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Ducati January 14, 2022 posted by

Just As Super: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP

OK – so what we have here is no Superlight (reference Doug’s earlier post HERE). But in nearly all respects – other than not being yellow, not being a solo tail section, and not having those nifty, crack-prone Superlight modular wheels – this is the same. Maybe even better.

1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

By 1995, the Ducati Super Spoort line was in need of a refresher. Ducati pulled out a 1-2 punch and introduced the ultra-affordable (for a Ducati) 900 SS/CR, and then immediately made the have-nots drool with the more expensive 900 SS / SP. The SP was really what the Superlight had been – an upscale, serial number-plated exclusive version of the base ride. Differences are few, but relatively substantial. Suspension goes from adequate to multi-adjustable – with the biggest upgrade to the Showa fork up front. Out back, the SP model gets a different swing arm (aluminum vs steel) that can accommodate a wider rear tire. A carbon front mud guard was standard, as was the rear mud guard and a carbon clutch cover. Engine, brakes, electrics, bronze colored frame and most everything else remains the same as the CR model. But the refinement – and the bragging rights – are right there in the “this is really a two seater Superlight” spec designation.

From the seller:
1996 Ducati 900 SuperSport 900SS/SP17,500 miles. Third (3rd) Owner. All maintenance performed by Jim Davis at Advanced Cycle Service San Jose. Belts and Valves done in late 2017 at 17,000 miles. Runs excellent. D&D Slip-On MufflersStainless Steel Brake Lines. Number Plate on Upper Triple-Tree. Owners Manual. Carbon Fiber Front and Rear Fenders and Clutch Cover. Registered until Feb 2022. Clean CA Title in hand.

So is the 900 SS/SP really the same as a Superlight? No. It’s actually better. Whereas the aforementioned Superlight has a Buy It Now of $11,700, this pretty little 900 SS/SP – which has slightly higher miles but devoid of silly go-fast stickers – is currently sitting at only $3,450 with a couple of days to go. It is unlikely to top out above the Superlight asking price, making it the best of both worlds: numbered, rare, sought after and unique, while capable of riding two up (if that helps convince the missus) AND it’s cheaper. Score! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Just As Super: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP
Ducati July 31, 2021 posted by

Up and Coming: 2001 Ducati 748S Monoposto

Hot on the heels of the original Italian supermodel, the Ducati 916, came a smaller sibling: the 748. At the time there were a lot of writers who could not understand the exorbitant cost of a 750cc sport bike that could almost run with the 600s of the day. Think of this as a slightly quieter, a little less powerful, just marginally less expensive 916 – keeping in mind that all the rest of the 916 goodness is baked right in – and you might start to see the 748 in a different light. Every bit as capable as the milestone 916 in the corners, equal on the brakes, it is really when you whack the throttle open that the differences are clear. Otherwise, the 748 is the spitting image of the bigger bike, with advantages when it comes to ownership.

2001 Ducati 748S Monoposto for sale on eBay

Let’s get it out in the open: The L-twin powering the 748s as pictured was good for just shy of 100 HP when released. It tipped the scales at 430-ish pounds dry. Compare and contrast the same year Honda CBR600 inline four, and you will find 110 HP pushing a mere 370 pounds. It’s no wonder that many folks did not understand the 748. Even the “S” model as we see here did not receive a performance gain, but rather upgraded suspension, adjustable steering geometry and snazzy wheels. But what this bike does – and it does it all day long – is look damn good. And even if you’re not reeling in your buddy on the straights, there is simply no sound like a desmoquattro hammering out to redline. It’s the kind of soundtrack that sticks with you, the experience that you remember, and the feeling that you are always going fast, even if you are not.

From the seller:
DUCATI 2001 748S MONOPOSTO RARE YELLOW!

This is a gem of a motorcycle. Great opportunity to own a very good example of ducati heritage. Very low miles. Runs fantastic with no known issues. Never been raced. Minor cosmetic defects which are all to the best of my ability listed in the photos. This is a very eye clean motorcycle and shows gentle wear for its age. Considered in very good used condition. Selling to fund another project. Starts immediately and I’ve never had mechanical issue. NO LEAKS! Maintained by Ducati Corse Portland. New Diablo Rosso III tires with 50 miles use. New OEM hand grips. New OEM Front and Rear sprockets and chain installed. All lights and signals work. Very Low miles on this bike with plenty of miles left as a daily rider or an addition to your collection. Amazing sound of the duel carbon fiber TERMIGNONI Exhaust. Small fogging to the head light lenses, very common for these bikes. Your dealer can easily remove but it will re-accumulate slowly over time. Motorcycle is sold as is. You will not be disappointed with this motorcycle. The pictures speak for the bike. The Pitbull stand IS included in the sale. The ducati garage mat IS included in the sale. Happy to answer all reasonable questions. Very reasonable reserve price.

There are some drawbacks to 748 ownership, but these should not be deal killers. If you are a street rider with a lot of stop and go during your commute, you will find that the race ready cockpit stretches you out into a neat aero package that puts a ton of weight on your wrists at slower speeds. Maintenance is a bit more involved on the 748 than on 2-valve Supersports or Japanese machinery, as there are now four valves to adjust in each head, and getting to the belts means moving more stuff out of the way first. Still, these are not as fragile or temperamental as you might expect from an Italian exotic.

The early Tamburini-designed 916 models are starting to command big money these days. It is clear that this is where the collector world is going. The 748 – a little less loved and without the ultimate performance mantle – will take a little bit longer to get there. That is good news if you are looking for one today. Find it, ride it, enjoy it, and watch it appreciate in value in the wake of the 916/996/998 series. Today’s example has fewer than 14,000 miles on the clocks, has some minor farkles which are common to the model, and otherwise looks to be in fine shape. Best of all, bidding is still below $5k with only a couple of days remaining. More rare than the bigger bikes, these 748 models are a kick to ride. And we all know that yellow Ducatis are the fastest…. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Up and Coming: 2001 Ducati 748S Monoposto
Aprilia June 3, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield

Update 6.3.2021: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Aprilia RS250 is an iconic motorcycle – the last of the modern street-going two strokes. For this, riders everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to… Suzuki. You see, Aprilia is a bit like that BASF commercial decades ago: we don’t build the two stroke, we just make it better. Because that is exactly what happened with the RS250 in the form of the Suzuki RGV250 engine. Sure, the engine cases are complete with “Aprilia Racing” castings, but these were built by Suzuki in their factory, and shipped to Aprilia for final motorcycle assembly. And somehow Suzuki was ok with this competitor arrangement, thereby allowing Aprilia not only to clean up at the racetrack, they also opened up the market for the last real streetable two strokes; a world market Suzuki eventually ceded.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Max Biaggi Replica for sale

The history does not necessarily mean that the Aprilia RS250 is a Suzuki RGV250 by another name – far from it in fact. While the powerplant comes from the Hamamatsu factory, the rest of the winning package is of Italian descent. The beefy frame is a mixture of aluminum and magnesium – both light and strong. The arrangement maximizes the location and benefits of the narrow V-twin Suzuki unit, just as the asymmetrical swing arm maximizes cornering clearance on the right side due to the exhaust location. In a show of Italian solidarity, the frame is actually manufactured by Benelli for Aprilia. Suspension consists of Showa inverted front forks and a Sachs unit in the rear. And as for the engine, Aprilia provided the airbox, modified the ECU and built model-specific expansion chambers. Figure 70-ish HP for a healthy stocker.

From the seller:
Very rare 1995 Aprilia RS 250 Max Biaggi replica Chesterfield Edition. One of the best-handling bikes ever made, the RS250 was the result of Aprilia working some chassis magic around a tweaked engine from a Suzuki RGV250. I am sure not there are not many left in this condition.

This beautiful example has 6481 kilometers on it. The bike has been part of a very large private collection. Stored properly in a climate-controlled environment. The bike has only been ridden by a long-time motorcycle enthusiast, properly ridden, and maintained. Never down, never seen rain, never tracked. The bike has gone through a recent extensive chassis, nut/ bolt, and tune to insure perfect run ability and safety. Fresh fluids, brakes inspected, all fluids fresh and changed. Fully prepped and detailed.

It has been stored properly so we have ZERO fuel or intake issues. The bike starts first kick!!! While the tires are not cracked, they are older, and we would recommend new tires if you were going to ride it for your safety. Decals are all original and in perfect condition. Everything works as new.

The 250cc two-stroke powerplant produces 69 horsepower and redlines at 12,000rpm. The Chesterfield replica as cosmetic only, but the performance of the base bike does not leave much to be desired. All you need to find some replicas of Biaggi’s Dainese leathers and his AGV helmet. The bike looks like it is going 150MPH sitting here.

This special piece is being offered for the first time at $14,500 serious only please.

While the Aprilia RS250 did not go through substantial mechanical changes throughout its run (1994/5 – 2002), there was a change in running gear (suspension, bodywork design and wheels) post 1998. The rest of the differences across all of the street models was livery. And that is exactly what makes this Max Biaggi Chesterfield-branded example so great: it is an homage to one of the greats. Max is a four-time champion in the 250 class, and won 3 straight for Aprilia in 1994, 1995 and 1996. This replica is fitting for the world class rider he is, and the street bike definitely inherited some of that racing DNA.

Today’s example is a 1995 Aprilia RS250 in the Max Biaggi / Chesterfield sponsored livery. The bike looks to be in fantastic shape – and has just over 4,000 miles showing on the all-kilometer clock. That is not a lot of miles, and the bike shows it. The frame and bodywork look clean and scar-free, and even the brake fluid in the remote reservoir appears as it should. Folks, we are talking about a 25 year old classic motorcycle that can still carve up the canyons with the best of them. With a low power to weight ratio (provided you keep the tach pointed north of 8k), this should be the biggest hoot on two wheels.

MI

Featured Listing:  1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield
Ducati April 27, 2021 posted by

Officially A Triple: 1992 Ducati 851

In the highly unlikely case that RSBFS readers are not aware, the Ducati 851 is a mere twin, not a triple. However in the “when it rains it pours” environment of rare motorcycles, today’s 1992 Ducati 851 is the third low mileage Strada we have seen (see HERE and HERE). This is certainly the feast part of “feast or famine” and means that if you are in the market for one of these iconic machines, then you have a surprising choice of available examples.

1992 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

As oft recounted on these pages and elsewhere, the Ducati 851 was a triple threat of liquid cooling, four valve desmo heads and fuel injection. The result was a powerplant that paved the way to the legendary 916, and progressed Ducati further along winning ways at the racetrack. With 110HP above 9,000 RPM, the new 851 could rev like no other twin. And with Brembo brakes and Showa suspension connected to Bolgna’s best trellis frame to date, the 851 could handle like no other as well. The Strada was the the lowest spec 851 made available, yet was head and shoulders above anything Ducati had released to date.

From the seller:
9/25/2011 – Purchase from Moto Corse Performance via EBay with 715 mi. on the odometer. Since then…

[06/2012] Refinished by Ducati specialist (to correct 17 years of storage wear and tear…)

[12/2012] Full top end service + replaced radiator + generator cover (due to corrosion from improper storage, by previous owner…)

[05/2013] Replaced mirrors > to correct typical Vitaloni floppy mirror syndrome.

[04/2014] Serviced fuel system incl. tank. [01/2015] Serviced Coolant system > incl. new hoses.

[11/2019] Serviced Front suspension + new battery.

All service during my ownership has been performed by Northern Ohio Ducati & Triumph and Pro Italia.

Of Note: 100% stock – absolutely no modifications! // Bike delivered with (2011) Pirelli Diablo Corsa tires with a reported 559 miles. // IMG_0005 intended to show condition of underneath of bike + inside fairing… // IMG_0003 is of current odometer reading. / Headlight does have some of the typical fogging on lower half. // Reflector on RH front fork is missing.

Bike comes with: Original toolkit // Owner’s manual // NOS dashboard foam // Original tires // EU mufflers (never installed) // All parts replaced during service // Bike Cover // Track-stand.

Bike is ready to ride or show. Happy to provide additional images and/or answer questions.

Today’s example is a Strada – meaning the bi-posto or two-seater example. The seat cover removes via the ignition key, and passenger grab handles deploy from beneath. In all, a very trick setup for two-up riding on an otherwise solo looking tail section. The pipes are upswept in order to facilitate ground clearance, and it is unlikely you will be touching down hard parts unless shod with race rubber and in possession of superhuman talent.

With a claimed mere 1,601 miles on the triple Veglia white-faced gauge cluster, this is one of the cleanest, most stock examples of the 851 we have seen on these pages. It appears to be about as perfect as one could hope, and promises the next own a riding experience as if it was purchased new off of the showroom floor. The opening ask for this auction is $9,000. And while that is a fair amount of cash to start an auction, it is most certainly in line with the low end of what this bike is worth. That tells me that this isn’t a low dollar click bait to get people to bid, but rather a straightforward approach to selling the bike. Check out the other 851 models we have posted in the last week or so, and then jump over to this auction – there is lots of 851 goodness to see! Good Luck!!

MI

Officially A Triple: 1992 Ducati 851
Ducati December 13, 2020 posted by

Family Superbike – 2000 Ducati 996 Biposto

After the 916 set the world alight, the two-seater 996 allowed a close friend to sit by the fire with you.  From a collector’s almost-empty garage, this biposto has had recent maintenance for the long term.

2000 Ducati 996 Biposto for sale on eBay

Looking almost as svelte as a 916, the 996 sports 112 hp, sent through its dry clutch and 6-speed.  Dual exhausts join forces behind the right footpeg, unhindered by the single-sided swingarm.  Showa provided the dampers, partially offsetting the cost of the new Marchesini wheels.  Four-piston stoppers from Brembo look as serious as the 160 mph top speed.  2000 brought an updated charging system to the 996, though the cooling system still struggles in traffic.  The body-colored pillion promises way more sport than touring.

Fairly low miles for a twenty year-old Duc, and the condition looks excellent.  Mods are limited and performance-oriented.  Even better, the owner hasn’t scrimped on service, so the new owner should have a fine honeymoon with the new bike.  In between the all caps and exclamation points in the eBay auction :

This bike has been recently serviced by Cross Country Ducati in Metuchen, NJ where over $3,000 was spent on a FULL Desmo service, in addition to other items that needed to be addressed, simply due to the age of the classic superbike.  You can be 100% confident in this extreme machine with what you are getting, it’s fun and safe to ride.  I sold all my other Ducs over the last 3 years and this is the last one to go.  I am selling this icon because I simply do not ride her anymore.  She sits on stands in my garage with ONLY 7,4XX original miles.  This 996 is mostly still as she was when she came out of the factory.  The only upgrades are a Full Termi exhaust system, Corbin seat and some minor additions like fully adjustable rear sets, levers etc.

Most collectible superbike auctions focus on the single seat and racier replicas, but it’s nice to see more of a rider preserved so well.  The ask is up there and the owner says what he says, but the make offer button is available.  Might be worth a shot for an excellent classic superbike.

-donn

Family Superbike – 2000 Ducati 996 Biposto
Ducati September 26, 2019 posted by

Street Creds: 1991 Ducati 851

If you are of a certain age and into sport bikes from the 1980s and 1990s, the Ducati 851 has to be a standout. Bred for World Superbike racing, the 851 (and the 888 and 916 that followed) proved the performance of a well-engineered twin – even against the Japanese multis. With liquid cooling, fuel injection and revolutionary 4-valve heads operated via desmo, the 851 rev’ed impossibly fast and high for a twin. With a narrow waist, light weight and aerodynamic bodywork, the 851 took the fight to the conventional fours… and won.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

Today’s example is a 1991 851 Strada – or “street” version. This is the base model of the 851, and includes features such as a passenger pillion, passenger pegs and hidden grab rails that fold out from under the seat. In stock form the exhaust cans sit relatively low to accommodate passenger legs, and the pillion is otherwise covered by color-coded bodywork. When fully assembled, the tail looks like a solo unit. Components are as you might expect: Suspension by Showa, braking by Brembo. Horsepower is in the 95 HP range stock, making peak power at about 9,500 RPM.

From the seller:
Ducati 851,1991 model.Bike has had a full service including valve adjustment,new timing belts,new steering head bearings,upgraded clutch slave cylinder,fren tubo brake and clutch lines,gio ca moto carbon mufflers with fim adjustable ecu chip,period ferrachi decals,oil cooler from 1198,bike in good cond,some storage marks on left fairing from garage parking.

There is a note on the title stating mileage has exceeded mechanical limits,which is an error from the title office application form,they inform me it can not be removed.If this is an issue please bid on someone elses bike.

This particular example has some tasty mods. The Gia.Co.Mo carbon cans are lightweight and sound marvelous – however the high placement pretty much eliminates the passenger pegs. The FI chip is necessary to tune the bike to the new exhaust, and generally wake up throttle response. The other bits are what you might expect a bike of this age to accumulate over time; some performance parts, and some maintenance items. The rear pillion cover is missing, and the plastic over the taillight should be red, not black. But otherwise this looks to be complete. Thumbs up for all of the service details, as that is a critical element to these bikes. I’m not familiar with upgrading the oil cooler to something later/larger, but these engines do utilize oil as a cooling medium in addition to being water cooled, so there may be a performance gain. Not sure what to make of the odo reading on the title; that might take some investigation. Lots of people watching this one, but with the price way down in the $3,500 range at time of writing (reserve in place), this one still has some runway. Check it out here as this one could be a bargain in the making. Good Luck!!

MI

Street Creds: 1991 Ducati 851
Aprilia May 10, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1998 Aprilia RS250 MK2

Update 5.14.2019: SOLD in just 4 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Gary in Utah has several bikes Featured on RSBFS right now. Check them out too:

Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

One of our favorite collectors is back, and the plush offices of RSBFS are abuzz with gossip concerning what new gems will surface next from Gary’s vast rare bike archives. Today’s bike is a great example of what I’m talking about: A super clean Aprilia RS250, unmolested and with a street title. And while we have seen a lot of hot-rodded, modified or converted Cup bikes, this Mk2 version of the venerable v-twin two stroke is stock and original. Let’s check it out.

The RS250 – as is well known, is based on Suzuki’s successful RGV250 architecture (also known as the VJ22). And while Suzuki supplied the parts, the preparation and tuning is all Aprilia: from the intake and airbox through to the expansion chambers and silencers and the ECU in between. The chassis is an in-house unit design, a twin spar aluminum frame with gorgeous welds and substantial bracing. The swingarm follows the haute couture trend of an asymetrical, curved section on the right hand side in order to allow the pipes to tuck more neatly and provide additional ground clearance. Call it a gull arm, call it a banana arm – the goal is the same. In the case of the Aprilia, the arm is polished and more gorgeous welds are prevalent. Forks are courtesy of Showa, with the rear shock unit provided by Sachs. Both are adjustable.

From the seller:
What can I say about this RS250? It has 3,883 miles ((6,248 kilometers). It is in mint mint mint condition without a scratch, ding or dent. No flaws! Never been crashed, or tipped over. All original and all fairings and components are 100% genuine Aprilia OEM factory. This bike is as new as they come. One owner bike. I’d like to see $12,500 for this beauty. . Will come with all new fluids. Runs like the day it was new. 17 digit vin number.

The RS250 is pattered after the 250cc road racers that made Aprilia famous. One look at that draft-busting streamlined tail gives you the impression that this apple doesn’t fall far from the same tree that sired Valentino Rossi or Loris Capirossi’s rise to fame. But this example is a street bike, can be licensed in all states that allow this ridiculous level of fun (hint: not California unfortunately), and provides you with both the means of transportation as well as transporting you to a higher plane of riding where you can let your inner Max Biaggi loose. Keep the canyons tight and the revs up, and your riding buddies will all but disappear.

This bike is being offered at $12,500. Check out all of the high res pictures, as they tell a terrific story. Gary has sold numerous bikes through RSBFS over the years, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. So you have a fantastic model that is rare in the US, sitting in all original condition (with fewer than 4,000 miles!), and a known seller. If you are in the market, this one should tick all of the boxes on your wish list. So drop Gary a line, and then brag to all of your friends about your new bike – as soon as they catch up to you, that is. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1998 Aprilia RS250 MK2
Aprilia May 7, 2019 posted by

Lots to know: 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000 R

While we all love to drool over (and collect) some of the most iconic motorcycles in history, the truth is that many of our beloved dream bikes are simply not suitable to ride every day. Some of the more lust-worthy models are simply too rare to ride regularly without access to spares. Some are far too fragile and not meant for commuter work. Others are torture racks in the extreme, best to be ridden short distances on a sunny weekend. So what is an enthusiast to do? Simple: Seek out a reasonably rare and exotic commuter that won’t kill your back or send your chiropractor’s daughter through med school, yet is still capable of kicking some tail in the twisties. Make it powerful without being obscene, comfortable without being a loafy couch, and above all make sure it stands out and doesn’t scream “commuter bike!” This is what the Tuono is all about.

2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000 R for sale on eBay

Like the Monster from Brand D, the Tuono is essentially a naked variant of an already successful sport bike. In this case, the Aprilia RSV 1000R. Utilizing a one liter, 60 degree v-twin, the RSV motor is good for nearly 140 ponies in stock form. But in the case of Aprilia, the R spec in the name is actually the base model (the Factory model is the top spec offering). You get the same RSV power plant the same twin-spar chassis (although in aluminum color, not gold), and Showa forks and Sachs rear shock (as opposed to Ohlins). But with 140 HP on tap and Brembo Gold Line parachute assist, there is no doubting the capability of this standard cruiser. The partly-polished frame rails are offset by limited bodywork (not quite naked, not quite faired) and purple/blue wheels. Wide bars provide ample leverage and a more upright riding position than the RSV’s lower clip ons. This bike stands out from the Japanese and German crowd, all while making booming noises in a song all its own.

From the seller:
Here is a bike that really has no rivals. Whatever competition the Tuono has taken part in, it has emerged the uncontested winner and most impressive protagonist. Unrivaled on the naked racing scene, the Tuono has even taken on the fastest superbikes on their home ground – the racetrack – and won.

On the road the Tuono is in a class of its own. On the racetrack it is a proven winner. Hungry for success, the Tuono has been an exceptional flag-bearer for Aprilia’s motorcycle design philosophy even outside its native Italy, and has demonstrated its prowess in epic races like the Isle of Mann TT and the Macao GP. Now the Tuono 1000 R Factory has picked up where the victorious Tuono Racing left off, with even better technical characteristics and performance.

With the arrival of the new Factory version, the fastest naked on the track and the meanest on the road clearly demonstrates its racing spirit. The Tuono 1000 R Factory delivers power that is simply unthinkable for any other twin, with a chassis that is more sophisticated than ever and easily on a par with the best superbikes. The new Tuono 1000 R Factory is a truly professional machine for all those riders who demand the state of the art in technology and the absolute maximum in performance. Expert riders with a taste for the exceptional will know how to appreciate the record-beating performance of this stupendous street-fighter

A new engine, new suspension, ultra-light wheels and a host of carbon fibre components have boosted performance and reduced weight to a new record for this type of bike. As with the RSV 1000 R Factory, from which it has been derived, the Tuono 1000 R Factory is designed and built for “total ridability”, a concept that has always characterized high performance Aprilia motorcycles.

The seller has done a good job copying Aprilia marketing info (and specs), but really doesn’t tell us too much about this particular bike. The word “Factory” is listed as part of the sub heading in the ad, but this does not appear to be a Factory model. That is not a bad thing, as the standard Tuono R is supremely capable on its own. Combine the R spec with a claimed 30,000 miles (when was the last time you saw those kinds of digits on an exotic that wasn’t a Guzzi?) and you have a veritable bargain commuter rocket in the making. Opening ask for this relatively clean machine is a scant $2,500, with a reserve in place. Minor mods include what appears to be a rear fender delete, but not much else that isn’t reversible. No mention of service history, so time to do some homework if interested. This could be a budget exotic to launch your summer riding season if played well. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Lots to know: 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000 R