Posts by tag: Italian

MV Agusta June 3, 2019 posted by

Italian Stallion: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750

After designing the Ducati 916, Massimo Tamburini could have quite justifiably turned in his pen and waltzed into retirement with a professional accomplishment under his belt that few people will ever be blessed enough to match. But Tamburini, apparently, wanted to make sure, so he set about resurrecting an iconic Italian brand with a bike so good that it would see a 20-year production run.

2002 MV Agusta F4 750 for sale on eBay

This 2002 example is a fairly early example of the result of Tamburini’s efforts at the Cagiva Research Center to resuscitate MV. With a screaming inline four, those unmistakable four-barrel exhaust pipes and the unique star wheels, the F4 750 is everything a sportbike should be. It’s flashy, almost to the point of being gaudy. It’s fast to the point that 95% of people who ever touch the starter button will be entirely overmatched. And, most importantly, it is proudly, ferociously and unapologetically Italian.

This 2002 MV Agusta F4 750 has done 17,000 miles, and looks to have aged gracefully. There appears to be some dirt and wear here and there, but the bike is still in absolutely lovely condition. After a good checking over for maintenance, this bike would make a great summer rider.

From the eBay listing:

Now is your chance to own a very unique, historic bike, and at this price, you can afford to ride it every day. This design is known by everyone that really knows bikes, and appreciated everywhere. I get comments on this bike wherever I go- by real bike people, not teenagers at the mall.

This bike has been maintained very well, and only has 17,000 miles on it. Excellent condition! Comes with a rear service stand and a sexy MV custom bike cover. It’s got raised clip ons for a more comfortable seating position, and a license plate/turn signal eliminator kit.

When it was new, the F4 750 carried around astounding numbers, with 130 horsepower on tap and a near-170 mph top speed, numbers that are still pretty damned impressive. Today, it stands as a collectible, but usably modern sportbike. To the untrained, it’s impressive. To motorcycle fanatics, you will be the subject of envy.

Italian Stallion: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750
Ducati May 6, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1998 Ducati 916SPS

Update 5.10.2019: SOLD IN 4 DAYS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

In the heady days of the late-1990s, people were buying sportbikes left, right and center and roadracing was so popular that there were two all-in series in the U.S. alone. If you couldn’t get a superbike ride in AMA, you could turn your attention to the madness that was Formula USA for another shot.

For bike buyers, that meant not only was there an endless variety of nearly race-ready machines coming out of Japan and Europe in small batches, but manufacturers had an incentive to update them every couple years to stay competitive. Enter, the 1998 Ducati 916 SPS.

When the ever-evolving Ducati 916 SP reached its pinnacle in 1997, with bores so large the barrels were prone to stress cracks, Bologna added stouter cases, to punch the mill out to a 996 and Ducati 916 SPS was born. The trick SP forks, Ohlins rear shock, Brembo wheels and lightened frame carried over from the SP. With the standard set of race-only Termignoni cans, the bike made somewhere north of 125 horsepower. The exact figure varies with who you ask.

This 1998 Ducati 916 SPS is about as nice an example as you could ask for, though it is much better suited at this point to a museum. Number 853 in the production run, it appears to have all its original parts intact, down to the chain and tires.

From the seller:

1998 Ducati 916SPS
Up for sale from my collection is a rare low mileage Ducati 916SPS. Moving forward with higher specification of the 916. In 1997 Ducati introduced the 916 SPS to replace the 916 SP.
If not familiar with rarity and performance of the 916SPS, please read the article by Odd Bike. https://www.odd-bike.com/2013/02/ducati-916-spsps-ultimate-
desmoquattro_18.html
Of the 916SPS produced this is the last model year! The SPS was a homologated model so that Ducati could stay competitive with rule changes. In addition to many motor upgrade and changes, the 1998 model featured the following upgrades over the 1997 model. Newer lighter frame, Ohlin adjustable steering damper. updated brake calipers and Titanium connecting rods now standard equipment. This bike was purchased and imported by me from Centre Hamel Honda Montreal in 2014. I’m familiar with the fact that Ducati never sent the 916SPS to the U.S as a road going bike, but for race purposes only after signing a waiver, however upon registering the bike I received a clean Washington State title that allows the next owner to road or track the bike as they choose. The bike has very low miles on it and is in like new condition. I collect bikes for investment and do not ride them. Yes, the guy you love to hate
until your looking for that low mileage, rare, unmodified bike of your dreams.
With just 123 miles showing on the odometer, other than a scratch behind the steering damper (shown in pictures), the bike is like new! No modifications, no aftermarket parts. When the bike was with such low miles, it did not require and service work. Since the bike has been sitting in my collection since purchased, preventative maintenance service would be recommended before riding. Bike comes with the original tool kit, keys and manual.

916SPS were rare and special when new, and are becoming increasingly harder to find in original condition. This 916 SPS is truly a collectable, museum quality piece!

Since it’s been so well maintained despite being dormant, the options for this one are nearly endless. Throw some tires at it and make a (very) occasional cruise night hero or race weekend campsite candy. Or throw it on a piece of carpet in your living room and never worry about a TV subscription again.

Featured Listing: 1998 Ducati 916SPS
Ducati April 25, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

Update 4.27.2019: Sold in just two days to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati 851 is the father of modern Ducatis, from the world-changing 916 to the astonishing Panigale V4R. Without this boxy, lithe very red machine, those bikes would not be. The 851 arrived in 1987, with a very hopped up version of Ducati’s venerated Pantah engine. The air-cooled 90-degree, two-valve twin in the Pantah was updated with liquid cooling, four-valve heads and fuel injection for the 851, and Ducati shot back to the top of racing leaderboards.

Spitting out 93 horsepower and gobs of torque in a 430-pound chassis, the 851 was a statement that Ducati could use its agricultural engine tech to devastating effect. In 1990, the bike took home the World Superbike title, among a raft of other accolades over its five-year run.

This 1992 Ducati 851 Strada is from the last year before the 888 broke cover, and it has been kept largely unridden in a climate-controlled storage facility. Though it hasn’t crossed 3,000 miles since it was purchased as a leftover in 1995, all the major services have been done on a strict interval. Aside from the Fast by Feracci carbon cans, it is a stock machine.

From the seller:

This is a rare find, super low miles, Ducati 851 Superbike. This bike was purchased used from Bellevue Suzuki Ducati in 1995, at the time it was under 1000 miles on the clock. It has not seen much more use by its current owner as it was purchased to round out the collection of Ducati Superbikes, the 851/888/916. All three bikes have remained in owners collection until recently when he let the 888 go up for sale. Now we have been asked to find proper homes for the 851 and 916 still in his possession. Both the 851 and 916 have been kept serviced and stored in a heated shop/garage space. Run from time to time, oil changed and belts replaced at regular intervals. Other than the ever popular Fast by Ferracci carbon exhaust and a tank protector this beauty is all original. Ducati 851’s rarely come up for sale as it is, let alone one as clean as this one. Hurry, it will not last long. We have it scheduled for complete safety inspection and a 2-year service which will include oil, filter, hydraulics, coolant along with new timing belts. The owner has kindly provided some service records as well. It does have a clear WA title, all original keys and manuals included.

Here is some of the early press about these;

Ducati came of age in the late 80s, using ideas that the Far East thought as antiquated and as such not worth pursuing, the Italians enjoyed staggering race successes, and with it many sales to the public, motorcycling hasn’t been quite the same since. Chris Pearson samples the bike at the beginning of it all

Based upon the 1978 Pantah bottom end, the design was the first real modern day Ducati Superbike and successfully bridged the gap until the arrival of the 916 some seven years later. The first sight of the all-new Ducati road bike was caught at the Milan show in the autumn of 1987 although the prototype race bikes had provided more than their fair share of clues and insights into what was waiting just around the corner. Developed as a direct descendant of the Daytona winning twin from 1987, the production version of the 851 differed little from that prototype race machine. Ducati’s intentions for the new model were clear from the outset being offered in both Strada (road going) and Kit (race track) specification, for those wishing to put their 851’s directly on to the track. 200 examples of the latter were hurriedly assembled to satisfy the homologation required for the inaugural 1988 World Superbike championship, a roadster based race series that Ducati were more than keen to be a part of.

The basis of the 1987 spec Ducati 851 lived on until the end of 1993, gradually growing in capacity up to the 888cc model of 1992, proving so dominant on the rack that the planned update, the iconic 916 series, was held over for more than a year finally making its debut towards the end of 93 ready for its full onslaught in 1994.

Credits cards accepted, up to $150.00 documentation charge may be added.

You’d be hard pressed to find another 1992 Ducati 851 in this kind of shape anywhere for any price. At $9,200, we have a low-mileage perfectly-preserved example of the superbike that put Ducati back in the conversation.

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada
Ducati April 13, 2019 posted by

Last of the Big Twins: 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition

The 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition is the Italian way of quitting while you’re ahead. Have you developed the most-powerful twin-cylinder engine ever to be authorized for street use? Great! Number the top triple clamp, ’cause we’re only putting it in bikes for a year. But what a run of machines. The 1299R Final Edition managed to find 209 horsepower from two massive cylinders spinning at 11,000 RPM. The famed v-twin torque was at the party, too, with 104 lb-ft at 9,000 RPM.

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition for sale on eBay

In true Ducati style, the Final Edition was its own package; there were no options. You got full electronically-adjustable Ohlins suspension front and rear, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, yards and yards of carbon fiber, Brembo radial brakes, Pirelli Diablo Racing tires and Tricolore livery. If you thought the power figure was scary on its own, keep in mind this thing weighs 419 pounds with an almost full gas tank. Needless to say, the electronics are numerous and highly advanced.

As you can probably guess, this 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition is extremely low mileage, and has a short list of aftermarket goodies, all of which are easily reversed. It has had its 600-mile service and appears to be ready to ride.

From the eBay listing:

2018 1299R Ducati final edition
Some Accessories include:
Ducati performance comfort seat
Ducati reservoir tanks
Philips diamond vision headlights
Carbon fiber rear seat cowel
Ducati performance bar ends (black)
MCM Racing break and clutch levers
Fender eliminator kit with smoked integrated taillights
Ducati Carbon fiber clutch cover

The bike has also had its 600 mile service.

This Ducati is in great condition with no problems or headaches. Always garage kept and only taken for short rides.

Any questions please feel free to ask!

Ducati sold these new for around $40,000, and they do not appear to have spiked in value since their launch. This one, number 179, is available in New Jersey for $35,000 buy-it-now.

Last of the Big Twins: 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition
Ducati April 12, 2019 posted by

Tricolore: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS

The 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS was Bologna’s first in earnest attempt at a truly ludicrous hooligan machine, and an early salvo in what is now a full-blown war to build the scariest supernaked. These days, it’s not rare to see 150-odd horsepower stuffed into a trellis frame with upright bars, but back in ’08, the 120-horsepower S4RS pretty much stopped everyone in their tracks.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for sale on eBay

Here was a bike with the suspension and horsepower just shy of a club racer and a riding position closer to a Triumph Bonneville than a 1098. Oh, and a healthy enthusiasm for pointing the front wheel at the heavens. The Ohlins suspension, gorgeous trellis frame and the love-it-or-hate-it Italian flag paint left absolutely nothing to the imagination about this thing’s intentions.

This 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore is one of 400 in this paint scheme, and is claimed to be exactly as it left the factory. It has seen just 7,000 miles, and appears to be pretty much spotless. That’s not small feat, given that the Monster is all nooks and crannies where dirt can gather covered by the barest minimum of bodywork.

From the eBay listing:

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore 1 of 400!!!! This is a Super Rare 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore Model With Just 7k Miles!! This is a very low mile S4RS that is Collector quality! This was meticulously maintained and cared for. This bike has never been down with no marks on it. It is a collector bike and only going up in Value!! 100% original!

The seller is shooting for the moon on the price, but there is little doubt that these bikes will stay desirable. Still, for that price, a bit more description and a lot more pictures would go a long, long way.

Tricolore: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS
Moto Guzzi April 10, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport in Canada

Update 7.31.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The 1997 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100i has been a bike for people who value quirks and personality over outright speed since its debut. With the marque’s classic longitudinally mounted long-stroke, pushrod v-twin it’s known for a smooth, torquey delivery rather than screaming speed. But what you don’t get in lap times is made up for by the fact that the big Goose is solid, reliable, unique and timeless. And there are plenty of tasty pieces hung off the pretty trellis frame.

Despite a mill that made little sporting pretense, the bike wears WP forks and a WP shock, which guide a pair of lovely Marchesini wheels down the road. Thanks to that, and despite ground clearance hampered by the heads heading east and west, the bikes handle remarkably well.

And all that is before you get to how pretty the bike is, in this case in Guzzi’s beautiful hue of yellow. This one has seen just shy of 7,000 miles, and less than 3,000 since its current owner took it to Ontario eight years ago.

By its condition, it is clear this bike has spent its entire life being babied, and as such, it is more than ready for a new owner to enjoy. From the seller:

This beautiful 1997 Moto Guzzi was listed on RSBFS in March of 2011, and was purchased by the current owner after seeing it on this website. Here is a link to the original posting here on RSBFS in 2011 – The bike was shipped to the border at Buffalo, New York, and was legally imported into Ontario at that time. The owner has Ontario ownership (title) in hand. At the time of the current owner’s purchase the bike had only 3982 miles on the odometer. As you can see in the photos the bike has seen less than 2500 miles since moving north of the border.

Since moving to Ontario the bike has been kept indoors in a heated garage, except for its occasional use on sunny days. All plastic and bright bits are in excellent condition. It has a
new battery and starts and runs as intended. As you can see from the 2011 posting the rear sets and the levers are custom items, but the original controls and footrests were not included
in the original sale, so they are not available with this sale. The original owner’s manual comes with the bike.

$7500. USD or $10,000. CDN

The Moto Guzzi is located about 30 miles east of Toronto. Assistance can be provided to facilitate shipping, but that is the responsibility of the buyer to organize. The seller, due to ill health, is selling his collection, and I am attempting to assist him with this process.

Thanks in part to its definite quirks and the fact that just being good at everything doesn’t make you stand out, these lovely bikes don’t command the premium that some of slightly less refined Japanese bikes do. But that, dear reader, is part of what makes this thing so desirable. The cost of entry means you don’t need to be a budding tech oligarch to park one in your two-car.

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport in Canada
Aprilia March 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup

Update 4.8.2019: Sold for full asking price! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

We showcase a lot of two strokes, and we wax poetic about their knife-edge handling and peaky, unforgiving powerbands. Most of the time, we’re showing off nice but rider-quality machines that will make the new owners very happy on the track or in the canyons. Not today. Today we have a time capsule 2004 Aprilia RS250 that the seller couldn’t bring himself to tear up on the track. It’s so nice that he went to the length of sourcing another RS250 rather than ride this one in anger.

Instead, it sat, unmolested and unblemished in his basement on display. As such, it is as close as you’re going to get to perfect, and is original down to the scrub in on its first set of tires. It comes with all the factory documents and stickers and shows less than 400 miles on the odometer. Having been sold in or around New Hampshire originally, there’s little chance it’s ever going to see an American road. That’s all well and good, as it’s almost too cherry to tear up now.

The RS250s were powered by a version of the Suzuki RGV250 v-twin that Aprilia tweaked heavily for their purposes. With a lighter and more focused chassis and suspension than the RGV, the Italian became the mount of choice for up-and-coming racers including Loris Capirossi, Max Biaggi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista, all of whom went on to MotoGP fame. For a hammer-simple 70 horsepower two-stroke, that ain’t a bad CV.

From the seller:

If you are looking for a perfect, as new RS 250 for your collection, look no further this is your bike. Here’s the back story, I was looking for an RS 250 as a track bike ten years ago. I found this one and was amazed how nice it was. I purchased it then once it was home, concluded it was too nice to track as it needed to be preserved. So I bought another RS 250 for this purpose which I still have. As such this one has been in my climate controlled finished basement on a lighted display table ever since to be looked at and admired. This one is a time capsule that has less than 400 miles original miles on it, 100% stock including tires, no modifications and all of the idiot stickers that came on it. I’m a collector so selling this to fund a new addition to the herd. I know that peoples definition of condition varies greatly much to my chagrin in looking at other bikes, because of this I tend to understate the condition of things. I would rate this close to a 10 out of ten, no blemishes, never dropped, like new, perfect paint, just a pleasure to look at. As it was in my basement the paint is in great condition with no oxidation or sun damage. I just pulled it out to get it ready for sale, added a new battery and it’s on its way this week to Seacoast Aprilia – Ducati, which was the original dealer that sold it to change out the fluids and go through it to make sure there are no issues. It will be in perfect running condition for the lucky buyer with the original MSO. If you are serious I am sure I can arrange for you to speak with someone as Seacoast to get an unbiased second opinion. Like all two strokes RS 250’s are getting harder to come by, finding one in this condition is very rare as most have been flogged on the track and modified. Thanks for looking, $10,500 located in New Hampshire.

As either a display bike or a track day toy, you can’t say fairer than this little RS250.

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup
Ducati March 20, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Edition

If you feel like snagging a patent-leather set of, um, leathers and flying around the Oakland freeways like Trinity did in The Matrix Reloaded, may we present your ride. The bike from the original Hollywood scene was a 2001 Ducati 996, but by the time the movie came out, Ducati’s 998 had reached dealers. So sci fi fans were treated to a 2004 Ducati 998 wearing a beautiful metallic green paintjob and some stickers bearing the title of the movie.

Under the skin, the bike was a standard 998, sporting an Ohlins fully-adjustable rear shock and adjustable Showa forks. The Tetrastretta twin pushed out somewhere around 120 horsepower in the final iteration of the iconic 916 body shape. As Ducati special editions from the mid-aughties go, this one is pretty light on special details, but its lineage is enough to make collectors drool.

Production numbers are hard to pin down. The seller says around 200 were built, while various Internet sources claim between 150 and 200, or just flat out admit they have no idea. Suffice to say, there aren’t a ton of these things kicking around.

Aside from a tear in the seat, as noted in the Craigslist posting, and aftermarket rearsets, this 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Edition is as it left the dealer. The seller notes that the bike has been displayed for the last few years on slicks and a non-op title. Before it was put to rest, it reportedly ran well, though it was apparently a lemon law buyback.

From the Craigslist post:

Rare Matrix edition, only about 200 units built. Collector’s bike.
This bike is prepped for display. Fluids and battery removed, slicks installed. It has been like that in my living room for the last 5 years. It was running well before.
Non operable, title in hand, says “lemon law buyback”.
No scratches, great condition. Small tear in rear seat as depicted. Everything original except for rear sets.
Rear stand included. Dog not included.

With 12,000 miles on the dial, we have to guess that whatever issues this bike had from the factory have been handled. And, at $7,000, it’s a semi-affordable way to own a rare Ducati in an iconic body style.

Featured Listing: 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Edition