Posts by tag: L-Twin

Moto Guzzi October 23, 2018 posted by

Rhode Island Red – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa for sale on eBay

Despite their wanderings toward the edge of insolvency, Guzzi managed to further develop the ngine for the V11, still air cooled and only slightly oversquare for great power and torque numbers of 91 hp and 69 ft.-lbs.  Updated Marelli fuel injection and a smooth 6-speed transmission brought them clearly into the new century, though the overall feel is reverential to past Le Mans.  Premium bucks for the time brought premium components from Öhlins and Brembo, along with staples like shaft drive.  The sporty aura is completed by clip-on handlebars, some carbon accents, and a monoposto-looking pillion cover on the tailcone.

Offered by a shop specializing in vintage Jaguar parts, this Rosso Corsa has been nicely updated and maintained.  The Rizoma reservoirs and Pazzo levers are easy on the eyes, and lowered foot controls help the older knees.  An insider mod is the Roper windage plate, which keeps oil from splashing around the crankcase and protects the engine at higher revs.  Recent Rosso paint looks excellent.  From the eBay auction:

This bike has been repainted to remove the decals that had lifting edges.  It has one small scuff on the right hand fairing in the clip on clearance area.
  • Mileage:  9,200
  • Clear Title in my name
  • New Michelin PR4 Tires
  • New Battery
  • Rizoma Fluid reservoirs
  • Motra Tech lowered foot pegs and levers
  • Pazzo control levers
  • Mistral CF Mufflers
  • "Race" ECU
  • New rear rotor and pads
  • Roper Plate
  • Fresh synthetic engine oil (Agip)
  • Fresh transmission and rear drive oil
  • Iridium spark plugs
  • Valves have been adjusted
  • Tool Kit
The bike runs very well and needs nothing.

Never meant to challenge the onslaught from the east, Guzzi stuck to their formula and has survived as Italy's oldest marque.  The V11 Le Mans reviewed as a nice all-day rider, fast and stable.  Judging from the boutique Jag offerings, this owner knows nicer things and has improved this already very good Le Mans with top-quality updates.  If the reserve can be met it should make the new owner quite happy.

-donn

 

Rhode Island Red – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa
Honda September 21, 2018 posted by

Kwaai – 1991 Honda NSR250SP in South Africa

What would it take for you to brave the scary monsters just over the horizon ?  Maybe a later NSR250SP (MC21) in excellent original condition ?  This one hails from faraway Cape Town, is in rare Pentax replica livery, and the owner promises shipping to CONUS that looks like a bargain.

1991 Honda NSR250SP / MC21 ( South Africa ) for sale on eBay

Honda had been making the NSR250R since 1987 with yearly updates passed down from race engineering.  Though power was limited by  statute to 45 hp, the 249cc L-twin was capable of nearly 60 hp with an HRC or updated card for the PGM-III programmed ignition system.  The alloy twin-spar chassis and 41mm air-adjustable forks, along with the Pro-Link rear monoshock could easily cope with more.  The MC21 brought the "gull arm" asymmetrical swingarm, which allowed the expansion chamber to wend its way offside and increased ground clearance.  The Sport Production edition was a rarity with racey bits like a dry clutch, cartridge gearbox, and magnesium wheels.

Showing just under 4,500 miles on its km odometer, this NSR looks unrestored and excellent.  From the condition, an occasional ride with an adult aboard would be my speculation.  Not enough use to require any major work, though some matching rubber would be nice before the next ride.  Unfortunately, no notes about de-restricting the engine.  From the eBay auction:

Extremely rare original Pentax Honda NSR250 MC21 SP.
Dry clutch, Magnesium wheels and adjustable suspension comes as standard on this SP model.
All original parts which even includes the original honda toolkit and passenger seat.
Worldwide shipping is available at affordable low cost.

Around Cape Town kwaai has two meanings: normally angry or bad-tempered, but urban slang takes it in a tough or cool direction.  The NSR250SP also has a split personality, loafing around below the powerband, but hang on once you get the tach pointed north.  Back when everyone had a camera that didn't text or surf, Pentax sponsored Honda's racing team, though the livery looks peculiar today.  There's a fairly steady stream of grey small-sports but this one has lowish miles and no damage or corrosion.  Shipping and importation will be a project, and it might be worth enlisting an expert, but looks to be worth the effort...

-donn

Kwaai – 1991 Honda NSR250SP in South Africa
Ducati May 7, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1975 Ducati 750GT for Sale

It’s obvious that we’ll continue to see Ducati’s iconic “L-twin” for the foreseeable future, but the recent introduction of their V4 Panigale represents the end of the v-twin superbike era that really began with today’s Featured Listing Ducati 750GT. If you ask anyone to name the earliest Ducati v-twin, one of the Supersports is the one most likely to spring to mind. But this GT was actually the first, and possibly most significant machine to be powered by the elegant and desirable “Round Case” twin.

It’s difficult to overstate how important the v-twin was to Ducati's present fortunes. Prior to the introduction of the 750GT in 1971, Ducati built single-cylinder road and race motorcycles, the most sophisticated of which used their now widespread Desmo heads that eschewed springs for a more precise and positive system of cams to both open and close the valves. But, singles, while profitable and popular in much of the world for their simplicity, economy, and light weight, would never have allowed Ducati to develop a real fan base in that largest and most lucrative of markets: North America.

The original incarnation of the roadgoing v-twin did not include Desmodromic valve actuation: until the Pantah, that was reserved for the Supersport models exclusively. However, it did use a system of tower shafts and bevel gears to operate the cams for very precise timing, and that clockwork masterpiece is a far cry from modern motorcycle engines that are often mercifully hidden behind fairings or a tangle of wires and hoses.

Performance for the 748cc engine was relatively modest by today’s standards, but this was a considered a serious machine and a 750GT can definitely keep up with modern traffic. Braking won’t be up to current standards, but the 60 claimed horses and 407lb dry weight meant a top speed of 125mph, so you can easily out accelerate most cars leaving a stoplight and handling was excellent.

Although only 4,000 or so 750GTs were actually built, they paved the way for Ducati’s big-bike ambitions and their current status as the premier European bike brand, with a balance of sales volume and exotic cachet that extends well beyond the enthusiast market and into the general population. This example is being offered by Moto Borgotaro, a Brooklyn-based shop that specializes in quality classic bikes, maintenance, and restorations.

From the Seller: 1975 Ducati 750GT for Sale

Bike is presented by Moto Borgotaro Inc. located in Brooklyn , N.Y. 

This is a fantastic 3rd production stage 750GT that has a lot touches from the earlier series 750GT's -- I would call this the ultimate rider as that how it was set up... Why? well lets start with the good... complete motor rebuild in 2009 by Mike Duzick of Mikmar Motors, Paxinos, PA. earlier 72' tank and tins, completely rebuilt wheels (high lip Borrani style), frame re-done, chrome redone, new Conti pipes, updated electrical, low bars, newer Avon's.. the works.

Close up, flaws etc... The bike is excellent in person, minor flaws as follows -- dash is cracked (common) and it is the earlier style 3 light, scratch on underside of rt. hand pipe, you only see it if your looking for it, brake lever bent out a bit on the end. No it is not 100% original but frankly the bike is fantastic and Mr. Duzick's motor and restoration is excellent... ride this bike.. this is the one. 

-- There are more than 50 additional photos from restoration. 

DETAILS

  • Third production stage 750GT with earlier body work 
  • Engine # 756389
  • Engine crank on up rebuild in 2009 by Mike Duzick of Mikmar Motors, Paxinos, PA
  • 72' GT tank and tins all re-done in black 
  • Restored seat 
  • New Contis 
  • New Chrome all around 
  • Complete rebuilt wheels 
  • Original shocks
  • Sold with a clean New Jersey title
  • Only 513 miles since restoration in 2009 
  • New Sealed battery 
  • New electrical, and electronic ignition 
  • Newer Avon Roadriders 

The 750GT was probably the most practical of the original v-twins, and this one looks like the perfect collectible, round-case Ducati to actually ride on weekends. I'm a fan of Moto Borgotaro's recent offerings and this bike seems pretty representative of the kind of bikes they've had available in the past: not over-restored, cosmetically "perfect" museum pieces, but extremely clean, well-maintained bikes for collectors who also want to regularly use their acquisitions. Head on over to the eBay listing for some more info, or just to keep an eye on the auction: there are just a couple days left, and bidding is up north of $18,000.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1975 Ducati 750GT for Sale
Ducati March 21, 2018 posted by

Distant Rumble – 2004 Ducati 1000DS SuperSport

Long and lean, Ducati's 1000 Dual Spark SuperSport impressed reviewers with stable handling and sensible seat height.  Its 85 air-cooled hp don't snap the bike upright but do just fine making the cars and bikes behind get smaller.  This 2004 model has miles but recent maintenance and a very factory appearance.

2004 Ducati 1000DS SuperSport for sale on eBay

Ducati used two sparks plugs ( and valves ) per cylinder to help increase power.  Similar 90-degree L-twins powered the Monster and Multi Strada, trading the stable temperatures of liquid cooling for the simplicity and lighter weight of air cooling.  Many updates were made to the heads to improve valve angles and gas flow.  The classic trellis frame provides a solid platform for the 43mm Showa forks and alloy swingarm with Öhlins shock.  The dry clutch is also all aluminum to save weight.  Gold line Brembo calipers are found over dual 320mm front disks and 245mm rear.

Despite 24,000 and 14 years, this 1000DS looks very good.  As a 2004 it has alloy swingarm, Marchesini wheels, and Öhlins rear shock that were later value-engineered into cheaper components.  It also has the rarely seen aluminum mufflers and factory turn signals.  I had thought that Ducati only offered the 1000DS SuperSport with full fairing, but maybe this example snuck in under that wire as well.  Maintenance history from the eBay auction :

Work at 17,000 Miles :

  • Valves Checked (No adjustment needed)
  • New Timing Belts Installed

Recent Work at 21,000 Miles :

  • New Brakes

Just Installed at 24,000 Miles :

  • Oil Changed – 100% Synthetic, with new mounts on the oil cooler
  • Ducati Air Filter
  • New Front and Rear Tires
  • New chain
  • Both sprockets (front and rear) are new, geared for the highway
  • New Battery
  • New Rubber Oil Cooler Mounts

 

Fans might differ on the complex Terblanche design, but the basic facts of a nicely faired 1000cc sportbike remain, with the fanfare of the big L-twin on approach.  Some afficionados recommend buying the very latest of whatever model you choose, but the 1000DS SuperSport is an exception, this 2004 being better equipped than later years.  Since the last year of the model was 2007, all major improvements are on board the '04.  The simplicity of the desmodue also lends itself much better to hobbyist maintenance than a new bike, and this well cared-for example is worth a look-see...

-donn

Distant Rumble – 2004 Ducati 1000DS SuperSport
Ducati February 9, 2018 posted by

Lookalike – 2001 Ducati 996 with 2,057 miles !

For six out of the eight years Carl Fogarty rode Superbikes for Ducati, he either claimed the championship or came in second.  That sustained championship riding ( 1992-2000 with 1996 spent on Honda ) has led to countless sticker kits and many factory tributes.  This 996 has updated -S components and a race-look decal set, but more importantly has never been registered and spent most of its life on display.

2001 Ducati 996 for sale on eBay

 

Ducati updated the successful 916 in response to twins from Suzuki and Aprilia, keeping most of the package except for improvements in the power area - the 80 additional cc's helping deliver 122 hp and 69 ft.-lbs. torque.  Two fuel injectors per intake ensure outstanding response at WOT, but some mere mortals had the system modified to improved part-throttle running.  Brembo produced new and improved Gold Lines for the 996, and the -S had Öhlins adjustable dampers and Marchesini alloys.

 

Evidently a showroom display, this 996 barely has break-in miles and looks great except for needing a nice detail.  Beside the correct Öhlins and wheels, pair of Micron mufflers and Corbin seat are the main enhancements, and the race livery is a good likeness.  From the eBay auction:

This motorcycle is a former Ducati dealership owners personal motorcycle that has never been registered. Bike has only 2057 miles on it and is in excellent condition.  The motorcycle has carbon fiber Micron exhaust. Along with many other carbon fiber items. This bike has the dealer installed Fogarty decal kit. This can be removed for a non race bike look. All Ohlins suspension, including steering stabilizer.

 

No matter how low the mileage, cam belts, tires and fluids will have to be done, though deferring the valve clearances could be debated.  That's presuming that the next owner is a rider, which seems appropriate for the not super-rare 996.  If care is taken not to get stuck in traffic and over-tax the cooling system, the 996 with S updates can do more than look fast.  Though the starting bid is set high, it's certainly showable, and riding to the show would be the way to go...

-donn

Lookalike – 2001 Ducati 996 with 2,057 miles !
Ducati January 7, 2018 posted by

Bella Varese – 1995 Ducati 916

Ducati's 916 was on the verge of success when fire at their shops in Bologna forced a move to their parent company Cagiva's facility in Varese.  The resulting year's worth of production were given more than the usual hands-on attention and have acquired a certain cachet among Ducatisti.  This collector-owned 916 has 10,000 miles and a sprinkling of SPS-related updates.

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

 

It feels gratuitous to even review the specs for the familiar and iconic 916, but it was Ducati's foray into the 100+ hp bracket with 114 hp.  66 ft.-lbs. torque helped put the racing version on the WSBK four times in five years.  It was somewhat lighter than the preceeding 888, with a compact riding position and tucked-in underseat exhaust.  Designer Massimo Tamburini sketched in an alloy perimeter frame before reverting to Ducati's trademark chrome-moly trellis, and the lines of the frame echo throughout the bike.

 

Having evidently had its own brush with oblivion early on, this 916 was repaired flawlessly and updated to a carbon SPS tail and rear mudguard.  The owner has had the nose painted as a SPS model and added many nice carbon accents, as well as an Öhlins steering damper.  From the eBay auction:

- Most modifications in the form of quality bolt-on autoclave carbon. No cheap chinese ill fitting parts. This includes ram air tubes, airbox, chain guard, sprocket guard, lower "v" radiator cover and front fender. 
The paint is all factory except for the SPS number plate scheme on the front that replicates the look of a SPS bike to match the tail.
- The paint is in excellent condition with no dings or dents in the tank. There might be the minor shoe scuff or scratch but so minor it is impossible to really capture on camera. Any such imperfections would just be considered patina from 23 year old bike.
- This year bike came stock with an Ohlins rear shock. It has an Ohlins front steering damper and the stock damper is included.
- It has a the expensive BMC air filter system in the airbox. Basically they are mini K&N style filters that slide into their own receptacles at each ram air tube opening in the airbox. See pictures.
Much better than the stock air filter system and high tech.
- It has a Forza (Fast by Ferracci) exhaust system and chip and sounds fantastic. New clutch pack at 8000 miles. Vented clutch cover in period correct factory 1/2 cover configuration.
The tires are visually perfect but are at the age where you should consider replacing if you plan to ride this bike aggressively.
- The previous owner literally kept a hand written diary of all work done. I've never seen such diligence. It reads like a journal. You also get all the receipts and service records. There is zero unknowns with this bike. The bike was maintained religiously. Full service and belts where recently changed in October 2016 with 10039 miles on the clock. All work done by Desmoto sport in San Francisco.

Almost goes without saying that the 916 was Ducati's landmark success, and the model's successors became a dynasty on the track and street.  Most nicer 916's are likely on display at this point, and though the 10,000 miles and rebuilt title could lead the new owner out on the road, it seems too nice for anything but an occasional ride to a show...

-donn

Bella Varese – 1995 Ducati 916




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