Posts by tag: Ohlins

Ducati April 10, 2021 posted by

A Super-er Supersport: 1999 Ducati 996 SPS

In the evolution of Ducati specials, the SPS name tag is one of a bygone era. Supplanted in later years by the “R” model, the “Sport Production Special” was everything a top level Ducati Superbike should be – faster, more powerful, more expensive and more exclusive than any of the more lowly models. Fast and more powerful thanks to an upgraded engine that produces 10+ HP over the non-SPS example (unlike the 916 SPS, the 996 SPS did not include a larger capacity engine), more expensive thanks to upgraded components such as a trick Ohlins rear shock and special 5-spoke Marchesini wheels, and more exclusive due to the price AND the limited number affixed to the headstock.

1999 Ducati 996 SPS for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1999 Ducati 996 sps number 25 in the US. 2500 miles. Amazing bike or collectors item.

The 996 SPS was really the apex of the 916 line at the turn of the century. And while the world was set to party like it was 1999, the party would not last long. The new millennium brought with it the “R” model (for Race) which replaced the SPS, and in only another two years the entire 996 line was supplanted by the 998. Such was the pace of rapid development by Ducati, as they continued to chase WSBK greatness and showroom supremacy. Today the 996 SPS is a highly desired collector bike. The last of the SPS breed, it has everything that is great about the 916 and kicks it up quite a few notches. There were but a limited number of these motorcycles built for the worldwide market, giving an instant aura of something special.

Today’s 996 SPS example does not have a lot of info surrounding it. The seller’s text is rather sparse for such a special machine, and the photos are few. The eBay advert (you can check it out here) has many of the photos in a non-standard orientation, making easy identification difficult. Finally, the auction itself lists the bike primarily as a Ducati Supersport, meaning that you have to dig to determine it is a rare SPS. That hasn’t hurt the run up too badly, however, as there are a few bids and a large number of watchers on this one. Bidding is up to $8,800 at time of writing with reserve still in place. The B.I.N. number is a cool $18k – which is fair money for a SPS but perhaps a bit optimistic from what I see in the photos. What are your thoughts? Good Luck!!

MI

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
Ducati March 5, 2021 posted by

BBBBBBad – 2008 Ducati 1098S

(With thanks to George Thorogood) – Ducati returned their sportbikes to side-by-side headlights for 2007, and Troy Bayliss brought home the WSBK title aboard a 1098 F08.  Even though it’s not rosso, the way this 1098S is constructed, updated, and photographed imparts the sport’s aggressive essence.

2008 Ducati 1098S for sale on eBay

A further bump up the displacement ladder helps the 1098S report 160hp, with the very oversquare 104mm bore and 65mm stroke mill quite rev-happy.  The chro-moly trellis is dominated by large perimeter tubes, holding the engine from between cylinders and behind.  Components are where the -S premium is spent, with Öhlins dampers and forged Marchesini wheels ( here updated to BST Carbon ).  Brakes are standard but XL 330mm fronts with radially mounted calipers.  The fairing is smoothly angular, with this year’s cat-eye headlights just above fresh air intakes.

The Jax dealer had their offering professionally shot, but this 1098S would be to drool over even with cellphone pictures.  The condition makes its 13,300 miles a bit surprising, and carbon farkles are around every corner.  Mods read like a holiday gift list in the eBay auction:

BST Carbon wheels                                                                            New Pirelli tires

Carbon Swing arm cover                                                                   Carbon sprocket cover

Carbon key tray                                                                                   Carbon front fender

Carbon air intake                                                                                Carbon belly pan

Carbon tank guard                                                                              Carbon racing fuel cap

Shorty clutch and brake levers                                                         Rizoma grips

Pitbull stabilizer                                                                                   Full Termi Exhaust

EVR slipper clutch                                                                               Black woodcraft rear sets

The 1098’s lifespan was relatively short, as after all of Ducati’s lobbying, FIM raised the WSBK twin displacement to 1200cc where it stands today.  The 1098R for 2008 came with 1198cc’s of testastretta goodness, making it way too fast for public roads instead of just much too fast like the -S here.  For a serious rider, the condition and not-inflated ask for this superbike makes it worth a serious look.

-donn

BBBBBBad – 2008 Ducati 1098S
Ducati February 24, 2021 posted by

Righteous: 2005 Ducati 749R

The Ducati 749/999 series is often seen as the red-headed step child of the Italian world. Following the mega-successful Massimo Tamburini design of the 916/996/998 family, designer Pierre Terblanche was to pen the follow-on act. With big shoes to fill and great expectations to achieve, Terblanche offered the world the stunning – if not the somewhat acutely ugly – 999 and 749. With sharper, more angular lines than the more flowing 916 DNA, the 999 & 749 were characterized by a stacked headlight arrangement that did little to pacify the religious zealots of the early design. Judged solely by the cover, this was a book not worth reading.

2005 Ducati 749R for sale on eBay

Lo and behold, the 999 and 749 series today offers a stunning departure from the “me too” look of the wide-eyed, high tail repli-racers from any number of manufacturers. And time has been very kind to the overall design, making this bike look even better today than when it was introduced. This is *especially* true in person; the pictures fail to do justice to the myriad details that festoon these machines. And while earlier series bikes were quasi torture racks, the 749/999 brothers were multi-adjustable and downright comfortable – in addition to being very, very fast. Today’s 2005 Ducati 749R is being sold by an enthusiast (after all, it has fewer than 800 miles on the clock!), and I will let him pick up the story on this amazing machine.

From the seller:
2005 Ducati 749R
Milage: 774 Miles
VIN#: ZDM1UB3T35B009303

If not familiar with the 749R, this was Ducati’s upgraded performance version of the base 749 model. This particular 749R is 774 miles from new!!! Ducati 749R upgrades included titanium connecting rods, magnesium alloy valve covers, a shorter stroke, increased bore, larger valves, super lightweight crankshaft, high strength aluminum alloy pistons and remapped fuel injection all which allowed the 749R to produce more power and torque at higher RPM.

The stock 749 was rated at 108HP, while the 749R was rated at 121HP in 2005.

More from the seller:
Other features include carbon fiber covers designed for better cooling, larger fuel tank and slipper clutch standard! The chassis has an adjustable steering head and stated over 20mm of longitudinal adjustment of the seat to tank distance. The suspension featured the latest model of the Ohlins front forks and Ohlin rear shock available at the time. Finishing things off Ducati added an Ohlin steering damper.

All of this added up to a precise, nimble and very well handling Ducati! This bike is number 74 of at least 500 produced to meet FIM homologation regulations. A suggested retail price at the time of $21,995 made the 749R unobtainable for most.

More from the seller:
Upgrades from stock include a set of Sato Rear Sets, and a Paulimoto vented clutch cover. All other components are stock, even the exhaust! No accidents and all body work and paint is original!

Sold with:
Owners manual
Motor Holding booklet
Owners Club booklet
(2) Keys
Red key
Code card
Touch up paint stick
Assorted brochures

Ride it, put it in a collection, you decide!!

The world was not necessarily ready for the polarizing looks of the 749 and 999. Neither, it would appear, was the WSBK competition; the 999R won championships in 2003 (Hodgson), 2004 (Toleand) and 2006 (Bayliss). Such was the performance of this new platform in competition. The 749R – while a baby brother to the literbike – was no slouch itself. While down on capacity and therefore HP from the bigger bike, the 749 enjoyed the same chassis dynamics but added lightness to the equation. In environments where outright horsepower did not rule, the 749 could hold its own and then some due to an extremely stable chassis, fantastic brakes, Ohlins suspension, and a comfortable (and configurable) cockpit.

The seller correctly states that these R bikes were near unobtanium when new due to the high price and the relative scarcity. Today they remain rare. Thankfully most of the Terblanche-era bikes we see have been well maintained, and this one is no exception. In fact, I believe it raises the bar a bit. Stored indoors as per the photographs, this bike has very few miles and looks to be ready to offer a “choose your own adventure” scenario for the next owner. With a $14k opening ask the starting line to this auction is not outrageous, but there have been no bidders as of yet. There are several days to go, so click, drool and decide if you need this carbon fiber wonder to fill that hole in your garage or man cave. Then jump over to the auction here to check out all of the pics and specs, and show off your Terblanche love. Good Luck!

MI

Righteous: 2005 Ducati 749R
Ducati February 17, 2021 posted by

Superbly Photographed Superbike: 2001 Ducati 996 SPS

Ducati is well known to crank out “Limited Edition” bikes that consist of some graphics and a unique number plate to try to create a scarce supply / high demand situation. But alongside the marketing LEs, there are also some truly rare and special offerings that remind us what Ducati is capable of. The 996 SPS – the final edition of the 916-era design to wear the designation before it was replaced with the simple “R” logo – is one such motorcycle.

2001 Ducati 996 SPS for sale on eBay

Rather than consider the SPS just a slightly higher spec 996 or 996S, consider the 996 SPS as a whole new motorcycle that looks like your average 996. There are some visual telltale cues, but there is also a whole lot of work that went on in the places you cannot see to make the SPS a reality. Intended to be a race bike from the onset, the 996 SPS has a different frame, a different engine with special internals, different suspension, special carbon fiber bits and a whole lot of weight loss when compared to other 996 models. The seller is obviously passionate about this particular Duc, and I will let him take it from here:

From the seller:
2001 Ducati 996 Sport Production Special SPS Rare Titled

Serial # 899
VIN – ZDM3H99S91B003813
Engine # ZDM996W4*010700*

21,015 km ( 13,058 miles)

A limited edition of one of the prettiest motorcycles ever made with a clear title. The Ducati 996SPS (Sport Production Special) was an upgraded version that featured a modified engine and chassis. Nearly all these bikes were produced for track use only. This rare motorcycle was titled for street use. The factory outfitted this bike with Ohlins rear shock and front forks, as it was designed to be the ultimate 916. The factory also worked the engine with titanium connecting rods, upgraded camshafts, a lightened flywheel, and Termignoni pipes (without catalytic converters). The engine produced 12 more horsepower over a standard 996 engine, with a stated 134HP on the MCO (manufacturer’s certificate of origin). Sold to customers around the world as a “track-only” bike with a close-ratio transmission, this was unlike any other Ducati sold at the time.

Pros
Limited production run motorcycle
EU bike (headlights are switchable)
Very well documented maintenance and ownership history
Maintained with an open checkbook
99% OEM
Mechanically sound with no leaks/issues
Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires date code (0618)

Bike has the following upgrades
Aluminum coolant reservoir
EVR 48t sintered clutch
525 ZVMX DID chain
EMS valve shims and kit
Rockers replated (@ 2,050 km)

Cons
Red mirrors (instead of matte black oem)
Few rock chips in headlights
Few scuffs on paint
Scratches on fuel tank from jacket zippers
Throttle plastic retainer chipped

More from the seller:
Items Included
749/999 rear stand with adapter shaft
Custom leather tool pouch
USB drive of digital files (photos, records, receipts, bill of sales)
Ducati Performance felt cover
C-tek charger MUS 4.3
Original SPS clutch and basket
EMS shim kit
New Ducati oil filter
New Ducati Tensioner bearings
New Champion QA55V spark plugs
Single Key

More from the seller:
Almost all of these bikes were sold for track use only. This motorcycle is one of the very rare that has a clear AZ title listed as 996S, which was the closest model the DMV would distinguish. It’s for those enthusiasts who want something timeless and enjoy an era of man + machine with limited electronics. This 996 SPS is not like many out there as it was the last run of the SPS series, notably being titled as a 2001. It is a numbers matching motorcycle with chassis and engine/transmission, verified with Ducati.

The options on this motorcycle are also rare and sought after, with the full Ohlins suspension, the titanium connecting rods, camshafts, and Termignoni exhaust create a sensation of harmony and balance unique to the SPS branded motorcycles. You can see in the Maintenance History with all the records that the motorcycle had regular belt services with any wear parts addressed any time needed. The condition of the motorcycle both aesthetically and mechanically is outstanding. The motorcycles driven regularly have less problems with everything working as it should. This one was never abused and it shows all over….

The seller has more to say – much more – and I suggest you jump over to the auction to see it all. Notes include a very detailed maintenance history of the bike as well as a fully documented history of owners and mileage. There is a lot of interesting reading in the auction description, as would be warranted by such a special motorcycle. But I also want to call attention to the qualify of the photography. Unlike sellers who could not be bothered to push a bike out of the garage in order to take pics, this particular SPS seems to have enjoyed a private photography session that rivals prom night.

All of this exclusivity, documentation and presentation comes at a price: a Buy It Now tag of a lofty $21,000 USD. That is a pile of cash, but then again this is a very rare spec 996 and still within the very desirable era of the 916/996/998 models. That and the passage of time all help bolster the bottom line on these bikes. Check out all of the details and beautiful photography here, and then make the man an offer. A bike this rare and good looking deserves a great new home. Good Luck!!

MI

Superbly Photographed Superbike: 2001 Ducati 996 SPS
Ducati February 10, 2021 posted by

The F1 Connection: 1998 Ducati 916 Senna #214

Motorsports connections are nothing new. From Marquez and Rossi participating in F1 tryouts to Schumacher and Hamilton carving tarmac on Superbikes, racers are at their core, well, racers. The number of wheels is not necessarily an issue for those that have the talent, means and connections. But with Ayron Senna, this connection went way beyond thrill seeking and pleasure. Senna was one who used his good name and substantial fame for good. Specifically, lending his name to projects that benefitted charity foundations in his home Brazil.

1998 Ducati 916 Senna #214 for sale on eBay

Identified via the specific Senna livery, the Senna edition 916 is really a sort of bitsa bike. It is a conglomeration of the Ducati 916 catalog, but nowhere near the ultimate spec Ducati 916. The chassis and suspension were pulled from the 916 SP production line (Ohlins, naturally), while the engine is essentially a 916 Strada mill – the base motor (in 1998 that base mill was good for 114 horsepower, so we’re not exactly talking about a dog here). The connecting rods were claimed to be different/stronger, but there was no additional performance claims made. Brakes were an all-SP affair with cast iron floating rotors and adjustable levers. The black bodywork features a solo saddle tail section with the SP-spec aluminum subframe, and the three spoke Marchesini wheels are painted a vivid red. this is topped off with a specifically numbered plaque ala all Ducati limited edition models – only this one also contains the Senna logo.

From the seller:
Originally registered, serviced and ridden in Italy from new.
Brought to US through an estate move. Never titled or registered in the US therefore Bill of Sale will be provided.
VIN and Authenticity verified through Ducati North America.

European market bike:
-14 digit VIN
-Speedo in kilometers
-on/off lights switch
-several other minor differences unique to the Euro market version

Beautiful cosmetically.
Near perfect mechanically.

More from the seller:
Many critical parts replaced with NOS ones I’ve had for years. If you’re familiar with this bike, many components used were the same as the SPS version from that year. The Senna should’ve been an SPS bike but sadly Ducati opted not to offer the SPS motor and injection specs on it.

No expenses spared keeping this Senna as special as it is:
-valves adjusted 2.5K Kilometers ago
-new battery
-new belts and plugs
-new bearings throughout
-new chain and sprockets
-new Oberon clutch slave
-Ohlins forks and rear shock serviced and refurbished to new condition
-Ohlins steering dampener
-brand new (NOS) OEM brake and clutch masters
-brand new (NOS) OEM calipers (same as SPS version)
-brand new (NOS) OEM rotors (same as SPS version) (impossible to find – paid $1,100 in UK)
-fresh paint due to a small crack in tail section and tank replacement
-brand new (NOS) tank and fuel pump (old tank had some rust I chose not to repair but replace with new instead)
-all original OEM plastic
-original OEM carbon fiber air box and undertail
-all carbon fiber Ducati Performance MS Production except for air tubes (original plastic ones included)
-brand new Ducati Performance slipper clutch
-brand new Termignoni Titanium half system
-known issue: engine oil leak (1-3 drops per week) which I haven’t investigated yet.

There are 3 different eras of the Ducati 916 Senna Edition, and each is slightly different in terms of graphics. The original Senna (Gen I) was released in 1995, production then skipped a year with the Senna II release in 1997, and the final Gen III in 1998. All were extremely similar in terms of specification. And in each case, proceeds benefitted the Senna Foundation.

This particular bike looks great in the photos, but the seller notes that this has been resprayed. That doesn’t necessarily raise the red flag as many Senna owners are perfectionists, but interested parties might want to be aware and look closely. My understanding of US bikes is that all had black mirrors, however the red hue on this example could be due to the Euro market or simply painted to offset the wheels visually. The good news is that for a bike originally purchased in Italy, it is available today in sunny California. There appears to be good interest in this auction (lots of watchers) and a current bid price of $5k with reserve still in place. These Senna models may not be the top of the heap when it comes to 916 performance, but the Senna name on practically anything guarantees interest from collectors. I would expect this to fetch more than a period correct regular 916 in similar condition, with better value retention/appreciation over time as well. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

The F1 Connection: 1998 Ducati 916 Senna #214
BMW January 5, 2021 posted by

In This Corner: 2004 BMW R 1100 S Boxer Cup Replika #63/300

A short lived model (2003-2005), the BMW Boxer Cup Replika was a celebration of the one-make, VIP racer series that BMW ran with professional racers. Based on the R1100S, the Boxer Cup model can be distinguished primarily via graphics – although there were some subtle changes from the standard model, including an underseat Laser exhaust system, upgraded Ohlins suspension, and some carbon fiber farkles to spice up the image. To aid in cornering clearance, suspension geometry was modified and the rear of the bike was raised. This created some issues with inseam-challenged riders around town, but for track day enthusiasts it was just the ticket – as was the oil-catcher built into the belly pan.

2004 BMW R 1100 S Boxer Cup Replika for sale on eBay

From the seller:
2004 BMW R 1100 S Boxer Cup Replika
#63/300

BMW did not claim any additional power from the R1100S 4-valve motor – despite the exhaust and a dealer-installed fuel management chip. However the Replika did enjoy a full factory warranty, which was a plus. The fact that Randy Mamola’s signature was on the fairing practically threatened a high-side while still on the side stand, but star power never hurts when one is trying to make a name. Each Boxer Cup bike was bestowed with a unique number (just like Ducati limited edition machines), which should theoretically make them more rare and therefore more valuable than a more pedestrian 1100S counterpart.

Prices for Boxer Cup Replikas have been on the rise, but like everything else, condition and mileage will tell the story. The MSRP for these models was nearly $14k when new, but after a dip in the used bike market these have begun to rebound. We’ve seen asks at – and above – the ten grand mark for extremely low mileage examples. Today’s specimen wears a price tag of $7,500 or best offer, although there are not a lot of details from the seller. The pricing is not bad considering the mere 1,365 miles being shown on the clock in the photos. And speaking of photos, the pics show a pretty well-represented motorcycle, ready for the next BMW fan to hoon. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

In This Corner: 2004 BMW R 1100 S Boxer Cup Replika #63/300
Ducati November 14, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP

This beautiful 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP is a rare beast, being a yellow half-faired SP. Most of the time, the half-faired bikes were the lesser CR-spec model, which had lower end suspension and just weren’t quite as tasty as the SP. The SP meant you got fully adjustable Showa suspension front and rear, but the 80-ish horsepower engine was unchanged from the CR. The 900 SS/SP was also famously the bike about which Hunter S. Thompson penned the terrified, fawning “Song of the Sausage Creature.”

It’s quaint to think about an 80-horsepower machine invoking the level of terror Thompson expressed, but even in the mid-1990s a powerful motorcycle was a very different thing than it is now, and Ducati’s torquey delivery meant that terrifying velocities were much more easily accessed than they were on a peaky inline four. Theoretically, anyway. The 900SS’s party piece has always been lithe handling, a slim waistline and a certain Italian-ness that makes the big much more than the sum of its bits.

This 900SS/SP has been made even sweeter than stock, with an Ohlins shock replacing the already competent Showa, a gorgeous white powdercoated frame and a low-profile LED taillight to replace the blocky period unit.

According to the seller, whose description was handwritten, the bike was built in 2017 by Moto Motivo in Raleigh, NC. In addition to the Ohlins and the low-profile taillight, it wears carbon fenders and a carbon exhaust, cast aluminum wheels and new Brembo brakes. The seller has added about 1,000 miles since picking it up last year. The bike is on a clean Oregon title, and asking price is $6,200. You can reach the seller at wolfandson@live.com.

 

Featured Listing: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP