Posts by tag: Exotic

Laverda September 16, 2019 posted by

Double Espresso – 1998 Laverda 668 Ghost Strike

Update 9.16.2019: We first saw this Ghost Strike back in May of last year. It failed to sell then but is back on eBay and reserve is already met with a first bid of $2,750. Links updated to current auction. Thanks Donn, -dc

Though Laverda’s fortunes were largely in the 90’s rear-view mirror, the company breathed new life into its mid-size parallel twin, commissioning a sporty jack-of-all-trades.  The Ghost Strike had a fine chassis and premium appointments, and can’t be beat in the rarity dept.

1998 Laverda 668 Ghost Strike for sale on eBay

Laverda differentiated the Ghost Strike from their other multi-purpose machines with its Nico Bakker designed aluminum frame and WP suspension.  Motive force came from a DOHC parallel twin, expanded to 668cc and updated with Marelli injection and 70 hp.  Fuel is centralized under the seat and the airbox is in the “tank”.

Not much detail about this Houston-based Laverda, but it has only 12,000 miles and looks good.  Not sure about the non-standard appearing left side cover and dash fasteners though.  From the eBay auction:

Great looking 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike.  It starts, runs and drives well.  Paint and seat are in excellent shape.  Mileage on speedometer is in km, so I used a conversion for miles.  This is a unique classic motorcycle.  Have fun with it!

The 668’s tight handling and relaxed riding position won points, only to give them up for a notchy gearbox and too loud exhaust.  The name was soon to be retired after being purchased by Aprilia and then Piaggio, but the late Ghost Strike is a singular Euro machine perfect for the fan or collector.

-donn

Double Espresso – 1998 Laverda 668 Ghost Strike
Bimota May 15, 2017 posted by

Afterparty – 1999 Bimota SB8R

Up for auction just after its appearance at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, this signature Bimota didn’t trophy but is still quite special.  Developed to help Bimota out of a near bankruptcy, the SB8R was Suzuki V-twin powered with a gorgeous hybrid chassis.  Generally one of the more affordable Bimotas, the SB8R is still a rare sighting with total production of only around 150 machines.

1999 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

Bimota had quite a bit of experience with milled aluminum parts, but used the SB8R to showcase their carbon fiber design.  The twin aluminum spars are keyed to carbon frame connectors, and the carbon seat sub-frame is self-supporting.  The big carbon air intakes deliver to 59mm throttle bodies and shower injectors, helping the 8-valve twin generate 133 hp and 74 ft.-lbs. torque.  The fairing reviewed with great protection for the rider, and the Paoli / Öhlins suspension and ISR / Brembo brakes are not just along for the ride.

 

With just under 7,000 miles, this SB8R was selected to appear at the Quail ( see the photo by RSBFS’s Marty – here – ) and the owner states proudly in the eBay auction:

I have done all the heavy lifting, replacing seals and clutch cover.  There are absolutely no fluid leaks.  Operating temperature is normal under regular riding conditions, as this bike is equipped from the factory with 1 main and two auxiliary radiators with electric pull fans.  The tires are aged but I leave the rubber preference to the new owner, as tire selection is quite a personal thing.  My bike starts and runs great.  The sound of the twin through the Arrow Racing exhaust is intoxicating.  Evoluzione engine management system with infinite on the fly adjustment will keep performance at optimal levels during riding.

 

Though exotic European show bikes often need a lot of TLC, the Suzuki drivetrain should make for lighter maintenance, and the the owner says beside tires, it’s ready to ride.  With its low-volume fabrication and carefully executed improvements, the Bimota SB8R delivered the riding experience that the Suzuki TL-1000 only promised.  This particular SB8R could either ride or show, or better yet be ridden to a show…

-donn

Afterparty – 1999 Bimota SB8R
Reader Rides For Sale February 22, 2012 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Bimota DB4 for sale!

For Sale: 2001 Bimota DB4 (only $8650!)

RSBFS superfan John is offering up his stunning Bimota DB4 with just over 5,000 miles on the clock, and believe me folks this is something worth looking at! Just have a gander:

Following in the footsteps of the legendary DB1, DB4 was an unabashed sport bike powered by an air cooled Ducati 900cc vee twin. This bike was a return to Bimota’s roots, as the previous effort – the DB3 Mantra – was more of a standard/cruiser oddity than a dedicated canyon carver. Bimota skillfully selected the best artistic bits from the Mantra (like the oval shaped trellis frame), and built a true successor to the DB2. The results are a ~364 lbs package with great Ducati torque – although lowish HP numbers (a stock Ducati 900SS mill churns out around 80 HP). But with light weight and fantastic suspension and braking componentry under you (Paoli forks, Ohlins rear shock and Brembo on both ends), few bikes are as easy to ride fast down a curvy piece of road.

The DB4 offers terrific performance without some of the compromises of earlier Bimotas. The seat hight is low enough for most riders, and the seating position is pretty reasonable. Check out the multi-piece fairing which allows for easier access to internals; when maintenance is due, any Ducati shop can swap the belts and run the valves. This is an exotic that you can live with.

From the seller:
I’ve decided to part with my beautiful Bimota db4. Since I broke my wrist in September of 2010, and the two subsequent surgeries, I just can’t get comfortable in the sport-bike crouch. It is in excellent condition with just over 5k miles, the tires still have plenty of tread depth, I have the original tool kit, and I have just replaced the battery. It needs absolutely nothing. The fit and finish on the bike is flawless, and the paint work is beautifully done.

This bike is fitted with the factory race kit which consists of a pair of 39mm flat slide Keihin carbs, the FBF pipe (some came fitted with a Corse pipe), a different air box, and a new fuel cell to allow fitment of the new carbs. Performance is said to be greatly improved over stock. The tank and seat monocoque is one piece and is held in place quite securely with three 7 x 1.0 screws. The rear fender and mudguard are both carbon fiber, as is the FBF exhaust canister.

The instruments are contained in a carbon fiber faced bracket. Along with the requisite speedo and tach, there is an oil temperature gauge, low oil pressure light, and low fuel warning light. The top clamp is machined billet. Both master cylinders are Brembo. And the mirrors are actually useful, a first for me on a modern sport-bike. Brembo calipers and rotors up front work superbly. Excellent feel and very powerful, the best combination of braking I’ve ever felt on a motorcycle. Forged magnesium Marchesini wheels front and rear, beautifully done and the simple design makes them easy to keep clean.

The bike is an absolute joy to ride, very small, light, and nimble. Might not be a good fit for a taller rider, but for me at 5’8″ it’s a perfect fit. The relaxed cadence of the motor at speed, and the ease of handling belie the quickness at which you are traversing the roadway. This is a very easy motorcycle on which to keep a fast pace in the twisties.

This bike is available for sale directly from the owner. The asking price is a very market friendly $8650 – certainly a bargain for a low mileage, collection-worthy bike such as this. You can see his website HERE for more information, or email him at motorcyclefanatic@gmail.com.

MI

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Bimota June 22, 2010 posted by

Italian Exotica: 1995 Bimota – SB6

Italian Exotica:  1995 Bimota – SB6

Is it ok to buy a motorcycle just for the frame?  Question number two, has a stouter looking frame ever been produced?  I don’t know if Bimota designed that thing for form or function but it looks like a beast.  Are  my eyes deceiving me, is that a carbon fiber license plate holder?  One thing I did notice about the auction though is the dealership has this bike listed as an SB6R.  I hate to use the word “just” but this is just the standard SB6.  It also looks like somebody with too much time on their hands got a hold of the wheels and resprayed or powder coated them.  This is a Bimota, you don’t respray them!  As with most  Bimota’s it looks like the bike has been taken care of and is generally good shape.  The sellers say the bike has been fully serviced.

Unfortunately the dealership didn’t list much in the way of specifics on this particular bike (it has had two owners).  They instead choose to copy and paste an old review of the SB6.  It’s all about salesmanship my friends.  In my opinion,  on bikes with high price tags you have to go the extra mile and give as much info on the bike as possible if you expect people to buy.  As you would expect with an exotic bike with a low starting price, the bidding has been pretty active.  The reserve has not been met though and I’d expect it will be a little higher than if it was being sold by a private party.  The dealership has to obviously cover what they paid on the trade in.  If you’ve got the itch for an exotic Italian bike,
IK