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Ducati December 11, 2021 posted by

Black and Gold Tiger – 1979 Ducati 900SD Darmah

Ducati called in stylist Leopoldo Tartarini to help them back from the 860GT mis-step, and beside the 900SS bevel, and he penned most of the sporty SS attributes into the unfaired SD Darmah.  Here’s a very original SD with a recent powertrain rebuild, and very presentable survivor cosmetics.

1979 Ducati SD900 Darmah for sale on eBay

Ducati wasn’t ready to abandon their 864cc L-twin, which laid down a torquey 65 hp, featuring 32mm Dell’Orto carbs with individual airboxes and single overhead cams.  The 5-speed and frame were fairly conventional, though the transmission got good marks for smooth shifting.  Marzocchi forks and monoshock provided a firm but not harsh ride, tailored well to the centrist performance.  Triple 280mm disks put a hurting on the 18-inch tires, but got the job done.  The factory seat was way over on the sporty side, but easily upgraded.  Nippondenso instruments and controls eyebrows some eyebrows, but worked every time.

The seller delves into patina issues when the survivor condition is really quite good.  Darmah’s pre-date all the age-proof paints and finishes we almost take for granted, but the originals here look great.  Longer stalk mirrors have been fitted and the factory seat re-stuffed.  The drivetrain rebuild is more of a story than the odometer change, and probably will account for quite a bit of the strike price.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The last affordable Bevel Head. Prior owner acquired the bike in 2012 and the speedo was inoperable and replaced with a NOS unit. By 2015 the prior owner had put 2,600 miles on the engine and that’s when the motor was rebuilt. Odometer shows less than 5,000 miles now. What’s wrong with it? 

It’s a great original bike with with patina that comes with something that has always been cared for rather than something fixed up from a wreck. Clear coat by the gas cap peeled when the PO purchased the bike and has not progressed (maybe US gas ?), There is also clear coat peeling right side under brake fluid reservoir – maybe spills/ leaks at some time. Clear coat peel near rear seat lock. Hasn’t been run by me in nearly 9 months.  Mirrors aren’t original although they are Ducati. PO had replaced originals with little “racy” ones. The ball end on front brake lever is snapped off. (I have replacement and haven’t installed yet.)  Seat has been recovered and padded.  Anyone who has ridden on one without this “mod” will know why this was done.  This was going to be my “forever bike” but plans changed…as they do.
 
Complete engine rebuild in winter of 2015 by Karl Engelenner (MMS – Sacramento CA).
      • New rods and crank pin

      • New 88mm pistons and rings

      • New valves and seats

      • New bearings, all of them in the motor and trans

      • New Surflex clutch

      • Vee Two high flow oil pump

      • All rocker arms reconditioned

      • All transmission shafts and gears reconditioned

      • New 36mm Dell’orto carbs/Originals available 

      • Original Paint

      • Campagnolo wheels

      • Braided steel brake lines

      • New Rubber brake lines 

      • New Avon  Roadrider tires 

      • Tomaselli 2C throttle

      • K&N filters

        Serviced 90 days ago  by the Zen House of Point Arena

        new Starter Sprag Fitted 

The Darmah has a page or two in Msgr’s Tartarini and Taglioni’s history, but Ducati is still not done with the desmodue.  The stately black and gold had a European sophistication, and the saddle’s relationship with the tank may have advertised a different sportiness than the chassis wanted to deliver.  But the torque and stability made the Darmah a signature Ducati.  Just one day to go and plenty of bids, but none satisfying the reserve.

-donn

Black and Gold Tiger – 1979 Ducati 900SD Darmah
Honda November 29, 2021 posted by

RC Wannabe – 2006 Honda CBR600RR with 877 Miles !

Not generally clearing the rarity bar at RSBFS, this CBR600RR caught our eye since it’s for all intents a new bike.  Maybe you’re thinking lighter and would like to sample the state of the supersport art in 2006.

2006 Honda CBR600RR for sale on eBay

Honda brought a host of technical achievements to the CBR600RR, some came with the original 2003 model – like dual stage fuel injection, Unit Pro-link monoshock, and a casting method that reduced the thickness of the frame elements to just 1/10th of an inch.  For 2006 there were new inverted forks ( with radial brake mounts ), revised chassis, and somehow, 22 less pounds.  The fairing, exhaust, and swingarm are patterned to looks like its inspiration, the RC211V GP bike.

Offered by a specialty shop nearby PA’s Susquehanna River, this CBR looks excellent but not perfect.  A bonk or two from the garage elves might lead to a new fender and turn signal, probably still available from big red.  The owner states it’s been brought to running condition, so just a quick rubdown and the new owner will be ready to go – or maybe stay.  Just a couple of notes in the eBay auction:

Only 877 miles !  All original ! 
 
This is a one owner bike that has never been modified. Even the tires are original with nipples, showing how little the bike was used. It has recently been serviced and has been ridden enough to have everything checked out. 
 
Clean and clear, original title in hand. 

To keep team costs down, Supersport rules generally are less flexible on modifications, but something about the way they boiled out made the Honda dominant in World Supersport and Formula Xtreme, if not AMA Supersport.  Chassis tuning got high marks from reviewers in 2006, and most mention the diminutive size of the package, better for younger jockeys perhaps.  Maybe it’s been on your shoulda-woulda-coulda list since real life intervened back then, if so you’re not likely to find a better candidate.  And the Make Offer button is available.

-donn

RC Wannabe – 2006 Honda CBR600RR with 877 Miles !
Yamaha October 29, 2021 posted by

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !

Though big red dominated, Yamaha’s FZ750R / OU45 regularly appeared as the best of the rest in mid-eighties AMA Superbike.  Here’s a collector which has somehow escaped the suburban Dallas heat, and dodged a lifetime’s worth of garage elves.

1985 Yamaha FZ-750 for sale on eBay

Yamaha had reportedly toyed with as many as seven valves per cylinder, but settled on five for the Genesis engine.  Laid forward to straighten the path through the 34mm Mikuni’s, 105 hp was the result.  The four was wedged across a double cradle chassis, with right side up forks and a monocross rear.  270mm brakes are period correct but seem undersized for the mission, and the 16/18-inch wheel stagger would be seen as under and over-sized just a few years later.  Riding position was a pretty good tuck and helped the rider get behind the upper-only fairing.

The comments say the bike has been in the back of the garage for a generation, so this might be the original owner.  Condition is hard to believe with none of the usual bumps, bruises, or mods that might be expected.  A fork brace is visible and a Fox shock is hidden.  Otherwise it looks original right down to the tires.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This bike has been in a controlled environment for the past 35 years. The 80’s motorcycle market is getting hot and this is a perfect opportunity for a collector or lover to own an iconic bike. It runs and rides like a new bike with a couple of original 80’s upgrades remote adjustable rear Fox Shock and a fork brace. The miles are original, I was putting it in my collection but it needs to be ridden and because of my age and old racing injuries I can’t manage the low bars. The value will only increase as this is the only FZ 750 I have seen come on the market over the last 2 years. One sold in January of 2019 for $9,000 with 39,000 miles on it and needed attention. This bike is as good as the day it came off the ship.

Part of the design concept was the five smaller valves which didn’t require double valve springs, allowing higher revs and an easier life for the cams.  Yamaha stuck with the Genesis for several years, attesting to the idea’s success.  The conventional auction ( high reserve though ) reflects the almost super-stardom of these early superbikes.  It might take a re-list, but interest in an FZ in this condition will come.

-donn

 

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !
Honda October 28, 2021 posted by

Come In For a Test Drive – 1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

Update 10.28.2021: Previously posted September 2020, this RC30 is back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $48,995. Links updated. -dc

A ( if not The ) classic superbike at this juncture, Honda’s RC30 has beauty and real-world capability.  This example is slightly under-documented but has collectible looks.

1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

The RC30 was designed and built for the Superbike World Championship, which it won with Fred Merkel aboard the two first years.  The version found at the showroom had 112 hp available, with just 400 or so pound to push.  Endurance racing aspirations dictated the single-sided swingarm and quick release front axle, and the era required staggered wheel sizes of 17 front and 18 rear.  The RC30 always seemed more than the sum of its parts, the alloy chassis and big-bang V-4 not quite accounting for its well-balanced presence.

Seller Eurocycle appears to be a new outfit, with locations in Sonoma, Reno, and Vegas.  No history is offered but the condition is excellent for its nearly 24K miles.  Finishes and tires look fresh.  Besides new and used bikes, Eurocycle’s website shows rentals ( no the RC30 wasn’t listed ) and some kind of club membership – maybe a knowledgeable reader could chime in.

Eminently collectible, an RC30 was reviewed as not hard to ride, and might be an inspiring occasional rider for a small stable.  More history or perhaps some catch-up maintenance might be expected before sending this V4 out on a mission.  The ask is a little shy of what might be expected for a nice example, but as with so many things this year, all bets are off.

-donn

Come In For a Test Drive – 1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30
Moto Guzzi October 8, 2021 posted by

Comfortable Café – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

Lucky to have been designed and manufactured during Aprilia’s acquisition, Moto Guzzi’s V11 Sport had some new ideas as well as classic Guzzi attributes.  This example shows just 3,130 miles and the condition indicates that is correct.

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for sale on eBay

The V11 started its summation of Guzzi history right in the engine bay, with its largest-ever engine at 1,064 cc’s, optimized for 69 ft.-lbs. torque but sporting 91 hp.  A newly designed 6-speed drew raves, along with an interesting two-plate dry clutch.  The chassis is a beefy rectangular tube connecting the headstock and sideplates, with the engine supported front and rear.  The shaft drive is a Guzzi hallmark, and the Brembo brakes look big enough to handle the 500 lbs. riding weight.  Styling is classic with upright but forward controls, nearly 6 gallons of fuel, and faired pillion.  Love it or don’t, the green has been in and out of Guzzi’s catalog since the original V7.

Somehow stored without damage after passing just a season’s worth of miles, this V11 looks great and boasts a recent oil change and battery.  New baloney skins will be a requirement however.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Green color with Red frame edition in mint condition with only 3130 miles. It is a one owner motorcycle, all original with only a battery tender lead added. The Emissions Canisters have been removed as well as the side reflectors but I have these items in a box that’s included in the sale. Newer battery installed as well as a recent oil change. Tires are original as well as everything else. Never in the elements and kept in a climate controlled garage. Clear PA title and 2 keys along with the Owners Manual.

The V11 stayed in production until 2006, and the 1064 two-valve engine was used in the more muscle-bike Griso until recently, though only the 1200 is currently on the USA site.  Better for shorter rides without the Le Mans fairing, the semi-clip-ons give a sporty but relaxed ride.  Classic prices have been so bonkers it’s hard to say whether this one will still be available when the post comes up, but it’s worth reviewing to see a lovely stock example.

-donn

Comfortable Café – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport
Ducati September 17, 2021 posted by

Inspiration – 1978 Ducati 900 GTS

Though the Super Sports were to be lusted after, the 900 GTS had their own part in Ducati’s history and on the Sport Classic’s family tree.  Here’s a Canadian example which is said to be unrestored and shows beautifully.

1978 Ducati 900 GTS for sale on eBay

If there had been a momentary Universal European Motorcycle, the 900 GTS has a lot of its qualities.  Downtube frame, metal fenders, kick and electric start, long seat, and each manufacturer had their own favored engine design.  Taglioni’s signature bevel-drive desmodue is in the cradle, with Guigiaro’s stylized case design, and 65 hp on the dyno.  Typical for the decade are the 5-speed, three-way adjustable forks and shocks, and drum rear brake – with better twin disks up front.  Rubber is 18-inch, with wider availability these days than there was back then.  The long skinny seat isn’t seen much anymore, but the knee indentations in the tank are now classic.

No belts on these bevel heads so if the oil is fresh and battery charged it should be able to give those Heidenau’s a workout.  Paint work is said to be original but looks better.  The chrome is getting thin on the fenders but the engine cases look great.  Standard key ring damage on the warning light panel but maybe that could be refreshed.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This is an ALL ORIGINAL unmolested classic Ducati GTS 900 with original paint. It just came out of a private collection. No accidents, clean title, survivor. The bike is in overall good condition and has been tuned up with a new battery installed. Starts up every time and sounds absolutely ballsy, I get looks, questions, thumbs up every time I take it out for a ride. So be prepared to get approached A LOT at gas stations (I only use Chevron 94 octane fuel, nothing less, EVER).

I’ve ridden it a few times this summer to keep the wheels round and the oil circulating but that’s it. I am it’s second custodian. If you know these bikes then you know how rare and appreciated they are, and how they are climbing in value.

Thirty years later, Ducati “invented” the – GT1000 –, a retro classic owing a lot to the 900 GTS.  Modern fuel injection and brake are a bit of a difference, but the similarities are undeniable.  The comfortable riding position made the GT the most popular among riders if not investors.  It would be a neat garage with a 900 GTS next to a similarly painted GT1000 – different generations of a great ride.

-donn

Inspiration – 1978 Ducati 900 GTS
Honda March 15, 2021 posted by

Middle Child – 2000 Honda CBR929RR

  • some lucky owner bought-it-now last night, but this CBR is still worth a look…  Donn

When the liter-bike sweepstakes heated up, Honda stuck with a small displacement increase and concentrated on weight saving and tech.  Here’s a KC example with low miles in super nice shape with a boatload of new parts.

2000 Honda CBR929RR for sale on eBay

The SC44 brought major changes, at least internally, with a more oversquare architecture, lightened hard parts and 152 hp.  Leading edge devices controlled the intake and exhaust, 50 psi fuel feeding the 40mm throttle bodies, and a trick titanium valve that tailored the size of the exhaust collector to engine speed.  Sideplates on the chassis were deleted in favor of the load bearing crankcase with a subframe to hold the swingarm and footpegs.  Inverted forks were terminated with 330mm brakes, and finally a 17-inch front wheel.  Bodywork included a triple headlight, making nighttime sorties less of a nail-biter.

Shown by the 2nd owner and friend of a FireBlade superfan, this 929 is wicked clean, and bristling with new factory components.  Maybe the RC51 wheels are lighter, but they’re all but invisible behind the brakes.  Multiple windshields and tailcones are on the list in the eBay auction:

– New Bridgestone triple compound tires 
– 2002-06 RC51 SP2 wheels powder coated gloss black w/new bearings & hardware.  These wheels look amazing on the bike!! 
– Custom HRC wheel decals 
– 520 RK Gold chain conversion with Renthal ultra light sprockets 2-up in the rear. 
– New Honda turn signal rubber stalks 
– New Honda brake pads and Core Moto stainless brake lines. 
– New Honda fuel pump 
– New Honda air filter 
– New Honda clutch & throttle cables 
– New Honda grips, levers, bar ends, and hardware. 
– New Honda rear cowl last one available super unicorn, original was scratched (2 imperfect backups included)
– New Honda windscreen last one available super unicorn + you have a zero gravity clear screen as a back up. 
– New Honda oil and filter 
– New headlight & taillight bulbs 
– Mint, stock exhaust + period correct, last available, super unicorn, Jardine bolt-on (sounds great), which is the system that factory Honda was running in superbike competition at the time. 
– Extra Honda key

Reviewers quibbled with Honda’s horsepower and weight numbers, and either way the blue R1 wasn’t coming down off its pedestal.  Competitive pricing and build quality made the CBR a safe bet, but not the winner Honda was hoping for, and engineers went right back to it and produced another update for 2002.  Almost a collectible, the CBR929RR has great potential, especially as updated and presented here.

-donn

Middle Child – 2000 Honda CBR929RR
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