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Honda October 24, 2022 posted by

Wrongfully Imprisoned: 2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

Honda knows how to build a motorcycle.  They have been doing it for decades, and the CBR line is the stuff of legend at this point.  Always renowned for excellent road manors and approachable performance, the CBR line has offered plenty of choices for buyers over the years.  What Honda does not always know how to do is market a new version of a new bike.  Case in point is the 2014 CBR1000RR SP.  If you are asking yourself what the SP version is, you are not alone.

In the same vain as an R Ducati, the SP was designed as a type of homologation version of the standard CBR1000RR.  Lighter wheels, more powerful brakes, Ohlins suspension, and a few other trick bits were added to the SP.  These parts really are  bargain at just $2700 over the standard bike.  Honda took great care in developing the bike.  The engines were hand blueprinted and make the better part of 180 horsepower.  Full production numbers were never officially released, but most rumors put the numbers in the mid hundreds for the world.

Today’s example has never been started or used.  It is perfectly preserved.  Seems like only yesterday this was a brand new offering from Honda, but in reality it is about to become a teenager.  Strange to think that something of this era is on the cusp of becoming collectable.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

The new limited-production SP isn’t an exotic like the RC30 or RC45, it’s special in its own right, with a hand-balanced engine, top-level Ohlins suspension, and Brembo brakes. It was the basis for Honda superbikes worldwide and this street bike is among the finest on the road. Everything about the SP’s is just a bit more refined feeling. This example has spent the last few years in The Throttlestop Motorcycle Museum after we uncrated it. It’s never been fuel up or started. It’s like the wrapper was just pulled off, it simple outstanding in every way. This is one of the best-looking modern Superbikes around and this special and limited production SP takes the cake.

This is an interesting listing for a few reasons beyond it being for an amazing motorcycle.  The market over the past couple of years has been insane to watch, and recently started making wild moves again.  Some bikes are still selling for huge money, and others have struggled to find new homes.  If there is one constant, it is change.  Zero mile examples of top tier specs have always been in demand.  These are often unlikely bikes to have been tucked away due to the fact they were incredible machines to ride and use.  While the SP is no doubt a great machine out on the road, the sales were a total flop.  Many bikes languished on dealer floors for years.  Partly due $16,999 MSRP and partly to do with the appallingly bad marketing by Honda.  Buyers simply did not know the bike existed when new.  Does all that translate to a 13 year old bike selling for more than MSRP when new?  Personally I think not as there are surely others out there to choose from.  Maybe it is less of an argument about paying too much, but rather buying too early.  As more and more people start to understand what a great bike there are, demand will finally rise and so will prices.

Wrongfully Imprisoned:  2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP
Honda October 13, 2022 posted by

Closer Look Needed: 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP2

For decades the CBR line from Honda has been offering incredible performance packaged into a useable platform.  Long have reviewers talked about comfort, solid street manors and how approachable the performance envelop is.  The SP name plate was first used for the 2014 model year.  This version had a number of upgrades over the standard CBR1000RR.  Lighter wheels, Brembo calipers and Ohlins suspension were among these changes.  Normally this kind of specification is reserved for uber expensive Italian offerings.  While not exactly a bargain basement offering, the Honda did represent a great value in the market when new.

The MSRP of $25,000 got you more than just the fancy suspension and brakes.  It got some really interesting little details like a titanium fuel tank, oversized valves and over a 30 pound weight reduction when compared to the pervious version.  Without getting extremely nerdy, the valves and details in the cylinder head were really special.  Honda when the extra mile with this homologation bike and designed a head that would work on the street, but would allow race teams to aggressively port and polish the head to extract maximum horsepower.  It is very cool to have such focus on race team changes on a street bike.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

If you know bikes, you know what this is. A unique SC77 Honda SP2 Fireblade. Only 500 ever made, out of which 100 was raced and no longer in circulation. Worldwide only 400 in existence. In the US we have 65 of these still in existence.

I have tastefully modified this bike with a KC2 Stage 3 Race tune with the quick throttle option. Calibrated for 190/55.

Racing Stacks, Yoshimura Alpha 1 Exhaust, ASV Levers, Piug windshield, Axle sliders and a bunch more mods. Too many name. ECU has a lifetime support and warranty.

There is no question that a closer look is needed before pulling the trigger to purchase the bike.  There is odd damage to one of the turn signals and a couple of worrying scratches.  Perhaps it is just a poor presentation of an amazing bike.  The SP2 was not something that was casually purchased when new.  These were not well marketed, offered in limited numbers and commanded a premium price over even the already pricy SP.  Many of these bikes have been used as intended and that should not in itself scare away buyers.

Closer Look Needed:  2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP2
Ducati February 3, 2022 posted by

Something Special: 1995 Ducati 900SS SP

If you are into your air-cooled, two-valve, Pantah-based Ducatis, what we have here must certainly be considered as a high water mark. Possibly slightly less collectable than a Superlight, the 900 SS/SP line continues to be sought at for what it is: a fantastic riding platform that will continue to turn heads and age well. The unique numbered badge on the headstock helps drive the rarity factor, and other than the dual seat and less cantankerous single-piece wheels, you are really looking at a bronze framed, red Superlight.

From the seller:
95 Ducati 900ss sp excellent condition. New Tires, timing belts, valves adjusted, new fuel pump, fuel lines all work performed by a professional technician. More pics available. staintune stainless mufflers. I will help shippers.

Not much by way of pictures, but the seller indicates a willingness to send more upon request. For a 900SS SP, this looks to be in great shape. The Staintune pipes are aftermarket, but likely far better sounding than the restrictive stockers. The seller indicates maintenance has been done on the machine, which is always a good sign for a Ducati. The condition of the front and rear carbon mudguards tells me that they are likely original, as this era of factory carbon utilized an epoxy-based resin that shows discoloration over time when exposed to moderate sunlight. This is not uncommon, and should not be a deal breaker. The rest looks to be an honest bike, with an ask of only $7k Buy It Now. In 10 years time that will seem like a bargain, as these bikes are keepers. Check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Something Special: 1995 Ducati 900SS SP
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 August 2, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod

Update 8.2.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati Supersport line has been wildly successful for the Bologna manufacturer, and it is not difficult to see why. Based more on what is NOT there than what is, the Supersport is about agility and lightness. This is a bike that reduces riding to the raw level of man and machine, as opposed to man coddled by electro-mechanical machine. This is a booming, throbbing and visceral experience that is a class all unto its own. An amazing motorcycle because of what it isn’t, the Ducati Supersport remains a standout of the era, and a reminder of how good it is to get out and ride.

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod

While the Supersport nomenclature had been around for decades in one form or another, it was the Pantah engine models that wear the “SS” designation. And rather thinking of the latter year Supersports as children of the bevel-era, old school Super Sport models, realize that this generation is much more closely related to the F1 and vaunted TT2 models – very good pedigree indeed. Out on the streets, riders quickly saw the potential for the “less is more” philosophy, and began to consider the 900 SS (especially the ’91-’98 models) as platforms to be enhanced and customized. The bare bones were very, very good…but the aftermarket could make them better. Enter today’s Featured Listing, a fantastic interpretation of the 900 SS/CR. I’ll let the seller pick it up from here:

From the seller:
I bought this girl off ebay about 4 years ago. Someone had done a crazy amount of work to her and then parked her. The family I bought it from said that the builder past away. When I got her she had the items listed below. The person who did the work did a GREAT job, everything was very well done. I also did a bunch of work over the years, see below. She basically needs nothing, she has fresh everything, ride her across the country if you’d like. She is fast, light (388 pounds with ½ tank of gas), fun and increasing in value.

More from the seller:
Build work done before I got her:
Black powder coated frame, swingarm, fairing bracket, valve covers and maybe the sides of the oil cooler.
Keihin FCR 39mm Flatslides
Hi-comp stock bore pistons
Light flywheel
Light clutch basket
Magnesium Marchesini 5 spoke wheels
Rear sets
Pi Research System 2 race dash and sensors that show, Oil Pressure, speed, voltage and RPM has a few other options not hooked up.
Modified and powder coated upper fairing bracket for dash.
Fresh brake pads.
Rare D&D Full 2 into 2 exhaust, carbon mufflers and hangers (very cool, light and plenty of clearance)
Fresh stainless lines for front and rear brakes
Custom breather filter.
Customized airbox.
Individual K&N filters
Custom inner fender
Very tiddy custom wiring for the upgrades.
Full CARBON tail (with factory seat), upper and front fender, paint is track quality, 6 out a 10

More from the seller:
What I’ve done in the last 4 years and 1200 miles of ownership:
Fresh fluids, oil changed 7/19, brake/clutch fluid changed 10/20
New plugs 7/19
Ultrasonically cleaned and rebuilt carbs
Belts changed 7/19
Replaced battery
Replaced windscreen
Replaced bar ends
Installed bar end mirrors in place of factory mirrors to keep the bike narrow
Valves adjusted 8/17
Ohlins rear shock
900SS/SP forks
Full floating Brembo iron front rotors
Lightened rear rotor

What she needs and flaws:
The race dash doesn’t have a odometer so I don’t know what the mileage is, it also has it’s own power switch so you have to turn it on and off.
The paint work has some bad touch ups and some flakey spots
That’s it, she is ready to go

More from the seller:
If I kept her I would…. Do nothing, just keep ridding her. It’s a great bike that flies between traffic, up mountains roads and commutes as well as my VFR. I’ve had over 12 900cc Ducati’s, I’m going to regret selling this one more than any other in the past.

Asking Price: $6000 obo

Today’s seller has listed several bikes on RSBFS in the past, and is a known entity. That always helps when considering a significant purchase. And from a cost standpoint, you could not build this hot rod at the price point being asked based on the parts installed and the cost of a suitable donor. That makes this a pretty good deal for a bike that has so much potential to please.

MI

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod
Ducati March 24, 2021 posted by

Desired Duc: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP

An affordable way into collecting exotics that you can ride, the Ducati Supersport line is an approachable (and enjoyable) platform on which to begin your journey. Long known for being robust, reliable and a heck of a lot of fun, the Pantah-powered SS models are fairly basic motorcycles that deliver decent performance, great looks and a fantastic soundtrack – without breaking the bank. Today’s example is a 1996 Ducati 900SS SP – the higher spec (and more collectable) of the two seat Supersport models.

1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

All Supersports of this era were very, very similar. While introduced with a white frame in 1991, by ’93-’94 all two seater models had a bronze-colored trellis frame, the same 900cc air-cooled, 2-valve Desmo engine with carburetion, a dry clutch and a six speed gearbox. There were a few variations in the line, including full or half fairing, factory carbon bits such as mudguard, adjustable front suspension, aluminum swing arm and wider rear tire. The bikes that had all the options were known as 900SS SP – or Sport Production models – and were affixed with a special headstock plaque indicating such. Think of these as a biposto 900 Superlight, so close are many of the specifications.

From the seller:
Make: Ducati
Model: 900 SS/ SP
Milage: 3562
VIN: ZDM1LC4N4TB021577

For sale is Ducati 900 SS/SP with 3562 miles!!

If not familiar with the SS/SP, some history.
The 1991 Supersports were produced with white chrome molybdenum steel frames and white wheels. The swingarms used needle bearings instead of bushings as in the past. Brakes from the Ducati 851 were used on the Supersport vastly improving braking performance. All new bodywork and a pivoting fuel tank were elegantly shaped.

More from the seller:
The 900 SS/SP (Sport Production) was offered to the North American market only. This model had carbon fiber fenders and clutch cover, sound damping material, adjustable Showa suspension, and an aluminum swingarm.

Displacement: 904.0 ccm
Engine type: V2, Four stroke
Power: 80.0 @ 7000 RPM
Torque: 85.0 Nm @ 6400 RPM
Top Speed 130.5 MPH
Valves per cylinder: 2
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 6 Speed
Transmission type final drive: Chain
Dry weight: 410.1 pounds

The bike listed has 3562 miles. Other than a few small issues is in excellent condition (touch up on left mirror, small chip in front fender, paint flaking on left side engine case). bike has been store in a heated room in my collection since purchased. All bodywork and paint is original. No accidents!

Bike will be sold with:
Both sport and regular seat,
Supersport 900 owners manual
(2) keys
Tool kit
Ducati VHS tape

There are few negatives to owning a Supersport. They offer a fair amount of mechanical noise, they vibrate and throb a bit, and the final gearing is very tall making for some interesting clutch work when in traffic. Clutch slave cylinders are usually the first components to fail; replacement is easy and aftermarket options are plentiful. Belt replacement and valve adjustment are probably the biggest deal – the belt change is not difficult on these air cooled motors but the need for shims might make finding a decent Ducati mechanic worthwhile. If you wish to do the work yourself, you will find these are relatively easy bikes to work on. There have been reports of the aluminum swing arm being prone to cracks; this is an area that should be carefully checked.

This very pretty 900SS SP has been housetrained and is looking for a new home. It has some minor mods (Termi cans, the solo tail section, and possibly the brake/clutch lines) but otherwise looks to be stock. It’s nice to see the complete list of what is being offered with the sale, including the original seat. The only real concern I would have is where to find a VHS player to view that Ducati tape! Check out all of the details here, as this is one the Ducati models that will be going up in value in the future. These have been on the cheap side of the market for a long time, but as the well-cared for examples are snapped up, the dwindling stock of good quality bikes will help drive the price curve. Good Luck!!

MI

Desired Duc: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP
Honda January 15, 2020 posted by

Pre-Tobacco Lawsuit: 1992 Honda NSR250 SP Rothmans

There’s something nicely poetic about a cigarette company springing for the racing efforts of some of the smokiest, dirtiest little rippers to ever grace the grand prix stage. It hearkens back to the devil-may-care days before airbag suits or adequate runoff, and celebrates a certain cavalierness that precious few subscribe to anymore. This 1992 Honda NSR250SP Rothmans will take you back to a time when even street riding required a level of focus that comes with the knowledge that the nerves between your brain and your hands are all there is to save you.

1992 Honda NSR250SP for sale on eBay

When unrestricted, these bikes made nearly 60 horsepower in a knife’s edge powerband and were known for their trim waistlines and extremely agile handling. As an SP model, this one got even lighter magnesium Marvic wheels, a dry clutch and fully-adjustable suspension. There is a lot of edge to this knife, and you have to have a very clear idea of what you’re doing to get the most out of it.

This example is a pure rider’s item. The seller says it wears aftermarket bodywork, which will be a ding for anyone who wants to tuck it into a garage and wait for the auction value to balloon. Those weird, non-stock Playstation stickers have to go, too. But, here is the good part: The bike was last owned by a mechanic and NSR freak, who, according to the seller rebuilt the engine and transmission bottom to top. It also wears recent and thoroughly modern rubber. It’s ready for the springtime riding season.

From the eBay listing:

Up for auction is a genuine 1992 Honda NSR250R SP (sport production ) Rothmans with a clear California title. I purchased the bike two years ago from a local motorcycle tech and NRS guru who has been working on and enjoying these bikes for many years. This NSR was completely rebuilt by him in his shop just prior to me purchasing it. Every part on the bike was inspected, rebuilt or replaced. The engine and 6 speed cassette transmission were redone using a brand new crank shaft, rods, pistons, and bearings. All plastic panels have been replaced with new. Other parts were repainted or polished as necessary. The original white MAGTEK magnesium wheels look great with newer Michelin pilot power tires. Mileage shown on odometer is not accurate. The original odometer has been replaced with a properly functioning used speedometer/odometer. The bike is all stock except for levers and stainless braided break lines and has also been de-restricted. This NSR performs as it should and is an absolute blast to ride. Unfortunately I am not able to ride it much and have only put about 1500 miles since its complete rebuild. I am a bit reluctant to sell this bike knowing that it will be very unlikely that I could find another one titled in my state. California has banned all future registration of 11 digit VIN numbers. Certainly this also means the value will continue to rise since the existing pool of California titled NSRs will never increase. I have done my best to describe the bike. Please ask any and all questions before bidding. Bike is available for viewing before auction end. I can assist buyer with arranging shipping. Buyer will be responsible for any shipping costs.

Pre-Tobacco Lawsuit: 1992 Honda NSR250 SP Rothmans
Ducati January 14, 2020 posted by

One Pic Wonder: 1994 Ducati 900SS SP

Not much detail to go on with this one, but the picture shows a clean and stock looking 900SS SP. If you are in the market for a Ducati Super Sport the SP is the one you want, with adjustable suspension and a wider rear tire. These are more rare, and more exclusive than the standard offering thanks to the numbered plate mounted to the top of the triple tree. The rear fender is intact, and even the clutch cover appears stock. Mileage is listed as “25,000” but as this bike is located in Canada that *might* just be KMs. The opening bid is reasonable provided the rest of the pictures look like this one. Unfortunately, this is the only one.

From the seller:
All original good condition no road rash

Well maintained by me new sprockets/chain, belts and rebuilt carbs. Owned my an adult so not abused. Selling as my bike riding days are probably over as knees are giving me a bit of bother.

This bike has zero bids with an opening ask of approximately $3,447 USD. There are certainly a few questions to ask, but this could be a clean SP bargain for those interested in putting in the effort. There are still a few days to go, and a bike with bones this good is definitely worth the effort. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI