Posts by tag: Marzzochi

MV Agusta August 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #222

The fanboys will tell you that the MV Agusta F4 created a warp in the sportbike space-time continuum. With serious power developed with the help of Ferrari racing engineers and overall design courtesy of the Cagiva Research Center and legendary artist Massimo Tamburini, the limited Senna edition created a rare and gorgeous motorcycle with performance and cache that stands out today. The haters simply called it a warmed over Ducati 916.

Featured Listing: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #222

It is true that the rebirth of MV Agusta gave Tamburini a fresh canvas upon which to work – making the F4 the spiritual successor of the 916/996/998 lineup. The supermodel sexy bodywork is pure Tamburini, as was the single sided swingarm. But unlike Ducati twins, MV Agusta offered a clean sheet of engineering paper enroute to a 174 HP inline four cylinder screamer. Not-so-subtle touches like the four organ pipes poking out of the tail section give the F4 a character unlike any other bike.

From the seller:
This bike is like new. Always garaged and covered. No scratches. Number 222. I bought the bike 2 years ago when it had less than 100 miles. It was recommissioned with new fluids, tires, and the heavy duty water pump. Comes with original rear stand, cover and certificate. Ready to ride!

Another area where MV Agusta mimics Ducati is in the proliferation of Limited Edition models. There exist 5 exclusive variants of the F4 (each numbered and limited, naturally), not counting the mass production F4 1000S and 1000R models. The Senna takes its roots from the R model, but adds specific graphics on carbon panels, updated front (Marzzochi) and rear (Sachs) suspension, exclusive Marchesini wheels, and an upgrade to the already excellent Brembo brakes. Finally, the rider’s perch was upgraded to alcantara. Notably all Senna editions (whether they be Ducati or MV Agusta) offered a percentage of the profits to support Ayrton Senna’s charity looking after needy children in Brazil.

The F4 has oft been voted the most beautiful motorcycle ever developed. From the sharp front view to the flowing side panels, from the exposed rear wheel to the shotgun pipes, the F4 is a looker. And the Senna is, arguably, the best looking of the bunch. The carbon/graphite color scheme preserves the wonderful shape of the bike without the “look at me!” schemes of some of the other editions. While Senna was not known as a motorcycle racer, he was a consummate competitor with serious star power. And speaking of power, don’t forget that you have 174 happy ponies on tap for the asking.

This particular bike looks to be what one would expect given the pedigree: very low miles and very well cared for. With but 526 miles on the digital clocks, this one-of-300 examples is looking for a new home. The opening ask is only $13k, with the BIN set at $16k. Those are very competitive numbers, with most Senna editions we have seen having sold in the $15k-$18k range. Check it out here before this exclusive rocket finds itself a new home. Good Luck!!

Featured Listing: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #222
Bimota April 21, 2011 posted by

Perfect 10: 1991 BIMOTA DIECI

For Sale: 1991 BIMOTA YB10 DIECI

Rejoice RSBFS readers – April is Bimota month! No matter your engine preference, be it Suzuki, Ducati, Kawasaki or this Yamaha right here – there is a Bimota out there for you! Today’s bike, the 10th in a series of Bimota rockets to utilize Yamaha power, is best known as the YB10 or “Dieci,” which is the number 10 in Italian.

The Dieci follows the same frame layout as earlier YB series bikes, which started with the 750cc YB4. Twin aluminum spars wrap the engine (in this case, the 145 hp FZR1000 mill), with top-grade componentry sprinkled throughout: Marzocchi forks, Brembo brakes, and innovative Bimota wizardry like the eccentric chain adjuster.

From the seller:

Despite the pretty appearance in pictures, all is not completely kosher with this bike. As the saying in Latin goes, caveat emptor – or let the buyer beware. Ignore the fact the seller listed this as a “Deci” as opposed to Dieci. Rather, compare today’s YB10 with this post from over a year ago. There are some subtle differences. Today’s bike is missing a rear mudguard – I assume to give it that “clean” deleted fender look. It is also missing the rear turn signals, which normally mount to the now-missing mudguard.

The big warning signs are up front, however. This appears to be a repaint as the leading edges of the lowers should be sliver and contain the word “Dieci.” The front turn signals, integrated into the fairing above and outside of the headlights, are also missing. The mirrors are missing. The Bimota logo, normally central on the windscreen just above the headlights is missing. To my knowledge these bikes also did not come with a carbon fiber front fender, so the fact that it is scratched is not as worrisome as the fact it is there at all. All these minor points indicate potential accident damage to me, but that is only speculation from the pictures. As always when dealing with these rare models, best ask the seller for more details.

This auction started with a price of $200, and has quickly climbed into the high $5k territory. The reserve has not yet been met, so there is still something to play for here. Expect a good example to fetch about $9,000. The YB series Bimotas are really wonderful bikes – great handling and fantastic power – but spare parts can be expensive and hard to find. Time will tell if this is really a deal, but


Bimota April 20, 2011 posted by

1986 Bimota DB1 with zero miles!

For Sale: 1986 Bimota DB1

Spring has sprung, and it’s raining rare Bimotas here on RSBFS! No matter what your preference, there is likely already – or going to be – a Bimota up at auction for you. If you like something smaller, how about this fantastic KB2? If you want something bigger, how about this carbon fiber beauty SB8R-S? If Italian motive power is more your speed, then read on, friend, and drool over this ultra-desireable, Ducati powered DB1.

The DB1 was created by inserting a Ducati 750cc v-twin into a compact and very rigid frame. From there, Bimota added Brembo goldline brake calipers with floating discs. Marzzochi M1R forks and a 16-inch wheel rounded out the front, while the rest of the bike was wrapped in flowing, enclosed bodywork. There were a total of three official models: the base DB1, the DB1-S, and the DB1-SR; each model became progressively more limited, more expensive, and offered greater performance. Still, the “base” DB1 is no slouch when it comes to rarity, with an estimated 450 units produced.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1986 Bimota DB1. This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. This bike is is brand new with zero miles and has never been started.

The Vin# is DB100023. The condition of the bike is fantastic. There is no title or mso with this bike.

Super clean, zero miles, low vin number; perfection must certainly have its price. And while we do not see many of these early Ducati-powered Bimotas move through, we do see them occasionally. I will go out on a limb and throw out an estimate of 30 large for this one. Yes, it is “only” a DB1 (not the S or SR), and no, it does not have a title. However last time I checked, you cannot buy a “new” DB1 at your local dealership. No, this bike is something special and will command top dollar when all is said and done.

This auction just started – so there is still time for you to get in there. Bidding started at the ground floor (first bid was $100), and has since risen to just over $11k. There is still a reserve in place at this point, which is to be expected. To see the details, look over more pictures or make a bid, . It really is raining Bimotas!


Cafe Racer February 10, 2011 posted by

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans

For Sale: 1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans

Funny how times change. When this bike was released in 1978, it was considered a heavyweight, large displacement, fast sportbike; a race replica. Fast forward some 30+ years, and what we have here is an interesting vestige of European thinking. In fact, this bike has been around long enough to where the Cafe Racer craze has come back to being cool!

The great thing about the Cafe Racer craze making a comeback is that this bike IS very cool. With the distinctive Guzzi v-twin look, decent power from 850cc, a decidedly sporty riding position and great paint, this bike really looks the business. It is no wonder that the value of these bikes are rising at auctions everywhere.

From the seller:
For sale is my 78′ 850 Lemans. I bought it off the 2nd owner in Glendale California. He owned it since 81 and purchased it from the original owner, also in Glendale. It was purchased at Pro Italia in Glendale and serviced there for 31 years. I’ve owned it since November of 09 and had it serviced by my friends at Moto Guzzi Classics in Long Beach. I have to get rid of a couple of my toys to buy an Alfa Romeo. I did the following on 10.9.09 with 32,101 miles; – Changed engine oil and filter
– Changed gear box oil
– Rear drive service including oil
– New plugs and valve adjustment
– New brake pads
– New fork seals, dampers and fork oil
– New Conti Go tires

I also changed the oil on 8.3.10 at 34,005 miles and added a new Odyssey dry cell battery. This bike runs and brakes like it should – Sean at MG Classics said I found a strong runner. This bike has no mechanical issues that I am aware of. Cosmetically, it looks great as you can see by the photos but; please do not bid on this bike if you are expecting a show bike/concours bike. This bike looks amazing from 10ft, excellent from 5ft but upon very close inspection, it shows scratches and wear on the frame. It also has some but not all fasteners (now 33 years old) that show light rust or corrosion. The header pipe clamps have light rust too. The four areas of the bike that could be cleaned up a bit; 1. Front fender has light surface scratches (a bone headed move on my part, losing my grip on a wooden box from above and it grazed the fender), please see photo. 2. Some light paint missing from battery acid leak (right side of frame when the frame tubes form a “Y”near swing arm pivot). 3. Horn button missing (but horn works). 4. Scratches on exhaust on left under side pipe near center stand (from my boot buckle). The red paint still looks incredible, especially the tank, side panels, fenders. The fairing looks good but some of the day glo orange has sun fading. Original seat included and in amazing shape. Replacement Stucchi seat looks and feels even better. 3 out of 4 turn signals and manuals included. Marzzochi shocks original manual actually shows how to rebuild them – cool. To my knowledge, this bike hasn’t been restored. It really looks amazing.

While the seller clearly states that this is not a new bike, the pictures speak for themselves. This is undoubtedly a clean and well-cared for example of a rare species. Similar LeMans models that have recently been posted on RSBFS all sold north of the $8k mark. This bike is currently in the $5k range (with reserve not met), but should certainly go up above previous bikes. Should this bike fail to ignite a bidding war, you might find yourself with a well-priced, well-loved LeMans. The only way to find out is to click the link and . Good Luck!