Posts by tag: Moto GP

Ducati July 29, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: A True Race Replica – 2008 Ducati Desmosedici

Update 8.27.14: I’ve been alerted that this bike is now sold. Thanks again for choosing a Featured Listing Ted! -dc

Introduced in 2008, Ducati’s Desmosedici RR is perhaps the most collectable of modern Ducatis. Much more than just another WSB homologation-special or a tape-and-paint Repsol Honda, it’s a true race-replica sporting a genuine Moto GP V4, detuned slightly for road use.

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The Desmosedici [literally “Desmodromic Sixteen”] Racing Replica was based on Ducati’s moribund GP6 race bike and powered by a 989cc V4 making almost 200hp. Only 1500 were made and considering the price, it’s likely many of these have been cocooned in heated garages, displayed in living rooms, or packed away in unopened crates. Which is a real shame with top-shelf suspension, front and rear and a 200-section rear tire, this thing is the closest all but the very elite will ever get to riding a Moto GP motorcycle. A bike where you are the limiting factor.

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With a funky, catfish-like gaping air intake and bulbous fairings, it may not be the prettiest bike, but while Ducati could have designed a better-looking bike, that would be defeating the whole purpose of the exercise: a true replica of their GP machine, with some detuning for longevity and lights for road use. It was even fitted with an authentic 16.5” rear wheel. Make sure you budget for tires to fit that…

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It does look purposeful, like nothing else on the road, and the thundering howl these make, especially with the new exhaust featured on this bike, will quickly erase any doubt about which bike just flashed past you down the main straight of whatever track you’re riding.

From the original listing on AutoMania: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for Sale

The motorcycle was purchased new from Moto Corsa in Portland, Oregon by Michael Czysz of MotoCzysz fame. He returned the bike to MC when it had just over 1.600 miles and a local buyer brought it home. 300 miles later, moving has cost him the use of garage space and the bike has to be sold. While in his tenure, the accessory full on Race Exhaust System was installed, requiring the accessory Carbon Fiber Body work, for a mere extra $7,500. New tires were installed and an oil change completed. The $1000 rear stand, cover and books all come with the bike along with the stock exhaust system and body work.

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These were originally $70k, with people paying more than that speculating on increasing prices. But this hasn’t happened yet, and may not for some time. These seem to trade in the upper $40k’s right where this is priced, and that exhaust and bodywork make it that much tastier: the original exhaust exited through the top of the tail section, which is just plain weird. It also makes me wonder how Jason Statham’s girlfriend rode on the back during filming of The Expendables…

Fairly priced with less than two-thousand miles on the clock and desirable upgrades. If you’ve been looking to jump into the Desmo market, this may be your chance.

-tad

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Featured Listing:  A True Race Replica – 2008 Ducati Desmosedici
KTM July 23, 2011 posted by

2006 KTM RC125 Red Bull racer

2006 KTM RC125 Red Bull livery racer

Location: Cato, WI
Mileage: 0
Price: $27,000.00 (!)

Update 7.23.2011: Originally listed in November 2011, back on eBay. Links updated. -dc

If this one looks familiar to the RSBFS.com die hard fans it’s because we had it on the site about a year and a half ago. Although, it doesn’t look any different, go faster or rail through turns any better, the seller has decided to double the previous asking price of $14,900.00. Personally, I think it’s a pretty rare unit and would fit well in any collection. However, I suspect it will remain in Cato, WI for a while unless the price comes down from the stratosphere.

I certainly think that most fans of our site can appreciate a works racer and all that comes with it. I know I certainly can and I stared at the photos in awe of the unobtainable bits for quite a while before writing this post. Radial mounted Brembo caliper, sweet factory aluminum swing arm, and who can overlook the sweet Red Bull/KTM racer paint scheme?

I remember being in the pits during 2008 Indy MotoGP and walking by all of these bikes lined up. It was definitely occupying 3 of my senses as I strolled by. Since I couldn’t sit on them as they were warming them up I had to utilize my sight, smell and audible senses. Obviously, the smell was the best, but I have to admit there’s nothing like hearing a truck load of 125 ring-a-dings firing at one time.

Who knows, maybe this bike is in the race photo. Okay, so that still doesn’t make it worth all the money, but it would certainly look good in a living room. Besides, it’s small and doesn’t take up much room 🙂

Definitely ranks high on the cool factor scale so if you’re interested I think I’d give the seller a call and see what’s up with the price. I thought we were in a recession anyways….

Check it out here-

Thanks for the submission Spoot-

Cheers!

dd

Suzuki January 28, 2010 posted by

1982 Suzuki RGB500 MK7 Grand Prix Factory racer on ebay

1982/83 Suzuki Gamma XR40 RG(B)500 MK7 Factory Grand Prix racer listed on ebay with a $60,000.00 B.I.N. and a current bid of $30,000.00.

This is a chance of a lifetime to own a true Grand Prix factory race machine. You are reading correctly; a true Suzuki Factory Grand Prix racer can be had for your personal collection or a vintage day at the track. Yes, I would have to give it a go at least once and maybe twice if it was really fun.

The exact history is a little vague at the time of post, but it appears to be a 1982 model that was purchased from the factory in 1983 by a satellite Grand Prix team. This particular machine has had a frame up restoration and in my opinion looks extremely nice. The current paint scheme was copied from the 1982 Randy Mamola HB Suzuki racer. Below you can see the two and I think you’ll agree it looks extremely good when compared to the original factory bike. I noticed a few mechanical differences between the two, but somethings just aren’t obtainable 27 years after only producing a handful of race bikes. It does appear that the seller did a nice job of maintaining the integrity of what would have been original to the factory race package.

Something interesting to point out about the history of this bike is that it was raced in the 1988 & 1989 USGP by Eugene Brown, of Portland, Oregon. I spent a considerable amount of time researching the 88/89 USGP and there were several Suzuki’s on the grid, but I couldn’t find a site that stated what generation of RG had been entered in the race. No matter how you slice it, history or no history this a factory Suzuki Grand Prix machine and you have an opportunity to park it in your showroom. Take a look at the documented rebuild pictures and judge for yourself.

1982 Suzuki Moto GP rebuild in Randy Mamola factory design

1982/83 Factory Suzuki Moto GP Randy Mamola machine

Quote from the lising:

This is one of the limited production GP bikes available to the private teams and the first year to use the works stepped square 4 cylinder arrangement and the all new full float rear suspension and the front fork anti-dive system.

For 1981 and 1982 the Suzuki`s were the bikes to have and in 1981 Marco Lucchinelli won the world title on the Works RG Gamma XR35, followed by Franco Uncini in 82 on the Works RG Gamma XR40.

Specifications
Type Water-cooled disc-valve 2 stroke stepped square 4
Capacity 495cc (54x54mm)
Comp ratio 8.5:1 corrected
Lubrication 20:1 premix
Carburation 4 Magnesium 36mm Mikuni
Gearbox 6 speed cassette
Fuel tank 6.9 gallons
Wheelbase 55.3 inches
Rear wheel 18” Dymag
Front wheel 16” or 18” Dymag
Weight dry 292 lbs.
Horse Power 120
Speed 170 mph @ 11000 rpm

I’ve spent several hours watching old Grand Prix video’s from this era and I always leave shaking my head and saying “WOW, those were real men”. I can only begin to imagine what it must have been like to ride a 170hp machine that weighed only 292lbs. So, I’ve attached a video of Randy Mamola trying to tame an ill handling 500cc 2-stroke and it is truly an amazing sight – only to see him get flicked off like a………..a……well a cowboy in a rodeo.

The seller is also including a huge and quite expensive spares package that I’m going to assume will be needed to keep a bike of this nature in pristine running order. Here’s what you’ll get if you pick this one up.

Suzuki RGB 500 Mk7 extra race parts
Suzuki 17” mag with 180-17 slick
Suzuki 17” mag with 120-17 slick
Suzuki 18” Dymag front with 120-17 Michelin slick, complete with disc`s and 2 piston calipers. (Tire for display only)
New Pirelli 190-17 slick
New Pirelli 120-17 slick
(Tire for display only)
Used Michelin 120-16Rain (Tire for display only)
New Michelin 160-18 Intermediate (Tire for display only)
New Michelin 160-18 slick (Tire for display only)
Used Michelin 120-16 slick (Tire for display only)
Rear sprockets (10)
Front sprockets (4)
Full set of main jets
Full set of emulsion tubes
New set of slides (4)
NOS crankshafts complete in factory boxes (2)
Used crankshafts Low miles (4) + (1) for parts
NOS pistons (4)
Used pistons Good condition (8)
Piston pins (6)
NOS piston rings (13)
Piston small end bearings (10)
Piston clips (18)
Cyl. new condition
Cyl used and need recondition (3)
Disc valves New (4)
Disc valves outer cases (3)
Disc valves inner (2)
Disc valve nut, seals, shims, keys and spacers
Cyl. base gaskets (20)
Cyl. head O`rings (6)
Cyl head /water O`rings (7)
Cyl. ribbed spring washers (50)
Cyl. stud O`rings (6)
Clutch O`rings (3)
Clutch basket used (1)
Clutch disc outer (6) new
Clutch disc inner (4) new
Clutch disc inner thick (2) new
Clutch disc inner (16) used
Clutch disc outer (16) used
Clutch spring (6) new
Clutch lock washers (4) new
Clutch nut (1) new
Head left & right New (1 each)
Crank bearing outer (4) New
Levers, clutch and brake (9)
Rear sets for left side brake w/brake line (1 set) New
Race stand (1)
Silencers alloy used and in good condition (2)
Tools
Seat pads back (4)
Seat pads bottom (2)
Gear box gaskets (3) New
Water pump gaskets (2) New
Fairing parts need repair (full set)
Wind screens (2) New

Many more magnesium and Ti. parts

The spares package is said to be worth $10,000.00 and by the looks of it, I wouldn’t disagree one bit. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and available for the taking if you have an extra $60k burning a hole in your pocket.

I came across another video that really has nothing to do with this bike other than there’s a distant connection via Randy Mamola. Check it out and then watch it a few more times just as I did.

Cheers!

dd