Posts by tag: Senna

Ducati December 22, 2010 posted by

The Other Senna Replica: 1998 Ducati 916 Senna #297

The Other Senna Replica:  1998 Ducati 916 Senna #297

It might not be one of Ducati’s more popular limited edition models but it sure is a pretty bike.  This one hasn’t seen a whole lot of use to ruin those good looks.  I had almost forgotten about these bikes since the introduction of MV Agusta’s Senna model. 

Looks squeaky clean to me.  I wasn’t up on the proudction subtlties of a 916 Senna and found this great explainer from  and I couldn’t explain it better if I tried:

The great Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna was a friend of the Castiglioni brothers, and an owner of an 851. Only a few months before his death in 1994 Senna agreed to the production of a limited edition 916 Senna, with the profits going to the Senna Foundation. The Senna 1 appeared for 1995, and setting it apart from the regular 916 was the black and gray color scheme with red wheels. Apart from steel Pankl con-rods, the engine specification was that of the 916 Strada, while the chassis was similar to the 916 SP. This included the solo seat, aluminum rear subframe, Öhlins shock absorber, and fully floating cast-iron front brake discs. Also shared with the SP were adjustable brake and clutch levers, stainless-steel brake lines, and carbon-fiber front fender, clutch cover, chain guard, and exhaust pipe insulating panel.

Because of production difficulties there was no Senna for 1996, but another series, the Senna II, was produced for 1997. These were virtually identical to the earlier version, but were painted a lighter gray. The final series was produced for the 1998 Model Year. These bikes were painted black and featured a carbon-fiber airbox and exhaust heat shield. The Senna missed the mark as a limited edition model because it was not quite as exclusive as anticipated, and only provided the performance of a 916 Strada.

It’s a bit confusing, the auction states the bike has 1000 miles on it yet it looks to me the odometer has a big goose egg.  The Senna was kind of an odd mix, lower spec engine with higher spec chassis components.  I can see why it wasn’t a huge hit.  Everyone wants a high spec engine, Ducati of all manufacturers should know that.

Here are the details on the bike up for auction:

This bike is in mint condition like new from Ducati’s showroom floor.  From what I know there are only a handful of these Senna’s in the US.  I am the original owner, and I have all the accessories that came with the bike new; Extra Exhaust, EPROM Chip, Rear Stand, Cover, tool kit, manuals, and I’m throwing in two new oil filters, Ferodo CP911 front brake pads, and two new Pirelli Dragon tires.  It breaks my heart to be selling this georgeous bike.  The buyer will need to handle all shipping details and payments for shipping.  I strongly advise the new buyer to not ride this motorcycle on the current tires mounted to the motorcycle.  These tires are the original Michelin TX15/25’s and that makes them 12 years old at least and though they look like they are in good condition they should be ditched for safety and the new Pirelli’s mounted.

Did you know the profits went to a charity?  I sure as heck didn’t.  What do you think she is worth?  I did come across a VERY similar bike listed for $22,000.  I freely admit I don’t have a clue if that is a realistic price but it does seem high if this wasn’t a very popular model.  Tuck that info away for your bidding strategy.  .


Bimota October 4, 2010 posted by

2007 MV Agusta Senna W/500 Miles

2007 MV Agusta Senna W/500 Miles

Not much to go on here boys and girls.  Just a 2007 MV Agusta Senna with very few miles.  Some riding gear is also included with the  bike.   The bike is listed on Ebay and I caught this one late:  the auction is nearing its’ end.  if you’ve been hunting for one.


MV Agusta March 27, 2010 posted by


MV Agusta ‘Senna’ LE #161 of 300

Okay, here’s a little motorcycle trivia;

Ayrton Senna is- a) A famous motorcycle racer, b) A famous motorcycle tuner, c) Tamburini’s cabana boy.

Other than MV paying tribute to Mr. Senna and perhaps donating to his favorite charity from the sales of this bike, Senna really doesn’t have any motorcycle connection. He was by far the Valentino Rossi of F1, of course.

“Limited Edition” bikes, sometimes I have a real hard time trying to figure out the difference between these and a standard model. I’m generalizing here but come on, remove the decals and the carbon bits and how special is it? The Italians always have a great way to try to “impress” the public with these things. Maybe it’s just the story they tell behind it, “The Senna, we maka di carbon thread by thread by local virgins in the village, then it is formed together using only the sap from the 1000 year old Olive tree”. When I hear things like that, I just write the check. 

Anyway, with no year listed I am going to have to assume it’s the 2007 F4 1000 which is a  really great bike and not to be confused with the much earlier 750 Senna. It’s really the marriage of a dependable high hp Japanese (copied) inline 4 and the styling of an Italian sport bike. These bikes just don’t break but this one …well it’s a bit “cosmetically challenged”. The bike new listed for $29,995 and the asking price on this one is $18,900 and located in San Fran.

The ad reads:

Hello All,

This bike speaks for itself. More Rare and sexier than a Ducati. Bike is located in the East San Jose area for those that would like to view. Approx 6000 miles, Single Owner.
Bike was downed previously and fixed at Monroe Motors. All fairings were replaced except the right mirror, and you can see the engine case has some slight damage. Frame was checked and it’s straight. Bike was lowsided on residential roads at about 35mph. Bike has a CLEAN TITLE. it is current registered and insured. Asking $18,900.

Bike comes with the cover, stand, manuals etc.
Mods: It has a scorpio alarm and an eMoto aftermarket exhaust system (sounds awesome) and the ECU reprogrammed.
Go to the Craigs List ad here

It’s too bad the frame and engine case got scuffed up, that’s a harder  more expensive fix. I know the guys at Monroe Motors and it would be worth a call to them for their view, there’re great guys. The only concerning issue is that the paint on the frame where it meets the head stock is cracked which could mean a fairly hard fall and a frame that just isn’t within spec. It’s still fixable but if it were me I’d go over the whole bike with a fine tooth comb first to make sure the frame just isn’t bent all over the place. With regular used F4 1000’s selling at $13-$14k you just have to want a Senna or maybe you just want it because the Alcantara seat matches your M3’s.


MV Agusta March 25, 2010 posted by

MV Agusta ‘Senna’ edition #221 of 300

2007 MV Agusta ‘Senna’ #221 of 300

Located in Rochester, NY is this beautifully upgraded Senna with only 1,800 miles. These sold for $29,995.00 when new in 07′ and the majority of these have been floating around for sale in the 18 – 20k range in stock trim. But, this one caught my eye because it has a whole lot of carbon fiber bits that include a set of Black Stone Tek Carbon rims. The BST’s average around $3,500 a set and really set this bike off. The BST’s claim to weigh 30% less than most stockers and I can back this claim up. Not that I have a set of these on the 400, but I’ve had the opportunity to hold a BST and a stock rim in each hand – Wow, what a difference. According to the MV web site the Senna makes 174 hp and brings it all to a halt faster than a Prius via the dual 12.6″ full floating front disc.

I have to admit I’m not down with the velvety red seat, but other than that this one is pure eye candy for me. Have a look and judge for yourself. And should you be in the market for a LE MV Senna you owe it to yourself to check this one out. It’s available if you can’t live without it.

Silmoto Slip On Carbon Fiber Exhaust
BST Carbon Fiber Wheels
New tires
Tinted windshield
Plate relocator
Integrated Rear light
Senna Cover
Carbon Fiber heel guards

So, not only do you get a sweet bike, but you also get all of the stock parts and that includes the rims. The stock rims are worth something to someone. Heck, you could sell the stock rims and pay for the shipping. OR, if you want a cheaper LE MV the seller is offering to remove all of the goodies and lower the price.. You can’t go wrong with this one.



MV Agusta January 29, 2010 posted by

2002 MV Agusta F4 750 Senna #184 of 300

2002 MV Agusta F4 750 Senna #184 of 300

I’m sure you guys get a little tired of me writing about how sexy I think MV’s are, but I just can’t help it. Forwarded to us by Brendan is his beautiful black and red Senna. These were sold as a LE version of the F4 and here is a nice piece of info that I was unaware of regarding the Senna.

The MV Agusta F4 Senna was created by the President of MV Agusta, Claudio Castiglioni, to pay hommage to his close friend Ayrton Senna. All the profit from the sale of the 300 limited edition F4 Senna’s was given to the Senna Foundation charity.

So not only can you own a Superbike, but you can ride it with pride knowing that the simple being of this bike helped others out through the Senna Foundation

With 140 hp and weighing in at 414#’s the F4 performs and good as it looks, but since it is a LE consisting of only 300 world wide Brendan has enjoyed the looks a little more than the performance. In doing so he has preserved a beautiful machine that can continue to be enjoyed for a long time. I personally couldn’t fully enjoy a bike of this nature just by looking at, but I do love it when I am ready to buy and come across one in this condition.

Only sporting 607 miles, this one isn’t even ready to hit 7 grand on the tachometer. And by looking at the pictures it won’t disappoint the most discerning buyers priced at $16,900.00.

Seller notes:

I am the second owner of this bike. I purchased it 2 and a half years ago. I bought it with just 397 miles on it and obviously with 607 miles on the clock I didn’t put many more on. Bike comes with the original bike cover, original stand, original exhaust, and all manuals and paperwork. The RG3 exhaust and EPROM are all installed on the bike. I think the original owner put on a couple carbon fiber bits, but I’m not sure which one’s are “aftermarket.” Bike has never been laid down and is in perfect running condition.

In the market for a Limited Edition MV? Jump over to the MV forum and read all about these and talk to the seller.



MV Agusta November 12, 2009 posted by

2007 MV Agusta Senna #189 & #212 for sale on ebay

Guess it is true, good things do come in pairs…especially when we are talking about Italian exotics such as these. In this case, they are rare as well – limited to 300.

with a buy it now of $16,500.

with a buy it now of $22,950.

2007 MV Agusta Senna for sale on ebay

These motorcycles are a tribute to the late Formula One driver Ayrton Senna who was tragically killed in 1994.

From Wikipedia:

Ayrton Senna da Silva, São Paulo, March 21, 1960, – Bologna Italy May 1, 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver and three-time Formula One world champion. He was killed in a crash while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, and remains the most recent Grand Prix driver to die at the wheel of a Formula One car.

Senna began his motorsport career in karting and moved up the ranks to win the British Formula 3 championship in 1983. Making his Formula One debut with Toleman in 1984, he moved to Lotus-Renault the following year, and won six Grands Prix over the next three seasons. In 1988 he joined Frenchman Alain Prost at McLaren-Honda. Between them, Senna and Prost won fifteen out of the sixteen Grands Prix which took place that season, with Senna winning his first World Championship, a title he would go on to win again in 1990 and 1991. McLaren’s performance declined in 1992, as the Williams-Renault combination began to dominate the sport, although Senna won five races to finish as runner-up in 1993. He moved to Williams in 1994, but suffered a fatal accident at the third race of the season at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Italy.

Senna is regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One. He was recognized for his qualifying speed over one lap and from 1989 until 2006 held the record for most pole positions. He was among the most talented drivers in extremely rain-affected conditions, as shown by his performances in the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix, and the 1993 European Grand Prix. He also holds the record for most victories at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix (6) and is the third most successful driver of all time in terms of race wins. However, Senna courted controversy throughout his career, particularly during his turbulent rivalry with Alain Prost, which was marked by two championship-deciding collisions at the 1989 and 1990 Japanese Grands Prix.

What else makes this bike so special? The ebay description of bike #212 states:

These are champions who have shattered records, pulverized pole positions and fast laps and faced all kinds of challenges. They live in our memories, remembered by the races they ran and the cars they drove. However, there are exceptions: when we think of Ayrton Senna, we do not remember him by the symbols of his success; we see the portrait of a man. We see the image of a champion in a league of his own, who not only won three world titles (1988, 1990, 1991) and 41 Grand Prix, but who was also able to carry us on the wave of his emotions like no-one else. This is because Ayrton defied speed -not just his opponents. He was attracted by the beauty of velocity and challenged it with unswerving faith. Close to the less fortunate, fair to his adversaries, Senna always drove with his heart, always allowing the man to cross the finish line before the champion.

More sensuality, more high tech, more intuition. For every new model must outshine the previous one. This goes for all MV Agusta innovations. The Senna has graced the F41000 with new and exclusive characteristics: a state of the art engine reaching 174 horsepower, a new injection system, the Weber Marelli 5SM, for better power control, the most advanced Brembo four-caliper radial brakes available. This is the excellence of MV Agusta, in honor of Ayrton Senna: the legend.

Which one would I have? Both are great but I would go for #212 as it is barely broken in and has a lot of upgrades including a tinted windscreen, Fast by Ferracci slip on carbon fiber exhaust and BST carbon fiber wheels with new tires.