Posts by tag: Monoposto

Ducati June 29, 2019 posted by

Semi Senna – 2002 Ducati 748S

The original desmoquattro designed for Cagiva was a 3/4 liter, so a supersport from the 916 gene pool was a forgone conclusion.  Some reviewers thought the higher revving 748 was a better choice for the road than the superbike.  From Miami, this 748S has just 7,776 miles and looks excellent.

2002 Ducati 748S for sale on eBay

With its smaller bore, the 748 could rev more freely, reporting 98 hp at 11,000 rpm.  Luckily the cooling system built for the 916 can cope more readily with the 748’s heat.  Premium Showa dampers soak up the road’s realities, with Ti nitriding on the fork legs to reduce stiction.  Retro-grade operations are conducted by Brembos’s excellent dual 320mm front disks, which fully occupy the Marchesini five-spoke wheels.  The bodywork was available in mono or biposto and many of the single seaters had a sporty number plate area behind the seat.

With under 500 miles per year, the semi-gloss finish on this 748S looks great.  Updates appear to be limited to Silmoto mufflers, Rizoma reservoirs and aftermarket levers.  Bar risers might be a thought for riders of a certain age, as the aggressive riding position is shared with the 916.  Tires and cam belts would want renewal if they’re original.  From the eBay auction:

Selling my Ducati 748S ‘Semi Senna’. All the best add-ons, she is fast and stops on a dime. Sounds AMAZING! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking.

Besides its classic good looks, the 748 got good marks for the close ratio transmission and just-about-superbike power.  Early years had issues with the hard plating on the rocker arms failing, but were resolved before this last year example.  Bidding has been active, and should really take off if the seller posts answers to the questions they must be getting.

-donn

Semi Senna – 2002 Ducati 748S
Ducati June 21, 2019 posted by

Ace of Base – 1995 Ducati 916

The new 916 was a nice pinnacle and was available in mono and biposto editions.  This early single seater has some mods normally only seen on the SP, and though not without miles it appears to be in special condition.

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

Ducati set the sportbike world on its ear in 1994, but it was a team effort.  With Massimo Tamburini leading from the Cagiva Research Center, suppliers like Weber tuned up their fuel injection game, helping the 916 pull 114 hp.  Showa refined their 43mm inverted forks, and Brembo delivered 4-piston calipers for 320mm rotors ( superceded on this example ).  At the core was an 18 lbs. trellis frame with a single-sided swingarm which allowed racers quick wheel changes, and made it easier for everyone.

The long term second owner doesn’t say, but perhaps the original owner had race connections.  The Öhlins shock and steering damper, numerous carbon bits, number plated bodywork are one thing, but DP clutch and AP Lockheed racing brake setup indicate friends in the business.  Not enough pictures, but overall condition seems excellent.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Bike has been well cared for NO track days.  I am the 2nd owner for over 22 years now.  Bike comes with Marchesini Magnesium race wheels 94/95 race team only issued AP RACING 6 POT FULL TITANIUM FLOATING BRAKES.  Ohlins rear shock and dampener DUCATI RACING airbox and intakes.  Ferracci Eprom /stator/starter up grade billet clutch basket.  Casoli carbon fender vented. Termignoni carbon oval canisters.  The stock air box front fender and tail lower chin all red factory parts take offs come with bike Stand and Cover.

Though minor by international manufacturing standards, the 916 was instantly successful with a few thousand sold each year.  Carl Fogarty and Troy Corser won four Superbike World Championships in five seasons, and the introduction made superbikes and Ducati globally popular.  Special early models are extremely rare, and this one appears to fill the bill even without the pedigree.

-donn

 

Ace of Base – 1995 Ducati 916
Ducati June 12, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1993 Ducati 900SL Superlight #826

6.23.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Everyone has their personal definition of what’s essential and what’s superfluous, but for many, the early 1990’s Ducati SuperSports had everything you needed and nothing you didn’t.  The 900SL Superlight had one less seat and several kg.’s less weight thanks to some carbon appointments and Marvic composite alloy wheels.  RSBFS reader Steve has similarly added nothing to his Superlight that isn’t required, but made a few choice upgrades.

Ducati introduced the 900SS in 1990, and though it was a solid seller, Ducati took the opportunity to make a limited edition.  Planning to release 500, the factory bowed to the market and eventually produced over 900 Mk. 1 examples, just a couple of hundred destined for our shores.  The air cooled 904cc L-twin had newer Mikuni carburettors and scored 78 hp and 62 ft.-lbs. torque.  Upside-down Showa fork and rear monoshock were both fully adjustable on the Superlight.  Floating rotors differentiate the 320mm Brembo front brakes, with Gold Line four piston calipers.  Innovative Marvic wheels used an aluminum rim and magnesium centers.  Carbon mudguards and alloy swingarm walked the weight reduction walk.

Steve has eased the 904’s breathing with a K&N air filter and Staintune exhausts.  A Corbin seat firms things up for the rider, and braided lines do the same for braking performance.  Cosmetics are excellent and belie the 16,589 miles.  A few not-installed ugrades and NOS parts are included as Steve notes in his comments:

1993 Ducati Superlight #826

This is the cherished Superlight MK1, of which only 952 were made worldwide, 200 for the U.S. market. If you’re familiar with this bike and model year, you’ll know that it’s meant to be well ridden and properly cared for as there are not many left in this condition. The bike is in great condition and still has many original parts, unless otherwise noted.

The bike is located in Northern California, always garaged and covered. The previous owner was a collector located in Texas. The bike was serviced by AMS Ducati out of Dallas, TX during that time. No significant modifications have been made, keeping it in original condition. Some minor changes are as follows:

Open airbox (see photo)
Staintune Slip-on Exhaust
Braided brake lines
Yoyodyne Clutch Slave
Corbin Seat
Motobatt Battery

Comes with a few extras:

OEM Blank Key
NOS Handgrips
NOS Seat
Upgraded CA Cycleworks Coils (Unused, not installed)

Also have some performance parts that will be made available to the buyer as well. Ohlins shock and FCR41 carbs, not included with sale.

Asking: $13,000 USD 

Going on twenty-five years old, the Superlight had the friendly handling of the SuperSport line, but with nicer appointments and a number on the triple tree.  Though second fiddle to the 916 back in the day, the Superlight’s tractable power and limited numbers have made it a very sought after SuperSport.  Steve’s has been nicely preserved and wants only a caring new owner.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1993 Ducati 900SL Superlight #826
Ducati May 13, 2019 posted by

Less Equaling More – 2001 Ducati 996R #114/500

Ducati’s Superbike homologation special in 2001 was the 996R, and received the first narrow head testastretta engine, thinner 320mm front brake disks, and bodywork with almost no vents.  One place it didn’t scrimp was MSRP, and along with its factory-new appearance, this example sports an ask which is virtually the same as in 2001.

2001 Ducati 996R for sale on eBay

The R shared much with the preceding SPS, but the powerplant was comprehensively revised, more oversquare with larger but lighter pistons to displace 998cc.  Valve angle was reduced to 25 degrees, allowing bigger valves and more compact desmodromic actuators.  54mm oval intake tracts had one shower injector for each cylinder, under Marelli electronic control.  As configured in the 996R, 135hp was the result, with max torque of 77 ft.-lbs. at just 8,000 rpm.

Chassis, suspension and brakes sound similar to the SPS, but are closer to the race machine with fully adjustable Ohlins, special Brembo brakes with lighter rotors, and forged Marchesini wheels.  Body work is all carbon but relies on motion to get the airflow to work, the sleek fairings completely uninterested in sitting at idle.  Carbon Termignoni mufflers imparted a distinctive boom to the exhaust.

Not much information about the chain of ownership, but with only 225 miles, it’s been more a series of guardians.  On office display, it looks new in every way, with the mirrors and signals looking like possible updates.  From the eBay auction:

This particular Ducati 996R is a one-owner, USA delivered, 225 original mile example.

Build Number 114 of 500.

Sale includes all owner’s handbooks, both keys, OEM compliant mufflers & ECU, Ducati Performance Carbon Fiber Parts, Termignoni Exhaust and Computer, Evoluzione Slipper Clutch and Titanium Guard, and all original parts.

The FIM’s directive to was make the homologation machines available to customers, but the factory’s interpretation did not really include the general public.  Special connections, select privateer race teams, and a dealer’s best customer could place an order, but a walk-up inquiry might find them to be sold out.  When new £17,000 – over $50,000 – accounting for inflation this -R should be about 75 large.  But even at a smashing discount the new owner will be an unusual motorcyclist.  Very fitting for a most rare Ducati, which will likely never get to 226 miles.

-donn

Less Equaling More – 2001 Ducati 996R #114/500
Ducati March 5, 2019 posted by

Street Smart – 2004 Ducati 749S

Shopping for a road machine ?  Determined not to fall into the displacement arms race ?  Take a look at this Ducati 749S, a lot of good stuff and a limited amount of attitude.

2004 Ducati 749S for sale on eBay

The 749 looks and was built like the Pierre Terblanche designed 999, and the innovative design suffered the same short run.  The 749S had a niche though, the rev-happy 748cc engine had higher compression than the base model, and brought 116 hp to the game, with a surprising 61 ft.-lbs. torque.  Nicer Showa forks have nitrided fork tubes for less stiction, and forks and monoshock are multi-adjustable.  Variable seat and footpeg positions accommodate the rider, and steering head angle can be set for the track.  Stateside -S models were all single-seaters.

 

No word on the number of owners, but this 749S appears maintained and cared for.  Beside the requisite tail tidy, just seeing aftermarket levers and clutch cover.  Not sure what race exhaust is fitted, but likely the factory cat is no longer.  The owner has a new Duc coming, but must be of a certain age, “brakes are good – tires fair” echoing a fifties song Hot Rod Lincoln and the most popular version is from – 1971 –.   Recent maintenance is claimed in the eBay auction:

Very nice top of the line bike. Essentially a 999 with downsized bore and stroke. Adult owned and well maintained. 12.3:1 compression 110HP @10500 RPM. 6 speed. Showa fully adjustable TiN upside-down fork, progressive rear fully adjustable Showa monoshock. Steering damper. Adjustable headstock rake. 5 position footpegs. Adjustable levers. New chain. Seat/tank assembly adjustable 20 mm fore/aft. Carbon fiber tail and race exhaust. Open clutch cover. Cosmetically a 9 out of 10 minor nicks, no dents. Brakes are good – tires fair. Runs, shifts and stops as it should. Recent belts and valve check. Minor fairing repair (1 inch not visible in pics. Well done and hard to spot.). Enthusiast owned and never down.

The 749S is a good alternative to a liter-plus superbike, often more fun to ride in Dragon-like sections, and of course easier on the ways and means committee.  Long low ergonomics might be something to try before you buy, and starting and cooling systems should be under less stress than on the superbike.  The old question of whether Ducati was giving away the similarly built 749S or the not-all-that-much higher priced 999 is largely past for a 15 year old machine, and this should be an efficient entry into a real exotic supersport.

-donn

 

 

Street Smart – 2004 Ducati 749S
Ducati February 8, 2019 posted by

Pre-Pani – 2010 Ducati 1198S Corse

Ducati’s 1198 got the last 100cc that the 1098 promised, and the S’s 170 hp made traction control standard ( and required ) equipment. This Limited Edition #50 comes to you in Corse colors and excellent condition.

2010 Ducati 1098S Corse for sale on eBay

 

Ducati returned to the 916/996 side-by-side headlights with the 1098, in a slightly swept-back and cat-eyed way.  The 1198cc testastretta EVO adjusted valve angles which improved running and allowed valve adjustments to be extended to 12K miles.  Some interesting race-derived parts are on board, like the magnesium valve covers, eliptical throttle bodies, and short-skirt pistons.  The 1198 kept the dry clutch while the more streetable 848 went wet.  Brembo brakes are XL at 330mm, and Öhlins suspension is multi-adjustable.  Electronics are track-oriented with an on-board data analysis package and eight-level traction control.

 

With just over 4,000 miles, there isn’t a great deal of history for this KC native, though it’s not a one-owner machine.  The pictures aren’t great, but beside the tail-neatening, no farkles or damage are apparent.  From the eBay auction:

In mint condition. Adult ridden.  Always garage stored. New battery. If you have never owned a Ducati superbike, let me assure you they are the most powerful and “torquie” machine you will ever ride.  I have owned many metric superbikes over the years and none come close to the amount of fun and power this bike possesses.  Italy has a reputation for incredible cars and motorcycles and this one will not disappoint.  No test rides, but Ill be happy to run her and show you everything works great.  This is the special edition with all the bells and whistles offered. It comes with factory alarm system, tons of carbon fiber, aluminum tank, racing adjustable suspension, Ducati 7 step traction control, original manuals, the list  goes on and on.

 

The monocoque Panigale was right around the corner, so for a trellis-frame superbike, the 1198S can be considered a high peak.  If an inspection bears it out, this one is basically just broken in.  And while it might be a hoot on just the right road, a track day is really a better place to learn the intricacies of a Ducati Corse.

-donn

Pre-Pani – 2010 Ducati 1198S Corse
Ducati January 2, 2019 posted by

Up Close and Personal – 2005 Ducati 749R

RSBFS readers are accustomed to spotless 749R’s with very few miles, and this example does not disappoint, even though it was owned by a race team.  This rare homologation special has been barely broken in, displayed, protected from damage, maintained, and even autographed by its designer Pierre Terblanche.

2005 Ducati 749R for sale on eBay

Ducati viewed World Super Sport as a good fit for their 749, having been updated in 2003 with the 999.  WSSP rules encouraged manufacturers to load their middle-weights for bear, and Ducati obliged, equipping the 749R with a special oversquare engine tested to 121 hp and happier at the upper end of the rev range thanks to titanium internals.  An adjustable headstock was at the front of the trellis frame, with race-derived flat rate swingarm at the back.  Tunable forks and rear monoshock were by Ohlins, with radially-mounted Brembo brakes.  Adjustments are also available for the seat and footpeg positions.  The monoposto-only fairing was initially carbon, but de-rated to polymer after the initial year.

Hidden in the back of the  – Tech46 – shop in Birmingham, AL, this 749R has been witness to their preparations for AMA, endurance and rally events.  From the eBay auction:

749R with only 1780 original street miles. This motorcycle is in immaculate condition, runs perfectly, and has been hand-signed the bike’s designer – the world renowned Pierre Terblanche.

This bike has never been on the racetrack. No leaks, no smoke, shifts like new bike, rides like new, everything works just as it did when sold new. Paint is flawless. Full synthetic Maxima Ultra 4 10-40 engine oil. Front and rear brake system and hydraulic clutch have been flushed with Brembo 600 RBF. This bike needs nothing other than a new home.

This motorcycle is badged by Ducati on the upper triple clamp as example #0104 of approximately 1500 749R motorcycles produced for worldwide distribution between 2004 and 2006.

Includes both factory keys and the red programming key along with all owners manuals that were issued by Ducati at time of purchase. This gem has been stored in a climate controlled environment since new. Brand new Yuasa AGM battery installed a month ago. Michelin tires are in excellent (basically brand new) condition with 2011 date codes.

The 749R really belongs on the track, the riding position, cooling and electrical systems never really compromised for the road.  This example is more pristine than many, ready for many more miles it probably will never see.  Right out front, it’s labelled a PIERRE machine ( his usual autograph ) and though some owners would put it inside or under the seat, this 749R wears it proudly…

-donn

Up Close and Personal – 2005 Ducati 749R
Ducati October 22, 2018 posted by

Textbook Case – 2005 Ducati 749R #172

Ducati took the SuperSport rule book back to Bologna and tailored the 749R to fit, and while it didn’t achieve a championship, regular AMA SuperSport points and podiums were a  great achievement.  Better still is this homologation special from 2005, a smashing middleweight and well appointed roadable edition.

2005 Ducati 749R #172 for sale on eBay

One of SuperSports’ paradigms is to contain costs by limiting allowable race preparation, allowing non-factory teams to be more competitive.  Ducati’s rulebook analysis made the 749R ready and adjustable for the racetrack.  The engine was developed for the R-model only, and liberal use of advanced materials like titanium valve train, magnesium head covers, and high-strength aluminum pistons allowed the 749cc engine to be tuned for a whopping 121 hp.  Similarly, the chassis shares a lot with the 999S, and has a linear monoshock linkage to improve high speed handling.  Headstock, seat position, and footpegs are all adjustable within a tight race-derived focus.  Premium components like Öhlins dampers, Brembo monoblock brakes, carbon accessories, and factory slipper clutch are all standard on the 749R.

Offered by a Florida tuner and parts dealer, not much info is given about this -R’s history, but looks excellent for it 17,000 miles.  Go-Pro mounts seem out of place but are easily corrected.  A few nice farkles are listed in the eBay auction:

Gilles Rear Sets
CRG Levers
Swing Arm Spools
Carbon Rear Hugger
Carbon Clutch Cover
Carbon Timing Belt Cover

Not quite sure why the 749S did pretty well in AMA SuperSport but had less luck in Europe.  Depending on your point of view, the 749’s roomy fairing  can be a plus or leave you wanting a more classic looking Ducati.  The starting bid is right up there for a mid-size with mid-life miles, but the condition warrants a second look.  If the maintenance history is great and the damage history is minimal, it could be a nice buy…

-donn

Textbook Case – 2005 Ducati 749R #172
Suzuki October 2, 2018 posted by

Rolling Art – 1984 Bimota SB4S

Back on eBay with some new pictures after last year’s – RSBFS post – and auction which did not meet the reserve – Donn

Massimo Tamburrini was still at Bimota when the ground-pounding SB4S was introduced, using the 1,075cc Katana air/oil-cooled engine.  Though power is similar between the Suzuki GSX-1100S and the SB4S at around 112hp, Bimota holds a clear advantage in weight and top speed.  The northwest-based SB4S has recent maintenance and no apparent damage.

1984 Bimota SB4S for sale on eBay

Bimota’s artwork begins with the complex trellis frame, continues to the milled side connectors, and is covered by the full fairing and flowing tank/seat console.  With the tuner’s airbox and 4-into-2 exhaust, the overhead cams for Suzuki’s big four hulk behind the bodywork.  Classic Ceriani right-side-up forks and DeCarbon monoshock are adjustable and support 16″ Campagnolo wheels.  Not expected to be all that light as an unlimited GT, the SB4S is still 75 lbs. lighter than the Katana, and long gearing allows a top speed increase to 155 or so.

This SB4S’s kmh odometer translates to just under 10,000 miles, and provided the recent service included carburetor cleaning, appears to need nothing more than a spa day, and tires.  The pearl white fairings with red graphics look undamaged, and the rest looks complete and original.  From the eBay auction:

1984 Bimota SB4S.  Very rare full fairing, tube frame, one of 106 ever made, beautiful white pearl paint, new battery recent tune up and fluid change, bike runs perfect, no issues.  This is a pristine example of a early tube frame Bimota.  It’s a jewel.

At this stage in Bimota’s life the SB4 was also available as a kit, with the buyer supplying a GSX1100S for parts.  Seeing a home-built SB4 might be just as rare, but the factory-built SB4S is one of just a couple of hundred, rarer still with full fairing.  Not to mention cherry pearlescent paint.  The 16-inchers lend a funny look to the SB4S, but the fairing is roomy and can take the rider as far ( or farther ) than common sense allows…

-donn

Rolling Art – 1984 Bimota SB4S