Posts by tag: Italian

Bimota July 17, 2021 posted by

1997 Bimota SB6R

(Queue the commissioned sales person)
Good morning- Can I interest you in some Carbon Fiber? Or, better yet- What’s it gonna take to put you on this sexy AF Italian Big Bore today?

1997 Bimota SB6R FOR SALE #12 of 600

What’s not to like?
-All original
-2400 very low miles
-1100cc’s of Suzuki power
-156 horses
-74 lbft of torque
-Brembo’s
-Original 24 year old tires
-Have I mentioned the obscene amount of carbon eye candy?

From the seller

This SB6R is not currently running. It could be made road worthy by performing the following service
New tires (Michelin Pilots ($500 installed)
Carburetor cleaning ($500)
Brake and Clutch Fluid flush ($150)
Coolant Flush ($100)
New Air Filter ($125)
New NGK Plug service ($150)
New Battery ($198)

I like how the seller has this one listed. They’re offering it for the purist out there “as is” for $12,500 or they’re offering it in “road ready” condition, with the above mentioned updates performed, for $14,500. I’m thinking if you went with the higher priced option, slapped on some Heli bars (are those still a thing?) and a tank bag, coupled with the 5.8 gallon fuel tank you’d have a pretty good day tripping machine. Not to mention, you’d get chatted up at every stop along your route because it’s so freaking sexy.

As with most 24ish year old motorcycles they’ve been bumped and might have a few character marks and #12 is no exception. However, the seller has your back on this one and is offering his support if you wanted to make it blemish free before taking delivery.

The seller states

2 small cosmetic defects (see pictures). I have the red paint and the proper decal for the repair. I also have experience painting Bimotas.  (Check out the gallery photos for the other small blemish.)

And there you have it! You can order it as is or in pristine, road worthy condition. I think the SB6R has aged well and deserves to be ridden! What do you think? Ride it or keep it all original?

Many years ago my buddy Terry once told me “Would you save your girlfriend for the next person to use?” Obviously, my answer was “HELL NO!” and his simple reply was “Then ride the damn thing!”

The seller offers a lot more information about his machine and has his number listed for ease of communication so, make sure you make the jump in you’re interested Check it out here.

dd

1997 Bimota SB6R
Moto Guzzi April 27, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS

Update 4.27.2021: This bike has sold to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Check out our criteria and get your own Featured Listing! -dc

The 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS is probably the pinnacle of MG’s powers, and it’s a true emblem of the storied marque’s steadfast dedication to doing its own thing, consequence and technology be damned. The Daytona line was released in 1993 to celebrate Goose’s racing success with a privateer in the 1980s. If you can find one from any production year, they are magnificent machines, but the ’97 RS model adds some handling finesse and power the older bikes lack.

For ’97, the v-twin got a 12-horsepower bump to just under 110 horsepower, thanks to better breathing heads, Carillo rods and forged pistons, a lightened crankshaft and upgraded EFI. Braking was now handled by Brembo, and adjustable WP suspension front and rear kept the 500-ish-pound brute headed the right direction. Other trick bits included Marchesini wheels and an Bitubo steering damper.

Complaints at the time included notchy fueling from the big twin, but this bike has had its issued smoothed out with a chip tune from Creedon. The mod should bump power slightly as well as cure the throttle response woes.

From the seller:

Asking price for this beautiful, rare beast is $14,500 and it shows 13,360 miles. It’s not Ducati quick, or as precise and capable as a Japanese bike, but neither of those machines carries the same panache. Unless you’re a member of a well-heeled Guzzi club, the chances you’ll ever see another at the local cruise night are nil.

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS
Moto Morini February 20, 2021 posted by

Now, K2 – 1984 Moto Morini 350 K2

Though unlikely to win any races but a mileage contest, Moto Morini’s 350 V-twin is still a lightweight 6-speed exotic.  Coming out of Texas, this low-mileage example looks original and excellent.

1984 Moto Morini 350 K2 for sale on eBay

Morini made a foray into mid-sized motorbikes in the early 1970’s, and developed the compact 72-degree pushrod twin with the innovative Heron cylinder head, which made a righteous 35 hp.  The chassis was quite conventional  with Marzocchi forks and shocks, but boasted six forward speeds and staggered 16- and 17-inch wheels.  Appropriately-sized triple disk brakes and cast alloy wheels completed the running gear, and bodywork included a headlight fairing and engine spoiler, with side covers that flowed the line from tank to seat fairing.

Seeming to be for sale by the owner, this K2 shows no damage and just over 8,000 miles.  Very little crazing on the bare aluminum parts, and what look to be recent footpeg pads and grips.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Purchased by current owner in 2013. Bike has a clean Texas title.

Bike is very original apart from cam drive belt, tires and battery.

Bike has some minor chips. No actual dents or damage to any bodywork or exhaust.

Starts immediately and idles readily.

Bike is ready to ride.

Moto Morini has a surprisingly storied competition history, with a four cylinder 250cc 1963 World Championship runner-up and a certain Giacomo Agostini who started out on their 175cc racer.  The K2 and its 500cc stablemate are from a more Euro-centric time, before the usual late 20th century difficulties.  After a 2005 revival and recent sale to a Chinese firm, Morini’s website shows the unusual combination of e-bikes and 1200cc twins.  The small V-twins weren’t a bargain when new, but now are looking like a nice deal for an Italian bantam-weight.  Quite a few bidders are engaged with almost three days left to run !

-donn

Now, K2 – 1984 Moto Morini 350 K2
Ducati November 14, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP

This beautiful 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP is a rare beast, being a yellow half-faired SP. Most of the time, the half-faired bikes were the lesser CR-spec model, which had lower end suspension and just weren’t quite as tasty as the SP. The SP meant you got fully adjustable Showa suspension front and rear, but the 80-ish horsepower engine was unchanged from the CR. The 900 SS/SP was also famously the bike about which Hunter S. Thompson penned the terrified, fawning “Song of the Sausage Creature.”

It’s quaint to think about an 80-horsepower machine invoking the level of terror Thompson expressed, but even in the mid-1990s a powerful motorcycle was a very different thing than it is now, and Ducati’s torquey delivery meant that terrifying velocities were much more easily accessed than they were on a peaky inline four. Theoretically, anyway. The 900SS’s party piece has always been lithe handling, a slim waistline and a certain Italian-ness that makes the big much more than the sum of its bits.

This 900SS/SP has been made even sweeter than stock, with an Ohlins shock replacing the already competent Showa, a gorgeous white powdercoated frame and a low-profile LED taillight to replace the blocky period unit.

According to the seller, whose description was handwritten, the bike was built in 2017 by Moto Motivo in Raleigh, NC. In addition to the Ohlins and the low-profile taillight, it wears carbon fenders and a carbon exhaust, cast aluminum wheels and new Brembo brakes. The seller has added about 1,000 miles since picking it up last year. The bike is on a clean Oregon title, and asking price is $6,200.

 

Featured Listing: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP
Bimota September 29, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Bimota VDue

The last gasp of the two stroke sportbike could have been something incredible; a jewel of a machine with impeccable balance and style and an unmatched power-to-weight ratio. And it almost was. When Bimota release the 500cc v-twin two stroke V Due in 1997, all the elements were there. Acres of carbon fiber, trick and expensive Paioli forks and a direct-injected 90-degree engine. But the first 150 or so bikes were nightmarishly unreliable, thanks to dodgy castings and a fueling system that never worked properly.

2003 Bimota VDue for sale on eBay

The result was the bikes leaked and seized more often than not, and when they did run the fueling and power delivery were untamed and unruly. The debacle ended up torpedoing Bimota as it existed then.

But in 2003 and 2004, a Bimota engineer bought the leftover bikes and fixed what plagued them, throwing a set of carburetors atop the v-twin, which saw in the neighborhood of 120 horsepower in a 320-pound bike. Thanks to emissions regs, the carbs meant the bike was a no-go for the street, but at least its riding potential could be realized.

This 2003 Bimota VDue has just over 330 kilometers on the clock, and according to the seller has lived inside as a display piece since the mid-aughties. The ad doesn’t go into the mechanical condition, but if the cosmetics are to be believed, this is a VDue you could actually get some seat time on.

From the eBay listing:

Bimota 500 VDUE

Year 2003 with 336 kilometers. Immaculate bike.

This bike has been inside an office for decoration over 14 years.

Number 067 from 180 unities made.

Bike is in Portugal with Italian Documents.

Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

Transport to UK costs around £550 and will be Chas Mortimer Logistic Ltd collecting this bike.

Any doubt please call me +351916524741 or call Chas Mortimer Ltd to ask for my feedback.

The damage for this beautiful piece of Italian history is just over 35,0000 USD, and that’s before you get it here from Portugal. But, if you’re of a mind and the means, you’re unlikely to get a similar opportunity too many more times.

Featured Listing: 2003 Bimota VDue
Ducati July 30, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: Air-cooled Ducati 749 hot rod superbike!

Update: This bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The phrase “Ducati superbike” is enough to strike panic into the hearts of most mortal bank accounts. Just breathing the name of the storied Italian marque conjures ghoulish visions of microscopic maintenance intervals, climbing cost of entry and woeful consequences should you play Devil-may-care with recommended services. Luckily, what we have before us is the exception to that rule. A Ducati superbike powered by an 1,100cc iteration of Bologna’s venerated L-twin, expertly hung in a thoroughly modern steel lattice chassis.

It’s a chicken-and-egg exercise to try and piece together what this bike started life as, so here’s what we know: Its mill is the stock engine from an 1,100cc Monster that has been treated to pod filters. The chassis is from a mid-aughts 749 Dark and the swingarm began life on a Monster S2R. The rest of the parts roster reads like a WSBK team’s grocery list, so we’ll let the seller describe it in a bit.

The result of all the trickery is a torquey, featherweight track weapon that looks and goes like nothing else. It eschews the usual superbike practice of stuffing five million peaky horses into an aluminum frame in favor of a sweet-handling, friendly torque monster. Fast and friendly is the name of the game. With 85 horsepower under your right wrist, you’re not likely to scare an R6 on the straights, but hold your nerve and momentum will carry the day.

From the seller:

I bought this bike in ’17 from the original owner who commissioned the build. Told Bruce Meyers put it together originally w/ 800 motor (hence the s2r swingarm). Chris Boy at Moto Corse then built and tuned it as it sits. Bike is 100% ready to ride.
749 Dark frame, modified for conversion / vin removed.
Stock 1100 monster engine, less than 2k mi, MWR Pod filters
749r subframe, custom front fairing stay.
S2r swingarm, 749 linkage.
Ohlins rear shock, stabilizer, & 25mm kit in 1098 forks.
Attack triples, 28deg offset.
M4 monoblocks, 320mm full floating rotors, progressive pads.
Yoyodyne slipper clutch and slave.
Woodcraft clip-ons, rearsets, lever guards, & clutch cover.
SC Racing oversized oil-cooler.
QD low-mount exhaust.
Microtec ecu, lightened harness.
Dynojet quickshifter, quick-turn throttle tube.
Shorai battery, Shorai charger included.
520 chain, Superlight sprocket & quick change carrier.
Carbon front fender, rear hugger.
Pirelli sc-1 slicks, ran 3 track-day sessions.
Sharkskin 749 bodywork, fresh paint, stickers over clear.
Plenty of Woodcraft spares and rear stand included.
Bike weighs 375lbs, 49.5%front 50.5%rear, 85hp & 71 ft/lbs at rear wheel.

Bad: Small blemish on fork slider but never blew seal or leaked. Extra 1098 forks (empty) included. Bodywork shows some damage through paint. Rear hugger tight clearance but still clears warmers. Stone chips and small nics, some rash (normal race bike condition).

All service work performed at Ducati Detroit. Belts 2 years old, valves adjusted w/ 1 track day. All fresh Motul fluids, MWR pods oiled, steering head bearings serviced, forks serviced. Fully safety wired.

Price is $7,500 firm. Buyer to arrange and pay for shipping. Located in Detroit Michigan. I kept up with built motors in AHRMA. I hope it goes to a good home, it was a dream bike.

Thank you, Eric

It’s clear that this machine has been well-loved over its life, and it deserves a next owner who can heap a similar level of care and attention on it. As track weapons go, it’s hard to think of something that will stand out the way this will.

Featured Listing: Air-cooled Ducati 749 hot rod superbike!
Aprilia July 16, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1998 Aprilia RS250 Rossi Edition

Update 7.17.2020: This bike has SOLD in just 24 hours! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Just in time for the start of the COVID-19-shortened MotoGP season, we bring you this 1998 Aprilia RS250 MKII Rossi Edition. This gorgeous, close to original little ripper celebrates the beginning of Rossi’s career, back when he was making it known that he was the next big thing. The bike dropped between The Doctor’s first two championships. He snagged the 125cc crown in 1997 aboard an Aprilia RS125R, before moving up to the 250s in 1998 with the RS250. The next year, his last in the middle class, he secured his second of nine world titles.

The 1998 Aprilia RS250 Mk II differentiated itself from the Mk I machines with a new look, and had upgraded suspension and a wider front tire. The forks were now Showa units and rear ride height was made adjustable for ’98. Engine particulars stayed the same, which means about 55 horsepower in stock trim, delivered all at once above 8,000 rpm. Though the stock horsepower figure can’t hold a candle to a 600cc four stroke, the little Ape weighed just over 300 pounds dry, and stuck to the road like a gecko on a window. The result is sublime when you get it right, rewarding courage and momentum over a more ham-fisted stop-and-go approach.

Much like Rossi, this bike wears its age like a tailored suit. The paint and bodywork are certainly of their time, but are not gaudy, eschewing Rossi’s traditional fluorescent yellow motif. The seller says the bike is stock with the exception of a set of wave rotors on the front brakes, though the originals come with the bike. Past that, it wears a set of 2020 date code Pirellis in S01 compound, and has had the carbs ultrasonically cleaned before being rebuilt and synced. With a clear California title ready to transfer, this special little Aprilia is ready for the canyons and the cruise nights.

From the seller:

Coming out of my private collection of rare 2-stroke sport bikes is this 1998 Aprilia RS250 Mark II Rossi Edition. This bike is in mint condition. It runs and rides as new. It has just over 5000 original miles (8200km ) and it is 100% stock aside from brand new Pirelli tires and front wave rotors (stock rotors come with bike).
We just performed the following service:

-oil change
-2-stroke oil tank filled
-new Pirelli tires (latest 2020 SO1 compound)
-ultrasonically cleaned the carburetors, synced and balanced as well.
-new spark plugs
-adjusted and cleaned chain
-full detail job

This bike is ready to ride and enjoy or put in a collection. It has been kept in my climate controlled showroom, and is ridden at least every 8 weeks. It only has had ethanol-free fuel. There are no known issues mechanically. The only issues cosmetically are 2 very small scratches, 1 on each side of the belly pan. Please see images. Unless you look close on your hands and knees you cannot see them. Otherwise, this bike is as close to perfect as any bike can be. I included several pictures and also a video of it running. All lights, dash, signals, horn, etc function properly.

This RS250 has current California registration, license plate, and is insured. It has a 17 digit VIN which matches the clear California title, and the year, make and model is correct on the California title as well. The registration was just paid for, it is good through July, 2021

I am going to thin out my collection, as I have reached a pinnacle of owning rare 2-stroke sport bikes, and it is time for others to enjoy them. As these rare 2-strokes continue to rise in value, I truly believe this bike is a solid investment for many years to come. They just dont make these anymore!

This bike I consider a Unicorn. Mint condition, low miles, Rossi edition and California plated. You would be hard pressed to find another with all these features. Price is: $13,900 and bike is located in San Jose, CA.

Featured Listing: 1998 Aprilia RS250 Rossi Edition
Moto Guzzi May 7, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

Update 6.17.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport may smack of a Ducati Monster killer on a quick glance, based on stance, nationality and number of cylinders. But to buttonhole the 1,100cc v-twin bruiser that way would be to handicap it. As reviewers at the time noted, thanks to weight, torque and the big mill’s laconic, torquey nature, it’s much closer to an Italian take on a Harley Davidson than a back-breaking canyon carver. Leave that to the Duc.

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for sale on eBay

But while the big Goose wasn’t exactly quick on its feet — it tipped the scales at a large-and-in-charge 563 lb with gas — it handled well, had ample grunt and made an excellent swift cruiser. Coupled with the gorgeous bodywork and Moto Guzzi’s iconic, ancient engine layout and shaft drive, you get a muscle bike that doesn’t ask you to pay a comfort penalty.

This one is in excellent condition with 13,600 miles on it, and a raft of tasteful upgrades to tilt it just a little closer to the sporting end of the spectrum. It has Racetech suspension bits, ECU work, mods to the electrical system and a raft of extras and spares.

From the seller:

A strong running V11, selling because I got a nearly new Stelvio which I use all the time. The Sport sits there and should be used, it’s really a nice driver. I keep the nearly new battery conditioned and tires inflated and take it out once in a while. All of the weak points with these models has been addressed, including the NHTSA recall, and the performance mods have been done. It’s Japanese reliable: add gas, turn the key and go. If you are a Ducati or Aprilia owner, but are curious about that other, mystical and legendary Italian marque, this is the bike you want for an introduction.

The bike is currently in Atlanta GA, with GA title and registration (formerly it was registered and titled in CA). All extras are here in GA and go with the bike. I am NOT separating the bike from the extras, or the extras from the bike. Bike is currently configured with handlebars. California emissions sticker present under the seat.

I can assist with shipping, but buyer is responsible. I have used Shipping Masters, including their title escrow service before, and can recommend them. Or you can fly and ride, and ship the extras using UPS or whatever.

3 weeks sitting, cold start video here: https://vimeo.com/406649103

Transmission recall done by Pro Italia, CA, documented
Currently 13.6k miles
Open-loop ECU (no Lambda)
Roper plate installed
Front forks rebuilt with Racetech springs and gold emulators
Rear shock upgraded to Hyperpro 460 (290mm, +/-5mm)
Stucchi crossover
Mistral slip ons with DB killers (removable)
Re-map by Todd Eagan @ Guzzitech
MG Cycle manual petcock
Motiv Cycle Works transmission brace
Upgraded oil cooler mounts (steel)
New Dunlop Road Smart 3’s installed winter 2018, approx 1000 miles on them
“Lucky Phil’s” shifter mod installed (still have OEM)
“Scud’s re-engineered shift spring” (installed)
Upgraded relays and relay base, OMRON G8HE-1C7T-R-DC12
Casper Electronics breakout harness (to facilitate checking the TPS voltage)
Just replaced rocker cover gaskets
Just replaced the regulator with new Ducati Energia RR
Just replaced the angle drive for the speedo
Just replaced the battery (Odyssey 545)

EXTRAS:

2x Lower sump gaskets
Cortech tank bag
1 x extra “Scud’s re-engineered shift spring”
OEM clip-ons (clamps, bars, bar-end weights)
OEM shift linkage lever (Lucky Phil’s now installed)
OEM foot pegs
OEM owners manual
OEM tool kit
4 liters Eni i-Ride 20-50w + new Hi-Flo filter
2 keys

OTHER INFO:
Oil last changed at 11k
Transmission fluid last changed at 11k (running Redline Heavy Shockproof)
Bevel drive last changed at 11k (running Redline Heavy Shockproof)
I have used Bell ethanol gas treatment since I have owned it.
Shop stand pictured not included but available for purchase

As you can see from the eBay listing, the price for all this awesome is below $5,000. That’s a low bar for such a beautiful, unique machine.

Featured Listing: 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport