Posts by tag: limited

Ducati February 25, 2022 posted by

Low Mileage Copycat: Ducati 999R Xerox

At this point the tides are turning on the 999 range of Ducati.  No longer is every article covering the bike obligated to make a derogatory comment about the looks.  Those comments are old hat as many agree the 999 has aged very well over the years.  One could say confidently that it was far ahead of the times when launched.  Now the focus is on the amazing performance these bikes offer.

As collectors start looking to add a 999 to the garage, they obviously flock to the R and special edition models.  The hunt is on for the rarest, lowest mileage and cleanest examples.  This example is number 299 of 300 released in the Xerox livery.   Underneath the stickers is the ultra desirable 999R.  With liberal use of carbon fiber and magnesium there is a lot to like.

With any limited edition bike it is important to look at the details.  This bike appears to be correct with the addition of a few choice upgrades.  At some point a few extra stickers were added to the livery, but the exposed carbon sections confirm the fairings to be OEM.  Can see that in aftermarket fairings the stickers are ever so slightly different, and the material is not carbon.  Front rotors are upgraded over stock, as are the rearsets.  The clutch cover looks like a Ducati Performance vented option and the grips are rental.  The next owner will have to decide if they want to keep these parts as is and enjoy the bike on the road, or to source the correct replacements.

From The Seller’s Listing:

Estate sale, clear title, one owner, purchased new for $33,000, never tracked, garage kept and serviced annually. Service order from January 2022 listed an estimated total of $2500.00 in needed servicing to include hydraulic service, hose kit, fork and shock rebuild, tire and battery replacement. The service was not performed as the owner passed away.

The bike is listed as part of an estate sale, and details are limited.  The seller does make mention of regular service and it sounds like the bike was recently inspected for needs.  One can assume that the $2500 estimate covers almost anything the bike could need to be put back on the road.  A decent DIY mechanic should not fear doing the service themselves for about half the cost.

Having only covered 652 miles since 2006 this bike offers a great opportunity for a collector buy one of the most desirable versions of the 999 for an asking price of $19,000

Low Mileage Copycat:  Ducati 999R Xerox
MV Agusta October 26, 2021 posted by

The Other Italian Bombshell: 2015 MV Agusta F3 800 AGO

If you were to walk around and ask people what the most beautiful motorcycle was in the world, you probably will get a majority to say the Ducati 916, and they would have a point.  But you also will get people to mention the MV Agusta F4/3 bikes.  The MV Agusta will stop you in your tracks, some might even dare to say it is a touch more modern then the Ducati.

The story of MV Agusta is one of the best in the motorcycle world.  Great passion, eccentric owners, record breaking results on the race track and that undeniable appeal of an exotic machine.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

RARE AND COLLECTIBLE SUPER BIKE,

#47 of 300 Built Worldwide!

This Bike is MV Augusta’s Tribute to Perhaps the Greatest Grand Prix Motorcycle Racer or all Time… Giacomo “Ago” Agostini. He was a Multi-Time Grand Prix World Champion.

-Liter Bike Performance with 600cc Weight and Handling,

-800cc,

-6-Speed Transmission with Speed Shift Feature,

-Race ABS,

MSRP $24598,

-Clear Title, Never Dropped, Never Raced,

-Fresh Service and Brand New Lithium-Ion Battery,

-All Original Documentation, Books, Keys, and Memorabilia Included.

MV Augsta has launched a few Ago editions of their bikes over the years.  The F3 800 was limited to 300.  All hand signed by the 15 time world champion.  Wrapped in striking tricolore this is sure to turn some heads when out on the road, or displayed in a collection.  Reviews seem to always praise the 148hp bike for good road manors, amazing sound and an overall appealing package.  The Buy It Now price is about ten thousand dollars less then the original MSRP.  Not bad for a bike that has covered less then 400 miles.

The Other Italian Bombshell: 2015 MV Agusta F3 800 AGO
Ducati April 1, 2021 posted by

Wouldn’t Start – 2004 Ducati 998S FE with 2 miles !

Always dressed in red, Ducat’s 998S Final Edition celebrated the tenth anniversary of the iconic 916 generation.  This very special order waited in its shipping crate until a few years ago, and since its factory road test, hasn’t seen a battery, gas, or oil.

2004 Ducati 998S FE for sale on eBay

Some specs show the 998S power as 100Kw, a nice round number and 136hp.  The cases were different than a base model, and had a deep oil sump to ensure the pick-up didn’t run dry.  Adjustable Öhlins dampers are all around, with 43mm forks and a progressive rocker arm for the monoshock.  Dry clutch and single seat naturalemente, with 320mm Brembo brakes and 17-inch Marchesini forgings.  The FE’s aren’t numbered but have a Final Edition plaque on the triple tree, right below the temperature gauge, which required some attention since the cooling system hadn’t had a major update to cope with the increased power.

This FE showed the same two miles on RSBFS – back in 2018-, and has had one or two more owners since then, who also ( wisely ) declined to bring it from display to riding duty.  So far all the owners have been collectors, including racing driver Graham Rahal.  The seller’s comments comments from the eBay auction-

Limited production Final Edition model that has reportedly never been ridden. The bike was removed from the factory crate with 2 indicated miles in 2017, when Indy driver Graham Rahal acquired it for his private collection. It has not been started since, or had fuel or a battery put in. Factory equipment includes Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels, and a graphics package specific to the FE. Power is supplied by a 998cc Testastretta L-twin paired with a 6-speed gearbox, and the original protective film remains on the engine covers and frame. The bike was acquired by a dealer in late 2018 from from Mr. Rahal’s collection.  I purchased the bike in January 2019.  Since I have owned the bike, it has been sitting in my garage as eye candy.

Both factory keys, the original tool pouch, and owner’s manuals are included with the sale.

The collector’s realm might be foreign to a weekly rider, not being able to hop on and enjoy.  Could be there are other diversions.  The 998S FE with its angular nose, air intakes, single-sided swingarm, and underseat exhaust might deserve to be saved for a future rider.  Or collector.  Looking forward to hearing from the new owner.

-donn

Wouldn’t Start – 2004 Ducati 998S FE with 2 miles !
Rickman December 28, 2019 posted by

Between Successes – 1974 Rickman Triumph 650 CR

Rickman-framed cafe racers have had a steady if not frequent presence on RSBFS, but mostly using Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Z-1 drivetrains.  Just before, they had produced but a few dozen Triumph powered CR’s.  This diamond in the rough has been in storage since just 3,000 miles, and is ready for a makeover.

1974 Rickman Triumph 650 CR for sale on eBay

Derek and Don Rickman made their name designing and fabricating beautiful and world-beating frames for the scramblers they loved, the lightweight and nickel-plated chromoly tubing being a usable showpiece.  They turned their attention toward the street starting in 1970, and provided the recently nationalized BSA-Triumph a market for their T120 twin of 46hp.  The twin carbs and factory 5-speed were good news, and Rickman added alloy rims and disk brakes, as well as large-diameter forks.  Careful fabrication was Rickman’s calling card, with lovely fiberglass work augmenting the frame.

Undeniably tired and ready for the next chapter, this CR appears substantially complete.  The pittance of miles will have to be swept away in a flurry of renovation, but the new owner will have a beautiful rarity when complete.  A thoughtful test rider or British specialist will be required with the right-side shifter, left foot brake.  Comments from the eBay auction:

RICKMAN CR TRIUMPH   1 0F 53 BUILT
BIKE HAS BEEN STORED FOR YEARS WITH LOW MILES
READY FOR RESTORATION
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER MODEL
ENGINE TURNS WITH GOOD COMPRESSION
ORIGINAL ALLOY CHAINGUARD IS INCLUDED
MISSING THE FRONT BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER (SAME AS TRIUMPH T140 SO EASY TO FIND)
TITLED AS A 1979 SPECIAL WHEN THE ORIGINAL TITLE WAS LOST IN 79

Rickman won the Queen’s Award to Industry for their exports in 1974, but had to change horses when Norton-Villiers-Triumph could not resolve their labor troubles and were forced into liquidation.  Before that the Bonnies had been a big success so basic mechanical parts for this CR should be easy to source.  With its long lost history it’s a soup-to-nuts project, but a worthwhile endeavor in this complete and seemingly undamaged example.

-donn

Between Successes – 1974 Rickman Triumph 650 CR
Suzuki October 30, 2018 posted by

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited with 10 Miles at IconicMotorbikes!

How often does an opportunity like this become available for public sale? This GSX-R 750 Limited has only 10 miles, comprised of delivery and push travel only.

We’re a little short handed this week but I didn’t want this one to go unnoticed so it’s getting quick-posted before the auction ends in the next 19 hours. Check out our previous posts on GSX-R 750 Limiteds to learn more about this homologation special.

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1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited for sale on eBay

from the IconicMotoribikes:

Just 299 were brought to the US to satisfy AMA Homologation requirements, and we believe only 500 of these bikes were actually produced in total. Intended as the basis for a production-based race bike, many were taken right to the track, and few survive in this kind of pristine condition.

The LTD is the only production GSX-R delivered from the factory with a dry clutch, which makes it that much more exotic, and was mated to a close-ratio transmission. Lightweight bodywork, including a solo tail to help save weight, compared to the standard GSX-R750. The Limited also featured a longer swingarm, along with electronic anti-dive forks, calipers, and discs from the GSX-R1100 to add to the performance and “special factor” of this machine.

This bike comes from a private collection where the owner has finally decided to downsize. He’s kept it inside his home for much of it’s life and once you’ll see it in person, you’ll see it’s a true museum piece. The odometer reads 10 miles from rolling to shows, events, etc as it shows no signs of ever being ridden. It’s 100% stock and essentially classified as a ZERO mile bike.

If you’re looking for a bike for a collection or museum, finding one with next to ZERO miles is going to be a challenge if not impossible. I’ve only heard of two recently, and word has it that the Barber Museum just acquired one from the Midwest that was available for sale earlier this year. We offered $22K for that particular bike and didn’t even get a call back!

This bike is in excellent condition and truly an amazing example of a very collectible GSX-R.

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited with 10 Miles at IconicMotorbikes!
Buell September 5, 2018 posted by

Buell, Interrupted – 2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition

Erik Buell regrouped after Harley retired the brand and began as he had before, with a racebike design followed by a flagship superbike, followed by a more affordable machine.  The 1190RS was their big money racer-with-lights, with direct lineage from the -RR.  Though 2012 was the introductory year, a few were made for 2013 as the company transitioned to the -RX.

2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition

Buell had peeked over the engine horizon in 2007 with the 1125cc Rotax-based engine, and the 1190 was a descendant, a 72-degree V-twin with four chain/gear-driven cams.  Channeling 175hp through two small contact patches requires electronic intervention, with 21-setting traction control and a vacuum-actuated slipper clutch.  Classic Buell concepts such as fuel-in-frame, ZTL front brake, mass-centralized muffler, and oil in the swingarm are all present.  Öhlins turned to their racing department for the 43mm cartridge forks, and twin-tube rear monoshock.  The bodywork for the carbon edition is hand-laid and gorgeous, and helps the 1190RS stay under the 400 lbs. mark.

Evidently kept in its shipping crate until a year ago, this -RS looks new and hasn’t reached the break-in oil change yet.  The orangey-red accents look great with the carbon and it’s gonna wake the neighbors without the twin secondary mufflers some 1190’s came with.  Seems like there’d be a back story for a crate unopened for four years, but here’s what the owner would divulge in the eBay auction:

No. 7 of 35 2013’s. New MSRP, set-up like this was just over $50,000. Original owner. Factory race exhaust (Euro) with 93 octane race ECU; extra carbon rear fender; lots of Ti and a Lithium Battery Tender. 500 miles +/-. Gentle street break-in miles only. Not quite fully broken-in. I am a retired championship winning racer/mechanic and treat my bikes with respect. Comes with all original parts as well as an uninstalled full Bazzaz system with the quick-shifter and remote. Comes with all the original parts. 

I uncrated it last fall. It has never been in the rain. It has always been garaged or in my living room (all last winter).  The engine is hand-built and full of exotic parts. This is literally a race-bike – with lights and mirrors. It has the most immediate power delivery of any street bike that I’ve owned (of well over 100).  Original MSRP for replacement engine is $27,000+. The suspension is from Ohlins’ race catalog – not the normal street and track line which is less exotic. Excellent condition. One tiny stone chip in the clear coat. 

I will include a 1/2 case of the required AMSOIL full synthetic racing oil and filter for the break-in service. Also all of the stuff that came with it including EBR tie-downs and the EBR crate tarp.

EBR’s new machines enticed some enterprise-level investors, but even 999 looks and Panigale performance couldn’t hold back the red ink for more than a couple of years.  Though it’s a very together machine, and any savvy Aprilia wrench could make repairs, lack of support is factored in to the sensible BIN and low-ball bids.  Probably better for a shop owner or their very good customer than a one bike garage.  While we wait for Erik Buell’s next chapter to unfold, this -RS is a pleasant daydream…

-donn

Buell, Interrupted – 2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition
Suzuki October 12, 2017 posted by

Slab-Sided Collectible: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited for Sale

It’s hard to imagine that, just a couple years before the introduction of the GSX-R750, Suzuki’s top-performing repli-racer was the stylish, but very last-generation GS1000S, a bike with twin shocks, handlebars, a center-stand, and a bar-mounted bikini fairing. The original “Slabbie” GSX-R750 that came along in 1985 brought modern endurance-racing style to the masses and codified the formula laid out by much rarer and more exotic machines like the Bimota SB2. This particular GSX-R750 Limited Edition claws back some exotic cachet from the Italian brand, and is one of just 299 imported to the USA to meet AMA homologation requirements.

The heart of the GSX-R was an oil and air-cooled inline four with dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. It lacked liquid-cooling in a bid to save weight, reduce complexity, and improve reliability, but still had a few high-tech tricks up its sleeve: Suzuki’s Advanced Cooling System or “SACS” featured a double-chambered oil pump was designed to more efficiently circulate and cool the bike’s lubricant, along with oil jets that sprayed the bottom of the pistons. The aluminum frame used a mono-shock rear and four-piston brake calipers clamped triple discs. The Limited version added a very trick dry clutch, lightweight solo seat tail section, and the GSX-R1100’s electronic anti-dive forks.

The Limited was differentiated by the striking red, white, and blue paint seen here on the distinctive, slab-sided bodywork, compared to the standard white-and-blue or red-and-black available on the regular GSX-R. When new, the bike was the most expensive Japanese sportbike, and was priced at $6,500, a shocking $2,000 more than the standard model. Performance advantages were very minimal but that wasn’t really the point and this is, to my mind, the best-looking version of the early GSX-R.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

Race homologation special. It has 4545 miles. This bike is in as near perfect collectors condition for a 31 year old bike. Motorcycle was just fully serviced (ie carbs were serviced; all fluids changed; new tires added, as originals showed signs of cracking.)

These bikes have surged in price, exceeding $20K in most cases.

If you are looking at this bike, you know what it is, so NO LOW BALL OFFERS!!!!

The seller is correct that prices have surged, and his bike appears to be in excellent, very original condition that includes a stock exhaust that could be either “cool and retro” or “shockingly ugly” depending on your predilection for slotted heat shields. Certainly it’s of value to collectors. Unfortunately, while his $20,000 asking price is fair, it actually seems just a bit on the high-side, at least looking at Limited Editions we’ve featured here on RSBFS in the past. I’m not sure just how far off his asking price an offer would have to be before it qualifies as “a low ball offer,” but I have a feeling he may be disappointed. Will at least one buyer meet his asking price? It’s very possible: those same recent bikes I mentioned didn’t quite get to $20,000 but were very close.

-tad

Slab-Sided Collectible: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited for Sale
Suzuki September 26, 2017 posted by

JDM Gixxer: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition

Honda’s famed RC30 was basically designed from the ground up for competition, and seemingly only sold to the public to satisfy production-based racing requirements. That’s one way to go about it, but if you don’t have Honda’s practically endless resources, how do you create a machine that will help your racers to compete at the top levels of production-based racing? You build something like this Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition. In recent years, “Limited Edition” has come to refer to things like luxury trim packages for Toyota Corollas, somewhat watering down the cachet of the term. But in this case, it was truth in advertising, with just a few hundred made to satisfy the regulations.

The regular GSX-R was already a pretty impressive machine and, considering that the Limited Edition was the most expensive Japanese sportbike of 1986, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the performance of this rare and exotic version is underwhelming. But the changes were designed to allow their inclusion on race machines, not make for a better roadbike. The LE was just six pounds lighter than the standard bike, most likely a result of the fiberglass solo-seat tail section. Power was very similar as well, since the engine internals were virtually identical to the stock GSX-R750, and flat-slide carburetors are great for producing maximum power, but they’re not really suited to everyday use. Fortunately, the LE’s lightweight vented dry clutch should produce enough rattle to drown out the supposedly noisy carburetor slides… Aside from those notable and very expensive upgrades, the bike also featured a revised swingarm for improved stability and the electronic, anti-dive forks from the GSX-R1100, although I wonder if many race teams actually used those. Photos of our recent GSX-R AMA Superbike suggest that at least some of them did…

So out of the box it didn’t necessarily perform any better than a stock bike, and was hideously expensive. But honestly, most manufacturers of homologation specials probably weren’t too concerned about selling them: I’m pretty sure the rules only required that they build the required machines, so if they sat in showrooms for a few years, manufacturers wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. Collectors and enthusiasts with the money to buy them still did so, regardless of cost, but the main goal was to get the right parts legalized for the racers.

From the original Craigslist Post: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

1986 GSXR-750 Limited Edition in Japanese Domestic Model Specification
Suzuki only produced 500 units world wide of the GSXR750 Limited Edition

The bike is imported from Japan.
Not registered yet in the U.S.
This bike is sold without title. (NO TITLE)

Start engine! Runs well
Flat slide carburetors
Dry clutch
Original FRP rear seat cowl

24,374 km (15,145 miles)
Engine Number R705-125561

$13,800

The last Limited Edition GSX-R750 we featured on the site was also a Japanese import in similar colors that were intended to celebrate Suzuki’s success at the 8 Hours of Suzuka, but this appears to be a different bike entirely. First-generation “Slabbie” Gixxers are already increasing in value, and nice Limited Editions are starting to command premium dollars. The lack of a title could prove to be a hassle, but many people considering a purchase will be looking to collect or display, not actually ride it, so that may not be all that much a problem. The $13,800 asking price seems in line with recent LE prices, but I wonder if the lack of title will have any impact on its value.

-tad