Posts by tag: Super Sport

Ducati January 15, 2017 posted by

SuperShape – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP #229

Until the Monster arrived, the later SuperSport was Ducati’s all-rounder, its torquey powerplant and sweet handling taking the racetrack and longer tours in stride.  Only offered stateside, the SP had a few nicer components and limited availability.  This Texas example is worth a closer look.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

The now venerable 904cc desmodue was a revelation at the time, almost 100 hp per liter in a simple air-cooled package, with nice torque band.  The factory switched to Mikuni carburetors in hopes of better tuneability, and introduced the hinged fuel tank to ease access.  Keeping the excellent Brembo brakes, the SP adds adjustable Showa suspension and an aluminum swingarm.  Front and rear mudguards are a significant carbon accent.

With mid-range miles of 17,051, this SP looks great and has been tuned with upgraded Mikunis and carbon exhaust with stainless brackets.  One of the multiple layers of auction packaging boasts of a custom fairing but it looks stock and pretty nice.  Return from mothball status could be negotiated with the Fort Worth dealer, who put these comments in the eBay auction:

Feast your eyes on this rare Ducati SP900 Desmodue Sport bike.  This is an amazing motorcycle that’s been in a collection.  This bike was drained of fuel and has been in storage for 18 months.  This is not a cookie cutter sport bike for Friday nights.  Carbon fiber exhaust, carbon fiber fenders, carbon fiber seat pan, Mikuni TM Flat slide pro series carburetor’s.  This bike is in amazing shape and would be a fantastic addition to anyone’s collection.

Caught out in the early 1990’s model name battlefield, Ducati’s later SuperSports came in SS, SS/CR ( Cafe Racer ), SS/SL ( SuperLight ), and SS/SP ( Sport Production ) flavors – later there was even an ( SS/FE Final Edition ).  Like the SuperLight, the SP is a numbered edition and one of the best riding desmodues.  This 900 SS/SP has performance upgrades which enhance its sporty but stock appearance…

-donn

SuperShape – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP #229
Harley Davidson October 6, 2016 posted by

Pre-Harley – 1990 Buell RS1200

In the wild west days before Harley-Davidson had taken a proprietary interest in Buell, the race engineer and developer designed an amazing string of sport-oriented machines.  Very rare these days, the RS1200 is a memorable low production special, almost handcrafted in appearance with interesting design elements in every system.

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1990 Buell RS1200 for sale on eBay

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With concepts originating from his Formula One and Battletwin designs, Erik Buell took aim at the supersport segment with the RS1200.  Using Harley’s 1200cc pushrod engine, the bike had plenty of torque if not overwhelming horsepower numbers.  Buell’s Uniplanar frame design attempted to channel the big v-twin’s vibrations into the vertical element.  The RS1200 came with Marzocchi front end, an anti-dive system, and bespoke front brakes, complementing Buell’s aluminum wheel design.  Using mass-centralization before it became cool, the muffler and rear monoshock are way forward.  The fairing sports Vitaloni mirrors and little shin pads, and the swoop of the seat ends in a peculiar though effective pillion seat and sissy bar.

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Preserved by a former Harley dealer, this RS1200 has under 2,300 miles and looks ready to ride.  The billet-cut parts testify to the low production numbers, their raw lack of finish making a serious statement.  Earlier RS’s had a four-speed transmission and it would be worth inquiring whether this machine has the 5-speed.  Though not much history is given, it’s a one-owner bike with some engine work as they state in the eBay auction –

This engine alone has had over $10K in upgrades! Sputh Crank, Aluminum Jugs, Coated Pistons, Andrews V8 Cams, STD Race Heads, Roller Rockers, Shorty E Carb, MSD Ignition, Buell Racing Pegs. Only 2279 Miles! Was bought new from us when we were a Harley-Davidson Dealer. Meticulously Maintained! Needs nothing but a new home.

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Tailoring expectations to reality, you wouldn’t expect the RS1200 to stay with a comparable sportbike in anything but maybe a 3rd gear roll-on contest.  There’s no denying the big twin or hiding from its big mass.  But if you were a fan of sportbike development engineering before computer aided design and additive prototyping, this domestic supersport might be a great way to show it…

-donn

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Pre-Harley – 1990 Buell RS1200
Yamaha September 18, 2016 posted by

Super-Sporty – 1996 Yamaha TRX-850

Hoping to jump into the budget-conscious supersport market, Yamaha developed the TRX-850 twin and introduced it in Japan and Europe.  Slow sales kept it from a long history and the U.S., but this private import is a nice example of an interesting bike.

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1996 Yamaha TRX-850 for sale on eBay

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Adding the Genesis 5-valve heads to their 849cc parallel twin resulted in 80 hp, and engineers also went to a 270-degree crank design to preserve rotational energy.  A good illustration of how it widens the torque band ( and why a counterbalance shaft was included ) in a parallel twin is here.  The engine also boasts a dry-sump system with a neat integral oil tank just above the clutch.  Beside the nice trellis frame, there was a bit of parts-bin engineering, with right-side-up forks and 5-speed transmission.  Peculiarly, the European models came with Yamaha brakes, but Japanese versions had Brembos, either way they are adequate 298 mm dual disks in front and 248 mm rear.  The supersport picture is completed by an upper-only fairing and solo-plus-one seat fairing.

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The Florida owner brought the bike in and has made a few choice mods, and the auction check-box indicates clear title.  With 31K on the clock it has been well loved, and appears in good shape.  A weekend at the detailer’s and most evidence of carport storage will be gone.  From the eBay auction:

1996 Yamaha TRX-850, these bikes were never imported in the US, I bought this bike in England and shipped it here. As far as I know this is one of only few or only one here in the states!  They were only made for a couple of years, as competition for the Ducati 900ss.  It has a 270* crankshaft so it even sounds like a Ducati v-twin, a trellis frame, and hand made gas tank that resembles a Ducati.  The engine has 2 oil pumps,5 quart dry sump oil tank, and is liquid cooled also. It is a Genesis engine with 10 valves, 5 per cylinder.  New Michelin tires, braided stainless brake lines, EBC carbon fiber clutch, adjustable clutch and brake levers, belly pan, tire hugger, Carbon dash and clamp covers, R6 shock, R1 calipers, 2 windscreen (1 new-1 used), LED tail-light with signals, silicon water hoses, and Stainless steel header with Remus carbon mufflers.

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A bit of a unicorn stateside, but way sportier than the surviving TDM, the TRS-850 does have a good fan base, and the auction has generated several bids.  Might be a good way for a Yamaha fan to break in to a rare sporty bike without busting the budget…

-donn

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Super-Sporty – 1996 Yamaha TRX-850
Ducati September 9, 2016 posted by

Old School Class: 1980 Ducati 900SS for Sale

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This very classic black-and-gold Ducati 900SS represents the polar opposite of the little two-strokes that have been cropping up on our site lately. Both are motivated by v-twin engines, but that’s where the similarities end. One was a product of ruthless and very close competition between arch rivals and used cutting-edge technology to eke out the barest advantages over competing machines. The other is a slightly long-in-the-tooth thug that uses thumping big cylinders, past glories, and oodles of Latin charm to win friends and influence people. Guess which one is which?

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Powered by the restyled “square case” motor that was introduced in 1975, Ducati’s 900SS actually displaced 864cc. The evolutionary 900SS also came with improved or modified features to improve performance and make the bike more palatable to US buyers, including quieter stock mufflers and a shift mechanism meant to improve on the the version available on previous models that crudely relocated the lever to the left side of the bike.

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Ducati’s 900SS was far from cutting-edge technology by the time the 1980s rolled around: twins were pretty passe in the new era of inline-four superbikes from Japan. And Ducati’s famous desmodromic valve-actuation was probably no real advantage for a twin with a redline of 8,500rpm. But European bikes still represented the pinnacle of handling at this point, and although the bevel-drive, Desmo twin probably had just an insignificant performance advantage over comparable rivals, the Swiss watch-like arrangement of shafts and gears and cam lobes used to open and close the bike’s four valves seems like engineering overkill. Not practical, but inherently cool.
From the original eBay listing: 1980 Ducati 900SS for Sale
I bought this bike brand new in late 1979, and have owned and maintained it this entire time.   This bike is unrestored, so the decals show cracking (typical), and the bike has it’s share of minor scuffs (see pics).   This 900SS was delivered with 36mm carbs and Silentium pipes, which were exchanged for the Delloro 40s and authentic Contis you see in the pictures a few years into it’s life.   I also put on the factory solo seat at the same time.    Other modifications (all typical) are SS brakelines, WORKS suspension front and rear from BevelHeaven, longer clutch actuation arm (you really want this!), V-Two Gear Gazer, and Dyna Coils.  All original parts come with the bike, except for the Silentiums (they were typically tossed in the trash) and the wimpy 36mm Dellortos. 
Mechanically the bike is excellent.   It’s starts easily, idles at about 1,500rpm (good for a 900SS with 40s and Contis), and pulls strong.  The carbs and ignition are very well sorted.  Inside, it’s had new rings and clutch some years back, refreshed pickup wires (they all need this eventually), and MBR collets on the last valve adjustment (totally worth it).  Common for the period, the low dogs on the 1st gear slider were removed in it’s first year or so.  Since I’ve owned this bike it’s entire life, I have (nearly all) the maintenance records from new, which are available on request. 
Motorcycle Classics did a nice feature article on this bike about 8 years ago:   search “motorcycle classics moto-guzzi-le-mans-versus-ducati-900-ss”
Hit me with any questions.   I have mixed feelings about selling this bike, but over the last 8 years it’s only been out once or twice a year, so time for someone else to enjoy it.

His asking price is $39,000 for this very nice example, although bidding is up to just over $15,000, with the reserve not met. The 900SS was produced in much greater numbers than the preceding “round case” 750SS, but values are still going through the roof for all bevel-drive Ducatis, and even the much-maligned 860GT has been increasing in price steadily in recent years. While the blue-and-silver paint on other examples may have a stronger link to Ducati’s racing success, you can’t argue with the black with gold striping seen here and, for all the grief Giorgetto Giugiaro got for his styling on the 860GT, he also designed that classic Ducati logo.

-tad

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Old School Class: 1980 Ducati 900SS for Sale
Suzuki May 5, 2016 posted by

Fascination Supersport – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S

In the 1990’s several manufacturers brought big V-twins out, hoping to share the thunderbikes’ successes.  Suzuki had some neat innovations aboard the 1997 TL1000S and its racier sibling -R, the 996cc engine had cam drive with gears and chain, and separate rear spring and rotary shock.  The company returned to its inline four roots in 2002, but the TL1000S was a powerful supersport that can be a bargain these days.

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1997 Suzuki TL1000S for sale on eBay

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Suzuki’s 90-degree twin was no slouch power-wise, with 125 fuel-injected horsepower.  Gears drove a chain connecting the double overhead cams, saving weight and making some nice sounds.  The trellis frame was aluminum, and the half-fairing housed ram-air intakes.  Front suspension was normal with 43mm forks, but the rear was all new.  To save chassis length, the spring was tucked above the clutch and the F1-inspired rotary shock was at the swingarm.  Quick handling compelled Suzuki to add a steering damper and despite it, the TL1000S retained its sporty reputation.

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The TL-S on offer has been hidden away, ridden regularly but only amassing 4,100 miles.  Garaged the rest of the 19 years, it looks very stock and super nice.  From the eBay auction:

This bike is almost new. It’s got only 4k miles on the clock. It’s been garage kept it’s entire time. Never been raced, never been to the track. All the maintenance and early recalls have been done and registered at the Suzuki Authorized Dealer. No issues, no leaks.

This is your opportunity to buy this great classic V-twin in an excellent shape.

This a great classic racer in an immaculate condition at a fraction of a cost of a new bike. I have kept this bike and rode it regularly. I put “Two Brothers” racing exhaust on it and it sounds amazing. This bike has been known to deliver its power in a no-compromise fashion. The motor is very fast, exciting and gutsy. This is a very special bike once you learn it. The time has come to limit my collection.

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With a low starting bid and only a couple of days to go, this TL1000S still has no bids.  Not truly exotic but still very capable and ready to start a second life with a new rider…

-donn

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Fascination Supersport – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S
Buell February 13, 2016 posted by

Uncle Beastly – 2006 Buell XBRR

Relegated to the past at least until someone re-incarnates the brand, Buell Motorcycles and Erik Buell Racing built some motorcycles that required one to suspend disbelief when new models were shown.  The track-only XBRR was one, the head-scratchingly big twin road racer offered here in new condition.

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2006 Buell XBRR for sale on eBay

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Built in a lot of 50 and never intended for the road, the XBRR had 1339 cc’s of 12.5:1 compression, in an air-cooled 45-degree twin.  With twin 62mm downdraft throttle bodies and 103mm pistons, the motor claimed over 150 hp and 100 ft-lbs. torque.  Only a 5-speed was needed with that powerband.

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A lot of leading-edge ideas were displayed – fuel rode in the aluminum perimeter frame, and engine oil in the swingarm.  Ohlins provided fully adjustable dampers front and rear, and Nissin mounted their 8-piston single caliper for the zero-torsion-load front brake.  Hidden by the full carbon fairing, the exhaust and muffler were kept as close to the center of gravity as possible to help handling.  Wheels were cast and machined magnesium.

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Coming out of Karpen, Germany from a specialty car and bike dealer, this XBRR has never been started, and wears the factory yellow paint.  A tough kind of beauty, but the XBRR shows purposeful aggression.  The seller also offers to coordinate shipping.

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Though it  could be the basis for a supersport racing effort, this Buell should remain on display, especially since the story has been interrupted if not ended.  Buell went on to greater racing success with the 1125RR, but the XBRR was the final race bike of Buell’s 25-year association with Harley-Davidson.

-donn

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Uncle Beastly – 2006 Buell XBRR
Ducati January 26, 2016 posted by

A Bit of Sunshine for Your Garage: Low Mileage 1997 Ducati 900SS for Sale

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A little something to brighten your day, this very yellow Ducati 900SS is pretty hard to miss: sell it to your significant other as a “safety feature” when trying to justify a purchase. Very few bikes look good in this color but I think the early to mid-1990s 900SS is one of them. In fact, I actually prefer it in yellow to the more traditional red, especially with a half-fairing fitted.

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The SS was Ducati’s bread and butter during this era, keeping the lights on while the 851 and 916 stole headlines. This particular iteration of the SuperSport was built from 1991 through 1998 and powered by the belt-drive Pantah engine, versions of which live on in today’s air-cooled Ducatis. And honestly, considering the number of parts that swap between the air-cooled and early liquid-cooled bikes, I wonder how much Pantah DNA lives on in the Panigale…

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The two-valve Desmo v-twin may be safe to an indicated 9,000rpm, but that redline is largely decorative unless the engine’s been breathed on: with a power peak of 80hp claimed at a car-like 6,400rpm, these tend to have a strong midrange, but quickly run out of breath on top. Ironic for sure, considering that the desmodromic valvetrain’s claim to fame is a lack of springs that prevents high rpm float…

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From the original eBay listing: 1997 Ducati 900SS for Sale

1997 Ducati 900 SS Low Miles only 9980 Miles
New head gasket, new lines, oil flush, battery.
Factory Standard Equipment Includes:
Aftermarket Racing Carburetor
Marzocchi Suspension
Brembo Brakes
Single Shock Absorber
Tubular Trellis Frame
Brambo Wheels

The seller also helpfully posted a cold start and walk-around video on YouTube, which features a good shot of the top yoke and the plaque that indicates this is a genuine “SP” version of the bike.

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I’m really not sure if an “aftermarket racing carburetor” can also be classified as “factory standard equipment” or what that really means: when new, these were fitted with a pair of 38mm Mikuni carburetors. Generally thought to be jetted very lean to comply with emissions requirements, it’s very common to install a jet kit to richen things up a bit. Many folks also install a pair of 39 or 41mm FCR flat-slide carbs, depending on the bike’s state of tune. A pricey option for sure but, aside from the loss of a choke lever, the flat-slide carbs offer up a noticeable performance improvement. I’m not sure which option is in place but here, since the bike appears otherwise stock, I’d assume he’s simply referring to the original “high performance” items…

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This bike isn’t absolutely pristine, with some scuffing and dents on the exhaust and some grit and grime and a bit of faded carbon fiber. But these have been very affordable for a long time now and they offer humane ergonomics, good wind-protection, and can be very reliable when properly cared for, so it’s getting difficult to find them with such low mileage. This one has enough mileage on it to guarantee it’s not just been sitting in a shed its whole life, and those cosmetic issues should be easy to rectify with a quick trip to eBay. Or just put the old, worn bits in a box for the next guy, and slap on a set of Staintune pipes and some fresh carbon bits, then go riding! Honestly, for the prices these currently command, they really do represent a real bargain and an ideal way to affordable Ducati ownership.

-tad

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A Bit of Sunshine for Your Garage: Low Mileage 1997 Ducati 900SS for Sale
Ducati November 9, 2015 posted by

Clean and Collectible: 1993 Ducati 900SS for Sale

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Ducati made a pretty good number of their updated, Pantah-engined Super Sports between 1991 and 1998, so these aren’t especially exotic. But it’s rare to find any bike that old in this kind of condition. Powered by a 904cc version of the air-cooled v-twin and backed by a six-speed gearbox and a nice, rattly dry clutch, the SS set the tone for modern Ducatis. This was the bike Hunter S. Thompson was talking about in his classic “Song of the Sausage Creature” piece: a fast, flexible, charismatic roadbike with pedigree and blood-red paint.

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The 900SS came in SP and CR flavors. The SP was the higher-spec version, with adjustable suspension and some carbon bits. The CR or “Cafe Racer” had non-adjustable front forks and featured a stylish half-fairing that I think really looks great on these models. From the photos, it looks like this bike does have the adjustable front forks, although it lacks the carbon front mudguard generally found on the SP. Or maybe it’s just been painted.

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This is possibly one of the cleanest SS’ I’ve seen in a long time, as you can see from the underseat and undertank pictures. Even the stock airbox is in place, something that is often swapped out for a free-flowing “open” airbox that replaces the top half with a huge filter element.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Ducati 900SS for Sale

You wont find a motorcycle in better shape for this year.

Rare find, not molested, not a scratch.

Garage kept its entire life. Original owner bought from dealership in Pennsylvania.

New tires and battery

Buyer must provide shipping

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These have been a very affordable way into Ducati ownership for quite a while, but that’s likely to change at some point. Unfortunately, the low prices mean that many of these are a bit rough around the edges and have relatively high miles on them, making this an especially nice find. If you’re thinking you’d like to add one of these modern classics to your collection, or just looking for a good rider that’s completely unmolested, this might be an ideal choice.

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Reliability is pretty solid if you do the maintenance and actually ride them, there’s plenty of parts support, and that classic two-valve, air-and-oil cooled Ducati twin is the perfect street engine, with a smooth, flexible powerband and a sweet exhaust note, especially with a set of carbon cans.

-tad

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Clean and Collectible: 1993 Ducati 900SS for Sale