Posts by tag: Italian

Aprilia May 18, 2009 posted by

California Street Legal 2006 Aprilia RS125

As you may be aware, Aprilia brought a semi-street-legal (headlights, tail lights, but incorrect wiring harness and off-road use only title) RS125 to the U.S. for 2009, however Europe and the rest of the world has been enjoying 125’s for years.  Offered for sale in Redwood City, California is a titled and plated street legal 2006 European market Aprilia RS125.  This example shows only 305 original miles and looks to be in excellent condition.  The asking price of $8500 may be a bit high as supposedly plated ’09 RS125’s have been advertised at around $6-6.5k ($5449 MSRP for the non-street legal version).  However, this is a legitimately plated bike and quite possibly the only plated 2006 (there may be a couple more) in the U.S.; it comes with desirable performance accessories, spares, and all the original parts. The 2006MY is the first for the latest iteration of the RS125 that includes the 2009’s.  If seriously interested, money may talk and a sold price could be well under the asking, but don’t expect it to be under the going price of the ’09’s.  Is it sad that we lust over what is just an entry level bike in Europe?  See the Craigslist ad here. And the hi-res Flickr photos here.

EDIT: Now advertised at $7900.

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Bimota May 15, 2009 posted by

Bimota Friday

Any Bimota is rare, unless it is today; then you have seven to choose from!

First is a 1988 YB4 located in Smithtown, New York.  A very clean example, however, the Isle of Man title could make it very difficult/impossible to register it if YB4’s were never officially imported. See the ebay ad here.

Update: Sold for $10,655.00 on 05/23/09

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Next, from the same seller, is another fuel injected Yamaha Bimota: A 1990 YB6.  The Italian flag colors are very cool, it has a claimed mileage of zero, looks to be ver clean (possible dent in the silencer?), but again, this bike suffers from a foreign (British) title.  I would also be weary of the digital binnacle.  The seller hasn’t posted any pictures to show that it actually works (you would expect that he would show of the odometer at zero) and I would expect any faults in the binnacle extremely expensive and extremely difficult to have repaired.  See it’s ebay ad here.

Update: Sold for $13,867.00 on 05/23/09.

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More Yamaha powered Bimotas with a 1991 Bimota Deici from Bremerton, Washington.  A 12k mile bike (with 49 since full restoration) that is showroom clean.  A gorgeous bike in yellow.  The seller seems confused as to what they are asking for the bike; it has be posted at $13460, $14995 (after being posted at 13.4), while the whole time the ad has stated $19995.  Being unoriginal, I would think it fair closer to the 13.5 number.  See the Craigslist ad here.

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Next up is a Suzuki powered Bimtoa; a 1998 Bimota SB6R located in Pittsburgh, Penn.  Still pre-bankruptcy and Suzuki powered this bike is probably quite reliable for an Italian exotic.  The Challenge Stradale in the background doesn’t look bad either.  Shown with zero miles and no mention of non U.S. title, this looks like quite a wise purchase.  Watch or bid on it at the ebay ad here.

Update: Reserve not met at $9,100.00 on 05/20/09.

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In Big Lake, Montana is a Ducati powered 2000 Bimota DB4.  Being regularly exercised (but not mentioning its total mileage), I would expect this DB4 to be properly sorted and very use able for the next owner.  Advertised at $10000, I would imagine this to be the pick for someone who wants a Bimota they can use and enjoy.  See its Craigslist ad here.

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Next is a modern Bimota with Suzuki power:  A 2006 Bimota SB8K located in Durham, NC.  Another show piece with zero miles, this bike is probably best if you’re looking for a modern bike to collect.  See the ebay ad here.

Update: Reserve not met at $12,222.00 on 05/17/09.

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Lastly for today is the newest and most extreme Bimota:  A 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D located in (you probably guessed it) Beverly Hills, CA.  Claimed as No. 29 of 29 in the world this is a rare piece of machinery.  Depending upon whom you associate with, it should be safe to say that with a 3D you would be the envy of your friends and the only one on the block with one.  Advertised at $38500, makes it the rarest and most expensive Bimota I’ve posted today.  See the Craigslist ad here.

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My pick for the day?  Rationally the SB6R from Pittsburgh, but, obviously I’d take the Tesi if presented with the option.

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Ducati January 11, 2009 posted by

4 Special Edition Ducati Race Replicas For Sale Right Now

An explosion of race replica, special edition Ducati’s have hit the radar this week. Check out these fantastic Ducati Superbikes for sale right now:

2004 Ducati 999R Fila Replica $17750

2004 Ducati 999R Fila Replica

quote from seller’s Craiglist posting:

Very rare Ducati 999R Fila Replica; #148 of 150 in the world (only 67 sold in North America). Personally signed by 3-time World Champion Troy Bayliss (see pic). Nearly $5000 in upgrades include full titanium 57mm Termignoni exhaust w/ ECU, Sato rear-sets, Speedymoto Kukri pressure plate with 10 spoke cover, and tinted double-bubble windscreen. Also includes rear stand and custom fitted bike cover. Original owner, dealer maintained, never raced, never down, 11k miles. Baby forces sale, serious inquires only please.

2002 Ducati 998S Troy Bayliss $16500

2002 Ducati 998s Troy Bayliss

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

2002 Ducati 998s Troy Bayliss, #349. This bike has 4k miles, and is in mint condition. Extras include, carbon fiber airbox, air runners, hugger, swingarm guard, and under tail. All carbon accesories are ducati parts. Termi 1/2 system, as well as forged Marchesini Magnisium wheels. This bike is a very fine example of a Bayliss edition.

2007 Ducati Team USA Limited 999S

2007 Ducati Team USA Limited 999S Parts Unlimited

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

This is another piece of rolling history, a 2007 Ducati Team USA Limited 999S Superbike. There were 150 of these bikes produced, all of them sold only in the USA. None were exported. This is the write up from Ducati on the stock version of the bike. With 414 miles from being new, our’s also has the Termigoni 57mm Carbon Fiber full exhaust system, Power Commander, has been dyno tuned, has a 520 Chain and Sprocket conversion and the custom upper triple fork clamp that raises the bars 10mm. The first service was just completed and the bike is ready to be ridden or put on display.
The 999s Team USA edition is closely designed and based on the race bikes used by both the Bostrom brothers and Neil Hodgeson during the 2005 and 2006 AMA Superbike seasons.

Ducati Xerox 999R #58

Ducati Xerox 999R #58

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

If you have not been to visit our warehouse, this Ducati Xerox 999R, #58 with 1387 miles, is another reason you should drop by soon. Another rare slice of modern motorcycle history is now being offered for sale at Automania. The 2006 999R XEROX Ducati Superbike is the customer homologation replica of Troy Bayliss’ FO6 World Superbike Championship Motorcycle that he used to dominate and win the 2006 WSB championship.
It has fundamentally the same specifications as the standard 999R but with the special XEROX badging and a few other mechanical differences

I’m really not knowledgable about the values of these bikes. But they are obviously collector examples that will command some premium in the market. Which one would you pick as best value?

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Ducati January 9, 2009 posted by

1990 Ducati 851 Loaded With Expensive Upgrades

I sometimes forget about the Ducati 851 because Ducatisti stop in their tracks over an 888. But the 851 is a fantastic bike in it’s own right, and this example is really packed with thoughtful upgrades. Check out this 1990 Ducati 851 For Sale in California for $5k:

1990 Ducati 851 For Sale

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

There is nothing like the sound of a 90 degree Italian V-twin. I have for sale a beautiful red 1990 851.This bike has been meticulously kept in running order by Nichols Manufacturing in Milpitas and Moto Forza in Escondido. While being serviced by Nichols, I had them install their CNC Machined 6061-T6, lightened flywheel which removed approximately 3lbs 5oz of rotating mass which greatly enhanced its ability to rev quickly and to take advantage of engine braking. I also had them install their motor mount bolts, which go through the engine block and are tightened at each end which significantly stiffened the chassis. I added the Technomagnesio Rims front and back which shaved off a few pounds of un-sprung weight which made it accelerate harder, stop quicker, and turn into corners with minimal effort. I also added Steel braided brake lines and Ferrado brake pads to assist in slowing this Duc down. I moved to Southern California in 2003 and had the bike serviced by Moto Forza. At that time I added the Nichols Mfg, CNC Machined, 6061-T6, lightened clutch basket and Barnett racing clutch which removed 3.5 pounds of rotating mass. What a difference! coupled with the lightened flywheel this thing revs quickly and accelerates hard with plenty of torque. Other enhancements on the bike include the front forks which are Storz GCB racking forks and clip on’s, Storz steering damper, Ohlins Rear shock, K&N Air Filter, Gio-Ca-Moto high pipes, vented clutch cover, Billet foot pegs, bar end mirror, carbon fiber front and rear fenders, and a carbon fiber gas cap. This beauty has never been crashed or on the track and all of the paint is original. There are some small scratches on the left hand side, but for a bike with only 17,000 miles, this is truly a gem and surely to be a collectors item. I will also throw in the original white Brembo wheels and rear stand for free!
You will not be disappointed in the attention this bike receives. There are thousands of repli-racers all over the place, but when you show up at Alice’s Restaurant, the Duck pond at Laguna Seca, Mt Wilson, or Palomar Mountain, watch how this bike draws a crowd.

It’s sacrilege to even suggest it, but parting this bike could probably turn a tidy profit. Of course that would be a shame because this bike looks so well sorted, and for $5k it’d be a real pleasure to the ride balls off of it!

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Ducati January 6, 2009 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 SPO: Yep Another One!!

Here’s another rare sportbike out of the San Francisco bay area; another 1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on Craigslist:

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quote from seller’s Craigslist listing:

FOR SALE: A beautiful 1993 888 SPO with 13,700 miles. Your chance to own a piece of history, the last of the hand built Ducatis and the father to the 916. 1 of 200 imported into the USA in 1993 to meet homologation requirements for AMA racing. A truly special machine that helped Ducati win the World Superbike Championship in 1991 and 1992, hence the #1 on the tail section.

Purchased in 2000 with 5,200 miles. Service records since then for major service intervals i.e. belts, valves and throttle body synch done by BCM Ducati in NH as well as by Desmoto in San Francisco.

Bike is stock and in excellent condition. Some minor scratches and chips from riding it. Runs perfectly and is very clean. Has factory rear stand included. Sadly it must go since I only have room for one Italian mistress in the stable.

Please call or email me for more details and pics. Pipes and front discs on bike in photo are not stock and not included.

With a $10888 asking (clever), this is one of the more expensive triple eights to be listed on this blog. While most Ducatisti will agree this where they should be, I think this seller may have a long wait before finding a buyer considering what other examples here in the states have been going for.

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Ducati January 5, 2009 posted by

A Pair of Ducati 900SS Superlight’s For Sale

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While I was up in Seattle recently for the International Motorcycle Show, we stopped by Ducati of Seattle. I spotted this nice looking Superlight for sale in their garage:

1993 Ducati Superlight For Sale in Seattle

according to the Ducati Seattle website:

Miles: 20,543 mi.
Kehin flat slide carbs, Arrow pipes, Very Clean Bike!
Price Reduced: $7,899.00*

And the second Superlight on the radar today I had originally spotted a year ago on my old blog. While fairly pricey, you can’t deny the miles:

1993 Ducati Superlight on Craigslist for $9500:

Ducati Superlight For Sale

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

1993 Limited Edition Ducati 900ss Superlight . Only 2200 miles. Certified and documented from original owner Bradly Krasus finding partners of Kinko . Currently registered and titled. Bike was purchased from Santa Barbara Dealership and remained in CA entire life. There are unique features on the Superlight limited edition and not easy to find in such condition and low miles. Excellent addition to any collection .

These are pretty rare bikes and I think it’s an interesting opportunity for a prospective buyer to consider a well worn example or the museum piece.

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Update: This post is pretty outdated. Check out these Ducati SuperSports on eBay right now:

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Ducati December 21, 2008 posted by

1993 Ducati Superbike 888 SPO: Just In Time For Christmas

That make 4 Ducati 888‘s listed on this blog for sale this year! If you’ve been waiting, this looks like another good one.

1993 Ducati Superbike 888 SPO on eBayMotors for $8300:

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quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

Hello & Good day! Up for auction is my 1993 Ducati 888 SPO. There were reportedly only 300 sent to the USA and I’ve got one of them! She is in great condition with many upgrades. She has been meticulously maintained and looked after. Got her in 2000 with 8k+ and I’ve put only 3.5k+ miles since then. Oil & filter changed regularly. She had just gotten a timing belt change, injector synch, brand new Michelin Pilot Powers front and rear and new battery all done within the past 500 miles. Amenities speaking, she has an upgraded Brembo GP radial Front Master Cylinder, Blue Kevlar Front and Rear Brake lines, new EBC Black front and rear brake pads, Corbin Solo Seat, Carbon Fiber Front and Rear Fenders, Fast by Ferracci Carbon Fiber Exhaust, Tinted Windscreen and Vented Clutch Cover. There are no mechanical issues to report. She will be a turn the key and run type of bike. I need to state that there is a minute dime-sized ding on the right side of the tank; it is really unnoticeable from the pictures. I also took the liberty of lining the extreme bottom of the left and right side fairings with Hercules Truck Bed Liner; I really got annoyed at how much pebbles and road debris tore up the bottom side red paint.

The only other Ducati’s of this vintage and price range that I would consider would be a 748, or a Superlight. And even in that company, I think the 888 is the bike of choice.

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Bimota December 18, 2008 posted by

1998 Bimota SB6R For Sale on eBay

Not necessarily the most beautiful bike with it’s disproportionate shapes, it’s definitely a conversation piece. Italian construction with a very strong Japanese motor. Have a look at this Bimota SB6R for sale on eBay:

quote from seller’s eBay auction:

Offering serial # 007 Bimota SB6R from private collection with only 984 miles. This is the fierce Suzuki GSX-R 1100 powered model that was built in limited numbers as all Bimota models were and will continue to be a highly collectible bike. With the smooth lines only the Italians can produce and bullit proof Suzuki power, this is a beautiful & reliable masterpiece. This # 007 SB6R has a set of Moto Corse slip ons and steel braided brake lines which are the two most sought after aftermarket accessories. The bike has been on display in our museum with fuel which has resulted in plugged pilot jets which we did not address so the reserve is set very low for you to take advantage of. I rode this bike a few weeks ago, the brakes and handling are amazing and the power is unbelieveable, it just stumbles on low jet throttle position. Clean the carbs and enjoy the bargain on this rare piece of history or just do as we did and have it on display!

For a buyer with some skills or connections to a good technician, this could be a steal. Current bid is around $7k. What do you think it’s worth once it’s running properly?

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