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Ducati January 30, 2023 posted by

Longer Ranger – 1999 Ducati 996S Monoposto

Not every day you see a 996S with miles worthy of a touring bike, but today’s 996S has been around the world a couple of times plus.  Sporting a comprehensive rebuild, this 996S looks excellent and has some nicer updates.

1999 Ducati 996S for sale on eBay

The first year of the 996 engine update was a 4mm overbore, and a passel of new ponies from under the minimal trellis chassis.  The cooling system still required extra care, but a re-designed charging system made for better reliability.  Better dampers accompanied the S-variant, and a 190mm width rear tire seems to have been a bit of spec-sheet engineering.  Now traditional, the dry clutch reviewed as requiring a strong pull, with a healthy slip to launch thanks to high gearing.  On the monoposto, no extraneous footpegs spoil the lines of the rear.

Almost no matter the manufacturer, a V-twin superbike with so many miles is expected to have an engine rebuild,  and after 2,500-ish miles it should be past any infant mortality.  Though most 996S’s would presume to have a numbered plaque, Öhlins forks plus carbon side covers and mudguards, this example looks the part in every way.  Liking the polished exhaust and many 996’s have had the second pair of fuel injectors disabled to improve everyday riding.  Comfy though they are, pink grips might have to go.  Notes from the eBay auction –

Beautiful and iconic 1999 Ducati 996s Monoposto Superbike. One of the nicest 996’s for sale anywhere. Ready to enjoy. 2,500 miles on complete rebuilt and balanced motor with modern mods, lightened flywheel, Carrillo rods, balanced bottom end, new belts, valves set to spec, single injector mod etc… No leaks or issues.

Most running gear parts are new as of 2,500 miles. All electronics work. Polished stainless Termi full exhaust. Ohlins suspension in the rear and steering stabilizer, gold Showa front forks, Corbin leather seat, Mad Duc rear sets, Titanium axle nuts. New EBC Wave rotors and pads, Magura master brake cylinder, recent service, brand new tires, new chain and slider, brand new Lithium battery, LED tail light with stop light flash.

Bike runs, looks and handles great. Clean CA title with current registration. This bike needs nothing and is in excellent shape. It has had meticulous maintenance and babied it’s whole life. Bid with confidence on this epic beastie.

With its new lease on life, this might be just the icon for someone who’d like the 996S experience without too many collectible worries, plus the only un-red 996S in the neighborhood.  The auction appears not to have a reserve, just a minimum bid that doesn’t seem out of line.  Four days to see if it’s a success.

-donn

Longer Ranger – 1999 Ducati 996S Monoposto
Honda January 8, 2023 posted by

Buffed ‘Blade – 1994 Honda CBR900RR

No new FireBlades are coming off the assembly line, so maybe a restoration of a classic sportbike could push someone’s particular button.  This SoCal example looks reasonable all around – not too many miles, fairly clean, not overdone, and substantially original.

1994 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Designer Tadao Baba slipped the Blade in between classes, shoe-horning the 893 cc’s into a middleweight’s chassis, and keeping it just a few pounds heavier than a contemporary 600.  The right side up forks were styled to look usd,  and while the 16-inch front wheel was a solution from the previous decade, it still worked to reduce mass and ease turn-in.  The shift drum was redesigned for 1994, and sometimes fox-eye headlights are seen, but this one has the dual sealed-beam lights and beaucoup “speed holes” in the fairing.

Though there aren’t all that many close-up pictures, this CBR900RR looks very good for its 27,392 miles.  Some bits have more patina than others, but the fairings look complete and correct.  The rear mudguard has been truncated, but some original turn signals were found and mounted.  Still waiting for the proper grips, a nice list of mechanical work is in the eBay auction –

  • 27k miles
  • D&D exhaust
  • new petcock
  • NEW alternator case cover gasket
  • replaced alternator case cover
  • choke cable and bracket replaced 
  • OE chain guard
  • carbs rebuilt and split replaced manifold o rings
  • carb synced
  • new plugs
  • oil & filter
  • air filter
  • coolant flush
  • brake fluid flush
  • seat  re-upholstered
  • detail /degreasing
  • OE windscreen
  • new grips
  • new rear sprocket 
  • fuel pump
  • fuel lines
  • OE blinker

Having stood the sportbike world on its ear, the FireBlade went on to five more generations, with three new engines.  The ask is up there, but if a pre-buy indicates everything here is for real, it might save the new owner a lot of the detective work expected in a new 30 year-old sportbike.

– donn

Buffed ‘Blade – 1994 Honda CBR900RR
Laverda October 16, 2022 posted by

Curator Alert – 1983 Laverda Jota 1000 – 120°

The Jota 1000 – 120° might be the best Laverda for any riding collector, well-developed in every regard.  While an occasional short spin might be in order, lira to cannoli’s this striking restoration will never turn another wheel in anger.

1983 Laverda Jota 1000 – 120° for sale on eBay

The ultimate development of a more -70’s machine, the 120-degree crank was somewhat smoother riding, and revised heads delivered 97 hp.  The triple was air-cooled, which fit perfectly with the twin-downtube chassis, but required innovations like rubber isolators to protect the Dell-Orto’s from engine heat.  For the rider, period low handlebars and smallish seat are sporty if not great for a long haul.  Along the same lines, the pegs, pipes and stands tuck up well for great cornering clearance.

Presented by a San Francisco Vespa specialist, this Jota was restored at the Museo Moto Laverda, a new restoration and display facility just paces from the old Breganze factory.  It does show 31,000 kilometers but appears better than new in all other respects.  Even the usual orange or red paint has been re-done in a very classy scheme never before seen by this Laverda watcher.  Just part of the notes from the eBay auction:

This Laverda is the first bike created by our partnership with the new Museo Laverda in Breganze, Italy, home of the original Laverda factory.  
This meticulously restored Laverda Jota is a remarkable example of a special motorcycle.  
Previously owned by Piero Laverda himself, who sold the bike to the Museo seven months ago. 
He recently saw our finished restoration and declared the bike “Better than when it left the factory!”. 

A remarkable example of a unique Italian sports bike in excellent condition … a great addition to any serious collection and a real experience to ride. 
If you want the very best and can afford it, this is your Laverda.

This Euro-Spec Laverda has been fully restored by the Museo Laverda team of experts in Italy. 
Very low original mileage.
Overall cosmetic condition is literally better than new, restored to a Concours standard in all regards.
Paint, bodywork, seat, wheels, chrome, instruments, tires etc. all in “as new” condition.
This bike is very faithful to the original specifications.  
Completely rebuilt and serviced, runs and rides like new.
Extremely fast, very rare, serious and extreme – a machine for skilled riders only. 

Earlier Jotas were quite capable and won the English production racing championship in 1976 then ’79-80.  Time did everything but slow down though, and while the Jota was competitive with the R90S and 850 LeMans, new technological solutions from larger manufacturers kept coming.  This example has the added panache of having been owned by Piero Laverda, which along with its sparkling restoration will be great for its next caretaker.

-donn

Curator Alert – 1983 Laverda Jota 1000 – 120°
Suzuki June 9, 2022 posted by

Think Small – 1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma

Most often we find the junior two-strokes in a much sadder state, but this one has been given some recent attention.  This Canadian example might be a good entrée into the smoky side of sportbikes.

1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma for sale on eBay

Suzuki seems to have had a 247cc two stroke twin in the line-up forever, but the RG250 and Gamma took the model to sportier places.  For 1986-7 the Mk. 3 Gamma used a power valve – Automatic Exhaust Control in marketing lingo.  49 hp was a slight increase but the width of the power band was the emphasis.  Revised brakes were dual four-piston affairs, and the forks included an anti-dive circuit.  The Full Floater monoshock had made its way over from the motocross side and allowed the shock to be positioned further forward, centralizing mass, and the fully adjustable shock could be shorter and use lighter springs.  16-inch front /18 rear tires have -80’s stagger, but with a 100mm section not much width.

Though not quite a full resto, this owner has done more than just paint work and gives some options to the next rider.  Some rubber hole plugs and a bar-end mirror might slip this 250 through the air easier, and as problematic as they can be, some lower profile front blinkers seem to be in order.  The white wheels are the next cosmetic item, or they could go black and pretty badass.  With new tires, brakes and battery, more improvements could be made without taking it off the road.  A short – video – is offered, along with notes from the eBay auction:

Numbers matching engine and frame and the bodywork is original – not aftermarket.  Original Canadian Bike.
 
The bike was originally the two tone blue and white but was repainted in the factory correct 1987 colour red/black and white (it just looks better with this livery)
 
Sounds great – tons of power for the size and razor sharp handling with the aluminum twin spar frame (it was known as the first street legal race bike)
 
Parallel Two Cylinder with Suzuki’s AEC system – Automatic Exhaust Control – power is about 50 hp and weight is under 300 pounds! Full Floater Suspension, Six Speed transmission.
 
– Brand new tires
– Brakes fully rebuilt
– Brand new battery
– New upholstery on seat

Only the reserve will tell whether this owner considers this a finished piece or a nice rider with a few details to address, and of course repairs which any 35 year-old bike can expect.  Many RG250’s are shown without the lowers, and the factory fairings are a strong positive.  At this point in their lives, most have less miles but more corrosion on the exposed aluminum.  A lot of pluses and minuses to weigh over the next few days.

-donn

Think Small – 1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma
Honda June 4, 2022 posted by

Wet Look – 1983 Honda CB1100F

Honda offered a few different flavors of the CB1100F, and North America got one of the nicer packages.  No denying the restoration done on this CB1100F, but appears faithful with some rare factory parts.

1983 Honda CB1100F for sale on eBay

As the ultimate update to the CB750, the 1100 had internal and external updates to let it cope with 108 hp.  Four 34mm Keihin carbs handled the fuel mixing, which required premium gas for the 9.7-to-1 compression ratio.  Dual 296mm disk brakes, TRAC anti-dive forks and needle bearings for the swingarm kept the F’s composure under way.  New tubeless alloy wheels were staggered sizes, but the UJM way with – 19 up front and an 18-inch rear.  The handlebars were slightly higher than Euro models, tucked in behind the sharp bikini fairing, and four-into-two exhausts were presented in black chrome.

Not sure if the West Palm shop presenting this CB1100F worked on the restoration ( stated to be 12 years ago ), but presently appears to be more of a resto-builder on the scrambler end of things.  The 980 miles showing on the clocks has apparently been since the restoration, when a NOS dash was installed.  A close-up of the right sidecover looks to be in original condition, and shows how well the paint work was done.  The seat might have been plumped up and the tail tidied, but the factory signals are still there.  Maybe that flat black exhaust could go visit the Cera-Kote guys, but there’s always time for that in the winter.  A cold start – video – is available, and here’s just a bit of the comments from the eBay auction:

EVERYTHING functions as it should, brakes, lighting, engine have been sorted, and came from a previously very loving home (a personal friend of mine). This gorgeous example received a cosmetic restoration about 12 years / 976 miles ago, and received the last known NOS dash in the world, which is in lovely shape and no fading or cracks.

The seat is in wonderful shape, with no cracks or tears. The tank is perfect, and the inside is clean and shiny. Avon Roadrider tires were fitted at the time of restoration and have plenty of meat with 95% tread left. The inside of the gas tank in nice, clean, and shiny.

This model has been fitted with the period correct Yoshimura Exhaust System, and sounds wonderful.

The original exhaust system and center stand are included with sale (see photos). The original mirrors are in very nice shape and included as well.

For all its successes, the CB1100F would soon be retired with the V4 generation taking center stage.  Seems like when things just can’t get any better, big changes might be on the way.  No bids on this classic air cooler just yet, but it’s such a pleasure to look at I’ll be checking occasionally.

-donn

Wet Look – 1983 Honda CB1100F
Ducati May 27, 2022 posted by

That Is – 1992 Ducati Paso 907IE

Ducati toughed it out with the original Paso, making small improvements until the fuel injected 907 I.E. was introduced in 1991.  Today’s has miles but a recent restoration and a couple of nicer add-ons.

1992 Ducati Paso 907IE for sale on eBay

With water cooling and Weber injection, the 907IE’s 904cc’s claim a robust 90 hp, and torque giving a wide range of 3,000 to 8,500 revs in the power band.  The square tube chassis is all but invisible under the full Tamburini bodywork, with Marzocchi suspension adapted from the 851 superbike.  300mm Brembo brakes and 120 front / 190 rear tires were more sport than touring.  Behind the body-color windshield, the cockpit reviewed as roomy and even a pillion wouldn’t look out of place. 

Parked in the lounge area of some kind of motoring workshop, this 907 I.E. looks great with pretty correct decals and white wheels.  Guessing those are period Staintune silencers, and the Corbin saddle appears to give a slightly lower and more supportive seat.  Looks and sounds like the restoration was substantially cosmetic, with just a couple of maintenance items discussed in the eBay auction –

This is an excellent running and looking 907.. No Problems .. Restored about 5 years ago .. Repainted, decals , had white rims powder coated . Corbin seat .. mechanically all I have done is a water pump, brakes and battery .. put less than 1000 miles in my ownership and less than 100 in the past 3 years .. Have many other bikes .. Plenty of parts availability on eBay if you need but a very reliable fun bike .. Amazingly comfortable ..

All the Paso variants were priced a little higher and had a quirk or two more than the competition, and sales never seemed to exceed 1,000 per year.  Still fans who liked the sound and the chassis ( and hung soft bags over the pillion ) lamented its early retirement.  These days it’s a sensible entrée into the red bike spectrum and this one has a very low starting bid.

-donn

That Is – 1992 Ducati Paso 907IE
Yamaha December 23, 2021 posted by

Push Play – 1987 Yamaha YSR50 with 708 Miles !

Update – Sold to a reader a few hours after posting on RSBFS, but still fun to look at…

Never going to be the only bike in the garage, but the YSR50 might just win the smiles-per-cc sweepstakes.  Today’s has somehow maintained all its DOT required equipment over the years, which seems to have protected the scale fairings like a force field.

1987 Yamaha YSR50 for sale on eBay

Overdone in a tongue-in-cheek way, the YSR50 had a disk brake up front and five-speed trans to go with its regulated 49 cc’s and 7 hp.  With its perimeter frame, full fairing and faux underseat exhaust ports, it’s as close to a YZR500 as some of us might ever get.

This YSR is a little bit of perfection, with not even the usual roll-around scuffs.  Seeming oversized turn signals and mirrors have warded off evil spirits, and a nice repaint doesn’t hurt either.  Not sure about the seller’s title reasoning, but at this age and engine size a bill of sale would likely suffice.  Comments from the eBay auction:

 
The YSR50 has been displayed in my collection for the last 12 years. I have decided to sell it. 
Bike is sold with a signed title but NOT IN MY NAME. Title is still in original owners name and I wanted it to stay that way. ONE OWNER. 33 Years
The reason the bike has ONLY 708 miles I believe is because the crank seal was bad on the stator side.
 
I brought to to my shop and took the entire bike back apart for cleaning. 
 
The top end looked great (Standard Bore). I resealed it back up with a new top end gasket set. I removed both side covers and put new crank seals and clutch plates in.
 
While apart I replaced the reeds, carb kit, fork seals and gaskets
 
Still has the hard to find original – Nut Pad and Tool Kit (looks new)
Starts with a couple kicks.  Handle bars are straight 
 
Seat , back and nut pad looks great
 
Rims / Tires look very good but are old with cracks. Could be originals
 
Plastics look great except one spot the size of a quarter where the upper fairing meets the lower fairing. where one of the screws hold it together(hard to see because large white washer covers it up)
 
Exhaust looks great 
 
Brakes rear work great – front is full of fluid but can’t get it to bleed
 
Tank is bright and shiny inside.
 
New air filter.  New Battery
 
New Windscreen from New Zealand – have old one but has a small crack
 
Calamari Rear fender.  Forks are perfect
 
Warning labels look good.  Decals look great
No leaks  – Gas tank and carb is empty and cleaned.
 
Have bike currently in my office and don’t want fumes.
 
All silver, and white parts repainted and clear coated.

A little late to get it under the tree unless you’re down near Dallas, but this looks to be a super example at just* a supersport  buy-in.  And judging from the group picture, might be the sharpest two-stroke in the collection.

-donn

Push Play – 1987 Yamaha YSR50 with 708 Miles !
Triumph November 24, 2021 posted by

Wingman – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i

Triumph’s Daytona brought Hinckley back into the sportbike arena with many innovative design solutions.  This 955i has been restored to a beautiful level and benefits from the exotic Centennial Edition colour.

2002 Triumph Daytona 955i for sale on eBay

Though not going nose to nose on the racetrack, Triumph saw possibilities in the superbike market and used their “modular” engine in its three-cylinder form.  Updates to the valve train and compression ratio coughed up 147 hp, squarely in the liter ballpark.  Subtle changes to the oval-tube alloy chassis made for a slightly shorter wheelbase and seat height, in the interest of quicker handling.  45mm right-side-up forks remain, but the additional power would soon make a new double-sided swingarm a requirement.  The updated fairing begins with a two in one molded headlight, and made room for three more liters of fuel.

As a tribute to an injured Army buddy, this owner stuck with the refurbishment of this Daytona when many would’ve faltered.  Just about the asking price was put into its resurrection, but life has its own ideas and sometimes the toy has to go.  Looks great in the detailer’s photos, and though too long to post here, the owner shares every work order as well as these notes in the eBay auction:

The bike starts quickly, without a fuss, and is always itching to be ridden. It gets up speed really quickly and is a blast. The substantial horsepower of the large displacement engine allows for the rider to get to where they want to go while in traffic. The engine consistently pulls. Such power is ideal when encountering unwanted traffic scenarios where you have to get out of harms way quickly. The brakes are new so they work very well bringing the bike from high speeds to a stop quickly and confidently. The weight of the bike adds to its stability on the highway. And though it is a heavier bike it is still sporty and flickable. 
 
The bike wields lots of power and decent torque for a seasoned bike. 
The suspension is fully adjustable making for a smooth and dialed in experience. The Scorpion exhaust has some growl but sounds really nice. 
The bike will ship with its OEM exhaust as well. That being said, I always use earplugs on every outing. This bike is a great way to experience the road. 
I have taken great care of it while in my keep. In fact I had it ceramic coated in early spring and just had a full detail and wax performed on it before winterizing it and putting it away for the winter season.
 
Nearing the end of the season I noticed a couple of issues that will need to be addressed –
1) A throttle mapping service may be in order
2) The speedometer fails intermittently (Though a new speed sensor was installed in the Spring 2021)
3)  A new rear blinker assembly is needed
4) It is in need of a coolant flush and coolant replacement
 
The Centennial Edition’s subtle take on BRG was to celebrate Triumph’s 100th anniversary, and the Daytona provided at least a viable alternative to the mainstream.  The 955i superbike was succeeded by a more manageable 675 until 2016, and has recently been revived as a limited edition with the 765cc spec engine for Moto2.  Hinckley Triumph has made an epic go of it, with the 955i as the second generation of their first superbike.
 
-donn
Wingman – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i