthetic Maxima Ultra 4 10-40 engine oil. Front and rear brake system and hydraulic clutch have been flushed with Brembo 600 RBF. This bike needs nothing other than a new home.

This motorcycle is badged by Ducati on the upper triple clamp as example #0104 of approximately 1500 749R motorcycles produced for worldwide distribution between 2004 and 2006.

Includes both factory keys and the red programming key along with all owners manuals that were issued by Ducati at time of purchase. This gem has been stored in a climate controlled environment since new. Brand new Yuasa AGM battery installed a month ago. Michelin tires are in excellent (basically brand new) condition with 2011 date codes.

The 749R really belongs on the track, the riding position, cooling and electrical systems never really compromised for the road.  This example is more pristine than many, ready for many more miles it probably will never see.  Right out front, it's labelled a PIERRE machine ( his usual autograph ) and though some owners would put it inside or under the seat, this 749R wears it proudly...

-donn

Up Close and Personal – 2005 Ducati 749R
Bimota September 24, 2018 posted by

Unobtainum alert: 2011 Bimota DB8 Oro Nero with 5 miles

2011 Bimota Oro Nero with 5 miles on ebay

Back in the early days on RSBFS there was an ongoing debate about what made a bike a true rare sportbike and  was mostly centered around Bimota models such as the SB6 which seemed to be available on eBay pretty much constantly.  Some  claimed that any bike that was readily available couldn't be a rare sportbike while the other side claimed availability wasn't as big an issue as factors such as technology or condition.   While I can't remember who got the final word, a set of criteria did result that I often use to evaluate whether a bike is truly a rare sportbike.  These criteria are

► extremely low availability/production numbers
► technological or historical significance 
► location 
► desirability 
► condition
► high original price, especially compared to other models in the same manufacturers lineup

Obviously not every bike posted on RSBFS has all these criteria but the more of these criteria that a bike has the more it seems to qualify as a rare sportbike.  Perhaps most importantly, if a bike has ALL the criteria listed above then its considered to be "unobtanium" and definitely worth a post.  Today's post is a 2011 Bimota DB8 Oro Nero, a bike that seems to meet all the unobtainum criteria.

Let's run through the criteria starting with availability.  According to Wikipedia, only 10 Oro Nero were built.  The seller indicates this Bimota Oro Nero is #11 of 11 produced which seems odd at first but the seller has a plausible explanation for this which can be read on the Bimota forum (link here) and anyone who has dealt with the Italian manufacturers knows how a few extra models tend to appear here and there based on supplies.

As for technology, the Bimota Oro Nero wasn't just a pretty carbon-fiber face; it was actually  the first production bike to offer the combination of a carbon fiber frame, subframe and swingarm.

Location?   It's currently located in California, the heart of sportbike country in the USA.

Desirability?  Well if you are like me and you like the pure carbon fiber look then damn this thing is sexy.   The pics provided by the seller aren't the best (they seem to  indoors and don't give a full walk around on the bike) so I reached out to the seller and they were kind enough to share some additional video links along with pictures on the ebay listing, see below

Vid 1 - coming home in the sun

Pic 1 - Upper frame in carbon

Video 2 - Walkaround

Pic 2 - Rear swingarm in carbon

Video 3 - rolling it into the garage

As for condition/maintenance, with 5 miles since new there isn't a lot to talk about on this one.   The pics the seller includes on the ebay listing do seem to show recent maintenance (not sure where/when this was done though) and I think I spot a new tire sticker in the last video.  The fluid in the brake reservoir does look its due for a change though.

The last criteria for being a rare sportbike is OEM price.  The Oro Nero was originally offered for $80,000 USD so the sellers Buy-It-Now price of $91,000 USD isn't as outrageous as it might first seem (and the ebay auction indicates that offers will be considered).

Now that we have reviewed this bike's unobtanium qualifications we arrive at the final question - is this this bike something to put on your collection list?  $80,000 USD is still a fair chunk of change for a bike that has a plastic gas tank cover and what appears to be a phantom pillion seat pad (no footrests for a passenger).  Also the full carbon look isn't really exclusive to the Oro Nero; other options include the Aprilia Nera, the Kawasaki H2 carbon or if money is really no object there is the MV Agusta F4cc.

Even though the Oro Nero is definitely worthy of a post here on RSBFS it doesn't seem likely it will appreciate much in the near future.   It seems like its more of a long term investment that will appeal to a deep pocketed and patient collector or perhaps to a Bimota collector looking to complete their lineup.   While it will probably never ellicit a reaction like an RC30 or Desmosedici whomever buys it will be able take comfort in the fact that have something that even the famous Barber and Solvang museums don't have.

Martin G/Dallaslavowner

Unobtainum alert:  2011 Bimota DB8 Oro Nero with 5 miles
MV Agusta August 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #222

The fanboys will tell you that the MV Agusta F4 created a warp in the sportbike space-time continuum. With serious power developed with the help of Ferrari racing engineers and overall design courtesy of the Cagiva Research Center and legendary artist Massimo Tamburini, the limited Senna edition created a rare and gorgeous motorcycle with performance and cache that stands out today. The haters simply called it a warmed over Ducati 916.

Featured Listing: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #222

It is true that the rebirth of MV Agusta gave Tamburini a fresh canvas upon which to work - making the F4 the spiritual successor of the 916/996/998 lineup. The supermodel sexy bodywork is pure Tamburini, as was the single sided swingarm. But unlike Ducati twins, MV Agusta offered a clean sheet of engineering paper enroute to a 174 HP inline four cylinder screamer. Not-so-subtle touches like the four organ pipes poking out of the tail section give the F4 a character unlike any other bike.

From the seller:
This bike is like new. Always garaged and covered. No scratches. Number 222. I bought the bike 2 years ago when it had less than 100 miles. It was recommissioned with new fluids, tires, and the heavy duty water pump. Comes with original rear stand, cover and certificate. Ready to ride!

Another area where MV Agusta mimics Ducati is in the proliferation of Limited Edition models. There exist 5 exclusive variants of the F4 (each numbered and limited, naturally), not counting the mass production F4 1000S and 1000R models. The Senna takes its roots from the R model, but adds specific graphics on carbon panels, updated front (Marzzochi) and rear (Sachs) suspension, exclusive Marchesini wheels, and an upgrade to the already excellent Brembo brakes. Finally, the rider's perch was upgraded to alcantara. Notably all Senna editions (whether they be Ducati or MV Agusta) offered a percentage of the profits to support Ayrton Senna's charity looking after needy children in Brazil.

The F4 has oft been voted the most beautiful motorcycle ever developed. From the sharp front view to the flowing side panels, from the exposed rear wheel to the shotgun pipes, the F4 is a looker. And the Senna is, arguably, the best looking of the bunch. The carbon/graphite color scheme preserves the wonderful shape of the bike without the "look at me!" schemes of some of the other editions. While Senna was not known as a motorcycle racer, he was a consummate competitor with serious star power. And speaking of power, don't forget that you have 174 happy ponies on tap for the asking.

This particular bike looks to be what one would expect given the pedigree: very low miles and very well cared for. With but 526 miles on the digital clocks, this one-of-300 examples is looking for a new home. The opening ask is only $13k, with the BIN set at $16k. Those are very competitive numbers, with most Senna editions we have seen having sold in the $15k-$18k range. Check it out here before this exclusive rocket finds itself a new home. Good Luck!!

Featured Listing: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #222
Aprilia June 25, 2018 posted by

TTBC Graduate – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory

Aprilia made neat black Haga and Edwards commemoratives on the 2003 RSV1000R, and continued applying the signature decals on the early 2nd generation Factory.  Rather than the black and Alice livery, the 2004 is an adult multi-grey, with the R's blue wheels.  The Factories had excellent components and this one shows just over 2,200 miles.

2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory for sale on eBay

The revisions for the '04 RSV are package-oriented, with the chassis geometry and powertrain being very similar, though improvements to the heads and intakes netted 143 hp.  The CAN-bus system was introduced on the gen-2, reducing wiring complexity, and the bodywork simplified and modernized.  Carbon is found on the side covers, mudguards, and air guides on the Factory, and Öhlins appointments also include the steering damper.  Radially mounted Brembo brakes are top of the line, and the O-Z wheels' wide flat spokes are forged.  The fairing is more angular than the earlier model, with a ram-air intake and dual headlights replacing Mickey.

This Ohio based RSV looks excellent and the Aprilia 60-degree twin should be tolerant of the long rest.  Not exactly a Colin Edwards replica, most sources credit the sticker to left over materials from the '03, but maybe a reader knows for sure.  Looks like stands are included.  Maybe someone can comment on the "informal" position of the carbon nostril in the nose.  From the eBay auction:

Factory R is Aprilia's base model for a superbike racer. All the Factory R features. One of 30 imported. Also known as the Colin Edwards replica. All top of the line Ohlins front, rear suspension and steering dampener. Brembo block calipers and pump master cylinders. Special OZ light weight wheels. Carbon fiber throughout. CRG levers. Arrow silencers. Showroom condition. 2200 original adult owned miles. These bikes are getting harder to find in this condition as most of them ended up as track bikes. No disappointments.

Edwards was reigning WSBK champ and MotoGP rookie when he rode for Aprilia, which was the middle of a three year effort for the manufacturer.  He went on to 10 more years in MotoGP, mostly with Yamaha but also Honda and Kawasaki.  Back home in Texas Edwards started the Texas Tornado Boot Camp, a four day school focusing on dirt track skills.  The 2004 RSV's had some nice updates from the first generation and the Factory is certainly the way to go.  The buy-it-now seems like a nice bargain for such low miles and high-end componentry...

-donn

TTBC Graduate – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory
BMW June 23, 2018 posted by

Way Out of the Box – 2014 BMW HP4 Competition

BMW has liked to use some of their limited editions as technology showcases, and the HP4 Competition is no exception.  The 2014 special  S1000RR had traction control, dynamic damping control, racing ABS, launch control, and the list goes on.  Forgot to mention the nearly 200 hp  and dry weight well under 400 lbs.  With numbers like that, wheelie control had better be standard.

2014 BMW HP4 Competition for sale on eBay

Released in 2009 and meant to put BMW on the WSBK map, the S1000RR has been a significant competition and showroom presence.  The 999 cc four is seriously oversquare and runs quite high compression at 13:1, on its way to 193 hp.  Chassis and swingarm are aluminum, with castings and stampings both used, the swingarm being double-sided for strength.  Excess weight was in the crosshairs with full titanium exhaust and lightweight battery.  The HP4 was introduced in 2012 as a continuation of the HP marketing concept, and capitalizes on racing-derived electronics to improve things for the sport rider.  The ABS, suspension, and traction are all computer controlled and the system has modes for Rain, Sport, Track, and Slick operations.  Additionally, a speed-shifter is standard, a launch control routine makes a smooth start possible, and wheelie control has been improved for 2014.

This HP4  shows just under 6,000 miles, and looks damage-free.  Not sure how the HP4's are numbered, but though the triple tree isn't pictured, the sliders are numbered 5322.  Production should be under 1,000 for this model.  The Competition package includes the carbon under-tray and HP levers and rearsets, and also BMW racing blue finish on the wheels.  The N.J. owner keeps it to the point in the eBay auction:

2014 BMW HP4 Competition Edition (#5322) in completely mint condition, garage kept, less than 5500 miles, only one owner, lots of accessories, no falls, no drops, no damage of any kind, complete working order & ready to ride, if you don’t know what this is, then it's not the bike for you

BMW fought their way to a string of podium finishes, initially with Troy Corser, but probably the best year being 2012 under Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam.  The effort is currently a top-10 regular, run by Althea Racing who also enters the European Superstock 1000 series.  It's also a staple at the Isle of Man, Michael Dunlop taking the TT win just a few weeks ago.  Certainly the sportbike a lot of people said BMW should have been making much earlier, these days the HP4 is a track only beast, made in very low numbers.  The few HP4's don't change hands often, and the BIN seems like a pretty good value, surprising no one has snapped it up, or at least put a deposit on and have a dealer take a close look...

-donn

Way Out of the Box – 2014 BMW HP4 Competition