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Ducati November 19, 2022 posted by

End Of An Era: 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299 R

The swan song for the V twin powered Ducati superbikes was the 1299.  There were R version, Superleggera versions and one that combined the best of both and was aptly named the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.  While that may be a mouthful of a name, this bike packed a serious punch.  If one was to guess what the design brief with the engineers revolved around, it probably could be distilled down to one word.  Raw.

Over 210 horsepower, under 370 pounds.  Dripping with the best of the best in terms of suspension and brakes, this was not just a sticker package and a marketing campaign to say goodbye to the V Twin.  This was the most refined, the most developed version of a bike that Ducati had spent decades perfecting.

The full Ti exhaust is sure to sound amazing.  The power and handling of the Panigale are well respected.  This would be equally at home on a race track, empty back road or on display with other beautiful sport bikes.  The ownership experience should be rather nice.  New enough to have solid support from the dealer network, but old enough to not be subject to depreciation.  The other nice thing of about bikes this age is they are slowly becoming the choice of collectors and enthusiasts.  They are not the next new thing to just be showing off with.  Memphis Raines once famously eluded to the fact that once you are viewed as a connoisseur, Champagne would fall from the heavens. Doors would open. Velvet ropes would part.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299 R Final Edition.
Original owner
3415 miles
Full titanium akrapovic race exhaust
New tires
Gorgeous bike!

The $36,000 Buy It Now price is likely going to be hit on this low mileage example.  While that is objectively a lot of money, there is no chance that this bike will not be on the short list of collectors must haves for many years to come.  The listing does not make mention of all of the little add ons that have been added since new.  It looks like the owner hit this bike fairly hard with the upgrade catalog.  Lots of billet and carbon extras.  Right now as just a used motorcycle these might be appealing, but the next owner would be wise to see if the seller has retained the OEM components.  If now the next best option would be to casually search eBay for the correct parts to have on hand for when this becomes a blue chip collectable.

 

End Of An Era:  2018 Ducati Panigale 1299 R
Ducati July 12, 2022 posted by

Like A Fine Aged Wine: 2005 Ducati 999R

Top tier Ducati R models have always been in high demand.  The connection to the factory race bikes means collectors and riders alike lust after them.  It is unlikely that these rare beasts ever fall into the hands of owners that would treat them as basic used motorcycles, meaning they are often well cared for and loved.  Often all of this doting translates into stratospheric pricing.  Many are left on the sidelines only to watch desirable machines endlessly bringing eye watering results at sales and auctions.  Well there is a glimmer of hope in the 999R.  In the last couple of years there has been a large shift in pricing for the once cast aside 999 generation and it might time to grab a 999R at the bottom of the depreciation curve.

Full carbon fiber fairings, shower fuel injection, forged light weight wheels, radial Brembo calipers, magnesium castings for the headlights and engine covers as well as fully adjustable Ohlins suspension round out the amazing list of performance parts that go into creating the 999R

The piece to take note of is the relative movement of the R versions.  The example today has a Buy It Now price of $15,000 and when the S models are routinely cresting the five figure mark it seems that the premium to step up to the R is money well spent.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This is the very rare, very fast, homologation-built Ducati 999R – The last of the breed of serious max performance liter bikes.

– This bike produces over 150HP easily, with upgraded exhaust,
– a Power Commander should the next owner want even MORE HP. (this bike currently has the OE tune on the CPU).
– The forks seals have been replaced recently by a certified Ducati dealership service department.
– The sprockets and chain are brand new
– Comes with a new, OE tail, should the next owner prefer total originality versus the rear signals removed.
– has aftermarket clutch basket cover as well.
When the Ducati 999 was released in 2003 the world wasn’t ready for the huge design change from the superbike’s predecessors.

However, now the 999 is being viewed as the leap in V twin Ducati superbike design that it really was.

The all new Ducati 999 featured a different new line from the 916 which was largely created by a double sided swingarm and boxy, bulkier bodywork.

Powered by the revered 90° V Twin Testastretta Desmodromic engine, by 2005 all 3 models received upgrades with the 999R in particular benefiting from an additional 11 horses and 6lb more torque. – That’s 145 HP and 88 lb/ft in BASE TRIM. This bike is easily upward of that to the wheel.

The homologation Ducati 999R was released in 2004 and was Ducati’s premium offering of the model. It was equipped with carbon fiber parts and the engine was remapped to offer the most power possible. At the time it was the closest race-like machine you could get without forking out for a custom built bike.

Technically the machine was exceptional and the detail incorporated is really what makes the Ducati 999 stand out. Built and designed for both excellent technical performance and riding position comfort.

Here are some of the key design features:

Super aerodynamic fairing
Ellipsoidal headlamps
Turn signals into mirrors which were also quick release
Adjustable ergonomics
Adjustable levers and controls
Turbulence reducing forward air vents
The rider ergonomics of the Ducati 999 were later incorporated into the GP bikes as they proved superior over previous designs. The steering angle was also increased which made low speed manoeuvres easier.

On top of all this Terblanche knew the importance of improving the new motorcycle over and above the Ducati 916 so he sought to improve the ease of maintenance, increase maintenance intervals, and improve power and torque curves.

Terblanche and his team used CAD and extensive computer technology to test the bikes design, leading to a simplified machine layout and simplified electrical system. The Ducati 999 was a bike built for function over form, styling came second. Ducati knew the performance of the bike was second to none and therefore felt the risk on the aesthetics was worth it.

The Ducati 999 only remained in production until 2006.

However, the bike made its mark on both the track and the street.

The Ducati 999 won three Superbike titles with riders Neil Hodgson, James Toseland and Troy Bayliss riding to victory in 2003, 2004 and 2006 respectively.

The new Ducati split enthusiasts with its styling but there was no denying its improved riding performance over the 916. While it was a slow burn for the Ducati 999, its wins on the track led the way for the masses to appreciate the superbike.

When it comes to buying a Ducati 999 buyers need to be aware that there is a significant difference in price between the various models with the standard 999 sitting at around $7,000 in the US and the 999R going for upwards of $17000 on average, and climbing! Hagerty valuations confirm this.

This seller’s listing does have a few inaccuracies from a historic prospective, and they even might be accused of embellishing some of the folklore surrounding the bike, but that does not take away from what appears to be a very clean example of a great bike.  The 2005 came with an upgraded swing arm when compared to the first year bikes.  They also have the striking red frame and revised front nose bodywork.  Would be nice to know if the bike has a service history, or some details on when the belts were last changed, but truth be told these are not major issues.  Service costs are not as inflated as some on the internet would have you think.  These bikes are undervalued in the market and really offer a great opportunity for someone to jump into the world of R Ducati at an affordable price point.

Like A Fine Aged Wine:  2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati June 13, 2022 posted by

Changing Of The Guard: 2005 Ducati 999R

The one constant in the universe is time.  It endlessly marches forward.  Some say it heals all wounds, others claim it creates new perspectives.  Time has clearly helped the 999 generation of Ducati.  Once hailed as a ugly duckling and not worthy to follow the beautiful 916, now those comments are little more then a whisper in the back of the room.  Most agree that the design has aged extremely well.   The performance and race winning heritage was never in question and now these are at an age that collectors are starting to take notice.  They offer a ticket into the exclusive Ducati R world at a value that is hard to ignore.

Any Ducati to wear the R badge is riddled with some of the best components available at the time.  Magnesium engine covers, forged wheels, Ohlins suspension, radial Brembo calipers, carbon fiber fairings and shower fuel injection round out the list.  These were not just slightly upgraded S models, these were serious machines with a focus on track performance.  There is a debate in the 999R groups over what year is the best.  The latter bikes (like this 2005) have an upgraded swing arm, a striking red frame and a few other small evolutions over the early bikes.  In the USA the early bikes were the only ones to come with a numbered triple tree, a build plaque and a few other collectable trinkets.  In the real world on the street the changes between the bikes would probably be hard to tell by most owners/riders.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Ducati Superbike. World Ducati Day is coming. Get started with the track season. Modern classic Italian designed by Pierre TerblancheCarbon fiber fairingsMonopostoEVR slipper clutchTermignoni street AND race exhaust with matched ECUs (SOS Diagnostics)Printed shop manual(second set of carbon fiber fairing available separately)Serious offers onlyLocal pickup only in Seattle WA

This example shows about 4,000 miles and had a couple of desirable and period correct upgrades.  No mention of service history, or when the last belt change was performed.  The latter is not a huge deal and often has exaggerated costs speculated, but service records do add to the appeal of any collectable.  The asking price if $18,000 might make some pause, but for anyone following the market closely on these, it is not really out of line.  These have risen sharply in value recently as reflected in some high profile auction results.  With the prices of run of the mill 916s approaching this price point it makes sense that people are turning their eyes to the next series of bikes and seeking out the highest specification examples.

Changing Of The Guard:  2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati January 2, 2022 posted by

High Horsepower and Mileage: 2014 Ducati Panigale 1199R

To say that the Ducati Panigale made a splash when it entered the market would be an understatement.  Ducati fans have a strange aversion to change.   They like what they like, and want to keep it that way.  There are a few core tenements that define a Ducati to many.  The sound the dry clutch makes, the marvelous desmo valve train, and the iconic steel trellis frame.

Well with the introduction of the Panigale Ducati decided to ditch the traditional trellis frame in favor of a lighter and more radical approach.  The over 200hp engine is now a fully stressed member of the machine.  This allowed for a reduction in weight to 362 pounds.  The cams are no longer driven by belts that need to be changed every couple of years, in their place are modern gears and chains.  Alloy tank so no expansion issues.  This package was a huge step for the Italian brand.

Electronically adjustable suspension was added to an already impressive electronics package.  It was clear that Ducati wanted to showcase their vast catalog of technology.  Often times writers talk about “Slow Bike Fast” or how you can not fully utilize the performance of the top tier bikes on the road.  Well sometimes it is just fun to have the fastest and best thing that money can buy.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Hello, for sale is my pristine Ducati Panigale 1199R. This motorcycle has been owned since brand new by my father and I have owned it for the past 3 years. Although it has 29,800 miles on the odometer it is in excellent cosmetic condition and runs like brand new.

Tremendous attention to detail was invested to make sure the motorcycle was perfectly maintained.

Whoever wins this motorcycle will love this bike! Happy bidding and feel free to send me a message for any questions.

Thanks.

If the past has shown us anything about collecting, we know that the first of a kind is always something special.  The 1199R may have been controversial when new, but the years have shown us that it was the way of the future.  Ducati still continues to refine the platform.  Other little interesting bits are that this was the last R to feature the Termignoni exhaust, latter R models came with an Akrapovic.  This is also the only generation of R Ducati Superbike that gets the semi active electronic suspension as homologation rules changed.

This specific example is rather interesting.  It remains in remarkably standard trim, and while the listing does not offer details on what has been done over the years, it does claim to have always been properly maintained.  What really makes this one stand out is the opportunity it could offer a buyer.  This listing is being used as a straight auction, a refreshing use of eBay.  The reserve price is unknown at this time.  The one thing that will hold this bike back in terms of price is the mileage.  With the better part of 30,000 miles on the clock there will obviously be a reduction in value, the question is how much.  Personally of all the things that could detract from a bikes value, damage, poor service history, mechanical issues, aftermarket changes or something more serious, mileage always stands out as being the least worrisome.  This could be a great buy for something that is looking to score a deal on an epic bike.  If the miles really are a deal breaker for you, there is This Bike.  Two thousand miles, but a $21,500 asking price.

High Horsepower and Mileage: 2014 Ducati Panigale 1199R
Aprilia December 7, 2021 posted by

2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Haga Edition

Update 12.15.2021: SOLD! Congratulations to both parties! -dc

As a long time reader I was honored when I had a chance to join the team here at RSBFS.  Having always been passionate about sports bike I was excited to share my personal experience in the hopes that others would join this wonderful world of rare motorcycle stewardship.  In my short time here I have posted about a few Aprilia.  I have stated that they offers an amazing ownership experience because of their unique mix of exotic components and a reliable power plant.   Well I was not blindly suggesting them to people as I have had a 2003 Haga edition in my garage for a bit, but sadly it is time to say goodbye to this bike.  Limited space and other bikes incoming mean something has to go.

I am the second owner, and have put about 2,000 of the 11,000 miles on the bike.  The loving original owner was a huge Aprilia and Haga fan.  He kept all of the little pieces that get lost over time with these bikes.  The Original tool kit is still in place, owners manual, the standard exhaust and EPROM are wrapped neatly as are the factory air intake restrictors that everyone took out day one.  He even kept the styrofoam tubes that the included Akrapovic exhaust was shipped with.  All these little details add up to an attractive package for a collector.  The only departure from standard is the Aprilia Racing branded carbon fiber surround for the tail lights.  The correct black plastic piece is included with the bike.

While I have looked after the bike I have kept the receipts for any parts I have used while maintaining the bike.  OEM parts were used when ever possible.

Details about the bike:

11k miles

For the 2021 season. 

-New Michelin Power RS/GP tries

-EBC Pads

-Battery

-Fork/Front end rebuild.  New seals, bushings, head bearings, O rings.  All OEM parts

-Valves checked

-Full Tune Up and service.  Oil change, Air Filter, Plugs, ect.  All OEM parts

 

The Ohlins front and rear provides a nice ride, while giving ample control over the bike while pushing it.  The Brembo brakes are more then up for the job and the exhaust offers an distinct and enjoyable sound.  Dripping with carbon fiber just adds icing to the cake.  About 60 of these Haga Editions came to the USA in 2003.  This is a great opportunity for someone to own a numbered Italian sports bike.

Always well cared for and enjoyed this bike shows little signs of use.  The most notable imperfections are on both sides of the swing arm, caused by a poorly adjusted paddock stand.  All lights and electronics work as they should, no signs of leaks or smoke.  Bike is ready for the next owner to enjoy.

Asking $10,500 and opened to offers.  Bike will be sold with a clear title and the mentioned extra parts. 

2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Haga Edition
Aprilia September 14, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Haga Replica

Update 9.14.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

It’s ironic to find such a nice, clean and unmolested replica racer street bike in this 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R when the inspirational rider for the bike itself was nicknamed “win it or bin it.” Noriyuki Haga – a long-standing staple of World Superbike and occasional 500cc GP racer – spent one season as the sole rider for Aprilia during the 2002 WSBK season. The end result was 4th place in the championship and this Play Station livery, limited edition replica.

Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Haga Replica!

Under the wild graphics and matte paint, the Haga replica is predominantly a standard Mille R. That means about 140 ponies ready to rocket you down the straightaway of your choice. At the end of the straight clamp down on the Brembo binders and enjoy the Ohlins suspension as the bike takes a set and carves its way to the apex. At corner exit dig deep into the power reserves of the 998cc 60 degree twin and do it all over again to the soundtrack booming from those wonderful Akrapovic cans. Parked at your favorite hangout, the Haga replica draws a crowd with cool livery, electric blue anodized upper clamp and Haga’s own signature. The numbered limited edition nomenclature is no joke; only 300 examples of the Haga replica were created, with only 60 imported into the United States.

From the seller:
2003 MINT RSV 1000R Mille Haga Replica (#118) 6959 miles – Dallas TX

I purchased this bike in 2003 from a gentleman in Frisco TX with 2300 original miles on it. He was selling it simply because he needed to get out from under the payments. I’ve owned it since then and it’s lived its entire pampered life in a heated and air-conditioned garage. Its near mint condition and nothing has been modified, not the engine, the suspension or the ECU. It’s never been laid down or wreaked and never been on a track. Its now got 6959 total miles.

Just sits in my garage and it fires right up and sounds great. Please call or text me if you want a near perfect Mille R Haga Replica.

Asking Price: $8,750

More from the seller:
INSTALLED UPGRADES:
Sato Racing black adjustable rear sets, carbon fiber rear tail light housing, Sargent Super Cell Atomic Foam seat, Powerlet battery charging outlet (BMW style) for ease of maintaining the battery without having to remove the seat every time, carbon fiber side screens (both left and right), carbon fiber rear fender, carbon fiber chain guard, gold racing chain, new tires (front and rear).

UNINSTALLED UPGRADE PARTS INCLUDED:
Also, I am including some items I’ve purchased but not had time to install: RC2 Racing clutch and brake levers, Rhino Moto weighted black slider bar ends, Rizoma aluminum and rubber grips, 90-degree aluminum air stems, new factory replacement front head light assembly complete with bulbs that are already factory mounted, Aprilia bike cover included too.

More from the seller:
Repairs:
Back seven years ago I had to have the local Aprilia Dealer (RPM Cycles) replace the gas tank. It had started leaking a little bit and RPM Cycle said that the gasoline here in the USA is a little more corrosive to the Italian plastic (from what it was designed to handle) and it had warped around the fuel pump mounting area. The fuel tank was certainly not a cheap repair and it had to be ordered from Italy. I’ve also had the front rotor floater buttons replaced.

Nicks and Blemishes:
The left Akrapovic exhaust can decal is missing some ink, the upper front fairing white decal has two stone nicks in it, the front plastic headlight assembly has two cracks in it (one half inch the other quarter inch), the left rear swingarm has a scratch on it from me trying to get the bike up on a rear stand by myself.

Maintenance:
My local Aprilia dealer (RPM Cycle in Carrolton TX) has maintained the bike for as long as I have owned it. Oil changes, tuning the carburetors, tune ups, etc.

The Aprilia Mille R is an outstanding motorcycle. The one-year Haga replicas takes all of that capability and up-levels it with a graphics package and tribute worthy of its DNA. This is a collector motorcycle that deserves to be ridden; this is no fragile, cobbled together one-off but a reliable and factory supported rocket ship. It is rare in the way that makes ownership fun – it is different in the ways that matter, but completely stock and maintainable in the manner of a mass produced motorcycle. And at an asking price of $8,750 – which is right on the money of the model – this is a rare machine that won’t break the bank. Check out all of the pics and then give Todd a shout. He’s waiting for your call. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Haga Replica
Ducati December 7, 2012 posted by

R-rated quickie: 2004 Ducati 999R Fila Edition

Sometimes it seems that the nicer, more rare and more expensive a bike is, the less the seller has to say or show about it. While the age-old adage of “it sells itself” may be true, the staff here at RSBFS really like to see an owner who is willing to share what they know about their bike. This 2004 Ducati 999R in the Fila livery is certainly rare – and with a BIN of $23k it is certainly expensive – but I would have hoped for more than a single picture and a short description.

From the seller:
2004 999R FILA ‘JAMES TOSELAND’ REPLICA – ORIGINAL DUCATI FACTORY BIKE SERIAL NUMBER 93 OF 200 MADE; ONLY 70 BIKES CAME TO USA. ALL ORIGINAL WITH RACING FACTORY TITANIUM EXHAUSE AND COMPUTER CHIP. ONLY 4,404 MILES. TRUE COLLECTOR’S ITEM. MORE PHOTOS ON REQUEST FROM SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY.

If that little teaser makes you interested, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Contact the seller for more pictures and details – but if you do, make sure you tell us about it. Good Luck!

MI

Ducati December 29, 2011 posted by

R is for Resolution: 2002 Ducati 748R

Unfortunately this was sold just as Mike was putting the finishing touches on the post. Congratulations to the new owner! -dc

From the land of sunny Florida comes this striking 2002 Ducati 748R. Only in Florida (and some of the Western states) can you get a shot of your Ducati in such fine fashion during the Christmas season – without snow or rain, that is. And how about that color? Are Ducs really like Ferraris where they have to be red, or do you like ’em with the occasional splash of color? Personally, I think the Tamburini designed 916/748 would look great in ANY color, as this is one of the all time classics when it comes to style.

The 748 was first introduced to the world in 1994. Essentially identical to the 916 – save for a shorter stroke motor and less top-shelf suspension bits – the 748 competed against 600cc Japanese fours in major roadracing competition. Initially, there were several different variants of the 748 – including the base, the SP, and the SPS. While most records show the base bike being a biposto and the remainder of the higher performance models being only of the single seat variety, rumors indicate that any seating configuration bike could be ordered in your desired state of tune. Thus, not all biposto bikes are 100% base models, and vice verse.

In 1998 Ducati introduced the 748L model, which was an exclusive color for Neiman Marcus. Shortly thereafter, the entire lineup was renamed, with the base being the 748E (available in mono or bi-posto formats), the 748S which was in a higher state of tune, and the R model you see here, which was intended for homologation racing.

This 748R offers a limited edition number on the top of the triple clamps to identify it as special. The other visibile changes include Ohlins suspension front and rear, and an oil cooler poking out from the bottom vent of the chin. The rest of the “special” parts were unseen but very racetrack worthy. Connecting rods and valves where made out of Titanium, allowing for lighter weight and a quicker revving motor. The valve angle was made more extreme to help flow air, and the fuel injection system was changed completely from a throttle body setup to an overhead shower arrangement. This last detail altered the design of the airbox; the R model has a split airbox arrangement specific to the type. Finally, the clutch was replaced by a slipper-type as befitting the bike’s racetrack status.

From the seller:
UP FOR SALE IS MY DUCATI 748R MODEL, ITS NUMBER PLATE IS #0682. THE BIKE HAS 10400 miles on it and is in immaculate condition. THE BIKE IS FACTORY STOCK EXCEPT FOR THE CARBON FIBER CHAIN GUARD, FENDER GUARD AND FULL TERMIGNONI EXHAUST SYSTEM. IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE 748R, DO A GOOGLE SEARCH AND SEE THE DIFFIERENCE BETWEEN THE STANDARD 748 MODEL.

R model bikes are pretty rare macines. These first generation bikes do not have quite the pull of the later 999/1098 R machines, however, meaning that your dream of Ducati greatness might be closer than you think. This is a very clean, very original bike (nobody cut away the rear tailsection, there are no LED turnsignals, etc), that is rare enough to be numbered. We don’t see many of these, so you might want to pay attention.

This bike has a few more miles than others we have seen, but it is by no means excessive. The seller is asking $7,500 for this bike, which is pretty square on for the model, year and condition. To check out all the pics (and there are quite a few), or just to dream of motorcycles and sunny Florida, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck with that New Year’s track day resolution!

MI