Posts by tag: Massimo Tamburini

Ducati January 11, 2019 posted by

Sport Production Special: 1998 Ducati 916 SPS for Sale

Looking at the history of the 916/996/998, it’d be easy to think that you were just looking at regular bumps in displacement as allowed by homologation requirements, especially considering that the bike itself appeared mostly unchanged throughout its development, minor changes in graphics aside. Even this very exclusive Ducati 916 SPS really looks like a 996 with a solo seat and white numberplates on the tail section.

But while all three models of Ducati's 90s icon are similar, and do share some parts interchangeability, they represent a continual development of the model. It made little sense to “throw the baby out with the bathwater” when the original 916 was such an impressive piece to begin with, and Ducati couldn’t really afford to start from scratch anyway, so evolution made more sense than revolution.

Given that every ounce counts on a motorcycle, especially one intended to be raced, each component is designed with a minimum of excess material, and Ducati’s original liquid-cooled, four-valve v-twin was limited to 955cc before the cases started cracking under the extreme pressures of racing, and the engine needed a significant redesign in order to safely allow additional displacement increases. The regular production 996 that followed used the updated cases and the larger displacement, but didn’t get all the other goodies included in the homologation model.

This 916 SPS in fact displaced 996cc, and was Ducati’s first use of their new reinforced engine cases and other changes that allowed the bike to continue growing in response to rules changes that increased displacement limits for Superbike racing. Externally, it looked pretty similar but internally, there were new heads, barrels, pistons, injectors, and a lighter crank. It was mated to a close-ratio gearbox from the 748. Up front was a Showa fork and an Öhlins shock helps keep the rear wheel in contact with terra firma. This 1998 year model also had a lighter frame and titanium connecting rods.

Originally, the SPS wasn’t technically road-legal in the US, but you could buy them here, and there wasn’t really much stopping you from buying a “for off road use only” bike and then registering it, since it had a VIN, lights, and mirrors. And of course Ducati damn well knew people would do just that. Thank goodness.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Ducati 916 SPS for Sale

For sale, 1998 Ducati 916 SPS Superbike. Like new condition. Second owner. Extremely rare bike. Number 401 of 1058 total manufactured, for both US and Europe. Homologated for racing, only 50 were officially imported into the US. This is a true collector bike. New timing belt and battery. Tires are in excellent shape. Meticulously maintained, this bike is ready to ride!

Introduced for 1994, the Massimo Tamburini-styled 916 superbike and its subsequent evolutions captured the motorcycle world’s imagination and finally established Ducati as a brand of note. Within a short time the original 916 Strada was superseded by the Biposto (two-seat) and the higher-specification SP. The engine remained at 916cc for both models but the SP came with twin fuel injectors and bigger valves for more performance, together with a single white panel seat and an Ohlins rear shock. Next came the ultra-exclusive homologation-special 916SPS or Sport Production Special for 1997 and 1998. The SPS enjoyed a 996cc engine – complete with reinforced crankcases, new heads and barrels with both bigger combustion chambers and valves, high lift cams, a 11.5:1 compression ratio, close-ratio gearbox and various lightweight parts – delivering a mighty rear wheel 132 horsepower.

Ducati made 1,058 SPS models for 1998, so it’s less rare than earlier SPS and SP bikes, but still very much a collectible. This example has just 2,150 miles on the odometer, and bidding is up to $11,000 with the reserve not met and very little time left on the auction. The 916 was always going to be collectible, and even the most ordinary models are beginning to appreciate in value. But for collectors, this one's at the top of the list with serious exclusivity for a "production" bike and historical significance, with serious racing links. It also helps that it has a reputation for being a pretty ferocious bike to ride, and feels far faster than the claimed power would suggest.

-tad

Sport Production Special: 1998 Ducati 916 SPS for Sale
Ducati December 10, 2018 posted by

New In Box: Zero Mile 2004 Ducati 998S FE for Sale

Examples of the Ducati 998S with zero miles have been popping up recently. No surprise that a few folks mothballed them in their original shipping crates, since Ducati kind of telegraphed their intent to discontinue the Tamburini-designed superbike with the whole "Final Edition" thing... I sometimes wonder just how long they could have continued to sell the bike without significant stylistic updates: it had certainly become familiar by the time the 998 was replaced in 2003 by the Terblanche-styled 999, but it's not like it's ever really looked all that dated. It's one of those few designs that skipped right from "cutting-edge" to "classic."

Under the wild new skin and ergonomic changes that made it almost luxurious by Italian superbike standards, the 999 that followed was more evolutionary than revolutionary. Aside from being pretty uncomfortable, there really wasn't anything inherently wrong with the 998, and most of the 999's performance improvements could have been applied to the earlier bike. Powered by the updated narrow-head "Testastretta" v-twin, the 998S produced a claimed 136hp, which sounds pretty tame by today's standards, but this was a very serious sportbike in the early 2000s. Keep in mind that traction-control on roadbikes wouldn't arrive even in its crudest form until the 2009 1098R.

The seller [famed Southern California Ducati dealer ProItalia] refers to it "considered to be the best of the bike that started with the 916" and that's an awkwardly-phrased, but accurate statement. The 916 was the original, but a gradual evolution meant that the 998 was the Ducati Superbike in its most powerful, most highly-developed form, and it's generally considered to be the best of the bunch from a rider's standpoint. Which makes this one's zero miles kind of tragic, really.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Ducati 998S FE for Sale

2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition. New. On MSO, never registered or prepped. Never has never had gasoline in the tank or a battery installed. Purchased originally by a collector in 2005 from Motobella in Coopersburg PA. It was left in the crate until last year when it was purchased by the Indy Car driver Graham Rahal as part of his changing collection. 

Factory Ohlins forks, steering damper, and rear shock. Considered the best of the bike that started with the 916 in 1994.

Comes with MSO, keys, tool kit, 2004 parts catalog. Unique. Came out of the crate only a year ago. We'll assist with shipping to your door. Trades welcomed. If buyer wants the motorcycle prepped for road use, our certified Ducati tech will make it happen.

Pro Italia has been serving Italian motorcycle enthusiasts since 1987 and has a reputation of honesty and transparency with our customers.  

Okay, so I'll admit my headline is a bit clickbait-y: this 998S is no longer New In Box, since it was recently removed from the shipping crate, but has never seen the road. Still, $25,000 is pretty huge money for any 916 variant, so anyone considering this had better either really want a box-fresh example of the breed or have a long-view of its investment potential. Sure, values will eventually get there, but it may be a while until the new owner can actually turn around and sell it for a profit...

-tad

New In Box: Zero Mile 2004 Ducati 998S FE for Sale
MV Agusta December 1, 2018 posted by

Understated bruiser: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S

When Massimo Tamburini was done laying waste to the sportbike world with the sinewy beauty and kneecap shattering performance of the Ducati 916, he wasted no time in returning to the Cagiva Research Center to one-up himself. The resulting MV Agusta F4 series plucked heart strings and squeezed adrenal glands in a totally different way, but its 20-year run as a pinup, racer and peerless track toy are evidence that Tamburini was a man whose talents knew no ceiling.

2002 MV Agusta F4S for sale on eBay

This 2002 MV Agusta F4S has the '02 evolution engine, which pushed out nearly 140 horsepower at the crank, up from just shy of 130 in the earlier bikes. This one is as bog-standard as MV Agusta F4s get, with no special packages or limited-edition packages. It is just a simple, classy Italian rocketship in its purest form. Down to the fantastic, classy and stone-simple livery, everything about these turn of the century MVs is classy.

The seller says this example is basically in showroom condition, and the digital dash shows fewer than 3,000 miles. From the photos, the bike looks very clean and well kept, with one or two little exceptions. The lovely stock exhaust has been replaced with a set of carbon fiber jobs that have been relieved of their emblems. The seller spends the description gushing about F4s in general and doesn't mention who made the pipes or what happened to the stock ones.

From the eBay listing:

One of the most beautiful motorcycles ever produced and a testament to Tamburini's engineering skills. Buy an MV and you really do get your own personal slice of the legend. An F4 to look at, to polish...and to admire.
An incredible slice of Italian exotica.
Mechanically reliable with a build quality that rivals any manufacturer, the MV Augusta F4 750 S is as stunning to ride as it is to look at.

With an engine derived from a Ferrari F1 engine, the 750S rides as good as it looks.

As an objet d'art, an icon, a talisman, F4S is peerless. As a modern high-end sportbike its performance is legendary.

Through fast, sweeping corners, the F4's slot-car stability, grippy Pirellis and effectively limitless cornering clearance permit as much speed and lean
angle as your skill and personal sphincter calibration can tolerate. If cornering speed is the name of the game, you're looking at a major player. Still, this is a
motorcycle that goes fast on its own rules, not yours. Carve your way through corners. No flicking. The F4 responds best to firm input, and not just through the bars. Weight that inside peg. Push the fuel tank with your outside knee. Relative to the average Japanese sportbike, it's like learning a new instrument. The tighter the road, the more effort it takes to make beautiful music together.

This 2002 750S is as clean as you’ll ever find. Virtually flawless in near-showroom condition with only 2817 miles.

Marin Speed Shop is the San Francisco Bay Area's premier Ducati, Triumph and Vespa dealer. We also specialize in rare and vintage and custom motorbikes.

All of our pre-owned inventory had been through a thorough multi-point inspection and comes with a 30 day warranty.

Extended warranties are available on most models

We can provide financing from one of our many lenders and can also arrange shipping.

Email us for more details

The $8,400 asking price is probably on the optimistic side even for such a low-mile F4S, but I won't be shocked if it grabs every bit of it.

Understated bruiser: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S
Ducati November 21, 2018 posted by

Low-Mileage Superbike: 2000 Ducati 996 for Sale

If you're looking to pick up one of Tamburini's iconic Ducati superbikes, now is the time. They appear to have hit bottom a while ago, and values are on the rise. I mean, we've seen 748s for as little as $3,000 so how much lower did you expect them to go before you were planning to buy in? But while they generally cost a bit more than a 748, a Ducati 996 falls nicely in between the bikes that bookend it: the collectible 916 and the highly-developed 998.

It's not the fastest of the breed, but it looks the part and has the series' famous handling and v-twin boom. The 996 offers a pretty great balance of power and handling, along with the iconic looks and a pretty affordable pricetag right now, if you're looking to pick up a bit of classic Italian exotica. Parking a 916, 996, and 998 right next to each other, you could be forgiven for thinking the only difference between them is the graphics change between the 916 and 996 era. But Ducati's superbikes of the period represent a constant evolution of the platform.

The 996 was introduced in 1999, after the 916 engine hit its practical limits: as World Superbike displacement for v-twins increased, it was discovered that the original cases effectively maxed-out at 955cc before things started to come apart at the seams. Literally. Sure, many parts can be swapped between the different generations, but the new machine was much more than a bored-out 916 and used a more road-friendly version of the heavily revised 996cc twin that debuted in the 916 SPS.

In this case, "road-friendly" means it used the older bike's camshafts for more manageable power delivery and 112 peak hp. Proper fuel metering for big twins can be tricky, and the 996 used a pair of injectors per cylinder for improved power and response, although early mapping wasn't really ideal.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Ducati 996 for Sale

For sale 2000 model Ducati 996 with ONLY 3099 miles

One original owner, price new was $17,333 before tax and fees

  • Has full service with new belts and fluids.
  • Termignoni Titanium exhaust; original pipes included
  • Öhlins shock
  • Brembo brakes
  • Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires with Marchesini wheels
  • Carbon Fiber 996 tank cover included, never applied
  • Includes rear wheel stand; Marsee magnetic tank bag 
  • Garage kept under cover; cover included
  • Both keys; original papers and owners manual, toolkit

This motorcycle looks and runs like NEW! You will not find another iconic original Ducati 996 in this excellent condition with only 3099 miles!

I'm sure other bikes with mileage this low exist out there, but there's no arguing that, if you're looking for a 996, this one is seriously worth considering. The starting bid is $7,500 which should be right on the money for a clean example, and seems like a reasonable place to expect bidding to start. The seller refers to this as a 996, but it looks like this may be the higher-spec 996S as it has the Öhlins shock, instead of a Showa unit. I'm not clear whether or not we're looking at slip-ons, a full-system or a half-system, but if you've ever priced a Termignoni exhaust, that does sweeten the deal...

-tad

Low-Mileage Superbike: 2000 Ducati 996 for Sale
Cagiva November 16, 2018 posted by

9/16ths Scale: 1998 Cagiva Mito

Legendary motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini had a long and storied career. From co-founding iconic motorcycle manufacturer Bimota, to penning some of the most striking designs in motorcycling history for the likes of Cagiva, Ducati and MV Agusta, Tamburini has been responsible for many a rider's dream machine. You might have seen some of his design genius in bikes such as the Bimota KB2, the Tesi 1D and the DB1. For Ducati he was involved with the 851/888 and the Paso and had a hand in the Supermono works. But his greatest contribution to motorcycling - his most admired design theme - was around the Ducati 916. Everything that came after it was simply a small step along this theme - including the 748/996/998 and the entirety of the MV Agusta F4 lineup. So strong was this theme that the design language translated to smaller machines as well, which is where we pick up the story on today's fantastic Cagiva Mito.

1998 Cagiva Mito 125 for sale on eBay

Powered by a single cylinder, liquid cooled two stroke, the 125cc Mito was considered as an entry level sport bike for Europe's small-bore crazed culture. Popular in areas where larger capacity motorcycles are prohibitively expensive due to taxes or license requirements the smaller scoots are immensely popular and technologically advanced. In the case of the Mito, that technology includes design elements straight off of the legendary 916, including twin headlights and the tail section. Nifty hardware includes the twin-beam aluminum frame, asymmetrical rear swing arm with preload-adjustable rear shock, Brembo binders (that's a single 320mm unit up front), 40mm Marzocchi front forks (including steering damper), 7-speed transmission and an estimated 34 HP (stock) at 12,000 RPM. Tipping the scales some 15 under 300 lbs, this is a race track replica rocket provided you are of suitable stature with the skills to keep the revs on the pipe.

From the seller:
This machine is virtually new as it only was ridden 399 km since its conversion from a stock 70mph (110 km) bike to one that will show 112 mph(180km) on the speedo.Its collectibility is enhanced by its 7 speed gearbox and of course the styling, which was done in the spirit of the Ducati 916.Being a 2 stroke machine,many states allow small displacement bikes plates for highway use or find a track site to enjoy this super handling lightweight. The mods we performed were not optimized for competition, but were done to keep the reliability and add to the enjoyment of the bike.Recently upgraded, cleaned fuel system,and new battery was fitted.

The seller claims this particular Mito has been hot-rodded, but not much info is included as to what was actually done. Generally this is done via boring out the displacement and porting the cylinder. Expansion chambers and silencers are other popular mods to help two strokes breathe better and make more power. Other than the unknown mods, this is a low mileage example that appears clean in the few, blurry photos. This has all of the hallmarks of an Evo I machine, with both the 7-speed gearbox and the tri-spoke wheels. Later Evo II models went to a more robust 6-speed gearbox and a different set of wheels. Any Mito is potentially collectible - after all we do not see them every day here in the US - but there is not enough data to determine if the 7 cog bikes are any more valuable than the 6 speeders. Either way you are in good company; even the vaunted Barber Motorsports Museum proudly highlights the Mito in their extensive collection.

This is not an auction, but rather a straight-up buy it now listing. Pricing is a fair $6,500 (especially for the low miles!), although the states in which you can register this bike might not be one in which you reside. Even if not used on this street, this little Mito will eat larger bikes alive on a tight and twisty track. Smart buyers are encouraged to check first, ask lots of questions, and do your homework. So who *doesn't* want to have a mini-916 in their quiver? It's great for show, and from the mods sounds like it is ready for some GO. Check it out here, and let your inner child racer run free. Good luck!

MI

9/16ths Scale:  1998 Cagiva Mito
Ducati October 21, 2018 posted by

The Good Stuff: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale

Well, it's finally starting to happen: the days of dirt cheap Tamburini Ducati superbikes are coming to an end. Yeah, 748s and 996s still offer some pretty great bang for your buck but, if you were planning to pick up a first-generation 916 like this nicely-upgraded bike for peanuts, you'd better get cracking. What, you thought it'd be possible to find low-mile examples of the most iconic motorcycle of the modern era would last forever?

Under the skin, it was just an evolution of Ducati's four-valve, liquid-cooled 851/888. But that skin... It made the bike a star whose appeal reached far beyond the hard-core biking community, and the 916 appeared as an aspirational object in film and print media, in music videos, and on posters that adorned the walls of a million teenagers who didn't own a bike, maybe never ended up owning a bike. Even if you're not into motorcycles at all, you'll probably recognize the 916.

The original 916's 114 claimed horses sounds pretty paltry, compared to today's superbikes, or even today's supersports. But while its performance has been surpassed by modern sportbikes, the 916 still handles beautifully, sounds amazing, and parts are still available to keep them on the road. There are also a wealth of parts to upgrade them, and there is pretty good parts-interchangeability between the different models. Make all the snarky comments you like about Latin reliability, but at least the 916 was designed to be serviced: every bike will need to come apart at some point, and those quarter-turn Dzus fasteners make removing the bodywork a five-minute affair.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale

AP Racing full race 6-pot titanium brakes, titanium hardware, and master cylinder. These were race team-only in ‘95. Marchesini magnesium wheels, the race wheel (RARE). Carbon fiber air box, air tubes, in-box filer, under tray, swingarm cover, chain cover, chin lower, fender front with air vents. Nichols billet clutch basket. Ferracci stator/starter/ EPROM chip/Öhlins damper. Termignoni carbon ovals. Bike has been well cared for from the time I got it in ’98 bike still draws crowds. It’s a great ride: runs strong, starts every time. You won’t find a better ’95 916. Will meet shipper at the curb. Payment to be sent next day mail, you will have 3 days to pay in full by check. As soon as funds clear the bank, bike will ship. No BS.

The seller is asking $16,000 for this bike and that's pretty high for a 916, but we all know they're headed that way. Miles aren't especially low, but the bike has, as the seller indicates, had some very nice parts thrown at it, especially those trick front brakes. And with Ducatis, a bit of mileage is a good thing: it means the bike's been used and likely maintained. Which is great if you plan to ride, instead of display it. I'd normally consider a claim like "you won't find a better '95 916" to be hyperbole but, unless you're looking for a display bike with single-digit miles, I don't think he's wrong.

-tad

The Good Stuff: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale