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Ducati October 6, 2021 posted by

Battery Not Included – 2000 Ducati 748 with just 1,725 Miles !

Update 10.6.2021: Scooped again as this one was bought at 7 this morning !  See the original listing – here –…  Donn

Until you’ve seen one of Tamburrini’s masterpieces in a friend’s kitchen or foyer, it’s hard to understand why anyone would take a perfectly rideable supersport off the road.  A previous collector got to this one while it was still unmarked, and though it’s not a special limited edition, it gets the point of the 916/996 design across with style.

2000 Ducati 748 for sale on eBay

Although it wasn’t the superbike, the 748 was equipped for fun, with 98 hp and a closer ratio transmission than the 916.  Elsewhere, the spec sheets were shared, with indistinguishable chassis and brakes, Showa USD forks and monoshock, and wheel sizes.  Weights are within a few pounds and the tank and bodywork are hard to tell apart.  Charging and cooling system mediocrities were also shared.

Probably an academic discussion, but some workshop time would be required to re-introduce this 748 to the road.  All the expendables will have to be renewed, and even then a brake, clutch, fork, or shock seal might throw in the towel after a few rides.  If it’s going to stay in the diorama, maybe those scuffs on the lowers could be addressed.  The seller has a full-length walkaround – here – which shows off the construction at the very least.  Notes from the eBay auction:

The Ducati 748-998 is one of the most iconic and attractive modern motorcycles.  This example is in near perfect condition, easily a 9.9/10 example.  There are absolutely no modifications whatsoever on this 748.  This is an investment grade condition example that would look appropriate in a showroom, on display, or as a premium condition example to ride and enjoy.  Please view the extensive details provided including a 16 minute video showing the 748 with commentary, 140 photos, and the below description.  This 748 has a clean title in my name.

I acquired this 748 from the original owner.  He purchased it new from a Ducati dealer.  It is an original monoposto model. He was a mature adult at the time of purchase and babied the bike.  He never had it out in the rain.  He was exceptionally careful with it as the bike has no notable wear or marks on it and has never been down!  He rode it sparingly as evidenced by the very low 1,700 correct miles.  Around 2008 he decided to put the bike on static display inside his house.  Prior to this he had it prepped at the Ducati dealer with having the fuel drained, cylinders fogged, battery removed, and other tasks performed.

The yellow over gold frame and wheels shows very well at least on this 748, though the usual 1/4-turn fairing fasteners were value-engineered into less expensive clip-nuts.  More isn’t always better, and some reviewers found the 748 better suited real life than the superbike.  This particular bike will likely miss out on any more road miles, though it sounds like the previous owner prepared it properly for show, so stock it would be a great display of how it was constructed.

-donn

Battery Not Included – 2000 Ducati 748 with just 1,725 Miles !
Laverda September 29, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1974 Laverda 750 SFC

This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

In case you thought race replicas were a recent innovation, Laverda set the world on it’s ear some 50 years ago, with its 750 Super Freni Competizione, first in endurance racing, and then on the road.  Presented by a Seattle area restorer, this 750 SFC has been restored to museum quality and is ready for its next display.

1974 Laverda 750 SFC for sale

A development of Laverda’s 650cc parallel twin ( itself a template of Honda’s 305 ), the 750 SFC immediately did well in competition, and was made in rather small lots from 1971-75.  For 1974, the factory blue-printed engine with two 36mm Dell’Orto carbs and 9.9-to-1 compression made a reliable 75 hp with Bosch electronic ignition.  The classic nickel plated chassis held the engine from above as a stressed member, stabilizing the 38mm forks with their Super Freni ( Super Brakes ) 280mm disks.  Orange was adopted as Laverda’s competition color at some point in the early 1970’s, and the small seat and long range tank on the SFC appear to have been the inspiration more than one generation of café racers.

Evidently a previous owner started the restoration using all factory Laverda parts, and Duncan has these notes about the SFC and this example in particular :

A Production Racer For Sale

Laverda 750 SFs achieved notable endurance racing success in 1970, including a win of the 500km of Monza, a 1-2-3 podium sweep at the 24 Hours of Oss in Holland, and a third and sixth in the Bol d’Or in France. These bikes improved incrementally, but so did the competition. By the end of the year, Massimo asked Luciano Zen to think about a production racer version of the Laverda 750 SF.

In May 1971, the Laverda 750 SFC, for (Super Freni Competizion) was launched. Compared to the 750 SF, the engine was extensively modified. The reworked cylinder head had bigger valves and a new cam profile (designated 2/C), rockers were polished and 36mm Amal concentric carbs replaced the 30mm Dell’Ortos. A close-ratio five-speed was fitted, and the crankshaft and rods were carefully balanced and polished. Power output was rated at 70hp, and each engine was dyno tested to ensure output. The frame was strengthened with gussets and the front brake was either standard Laverda item or an optional Ceriani four-leading-shoe unit. The bikes ran on Dunlop K81 TT100 tires.

Bodywork was also new, with a 23-liter (6.1 gallon) handmade aluminum gas tank, a single seat with fiberglass tail section and a half fairing, all painted in the now-famous bright orange, a color selected to make the bikes easy to spot on the track, especially at night. It was also chosen to please the Dutch importer, Jan Raymakers, orange being the national color of the Netherlands.

Laverda 750 SFC models were produced in small batches between 1971 and 1975. The first batch, built in May 1971, numbered about 20 bikes, all intended for factory competition. SFCs were hand built by a small team and with little regard to cost. They were built to meet exceptional standards of performance, and in particular were intended to excel in endurance races, where bulk and a relative lack of nimbleness would not be so much of a handicap and where their great strength and robustness would give them a competitive advantage.

In their first official race in 1971, the Six Hours of Zeltweg, SFCs finished first and second. That year, SFCs also placed first, third and fourth in the 24 Hours of Montjuic in Barcelona, first and third in the 24 Hours of Oss, and first in Vallelunga (Italy). They also placed second at the Bol d’Or in Le Mans, first and second at Imola, and finished first and second in the 500km of Modena. Not bad for the first year.

In November 1971, 80 more SFCs were produced, and some were sold to the public. The aluminum gas tank was now fiberglass (the alloy ones had a tendency to crack), and the bikes had revised gearbox ratios and exhaust systems. They also had a new Laverda drum brake, with the more effective Ceriani a popular option. Another batch of SFCs were produced in early 1972, with slight changes to the shape of the fairing and seat and a new exhaust with a crossover pipe.

By this time, the Japanese had made significant progress in the development of their machines, and while there were SFC victories in 1972, they did not match the stellar performance of 1971. Only three 750 SFCs were made in 1973, and these served as test beds for radical changes like magnesium crankcases, new cylinder head designs and even lighter crankshafts. The results were not impressive, the bikes becoming more fragile and difficult to ride.

1974 would see the largest single-year run of SFCs. For the first time, the Laverda 750 SFC was considered part of the normal product range offered to the public and was no longer reserved solely for racing. The SFC was promoted as a “Production Racer,” similar to Ducati’s 750SS or Norton’s Commando-based production racers, and the changes were numerous. The bodywork was improved, and the zinc-plated frame was lowered and modified with revised steering geometry, larger front forks, and triple 280mm Brembo disc brakes. A new, strengthened close-ratio gearbox was fitted and the engine was enhanced by a lightened crankshaft, slim, polished connecting rods, a new camshaft (5/C), a higher capacity oil pump, new 36mm Dell’Orto carbs (without accelerator pumps), modified valves and valve springs, a new exhaust system and higher, 9.9:1 compression ratio. Power was now rated at 75hp at 7,500rpm.

A total of 222 SFCs were built in 1974, with slightly less than half of them going to the U.S. To comply with federal regulations, U.S. models had turn signals, bigger taillights, side reflectors, adjustable handlebars and Nippon-Denso speedometers and tachometers. Even though the bike was being sold to privateers in 1974, factory-prepared racers were performing well in the national production class races.

During the 5 year production run, a total of 549 were made. The SFC being offered is one of only 100 SFCs made for the North American market in 1974. According to well-known SFC expert Marnix van der Schalk (in correspondence with the previous owner), the factory records state it was shipped to the USA on July 8, 1974.

The last version of the SFC was the 1975 Laverda SFC Elettronica, its name reflecting its Bosch electronic ignition. It had a new cylinder head, revised valve angles, re-shaped combustion chambers and a new, optional high-lift cam with 10.5:1 compression ratio. A contemporary magazine test produced a 12.5 second quarter mile at 180kph (top speed over 220kph). A final batch of 33 SFC Elettronicas featuring five-spoke cast-alloy wheels were built in 1976.

The following is a list of much of the work commissioned by the previous owner and performed by Ron Small in 2002-2003, with the invoices totaling nearly $6,000.  Previous owner noted that all replacement parts used on the bike were authentic Laverda SFC parts purchased from Wolfgang Haerter at Columbia Car and Cycle in British Columbia, Canada (receipts totaling $1,000).

Motor:

Re-sleeved cylinders

bore and size cylinders

valve job

new valve springs

new valve guides

new cam chain

new cam tensioner

new guide wheel

new rings

blast and clean heads

Cam and timing set correct.

 

Other items:

new gas tank

sealed new tank 

paint new tank

new fork seals

new swing arm bushings

paint swing arm

rebuild brake master cylinders

new clutch cable

new throttle cables

new tires

new brakes

Subsequent to the work being completed at Maximum Effort, the previous owner only rode the bike 900 miles. The current owner has ridden it less than 100 miles. It has spent the past 13 years on display in a climate-controlled garage. 

There is no knowing if the 6753 miles showing on the odometer is the actual mileage, but the condition of the bike, combined with the minimal miles ridden by the current and previous owner in the past 20 years would lend credibility to that number. 

There is a small amount of surface rust on center stand.

Recently recommissioned for the road, it has a new battery, new fluids, top end adjust and inspection. Carburation adjustments and tune. Bike has had complete nut and bolt, safety inspection and test ridden. 

Tires are 15-20 years old.  They are not dry rotted, but if the bike is going to be ridden, changing them would be a good idea. 

For at least the past 20 years, this SFC has been adult owned, never down, always maintained by marquee knowledgeable technicians. Makes big noise and runs flawlessly.

Being offered at $49,950 $42,500 in US Funds. Will assist on Worldwide Shipping.

Duncan asks $49,950 $42,500 and reminds readers – This bike is absolutely correct, adult owned, never down, never abused, maintained by the best techs, riders in the business. Makes big noise and runs flawlessly.  He can be reached via email – here –.

Early in the 1970’s the orange bikes sometimes captured multiple podium spots at championship events like Bol d’Or and Suzuka 8 Hours, but increasing competition from the east made it more of an occasion as the decade wore on.  Mostly made a handful at a time, production peaked at 222 in 1974, and total production is said to be 549.  As happens to race bikes, few survive to be restored, and just 100 of the federalized SFC’s were said to be imported in 1974.  But the SFC put Laverda in the exclusive company of a leading motorcycle manufacturer. 

-donn

Featured Listing:  1974 Laverda 750 SFC
Suzuki August 21, 2021 posted by

Ultra Suede – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ Katana

Clearly owned by a fan, today’s Katana has been kept quite original without being a carpet queen.  Rarely seen without the red tank lettering, this might an interesting alternate color scheme.

1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ for sale on eBay

The Katana looked long and lean, but wasn’t substantially longer than the year before’s UJM, and the weight wasn’t anything to brag about.  But it did have scads of power and a fairing that was surprisingly effective.  The design by Hans Muth and Target Design tipped a hat to his previous employer BMW and the R65LS, but was more comprehensive with the angular tank and seat.  Though the mechanicals were typical Hamamat-superbike, some valve timing was adjusted, carburetor jet sizes changed, and forks were a center-axle design with anti-dive.  Suzuki’s take on rear sets and clip-ons gave riders an all-business riding position that made them ready for the outstanding brakes.

Not seeming to have been a show bike, this Katana is extra clean and damage-free.  The extended windscreen looks like a more recent addition than the too small Yoshimura muffler.  Too bad there’s no easy way to shorten the factory rear fender by about half, since its complete removal goes a bit far.  Headers cry for attention but the Jet-Hot guy is just a phone call away.  Bare comments from the eBay auction:

Super clean bike with all original parts and 20,501 miles. Bike has had two owners. Clean VIN. Located in Ellicott City, Maryland. Carburetors just rebuilt.

Though the Euro design wasn’t universally popular, its performance per dollar won over many riders.  Elements of the design popped up on a wide variety of Suzuki’s over the years, as has the Katana name.  The factory went to the effort of homologating the SZ for AMA Superbike competition, but it would fall to the GSX-R to bring home a title.  Equipped with much more than the average motorbike’s personality, the original Katana still grabs eyeballs almost 40 years on.

-donn

Ultra Suede – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ Katana
Honda August 4, 2021 posted by

No Replacement – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

Update 8.4.2021: Previously listed on eBay in early July for $11k, this RWB 900RR is back on eBay and reserve is met. Current bid is $6,375 and reserve is met. Auction ends Friday afternoon. Links updated. -dc

Almost 30 years old and last seen on RSBFS ten years ago, the FireBlade was a revolution when new.  Updated with a 1000 cc engine and recent service, this CBR900RR is a classic sportbike with attitude.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Designer Tadao Baba’s path to superbike performance was more along the weight saving route than adding engine displacement.  The all-new 893cc four was nestled in an alloy chassis no larger than its 750cc stablemates.  122 hp were complemented by a lighter and easier to turn 16-inch front wheel, and lighter conventional forks that were finished to look like hipper upside-down jobs.  Brakes for a -90’s liter were generally over 300mm, but engineers and reviewers found 296mm adequate for the FireBlade’s middling weight.  Even the body moldings are perforated for air flow and less mass.

Seeming to be unchanged since our original – review – in 2011, this FireBlade has acquired only a few thousand more miles, and still looks excellent.  Evidently the engine kit, front suspension update, and brake lines were done circa 2003 but still have low miles.  Comments also mostly come from the earlier eBay auction:

The particular bike up for sale here is an interesting one. As if the 900RR in stock trim wasn’t fast enough, this bike has been fitted with a Wiseco R997 Big Bore forged piston kit which bumps the displacement up to 997cc and compression to 12:1 (up from 11:1). This engine also features re-sleeved cylinders, new crankshaft, and a ported and flow-benched cylinder head. This rebuilt engine has less than 3,000 miles on it. The bike also happens to be one of the first 100 of the 900RR’s produced with VIN ending in 00097 and a manufacture date of 01/92. It also has some updates to the triple clamp to alleviate some of the twitchiness due to its 16” front wheel.

This is one of the most desirable CBR’s in the collector bike market, and yes it’s a 93’, and yes its Red, White and Blue !

This is an early production number, one the first 100
produced, its Number 97.

Excellent condition, Runs Excellent, Very Clean, Very well maintained and serviced, garage kept, never crashed, clean FL title.

30,442 original miles, professionally built 1000cc motor with less than 3000 miles.

Wisceo R997 Big Bore forged piston kit, 1000cc [997cc], re-sleeved cylinders, 12:1 compression [runs on premium pump gas] 74mm bore,
spring steel head gasket. New crankshaft. Cylinder head ported and flow benched by Davis porting. ‘Factory’ shift kit.

Micron ‘Race’ stainless steel exhaust.

Stainless steel braided brake lines front and rear.

Updated triple clamps from 96’ to increase trail and fork stance 10mm, as you may know the pre 96’ bikes are known to be ‘twitchy’ – original clamps are included. New fuel pump, new front rotors, chain and sprockets with less than 5K. Just serviced including: oil and filter, cooling system flushed and refilled, brake fluid flushed and refilled.

From one of the sweet spots of sportbike history, a quieter exhaust could allow this CBR900RR to really surprise its next acquaintance.  Even though the FireBlade eventually grew to a full liter and a little more GT, the original concept of compactness and lighter weight, requiring less power to compete is still a winner.  The up-to-date ask might be challenged with an offer, this superbike-engined Blade in classic sportbike livery looks worth the effort.

-donn

 

No Replacement – 1993 Honda CBR900RR
BMW July 19, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

Update 8.6.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller. -dc

The checkered flag is somewhere in the background of every sportbike worth the name, and BMW put their signature blue and white checker right on the R1100S Boxer Cup Replika fairings.  Owned by a veteran rider, this BCR doesn’t have a mark or needless farkle on it.

2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for sale

2004 was midway through the three year BCR reign, and the special edition had a host of updated components aboard.  Though the 98 hp flat twin was shared, it’s the latest dual-spark engine, with 6th gear was a bit lower, and the light titanium Z-Technik exhaust.  Suspension was also an area of interest, with longer fork tubes and shorter rear torque arm borrowed from the GS model, allowing more lean angle.  Special Cup components like Öhlins dampers, braided brake lines, wider rear wheel, and profiled carbon valve covers – all optimized cornering power.  The upper fairing / tank combo flows to the seat console which hides a small pillion, balanced by the painted carbon engine fairing.

Just from the pictures, it’s easy to see that RSBFS reader Scott is passionate about the BCR, showing beautifully in the Florida sun, without the slightest flaw.  It came with ABS, which might not be the choice for expert rider on a race course, but is worth it if it makes just one save over the life of the R1100S.  Scott picks up the story from here:

This is arguably the best looking BMW motorcycle ever produced – inarguably to me!  And I’m including the R69S and R90S.  Here’s my mint 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replica (BCR) one of 300 imported in 2004, in spectacular immaculate stock condition as it left the Munich factory in April 2003 per the VIN sticker.  This one has just 21.7K miles since new, or just 1,500 pampered miles per year.  It has been garaged since day one.  Unlike most of these, it also has factory ABS brakes which are always a nice safety addition if you plan to install some bags on it and tour.

NOTE:  BMW Boxer Cup Replicas (BCRs) were limited production versions of their popular boxer twin 1100cc 98 HP / 75 Ft. Lbs. torque sport machines with the cool Ducati-esque under-seat Titanium ZTechnik exhaust pipes.  They also had the sports options offered at the time of the higher suspension and beveled carbon fiber valve covers for added ground clearance in the turns, and therefore slightly taller seating position, with other carbon bits such as the front fender, a 5.5″ wide rear rim, and the lovely blue and white custom factory livery on body and wheels. Neither the rear fender has been chopped nor any other part of the bike modified that will detract from the intrinsic value this fine machine possesses.

The factory paint and finish on my BCR are a solid 9.5 out of 10.  You will be astonished at the condition of this bike both visually and technically.  It handles, starts, stops, shifts, and brakes as new.  There are zero issues or concerns with this fine machine, and I welcome anyone local to check it out or have it checked out professionally prior to bidding or purchase.  Of course it has NEVER been dropped or laid down at any stage in its life.

The bike is fitted with sticky Michelin Pilot Sport tires with lots of grippy meat left on them.  I also have the original passenger BMW footrests and mounts in mint condition.  I ride solo and prefer the cleaner looks without them installed – they are very easy to install back in their original positions – I can do it prior to your pickup.  The factory seat is in flawless condition, firm and supportive.  The factory handlebars are mounted above the top triple clamp and therefore provide a more relaxed riding position.  If you need more, the aftermarket can provide handlebar risers and rider footrest lowers to fine tune the fit.

These bikes are only getting harder and harder to find and will go up in value as time marches on.  I’m 63 years old and have been into bikes, mainly BMWs, since I was 11 years old.  I’ve owned over 40 BMW bikes and this is the best of the best that I’ve owned.  I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed with this fine machine.

Scott asks $6995 $5,995

The R1100S had a nice run 1998 through 2005, with Sport, BCR, and Boxer Cup Prep special editions.  The company took the model up-market with the R1200S, HP2 Sport, and the current R1250S.  With all things BMW, there is a very high engineering standard and baseline practicality to the BCR – as Scott says, his R1100S BCR could be very sporty tourer with its ABS and a set or bar risers.  It’s even ready to accept bag mounts and panniers if a longer trip is for you.  Asking $6995 $5,995.

-donn

 

 

Featured Listing – 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
Ducati July 19, 2021 posted by

All the Best – 1994 Ducati 900SS/SP

1990’s 900 SuperSports were already more than the sum of their parts, but this SP has been carefully farkled and looks to be ready to go across the valley or even the state.

1994 Ducati 900SS/SP for sale on eBay

Updating their 80’s multi-purpose machines, the 900SS made all the right moves toward a more modern Ducati sportbike – almost a liter in displacement, dry clutch, 6-speed transmission, 320mm brakes, and 17-inch wheels.  Easy desmodue valve train, Mikuni carburetors, adjustable suspension, and fairly relaxed ergonomics were icing on the cake.  The SP was a U.S. only model, and had the usual 80 hp but extra carbon accents, and the better Showa dampers.  Even fully-faired it was trim if not exactly lithe, and rated well in the handling department.

Not sure where this southwest Oregon owner fits in the parade of custodians almost every 1990’s bike has, but this one has some period upgrades, like flat-slide carbs and NLA Staintune mufflers, along with more readily available Öhlins, lower pegs and year-old Pilot Power 2’s.  Even with the right side scrape it presents very well, and props to the seller for detailing the heck out of it before taking pictures.  Notes from the eBay auction:

WELL TAKEN CARE OF, LOTS OF UPGRADES, STAINTUNE SLIP-ONS WITH DB KILLERS, OHLINS REAR SHOCK, OHLINS INTERNALS IN FORKS, RACE TECH SPRINGS SET UP FOR 200 LB RIDER, NEW MICHELIN PILOT POWER 2 CTS LAST SUMMER, SARGENT SEAT, OHLINS STEERING DAMPENER, LIGHTENED FLYWHEEL, FLAT SLIDE CARBS AND MOTION PRO THROTTLE KIT, NEWER MRA SCREEN, NEWER DUCATI MIRRORS, LOWER PEGS STOCK INCLUDED,RKA PERIOD SEAT BAG, TANK BAG FROM A MONSTER, LESS THAN A THOUSAND MILES SINCE LAST FULL SERVICE, BRAKE FLUSH LAST SUMMER, ONLY NON ETHANOL, STORED IN A WARM GARAGE WITH SMART CHARGER, SMALL ROW OF SCRATCHES LOWER RIGHT FAIRING, INSULATION HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE INSIDES OF THE FAIRING.

A regular subject of “best used bikes” reviews, the 900SS/SP is the bike that got away, from many early owners.  More the better for subsequent riders, who have the benefit of the air-cooled desmodue, in a Swiss Army Knife package that even ( well almost ) looks good with luggage.

-donn

 

All the Best – 1994 Ducati 900SS/SP
Yamaha July 16, 2021 posted by

Fringe Benefit – 2006 Yamaha MT-01

Yamaha ventured out to the edges of feasibility with the MT-01, and presented the 1,670 muscular cc’s in select ( non-U.S. ) showrooms from 2005 to 2012.  This MT-01 spent an afternoon or two at the accessory counter and looks show-ready despite almost 10,000 miles.

2006 Yamaha MT-01 for sale on eBay

The MT-01 engine is rather a stroker, and boasts 111 ft.-lbs. of torque at just 3,750 rpm.  The four overhead actuators each push two valves and are tickled by long pushrods, resulting in 90 hp at a leisurely 4,750 rpm.  Engineers might have been thinking direct drive or a torque convertor, but cooler heads and a 5-speed prevailed.  The chassis is die-cast aluminum and incorporates a sub-frame to make engine removal possible if not easy.  The forks and exhaust pipes are big enough, but the mufflers look to be artillery-sized.  Plenty for the mission, 3.2 gallons of fuel are arranged around the air intakes.  It’s a monochromatic presentation in silver, black and grey, with a vaguely late Monster headlight.

No history is related by the Las Vegas dealer, but this MT-01 is ready for a close-up, with most of the brushed aluminum details replaced by carbon fiber,  and the full titanium exhaust lending a splash of lavender to the picture.  Sato foot controls, ASV levers, and Rizoma hydraulics are a nice fit to the design.  A few comments from the eBay auction:

Heavily-Customized MT-01, the only one of its kind. All Rizoma billet components and imported Carbon Fiber throughout the motorcycle. Show condition. Akrapovic Titanium full exhaust custom made for the MT-01 in Europe. Pushrod V-Twin with Akra system produces 100bhp with over 120lb.ft of torque.

Lucky that even if manufacturers elect not to send a machine here, it’s still possible to import if you have time for the homework.  This makes the MT-01 that much rarer, and as the classifieds say, you won’t see yourself going the other way.  Yamaha’s own V-Max is there in the MT-01’s family history, a ways down from Willy G. and Arthur, and it’s got a traffic light in the design specs, if not a dragstrip Xmas tree.  Not the only bike in the next owner’s garage, but a wild specimen for sure.

-donn

Fringe Benefit – 2006 Yamaha MT-01
Ducati July 6, 2021 posted by

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica

Though its specs didn’t look like much on paper, Ducati’s 1982 tribute to Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Isle of Man win turned into one their most exciting special editions.  Today’s example presents very well, and appears quite original.

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica for sale on eBay

The engine in the MHR is a later development of the Taglioni-designed 750, with bevel-gear driven cams, pre-dating the desmodromic valve train and claiming 80 hp.  40mm Dell’Orto carburetors were protected with racey looking screens, and the 860’s had recently acquired electric starting.  Marzocchi supplied forks and shocks, and Brembo brought triple 280mm disks.  The wafer-thin fiberglass fairing was painted in a designer’s impression of Hailwood’s 1978 race livery, plenty of room on the seat fairing for race number 12, if the new owner is inclined.

Offered by a Miami specialty dealer, this MHR looks excellent, though no background information is supplied.  But for the holes in the fairing, the absent front signals wouldn’t be missed, and a single bar end mirror is installed.  Loving the glass bevel gear inspection window, and the basically perfect fairings, though it’s possible they’re spilling the beans about a past restoration.  Rather limited comments from the eBay auction:

Mike Hailwood replica in amazing original condition.  Rare low mile survivor.

Runs and drives as it should.  A great opportunity for a collector as they don’t come up often in this condition.

Mike Hailwood’s win is the stuff of such legend that several different commemoratives have been manufactured – the 1982-86 MHR, the not exactly authorized MH900E,  a one-one here and there, and a really faithful – replica – of the race bike.  But the original might be the most approachable and even at its level, affordable of the choices.  And the principals of Sports Motor Cycles Manchester have relocated to New Zealand, offering their smashing decal in a range of sizes.

-donn

 

 

 

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica