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Aprilia November 10, 2015 posted by

Carbonated – 2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing

Aprilia’s “Thunder” bike, the Tuono is based on the RSV Mille Superbike, with a bikini fairing and adapted for tubular handlebars.  Introduced in 2002, the model was made in modest quantities until it was succeeded by the V4 1100 in 2011.  The “Racing” special edition offered here has several mechanical upgrades from the base model and a lot of gorgeous carbon fiber details.

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2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing for sale on eBay

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As many Aprilias have done, the Tuono uses the very successful Rotax 998 cc V-twin, dry-sumped this time, with Aprilia’s own intake, fuel injection system and exhaust resulting in 126 hp and 74 ft-lbs. torque.  The aluminum frame has formed twin spars welded to the steering head and frame connectors, and an aluminum seat sub-frame.  The aluminum swingarm is supported by a fully adjustable Boge shock with progressive linkage.  Up front the 43 mm inverted forks are Ohlins fully adjustable.  An Ohlins steering damper helps keep the adjustable bars from over-reacting to acceleration.  Clutch action is aided by Aprilia’s Pneumatic Power Clutch, which uses engine vacuum to provide a slipper clutch-like response when downshifting.  Brakes are radially mounted Brembo front calipers on 320 mm disks, with 220 mm rear.

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Almost everything that isn’t aluminum on the Racing edition must be carbon fiber, including the fenders, belly pan, seat fairing, bikini, ram air scoops, radiator shrouds, and oil tank.  All that carbon helps the “transformer” looks of the Tuono, at least for me.  In this case the accent is the black painted nylon fuel tank, and the colorful graphics on the seat fairing and belly pan.  The gold anodizing on the brake carriers, forks, and handlebars adds a nice highlight.

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Showing 17,500 miles, this Tuono looks great and appears undamaged.  Some customization has been done – a Remus exhaust, Corbin seat, and Rizoma signals and mirrors.  The Illinois dealer says this in the eBay auction:

Brembo Brakes

Remus Revolution Exhaust

Ohlins Rear Mono Shock

Ohlins Adjustable Steering Damper

Anti vibration Double Countershaft

Dynojet Power Commander Tuner

Aluminum Footrests

Rizoma LED Turn Signals

Rizoma Grips

Rizoma Mirrors

Our 2003 Aprilia Tuono is in pristine condition inside and out. It has a clean Carfax and Autocheck and has been very well maintained.

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Free of the bronze anodizing on the base Tuono, this Aprilia street fighter is very high tech and looks it.  Not much about maintenance in the auction, but the Rotax double overhead cams are gear and chain driven, and with any luck the valves have been looked after.  The close relation to the RSV Mille has rewarded the Tuono with great handling, without too much arm and shoulder pain.  A naked bike running an 11-second quarter mile and a 157 mph top speed is a bit of a head scratcher, but as a the saying goes, too much of a good thing – is wonderful…

-donn

Carbonated – 2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing
Bimota December 12, 2014 posted by

Unobtanium alert: Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon in Australia

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Here is a bit of carbon wrapped exotica for the holidays, a Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon version located in Australia.

The Bimota Tesi hub centered steering effort began in 1991 with the 1D and continued with the 2d in 2005 and the 3d in 2007.   Each evolution of the Tesi design improved both the function of the bike while also making it look more and more like a piece of art.

For the Tesi 3D, the reviews were mostly in the vein of “epic design, merely good bike”.  The major complaint was that the Tesi 3D came equipped with an engine that offered only 95 horsepower.  Even so, reviewers gushed about how the suspension offered outstanding cornering stability which allowed the 3D to change direction quickly with the front end always feeling planted.   The hub centered front fork design also offered improved braking due to their being no front-end dive and minimal pitching which meant almost no  weight transfer went onto the front tire.   The suspension design allowed the Tesi 3D to handle any road surface changes separately to the braking forces and the layout/seating position was more upright than the previous Bimota Tesi designs (which  resulted in more comfort and excellent ground clearance).

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2008 Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon ebition for sale on ebay australia

Here is what the seller has to say:

“This Tesi is new with only 1.2 kilometres showing. It is a limited edition model from 2008 with carbon fibre bodywork. It has never been ridden but the engine has been started however. I don’t need to go into engine and frame details as if you have read this far you know what this bike is about. Both keys, owners manual and Bimota bike cover are on hand.

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So lets get to it – whats this piece of unobtanium worth?  Well like most Bimota models, the 3d was only made in small number.  Pics on the auction seem to indicate some dark brake and clutch fluids so a bit of haggling might be acceptable but the cost when new was 30,000 euros/about US$40,500 and given that this one only has 1.2 kilometers the price will likely be somewhere close to that.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unobtanium alert:  Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon in Australia
Ducati October 1, 2014 posted by

Rare Red Racer: 2003 Ducati 999r with only 125 miles

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It doesn’t matter if you are a coach, CEO or motorcycle designer, following a highly successful predecessor is tough, especially if you are tasked with going in a new direction.  When the Ducati 999 was introduced most Ducati fans had one response;  WTF?   Where the predecessor 998 had kept the classic design of the 916, the 999 was a step in a new direction.  Penned by designer Pierre Terblance, the 999 was mechanically superior from its predecessor but its oddball/rounded front fairing and exposed rear seemed a bit disjointed.

But the point of the 999 wasnt just to go into a new look/design direction. Ducati wanted to win AMA superbike in the USA, which it hadn’t done sine Troy Corser in 1994.  While the 1st generation base 999 and 999s had the same engine as the predecessor 998, the 999R and 2nd generation 999 models came with a new engine with a completely new cylinder head design, with revised ports feeding larger valves made of lightweight titanium, larger intakes and exhausts, more aggressive cams, etc.  A detailed explanation of the differences in the engine can be found here.

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2003 Ducati 999R with 125 miles

The 999R was a typical homologation bike; lots of stuff that was good for the track including the bonkers new engine and carbon fiber bodywork, not so great as a daily commuter and a high price tag with only 300 units. 

As the folks at motorcycle usa wrote

Hands will go numb after about 30 freeway minutes, but that’s a fault of the clip-ons forcing an awkward wrist angle more than from any sort of engine vibration. In fact, with the motor’s lighter reciprocating and rotating masses, this might be the smoothest Desmos we’ve ever sampled, and it positively loafs along at a lofty 85 mph (or higher). Our 999R might also have had the nicest shifting gearbox of any Ducati. Ergonomically, we appreciated the taller windscreen fitted to the 999R; not only does it offer a bit more protection from the elements, its upper edge no longer obscures a rider’s view of the gauges.

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So whats it worth?  Well this particular 999r appears to be basically new with only 125 miles but it is almost 10 years old so some servicing could be required (including the infamous Ducati belts).   The 999R was originally offered for right around 30k but recent auctions/posts on RSBFS seem to have prices ranging from 13k to 18k but those were higher mileage bikes.  The opening bid price of 15k and Buy It Now price of 23k would seem to indicate an actual reserve somewhere in the middle, maybe around 18-19k which is right in line with previous auction prices.

NOTE: The seller is not showing a clear picture of the mileage so this should probably be verified before purchase

-MG

Rare Red Racer:  2003 Ducati 999r with only 125 miles
MV Agusta September 29, 2014 posted by

Rebirth, Italian Style: 2000 MV Agusta 750 Carbon/PROTOTYPE

What is art?   For a long time the belief was that a motorcycle could not be art because “art can never have any other purpose than itself”.  But the folks at the Guggenheim museum in New York thought differently and their 1998 display the Art of the Motorcycle was the most popular event at the museum in decades.  Of course the fact that they had a Ducati 916 front and center probably helped.  The 916 was designed by Masimo Tamburini and probably did more to transform Ducati from little known Italian motorcycle manufacturer to high end luxury item than any other bike in their history.

While for a lot of people the 916 would have been a career defining moment, Cagiva design house chief Massimo Taburini went on to design yet another jaw dropping blend of art and function and thereby relaunch an epic manufacturer into the new century.  I am referring of course to the MV Agusta 750 F4.

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Its hard now to explain the impact the new MV Agusta 750 F4 had when it was introduced. Bike design had become focused on blending function and weight (or as Colin Chapman is known for saying, “simplify, then add lightness”).  The Honda Fireblade/CBR900 was the standard bearer of this philosophy and while bikes like the Fireblade were a technological tour-de-force, they inspired appreciation but not lust.

Into this setting came the rebirth of MV Agusta with the 750 F4, a drop dead, sexy red, narrow bodied bit of Italian exotica that didn’t have the eye gouging 90’s-style graphics packages. Plus it came with a rear end that was unlike anything else out there.

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2000 MV Agusta 750 ORO for sale on eBay

The first generation of the F4 model released to the public was the F4 750 Serie Oro and only 300 examples were produced, with only 60 being brought into the US.   A few seem to pop up on RSBFS repeatedly but this is not one of the previously listed bikes.

The Oro was significantly different from the standard 750 F4 models which followed it.   Many parts such as the swingarm, frame side plates and wheels were made from magnesium and were anodized gold for consistency with the name ‘Oro’ (which is Italian for gold).   All painted parts, such as fairings, seat cover, front mud guard and even the fuel tank and air box are made of carbon.  Also the Showa fork has fast detach axle clamps and according to the seller, the engine casing is different as well.

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So what’s it worth?   Well on the plus side it has ultra low mileage, looks pristine and is 1 of the 60 series Oro bikes in the US with all the upgrades listed above.  But on the minus side MV Agusta went down the same road Ducati did, offering multiple “limited editions” of the bike which kind of diluted the appeal (I’m referring to you, Nieman Marcus edition) so it won’t blow them away at bike night.  Also, the 1000cc engined bike introduced in 2005 is a more popular option with a lot of riders.  Lastly, a standard MV Agusta 750 seems to go for around 9k, so the asking price of 32k on this one seems a bit high but perhaps this bike will appeal to a collectors of 1st edition and zero mile bikes.  One thing is for sure, Tamburini knew how to “artfully” blend form and function.

-mg

Rebirth, Italian Style: 2000 MV Agusta 750 Carbon/PROTOTYPE
Aprilia April 18, 2012 posted by

Carbon Beauty – 2004 Aprilia Nera RSV-R

Update 4.18.2012: Originally posted by Andrew in September of last year, our friends at MotoCorsa/Portland Used Bikes have relisted this special limited edition on eBay. Links updated. -dc

Only 100 miles since 2004 and loads of carbon fibre as well as other premium parts from Ohlins and Brembo. The RSV 1000 R Nera goes even further than the RSV R Factory… it goes beyond the common materials, and even further in performance and refinement. Carbon, titanium and magnesium are brought together to form a unique, light-weight, more powerful and more aggressive bike. It was described as “A motorcycle for an elite” and so was made in a limited edition of 200 certified and numbered bikes. The very first one in the USA was delivered to Matt LeBlanc. The Nera was the first in Aprilia’s “Dream” series where they planned to product limited number of exotic bikes. I have to say I love the look of that tank in carbon. You know you would like to have one.

The seller gives us a bit of detail here

Here’s your chance to own a piece of Italian history
#27 of 200! Aprilia RSV-R Nera with only 100 original miles!
Aprilia’s Nera edition boasts a boatload of carbon fiber. It’s everywhere! No expense was spared with the carbon fiber panels and bodywork. If that wasn’t enough, the magnesium OZ wheels plus the full Akrapovic Titanium racing exhaust simply ooze perfection!
With only 100 miles to speak of, it’s never been dropped or abused…heck, it hasn’t been licensed, titled or really ridden (was never sold and remained in the dealer principal’s collection as a display bike). This is the closest you’ll come to a new Aprilia Nera ANYWHERE. They simply do not exist!
Without a doubt will become a VERY collectable bike. Grab this one before it gets away!

Save big $$$ over new MSRP of $39,500.
Now featured at at $27,999!

Would make a great addition to a collection, all-purpose sport bike or hard-core trackday weapon! Big power, torque and reliability from the 998cc, Rotax dual-spark powerplant! Magnesium OZ wheels, Ohlins fork, Ohlins steering damper, Ohlins shock, carbon fiber upper, carbon fiber tank, carbon fiber tail, carbon fiber fairings (just about carbon fiber everywhere) complete the package!

The auction on eBay is here. I would suggest you take your time and look through the pictures to see the finish on the carbon body. A true delight.

The listing is priced about where these bikes were a year or so ago. With the current economy perhaps it is asking a bit much now but then again this is a true rare exotic. You can always hit that “Make Offer” button and see how you get on!

AS

Bimota December 4, 2010 posted by

Brand new 2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio down under

Brand new 0 miles 2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio for sale in Australia.

I guess we have to stop calling these “rare” as this is the 4th Bimota Tesi 3D that we have listed in a month! Thanks to our reader Leigh for pointing us to this brand new Tesi 3D Carbonio that will be auctioned off in Australia:

This is a “regular” production (as opposed to the limited edition first production series) Tesi 3D in all black “carbonio” or naked carbon colour (if it’s ‘naked’ would it still be called a colour?).  I have written extensively about the Tesi 3D before, so you can read all about it by checking out previous Tesi 3D listings.

There is no additional info provided on this specific Tesi 3D other than model year and mileage, but if you are interested, I would suggest getting in touch with the auction house to find out how to place a bid.  Click HERE to jump to the listing.

ph

Bimota November 25, 2010 posted by

Viva Italia! 2009 Bimota DB5R for sale in Seattle

2007 Bimota DB5R with only 2000 miles for sale in Seattle.

This motorcycle is being offered to discriminating buyers who appreciate fine Italian craftmenship. This outstanding example is a 2007 Bimota DB5S [looks more like a DB5R to me – ph] with only 2000 total miles. These motorcycles are very rare and if you are looking for something exotic and out of the ordinary, than you need to at least give this example consideration. Some of the key features are items like: Full carbon fiber bodywork, Ohlins front and rear suspension, Ducati 1000cc dual spark engine, Frame and steering components hand crafted from billet aluminum, OZ Forged Racing Rims, Weighs in at only 368 lbs. Retirement forces sale and price is not negotiable (this price represents $11,000 dollars off the original MSRP).

The Bimota DB5 was the first “new” Bimota after the successful and accomplished Italian entrepreneur Roberto Commini took over the then bankrupt Bimota and revived the brand.  It was designed by Sergio Robbiano who, in a bit of irony, also penned the beautiful but engine wise flawed V Due that bankrupted Bimota in the first place.  The DB5 also won the Sergio the MDA’s (Motorcycle Design Association) Design Award and other prestigious titles when it was launched.

Based on the DB5, the DB5R features the following upgrades:

  • full carbon fiber fairing
  • light weight forged OZ wheels
  • Zard titanium silencers (although not on this specific bike it seems)
  • tricolore paint scheme

Here’s some more info on the DB5 and DB5R.

The DB5, while not the most powerful bike in the world with the Ducati 1000DS air-cooled engine, is renowned for its superb ride and handling.  Combined with those sexy lines (some say the best of the ‘new’ Bimotas) and tricolour paint scheme, who can resist? The only turn-off may be the $19,900 asking price…

Like most Bimotas, this one has been rarely ridden with 2000 miles (what’s the matter with Bimota owners?!) and has most likely been pampered more than my baby daughter has.  DB5 don’t come up for sale often – we’ve only had two previous DB5 listings – so if this bike is speaking to your heart (why else would you buy an Italian bike?) and you are still standing after reading the $19,900 asking price, click here to check out the ad.

ph

Kawasaki November 19, 2010 posted by

Simon Andrews’ (who?) Kawasaki ZX-10 race bike for sale!

Now here’s what I call a once in a lifetime oppourtunity – not a Desmosedici, not a RC30 or RC45, not even a NR750 (although it’s close) – but a true British Superbike front runner race bike, Simon Andrews’ ZX-10 and only for 25,000 pounds (around US$40,000):

Update: Nov 20, 2010 – Simon Andrews came 4th in the 57th Macau GP motorcycle race.

British superbike front runners,MSS Colchester Kawasaki, are selling Simon Andrews‘ BSB bike.

The bike – Andrews’ actual 09-10 race bike – cost in excess of £70,000 to build and many more thousands to develop – but is up for sale for £25,000. Apart from a 60-plate registration the bike also comes with treaded tyres, a starter motor and generator and a specification list worthy of next year’s start line.

Here’s that list in detail:

  • Ohlins FGR 800 Forks – latest spec & recently serviced Ohlins
  • TTX Rear Shock Ohlins
  • Side Mounted Steering Damper
  • Billet Brembo 2 pad pinless mono bloc calipers (top spec pre-lithium)
  • Staubli Dry Brake Couplings (Front & Rear)
  • Brembo Master Cylinder
  • Renthal Bars
  • Kit Quick Action Throttle & Cables
  • Goodridge Brake Lines
  • Brembo 320mm Front Discs
  • Adjustable offset triple clamps – 3 bolt bottom clamp and stepped top
  • Adjustable head angle
  • Adjustable swing arm pivot
  • FTR modified swing arm with factory spec bracing
  • SBK QD rear wheel
  • FTR billet one piece chain adjusters and caliper carrier
  • FTR Subframe
  • FTR Battery Box mounted by front sprocket
  • Marchesini forged magnesium wheels 3,50 x 16.5 and 6,25 x 16.5
  • Floating Rear Disc, Brembo 2 piston GP Rear Caliper
  • Valter Moto Footrest Assembly
  • Factory Arrow one-off Titanium Full System (2010)
  • FTR Alloy Fuel Tank under seat with Q/D Filler Cap, (Newton)
  • F-Hot MSS Spec Tank Cover inc. Carbon support
  • F-Hot MSS Spec Rear Seat Unit (sml race type)
  • F-Hot MSS Spec race fairing with Skidmarx screen
  • Carbon Factory Type Air Box
  • DC Mil Spec Loom
  • Kit ECU with MSS programming inc. traction control/launch control/improved rev ceiling etc etc
  • Kit Tacho & Tacho Support
  • Kit Gearbox
  • Reduced Fly Wheel Kit
  • Full Spec Motor: Kit Rods/Kit Pistons/ROO45Q10’s cams
  • Slipper clutch
  • MSS/GB Racing Engine Protection Covers
  • Samco Camo Hoses
  • Various Spares: Sprockets, Chains, Wheels, etc

If you’re interested, contact Ian Stewart at Colchester Kawasaki on 01206 860006

Sure, $40,000 is a lot of money in these times, but hey, what are the chances you’ll find another proper BSB front runner race bike for sale anytime soon?  And just check out that list of race parts: Ohlins FGR800 forks and TTX shock, Brembo billet monoblocs, carbon this, carbon that, factory one-off full titanium exhaust, kit ECU with traction control – oh I could go on!!!  I think just all the parts alone are worth the asking price!

And if you’re trying to be REALLY sneaky, just slap minimal lights on and some tiny mirrors and – BAM! – you got a proper pukka (it’s a British thing) racer for the road and you’ll be giving that $60,000 Desmosedici (plenty of those around anyway) a very good run for its money (IF the Duc can even keep up)!

If you’re ready for some serious shopping and Duc huntin’, jump over to the blog listing here.  Hmm…do the girls come with the bike?  Quack quack!

ph