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Moto Guzzi October 23, 2018 posted by

Rhode Island Red – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa for sale on eBay

Despite their wanderings toward the edge of insolvency, Guzzi managed to further develop the ngine for the V11, still air cooled and only slightly oversquare for great power and torque numbers of 91 hp and 69 ft.-lbs.  Updated Marelli fuel injection and a smooth 6-speed transmission brought them clearly into the new century, though the overall feel is reverential to past Le Mans.  Premium bucks for the time brought premium components from Öhlins and Brembo, along with staples like shaft drive.  The sporty aura is completed by clip-on handlebars, some carbon accents, and a monoposto-looking pillion cover on the tailcone.

Offered by a shop specializing in vintage Jaguar parts, this Rosso Corsa has been nicely updated and maintained.  The Rizoma reservoirs and Pazzo levers are easy on the eyes, and lowered foot controls help the older knees.  An insider mod is the Roper windage plate, which keeps oil from splashing around the crankcase and protects the engine at higher revs.  Recent Rosso paint looks excellent.  From the eBay auction:

This bike has been repainted to remove the decals that had lifting edges.  It has one small scuff on the right hand fairing in the clip on clearance area.
  • Mileage:  9,200
  • Clear Title in my name
  • New Michelin PR4 Tires
  • New Battery
  • Rizoma Fluid reservoirs
  • Motra Tech lowered foot pegs and levers
  • Pazzo control levers
  • Mistral CF Mufflers
  • "Race" ECU
  • New rear rotor and pads
  • Roper Plate
  • Fresh synthetic engine oil (Agip)
  • Fresh transmission and rear drive oil
  • Iridium spark plugs
  • Valves have been adjusted
  • Tool Kit
The bike runs very well and needs nothing.

Never meant to challenge the onslaught from the east, Guzzi stuck to their formula and has survived as Italy's oldest marque.  The V11 Le Mans reviewed as a nice all-day rider, fast and stable.  Judging from the boutique Jag offerings, this owner knows nicer things and has improved this already very good Le Mans with top-quality updates.  If the reserve can be met it should make the new owner quite happy.

-donn

 

Rhode Island Red – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa
Featured Listing August 17, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1998 Magni Australia

Named in honor of their importer-turned-racer down under, the Australia was Magni's signature homologation special.  Using Moto Guzzi's quattrovalvole 992cc twin, the Australia is off the sporty and rarity charts.  This example is just out of a long restoration and looks like a new machine.

1998 Magni Australia for sale on eBay

In road trim with Weber-Marelli fuel injection, Guzzi's liter makes 104 well-mannered hp, and a healthy 65 ft.-lbs. torque.  Magni's own downtube frame has oil tankage in the backbone and massive Paioli forks.  Shaft drive is accomodated by the company's Parallelogrammo monoshock, which reduces extension under power.  Sporting intentions are confirmed by the thin foam seat and full fairing.  Weight is an acceptable 450 lbs. dry helped by carbon fiber mudguards.

Located in Illinois, this example has undergone a comprehensive rebuild, and is still awaiting its first fluids since completion.  Great to start with a special machine when embarking on a journey like this, and the Australia qualifies.  The single overhead cam V-twin hasn't been opened but should be far from needing anything.  Warren has this to say in the eBay auction:

On offer is a 1998 Magni Australia, 1000cc Moto Guzzi Daytona RS powerplant in Magni Parallelogrammo frame. I have recently completed a four year recommission/rebuild of the machine with many new parts including recent tires and battery, coils, all cables (fast idle, throttle, clutch, speedometer), NOS injectors and bodies, new Bosch fuel pump, injectors, and rubber boots, throttle potentiometer, main fuel valve, vacuum tank sender, all oil and breather lines, fuel lines, temperature sensors, cam position sensor. New rear brake carrier and rotor, new brake pads and HEL stainless lines, calipers rebuilt with Brembo kits, new buttons in front discs. All fluids fresh, bike has run on bench test, tank is flushed and dry, brakes have not been filled and bled since rebuild. All stainless steel pipes, muffler and crossover, fairing brackets are freshly polished, all fasteners have been replaced with European made stainless fasteners, unpolished.

Recommissioning used all Wurth supplies, torque specifications to manufacturer standards. All paint on bodywork and frame is original, lower belly pan professionally repainted due to stone chips, there have been no modifications to the machine that I can verify since it was constructed. VIN number is shown, engine number is KL011565. All takeoff parts and fasteners will be furnished with the machine if the purchaser desires. Odometer has been replaced with white faced metric instrument showing 1 kilometer. Original shows 10,183 miles, appears to be original.

Arturo Magni prepared Count Agusta's racing motorcycles ( for the likes of Surtees, Hailwood, and Agostini ) until the company quit racing in the mid-seventies, then he and his sons formed their own company.  Magni sampled different powerplants until 1985 when a lasting relationship with Moto Guzzi was formed.  The Australia reviewed as having a foot in two worlds - sharp handling but stable with the V-twin's low CG, the maintenance-free shaft drive hardly noticeable with the parallelogram swingarm, the Daytona RS engine powerful and torquey.  A "new" '98 by many measures, it should give the new owner many hours of enjoyment, even if the gas, oil, and brake fluid never go in.  Bidding is active but hasn't met the reserve yet.  Questions can be sent to Warren via the eBay auction or email - here -.

-donn

 

Featured Listing – 1998 Magni Australia
Featured Listing August 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Tenni with 2,000 miles!

Moto Guzzi boarded the "special edition" party bus with a lot of boutique manufacturers, but the stance of their V11 Le Mans has held up very well, and the Tenni is a standout.  This Tenni has but 2,000 miles and is plated number 114 of 170.

The V11 Le Mans is modern enough that the Moto Guzzi Le Mans wiki doesn't even mention it, but the big axial V-twin didn't fall very far from the family tree.  Horsepower isn't wild at 92, but torque is so abundant that the 6-speed transmission is almost superfluous.  The V11's have beefy alloy side plates which on the Tenni are red anodized, part of a complex but pleasant styling job by Marabese Design.  Components are top notch with Brembo brakes ( unlinked ), lightweight hydraulic clutch, and adjustable suspension by Marzocchi in front and Sachs-Boge monoshock.  Dusty blue alloy wheels are seventeens.

Bought after reading last year's post on the - Tenni - the owner returned it to the road with new rubber, fluids, and a tune-up.  Real life has intervened however, and Rob wants to lighten his collection by several bikes, and unfortunately it's often last-in, first-out at times like these.  With just 2,006 miles, it's in nice stock shape, though Rob notes two paint imperfections - two small cracks on the right tank presumably from sitting with ethanol aboard, and a splatter of something on the seat fairing courtesy of the previous owner.  Part of the Tenni's design is semi-flat finished accents which might not even be painted, so a consult with a paint correction guy might be in order before diving in.

The V11 had a very together design and build quality thanks to new owner Aprilia's financing, and reviewed as somewhere between "rides by itself" and "weight disappears under way".  Never intended to take on contemporary sport bikes, it's happiest on a two-lane, exploring the relationship between torque, engine braking and the close-ratio 6-speed.  The Le Mans will always be part of the Guzzi story, and the V11 is up-to-date enough to ride without vintage worries.  The green and silver livery recalls their early endurance racers, on which Omobono Tenni took the Isle of Man in 1937.  Rob asks $7,850 for the Tenni, and can be reached at (757) 784-8410.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Tenni with 2,000 miles!
Ducati June 29, 2018 posted by

Trick Track Single: 1995 Ducati Supermono for Sale

Some bikes take time to find their audience, but the Ducati Supermono was always going to be a classic. Created to compete in the Sound of Singles race series that supported World Superbike in the mid 1990s, the Supermono was a bit of a throwback to Ducati's past: a pure racebike with exotic components, quality suspension, some very innovative technology and, as the name suggests, just one cylinder.

Single-cylinder engines are lightweight, torquey, and mechanically simple, which makes them ideal for offroad applications and economic commuters. But they aren't all that suited for modern sports motorcycles, since vibrations caused by one cylinder limit maximum revs and therefore horsepower, and can be more than a little unpleasant for the rider at sustained high rpm, unless numb hands and blurry vision are your thing.

Ducati had a solution and, as is typical of companies with limited resources, it made use of as much existing hardware as possible but with an interesting twist. The new engine used most of the liquid-cooled, four valve v-twin engine from the 888 and 916, but with the rear cylinder blanked off, which seems simple enough. But here's the twist: a dummy connecting rod was fitted to approximate the force of a second piston and connecting rod of the missing vertical cylinder.

Ducati ended up with a 549cc single that could rev to 11,000rpm happily and made 65hp with a dry weight of 267lbs, although a larger, 572cc version came along in 1995. Brakes were the same as the much heavier 916,  so stopping power could be considered adequate and the bike handled as well as you'd expect. The bike was liberally sprinkled with carbon fiber: the gauge cluster, fuel tank, rearset brackets, and the self-supporting rear subframe were all made from the material. Engine cases, triple clamps, and wheels were all lightweight magnesium.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati Supermono for Sale

Probably one of the most collectible sport bikes of this generation, enter the Ducati Supermono racer. This 1995 model is one of only 25 produced in 1995. Total production from 1993-1995 was 67, rare. The most unique attribute is the way Ducati did the motor, using an 888 Corsa motor and counterbalancing system consisting of a second attached to a lever pivoting on a pin fixed in the crankcase, hence the name "doppia bielletta" [double con rod].

This is a one-owner bike out of a 60+ bike private collection. Original bill of sale, docs, etc. The bike is in stellar condition.

Approximately 67 were made between 1993 and 1995 and, as you'd expect from the mission statement, most were raced, and quite successfully: it pretty much dominated any class where it was allowed to compete. Styling was by Pierre Terblanche and is pretty much perfect: lean and efficient and spartan. You can clearly see the influence this design had on the revised 900SS, but the style doesn't quite translate: on the Supermono it looks clean and technical and light, but on the Super Sport it looks fussy and contrived. So what price perfection? Well this one has an eye-watering $149,000 starting bid, which shockingly seems a pretty fair place to start, considering what other examples have sold for.

-tad

Trick Track Single: 1995 Ducati Supermono for Sale
Ducati May 19, 2018 posted by

In The Beginning: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

Ducati's modern era really started here, with the 851. The air-cooled Pantah engine, with its rubber cam belts, was a step forward, compared to the bevel-drive twins and set the stage for Ducati's move into the future. But it was the liquid-cooled, four-valve version of their classic L-twin that finally brought them fully into the modern era and allowed them to compete against the very best sportbikes from Japan in the newly-formed World Superbike Championship.

Sure, their throbbing, torquey v-twin was down on power, compared to a screaming inline four. But a fat, useable midrange helped make up for some of the theoretical horsepower gap, and a bit of additional displacement took care of the rest. The 851 wasn't as reliable or as affordable as the Japanese competition, but it could handle with the best of them.

The new liquid-cooled, four-valve engine was dubbed, naturally, the Desmoquattro and displaced 851cc. Truth in advertising! The bike was fed by very effective Weber-Marelli fuel injection for a claimed 104hp. The original bikes look a little bit awkward and old-school, rolling on 16" wheels, but those were quickly changed to 17" hoops and, by the time this 1992 version rolled around, it looked very modern and exotic, although not nearly as elegant as the 916 that followed. The upside is slightly more comfortable ergonomics that work better on a bike far more likely to be used for 7/10th canyon rides than 10/10ths race track sorties these days.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

BEAUTIFUL 1992 Ducati 851 

*PERFECT CONDITION* 7k miles

Well maintained! 

Never dropped/crashed!

VERY light signs of (normal) use! 

Magnesium Marchesini wheels

Spaghetti exhaust

Obviously not as beautiful as the 916 that followed, but it is very purposeful and aggressive, with the white frame adding a classic touch. I do wish the seller had removed some of the bodywork so we can see the condition, along with some better shots of the "spaghetti exhaust," a reference to the system's smooth tangle of large diameter piping that was based around equal-length headers and replaces the ugly crossover junction with actual tubes. Sure, a set of carbon-fiber cans will help your red stallion sound more Ducati-y but if you really want it to sound like the real deal, you need an expensive full system. This set is likely a Silmotor system to match the end cans, since I believe they're still in production. Otherwise, this is a clean, low-mileage example of an appreciating classic sportbike, and has a couple of pricey aftermarket bits that should genuinely enhance performance.

-tad

In The Beginning: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale
BMW May 10, 2018 posted by

Stealth Tron Bike – 1991 BMW K1

BMW offered its radical K1 in eye-catching ketchup and mustard or a Michigan fan's navy and gold livery, but is occasionally seen in a grown-up grey or black.  This one is fan-owned and looks excellent.

1991 BMW K1 for sale on eBay

BMW was looking to inject some pizazz into its inline engine menu, and equipped the K1 with a four valve engine which was limited to 100 hp but capable of more.  The bodywork cheated the wind to a cD of .34 - a new low for a production machine.  Contrary to their usual practice of building most everything in house, Marzocchi forks and Brembo brakes were used to complete the BMW Paralever's work.  Always a safety innovator, the company made ABS standard on the K1.

Bone stock with just over 10,000 miles, this K1 whispers the name where most examples shout.  With complex bodywork made since 1988, this '91 likely has all the adjustments made by the factory to address heat control and fit issues.  From the eBay auction:

This example is an all original K1 with no modifications.  The bike has been recently serviced and has a new battery.   Powered by a 1000CC/100 hp engine that runs smooth and strong.  Transmission shifts flawlessly through all gears.   The factory graphics on the gray K1 were subtle and only across the base of the fairing. The bike needs nothing but a new home.  Odometer has just kilometers; above distance ridden is listed in miles because kilometers are not offered.   The K1 is a very nice collectable bike that will be a valued addition to any collection.   Bike is sold on a clear Florida title in my name.

The K1 attempted to bridge the sport-touring divide with an interesting result.  A sporty engine concealed an annoying secondary vibration, and the sleek design required special soft luggage.  Wet weight and wide turning radius made it an experienced rider's machine, which I guess the MSRP did as well.  This is a super example for a fan or collector without a taste for the garish 90's graphics...

-donn

 

Stealth Tron Bike – 1991 BMW K1