Posts by tag: Power Commander

Ducati April 11, 2019 posted by

On Form: 2008 Ducati 1098 R

When Pierre Terblanche took over the Ducati styling reins from Massimo Tamburini he had very big shoes to fill. For years the 916 / 996 / 998 series captured the hearts, minds and wallets of riders everywhere. In retrospect, the reception of the 999 (pronounced “ugly”) and the short span of three years availability was a pretty big clue to the powers that be that the new design language wasn’t cutting the showroom mustard. Enter Giandrea Fabbro, chosen to pen the successor Ducati Superbike – the 1098. Evoking elements from the 916 line – including the glorious single-sided swing arm – yet in a modern day form, Fabbro created an update to the iconic silhouette and evolved the Ducati Superbike for the next series of models.

2008 Ducati 1098 R for sale on eBay

But the 1098 didn’t just turn heads in the magazines and dealership showrooms. You see, part of the reason for the 1098 was WSBK racing. Ducati was already at the limit of their performance technology in World Superbike with the 999cc limit for twins. The next step to get on par with the might of the Japanese was more displacement. Ducati decided to buck the rules and evolved the 999 mill to just under 1100cc, thereby petitioning the sanctioning body to change the rules. A standoff ensued, and no side wanted to give. Ducati – a key mainstay of WSBK – threatened to boycott the series. Eventually, the sanctioning body came to an understanding with all of the players in the series: the maximum displacement for twins was raised to 1200cc, but concessions were introduced to maintain parity among the manufacturers. Thus, the Ducati 1098 was allowed to enter the 2007 WSBK series.

From the seller:
2008 Ducati 1098R ,mileage 3353 ,number 99 of 450 like models in the United States, carbon
rear shock guard,key and F/Sprocket, full termi system,dyno tuned with power commander installed

Despite the return of classic good looks, the Ducati 1098 introduction was not all smooth sailing. Initial tests indicated that the 999 was actually the easier bike to ride fast; the 1098 was more sensitive to setup. But the 1098 was definitely successful at the racetrack, winning the 2008 WSBK series championship. The 1098R model, as we see here, follows the unique formula that makes Ducati “R” bikes so special. Sure, it has more carbon fiber and better, more adjustable suspension. But the real trick with Ducati R bikes is in the engine, where there is more. More engine, that is. You see, the Ducati 1098 R actually displaces 1198cc, built right up to the (new) limits for Superbike racing. With 180 HP on tap in stock form, the 1098 R was the most potent twin cylinder sport bike available at the time, and had an equally impressive price tag.

Today’s example is a 2008 model, and appears to be very well cared for. From the pictures it is obvious the owner is a Duc fan, as there is also a 999R in some of the photos. Ducatis are lonely machines, so it is nice that this one had some company. With only 3,353 miles there is not much that should be wrong here. The Power Commander is a popular fueling mod that can help throttle response and gain back some HP that was donated to those evil folks from the EPA. The clutch cover is practically a mandated aftermarket necessity. Otherwise all looks to be in order. No mention of a service, belts or valve adjustment, so interested buyers might want to ask some questions. Check it out here. When it comes to Ducati R models, you could certainly do worse than a 1098. Good Luck!!


On Form:  2008 Ducati 1098 R
Honda November 28, 2018 posted by

Royal Crown: 2004 Honda RC51

In the soda wars of the 1980s, Coca-Cola was the big dog. But others were keen to move in on the success of Coke, including Pepsi and RC Cola. Each had a slightly different take on the same theme, and competed for the same set of customers. Fast forward to the late 1990s and you could see the same situation developing in World Superbike racing. Ducati had the dominant platform with their legendary 916 (and 851 before that), winning 8 championships and effectively shutting out the other manufacturers. Given the rules and concessions afforded to twins in WSBK (displacement and weight, for example), other factories jumped on the copycat bandwagon. Honda in particular put their four cylinder screamers aside for a roaring v-twin designed to take the fight to Bologna. The bike that was developed became the very successful RC51. Winning the 2000 WSBK title the first year out with Colin Edwards, the RC51 also found success Stateside in the AMA under the guidance of one Nicky Hayden.

2004 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

Officially known as the RVT1000R in the US, the RC51 was the spiritual successor to the RC30 and RC45; it was built to go racing and win races. And while four cylinder WSBK machines were limited to 750cc, twins were allowed up to 999cc – providing more torque and HP over a lower RPM limit. Designing a new 90 degree twin displacing 999cc, the RC51 featured four valves per cylinder, gear-driven cams and a unique twin injector per cylinder for better fueling across the rev range. And speaking of revs, the RC51 was somewhat limited on the RPM front to the 10k range in favor of longevity due to the large bore / short stroke arrangement. The chassis was pure Honda – aluminum twin beam – with striking side-mounted radiators. While this made for a wider arrangement than the 916, the side-mounted rads were effective and aerodynamic.

From the seller:
Solo seat, Santo pipes, Penske shocks, GPR steering stabilizer, Power Commander.

Very clean, runs great, sounds great, excellent condition. Title in hand. Ready to go.

An overall competitive package, the RC51 was met with great rider enthusiasm; this was partly due to the price. While uber-limited RC30 and RC45s sold new for $25k+, the “lowly” RC51 was a veritable bargain with MSRP one buck below ten grand. There was even a Nicky Hayden edition sold, consisting of cosmetic changes such as brushed aluminum frame and swingarm, number plates and stickers. There were two generations of this model, the SP1 offered from 2000 to 2001, and all others are considered SP2 editions with minor suspension and fueling updates and some geometry changes. By 2006 the twin-cylinder party was over for Honda – as was factory WSBK racing for the time being. When they reemerged from their WSBK absence the new platform was back to the old in-line four ways of the FireBlade. Thus the RC51 is not exactly homologation rare, but relatively low numbers were produced over a short period of time.

Like the cola wars that preceded it, there were many interpretations of the same flavor. The RC51 remains a unique example of Honda taking the fight to Ducati on their turf and for a brief moment, winning the war. The resulting bike was massively capable, with Honda’s penchant for reliability and build quality. While a bit porky from some angles, the RC51 is a mean racing machine, and remains a desirable mount for practically any type of riding. This particular example shows few miles (less than 6k), and has some nice add-ons such as tasty Sato exhaust, suspension upgrades and a Power Commander to aid in fueling/tuning. More importantly, it has all the elements of a Nicky Hayden Edition, although not noted by the seller. With an opening ask of $6,000 this bike is starting out in the fair money range, if not the upper side of that neighborhood. No takers thus far, but there is still a long way to go. Check it out here if you are looking to pick up an under-appreciated superbike with real racetrack creds. It may not be the most coveted of the RC set, but this one still looks, sounds and goes like an RC should. Good Luck!!


Royal Crown:  2004 Honda RC51
Ducati May 19, 2010 posted by

2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition In Southern California With 2,900 Miles

This 998S FE is in showroom condition and has never seen water, not even from a hose!  Located in Costa Mesa, California is a 2004 Ducati 998S, Final Edition, with 2,900 miles on the odometer.  The seller states that this bike has never seen water from rain or a hose and has always been wiped down and kept under cover in a garage.  The only modifications from stock are Termignoni titanium exhaust, titanium clutch cover, and a Power Commander.  The parts were all installed by an official Southern California Ducati dealer and the bike was tuned to match–all original parts are included with the bike.

We’ve seen a few of the 112 998S Final Edition bikes that were imported into the U.S. and mileage seems to determine the value more than anything.  This, current, 998S with 2,900 miles is advertised at $12,500.  A recent listing for a modified 9.5k mile bike had an asking price of $8.5k but, we also saw an odd 147, supposedly, original mile example for sale from a dealer for $23k so you can see how big the swing is and none of the bikes we’ve seen have had over 10k miles.  I would say that in the heat of summer–and an excellent economy–this bike is probably priced right heading into the end of May but, anything could happen and the seller may need to be flexible if they want to move it quickly.

The 998S, FE, features an Ohlins steering damper, fully adjustable front and rear Ohlins suspension, a Ducati Corse extended crankcase sump, a special graphics kit and a silver plaque on the triple clamp.

See this nice California 998S on Craigslist here.


Honda April 25, 2010 posted by

2008 Honda CBR1000RR Corona Extra Honda/Jake Holden Race Bike

If you had the chance to purchase a two year old CBR1000RR AMA Superstock bike for the price of a new one, would you?  Located in Los Angeles, California is a 2008 Honda CBR1000RR from the Corona Extra Honda team ridden by Jake Holden.  Here is what the seller says about the bike’s current set-up:

Super Stock Build Motor with a milled head, cam timing and undercut transmission. 350 miles since rebuild. 157 RWHP on SuperFlow with a well worn slick = Approx 180-185 RWHP on DynoJet with a newer DOT. Mapped for Sunoco 260 GTX 98 Octane. HRC ECU Power Commander III Power Commander Quick Shifter Ohlins 25MM Fork Cartridges (1.0 Springs) Ohlins TTX Shock (115 Spring) HRC Headers FMF Full Exhaust Quick Turn Throttle Vortex Rear Sets Vortex Case Cover Vortex Clip-ons Taylor Made Clutch Cover GPR Steering Damper Galfer Steel Braided Lines Front & Back Hotbodies Bodywork Hotbodies Speed Screen Stomp Grip CRG Folding Brake & Clutch Levers Vortex Fuel Cap Fully Safety Wired Spare set of Hotbodies body work in Corona Extra Honda livery included with purchase. Suspension set up for 200 lb rider. Never dropped or crashed.

This bike appears to be fairly the same as when it left the team just over two years ago.  It would be interesting to know the bike’s history with the AMA team but, it is known that this bike finished 8th in the 2008 Macau Grand Prix with rider Jeremy Toye–The Macau GP photos can be seen here.  This bike is priced at $12,000 putting it just above comparable amateur/club CBR’s which would be correct based on this bike’s history and it’s additional, big name, parts.  This is a race bike from a prominent team but, it’s at the point in it’s life where it’s most useful for amateur and club racing but, if a collector can snatch it up before someone who will actually use this bike in anger it should last like it is for some time.  See the Sport Rider article on this bike here.  If you’d like an AMA Supersport bike to call your own, see this one on the WERA forum here.