Posts by tag: Italian

Aprilia December 17, 2008 posted by

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfied Replica

If I drink enough beer tonight, I may convince myself to buy this. When I became interested in sportbikes years ago, this was one of the ones. One of the ones that you tell yourself in high school that you’ll buy someday when you have a real job as you serve fast food through a drive through window. Of course at that time, I still had hope Aprilia would wise up and bring the bike to the states. By the time they did, it was as a race only model.

I happened onto this one on eBayMotors. It’s a 1995 Aprilia RS250 for sale in Portland, Oregon:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

This is a titled, registered and fully street legal 95′ Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica. We have owned it for several years now and have had lots of fun with it. Its a great bike to ride handles like a proper race bike should.

Our friend imported it from Europe about 8 years ago and registered it in New York but didn’t ride it enough to keep it. We shipped it out here to Portland Oregon and have enjoyed riding and playing with it ever sense.

The engine was completely rebuilt in 2006 (less than 800 miles ago) from the crank up using all OEM parts. All the cables have all been replaced as they have worn out and and its carbs and injection system have been tuned and synchronized . The bike is still using the original oil injection system which of coarse works perfectly. Arrow pipes have been polished and nickel plated. This bike has a only a couple of small expected cosmetic faults but its still in great shape and always starts on the first kick!

Oh man… I’m very tempted to get myself the best xmas present ever and buy this before the auction ends in a few hours. It’s even titled and street legal. It’s only a couple hours away and I’ve taken all of next week off… But I probably won’t though, so I’m posting it here in case someone else can snag it.

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Ducati December 17, 2008 posted by

2001 Ducati MH900e Mike Hailwood Evoluzione

I’ve been keeping an eye on Ducati Sport Classics recently when I spotted this rare beauty on eBayMotors; A 2001 Ducati MH900e Mike Hailwood Evoluzione:

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quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

This bike is clearly a special, unique and very limited edition bike. Only 2000 made and released online thru Ducati’s website on Midnight of the New Year 2000.

I have all service records for this bike, including original manuals and the memorable numbered plaque. I also have the Red race stand it came with including the original crate face, which the number of the bike is printed 319 / 2000. The bike just got a complete full service at PRO ITALIA on 12/2/08. It has new tires, and the Stainless Staintune exhaust. I also have the red Ducati Cover, that has kept it covered and in great shape. The original exhaust is also available.

The bike has never been dropped or abused. The bike is turn key and ready for the road or for a collector. I have put ZERO miles on it since it was completely serviced at PRO ITALIA. Current Mileage = 3955

The MH900e was built as a tribute by then Ducati design chief Pierre Terblanche to commemorate the inspiration he attributed to Mike Hailwood winning the 1978 Tourist Trophy race. There were only 2000 of these bikes built, and only 500 made it to the U.S.

The seller has it listed with a $13.9k buy-it-now shown. Having covered only a few thousand miles, this looks like a great buy considering brand new Sport Classics go for about this much!

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MH900e resources

  • The Ducati Sport Classic Blog, which features a great section on the MH900e.
  • DucatiSuite – a website with many tutorials on the care and feeding of Ducati’s, also has a section on the MH900e related to the bike the author owned.
Laverda November 9, 2008 posted by

2 Laverda Formula’s For Sale Right Now

I love the classic orange Laverda’s and stumbled across this first one while taking the temperature for examples currently available for sale. It’s a 1999 and according to the seller of this Laverda 750 Formula, it only has 2500 miles! Check it out on San Fran Craigslist for only $5500:

quote from seller’s Craigslist ad:

Hey collecters, here is a super rare 1999 Laverda Formula S 750 in near mint condition. Only 3900KM(2500mi). This is a stunning bike to look at. These are ultra rare as just a handfull where built and few where imported to this country. This bike has a 750cc fuel injected parallel twin, six speed, aluminum fram, fully adjustable suspension, Marchasini wheels and Brembo brakes, and carbon fiber body panels. Put this bike in your collection now. You will not find another this clean or affordable. $5500

After spotting the first one, I decided to narrow my focus to the Formula model and found another in North Carolina for $6400 (Craigslist):

quote from seller’s listing on Craigslist:

One of a kind Italian SuperSport Motorcycle – Must see to appreciate – Very Rare – 1 of 2 in N. C. Stunning black & orange paint scheme, Paoli Suspension, carbon fiber fenders, Termi exhaust with chip, 100+ horsepower, always garage kept, never dropped, 26k kilometers (15,600 miles). Well maintained by a local professional mechanic.

I once had the chance to ride one of these brand new. We were visiting my parents who live north of Indy. Naturally I made sure we stopped by the Laverda dealership and checked out the gorgeous 750 Formula. He offered me a test ride on the spot and even offered a helmet. I declined without a jacket and other gear, especially as my then girlfriend (and future wife) was giving me the big time stop sign not to leave her alone at the dealership. In retrospect I should’ve taken the heat, but hindsight is 50/50 they say. My in person reaction as a young man was that while very attractive, it was overpriced for what it was. Years later seeing these examples, I’m more curious now than I was then. Especially with these asking prices considering their rarity.

Laverda 750 Formula Video:

If you’re a fan of Laverda motorcycles, you have to check out the ‘the Perfect Corner’ YouTube videos. This guy is a Laverda collector enthusiast and has filmed many of his rides and adventures. Not only a must see for fans of the mark, but also one of only a couple 750 Formula videos online:

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Ducati October 15, 2008 posted by

1997 Ducati 900 SS/SP Supersport: Only 400 Miles!

Here’s a hot auction on eBayMotors for a 1997 Ducati 900 SS/SP with only 400 miles! With only 4 bids, it’s already showing $8100. Take a look:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! The 900 Supersport SP listed is #42 out of 100 made and is possibly the nicest Supersport SP in existence on the planet with 401 actual miles on the odometer. The original owner bought it to be part of his collection and after a few years it was purchased by the owner/principal of one of the largest Ducati Dealers in the world to add to his personal collection. His over-the-top personality meant that he couldn’t leave the bike as a stock 900 Supersport SP – it had to be the best SP in the world. Here are some of the things he did:

STM Evo Slipper Clutch $3250, Clutch Plate Kit $600; STM Slave Cylinder Kit $245; Michelin Pilot Sport Tires $318; Ohlins Fork Kit with Sleeves $2715; Ohlins Shock Kit $795; Ohlins Steering Damper Kit $595; Multi Adjust Rearset System $550; Front Magnesium Wheel $1795; Rear Magnesium Wheel $1575; Headwork & Flow $1395; Miscellaneous Parts (Instrument cover, brake fluid tank mounting kit, Radial clutch pump, clutch fluid tank separate mount kit, Race braking system with brake calipers, kevlar front & rear brake lines kit, clutch tube kevlar braided, set of timing belt covers, lightweight Z14 sprocket, Racing slotted clutch cover, carbon fiber front mud guard, Left & right handle bars ST4S) $3037. 85 hours labor @ a shop rate of $100/hour.

I’m actually a bit surprised this auction is already at $8100 in this volatile economy. Even more so that $8100 is reserve not met! Seems like toys are being listed a solid 20% lower than usual, but not today!

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Aprilia October 10, 2008 posted by

Fancy a Brand New 2009 Aprilia RS125?

This dealer in Maryland has a zero mile 2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale and is showing a buy-it-now price on eBaymotors for $6500! The catch? Not title and provisions for turn signals or license plate and other various required street legal necessities. But as a 125, does it qualify as a scooter in some states and provide legal use with legal add-on’s? Seems like it could be a pretty cool around town commuter!

quote from eBaymotors listing:

This auction is for one 2009 Aprilia RS 125. The motorcycle is brand new with zero miles and comes with the full factory warranty. This motorcycle is not street legal (no turn signals, license plate bracket, taillight and brake light switches). It is designed as the ultimate track day motorcycle. The price includes all setup, freight and derestriction charges. The bike will be completely set up full power race mode with the carburetor pre set, tps adjusted, ecu and dash configured.

After some searching online, it looks like these had a lot of buzz about them in terms of buyer expectations — as a street legal machine. The MSRP is more like $5500 and it would appear that once would-be-owners found out they were actually being sold as off-road only, interest faded. The added hassle would be a downer if it the bike wasn’t being dedicated to track days, but I still wonder how hard it could be for a 125cc versus the larger 250cc big brother. Are these hard to get or is actual selling price more like the $6500 listed here due to exclusivity? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Here are some tasty wallpapers and videos to help you decide:

Here’s a pretty crappy video of a 2007 RS125 in action, which should be of similar spec. The motor is really REALLY high strung, which I guess is to be expected, but earplugs would be a requirement! That said, he gets the bike up to 108mph! Plenty fast considering this thing only weighs 265lbs!

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Update: This post is pretty outdated. Check out these Aprilia’s on eBay right now:

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Ducati October 3, 2008 posted by

1993 Ducati Superbike 888 SPO: So Are These Rare or Not?

Of course I’m joking, but with two listed already on this blog alone since July, I’m surprised that this rare model has surfaced as much as it has. Take a look at this Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBaymotors:

quote from seller’s eBay listing:

This is a beautiful, classic machine, carefully kept to look and run well. Even now people ask if it is new. 10726 miles.

There are several 851/888 types out there; this SPO is Ducati’s flagship US superbike road model for 1993; a few hundred were made. Liquid-cooled, fuel injected, “desmoquattro” with a Showa front fork and Ohlins rear shock. Mono seat with lightweight fiberglass tail section with “Campione Del Mondo Superbike” graphics and a big number “1”.

All major service performed by Renaissance Motorcycles in Tucson. The bike was originally sold new at Renaissance. I am the third owner and also bought it there in 1998. This bike has seen a few track days but I have never raced it.

Modifications:

* Aftermarket carbon pipes and ECU chip installed by previous owner. These make the sweet thunder you expect. Original factory pipes will be included.
* Aftermarket voltage regulator keeps the battery charged much better than the original factory part.
* Rear fender/license plate hanger modified for a cleaner look. I have a spare unused original rear fender which will be included.
* Kevlar brake lines.
* K&N air filter.

Condition:

* Always garaged.
* Oil/filter and coolant just changed.
* Airbox and intake unmodified.
* Battery replaced earlier this year. I keep the bike on a Battery Tender.
* Cam belts are due for replacement.
* Tires are Michelin Pilot Sports with low miles but several years old.
* Current Arizona registration (passes emissions test).
* Paint etc. very nice but not concours ready.
* No crashes or engine blowups; this bike is still largely as originally built in Borgo Panigale.

I was first alerted of this sale because I subscribe to the Ducati-851-888 Yahoo Group. These guys not only know of all the 888’s on the market, they also know 851 and 888 Superbikes inside and out. A must join if you’re of the faithful.

Recently the group has suggested that the market is a bit softer and good deals can be had between $7-9k. What do you think a solid, documented, and low miles 888 SPO is worth? Leave a comment and share your experience!

Update 10.9.08 – Auction ended with reserve met at $6900. Congrats to the new owner on what looks like a fantastic buy!

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Bimota September 29, 2008 posted by

1991 Bimota YB8 For Sale with only 1 Mile on the Clock!

Yep, you read right.  1 mile!  In fact, the ad goes on to say it’s actually only 9/10’s, but you get the idea.  Seems like a great opportunity for a collector.  Here the listing on eBaymotors for this 1991 Bimota YB8:

 quote from seller’s eBay listing:

Here is a used{barely} 1991 Bimota YB8,FZR1000 EXUP Power,thats right ,9/10ths of a mile.Bike is in great shape,paint is like new,a few spots were touched up or reworked.This was found in a gentlemans garage,where it sat for 12 years, Was bought at a Bimota bankruptcy auction in 1993. Bike had some damage on one of the fairings,but was fixed to stock specs. Every thing is original except for the rear blinkers{originals had a broken lense}.and it has a gustaffson windscreen{original was broken}.Tires are original{not dry-rotted}.Bike runs excellent! 

Featuring the fantastic FZR1000 motor and Italian styling, I’ll bet this bike is a blast.  No idea what it’s worth, but I’ll update the post after the auction ends.  Currently at about $5k reserve not met, with 6 days to go.

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Aprilia September 19, 2008 posted by

1996 Aprilia RS250 For Sale

I am a total sucker for Aprilia RS250, especially when they’re titled and for sale! Here’s a beautiful silver 1996 Aprilia RS250 that was on eBay in Florida:

quote from seller’s eBay listing:

1996 Aprilia RS-250. These bikes are VERY rare and VERY hard to find. This one is an even more rare find in that it is in EXCELLENT shape. Starts on first kick just about every time and is very fast! This one is a 2-stroke 250cc bike, it does not have electric start on it (to shed the weight of a generator, battery, and starting system), it is kick start only. This one is completely street legal with headlights, tail lights, and turn signals.

And here’s a video of the bike and exhaust note:

The description details the condition of the paint and some scuffs, but really the bike looks great in the pictures. The auction ended without meeting reserve at $6900, but the buy-it-now shows $8k. I’ve seen them over $10k and with only 7600 miles, it might be worth contacting the dealer to see if it’s still available.

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