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Ducati March 12, 2018 posted by

Live from Hollywood – 2005 Ducati 999R

Long ago when V-twin Superbikes made do with a mere liter, Ducati made a smashing revision to the 916 series.  Like some other revolutions, it was voted down - but the monoposto 999R is the apex of the short-lived Tamburini design.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay


Ducati produced just 200 of the R-spec for homologation purposes, and while not quite race-prepared, they had the equipment that the WSBK team wanted to be able to use.  For the 999R, that meant a slightly different engine with revised heads and a lot of titanium, resulting in 150 hp at a low 9,750 rpm, and a flat torque curve.  Headstock angle is adjustable, as is the seat console position.  Öhlins are found front and rear, fully adjustable with revised valving and nitride-treated fork legs.  Clutches were "free" or unconstrained by the rule book, so the factory was not compelled to add a slipper clutch, though the big twin calls for one.


Looking very stock and showing just under 10,000 miles, this 999R is apparently in the care of a specialty dealer in Florida.  Maybe not subject to the endless polishing and re-farkeling it would get at home, but very good shape with only one scrape, though how it got there without a lot of collateral damage is a mystery.  From the eBay auction:

This motorcycle is in excellent condition, and has been cared for properly since day one. Starts runs and drives perfectly. 2005 was the first year of the deep sump 999R 150HP motor, and big swing arm. The previous year came with a weaker motor, and less robust swing arm. It also has the full carbon bodywork.
There are a few tiny scratches, and a small bit of road rash on the underside of the belly fairing, but overall it is in amazing condition.


The base 999 has a lot of awe-inspiring details, and the -R has them as well, but executed in carbon or forged alloy, and often adjustable.  But turning some of these knobs requires some expert knowledge, besides open track time and a mechanic or two.  Like winning the lottery, it would be fun to give it a go.  Not sure if there is a "starter" 999R, but this might be it - ready for a valve adjustment, new rubber, a little paint work, and maybe a personalizing update or two.  The Make Offer button beckons...


Live from Hollywood – 2005 Ducati 999R
Bimota April 8, 2010 posted by

2010 Bimota HB4 Moto2 GP race bike for sale!

Genuine Bimota HB4 Moto2 GP race bike with for sale in Germany - for 169,000 euros!!

We've seen enough Bimotas around here, but nothing compares to this find - a genuine Bimota HB4 (the 'H' standing for the Honda 600c.c. race spec engine in it) Moto2 GP race bike! For those who may not have been following MotoGP, Moto2 is the new controversial (controversial because it conflicts with the World Super Sport 600c.c. class) GP race class that will replace the 2 stroke 250c.c. machines.

The Bimota HB4 was created specifically for participation in Moto2 racing, and it is the only new Bimota to carry a Honda engine in the last 27 years (its predecessor - the HB3 - was introduced in 1983).  In any case, I'll let the pictures do the talking:

From the seller (translated from German using Google translator):

Offered here is a complete ready to race, moto racing 2. Bimota Moto 2 HB-4. Two similar vehicles will ride in the Moto 2 World Cup. Driver: - 1 76 BERNAT MARTINEZ (E), MAQUINZA-SAG TEAM - 2 Ratthapark Wilairot (TH), THAI HONDA PTT SAG, - This is offered here Bimota Moto-2 is produced on request, and has approximately 10 weeks delivery from receipt of the deposit. The vehicle is built up by HPC-Power. The frame is made of high quality aluminum and molybdenum Crom milled parts. A 145-hp, 600 cc Honda engine, Ohlins TTX shock, Paioli gas-fork, magnesium forged wheels, Brembo monobloc brakes as standard. The engine management system is realized through a high-quality Motec system. The data recording and dashboard features will also be realized by the famous Motec ADL. Functions such as, tractioncontrol, launch control and brake assist are standard on WM. Many other technical features can be identified if interested. The purchase price includes three race days in which the vehicle through two Renningineure of HPC power is adjusted to the buyer. Chassis, and engine management Trachtionskontrolle be adapted perfectly to the needs of the driver. - If you are interested please call Motorcycle Hertrampf in Nordhorn

How the seller got their paws on a genuine HB4 I'm not sure, but I do know that this is probably a once in a life time oppourtunity to owning  a first year Moto2 race bike. 169,000 euros is a lot of money, but for some rich collector, I am sure it's worth the price. I'd be all over this if I had that kind of money!

Click here to see the ad for this amazing oppourtunity!