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Ducati April 18, 2018 posted by

1986 Ducati MHR Mille with 397 Miles !

Quite possibly the ultimate bevel-drive Ducati, the Mike Hailwood Replica started out as a lightweight homolagation special, but finished as a 973cc superbike.  This fine example has some shelf wear but has logged only a few hundred miles.

1986 Ducati MHR Mille for sale on eBay

The late MHR had 76 torquey hp, and the big fairing in commemorative red and green livery with monoposto seat.  Trellis frame peeks out behind beefy air-cooled cylinders.  The 40 mm Dell’Orto carbs, five-speed and smallish Brembo brakes made for a dynamic package.

Hidden away in Dixie, this MHR appears complete and original with just a single faux pas at the windshield and the deteriorated turn signal stalks.  A comprehensive going over will be required to return it to riding status or the show circuit.  From the eBay auction:

nice original paint bike, with only 397 miles on it. the clear windshield is cracked on the left (see pics) and the turn signal stems are made of some plastic that just crumbled from age, turn signals are included.

I put a battery and gas in it, and it started and ran fine. I didn’t try to ride it, as the brakes will need servicing, and the petcock leaks.

beautiful bike
as far as I can tell, its completely original.

feel free to ask any questions
all of these Ducati’s listed are being sold from an estate, and all have been sitting a few years.

Budget concerns ruled the day and Ducati wasn’t able to follow Hailwood’s 1978 TT victory with a win, but wins in IOM Formula II generated showroom interest that kept shoppers coming in until the new belt-drive desmodues were ready.  The model was continued as a tribute after Hailwood’s death in a road accident, and became the most popular bevel.  A short restoration and a long career behind the velvet ropes await this MHR…

-donn

1986 Ducati MHR Mille with 397 Miles !
Aprilia February 27, 2018 posted by

Ahem – 2003 Aprilia RS250 GP1

The Aprilia RS250’s picture is next to “peaky” in Webster’s – mumbling around town, just butting in to the conversation at 5,000 rpm, but singing all the way to 60 two-stroke hp at 11,900 rpm.  Just 309 lbs dry, the RS250 can be a riding lesson every time out and demands only regular attention to the gearshift and a quality full-synthetic two-stroke oil.

2003 Aprilia RS250 GP1 for sale on eBay

Aprilia’s racing department successes are shared with the road bike engineers, like the special alloy frame and swingarm,  40mm upside forks and fully adjustable monoshock.  The learning curve of twin 298mm front disks made unplanned stoppies an issue for one reviewer.  Combination digital / analog dash gives the tachometer priority.  17″ front and rear alloy wheels are almost invisible in black.  In case you forget its racing heritage, the kick-only starter, lightly padded seat, and just silly pillion are there to remind.

Regular readers will recognize Gary’s impeccable taste and Utah location, and this Aprilia is no exception.  With just under 11,000 miles, it’s well-presented and photographed, with just a few hints of a paint chip or fastener corrosion here or there.  The GP-1 decal celebrates Marco Melandri’s 250cc championship the year before, stripes accented by the semi-gloss black fairings.  From the eBay auction:

Only 17,652 kilometers (10,968 miles). Bike is in mint condition with only a few very light scratches and handling marks. Bike appears to have never been laid down. All fairings and components are 100% genuine OEM factory Aprilia. Bike is completely stock. Just serviced with new Pirelli Diablo tires, new battery and new engine fluids. Bike runs like the day it was new. Lights, suspension, transmission operating as new from the factory. This is a premium bike that is very rare here in the United States. Bike has a 17 digit VIN and is titled in the State of Utah.

Aprilia’s lightweights had super build quality and were priced accordingly.  The Suzuki-based engine is reliable for the highly-tuned segment, with easier parts availability.  Successful almost from their racing start in the early 1990’s, Aprilia’s championships continued until the two-stroke was wiped from the Moto3 rule book in 2012.  The shrinking market led Suzuki to cease production of the engines in the early 2000’s, making this one of the last road-going smokers available, and a very nice example…

-donn

Ahem – 2003 Aprilia RS250 GP1
Ducati February 9, 2018 posted by

Lookalike – 2001 Ducati 996 with 2,057 miles !

For six out of the eight years Carl Fogarty rode Superbikes for Ducati, he either claimed the championship or came in second.  That sustained championship riding ( 1992-2000 with 1996 spent on Honda ) has led to countless sticker kits and many factory tributes.  This 996 has updated -S components and a race-look decal set, but more importantly has never been registered and spent most of its life on display.

2001 Ducati 996 for sale on eBay

 

Ducati updated the successful 916 in response to twins from Suzuki and Aprilia, keeping most of the package except for improvements in the power area – the 80 additional cc’s helping deliver 122 hp and 69 ft.-lbs. torque.  Two fuel injectors per intake ensure outstanding response at WOT, but some mere mortals had the system modified to improved part-throttle running.  Brembo produced new and improved Gold Lines for the 996, and the -S had Öhlins adjustable dampers and Marchesini alloys.

 

Evidently a showroom display, this 996 barely has break-in miles and looks great except for needing a nice detail.  Beside the correct Öhlins and wheels, pair of Micron mufflers and Corbin seat are the main enhancements, and the race livery is a good likeness.  From the eBay auction:

This motorcycle is a former Ducati dealership owners personal motorcycle that has never been registered. Bike has only 2057 miles on it and is in excellent condition.  The motorcycle has carbon fiber Micron exhaust. Along with many other carbon fiber items. This bike has the dealer installed Fogarty decal kit. This can be removed for a non race bike look. All Ohlins suspension, including steering stabilizer.

 

No matter how low the mileage, cam belts, tires and fluids will have to be done, though deferring the valve clearances could be debated.  That’s presuming that the next owner is a rider, which seems appropriate for the not super-rare 996.  If care is taken not to get stuck in traffic and over-tax the cooling system, the 996 with S updates can do more than look fast.  Though the starting bid is set high, it’s certainly showable, and riding to the show would be the way to go…

-donn

Lookalike – 2001 Ducati 996 with 2,057 miles !
Aprilia January 1, 2018 posted by

Downsizing – 2009 Aprilia RS125 Spain’s No. 1 Replica

Happy New Year !

Developed as a mid-size for countries with progressive licensing, 125cc race replicas are finding their way to collections here, and they’re somewhat easier on the funding stream than the superbikes they are styled like. This fairly up-to-date Aprilia has low mileage and Penn. title.

 

2009 Aprilia RS125 Spain’s No. 1 Replica for sale on eBay

 

Aprilia had a long post-war history in bicycles, but ventured into motorcycles in the late 60’s and introduced the RS125 in 1992.  Aprilia won 9 titles in the 125cc class, which was succeeded by the 250cc four stroke formula in 2012.  The fourth generation RS125 was made from 2006-12 and is styled like the RSV 1000R.  The two-stroke Rotax single is carburetted and zings 28 hp to you at 10,500 rpm.  The formed and welded alloy frame is robust for the segment and  has a matching alloy boomerang swingarm.  The RS125 is fitted with nicer alloy wheels, inverted forks and radially-mount front disk brake.

 

 

Always imported as racers or track day machines, this RS125 has found its way to legality with some additional wiring, signals, mirrors, and horn.  The videos show it to be in nice shape except for a low side scrape on the right.  Even if the new owner keeps it on the track, tags might be a nice feature when it comes time to sell.  Some variants have underseat exhaust, maybe a knowledgeable reader can comment on which, and whether “Spain’s No. 1” refers to Jorge Lorenzo’s 2007 Moto GP 250cc championship or is part of some other ad campaign.  From the eBay auction:

I purchased in California in 2013 new from the dealer.  I did one track day at Laguna Seca.  It has 412 kilometers (about 260miles).

The bike is completely stock except the parts needed to make it street legal in the states:  European wiring harness, blinkers, lights, brake lights, horn, license plate mount, light above the plate to illuminate the plate, and a rear view mirror.  It is now plated and registered in PA and can be titled and plated in any state.  Also, because these are made and sold as street bikes in Europe, it has a passenger seat and is built for two-up riding.

It is an exceptionally fun track bike, very light and nimble, fun and quick.  Not to mention the beautiful sound it makes.  Since it’s plated you have the option of using it as a fun little street bike too.  Good for a novice or anyone who likes light, small bore bikes that can out brake and out corner any other bike on the track.

 

 

The ask is a skwosh more than the new price 9 years ago, though a fair amount of work has been done legalizing the bike.  If you have a little room in your size large clothes, the accomodations on the RS125 might come as a surprise.  No reason a regular sized adult can’t have a ball on the RS125, and if the track’s call is heeded, the new owner will learn oceans about precision and body position.  As they say about smaller displacement “momentum” sports cars, you can’t gain speed, you can only try not to lose it…

-donn

 

 

Downsizing – 2009 Aprilia RS125 Spain’s No. 1 Replica
NCR December 26, 2017 posted by

1978 NCR-Ducati 900SS

Along with serving as Ducati’s skunk works and occasional racing department, the N.C.R. motorcycle design studio and fabrication shop made ( and continues to make ) some very special road machines. This commemorative of Mike Hailwood’s 1978 TT win is located in Italy and seriously collectible.

1978 NCR-Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

So rare that this might be a unicorn or one of just a handful, this N.C.R. was evidently built in the early 1980’s on a 1978 900SS donor, using the aircooled 864cc bevel-drive engine.  Race fabricator DASPA built the frame, with bespoke suspension, Brembo single-puck calipers, N.C.R. exhaust, and fairings from a factory 1979 MHR.  The cockpit is race-derived with only a rev counter under the windscreen, clip-ons and rearsets.

From an Italian eBayer showing some Ducati parts and fine watches, this N.C.R. fibs about its age, the bodywork having rich color and many aluminum parts polished up.  From the eBay auction:

This pristine example underwent the works of Nepoti & Caracchi Racing in the early 80’s, using an original 900SS as base platform, to become a street version of the NCR race motorcycles that were racing those days.  1979 model tank-seat and fairing, original, original paint ( fairing has been retouched recently to correct small issues like chips here and there not from falls ).  DASPA frame. Campagnolo magnesium rims ( recently checked and repainted ).  NCR racing exhaust 2-into-1.  Dell’Orto carbs. mild cams.  Veglia tacho is original from period not recent replica, and has both kick and electric starter, which was a common combo for “endurance” configurations at those time.  Everything works perfectly on this Ducati, motor sounds great, no strange noises, no smoke, no oil leaks.

Started in only 1967 by Bolognese founders Nepoti, Caracchi and Rizzi, the R stood for racing after Luigi Rizzi parted ways with the company.  Since then they have built and managed the racing of many Ducatis the corporation didn’t have time for, and more recently created some exquisite designer road machines.  Likely a side project for a special client, this 900SS is an interesting mix of late 70’s and later MHR hardware, with a nice helping of N.C.R. unobtanium.  It has turned a km or three in the past and wouldn’t hurt to be ridden a bit on its way to the display stand…

-donn

1978 NCR-Ducati 900SS
Honda September 23, 2017 posted by

Exceptional – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol with 285 Miles !

After Nicky Hayden’s see-saw MotoGP championship in 2006, Honda’s occasional race livery special edition for ’07 was a lock.  The 2006-07 model was the second generation of the CBR1000RR, with many updates and lighter weight than the 2004-05 model.  This example has been carefully stored with the factory’s break-in oil still in the crankcase and no doubt Hamamatsu air in the OE tires.

2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Replica for sale on eBay

The second-gen Fireblade had a new head with double intake valve springs, revised ports, and 12.2:1 compression, a slight increase.  Minor decreases in steering head rake and front axle trail were part of a sharper-handling new chassis.  Brake disks are 10mm larger but thinner and lighter as a result.  Thinner radiators and some magnesium covers helped bring a 17 lbs weight reduction overall.  Evolutionary changes to the fairing don’t mess with the original wicked-good looks.

It’s hard to differentiate the CBR on offer from a brand-new machine – there is no damage or corrosion, barely any dust or dirt, and almost no miles.  The owner’s comments from the eBay auction:

Authenticity can be a concern when limited editions come to market, especially in a very catchy and often dubbed graphics package.  Along with the plant code in the VIN, the silver frame, blue metallic seat fairing, a low serial number is one way to know.  My overnight research indicates that this bike’s 00113 has a better chance of being the real thing, though hopefully a knowledgeable reader will chime in with the total production.  Either way, the buy-it-now is not insane money for a pre-nannie 170 hp commemorative, basically new to boot.  For a fan of the late Kentucky Kid, it’s a winning tribute…

-donn

Exceptional – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol with 285 Miles !
Honda August 14, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – As New 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP !

Update 8.17.2017: We have been notified that this exceptional bike sold in just 48hrs! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Rarely can I sit for a 90-slide show, slowly fading between pictures. But our featured listing for today caught me doing just that, savoring each close-up of this museum-quality 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP.

 

Too recent to be imported to the U.S., the 249cc twin was intended for the home market, and the Sport Production variant for knowledgable fans of Moto GP and the marque.  The 249cc twin was made from 1984 to 1996, the final three years with PGM-IV electronic control of ignition and exhaust valve timing, and top speed regulation.  All MC28’s had 40 hp,  dual 276mm front brakes, 17-inch wheels and Pro-Arm rear.  The SP had fully adjustable suspension, dry clutch, and magnesium wheels.  And of course the Repsol livery in celebration of Mick Doohan’s championships.

 

The second owner has cared for if not curated this NSR, with just 1,900 miles, it looks better than showroom.  Since 2006 he’s ridden just a few miles, but arranged Califonia road registration, a great value for the next owner.  Click – here – for the Photobucket Gallery, and the seller has this  to say about the bike –

Much of the graphics are decals can become brittle or blemished over time, should they get scratched or scraped they can easily peel or become permanently marked.  The decades I have been an NSR enthusiast I can’t recall a time I even heard of an MC28 in this condition for any price, with California registration on top of that.  With 1000 Repsol MC28’s produced they were for the domestic Japanese market only, the majority spend their time exposed to the elements in Japan.

Seeking a serious collector who is specifically looking to add this model to his or her collection in an exclusive transaction.

 

1996 found Honda in the midst of a five-year romp in the Moto GP 500cc class, and had won the 250’s in 1991-92 with Luca Cadalora aboard.  A lot of the 250cc Grand Prix learning was transferred to the MC28, and while there was plenty of competition, the Honda reviewed as the best balanced and had better build quality.

 

Most often I lament that special bikes are left on the dais for only visual enjoyment, but in this case preservation seems the best course. 

-donn

Featured Listing – As New 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP !
Ducati August 10, 2017 posted by

Big Bevel – 1984 Ducati MHR Mille

A bit down on their luck in the late seventies and early 1980’s, Ducati brought out a string of repli-racers celebrating Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Isle of Man win. The ultimate was a 973cc desmodue, claiming 76 hp and and a new frame design. This collector bike has under 3,000 miles and would make an outstanding addition to any stable.

1984 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica Mille for sale on eBay

Though largely a 900 Super Sport below the waterline, the MHR had the exciting full body and national paint, as well as Marzocchi suspension front and rear, triple Brembo disks, and gold Oscam 18-inch alloys.  The new liter engine used the bevel-gear-driven cams, plain bearings and had a healthy increase in torque to 62 ft.-lbs.

Apparently un-restored, this Mille still has the original rubber, and everything else.  Wafer-thin fairings look excellent, as do the option Conti mufflers.  The Texas owner says this in the eBay auction:

The Hailwood Mille is the final development of the bevel drive engine. This bike has only 4356 km, original condition with orig tires, Conti 2 into 1 exhaust system.  SS front brake lines.  This bike would make a great addition to any Ducati collection.

Riders of a certain age will recall Mike Hailwood as a great champion who drove Formula 1 cars as well as bikes.  Though earlier MHR machines celebrated his comeback TT win, later editions marked his untimely 1981 death.  Either way the MHR made up a healthy percentage of Ducati sales.  Cagiva’s Castiglioni brothers liked Ducati’s new belt-driven cam engine so much, they bought the company, and wound bevel production down as Ducati finished up development of the 750 F1.  Some collectors focus on a model’s introductory years and some see value in later developments.  Often displacement increases are part of the development, in this case a great reason to look into this very collectible Mike Hailwood Replica.

-donn

Big Bevel – 1984 Ducati MHR Mille