Posts by tag: Marchesini

Ducati February 14, 2014 posted by

Hot Rod Mods: 1996 Ducati 900 SS SP


We don’t generally post modified bikes on RSBFS (April 1st posts notwithstanding). The general rule is that for truly rare and limited edition bikes, stock condition rules the roost. An original bike by and large is worth more and holds value better over time. As is often the case, however, there are exceptions. And one clear exception is when the execution of the overall modifications present an entirely new and complete machine – not just a JC Whitney approach to tacking bits on.


1996 Ducati 900 SS SP for sale on eBay


From the seller:
For sale is a pristine 1996 Ducati 900 SS SP. No expense was spared while building this bike. It started out as a bone stock, well cared for 900 SS and was re-built using only the best parts available. The bike runs flawlessly and is likely one of the cleanest 900’s you’ll come across. It has 5,633 original miles (may be slightly higher depending on the weather) and looks brand new. The belts and valves have been done, along with all new starter wires, fluids, and new Dunlop Q3’s. Now let’s start with the upgrades.. I have removed the full fairing and replaced it with a single piece CR fairing and then had the bike painted Jet black. The vintage Ducati black and gold combo has always been my favorite. The bike comes with Ohlins forks and shock, and magnesium Marchesinis. The seat is custom made out of carbon fiber, and features a seat pad that has been freshly re-upholstered in black suede, as well as a set of super bright LED taillights. The front fender is a 1098 shift-tech carbon fiber fender that has been custom painted and clear coated, and the rear hugger has also been re-clear coated to look like new. The front turn signals have also been tinted slightly for a more aggressive look. A Yoyodyne slave cylinder was fitted so you will never have to worry about leaks, and let’s not forget the Fast By Ferracci pipes. I will include stock wheels and body work with the bike. I am in no hurry to sell so please keep the offers reasonable. The next owner of this bike will not be disappointed. Feel free to ask any questions, and I have no problem sending more pictures upon request. I also have pictures of the bike in its original condition should you desire to see them.


The seller has also included a video of the bike in question. This thing is eye candy for sure. I won’t even start to comment on the sound this beauty makes…

This bike is located in Florida, and this BIN auction is on right now. The price: $11,500, with the seller open to reasonable offers. While the price is definitely up there for a 900 SS model, I can’t see building it for a whole lot less. It feels like it is in the ballpark to me – what do YOU think? Check it out and then share some comments.



Hot Rod Mods:  1996 Ducati 900 SS SP
Ducati January 21, 2014 posted by

Really Sexy: 1997 Ducati 916RS Factory Racer


Uber rare, uber expensive, uber drool worthy. The Ducati 916RS was the factory racer built strictly for competition. No lights, no EPA canisters or stickers, and no compromises. Owning one is parking a piece of Superbike history in your garage, er, better make that your living room. Owning one is also proof that you have made it – for these super exclusive racers were pricey in the day and pricey today.

1997 Ducati 916RS Factory Racer for sale on eBay!



From the seller:
Ducati 916RS Racing – 955 Factory built Racer

model year 1997

One of only 27 units factory racing built, sold new to a privat so it is unraced (just tested twice), probably the only one existing preserved unraced.
Fully working, just checked, on the button.

Ride and collect! Bullet proof investment.

Bike is currently located in Italy, Roveredo in Piano, Pordenone but i can get them delivered everywhere at cost, no problem.




Link clickers take note: While this bike is located in Italy (as it should be) and available on eBay, it has also been listed elsewhere on the ‘net. The asking price has been in the range of $60k USD, so this particular auction has a loooong way to go. Check out all of the pictures and details here, and then let us know what you think about this ultimate track day bike.



Really Sexy: 1997 Ducati 916RS Factory Racer
Sport Bikes For Sale March 21, 2012 posted by

It’s only new once: Brand New 2006 Yamaha YZF-R Limited Edition R1!

For Sale: 2006 Yamaha YZF-R Limited Edition R1

Update 3.21.2012: Originally listed in January this R1 LE is back. Links updated. -dc

For those collectors out there, here is a rare, numbered Limited Edition R1 with ZERO miles! There is not a great amount of picture detail, but the seller has offered the following information below:

From the seller:
NEW 2006 Yamaha Limited Edition R1

This bike has a true 0.0 Miles on it and is in pristine condition. It is ready to go into a collection or be ridden as it sits. Clean CA Title in hand and currently registered on non-op.

#385 our of 500 produced worldwide.

Updated with many factory modifications including full Ohlins Suspension, Marchesini Forged Wheels, slipper clutch, +3 HP, etc.

This bike cost almost $20K new and is in factory showroom condition.

All manuals, keys, riding and collector tool kits are included.

Key Features:
The R1 LE is a special, limited-edition version of our awe-inspiring liter-bike—packed with premium components in addition to the standard tremendous firepower of the R1.

Öhlins suspension units front and rear, custom-developed for the R1 LE by the same people who work on the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike, provide the ultimate ride and handling.

Custom, YZR-M1-style forged aluminum Marchesini wheels designed specifically for the LE add style while removing nearly a pound of unsprung weight.

Back torque-limiting slipper clutch greatly aids downshifting from speed, helping the rider exploit all the R1 LE’s tremendous braking power.

New for 2006:
Special 50th Anniversary Yellow/Black paint with a numbered serial plate and gold Marchesini wheels; only 500 of these machines will be produced.

GP tech trickles down: Revised rigidity of the main frame between the engine mounts and steering head, a new, more rigid lower triple clamp and a 20mm longer swingarm produce the best-handling R1 ever.

Öhlins 43mm front fork and rear shock, fully adjustable, with hydraulic preload adjuster at the rear, provide ultimate handling on the track and the street.

Slipper clutch for smooth downshifts; revised clutch boss for increased oil flow.
Shorter valve guides increase intake flow and reduce friction, for more power.

Adjustable rear-shock linkage allows 10mm of ride height adjustability; the longer swingarm accepts a greater range of rear tire sizes.

Integrated lap timer switch on the right handlebar for track days.

Gold drive chain, gold M1-style tuning fork fuel tank badge, define this special R1 as a production racer.

Short-stroke 998cc, DOHC, 20-valve, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine.

Dual-valve fuel injection system uses motor-driven secondary throttle valves and 32-bit ECU for super-responsive, instantaneous power delivery.

Two-piece ergonomically designed fuel tank carries fuel in the rear section, for good centralization of mass, while the front half contains a Ram-Air-fed airbox for increased power.

Lay-down design cylinder head – 40° forward – optimizes weight distribution, straightens intake tracts for improved cylinder filling, and allows frame to pass over instead of around the engine for great strength and a narrow chassis.

Closed-deck cylinder block provides great strength while allowing a narrow engine in spite of big, 77mm bores.

Narrow-angle five-valve combustion chambers produce a highly efficient 12.4:1 compression ratio. Big valves and high-lift cams flow plenty of air.

Carburized connecting rods with fractured big ends produce a quick-revving engine with excellent high-rpm durability.

High silicon-content ceramic-composite cylinder sleeves ensure great heat dissipation for consistent power delivery and reduced friction.

Titanium underseat exhaust system (except for stainless steel midpipe with catalyst) contains a titanium EXUP valve for a broad, seamless powerband.

High-efficiency curved radiator and an aluminum liquid cooled oil cooler maintain stable operating temperature.

Direct ignition coils, dual-electrode spark plugs and highoutput magneto deliver extremely accurate, reliable firing.

AC generator behind cylinder block produces a narrow engine with excellent cornering clearance.

Overall frame width of only 15.6 inches produces comfortable ergonomics as well as efficient aerodynamic penetration.

Controlled Fill die cast, truss-type swingarm is very strong and long, for optimal traction and feedback.

Controlled Fill die cast, detachable aluminum subframe is light, strong and allows easy rear shock access.

Dual 320mm front disc brakes; light/strong, forged one-piece radial-mount calipers and Brembo radial-pump front master cylinder with adjustable lever delivers amazing braking power and controllability.

Fully adjustable Öhlins inverted telescopic front fork settings were carefully developed by MotoGP Championship-winning technicians to provide track-tuned handling.

Fully adjustable Öhlins rear shock was also developed by MotoGP technicians, and includes a super-convenient hydraulic preload adjuster.

Additional Features:
Two multi-reflector and two projector beam headlights provide great illumination and distinctive style.

Adjustable LCD illumination and multi-function digital gauges: adjustable shift light, odometer, dual tripmeters, water temperature, air temperature, full-time clock, lap timer and large 15,000 rpm analog tachometer.

Aggressive bodywork with twin Ram-Air intakes for increased engine performance.

LED taillight is light, bright and highly efficient.

Sticky 120/70-ZR17 and 190/50-ZR17 Pirelli tires for incredible grip and precise handling.

Forged footpegs are extra durable and light.

Extensive use of hollow bolts and lightweight fasteners helps trim overall weight.

8.2 AH battery is compact and light.

Durable #530 O-ring–sealed drive chain.

Standard toolkit located in convenient storage compartment under passenger seat.

Since there were no additional pictures of this bike, I did a quick search on YouTube and found this great walkaround with commentary on bike #411:

The seller is looking for $13,750 OBO for this bike (#385). It is rare to find a zero mile bike this many years in, and the limited edition nature of this commemorative R1 helps ensure exclusivity. The price is right in line with others that we have posted, and the general concensus is that the value of these bikes will rise over time.

If you are wondering how many of the 500 bikes produced were kept in zero mile condition, you can bet it is not many. RSBFS has posted quite a few of these LE bikes, and the only one that compares to this one is the LE that was offered still new in the crate!

For information on contacting the seller and making an offer, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!


Ducati January 12, 2012 posted by

Track Day Hero: 2000 Ducati 748 RS

For Sale: 2000 Ducati 748 RS

Update 1.11.2012: We posted this sweet machine back in March of 2011 and now it’s back on eBay. Links updated. -dc

Forget about re-purposing your existing streetbike into a track day weapon. Forget about one of those ring-a-ding-ding tiny two strokes or “exotic” 250cc racers. If you want to impress your track day buddies, it’s time to man up and thow a leg over a factory superbike such as this Ducati 748 RS.

Designed as a platform for privateer racers, the 748 RS is not your ordinary streetbike. In fact, it has none of the weighty bits required for a streetbike such as lights and turn signals, speedometer, protective bits such as cam belt covers, etc. What it does have is exclusivity – all draped in carbon fiber.

From the seller:
We have a like new 748 RS that has very little time on it. It has only seen the track once and was ridden only for about 2 hours. We have been using this 748 RS as a display in our showroom ever since. There are only 50 of these 748 RS’s produced and they are going to be hard to find in this condition which other than a little tire wear is darn near perfect.

Some of the features of the 748 RS include but are but not limited to:

-A Ducati Corse custom built engine made in Italy 130 horse power engine
-Ohlin front forks, rear shock and steering stabalizer
-Full carbon fiber body
-Carbon fiber chain guard
-Magnetti Marelli digital and analog guages
-Marchesini light weight wheels
-Factory installed and tuned termi race exhaust with carbon fiber mufflers

If you’re looking for the ultimate track bike this Ducati 748 RS is ready to go. It is not a 748 that has been modified to make it a RS model, so there are no mounts or electronics to make it street legal. This is a out of the crate ready to race super bike.

This has got to be one of the more unique Ducati models available to the “public” these days. While a new bike purchase of an RS model would usually require a racer’s CV (and budget), the second-hand market provides an opportunity for mere mortals to experience this quality of track-worthy machinery.

RSBFS has only ever posted on one previous Ducati 748 RS model (see HERE), which had an asking price of $12,500. This particular bike is in excellent, hardly used condition and the auction is only at $7,600 (reserve not yet met).

World-class componentry, total exclusivity, major jealous props from your track day mates PLUS all of the power, performance and handling from this racebike package can all be yours today! For more information or to get yourself in the running for the ultimate track day bike, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Bimota January 2, 2012 posted by

Greeced Lightning: 2000 Bimota DB4RS in Athens!

For Sale: 2000 Bimota DB4RS

From the far away region of Greece comes this (potentially) fantastic Bimota DB4 race bike. I say “potentially” as there is not a great deal of information available on the bike – but if all works out this could be a very significant bike indeed.

The stock DB4 utilized an air cooled Ducati 900cc L-twin, which produced approximately 80 HP. The good folks from Rimini wrapped the torquey two valve twin in a lightweight, oval-shaped aluminum perimeter frame for a claimed dry weight of 165 kilos (or about 364 pounds). Check out the specs supplied by the seller below on this race-prepped model – 140 kilos (about 308 pounds) and 95 ponies at the rear wheel. That certainly sounds like a potent package!

From the seller:






The list of tuners and suppliers on this bike is very significant: NCR, Carillo, FBF, Menon, Verlicci, Marchesini, Brembo, Paioli and FG – not to mention the LeoVince exhaust as pictured on the bike. With 1040cc worth of torque, and the light-nimble handling of the modified Bimota frame, there is no wonder that this bike powered Alessandro Tomassoni to victory.

In my research, I was not able to find any bespoke DB4 “RS” designated models (so perhaps our knowledgeable RSBFS readers can chime in), but Bimota certainly did go racing with the DB4 – and Tomassoni ended up winning the 2000 Championship. Here is a picture below of Tomassoni at speed:

I also found this news report regarding the inaugural win of the Bimota DB4 in the SuperTwins cup. From the archives:

Monday 08th, May
A successful debut for the Bimota DB4 I.E. in the Formula Twins European Cup 2000.
A new great international success for Bimota. A few days after the amazing win in the Superbike, a new win yesterday in the Formula Twins European Cup 2000. The Italian rider Alessandro Tomassoni, on the DB4 Electronic Injection, tuned by the Rimini-based team “Bimota GRB”, dominated the first round of the Championship held at the Italian circuit of Vallelunga. Pole position and win with more than 8 seconds ahead of the followers: a peremptory win, achieved among 34 riders from all countries and several twin-cylinder bikes, including an official Buell. The Championship formula allows any kind of modification and therefore it’s contested by most of the best tuners. Let’s reward the GRB team which, in two months only, tuned up a very powerful DB4 I.E., also thanks to the precious co-operation with Fast by Ferracci. The second round of the Formula Twins European Cup 2000 will be held at Rijeka, on July 9th 2000.

History shows that Alessandro Tomassoni went on to win the championship that year. His success was never far from twin cylinder machinery, as he was also very successful in the BMW Boxer Cup series as evidenced below (Tomassoni is bike #4).

This rare race Bimota with what appears to be a stout racing history is available now. The bike is located in Athens, Greece, and the opening ask for the auction is steep: $24,000 (Range Rover not included). Interested parties would be wise to conduct additional research, acquire more pictures of the bike, and obtain additional history. All signs point to some pretty remarkable hardware and progeny, but you can check it out yourself here. What do you think?


Ducati September 6, 2011 posted by

Super Rare: 1993 Ducati Supermono

For Sale: 1993 Ducati Supermono

OK sports fans. Let’s put away our seemingly rare Superlights, ditch the Desmosedicci, park the SS/SP and various SP0,SP1,etc., and leave the 748L behind. Anything with a serialized numberplate likely has a number higher than this. Sure, there might be a few one-off Ducatis available that rival this in rarity, but when it comes to “mass” production rare Ducs, this one is it.

Designed by Ducati in between the 888 and the iconic 916, the Supermono has technology and styling cues from both bikes. The Supermono was created to race in the Supermono class – a European class of racing involving single cylinder racebikes. Ducati, drawing from their legendary history of racing, created a 550cc single with four valves per cylinder operating in desmo fashion (based off of the 888 cylinder head). To quell vibration inherent in singles, Ducati actually fitted a second connecting rod (but not connected to a piston) to fool the engine into thinking it was a twin. With fuel injection and a 12.1 compression ratio, the Supermono was good for 61 hp when initially introduced. Later versions of the bike were bumped up to 570cc, significantly increasing horsepower.

The chassis of the Supermono is typical Ducati – lightweight chrome moly tubing. As weight was such a concern, there are many carbon fiber pieces on the bike, including the fairing (check out the pre-916 styling!), rear seat section (including subframe) and fuel tank. Magnesium was the other exotic alloy used on the bike, and you will see it in the engine cases as well as coated magnesium in use for the triple clamps (look for the green coating). Ready to go the Supermono tipped the scales at 267 pounds.

Componentry is exactly what you would expect from a factory Ducati racebike. The front forks – 42mm inverted Ohlins – are textbook 888 bits. To ensure the bike stoped as well as it went, Brembos were used all around, with twin 280mm units in front. Wheels were magnesium Marchesini 3 spoke units, there was another Ohlins at the rear, and Termignoni was the standard exhaust fitted. The build sheet looks impressive, but the completed machine was a work of art.

From the seller:
Extremely rare and collectable motorcycle from a private collector. Total of 67 built world-wide; this bike is number 30.
Single cylinder, four stroke, liquid cooled, fuel injected
549 cc (100 x 70mm)
76 bhp@ 10,500rpm
Weight 267 lbs
Wheels are 17″ Cast Magnesium
Transmission 6 speed, chain final drive
Maximum speed: 145mph


To give you an idea of the capabilities of this little single, here is an onboard video of a Supermono in action. Note that the bike in the video is not the bike being offered today, but with only 67 units total in production, these are very, very similar machines. Check out the sound of that single – and the agility of this amazing machine!

So how rare is rare, and what does rare cost these days? The last Supermono we featured here on RSBFS had well-documented racing history – it was, in fact ridden by the winningest Ducati Supermono racer in history, Kiwi Robert Holden (1958-1996). That bike was bid up to $75,000 in a previous auction without meeting reserve. It wasn’t too long ago these bikes were fetching $50k. Maybe this is a better investment than that pesky 401k….

How much this one will go for is dependent upon who is interested. But as these rare machines do not come around very often, this will certainly be an interesting auction to watch. The bike started with a $20k opening bid, and action has been lively thus far. For more information and details, or just to watch the fun, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!


Ducati August 31, 2011 posted by

2004 Ducati 749R For Sale in Canada

Our latest feature listing comes from Kenny in Calgary. He’s offering his thoroughly sorted Duacti 749R, #378. Take a gander at this beaut:

This is one of the early models that came stock with the carbon fiber fairings for those who know the 749R. For those not familiar with what sets the R apart from other models, it was a homologation special from the factory to compete against the 600cc inline 4 Japanese bikes in competition. Upgrades from the standard model included full Ohlins suspension, radial Brembo brakes, slipper clutch, larger fuel tank, forged Marchesini rims, magnesium head cover, larger titanium valves and rods, a shorter stroke and larger bore for quicker revving, and of course special badging and number plate.

From the seller:

I am selling my ’04 Ducati 749R Superbike. Asking $13,000 with stock pipe and ECU, or $18,000 with full Ti Leo Vince race pipe and Nemesis ECU with Lamda auto tune. It is the ’04 with carbon body panels, #378. 18,000k’s.

I built this bike for myself and did all the things I wanted to do to others’ bikes but no one would pay for. My background includes building motors and track tuning for Ducati Canada, Yamaha Canada, Suzuki Canada, and several very competitive private teams, also machining and building hotrod Harley engines

ALL stock parts plus the bike has recently been fully sorted with inspection and replacement of every shim in the suspension & chassis, bushings, seals, bearings repacked or replaced, new fluids, new brake pads, rebuilt calipers, Marchesisni forged and CNC’d wheels, new chain and sprockets, new wider and flatter black Driven clip-ons, carbon tail action, carbon rear wheel hugger, and more.

Motor has new factory slipper clutch with Barnett basket, new timing belts, 4 new trans gears (the rest are perfect), all shafts shimmed properly, crank pin polished, crank balanced, new rod bearings, new Pankl rod bolts, new rings, diamond bore deglaze, machined for more compression, ported heads, fresh (light) multi angle valve seat grind, new Ti exhaust valves, all valves shimmed within .01mm of factory minimum spec, cams degreed, new race air filters, aluminum cam drive pulleys, and more.

Someone will benefit from all this loving! I feel this is the finest street Ducati model.

I can be reached at:
phone: 403-324-4062

I live in Calgary at present, soon to be in Nelson BC, in Canada.

Sounds like an outstanding machine that has benefited from proper upgrades and recent maintenance. Good luck with the sale Kenny!


MV Agusta June 17, 2011 posted by

2005 MV AGUSTA F4 1000S + full Mamba kit!

For Sale: 2005 MV AGUSTA F4 1000S with full Mamba kit

When you think about it, the modern incarnation of MV Agusta produces some pretty sweet – and pretty expensive – motorcycles. Back in 2005, the base model F4 1000S retailed for $21,795. At that price some degree of exclusivity was automatically in the cards, but the S was not nearly as exclusive (or expensive) as the Ago, Tamburini or Senna models. What’s an MV owner to do to stay current and unique?

To address this issue, MV Agusta released a series of Mamba kits, which allowed owners to dress up their pedestrian rides and convert them into carbon fiber wonders…. for a price. There are multiple levels of Mamba kits: A Standard kit, with no limited numbers, a Base kit, limited to 300 units and containing more bits than the standard kit, and finally the range topping Full kit, limited to 300 units and offering a complete “stem to stern” upgrade of the bike. The top level kit retailed for nearly $13k – which was placed on top of the cost of the bike!

From the seller:

at the crankshaft) 122 Kw (166 HP) at 11750 – Lim. 12700 r.p.m.


MVSP F4-1000 MAMBA Full Option Kit
Part Number SP 03 – Limited Edition of 300 Mamba Kits worldwide

The Full Option Kit includes:
Carbon Fiber front mudguard, Red/Clear painted
Titanium treated Red-tint windscreen
Carbon Fiber front fairing, Black/Clear painted
Black painted plastic right and left mirrors
Carbon Fiber right air duct
Carbon Fiber left air duct
Carbon Fiber right wire harness cover
Carbon Fiber left wire harness cover
Carbon Fiber ignition switch cover
Black painted plastic airbox
Carbon Fiber right side airbox panel
Carbon Fiber left side airbox panel
Black painted metal fuel tank
Red painted plastic right side fuel tank panel
Red painted plastic left side fuel tank panel
Carbon Fiber right side fairing panel, Black/Red/Clear painted
Carbon Fiber left side fairing panel, Black/Red/Clear painted
Carbon Fiber lower fairing, Clear-coated
Black “Alcantara” seat
Black “Alcantara” back pad
Carbon Fiber single seat tail fairing, Red/Clear painted
Carbon Fiber plate support
Carbon Fiber upper chain guard
Carbon Fiber lower chain guard
Carbon Fiber exhaust guard
Carbon Fiber right footrest guard
Carbon Fiber left footrest guard
Silver Marchesini ten-spoke forged aluminum front wheel rim
Silver Marchesini ten-spoke forged aluminum rear wheel rim

As you can see, the Full Mamba kit is really quite extensive! And there is no doubt that the Mamba kit adds a unique look to what is normally the classic sliver/red MV Agusta. I think it looks sharp, and adds a menacing look to an already superbly designed motorcycle. It is also shockingly expensive as a package. The good news for collectors is that sticker shock on used bikes is not really a worry.

This auction is on right now, and there has been a good number of interested bidders. The current bid was up to $9,000 (with reserve still in place) at the time of writing this piece, and the BIN is set for a very reasonable $12,999. The seller appears to be motivated, and the sharks can smell blood in the water. To get a glimpse of this ultra rare MV before it heads off to a new home, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!!