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Ducati November 16, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

Ducati’s 851 is a once a significant milepost in the manufacturer’s history, a beautiful design artifact, and a rare and epic riding experience.  RSBFS friend Thomas has made some some nice improvements to his final year 851, and offers it for sale near Milwaukee.

1992 Ducati 851 Strada asking $11,500

Cagiva funding provided the impetus to update Massimo Borda’s earlier desmoquattro design and developed the heads for Ducati’s belt-driven cam engine.  Fuel injection and water cooling were implemented and superbike 93 hp was the result.   Now classic, the trellis frame was light and rigid for the day.  Componentry was forward-looking, with inverted Showa forks, and wide 17-inch alloys front and rear.  Riding position is uncompromising, though over the four years of production fairings were lightened at least visually, looking every bit a world superbike.

Thomas is only the third owner of this 851, and had the cosmetics nicely freshened, plus the suspension serviced and tuned on his watch.  Previous owners provided a freer exhaust and intake, and had hydraulic systems updated.  Thomas asks $11,500 for his 851, which can be seen on – Cycletrader – and sent these comprehensive notes to RSBFS – 

This is my 1992 851 Strada that I’m offering for sale. Those familiar with the marque will know that the 851 series essentially gave birth to the 4-valve Ducati dynasty that we see today.

The example I have here is a well sorted bike with many period and later upgrades to maintain its looks and performance. It may have higher mileage but ask any real expert and he/she will tell you an early 4-valve will go forever if properly maintained and reward its rider with many more happy miles. I am the third owner and have owned it for the last 2 years in Wisconsin, only run in dry conditions and stored in a dry garage or local Ducati dealer for winter storage.

The bike is in excellent condition. It runs and rides flawlessly and pulls like a train.  There are some signs of age on parts of the frame and the foam instrument surround but not unexpected.  Period mods include an Australian ECU performance chip for open air box and exhaust mods. (original chip available) Carbon fiber front and rear fenders, and Carbon Tech high mount exhaust cans.

Major work conducted by the second owner in Dec of 2019 at 25393 miles:
Full service including valve clearances and belt change.
Coated braided brake and clutch lines
Clutch master and slave cylinder overhauls
Full Samco silicone cooling system hose upgrade and cooling system flush and refill.
Pirelli Rosso III tires (fitted 2020) with loads of tread.

I purchased the bike in June of 2020 and had a complete suspension overhaul performed by Trackside Suspension and Engineering of Darien Wisconsin that performed a complete rebuild and replacement of all internal suspension components. A Hyperco blue rear spring replaced the original. Suspension is currently set for a 140-150lb rider.

I have only performed around 500 miles on the
bike since owning. A simply amazing and correct full respray was performed by (Artissimo Designs, Waukeshaw WI) that took care of accumulated road wear and my own carelessness in the garage. (Tipped over removing from wheel stand) They also made repairs to minor cracks and crazing that had accumulated over the years. The results are phenomenal. In addition I replaced the brake pedal and lever and gave it a full complement of new factory fasteners.

Own an appreciating and beautiful beast from the 90s and a piece of Ducati history. These are still pretty affordable and sound awesome and surprisingly many parts are still available through the dealer system.

Bike has a clear Wisconsin title. 
The bike comes with a workshop manual, original complete tool kit, both keys, original ECU, and receipts for the work performed as noted.
Thomas also has a cold start walkaround for your viewing pleasure –

 
The 851 blazed a trail for Ducati’s decade of WSBK championships as well, starting in 1990 under Raymond Roche.  The model was so sport-oriented that Ducati had to develop other designs for around town and sport touring.  Though riding season is winding down, Thomas’ 851 could make a beautiful early start to next year. 
Contact Thomas – here – with inquiries.
 
-donn
 
Featured Listing – 1992 Ducati 851 Strada
Featured Listing November 8, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1996 Suzuki GSX-R1100W!

The legend that is the Suzuki GSX-R began stateside in 1986. The original air/oil cooled slab sided model was followed by the Slingshot era, denoting rounder flanks and tweaks to the engine tuning. And when the air/oil cooling had reached its maximum efficiency, traditional water cooling was finally introduced in a quest for more power. From the mid 1980s through the late 1990s the big Gixxer went through many iterations and changes, gaining some weight along the way and evolving into a different machine altogether. And with the collection world crying out for original Slabbies, and the rise in valuation of the Slingshot models, the latter year water pumpers will not be far behind. Today’s Featured Listing is just that: A beautiful 1996 GSX-R1100. The seller (a long time RSBFS reader) has included a lot of information and pictures on this bike, so I’ll let him take it away:

1996 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay!

From the seller:
1996 Suzuki GSX-R1100W
VIN: JS1GU75A4T2101204
NUMBER OF PREVIOUS OWNERS: 3
CURRENT MILEAGE: 9303 (May very slightly due to us test riding the bikes, generally less than 200 miles)

This particular example is one of the last years of the GSXR1100W (Water Cooled) models and is arguably one of the best color schemes of the 90’s only offered one year. The water cooled version of the GSXR 1100 was made from 93-98 and the last 4 years of its model run came with an upgraded racing inspired over braced aluminum swingarm and a reduction in weight that made this the most powerful of all the 1100s as well the lightest and fastest of the W generation. These bikes are fast becoming as collectible as their predecessors the original 1986 “Slab side” and subsequent 1988 “Slingshot” oil cooled models with values now reaching over $10000 for any fully restored or clean original survivor. This one is wearing its factory original paint and plastic and is as clean as any that would be sitting in a museum or private collection. Aside from a few VERY minor chips on the right side fairing and the leading edge of the silencer and an extremely minor scratch in the clearcoat of the fuel tank on the right side where your leg rests against this bike is flawless and would still be clean enough for any avid Suzuki collector to leave in their living room or personal museum.

More from the seller:
UPGRAGES:
Vance and Hines full SSR exhaust $1000
Dynojet stage 1 jet kit $125
K&N air filter $75
Zero gravity blue tinted windscreen $75
Clear alternatives integrated tail light $125
Flush mount LED front signals $25
Rear fender eliminator kit $50
OEM factory solo seat cowl $400
Factory rear shock upgraded to a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 OEM shock $200

Total Upgrade Parts Cost (Without labor or shipping) $1675!!!

NOTE: FACTORY PASSENGER SEAT IN LIKE NEW CONDITION AS WELL AS FACTORY SHOCK, TURN SIGNALS, TAIL LIGHT, AND REAR FENDER WILL BE INCLUDED – WE DO NOT HAVE THE FACTORY EXHAUST OR WINDSCREEN BUT THOSE CAN BE SOURCED IF A COLLECTOR IS LOOKING TO PUT IT BACK TO FACTORY ORIGINAL CONDITION!

More from the seller:
If you look under the plastic you will see the paint on the engine looks factory fresh and is not discolored or faded in the least. There is NO rust or oxidation anywhere on this bike and its still wearing its factory chain as the OEM blue master link shows. This is a great bike to take to your cars and coffee as these were common enough any superbike nut over 30 remembers them from their childhood but they are so uncommon to see in this condition nowadays it always draws a crowd with its lively paint scheme and graphics that exude typical 90’s Suzuki style. Everything on this one is period correct from the Zero Gravity windscreen to the full Vance and Hines exhaust and smoked clear alternatives tail light and lockhart phillips mini signals.

This bike could very easily be put back to factory original if someone so desired that was adding it to a museum but as a gorgeous fair weather weekend rider it has the perfect blend of performance upgrades that would have been appropriate at the time back in the late 90’s which makes for a much nicer look, sound, and ride. The rear shock was replaced with a newer unit off a 2007 GSXR 1000 for improved ride quality but we do have the original stock shock as well to go with it. We do not have the stock exhaust or windscreen but those items are still readily available on ebay used if a collector wanted to source them. The bike does have a GENUINE OEM CORRECT COLOR OPTIONAL SEAT COWL as shown which cost $400 NOS from Europe as they haven’t been available in the US for many years and is a VERY rare piece. The original passenger seat in excellent condition is included as well. This is a very rare opportunity to own a piece of supersport history and one of the rarest members of the GSX-R family of racebikes.

It is rare to find such a clean and well preserved example of the latter years of the GSX-R1100 line. As the seller correctly states, many of these fell into the hands of riders who used them as stunter bikes and overpowered street hooligan antics. As is common with more mass produced models, values fell as time went on. But we see time and again, well cared for examples begin to rise in valuation as the supply of clean bikes dwindles. This is no thrashed and abused example, and it shows. And the fact that it can all be put back to stock with the included parts – save exhaust and windscreen – shows it.

This auction is going on now, with a Buy It Now of $8,950 – or best offer. You can also jump to the seller’s website (www.blackmarketbikez.com) for more information. Look through the pictures, do your own research, and you will likely come to the same conclusion: these late generation water cooled Gixxers are the next in line for collector status. Get in while you can, because the slab-sided ship has already sailed and the Slingshot boat is leaving the dock. Arguably the best of the last-gen models, this 1996 Suzuki GSX-R1100 is beautifully sorted and perfectly suited for the collector / rider set. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1996 Suzuki GSX-R1100W!
Suzuki October 30, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Looks like the buy-it-now on eBay was used to purchase this one quickly! Be sure to check out Bob’s other Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati MH900e!

In the social world it may be cool to be fashionably late to a party, but in the high stakes game of sport bikes being first is key.  It allows you to define the field, cement bragging rights for marketing purposes a keep everyone else playing catchup.  Suzuki’s GSX-R1100 was, and has remained the definitive sport bike of the mid 80s.  One would struggle to find anyone that was around sport bikes in the 80s that did not lust after the oil cooled four cylinder monster.  Even today if you bring up the GSXR you will be sure to hear some amazing stories about how much of a game changer the bike was when new.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

It is not hard to see why these were an instant hit.  The market was ripe for a break out star.  At the time Suzuki was enjoying success with the Katana.  While the Katana was fast and desirable, the GSX-R was the better part of 100 pounds lighter, and made more power.  Some that only looked at power numbers might have been disappointed, but none that rode it shared that opinion.  Shorter wheelbase, better brakes, suspension and wind protection meant the GSX-R was a serious performance machine.

As with any machine with such a large performance envelop few remain in good condition long term.  Some are raced and live hard lives.  Many are modified.  The GSXR might go down in history as the most modified motorcycle ever.  From track riders, club racers, drag racers and people just looking for a blank canvas to express themselves, the GSXR has been loved by all.  The example today has not suffered any of those fates.  Not shocking because this beautiful bike shows just over 1500 original miles.  Bodywork shines wonderfully and this would surely be a great addition to any collection or enthusiast garage.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

COMING OUT OF MY PERSONAL COLLECTION GLOBEMOTORCYCLES.COM OF OVER 150 VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES 🙂 GLOBE MOTORCYCLES

THIS IS AN AWARD WINNING, ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION 1986 SUZUKI GSX-R 1100 WITH ONLY 1500 ORIGINAL DOCUMENTED MILES!!

THE BIKE: 
MY ALMOST FLAWLESS GSX-R 1100 COMES WITH EXTRAS:

THE ORIGINAL FACTORY ORIGINAL 4 INTO ONE EXHAUST, FACTORY ORIGINAL WINDSCREEN, FACTORY ORIGINAL FLAWLESS SOLO SEAT COVER (IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND A PERFECT ONE), AND THE FACTORY ORIGINAL CARBURETOR JETS/PARTS.

THE ENGINE:
THE ENGINE IS ALL ORIGINAL AND HAS NEVER BEEN REMOVED FROM THE FRAME. SHE IS SET UP WITH A PERIOD CORRECT VANCE & HINES 4 INTO ONE EXHAUST. I WILL HAVE MY BOYS RESTORE THE EXHAUST TO ITS ORIGINAL BLACK HIGH HEAT COATING AND POLISH THE ALUMINUM CANISTER BEFORE SHE LEAVES MY SHOP. A DYNO JET STAGE 3 JET KIT IS INSTALLED ON FRESH ULTRA SONICALLY CLEANED AND OVERHAULED CARBURETORS, K&N POD FILTERS.

THE FRAME:
THE FRAME HAS ALL THE ORIGINAL LABLES AND HAS NOT BEEN TAMPERED WITH AT ALL. ORIGINAL CHAIN AND SPROCKETS, CHAIN GUARD, TURN SIGNALS AND MIRRORS, GRIPS, ECT. LOCKHART BRAKE LINES AND SMOKED WINDSHIELD ARE INSTALLED. NEW METZLER Z6 RADIALS MOUNTED AND BALANCED

THIS BIKE HAS BEEN IN THE CLIMATE CONTROLLED CARE OF 2 COLLECTORS SINCE NEW. HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A HUGE PART OF MOTORCYCLING HISTORY IN THE HARD TO FIND RED WHITE AND BLUE COLORS.

Strong bidding right out of the gate mean that the $14,000 BIN might be clicked at any moment.  If one has ever looked for a clean, low mileage and largely stock early GSX-R they know how hard that search can be.  Here we have a first, and in some people’s opinion the most desirable year, in great condition.  The listing states to have the OEM parts to revert the few departures from original shown in the images.  This is particularly nice because the next owner can choose to keep the bike as is and show it as period correct and fantastic sound from the Vance and Hines pipe or to go back to 100% factory.

Featured Listing – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Ducati October 29, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati SportClassic 1000 Sport

Update 11.4.2022: Post auction this bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Sixteen years on, Ducati’s SportClassics have become a touchstone for Ducatisti and back-to-basics bikers in general.  Starting with a sought-after initial year Sport, this example has been comprehensively improved and equipped for a beautiful future.

2006 Ducati SportClassic 1000 Sport for sale on BaT

Ducati had their epic dual-spark engine on the shelf, air cooled with a healthy oil radiator and 91 tractable hp.  2006 was the only year with the dry clutch, and monoshock asymmetrical swingarm.  Tube-type wire spoke rims set the vintage theme, but emissions met Euro3 along with up-to-date Marzocchi / Sachs suspension and Brembo 320mm brakes.  Sans fairing, the lowish bars and monoposto seat complete a café racer’s checklist.

RSBFS friend Donovan offers his two-owner Sport with a surprising selection of Ducati Performance accessories, which are no longer available.  His list of the DP mods –

As far as I know it has the most complete collection of rare OEM/Ducati Performance upgrades that I’ve seen online:

  1. DP Ohlins Suspension
  2. Ducati Performance Termignoni 2-1 Exhaust Kit
  3. DP 2-Tone Comfort Seat
  4. DP Sport Classic Cover
  5. DP Comfort Clip Ons
  6. DP Billet Rearsets
  7. 998R Brakes
  8. New Spare Bodywork Set

Additional updates include Alpina tubeless rims, a Wasp power kit which includes a custom air intake and Power Commander 3, Rizoma clear timing belt covers, SpeedyMoto clutch cover and sliders, and tail tidy with mudguard.

Maintenance is more than current, with recent tires, belts and fork service, and valve adjustment at 12K miles.  Protection of the tank is inside and out with Xpel wrap and Caswell lining to keep the plastic tank from expanding.  Not to mention stands and a complete set of spare factory painted parts !

Many more pictures at the – BaT auction – show the SportClassic beautifully, almost putting a lie to the odometer’s 16K miles.  While the not-too-radical tail tidy is a personal favorite, the way the gold accented suspension and clutch play off the factory giallo ocra really works.

Donovan also has a cold start video –

 

The limited nature of the SportClassics will continue to make them a rarity, and the extra pizazz of the first year model is that much more desirable.  The original owner’s DP purchases and Donovan’s subsequent improvements might make this a singular retro star.  Check out all the pictures on the – BaT auction – and register to bid so you’ll be ready !

-donn

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati SportClassic 1000 Sport
Suzuki July 2, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike with California Plate and just 2,654 Miles !

Update 7.13.2022: Tom has confirmed this bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

RSBFS reader Tom’s RGV250 is almost half way through the 1988-1998 model run, but a gem with just a year’s worth of miles.  The Lucky livery recalls riders like Kevin Schwantz and a wild ride to team success.

1992 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on BaT

62 hp is the quote from RGV250 reviewers, but the lightweight package claims a power-to-weight ratio of a larger bike.  The 249cc twin is at its best, with multiple acronym-ed systems to optimize the exhaust power valves, mixture and ignition timing.  Though the riding position was uncompromising, components like dual front brakes with four piston calipers, usd cartridge forks and gull-wing swingarm make it worth the workout.  Shifter action was optimized, a help since RPM’s will want to be kept above 7,000.

Tom’s RGV250 has a flawless presence and ICU cleanliness.  The stainless Arrow exhaust is noticeable at first glance, with scaled-down blinkers and braided brake lines.  A start-up video is offered along with a walkaround, and quite a few detailed pictures – plus Tom’s notes from – the BaT auction –

This is an authentic Lucky Strike limited edition VJ22. All bodywork and fuel tank are original OEM Suzuki, and paintwork as well with the exception of a respray on the tailpiece. It had some scratches. This RGV has some tasteful mods that greatly enhance the riding experience. Including new Arrows coated stainless pipes, NOS Fox shock, billet rear-sets etc. Mileage on speedometer is not actual. The original broke right before 4,000 km’s. An NOS speedometer was sourced from Japan. Total KM’s is just under 4,300 (2,654 miles) It has an ultra-rare, clean California title in my name.

 

Aprilia’s comment on the VJ22 engine was that they adopted it to use in their own road-going 250 two-stroke, extending the engine’s post-RGV career.  Never offered here, the age of the RGV’s has made importation easier, but a lot of grey-market bikes have been heavily worked and worked over.  Tom’s has been carefully tended by him and previous owners, with just over 2,600 miles and a tune-up this spring.  Though it is said that a special rider is needed to pilot an RGV250 effectively, it probably has a lot to teach any rider willing to listen.

-donn

Featured Listing: 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike with California Plate and just 2,654 Miles !
Aprilia April 14, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RS 50

Update 4.14.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Don reports that he received 40 inquiries in the first 3 hours of his bike going live on the site! If you have an outstanding, rare, sportbike for sale, contact us about your own Featured Listing! -dc

Many in the motorcycle community love to wax poetic about the joys of riding a “Slow bike fast” and for good reason.  Few bikes embody this ethos like the Aprilia RS 50.  The 50cc two stroke is full of character and offers a great platform to hone corner speed skills and retaining momentum.  Not to be confused with a pocket bike or some other toy, the RS is fully street legal and in some areas can be ridden without a motorcycle license.

2001 Aprilia RS 50 racing replica sport motorcycle for sale: $2,950.

Diablo black/silver/red Grand Prix color scheme. Original owner, clear title. 968 miles. Mint condition, never mechanically modified. Always garaged. World Championship Aprilia race bike inspired technology, design and construction. Wind-tunnel defined aerodynamic body panels. Ultralight weight rigid space-frame. Exceptional handling and safety.

In addition to having several features that are historic firsts in this motorcycle class, the Aprilia RS 50 is one of the best motorcycles ever made for learning to ride. All controls are identical to those of full-size motorcycles, but its low weight and superb handling assure positive experiences that quickly build rider skills and confidence. In contrast to learning to ride a typical, more formidable motorcycle “cold”, transitioning to heavier, more powerful bikes from the RS 50 is smoother, safer and far less intimidating. High resolution photos available on request.

2001 Aprilia RS 50 specifications:

Dry weight: 89 kg (196 lbs). Fuel tank capacity: 13 L (3.5 US gal), reserve 2.6 L (0.7 US gal).

Engine: Single-cylinder, two-stroke, liquid-cooled. Light alloy cylinder with Gilnisil superficial hardening, reed valve induction, counter-balancing shaft. Compression ratio: 12:1. Electronic CDI ignition. Dell’Orto SHA 14/12 carburetor with heating system on the collector. Electric start. 12V, 105W generator. Variable rate 2-stroke oil injection.

Transmission: Wet, light alloy multi-disk clutch. Six-speed gearbox with helicoid tooth gear primary and chain secondary.

Frame: Twin spar beam frame in cast aluminum with thin-walled cross-rib reinforcements, completely polished. Seat height 810 mm (32”).

Suspension: Telehydraulic front fork with central pin (35 mm), travel 110 mm (4.3”). High-resistance steel rear swing arm with mono-shock, travel 120 mm (4.75”). Wheel base 1280 mm (50.4”).

Brakes: Front: steel single disk 280 mm, caliper with two 25 mm pistons. Rear: steel single disk 220 mm, caliper with single piston 28 mm.

Wheels: Tubeless radial tires, front 90/80 ZR 17, rear 110/80 ZR 17. Light alloy rims, 5 spoke, profiled for tubeless tires, front 2.50 x 17, rear 3.00 x 17.

These coveted bikes do not come to market regularly.  The few that do come up for sale often have lived a hard life, with the bumps, bruises and rash to prove it.  This example has under 1,000 miles and the single owner has obviously lovingly cared for it.  While well suited to a collection, one could also imagine this being an amazing alternative to a Grom as the local run around bike.  The Aprilia community is strong and parts are readily available, making the ownership experience just as appealing as the bike.

Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RS 50
KTM April 2, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Update 4.2.2022: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Contact us now for your own Featured Listing!

KTM introduced the Super Duke in 2005 and has proved a long term success for the brand – and the 1290 Super Duke R won most super-naked shootouts in 2015.  RSBFS reader Steve offers his impeccably maintained example for your consideration.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R $11,000 in Northern California

KTM latched on to ending their engine sizes in -90 as catchy marketing, and the 1290 is close but actually gulps 1301 cc’s per rev.  Even pushing 177 hp, the V-twin is optimized for torque, with a 106 ft.-lbs. push at 8,060 rpm.  Those kinds of numbers can’t be trusted to the right wrist, so a suite of electronics offers selectable levels of throttle, traction and wheelie control, along with ABS.  WP supplies suspension at both ends of the orange trellis, with a single-sided swingarm leaving room for the Arrow muffler.  There is also a factory steering damper and ramped clutch which provides a slipper action.  The limited fairings channel air toward the radiator and away from the headlight, and don’t shield the rider as much as remind them of what’s in store.

As KTM’s most extreme streetfighter, there’s not all that much available in the upgrade department, but Steve had an Arrow exhaust fitted, and the 1290 breathes a little easier without the catalyst.  Of course the DOT rear fender has been tidied up.  Nicer Power Parts seats and luggage come with the bike, as well as the factory seats and exhaust.  Service last fall and new tires mean it should be a while before this Duke needs anything.  Steve asks $13,000 $11,000 and supplied these notes:

New Michelin 5 Tires
Full Service completed on 9/14/21 at A&S Motorsports. Maintenance history included.
KTM Power Parts Seats, OEM seats included
KTM Power Parts Luggage Included
R&G Exhaust Hanger, OEM passenger pegs included
TechSpec Tank Grip
Shorai Battery 2 years old
Arrow Race Tech, Slip-On Exhaust w/link pipe, Full OEM Exhaust included
Rottweiler SAS Block-offs/cat delete
Low Mileage 6,700
Includes Owners Manual, one key, plus Orange key and key code card
Tail tidy / fender eliminator
Runs and Drives perfectly, incredible Horsepower and Torque – aka, “The Beast”
Clean Title in Hand, California registration good until October, 2022
Clean Vehicle History Report
Garage kept. Properly maintained and Cared for. Near Showroom Condition.

A stop-and-go is required to adjust or defeat the traction control and ABS, which reviewers didn’t like.  They then went on to urge caution since the Super Duke will wheelie in the first three gears with very little effort !  The ride by wire throttle reviewed as more linear than earlier Dukes with a cable-operated throttle and closed loop EFI ( and the lean programming required ).  Otherwise the Duke will do just about anything you could ask, and the lack of fairings won’t let you tell LEO’s you had no idea of your speed.

Send questions or offers to Steve via – email –

-donn

Featured Listing – 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
Ducati December 9, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748

Update 12.9.2021: Sold in less than a week! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a bike for sale that would benefit from this kind of exposure, contact us for a Featured Listing. -dc

Our friends at Seattle Used Bikes have asked us to feature their beautiful Ducati 748.

It does not take any reader of RSBFS a long time to figure out that all of us are huge fans of the Ducati 748/916.  It is also not hard to figure out why it is one of the few universally adored motorcycle.  They are achingly beautiful, offer amazing performance and produce a wonderful sound.  For many they are dream bikes and something that has been lusted after for many years.

In the words of the Seller:

It seems to be harder and harder to find a good condition older Ducati Superbike. This 2001 Ducati 748 Superbike arrived last week and we have been asked to help find a new home for it. It has had a couple of local owners, most of its services were performed by the former Eastside dealer so no paper trail of service was provided. It started life as a base “E” model, not an “S” model, but has a few of the “S” upgrades like quick disconnect dzus fasteners on the fairing and nicer wheels. We were told it did have timing belts and basic service performed just last year and our guys gave it a good look over and made a few tweaks as well. It has some nice upgrades like the 10 spoke Forged Marchesini wheels and a Termignoni 3/4 exhaust system as well. There are a few other items like the SpeedyMoto open clutch cover and gold EVR pressure plate and springs. Out back we spot a nice carbon rear fender and chain guard, up front there is a smoke wind screen and adjustable brake and clutch levers. This particular 748 was originally sold from Ducati as a Mono seat model, that can be verified from the matching VIN under the seat. These did come with the steel Biposto sub frame so it could converted to a 2 seater if needed. We have our service records, 1 key, PitBull rear stand, Haynes workshop manual and a clean WA title

Ducati has never been shy about marketing and creating desire around their products and for years the focus was on the plethora of special and limited editions.  Over the years many have been so concerned with the R, SPS and Race Replica versions, they have forgotten how good the standard bikes are.

Traditionally if you had asked a collector what the least expensive way to own one of these gorgeous machines they would have advised you to fine a 748 Biposto.  This was due to the perception that it was the least desirable specification.  Think about that last sentence and be honest about how it makes you feel today.  Did it seem wrong? Well it should as clearly we now know all of these Ducati are desirable in some way.  That is rather evident when you see auction results like this $16,000 748 Biposto.

As time has marched on, and the markets move we are forced to accept that more and more people are entering the hobby and every day there are less and less of our beloved 748/916 available on the market.  None of these are simply used bikes any more, they are collectables and purchased with emotions, not spec sheets.  Will be interesting to look back on posts like this in a few years, willing to bet many will be kicking themselves for not picking up a clean example when they had the chance.

This example from Seattle Used Bikes offers a great opportunity to enter an ever rising market at an appealing price point of $7,999.  There are a few choice modifications that should appeal to someone that is going to get this bike out on the road and use it.  The upgraded exhaust will please the ears, and the open clutch cover will make sure everyone hears that unique dry clutch sound.  The images show that this bike is an original Monoposta.  Normally seen in yellow, the red will appeal to someone that values having something slightly different to the norm.

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748