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Ducati January 3, 2022 posted by

First Year Monster: 1994 Ducati M900

Ducati invites thoughts of MotoGP and race winning performance.  An exotic machine to tickle the senses, and ignite passion.  Their superbikes have long been lust worthy machines.  But for many the most iconic modern offering from Ducati has been their Monster line.  This bike started the naked bike category and has offered many riders a very usable and enjoyable package for decades.

This example appears to be well taken care of over the years and regularly used.  A purest might want to revert a few small details to stock, such as the mirrors, but few would toss a red flag at the addition of aftermarket carbon exhausts as the sound will justify the change.  Pictures show that the bike could benefit from a proper wash and detail.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

1994 Ducati M900. This is the first generation Monster and was manufactured in July 1993. I am the second owner and purchased this bike from the original owner in the fall of 2009. This has been an incredibly reliable bike for me and has been a joy to own and ride. The dry clutch discs were replaced within the last 500 miles, tires were replaced around 500 miles ago and I would estimate still have most of their life left. Belts were replaced last year and have almost no miles on them. Front and rear brake pad were also replaced last year and have almost no miles on them as well. Oil was changed two years ago but less than 250 miles currently on it. Carbon exhaust is D&D, rear fender and master cylinder covers are Ferracci. Bike was apparently maintained at Ferracci by the last owner; I have since maintained on my own utilizing the Desmo Times 2V service and maintenance book. Bike is due for a dealer valve service, but does still run near perfect and has significant power; last owner had the valves checked and no adjustments were needed at the time (circa 2008). Slight adjustment may be needed now, but I’d be surprised. The engine does smoke slightly, which could be due to the limited miles put on it over the last ~8 years (<1000). The head was pulled from the horizontal cylinder in 2010 to replace leaky seals (no leaks since) and the vertical cylinder now shows a similar leak between the head and the cylinder (likely from the 28yo o-rings degrading). The rear seat cover has a small crack in it, as shown in the pictures, and the tank has a small chip as well, also shown in the picture. Tank is in otherwise near perfect condition and does not have the typical “Monster dent” that the older metal Monster’s are generally found with. Overall, this Monster is a head turner as it’s in excellent condition, has the excellent deep Ducati rumble, and the classic Ducati dry clutch sound. Feel free to reach out with questions prior to bidding.

As with any first year example, there are little details that make all the difference.  These seemingly small details are what make the bike special.  Stuff like the yellow swingarm bar, and rectangle master cylinders.  A true Ducati fan could nerd out for a while with all the subtle differences over the years.  It is wonderful to see an example preserved and not cut up, modified or left unloved.

The opening bid of $3,999 is sure to be placed in the near future.  One could expect the bidding to climb over time as this is a really unique and desirable motorcycle.  Presented well with few unwanted modifications.  Mileage will mean this will not appeal to a static collector, but should offer many more worry free miles to the next owner.

First Year Monster:  1994 Ducati M900
Buell April 5, 2021 posted by

Nyellow – 2003 Buell Lightning XB9S

A world away from their earlier tube-framed generation, Buell introduced their Lightning XB9S.  Today’s Buell is a 2003 model with just 5,718 miles.

2003 Buell Lightning XB9S for sale on eBay

Buell packed a helping of their design paradigms into the XB9S, starting with the alloy chassis whose spars held 3.8 gallons of fuel, the “tank” housing the airbox.  Harley’s 984cc twin resided under the frame, and delivered 92 hp.  Showa usd forks worked well up front, and the alloy monoshock held the dry sump’s oil supply.  The rim-mounted 375mm front brake theoretically allowed the wheel to be built lighter, reducing unsprung weight.  After slinging the exhaust and rear damper under the engine, not much mass was left to de-centralize.  Sunny day bodywork included short fenders and a body-color fly screen.

As dealers often do, no history is offered for this great-looking Lightning.  The presentation is lightly used and undamaged, and levers have had a nice upgrade.  Summer yellow bodywork is a lighthearted color for such a rumbly streetfighter.

With Harley’s production engineering help, Buell pushed a few over a thousand XB9’s out the door each year,  over its seven year run – with a couple of special editions to boot.  They asked a premium price and Buell’s advanced ideas made it worth the upcharge.  This example doesn’t appear abused or neglected, and doesn’t ask much of a premium for good looking copy.

-donn

Nyellow – 2003 Buell Lightning XB9S
Aprilia March 25, 2021 posted by

In For a Pound – 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory

Aprilia superfans looking for a multi-purpose bike found their wish come true in the Tuono 1000R Factory.  Today’s Tuono looks great but could use more background information.

2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory for sale on eBay

Some manufacturers might have programmed a little less power and a wider torque curve for their super-naked, but Aprilia used the same 60-degree liter as the Mille superbike, with Factory oversized exhaust valves and collectors.  139 hp are on tap, thanks to ram air from under the headlight.  The dry sump engine sits low in the alloy basket, with Öhlins dampers front and rear.  Brembo Gold four-piston calipers get the attention of 320mm front disks, hauling down the very light looking 17-inch rims.  On the Factory, sidecovers, front mudguard and belly pan are replicated in glossy carbon.

The seller hasn’t made any history available, but one picture shows the odometer with 4,376 miles, so while the tires look good they might have aged out.  A couple of blisters on the tank are apparent, but with no collateral damage they could be something spilled on the tank or other non-riding mishap.  The auction indicates this is an as-is sale, with a commensurate discount expected.  An in-person look see is recommended though the seller does offer a live video walkaround if you call.

The Tuono Factory lived up to its thunder and often won the super-naked shootout, thanks to its uncompromising chassis and epic power.  For an advanced rider, the late oughties edition might be the way to go, before electronics started minding the store in 2012.  A handful of bidders are making most of the bids on this Tuono, and hopefully the reserve will be low enough to make it worth some of the past mystery.

-donn

In For a Pound – 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory
Benelli December 21, 2020 posted by

Red Sled – 2007 Benelli TNT 1130

Designed during one of Benelli’s more European revivals, the super-naked 1130 won a small but enthusiastic fan base.  This owner had a garage-full at one time and offers one of the nicest at no reserve.

2007 Benelli TNT 1130 for sale on eBay

Benelli’s 1130 is a triple, using Walbro fuel injection and 11.2-to-1 compression to pump out 129 hp.  The fabricated tube chassis holds the engine from the top, with cast connectors locating the beefed up swingarm.  Marzocchi supplied the upside-down forks and monoshock, with Brembo bringing their excellent 320mm brakes.  A distinctive arrangement of radiators and fans inhabit transformer-ish fairings which also carry the front turn signals.  The headers are exposed but the exhaust works its way up under the seat, with one of the neatest factory license plate mounts ever.

The back roads of eastern Penn. are just the place for this TNT, but between the two owners just under 6,500 miles have elapsed.  Though it’s hard to keep a naked bike nice, this one looks excellent.  Just the exhaust has been updated to a two muffler set-up, which might have necessitated the change to the rear turn signals.  Notes from the eBay auction:

These 1130’s, like this one, are pretty solid with Walbro injection. They run very well. 

I got this one in 2015.  It was then serviced at Distefano’s Performance Center in Imperial, Penna.  Joe was the regional tech rep for Benelli back then.  Its been part of my collection since.

I only put about 100 miles on it.  I never run ethanol and its stored indoors, mostly in my heated basement.

This one has performance slip on mufflers and relocated rear turn signals.  I do have the original muffler (its a single can) and the original tail.  I also have the manuals on CD.

It runs and looks as nearly new.  The battery is fresh, the title is in my hand.

Having a whole corporate history from 1911 until rough times came in the 1980’s, Benelli then had some fits and starts which produced their memorable Tre’s.  Since Qianjiang took a controlling interest the focus has shifted to smaller bikes.  Still the brand has a lot of interesting bikes in the stable, the Tornado Naked Tre being one of their sportiest.  This owner chose carefully and preserved his 1130 for the long term, which will benefit the new owner.

-donn

Red Sled – 2007 Benelli TNT 1130
Honda September 9, 2020 posted by

Naked Ambition: 1983 Honda NS250F

Those of you familiar with the racy Honda NS250R – with it’s full flowing bodywork and GP-inspired good looks will see this and think it is missing something. And it is. This is the lesser brother of the R model, the NS250F. Think of it as a streaker version of the GP replica bike, willing to bare it all before the world. Of course the F model bares all with a steel twin-cradle frame, versus the aluminum job on the R model. In some markets the F received plain aluminum wheels (16 in the front, 17 in the rear), while the R model was upgraded to the bigger brother’s Comstar style wheels – but that did vary by locale (and racers preferred the plain aluminum wheels for track usage). That’s it mostly, from the outer wear to the innermost components. Slightly less expensive in the showroom with cheaper insurance bills due to less pieces to damage, the NS250F was really a secret two stroke weapon in the markets where it was imported. Sadly, like most of the two stroke set, that was not the United States.

1983 Honda NS250F for sale on eBay

The NS250 series was powered by a liquid cooled, 90 degree vee twin format. Expect nearly 45 HP off of the showroom floor, somewhere between the 9k and 10k marks on the tach. The Honda ATAC exhaust valve system was on both the R and F bikes, as was the anti-dive fork and triple disk brakes. A Pro-Link single shock with braced swing arm holds up the rear. With a dry weight in the 317 range, you can see the obvious fun available to you if you are of a size and stature to make that work for you. Here is a Honda promo shot to show you how it looked in the glossy brochures:

From the seller:
Beautiful Condition all original NS250F with only 14000 kms, garage kept , rarely used, only nice summer days, never raced or abused.

Beautiful condition of a rare sought after collector race bike from the 80’s which is street legal! Two strokes were banned in most of the western world but a few are still here and still surviving.

I have owned this for nearly 15 years, never raced it or abused it. Due to a recent knee injury I can’t sit on anymore and was hoping someone else would appreciate it’s timeless beauty and ridiculous power to weight ratio.

When I ride this bike I feel like a racer and every time I ride it I become a better rider. It actually teaches you what a motorcycle can do.

Today’s bike has seen some use (14k KM equates to about 8,700 miles), and appears to be missing the graphics on the side panels. The Honda promo shots also highlight a red seat to match the red accents, rather than the black one shown. It is also located in BC, Canada – right over the border. That might be an impediment to visually inspecting the bike during the days of COVID-19, but shipping is available across the border as many gray market smoker riders can attest to. As to the value, it is very difficult to determine due to the rarity of these smaller bikes in the States. Clearly the F model is the lower spec of the two, and therefore is not the most collectible 250 on the planet. However it is unique and rare in its own right. The seller is asking $8500 for this unicorn, but is open to offers. If you are bored by what’s out there, consider something very different – a Honda NS250F. Good luck and stay safe!!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale March 3, 2020 posted by

Naked and Unafraid: 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R for Sale

Pug-ugly and well-endowed, the Aprilia Tuono has always been a bike for those who favor performance over looks. Sort of like the motorcycling equivalent of Ron Jeremy… I’ve never ridden a second-generation Tuono like this one, but I’ve ridden the less scantily-clad RSV1000R with which it shared its major components, and I’d assume it also has that bike’s torque, agile handling, and surprisingly effective wind protection. Okay, maybe scratch that last bit…

None of Aprilia’s v-twin sportbike offerings are really lookers, so it’s the bits under the plastic and carbon-fiber we’re really interested in here. Aprilia has always made great-handling machines, and their aluminum beam frames seen on the RS250 and first-generation RSV Mille and Tuono are gorgeously sculptural. The second-generation v-twins had a more angular design, but it was equally effective, and feature quality suspension at both ends from Showa, Sachs, or Öhlins, depending on which version you’re looking at, along with light-weight wheels and quality Brembo brakes.

Unlike other manufacturers of naked sportbikes, Aprilia didn’t bother to detune their Tuono. They just ripped off the fairings, stuck on a little bikini unit to house the lights and give the gauges a place to live, slapped on a set of handlebars, and called it done. They didn’t even detune the 130-odd horsepower engine at all. In this case, we’re talking about the compact, Rotax-designed v-twin that displaced 998cc and used an unusual 60° layout, with a pair of balance shafts to cancel out the resulting vibrations.

From the original eBay listing: 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R for Sale

AKRAPOVIC EXHAUST SYSTEM-LITHIUM BATTERY-OHLINS STEERING STABILIZER-OHLINS REAR SHOCK-RIZOMA MMIRRORS-THROTTLEMEISTER-3D LEVERS-F/R/FRAME SLIDERS-3D FOOTPEGS & FOORESTS-SEAT COWL-FENDER ELIMINATOR-TANK PROTECTOR-BAR RISERS-NEW LITHIUM BATTERY-PUIG TINTED SCREEN-SPARE KEY. ALL FLUIDS CHANGED. 12403 MILES-EXCELLENT CONDITION.

These tend to have more miles than your average Italian sportbike, a testament to the Tuono’s practicality. Or at least its usability. Luckily, the 12,000 miles indicated are nothing to worry about, unless it’s been pretty badly abused. This one includes a few quality upgrades and features a BMW vibe with those handsome blue-and-white graphics. There are just hours left on the auction, and the bike is selling for a reasonable $6,750. You can find Italian exotica for less money, but the Tuono still offers a huge fun-to-dollar ratio, along with excellent reliability.

-tad

Naked and Unafraid: 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R for Sale
Bimota September 18, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio for Sale

Please note the seller has opted to enable comments so interested parties can ask questions. Thanks! -dc

Bimota went in a strangely practical direction in the late 1990s, perhaps realizing that the well-heeled riders that could afford their machines cared more about quality and style than the did about lap times: even the fabled Tesi ended up with an air-cooled version of the Ducati v-twin engine, handlebars, and a set of risers. This DB6 Delirio might be their most practical bike to date, next to the… visually challenged Mantra, so “delirious” might be a strange way to describe such an eminently usable exotic. In concept, it’s a blinged-up Monster, but that’s no bad thing, assuming cost is no object for you.

So why buy one, compared to a Monster at half the price? You might prefer the looks of Ducati’s everyman exotic from a distance, but the cost-cutting measures required for mass-production can be found all over the place, once you start to look closer. The DB6 is a strikingly detailed bike, and I’ve long maintained that, if you’re not keen on the styling from twenty feet, just walk up to it and start looking at the craftsmanship on display: there are billet brackets for cables and hoses, and Bimota’s frame is a masterpiece of machined aluminum frame plates combined with gorgeous steel trellis components paired with a swingarm with a matching design. The result is exceedingly light, at 375lbs with oil but no fuel.

Horsepower junkies might be disappointed by the motive unit. Power comes from Ducati’s 1000DS “Dual Spark” engine with two valves and two spark plugs per cylinder. With just 92hp on tap, it isn’t a screamer, with power tailing off well before the engine’s safe rev ceiling, but it’s a blast to blat through the strong midrange, short-shifting up the box while enjoying the deep note from the Zard exhaust with distinctive, trapezoidal openings. It’s a bit of an oxymoron: a functional and perfectly usable Bimota. A fun bike.

The black frame is apparently very rare, one of just a couple here in the States. The specification of this example has also been updated to match the DB6R, with improved braking components that should make it even easier to stand this lightweight roadster on its nose. This also appears to have the earlier tachometer: others I’ve seen have a very functional Koso unit with a neat ring of light-up blocks that chase the needle around the dial, but I prefer the bespoke looks of this one. Honestly, given the engine’s characteristics, the gauge is pretty much superfluous anyway.

From the Seller: 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio for Sale

2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio – Rare exotic. You will not see another one of these at bike night! This exact bike was the Bimota display bike at the 2007 Los Angeles Motorcycle Show. One of two DB6s in the US with a black frame. Bought from and serviced by Bimota Spirit in Raleigh, NC. If you know about these bikes, you know that Bimota Spirit is the “GO TO” company for anything Bimota-related. Only 3121 miles.

  • Custom Alcantara suede seat with embroidered Bimota logo
  • Ducati-powered, 1000cc
  • Slipper clutch
  • New battery installed on May 29, 2019
  • CRG bar end mirrors
  • Rizoma grips
  • Billet Aluminum Bimota brake and clutch levers – beautiful!
  • Zard carbon fiber exhaust
  • Bimota cover included

Carbon fiber pieces added:

  • Front & rear fenders
  • Solo seat cowl
  • Bimota clutch cover
  • License plate bracket
  • Side covers
  • Belt cover
  • Chain guard

Controls completely upgraded to DB6-R specs, all work performed by Bimota Spirit

  • 1 BREMBO radial clutch master cylinder
  • 1 BREMBO radial brake master cylinder
  • 507111010 1 DB6R clutch hose
  • 507180010 1 DB6R brake hose assembly
  • 507011010 1 clutch lever
  • 507080010 1 brake lever
  • 507080030 2 pin
  • 507080020 2 adjuster knob
  • 507080040 1 switch pin
  • 506482010 1 racing throttle
  • 507182010 1 throttle cable
  • OBERON 1 slave cylinder
  • RIZOMA 1 reservoir

Belt service will be done prior to sale to new owner.

Clear title. $15,900 obo. Bike is in Raleigh, NC. 919-844-5888. Ask for Michael.

With just 3,000 on it, this is basically a brand-new motorcycle! Obviously, looking at the $15,900 asking price, there are plenty of other bikes out there that offer more bang for your buck. But that’s really never been the point with Bimotas and the DB6 might be the perfect bike for the rider with limited space in their garage, or just an interest in an exotic that can be ridden daily and easily maintained. Seller is open to reasonable offers.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio for Sale
Ducati August 6, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R

8.20.2019: Sold in just 14 days. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Jamming superbike performance into a standard package, Ducati brought more excitement to the Monster corner of the showroom with their water-cooled S4’s.  For 2005 the S4R used the four-valve 996 engine tuned for 113hp.  From the Carolinas, this blue example has been nicely accessorized and maintained.

At the top of the Monster range, the S4R used premium suspension components are from Showa, with Ti nitrided fork legs and fully adjustable monoshock.  The sculptural single-sided swingarm is templated from the MH900e showcase.  Brakes are semi-floating Brembos, super(bike) sized at 320mm.  The classic trellis frame is in body color, which camouflages some of the surface mounted plumbing and electrical.  The bikini fairing and carbon accents keep the eyes moving, and the 996cc engine runs cooler without the usual fairing.

Longtime RSBFS reader Ryan chose well as the previous owner had started with a good year (2005’s have a steel fuel tank and no ethanol issues), specified the option paint, and added 2-into-2 Termignoni exhaust, Speedymoto bar risers and Pazzo levers.  Ryan made his own mechanical and appearance mods, and has these comments-

I serviced all the fluids, installed Pirelli Angel GT tires, and a new EVR sintered clutch pack, blue STM clutch pressure plate, Oberon slave cylinder and Speedymoto open cover to showcase the dry clutch. At 16,000 miles it received valve adjustment, belts, fuel filter, new EK chain, 14 tooth front sprocket, Ducati Performance Touring seat, CRG bar end mirrors, Rizoma front signals, and integrated tail light. The ECU was sent out to Houston Superbikes for software flash and disabling of the immobilizer.  The bike runs flawlessly, has clean title, never taken to the track, great condition with only a few minor paint chips and faded carbon fiber heel guards. This year it’s had fluids serviced, new coolant hoses, rear brake pads, and new timing belts. Including original seat, front and rear stands with sale.

Ryan’s S4R has 22,795 miles but looks much less, especially with the maintenance history.  Some find a certain beauty in the complexity of a 996, and this silver, black and blue Monster makes it look as good as ever.  Asking $5,000 for the pleasure,

-donn

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R