Posts by tag: Special Edition

Moto Guzzi April 19, 2019 posted by

Idiosyncratic – 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000SE

The Le Mans’ long history included a run of just 100 Special Editions for 1987, in classic red and white.  This NorCal example is in surprising condition for its age and miles.

1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 SE for sale on eBay

The Le Mans was already venerable in 1987, having been introduced in 1976, and the 1000 SE was essentially a Mk. IV design with a few DeTomaso-era details.  Based on the square-head Le Mans III, the 948cc longitudinal twin pushes 81 hp at a modest 7,400 rpm.  The crankshaft sits low in the traditional downtube frame, the long chassis providing a stable platform, made a little snappier by the 16-inch front wheel.  Classic eighties livery is making a high speed pass when parked.

Having somehow survived 30-plus years and almost 28,000 miles, this SE has just a few scrapes to show for it.  K&N filters, head guards, and Corbin seat are signature updates.  Not much maintenance history in the comments but the compromise handlebars are admitted in the eBay auction:

This bike is all original except that the stock clip-on handle bars have been replaced by a standard handle bar. The handle bar now on the bike makes for a more comfortable riding position. Very good condition, fully sorted, runs well, needs absolutely nothing. I ride this bike frequently around the San Francisco Bay area. California title and current registration. The only obvious cosmetic flaw is a small scratch on the left rear seat bodywork, shown in one photo. The bike is entirely unrestored with all original paint, decals, and seat. A Corbin seat also comes with the bike and is shown in one photo.

The Le Mans 1000 reviewed as a European thoroughbred, not at the leading edge of technology but a torquey bullet.  Some may find it a bit of an ask for such a rider, but as they say, no more are being made.  Despite its rubs and chips, this one is complete, nearly correct, and operational.

-donn

Idiosyncratic – 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000SE
Triumph April 17, 2019 posted by

Big British Bruiser: 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200SE for Sale

After years of “close, but no banana” attempts to out-inline-four the Japanese with their 600cc TT600 and Daytona, Triumph finally hit one out of the park with their slim, agile, and characterful Daytona 675, a bike capable of holding its own against the world’s best, while offering a unique blend of flexible power, torque, and a soundtrack to differentiate it from the typical inline four and v-twin sportbikes. This Triumph Daytona 1200SE represents the path not taken: with no analogue in their current lineup, Triumph’s four-cylinder Daytona was ultimately a dead-end for the company, as the smaller three-cylinder proved more popular and led the way forward for the company. But if you’re in search of something cool, classy, affordable, and fast, this one might just tick the boxes for you.

When Triumph was reborn in the 1990s, modular design allowed them great flexibility to refine their offerings and minimize the risks associated with new or niche models. Individual bikes were slightly compromised by frames and engines designed with versatility and not maximum performance in mind, but this kept the company light on its feet and and able to quickly respond to industry trends. The Daytona 1200 slotted their biggest, most powerful engine into the spine frame, added the best suspension in their arsenal and fitted some very effective brakes. It was Triumph’s big stick of their lineup and, even though it was discontinued after just a few years, that doesn’t mean the four-cylinder Daytona 1200 isn’t a great motorcycle.

When new, it was considered a bit of an also-ran, since it was compared directly to Japanese rivals like the Suzuki GSX-R1100 and Kawasaki ZX-11 in that all-important top-speed metric while costing a good bit more. With 147hp from the 1180cc engine to haul 550lbs of wet weight around, power-to-weight compares favorably with the last generation of Suzuki’s GSX-R1100, while offering an extra cog to make even better use of the flexible engine. That may seem unimpressive by today’s ludicrous power levels, but the 85lb-ft of torque is paired with real-world gearing that emphasized performance street riders could actually use, instead of hypothetical top speeds they couldn’t. With stock gearing, a 1200 Daytona could easily embarrass a ZX-11 from 40-100mph, before running out of puff at a mere 160mph.

And like the ZX-11 and the later GSX-R1100, the Daytona wasn’t a sport-touring bike, it was a big GT, a sportbike with comfortable ergonomics suited to mature riders who wanted to occasionally do very immature things on their motorcycles. A GSX-R with wild graphics and neon colors would blast to triple-digit speeds, strafe canyons, but had very boy-racer pretensions, for better or worse. But if you’d aged out of that, but still wanted to scare the bejesus out of yourself without needing to pretend you were hitting LeMans the following weekend, the Daytona was available in elegant black, classic British Racing Green, or a rich yellow. The styling was simple and unadorned by crass graphics, and the bike exudes class from nose to tail.

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Triumph Daytona 12oo for Sale

Helping a family friend clear out an estate. Two Owner bike, Was adult owned its whole life, most recently by an avid motorcycle enthusiast in his 60’s for the last 15 years. Clean and Clear title ready to go and two sets of keys.

Limited edition 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 in very nice condition. This is a rare bike they do not come up for sale often. limited production Only 250 made, this is bike #175.

She has been sitting in storage for the last 2-3 years or so, fuel was drained before storage. Pulled it out, new battery, gave it a wash, put fresh gas in, fresh oil change, and she fired right up and sounds amazing. Tires have good tread left, the bike brakes and handles amazing, its very fast! This bike has been very well taken care of and well maintained by owners. No leaks of any kind.

Paint is nice, always garaged. there are a few blemishes that I noticed, some scratches on the right side fairing isolated to about 2″x2″, and a hairline crack and some nicks up by the left mirror(see pics)

Modifications that I noticed: 

Micron carbon fiber slip on exhaust

Hella headlights, very bright, turn signals

Nology profire coils

Windscreen?

Very clean for being 20 years old, a few things I have noticed that I want to mention for full disclosure: 

  • Bike hesitated a little  before it took off when I drove it, I would recommend a fuel additive to clean out the carbs and fuel system for the first few tanks of gas since it has been sitting
  • Temp gauge was working intermittently

Don’t let this rare opportunity pass you by!!

With a Buy It Now price of just $5,500 this is a ton of bike for the money, and it looks clean and relatively unmolested, with just 15,000 miles on the odometer and a set of Micron carbon cans to liberate a bit more growl, as you can hear in the included video. It’s unfortunate the seller doesn’t know more about the history, but is pretty thorough in presenting what is there. It’s not quite perfect, with some scratches, flush front signals, and the frankly awful rear turn signals, but looks complete and all Triumphs of the era still represent a seriously fast chunk of classic sportbike for a pretty minimal outlay of cash.

-tad

Big British Bruiser: 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200SE for Sale
Ducati March 18, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore

Ducati returned to a more classic superbike look after the 999, and though some fans fault the almost cat-eyed look of the 1098, across the board improvements make it unfair to compare to a venerable 996 or even 998.  This Tricolore special  edition is in super-nice shape and offered by Iconic Motorbikes in Marina Del Ray.

2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore from Iconic Motorbikes

An in-house design can sometimes become a formation of compromises, but as sketched by Giandrea Fabbro, the 1098 makes a bold statement and recalls its origins.  Likewise in the engine room, the 1098cc L-twin is a testastretta, but with EVO upgrades, it pulls 90 ft.-lbs. from 8,000 rpm on the way to 160 hp at just under 10,000.  Unsprung weight is kept down by forged Marchesini alloys and Brembo monobloc calipers, which have great feel even under heavy braking.

Fully adjustable Öhlins are found in the front 43mm forks, center with the TTXR monoshock, and at the steering damper, their trademark yellow complementing the Tricolore’s gold frame and accents.  Special edition red, white and green is accented by gold highlights and a carbon mudguard and mufflers.  All 1098’s were equipped with a full-function digital dash, with an optional data recording interface.

This Tricolore is owned by an Iconic Motorbikes customer, who has put under 5,000 miles on his 1098S.  Except for a few millimeter-sized paint chips, there is no apparent damage or wear.  A lightweight exhaust and tuned ECU have been added, increasing power and decreasing weight.  Asking price is $14,300.  Comments from Iconic’s website:

Our particular model has a mere 4989 miles, fresh fluid change, and brand new Dunlop rubber. Both keys, the code card, and passenger footpegs and seat are included. Has a couple very tiny chips in the lower belly on the right side as you can see pointed out in the photo and the tank has some ever so slight expansion which has it rubbing against the mount of the steering damper from the Ethanol but with proper care, it will not expand any more. Other then that, the bike is in excellent shape and stunning in person.

The 1098 took many leaps forward in the cooling and electrical systems, and addressed criticisms of the styling and canister exhaust.  Handling and power were over the top for road use, testament being WSBK championships in 2008 and 2011.  Though it quickly gave way to the 1198, those changes were minor and the 1098 model remains a significant milepost for the brand.  Please address questions and offers to Adam at Iconic Motorbikes via – email – or phone (424) 228-4148.

Featured Listing – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore
Ducati February 21, 2019 posted by

Think SS/SPring – 1997 Ducati 900 SS/SP #59

Might be time to peak over the horizon and make ready for the riding season we know is out there.  This U.S. – only 900SS/SP has been on display but with excellent cosmetics, it’s just a service visit away from opening day.

1997 Ducati 900SS/SP #59 for sale on eBay

The Supersport might just have an extra helping of Ducati DNA, with the trellis frame, air-cooled desmodue, and lightweight full fairing.  The SP had a few extra niceties, adjustable Showa forks and monoshock, aluminum swingarm, and carbon mudguards and clutch cover.  The yellow was added to the line-up for 1997, and the pillion masquerades as a monoposto with its painted cover.

With pretty near 24,000 miles, the cosmetics had me thinking re-paint, but showing so factory, it must’ve been a very careful and/or lucky owner.  The owner states the valves were adjusted recently, and says tires and a carb-cleaning would make it a runner.  Depending on the amount of time on display, some seals and minor work might beckon.  From the eBay auction:

This is one of the last 900cc Super Sports made, and only 80 900cc Super Sport  S/P’es were made in that last year world wide, this is number 59 of 80 SP’s,  {Special Performance}, see plaque on top of triple clamp. Very few were made in this color either, Ferrari called it Fly Yellow in the day.  The valves were just done as well as the cam belts. It has been only used as a display item and needs carbs cleaned, it does run but not well. The tires look fine but if it’s going to be ridden get new rubber. The paint is flawless, the bike is a work of art and that’s what I have used it for, displayed with a Ferrari Testarossa. I have the OEM tool kit, owners manual, OEM mufflers, spare air box, one OEM and the other cut to provide more air, shop manual , pit stand, and the bra seen in the pictures, also a good book all about belt drive Ducati’s. This is rolling art as much as a wonderful motorcycle.

Without too much wiz-bang stuff and not much in the way of creature comforts, an SS/SP might only demand what would be the down payment on a new superbike.  The starting bid seems reasonable here, especially if you could re-commission her as an early spring project.  The SP gave way to the Final Edition which was only available in silver, so if you wanted a classic Ducati Supersport with Mikuni carbs and in yellow, 1997 might be your year.  After a quick going-over, this example might be a total gem.

-donn

Think SS/SPring – 1997 Ducati 900 SS/SP #59
Triumph December 27, 2016 posted by

SE Yes – 2008 Triumph Daytona 675 SE

Developed from the TT600 but returning to Triumph’s 3-cylinder roots, the Daytona 675 was a brilliant middleweight. The SE was primarily a black and gold color exercise but this one looks great with low miles.

2008 Triumph Daytona 675 SE for sale on eBay

The 675cc triple is quite oversquare and claims 123 hp in a smooth way.  The twin aluminum spar frame has a matching swingarm and fully adjustable suspension on both ends.  The design also uses radially mounted front brakes and 3-into-1 underseat exhaust.  Weight has been kept under control and the 675 is capable of an 11-second quarter.

Coming out of an Illinois dealer, this SE looks cared for and has just over 13,000 miles.  The aftermarket rearsets are a good color match for the fork tubes and it has a Two Brothers exhaust fitted.  From the eBay auction:

This 2008 Triumph 675 Daytona Special Edition has only 13,113 miles and has had all of its maintenance performed. This bike is immaculate and comes with frame sliders, axle sliders, tinted shield, Two Brothers exhaust, and much more. This bike is ready to ride and all it needs is a good home!

The 675 scored well with journalists and went on to racing success in super stock classes under many privateers.  A nice success for Triumph, and still an interesting find in the 600cc neighborhood.  The SE has classic good looks and this trade-in looks like a nice example…

-donn

SE Yes – 2008 Triumph Daytona 675 SE
Triumph February 5, 2016 posted by

Centennially Speaking – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i CE

Celebrating the company’s hundredth year of motorcycle manufacturing, Triumph created a Centennial Edition of their sportbike, the 955 cc injected triple.

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2002 Triumph Daytona 955i CE for sale on eBay

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The Daytona was introduced in 1997, and the 2002 was re-designed and improved with Gareth Davies’ assistance.  The perimeter frame is aluminum, and though most ’02+ models had a double-sided swingarm, the Centennial was single-sided.  Brakes were 4-piston 320mm fronts, and 220mm rear.

20160204 2002 triumph daytona 955i ce cockpit

20160204 2002 triumph daytona 955i ce binnacle

The CE was very limited at 200 examples, but not so with power – 149 hp courtesy of forged crank, con-rods and  pistons.  Aston ( British Racing ) Green was the one-year color, with Union Jacks here and about.  The Centennial also had carbon side covers and mud guards.

20160204 2002 triumph daytona 955i ce left front wheel

20160204 2002 triumph daytona 955i ce right grip

Looking very good with just under 5,000 miles, the Daytona here has been subject to some in-depth study of the charging system, dampers and final drive.  The owner states in the eBay auction:

The 2nd gremlin is if you change sprockets certain ratios will cause unnecessary chain guide wear. I have tried various combos. Stock ratios on the 2002 CE with the single sided swingarm is 18/42. I always like adding teeth to the rear sprocket only. I have a 45,46,48 etc in the 530 pitch. And in the 520 pitch I have a 19 tooth up front and a 49 in the rear. The 19/49 520 pitch is on the bike now. I like it out of all ratios and pitch. With this set up no wear at all on the chain guide. Also crazy acceleration .

20160204 2002 triumph daytona 955i ce left rear wheel

20160204 2002 triumph daytona 955i ce right muffler

With some interesting mods but no damage and adult color scheme, this could be a Triumph to return to stock and enjoy.  The big triple is a durable powerhouse, and the bike is not overweight at just over 400 lbs.  A good rider ( maybe after a new rear tire ) with room for a pillion, but in this case a special year for Triumph and the Daytona.

-donn

20160204 2002 triumph daytona 955i ce left front

Centennially Speaking – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i CE
Aprilia September 26, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: 2011 Aprila RSV4 APRC SE – Max Biaggi Special Edition

9.27.14: This Featured Listing sold in just 1 hour, a new RSBFS record! Congratulations to both buyer and seller! If you have a very good to excellent condition sportbike, that is priced to sell, contact me about purchasing your own Featured Listing. -dc

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi R Side

Aprilia has a history of producing bikes that feature shall we say functional aesthetics. From the bulbous but incredibly effective original RSV through the dangerously angular restyle and the pterodactyl-ous Dorsaduro and brutally-ugly Tuono, their bikes may not be pretty, but they sure do the job, and they do it with tons of charisma. And the current Aprilia RSV4 certainly follows this trend of looking functionally over-styled, with a strange, finned tailpiece and triclopean face.

This particular example features the very trick Austin Racing exhaust (from the UK, not Texas) and race-replica colors to celebrate Max Biaggi’s Rossi-free success in World Superbike. It’s a very clean, tastefully upgraded bike with less than 2,000 miles on the clock.

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi Rear Brake

The RSV4 features one of the most comprehensive and cutting-edge electronics suites available on a motorcycle at any price, coupled to one of the best-sounding motorcycle engines ever built. Everyone loves the sound of the Yamaha R1 with its flat-plane crank, but it basically sounds like it wants to be a V4. Just like the one in the Aprilia. It’s powerful, flexible, exciting, and sounds amazing, even with a stock exhaust. But who has one of those, anyway?

I’m torn as these are simply awesome machines, with performance and pedigree. But I do wish the style was just a bit more subtle… But if it isn’t beautiful, you can’t argue with the tiny dimensions. It’s an amazingly compact motorcycle, and hugely effective, winning comparison tests all over the world while the race bike tears up World Superbike. You can find bikes with more straight-line speed, or ones that are more user-friendly, or cheaper. But it’s simply the best overall package available anywhere.

From the seller: 2011 Aprila RSV4 APRC SE – Max Biaggi Special Edition

Bike has less than 2,000 miles on it, and to be honest, I’ve been having so much fun on my Honda Grom, my Aprilia just sits around.
Full service recently completed by MotoCorsa here in Portland, OR.
Updated with Titanium Austin Racing Exhaust
Special ECU mapping by AF1 (well known in the Aprilia world)
Austin Racing fold-up levers and mirror block-off plates
Bike is immaculate and was well-loved.
Additional photos available upon request.
Bike comes with all original equipment, including a special edition Max Biaggi motorcycle cover!

Priced to sell at $14,000.00!!! SOLD!

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi Cockpit

I love this bike and at $14,000 this is a screaming deal. Just pull off the Max Biaggi bodywork and hang it on your office wall, fit this with some black race bodywork, and ride the wheels off it. Or just park it in the driveway and rev the hell out if it to impress your neighbors.

-tad

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi Rearset

Featured Listing: 2011 Aprila RSV4 APRC SE – Max Biaggi Special Edition
Aprilia May 4, 2011 posted by

Eye Candy Alert: 2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE

Eye Candy Alert: 2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE

Just some eye candy here to help get you through the middle of your work week.  According to the dealer, less than 50 of Aprilia’s top of the line RSV4’s will be brought in this year. 

You know if there are less than 50 that means its going to be pricey.  The BIN is $24,995.  Expensive but oh so tempting with all the new techno goodies.

 

I’m liking the sharp angles.

Now admit it, that crappy day at work doesn’t seem so bad now does it? 

Here are the highlights of the SE:

  • APRC fitted as standard
  • Fuel system with variable length intake ducts
  • Advanced exhaust butterfly valve management
  • 3-point adjustable chassis
  • Öhlins fully adjustable front fork
  • Öhlins fully adjustable shock absorber
  • Öhlins adjustable steering damper
  • Wheel rims in forged aluminium
  • Carbon parts
  • Special Tricolour livery

You can find all the info on SE here on Aprilia’s website.

Here is some slick marketing to help extract the cash from your pocket:

 

I don’t think Max has a bunch of warning stickers on his tank.

Given the choice:  an Aprilia RSV4 SE or a Ducati 1198 SP?  I think I have to vote for the Aprilia.

 

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If the photos above weren’t enough:

Ian