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Ducati July 10, 2009 posted by

Two Rare Ducati Superbikes For Sale: 916SPS and 996R

Motorcycle classified shopping is so good the second half of the season! Folks have got their last rides in, or realized that another summer has passed without riding again, and all of the sudden the market it flooded with sweet rides. I think there’s actually more on the market now than there is in the spring!

For instance, check out this beautiful 916SPS for sale with only 4500 miles!

Ducati 916SPS For SaleDucati 916SPS For Sale

quote from seller’s eBay listing:

An original example, never raced , never down. The 916 introduced in 1994 had an engine that was derived from the 851 which began life in 1987. The increased displacement and resulting horsepower gains over the ensuing years made the original engine cases fragile. In 1997 Ducati introduced a new engine with stronger cases. The AMA considered this a new motorcycle and required that twenty-five machines be sold for it to be homologated. This motorcycle is one of the twenty-five that were brought into the country for homologation, and is one of the ten that Ferracchi sold. The motorcycle was delivered with both a street legal exhaust system and a Termignoni system with the corresponding e-prom . The motorcycle comes with complete records including the Dynamometer run that Ferracci did prior to delivery. Included are the original wheels and tires, which have only been run on the Dynamometer. Marchesni magnesium wheels are on the motorcycle now. All original parts are included as well as an extra set of body panels.

Need something even more special? How about a Ducati 996R for sale with only 1 mile!

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quote from seller’s eBay listing:

Rare 996R, the real deal, for the discriminating Ducati collector. Beautiful and historic this is one of the finest examples on the iconic superbike know to exist in the world.

A must have collection piece for the true Ducatisi or motorcycle museum curator.

This is a unique opportunity. Never ridden, never raced, no road use. A perfect example of Ducati’s legendary 996R Superbike. This bike is a critical step in the bloodline of Ducati’s racing leadership.

A real 2001 996 R, no headlights, no taillight, and faded factory shipping stickers remain on the twin headlight infills on the gorgeous carbon fiber fairing. Ducati 996R in full clear coated carbon fiber emerge from the red paint showing the world the fairings’ composition. Two frame labels denote that this machine is for racing use only.

he bike is truly beautiful. It is part of the lineage of the most iconic sport bikes ever designed. Its’ monoposto tail section with painted number plate, gold pinstriping, and grillwork are spectacular. Front and rear Ohlins suspension and an Ohlins steering dampener overtly display the quality components built into this bike. This 2001 996R has spent its life in an artistic collector’s home on a track stand. It is as close to factory original condition as is possible.

The 916SPS is a bit more of a standout to me as it has tons of trick and exclusive parts, but doesn’t do away with the headlights, indicators, etc… But as a piece of art in the house on the winning lotto day, well then that 996R would certainly fit the bill!

Resources:
A 2003 Ducati Market Report with a nice summary of info on the 916SPS
2001 Ducati 996R Information on Ducati.com

Have a good weekend everyone and ride safe!

dc

Yamaha July 1, 2009 posted by

1992 TZR 250 w/Registered & Spares in San Francisco

Yet again, the Bay Area produces another rare and titled 2 stroke sportbike from the 90’s. Feast your eyes on this 1992 Yamaha TZR250 with plates in San Rafael for $6500:

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quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

1992 Yamaha TZR 250 (model 3XV1) with registered CA license plate. I also have lots of spares for this bike – crank, cables, pistons, rotors, etc. I have owned this bike for over 7 years and have ridden it on the streets around San Francisco and the bay area. 27,432KM (17,045 mi) on odometer. Runs great. Almost brand new Metzeler M-1 tires.

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Very rare to find one of these with a CA plate that is in such good shape. The bike was down once – slid on a wet manhole cover at about 5mph – see pics for scuff mark on fairing. There is one small ding in the tank too – see pics.

We don’t have the chance to blog many TZR250 classifieds too often, so I’m not sure on value. But I did do some searching for videos and I’m in heaven!

dc

Suzuki April 9, 2009 posted by

Ultra Rare 1986 GSX-R 750 “Limited” Homologation Special For Sale

Check out this amazingly rare and immaculate 1986 GSX-R 750R Limited (GSXR750 RG) for sale on eBayMotors:

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited GSXR750 RG For Sale1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited GSXR750 RG For Sale Dry ClutchSuzuki GSXR 750R Limited GSXR750 RG For Sale

quote from seller’s listing:

Suzuki took the GSXR750 and added trick bits; the forks were very high tech for their time. They had what was called “Anti-Dive” technology. They were electric activated, telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, spring preload and were four-way adjustable. The rear shock was just as special with a gas charged remote reservoir and was aluminum bodied. Racing tail section that was hand laid fiberglass with a custom solo seat. Custom colored wheels. Racing clutch lever and dry clutch. This made swapping out clutch plates at the track a faster and cleaner job as well as keeping the oil free of clutch plate materials and they run cooler. The clip-ons were wider. Front brakes were upgraded. The engine got a magnesium cylinder head as well as sprocket covers to save weight. The front brakes had speacial-designed hoses. The fairing had additional cooling ducts as well as quick release fasteners. Even the emblem on the side was bike-specific. And finished with a gold plated chain with an all-aluminum chain guard. All this and it weighed in six pounds less than an off the shelf 750.

Don’t you just love homologation specials?! The very best of everything and no expense spared. And when they’re nearly 25 years old and never raced, AND hardly even ridden, they’re truly a rare find. This one is currently at $12k (appears reserve has been met) with about 4 days to go.

And here’s a quick video I found on YouTube of a limited being revved up (not the bike in auction):

dc

Yamaha January 14, 2009 posted by

1987 Yamaha FZR 750R #169 of 200

Update 1.14.2011: Now on Craigslist for $4k. Thanks for the heads up Joe!

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Located in Louisville, KY this bike belongs to and was submitted by Kelly who is a RSBFS.com daily reader. Thank you for supporting our site and sending us your bike to post.

We’ve had a few of these before, but I have to admit it’s been difficult finding the proper information for this bike.

Here’s what I know:
These were the pre-cursor to Yamaha’s famed OW01 FZR 750RR Homologation
There were only 200 of them made to satisfy the AMA Homologation rules
There are very few left as most of them were raced just like any other LE Homologation production model

Owner has the following to say:

This bike is #169 of only 200 made for the US market. To homologate the FZR for AMA racing, Yamaha had to bring 200 street-spec 750 into this country. This bike escaped the racetrack, instead becoming a garage queen. The bike is entirely stock. Never safety wired, never put on the track. As you can see in the pictures, the only damage is a crack in the fairing at the right side front turn signal and a little bit of clearcoat peeling off the left side of the solo cowl. The only mechanical issue on the entire bike is that the button which resets the odometer came off years ago. Last year I had the valves checked and the carbs synched. This bike runs beautifully. If you are very serious about this bike I will be glad to make a short video showing start-up from cold. Nothing to hide, like I said it runs flawlessly. I also have an original Yamaha shop manual and various magazine articles from when the bike was released.

Looks like Kelly has taken great pride in owning this bike because by looking at the pictures one wouldn’t know it has 25,304 miles on the clock, which is low for a 22 year old motorcycle. I also think it says a lot about the seller and bike when the owner is willing to produce a video showing a cold start and idle. So if your a Yamaha guy and like what you see,

dd

Aprilia December 17, 2008 posted by

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfied Replica

If I drink enough beer tonight, I may convince myself to buy this. When I became interested in sportbikes years ago, this was one of the ones. One of the ones that you tell yourself in high school that you’ll buy someday when you have a real job as you serve fast food through a drive through window. Of course at that time, I still had hope Aprilia would wise up and bring the bike to the states. By the time they did, it was as a race only model.

I happened onto this one on eBayMotors. It’s a 1995 Aprilia RS250 for sale in Portland, Oregon:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

This is a titled, registered and fully street legal 95′ Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica. We have owned it for several years now and have had lots of fun with it. Its a great bike to ride handles like a proper race bike should.

Our friend imported it from Europe about 8 years ago and registered it in New York but didn’t ride it enough to keep it. We shipped it out here to Portland Oregon and have enjoyed riding and playing with it ever sense.

The engine was completely rebuilt in 2006 (less than 800 miles ago) from the crank up using all OEM parts. All the cables have all been replaced as they have worn out and and its carbs and injection system have been tuned and synchronized . The bike is still using the original oil injection system which of coarse works perfectly. Arrow pipes have been polished and nickel plated. This bike has a only a couple of small expected cosmetic faults but its still in great shape and always starts on the first kick!

Oh man… I’m very tempted to get myself the best xmas present ever and buy this before the auction ends in a few hours. It’s even titled and street legal. It’s only a couple hours away and I’ve taken all of next week off… But I probably won’t though, so I’m posting it here in case someone else can snag it.

dc

Ducati December 17, 2008 posted by

2001 Ducati MH900e Mike Hailwood Evoluzione

I’ve been keeping an eye on Ducati Sport Classics recently when I spotted this rare beauty on eBayMotors; A 2001 Ducati MH900e Mike Hailwood Evoluzione:

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quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

This bike is clearly a special, unique and very limited edition bike. Only 2000 made and released online thru Ducati’s website on Midnight of the New Year 2000.

I have all service records for this bike, including original manuals and the memorable numbered plaque. I also have the Red race stand it came with including the original crate face, which the number of the bike is printed 319 / 2000. The bike just got a complete full service at PRO ITALIA on 12/2/08. It has new tires, and the Stainless Staintune exhaust. I also have the red Ducati Cover, that has kept it covered and in great shape. The original exhaust is also available.

The bike has never been dropped or abused. The bike is turn key and ready for the road or for a collector. I have put ZERO miles on it since it was completely serviced at PRO ITALIA. Current Mileage = 3955

The MH900e was built as a tribute by then Ducati design chief Pierre Terblanche to commemorate the inspiration he attributed to Mike Hailwood winning the 1978 Tourist Trophy race. There were only 2000 of these bikes built, and only 500 made it to the U.S.

The seller has it listed with a $13.9k buy-it-now shown. Having covered only a few thousand miles, this looks like a great buy considering brand new Sport Classics go for about this much!

dc

MH900e resources

  • The Ducati Sport Classic Blog, which features a great section on the MH900e.
  • DucatiSuite – a website with many tutorials on the care and feeding of Ducati’s, also has a section on the MH900e related to the bike the author owned.