Posts by tag: Italian

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!

dc

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!

dc

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!

dc

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.

dc

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.

dc

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Ducati September 19, 2008 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 SPO For Sale in Florida

It’s that time of year again. When the summer is just about over and all the bikes hit the classifieds after another riding season. Strap in, I’ve got a few to highlight this afternoon!


First up is this Ducati 888 SPO for $9k on Craigslist:

quote from seller’s listing:

1 of only 200 ‘handbuilt in Italy’ 1993 Ducati 888 SPO’s imported to the USA!
Ducati estimates that due to racing, accidents, thefts etc, that there are probably only 20+ of these rare bikes in exceptional condition exist now.

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Still looks NEW – Runs like a BEAST! Extremely Low Miles – Only 10,723 miles – Nothing looks or SOUNDS like a 4 Valve per Cylinder Ducati (NO valve springs! Only Ducati has the ‘DESMO’ Magic 🙂
This one has upgraded seat, ProItalia rearsets, chip, carbon fiber exhaust, stainless steel brake lines, the complete paper copy (in binder) 5 language maintenace manul, records, enthusiast ‘coffee table’ books and more…

[…]

This is one of the more affordable ones I’ve seen for sale really. And they’re only going up. Someone should go check this out.

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Ducati September 14, 2008 posted by

2000 Ducati 748R For Sale: Hello Hotness!

As I’ve stated many times before: San Francisco Craigslist is THE place to spot the coolest sportbikes for sale. Here’s a beaut of a 748R for sale:

quote from seller’s CraigsList ad:

2000 Ducati 748R
6,500 miles
lots of extras
6000 mile service done at Nichols
Clean title
Asking $8200 obo

And if you’re not familiar with what makes the R worth so much more than the regular model, here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry for the Ducati 748:

The top of the range model was now the 748R, Ducati’s racing homogolation model produced only in very limited numbers. This engine was again a derivitve of the SPS model but with more tuning. The main difference is that the R model has an overhead shower-injector arrangement compared to the 748E and S model’s traditional throttle bodies, titanium conrods, titanium valves and more extreme valve timing. As such, the 748R has a larger, two-part airbox and thus the frame was also different to accommodate this. The suspension choice was Ohlins for both the rear shock and front forks, although the very first models in 2000 used Showa TiN front forks and a Showa shock absorber. The engine included a very basic slipper clutch to ensure that this would then be homogolated for use in racing and also an oil cooler.

With specs like that, $8200 sounds like a bargain!

dc