Posts by tag: Senna

Ducati August 21, 2015 posted by

Senna Commemorative – 2002 Ducati 748S

Made since 1994 as a kid brother to the 916, 996, and 998, the Ducati 748 has generally been the more streetable member of the Ducati Superbike family.  No denying its fraternal relationship with the top of the Ducati line, though the shorter stroke and lower gearing made the bike more fun under 100 mph.  Ducati has made several models in the metallic gray with red wheels commemorating the life of Ayrton Senna, the Formula One legend killed at Imola in 1994.  This final-year 748S is one of the most beautiful.

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2002 Ducati 748S Senna for sale on eBay

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The 748’s bore and stroke are slightly smaller than the 998, making it a little easier revving and delivering 97 hp.  The silver trellis frame encloses the Desmoquattro with dry clutch and 6-speed transmission.  Two-into-two exhaust is under the seat with Termignoni mufflers.  Adjustable forks and monoshock are made by Showa.  Twin 320mm floating disks with Brembo 4-piston calipers are at the front, with 220mm rear brake.

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One of the final iterations of Tamburini’s iconic superbike design, the fairing has air intakes under the headlights and vents behind the monoposto seat, which has a white accent similar to a number plate.  Quarter-turn fasteners ease access to the engine room.  Wheels on the -S are lightweight Marchesini alloys.

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The 748S offered here appears substantially stock, with a few updates – carbon mufflers, open clutch cover, adjustable footpegs, aftermarket turn signals and grips.  No word on maintenance or damage history, though the matte gray bodywork looks excellent.  The owner also lists additional modifications in the eBay auction:

Sought after gray (senna) 748s in great condition.
Termignoni exhaust
Speedymoto clutch
Carbon intakes

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An oddity in 2002, the matte paint is mainstream these days, the gray over red now a classic Ducati color scheme.  Though available in 2003, 748’s from that year were likely built before the tooling change for the 999/749, making 2002 the final year of 748 production.  Ducatisti have made many dedicated track machines out of 748’s, but this one appears too nice for that…


Senna Commemorative – 2002 Ducati 748S
MV Agusta March 13, 2015 posted by

Sexy Senna – Art For Your Garage

2002 MV AUGUSTA F4 SENNA for sale on eBay!


When Massimo Tamburini passed away last year, the world lost perhaps it’s most gifted motorcycle designer. Whenever there is a conversation about the most beautiful motorcycles of all time, the Ducati 916 and the MV Augusta F4 are always favorites. Tamburini gave us both of them. Many of the signature elements of the Ducati 916, such as the single sided swingarm, undertail exhaust and the trellis frame are present here and they are gorgeous.

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The “Senna” edition was mostly a cosmetic package with a unique paint scheme and some carbon bits. It was outfitted with the next generation Evo2 engine which made approximately 135hp. Production of the Senna edition was limited to 300 units with only 50 of those making their way to the U.S. It looks like the seller is shooting for the moon on the price, but given the undeniable design, the low mileage and the very limited numbers of the special edition, it might be just right for somebody.
From the seller’s eBay ad seen here: 2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna on eBay


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This particular example is another with low, low mileage… showing just 188 miles on the clocks. So what you do with it is up to you. Personally, I think anything with Senna’s name adorned upon it deserves to be thrashed to redline as often as possible. He wouldn’t want it any other way.

Mike M.

Sexy Senna – Art For Your Garage
Sport Bikes For Sale November 8, 2014 posted by

Good job: Tastefully Upgraded 2002 MV Agusta Senna 750 in the UK


We have posted before about the Senna version of the MV Agusta 750 and comments seem to fall into two camps;  either desired collectible or overpriced version of the standard 750cc edition.  The Senna version (which was built to commemorate the life of Formula 1 driver and motorsport legend Ayrton Senna) has as its basis the beautiful and competent MV Agusta 750 and only 300 Senna editions were produced so at first it seems to be a shoo-in as a Rare Sport Bike.  However, MV Agusta also did a 1000cc Senna version and Ducati did a Senna edition of the 748.  Between the 3 different Senna edition versions there seems to be a Senna edition motorcycle for sale almost constantly which makes it a bit harder to consider it a Rare Sport Bike.

I will also admit to a bit of personal bias against bikes like this;  I don’t think just having a different paint scheme and a number plate on the top yokes necessarily makes a bike a true rare sport bike and this was really the only difference in between the MV Agusta 750cc Senna version and the standard MV Agusta 750cc.  To me, one of the key factors of whether a bike is worthy to post here on RSBFS is whether its something I would personally like to own, either for collection purposes or to ride and Senna edition usually doesn’t do that for me.  So then why is this bike being posted?  The reason is simple; this particular MV Agusta Senna edition has had some very tasty modifications done to it which I think improve it significantly and move it from overpriced version of the standard 750cc edition to desired collectible.


2002 MV Agusta Senna edition with upgrades on ebay UK

The MV Agusta Senna 750cc has always seemed to have two problems; it was a bit too showy, a bit “blingy” with its polished silver/red wheels (check this Senna 1000cc edition also for sale in the UK to see what I am referring to).   Also, reviewers found the  750cc a bit underpowered compared to what other bikes available at the time could do.  Fortunately, this MV Agusta Senna has had upgrades that seem to address both of these issues.  The details of the changes are listed below but include the wheels being replaced with black Marchensini Forged Magnesium wheels, a dynojet- based tuneup, upgraded brakes and an addition of a bypass for the sidestand switch issue common to so many italian motorcycles.  The end result seems to be a bike that both performs and looks better.  Best of all the seller is including all the original parts with the sale so a collector can still have it as an OEM 750cc Senna version if they want.

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Here is part of what the seller has to say

  • One of only 27 genuine UK bikes, was number 20 on the importers list, number is 89 out of the 300 made.
  • Had its oil and filter changed every year whether its done any miles or not.
  • Shims and engine had a full check over at 9,638, ironically exactly 2000 miles ago

Upgrades include

  • Pair of Marchensini Forged Magnesium wheels – these cost in excess of £2000 at the time of purchase
  • 3 x “braking” wavy disks
  • 1 x CRC carbon fibre front mudguard
  • 1 x pair of CRC carbon fibre electrical covers
  • 1 x pair of CRC carbon fibre air ducts
  • 1 x pair of CRC carbon fibre tank/seat side panels
  • 1 x pair of CRC carbin fibre tank ears/covers
  • 1 x CRC carbon fibre key guard
  • 1 x carbon fibre fairing V peice
  • 1 x CRC carbon fibre chain guard
  • 1 x carbon fibre rear hugger=
  • 1 x CRC carbon fibre exhaust heel heat shield
  • 1 x dynojet system – tuned and set up on dyno
  • 1 x “yellow box” for adjusting the speedo reading if you change the sprocket ratios etc – it corrects the  speedo etc for the new gearing
  • 1 x alcantara covered seat in red inc rear pad
  • 1 x quick fill fuel cap
  • One off dial for rev counter showing “Senna” and no 89 – see picture 4
  • Various polished engine casings and parts
  • Relocated rear brake reservior to stop overheating and brake fade
  • Side stand cut out switch modification to stop engine cutting out if put in gear

Only 11,700 miles



Note:  the seller indicates this bike has been featured in a few bike mags and the sale includes all of the original stuff that came with the bike including the owners handbook, service manual, bike cover, rear stand, handle bar covers, RG3 exhausts, RG3 chip, 1 spare rear sprocket and 1 spare front sprocket, 2 keys, an MV bag and “some other misc bits and bobs”.

So is this bike worth the 14,000 GBP asking price?   It does have more miles on it than most Senna editions of the MV Agusta 750cc we see on RSBFS but personally I think this is the nicest Senna edition I have ever seen.  I think the improvements the owner has made together with the availability of all the OEM parts make it something that anyone interested in adding a Senna edition bike to their collection should seriously consider acquiring, either to ride or to just eyeball on a cold winter night.

Good job:  Tastefully Upgraded 2002 MV Agusta Senna 750 in the UK
Ducati August 27, 2014 posted by

The Price of Fame: 1998 Ducati 916 Senna Edition


The Ducati 916 is often hailed as the most beautiful motorcycle ever produced. It certainly was a game changer for Ducati, as well as World Superbike. With performance well beyond the existing 851/888 series and a sharper, more focused look, the 916 won the accolades of the press, the trophies on the track, and set new sales records for Ducati. Despite its success, it was not immune to the Ducati “limited edition” way. The 916 was offered in SP and SPS variants, as well as specialty livery. This Senna Edition is just such a bike. Limited to 300 units and built with carbon fiber panels, the Senna Edition celebrated Ayrton’s life and his charity for underprivileged children in his home country of Brazil. This was a very expensive 916 (which itself was far more expensive than any contemporary sportbike). Today, there are Senna Editions of both Ducati and MV Agusta machines, and their resale value is somewhat spotty. It is a good looking color scheme to be sure – but comes with a premium price tag.


1998 Ducati 916 Senna Edition for sale on eBay


From the seller:
Exceptional motorcycle being a part of a series limited to 300 copies in the world. It’s a masterpiece of unique and rare beauty. This motorcycle is the last Senna built by the factory in 1998 with the n° 300, has been signed by Troy Bayliss (Superbike Worldchampion). First swiss road registration made in may 2000.

Irreproachable state, with only 5923 km, maintained by enthusiast. Runs like new and always parked in closed garage. Comes with all documentation, double of keys and all original accessories: cover, back stand bike and slip on carbon Termignoni.
Last Ducati dealer inspection and service done in january 2014.

Estimation made by Bonhams Europe between 15,000.- and 18,000.- euros that’s 19,000.- 23,000 USD. The motorcycle is in Geneva – Switzerland(Swiss).


We have seen quite a few Senna Edition Ducatis and MV Agustas on the pages of RSBFS. In fact, we have seen this exact bike before, right down to the Troy Bayliss signature on the side cover (click here for the post from last year). It still claims the same number of miles: 5,923. Back then the BIN was set at a very high $23,000. Today this bike is at auction with a BIN of $20k. Worth it? Time – and the market – will decide. The latest auction is right here, and contains new pictures and details. Good Luck!



The Price of Fame: 1998 Ducati 916 Senna Edition
MV Agusta August 15, 2014 posted by

Hedge Fund Toy: 2002 MV Agusta Senna with 188 miles

When it comes to Rare Sporbikes, I think RSBFS author Mike said it well when he wrote the following:

Bikes become collectable in a few ways: They can be iconic motorcycles that have simply survived the ravages of time and modification, they can be homologation machines built in limited numbers and destined for the racetrack, or they can be born into collectability, with a flashy name and fashionable limited number plate.”

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2002 MV Agusta Senna for sale on eBay

This is an MV Agusta 750 Senna edition.  The Senna edition was built to commemorate the life of Formula 1 driver and motorsport legend Ayrton Senna.   Only 300 Senna editions were produced, although Ducati did do a Senna edition of their 748 too.

The Senna edition has the MV Agusta 750cc model as its basis.  The 750 was the model that re-launched the MV Agusta brand back in the late 90’s and was designed by Tamburini, the same man responsible for the Ducati 916.  When the MV 750 was launched it was considered by many to be the most beautiful bike in production, with the 4 pipes exiting under the rear fairing being particularly lust inspiring. Spec, build quality and handling were excellent, only the engine was a bit of a letdown.  The basic design endures today in the MV Agusta 1000 and three cylinder models but the F4 750 was the 1st.

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So the bike is beautiful, good mechanically and rare to boot.  An yet I have to be honest and say I hesitated before posting this bike.  Even with the good looks and limited production numbers, I just can’t think of it as a “true” rare sport bike.  I guess its just a personal preference but I don’t like bikes where the only difference is paint and a perhaps a number plate on the top yokes and then they want to charge a lot more money for it.  Then again, the MV Agusta Senna edition bikes have appeared here on RSBFS a couple of times before and always seem to draw interest so I decided perhaps its just me and here it is.

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This one appears to be owned by a collector (or possible hedge fund employee given its location) and is certainly one of the nicest we have seen.    Prices for these typically range between 12-15k, and with the low miles on this one I would expect the reserve to be close to the upper part of the range.  So if you are a Senna fan and have been looking for an uber low mileage way to commemorate his life, this may be for you.


Hedge Fund Toy:  2002 MV Agusta Senna with 188 miles
Ducati December 16, 2013 posted by

1997 Ducati 916 Senna II #158

1997 Ducati 916 Senna for sale in silver

Another love it or hate it Ducati special edition, the 916 Senna. These are controversial as they did receive some upgrades from the higher spec SP models but the motor is standard Strada fare. Otherwise it’s just the bodywork and red wheels that set it apart. That said I’m finding lots of conflicting information on production numbers for the various 916 Senna flavors. And we’ve never posted a silver Senna before. Were these only available in Europe? Please help me fill in the details in the comments below.


1997 Ducati 916 Senna for sale on eBay


from the seller:



1997 Ducati 916 Senna II #158
Ducati October 26, 2013 posted by

Rare Senna Edition: 1998 Ducati 916


When it comes to limited edition Ducatis, the Senna edition ranks right up there as something special. Devoid of the marketing exercises of the Nieman Marcus or Matrix editions (distinguished only by paint), the Senna was a carbon fiber clad version with Ohlins suspension. Proceeds of the sale of the bike went to Ayrton Senna’s charitable foundation supporting the poor children of his native Brazil.

1998 Ducati 916 Senna Edition for sale on eBay


From the seller:
To sell Ducati 916 Senna III. Exceptional motorcycle being a part of a series limited to 300 copies in the world. It’s a masterpiece of unique and rare beauty.This motorcycle is the last Senna built by the factory with the n° 300, it is signed by Troy Bayliss. Irreproachable state, with only 5900 km, maintained by enthusiast. Runs like new and always parked in closed garage. Comes with all documentation, double of keys and all original accessories: cover, back stand bike and slip on carbon Termignoni. Last inspection made in 2012. The motorcycle is in Switzerland(Swiss).



Sporting number 300 (of 300) this looks to be the last 916 Senna that rolled off the Bologna assembly line. It is also signed by Troy Bayliss, and shows approximately 3,500 miles – which isn’t much. Pricing, on the other hand, is definitely in the higher range. This auction has an opening bid of $14,000 USD with no takers thus far. The BIN is set at a very high $23,000. These Senna editions are striking bikes – they literally glitter and shine in the sunlight – and they are legitimately rare. Check out all of the details here. Let us know what you think about this particular Ducati LE model!




Rare Senna Edition: 1998 Ducati 916
MV Agusta March 8, 2013 posted by

2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna


Philadelphia, PA – 7,000mi – $17,000 BIN


It should be of no surprise that I bring to you this lovely MV Agusta F4. MV represents the upper range of the high-end and most advanced sport bikes on the market. In the RSBFS employee handbook, we are contractually obligated to bring you bikes that fill such categories as “limited production” and “special editions”. The F4 Senna fills both of these spots as well as being one of the best looking bikes ever.


The Senna edition of the F4 is a tribute to 3-time Forumla1 world champion Aytron Senna. Senna tragically lost his life during an F1 race, but his legacy and his foundation still live on today. This bike is not only a tribute to Senna, but also helped fund his foundation. This F4 was treated to the most advanced MV technology of the time and it’s 1000cc engine making 174hp.


From the seller:

Time to ride again ladies and gentleman, but dont get caught out there with the same bike as 300 other riders. if it’s the sport bike you like, then it gets no better then this.

This is the Ferrari of Motorcycles, on top of that you have here the Senna addition. # 286 of only 300 made.

As long as I have owned this bike I have NOT seen another one.

This bike is in show room condition with nothing wrong. Serviced and maintained by FAST BY FERRACCI It also lives in a climate controlled building and has not seen the rain or the ground.

I am the second owner and at that time the bike had only 3400 miles on it. I have only added 4000. So you can see that this one has been babied.

I can’t begin to tell you how easy this bike handles and makes it way though the sharpest of turns.

I am selling this bike locally and reserve the right to cancel the auction at anytime.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I run my own business so please be patient with my response time


The BIN price of $17,000 is right in the ball park for these bikes. Mileage is on the high side for a lot of these types of bikes as people who buy them generally don’t ride them. Hats off to the owner for actually riding this beauty! I looks like maintenance and the care for this bike has been nothing short of complete. You can jump over to the auction here and check it out for yourself!