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Bimota August 26, 2022 posted by

She Got Legs: 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera

All Bimotas are rare. It doesn’t matter the model, the year, the capacity. Sure, some models are much more rare and drool worthy than others (here’s looking at you, Mantra), but all are built in small-batch goodness. So what happens when you take a really, really cool model such as a YB11 Superleggera (Italian for Super Light) and go a bit bonkers on upgrades? You end up with today’s glorious hot rodded and sublimely modded 1997 model YB11. Powered by Yamaha’s ubiquitous FZR1000 Genesis motor, this California-based bike has left no dollar unturned in the quest for horsepower updates. To tell the story, I’ll hand it over to the seller:

1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Bimota YB11 Superleggera 97-99 5500miles one owner 148bhp Rocket ship for a Fzr (For Sale)
I don’t think there is a better sorted YB11 worldwide .
1997 model ,1999 brought new for $28,000 from Rocket Motorcycles in San Diego (Bimota Importer )
Built engine by U.S.A No.1 FZ/FZR builder Curt Jordan, Jordan Engineering.
-6 Speed custom transmission (5 speed oem) ($2200)
-Performance cams ,degreed
-Stainless valves
-Race valve springs
-12.5:1 Ratio
-Port matched
-Pro shift Kit
-Yamaha kit race clutch
-Modified race airbox
-All internals were Cryo-ed frozen
So much more ,just a sample and is all documented in Curt’s hand writing (invoice) .

More from the seller:
30% Bhp increase (147 at the wheel) ,for a total $9175,$3575 being labor (That’s 20 years ago! ,600miles since that performance rebuild).
I just brought it out off storage and spent a easy $3000 this week ,battery ,tires ,all fluids ,forks ($1000) ,New brake pads ,RK Chain ,carburetor rebuild ,fuel pump and pet-cock and so on.

If you ever wanted to own a Bimota , Yb11 are the nicest to work on by far and parts are easy to obtain and are so much fun to ride them.
I have had this one sitting for 15years and I only rode it once unfortunately. Clean title ,all the Oem paper work truck load off receipts ,factory race stand ,Oem muffler etc … There are Chips in the solo seat (as per photo ) and a small rub mark on the mirror which you really need to look for, It is a 25year on Italian bike so its not a new bike there are marks.

So, mechanically, this 25 year old is really quite a bit newer – and buffer – than a cursory glance would show. And sure, it does have a few minor, uh, um, character lines that show a past history that wasn’t all indoor carnauba wax spa days draped in 100% terry cloth towels. But for a bike that is mean to be ridden, for a bike that seeks to outperform the stocker OEM that donated its guts to power this beauty, usage should be mandatory. Think of it as an experienced partner. And the best part about this one is the cost of the bike is NOT the going rate for a clean YB11 PLUS all the mods and upgrades PLUS all the labor PLUS additional fees. Given what has been done, the Buy It Now of $12,995 seems almost reasonable. Except your leggy Italian supermodel now breathes fire on the way to “you are going to jail” velocities. Check out all the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

She Got Legs: 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera
Ducati January 29, 2022 posted by

Unbridled Engineering: 2017 Ducati 1299 SuperLeggera

There has never been a shortage of special Ducati to lust after.  For many years the top tier was the R models.  They represented the closest thing to a factory race bike that mere mortals could own.  These R models were limited in a way to what the racing regulations allowed, so Ducati decided to throw out the rule book and design the best bike they could with the SuperLeggera.  First introduced with the 1199 series, that bike used an extreme amount of magnesium to keep weight down.  For the 1299 Ducati went even further, everything is carbon fiber.  The wheels, the frame sections, the swing arm and of course the body work.  The result was a 215hp bike that weighed 368 pounds wet.

It goes without saying that the suspension, electronics package, brakes and general technology was the best of what Ducati had to offer at the time.  This was a technical tour de force and really unparalleled on the marked.  Ducati wanted to assert their dominance as the most exotic and desirable manufacture.

Just 500 of these machines were made for the world.  Unclear what percentage of those came to the USA.  Originally shipped with a few notable extras that included stands, a second exhaust and a few other nice treats.  None of those are pictured or mentioned in the add, an interested buyer should inquire about them with the seller.  While none would take away from the epic riding experience, they are things that are nice to have and will enhance the appeal of the package over time.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Well this bike does not need any introduction as this is the Dream bike of them all. Everything is carbon fiber including the frame and swing arm.

Only 1780 miles and all service to date.

Bike is located in Arizona payment can be made through bank wire and we can help with transport or pick up are available as well.

Any questions please ask.

Firm on the price

The listing has a Buy It Now price of $55,000 and a comment that this is a firm number for the seller.  While this is not an insignificant amount of money, it does signal a price shift for the 1299 SuperLeggera market.  When new these bikes were in high demand and the $80,000 MSRP did not hamper sales.  This bike was also seen as the high water mark for the V Twin Ducati Superbike.  The V4 bikes are starting to become adopted by racers, and fast road riders, and as more and more of the V4 are produced, prices of even the most sought after V Twins will be pushed down slightly.  That bike that has been out of reach for a few years might just dip enough to snap up.  Would be wise to keep an eye on these, as at some point they will cross over from being a used motorcycle, and transition into a must have edition to any collections.

Unbridled Engineering:  2017 Ducati 1299 SuperLeggera
Ducati October 14, 2021 posted by

Rules Do Not Apply: 2014 Ducati SUPERBIKE 1199 SUPERLEGGERA

For years the top Ducati specification has been their R model bikes.  These race bikes for the road were released to appease the governing bodies of different organizations.  The rules stipulate that in order to qualify for the race, a specific number need to be produced to homologate them for racing.  The idea was to keep manufactures from creating an ultra low volume full bore race bike, selling a few, and then claim it was the road bike offering.  But what if the manufacture did not care about the rules?  What if this manufacture wanted to push the performance envelope and see what was possible?   Enter the Ducati Superleggera.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

For Sale No stories title in hand 2014 DUCATI 1199 Superleggera with only 1550 miles in perfect condition. This is 32 of only 500 stamped.If you are a real Ducati enthusiast, you can’t live without this machine.the most exclusive and extreme Ducati ever made with an unprecedented 200+ horsepower in homologated configuration and a 166Kg weight ready-to-ride without gas give it the best, by far, power to weight ratio of any homologated motorcycle.EVO tech radiator guards top and bottom, installed when bike was new, paint and radiator guard are in mint condition. BlipBox Auto up and down quick shift, CRG bar end mirrors- custom OE bar ends used Ducati bus charger connection in tail, Ducati lithium charger, integrated rear lights, 2x keys and Ducati manuals, Front Ducati OE stand rear Pitbull.

The listing is full of hyperbole and seems to not know that in the following years Ducati made a 1299SL and a V4SL.  To be fair, both of those bikes wore much higher MSRPs.  Another nit pick would be that the photographs in the listing are more suited to gain Instagram likes then  show a potential buyers the condition of the bike.

The 1199 SL used a substantial amount of magnesium and carbon fiber to shave weight.  The use of these exotic materials meant that no matter how many Ducati built, it would never be allowed to race in World Superbike.  Some period reviews made claims that this road bike weighed less and had a better power to weight ratio then some of the factory race bikes.

With the current bid just topping $10k there should be no expectation of a sale at that number, but it will be interesting to see where bidding goes on this.  Many low mile examples hit the market with eye watering asking prices.  There should be no doubt that these Superleggera models will always be desirable and over an amazing ride to a lucky few.

Rules Do Not Apply: 2014 Ducati SUPERBIKE 1199 SUPERLEGGERA
Ducati September 3, 2021 posted by

Modern Ducati SL: The 1199 Panigale Superleggera

The search for speed and performance can be an obsession.  Something that consumes all focus and drives decisions about every aspect of the machine.  Much of the time this pursuit is limited to racing applications.  Teams spend untold amounts of money to go incrementally faster.  This purity of design is rarely seen on the streets.  With the Ducati Panigale line someone decided that the rules around production racing were severely limiting what was possible, so Ducati introduced the Superleggera.

Not bound to the homologation rules, Ducati was free to push the envelope.  The Panigale R was the homologation special, and gaining a reputation as an amazing performance machine.  Something that frankly few thought could be made better.  With the use of a magnesium frame, more carbon fiber and a few other choice parts the weight was reduced by 30 pounds when compared to the R.  That is an absolutely insane amount of weight to pull off of an already featherweight motorcycle.  Under 400 pounds fully fueled, the 205hp engine has no trouble firing the bike down the track at triple digit speeds.

While every other manufacture was focused on creating homologation special for the sole purpose of racing, Ducati was raising the bar by offering a motorcycle that did not need to conform to any rules.  Something on another level of focus and a class of it’s own.  Wonder what the other manufactures think of this Ducati Power move.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

For Auction a clear titled in hand 2014 DUCATI 1199 Panigale Superleggera #32 with only 1,527 miles in mint looking/running condition. Mainly used for Sunday rides in the canyons or meetup with friends for coffee. I purchased the bike from local Ducati dealer with 9miles on it early part of 2021. Your viewing arguably the most amazing piece of motorcycle art on the planet period. This is #32 of only 500 stamped if you are a real Ducati enthusiast, you can’t live without this machine.the most exclusive and extreme Ducati ever made with an unprecedented 200+ horsepower in homologated configuration and a 166Kg weight ready-to-ride without gas (.5kg less then a WSBK full racing trim) give it the best, by far, power to weight ratio of any homologated motorcycle. Racing Kit:Included with each 1199 Superleggera is a “track kit” to adapt the bike completely to closed-circuit use. The kit is composed of pieces which, when mounted, add to the bike an additional 5 horsepower for 205hp, and shed an additional 2.5Kg. It is the finishing touch, to unleash every last bit of the 1199 Superleggera’s incredible performance. Kit Composition: Akropovich full EVO Racing exhaust, Racing windshield, Machined mirror block-off plates, NRC License plate holder removal plug: Modifications and what comes with bike:*3M clear bra on, front fairing, tail, tank L+R, top fairings by knees.*EVO tech radiator guards top and bottom, installed when bike was new, paint and radiator guard are in mint condition. BlipBox Auto up and down quick shift, *CRG bar end mirrors- custom OE bar ends used* Ducati bus charger connection in tail,Ducati lithium charger, integrated rear lights, 2x keys and Ducati manuals, Ducati service manual for this bike on usb stick! Front Ducati OE stand rear Pitbull.

The Buy It Now price of $48,999 means this bike will be out of reach for some enthusiasts, but this was always going to be an exclusive offering.  The original MSRP was in the $65k range, and the current model has crossed the line into the six figure territory.  You are getting top tier performance and components for your money though, as well as a rare and desirable package.  The 1199 and 1299 were the end of the V Twin era for Ducati super bikes, so sure to be cemented as a current and future collectable.  Largely stock with the exception of a few tasteful and expensive add ons.

Modern Ducati SL: The 1199 Panigale Superleggera
Bimota July 9, 2019 posted by

Classic Looks, [Nearly] Modern Performance: 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale

Superleggera means “super light” in Italian, and has been applied to everything from aluminum-bodied Ferraris to modern Ducatis. For the time, the Bimota YB11 offered pretty outrageous performance, compared to mass-produced open-class superbikes. In the YB11’s case, the claimed 403lbs dry is on par with something like a modern superbike, with a bit less power. Actually, performance should be right in line with something like a Yamaha MT10, which means it’s no slouch even by modern standards and shockingly fast for a bike that’s now 22 years old.

Like nearly all Bimotas, the YB11 was powered by an existing engine from an outside supplier. In this case, the 1002cc five-valve Yamaha Genesis inline four from the YZF1000, with airbox and exhaust tweaks to up the power just a bit from 145 to 150 claimed horses. The bike uses right-way-up forks, but they’re massive 51mm Paioli units with carbon-fiber lowers, and Bimota’s signature aluminum beam frame features gorgeous machined details.

As mentioned in our previous post, it appears that the six-speed gear cluster of a YZF750R does fit within the YZF1000’s cases, making it a pretty straightforward upgrade. As fast as it was, plenty of reviews bemoan the lack of a top cog: it doesn’t really need one, the bike just seems to want one. Since Bimotas use relatively ordinary engines and transmissions for motivation, it seems like that kind of modification would be well within the spirit of

As with other Bimotas the bodywork is lightweight and consists of just a few panels. The entire tail section and tank shroud is a single piece, which is obviously great when you need to strip one for maintenance, not so great if you have a minor crash. The riding position is pretty weird, with a long, stretched out reach to the bars, and pegs set uncomfortably high. I’d imagine there’s room for improvement in both areas if you plan to use one on the street and want to play around with adjustable bars and rearsets, although finding parts to fit could be a hassle.

Interestingly, many YB11s came fitted with a passenger pad and footrests, making it one of just a handful of Bimotas that can handle date-night duties. Of course, “superleggera” construction would suggest an aluminum subframe instead of steel to support the weight of an additional person, but apparently the super-light setup was strong enough. For better or for worse, this one lacks those pillion accommodations. That’s probably academic, since almost nobody actually uses passenger seats on uncomfortable exotic Italian superbikes, but it’s always nice to have the option.

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale

Up for sale is my 1997 Bimota YB11 from my collection and it is in pristine condition and is listed with an astonishing 2850 miles (yes you read that right). The bike has always stored indoors for 22 years but that a full refresh has already been completed (details below).

Bimota produced only 600 example of this fabulous creation. Named the ‘Superleggera, or Super-light, the YB11 was a tiny 183kg, a full 15kg lighter than the Yamaha YZF1000R from whence came the 11’s engine. 

The Superleggera was spoilt in many way; a sophisticated Paioli rear shock developed specifically to suit Bimota’s new swing-arm design. Paioli also supplied the lightweight carbon-fibre front forks. Although the Thunderace Yamaha engine was unchanged internally, Bimota incorporated a larger ram-air box that together with their four-into-on exhaust and reworked carbys did increase horsepower to up around 150. The Superleggera achieved a power to weight ratio that no mass-produced bike could match.

  • Bimota
  • 407 lbs
  • 150 HP at 10,200 rpm
  • 20 Valve 1000 cc inline 4 from a Yamaha YZF1000R
  • Larger airbag and exhaust system from Bimota
  • High performance suspension
  • 600 Units produced world wide
  • 87 in the Unites States
  • $30,000 MSRP in 1996
  • Key included

Refresh details

  • Flushed brakes, add stainless steel braided brake lines, rebuilt rear master cylinders
  • Lubed and adjusted throttle and clutch cables
  • Flushed cooling system
  • Torqued and checked all chassis fittings and fasteners,  check/tighten steering head bearings,
  • Replaced shock chain
  • Replaced battery, NGK spark plugs, 
  • Performed compression check and full tune, including clean and synch carbs, flush fuel tank and add 1 gallon bath metal rust remover, replace petcock assembly (leaking).  

Added engine top-end oiling kit from Daughtry Motorsports (early VF1000’s were reported to suffer top end oiling deficiency and this kit addresses that fully).  Includes oil filter with adapter for top-end oiling kit.

Replaced original tires (old and cracked) with brand new Bridgestone Battlax BT45’s.  Went to 150/70/17 rear (stock was 140) and 120/80/16 front (stock size).

Not sure where the customer got those tire sizes, since the YB11 wore very ordinary 180/55-17 and 120/70-17 tires at the rear and front, respectively. Considering he also mentions “early VF1000s” I’m assuming he’s mixed up the text from a couple different bikes he’s posting on eBay. Regardless, this looks to be in very good, original condition, with low miles. I’m still shocked that there’s virtually no interest in these bikes, but that can’t last forever, so grab one now!

-tad

Classic Looks, [Nearly] Modern Performance: 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale
Ducati October 13, 2017 posted by

Spawn of Sausage Creature: 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera

This 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera has barely covered its break-in period, and comes complete with a boxful of accessories and two Akrapovic exhaust setups. And, if you’re so inclined, the option of a two-year warranty. On a 200-horsepower, 400-pound Scud missile. With a license plate. And turn signals.

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera

It is nigh on impossible to avoid cliches when describing the 1199 Superleggera, as writers have been trying to come up with ways to describe ever lighter, ever faster, ever more mind-bending bikes since Harley and Davidson strapped their first thumper to a Safety Bicycle. Weapons analogies seem appropriate, though, as a race bike handled carelessly will have the same effect on you as any of Beelzebub’s evilest creations.

Even with three years under its belt, the 1199 is an amazing machine, carrying all but the final, infinitesimally small and expensive tweaks that Ducati’s WSBK steeds do. Though it will pass emissions and safely indicate a turn, this bike has very little business on a public road, needing only its first two gears to land you squarely in jail, or turn you into Hunter Thompson’s aptly-named creature.

The bike seen here comes from a dealer in California and is, for all intents and purposes new. Judging by the size of the chicken strips on the tires, it has rarely, if ever been ridden in anger. It comes from smack in the middle of the Superleggera’s production run, wearing number 294 out of 500 examples.

From the eBay listing:

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera RARE SUPERLEGGERA – PERFECT

Extended warranty for 12, 24 or 36 months available at a discounted rate.

WOW! We are proud to have this rare piece of motorcycle history available for sale. The 1199 Superleggera is exactly what its name translates to in English – Super Light. Ducati’s performance recipe of lightweight and more power, and designed a machine that creates over 200 horsepower and has a dry weight of just 341.7 lbs., which is the same as Ducati’s WSB racer. Ducati created 200 new parts for this most exclusive slice of exotica, including a carbon fiber seat unit, titanium fasteners, a feather-light 700g lithium battery and revised electronics.

Ducati outfitted the 1199 Superleggera with a lighter, tungsten-balanced crankshaft, titanium con rods, and a lighter flywheel. Ducati also used aluminum cylinder liners instead of steel

With these enhancements, the 1199 Superleggera produces more than 200 horsepower. To tame this type of power, Ducati incorporated a host of electronics, including Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC). These systems are optimized “with new automatic calibration of rear-tire size and final transmission ratio.” Ducati also added a race-derived, handlebar mount to easily adjust the levels of these systems on the track.

Here is the chance to own the rarest motorcycle in the world and still save 1000’s.

Stock #: R1697

We offer very attractive long – term financing and leasing on all of our pristine vehicles.

Shipping nationwide and worldwide is available with our trusted transportation partners.

Please contact us if you have any questions about this vehicle. We are looking forward to hear from you.

RARE SUPERLEGGERA IN PERFECT CONDITION / Collectors item / 2nd exhaust included

Extended warranty for 12, 24, 36 or 48 months available at a discounted rate.

The $45,890 Buy-It-Now price for this brute is closing in on Desmosedici RR territory, though this bike is nearly as rare, just as powerful and arguably more usable than its hand-built and directly GP-derived sibling.

Spawn of Sausage Creature: 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera
Bimota October 27, 2016 posted by

Super and Leggera: 1998 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale

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1990s Bimotas currently represent an amazing value, and this 1998 YB11 Superleggera has superbike performance, Yamaha reliability, and is very rare, all for under $10,000. “Superleggera” or “super light” is a style of construction that stresses lightweight materials and construction: Ducati’s Superleggera is so super and leggera that it actually weighs less than the British Superbike Championship Panigale including ballast… So while 400lbs dry may not be considered the absolute lightest bike out there by today’s standards, it’s still in the hunt and was a solid 30lbs lighter than the YZF1000 that donated its engine and gearbox.

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Plenty of superbikes these days weigh the same and make far more than the YB11’s 145 peak horsepower, but without their electronics and sophisticated traction control systems, they’d likely be wrapped around a tree in short order. The five-valve Yamaha engine that powers the YB11 should be far less peaky than something like an MV Agusta F4 or even a BMW S1000RR, as evidenced by the 5-speed gearbox, which suggests a reduced need to chase narrow powerbands. It says much about the original bike that it’s nearly 20 years old and, with 170mph top speed, can at least keep modern superbikes in sight, especially on the road.

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The only catch with that “Yamaha reliability” thing could be actual access to the Yamaha parts on the YB11. That beam frame may be light and strong, but Bimota didn’t worry about things like “servicing” when they designed this beast, and other bikes they’ve built aren’t easy to service: for the similar, Suzuki GSX-R1100-powered SB6R, you actually need to drop the engine to change the front sprocket. The clutch slave? Drop the engine. And the alternator drive on the SB6R tends to fail due to overheating. Guess what you have to do to work on that?

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Those beefy 51mm Paioli forks provide excellent roadholding but could be difficult to source parts for. And when I say “could” I mean, “I know one that was sidelined for a couple years with leaky seals because the parts were unavailable.” Although I’m sure it’d be possible to swap in the front end from a modern superbike, if you’re friendly with someone who can knock up a set of custom triple-trees…

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale

A Unique and Rare Super Bike On Display in the New England Motorcycle Museum!

Extremely rare! Only 650 made! Not many opportunities to buy unmolested, low mileage Bimotas present themselves! Act now!

Borderline savage power-to-weight ratio! There was nothing in its class that could touch it in sheer acceleration

This bike features an engine based off the Yamaha YZF1000 and featured a larger air box, reworked carburetors & a 4 into 1 pipe that turned the Yamaha engine into a rocket ship without comprising its superb reliability!

Immense handling capabilities! Extremely light weight makes for easy input and lean angle limits that are most likely well beyond the rider’s capabilities.

This hand crafted, Italian made motorcycle is gorgeous and the photos speak for themselves! Here’s your chance to own this Italian Stallion!

Ready for your exotic collection

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The seller does include a video of the bike with a walk-around, but doesn’t fire the bike up. It’s pretty clear from the photos that this bike is in superlative condition and has just 3,000 on it. I’m not sure if the YB11 has similar servicing issues as Bimota’s SB6, but I’d consult with a specialist shop or spend some time on the forums before assuming these will be cheap or easy to maintain. Plus, bodywork might prove a little difficult to replace if you take a tumble. That being said, I’d buy one in a heartbeat: with a Buy It Now price of just $9,500 it’s rare, fast, and Italian. It even has passenger accommodations, something of a rarity for Bimotas in general.

-tad

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Super and Leggera: 1998 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale
Ducati July 15, 2015 posted by

You’re Not Worthy: 2014 Ducati Superleggera for Sale

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera R SideThis weaponized Ducati Superleggera, resplendent in nuclear red paint that looks like it causes cancer to people standing near it is one of those bikes that lives up the hype. Many Ducati special editions have been a bit disappointing, unless you were looking for a living room decoration. All that carbon fiber added to the cost, but saved just a few pounds compared to bikes that weren’t all that light to begin with, and the upgraded suspension bits may have looked cool, but racers probably binned the original bits for even higher-spec parts before they hit the track, as the stock parts often looked better than they performed…

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera L Side Front

But the Superleggera went on a truly ruthless diet. Yeah, the usual fairing panels were replaced with carbon as you’d expect. But then basically everything on the bike that could be lightened or replaced with lighter parts, was lightened or replaced with lighter parts. The updates were comprehensive, and include magnesium airbox/headstock, magnesium engine cases, lightweight internals, and a carbon-fiber subframe.

The result was a bike that weighed in, full of gas and still wearing lights and mirrors, at under 400lbs. That’s nearly 70lbs less than the BMW S1000RR, one of very few bikes that could outperform the stock 1199.

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera R Side Rear

And it’s a screamer, too: I’m still getting used to the idea of a 1200cc v-twin that revs to 12,500rpm. That was four-cylinder territory until this bike came along. Pankl rods, titanium valves, and other lightweight internals all add up to a bike that puts out almost 190hp at the wheel, well over 200hp at the crank.

This is, quite literally, a World Superbike that’s completely road legal. Well, it’s actually a few horses short, but it’s also lighter than a World Superbike…

From the original eBay listing: 2014 Ducati Superleggera for Sale

The 1199 Superleggera is the most exclusive and desirable Ducati ever made. Materialized in magnesium, carbon fiber, and titanium, it boasts the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle in history and will be produced as a limited edition of only 500 units. Discover all the details and in-depth information in the sections dedicated to materials, technology and mechanics.

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera Triple Clamp

This bike is notable for being the lowest-priced Superleggera I’ve seen so far which, at $49,999.00 maybe isn’t saying all that much. This rock-bottom price might be because of the massive 2,500 miles this thing’s racked up since new… But it is nice to know these things are being ridden by some of their owners. I’ve even seen them on the road and in the canyons.

And ride them you should: after all, that’s perhaps the very coolest thing about modern motorcycles. We’re quickly heading towards Moto GP levels of performance on our streetbikes, and that would obviously be impossible for most riders to handle without some electronic aids to keep that killing power in check.

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera L Side Rear

Oh? You say you’re so good you don’t need that stuff? Yes you do. And that safety net means that you folks who are convinced you’re better than this bike are that much less likely to high-side yourselves into Low Earth Orbit, and there might be a few of these left for me at some point.

This one’s actually a bike I’d love to own at some point, once the prices drop. If they drop: I’m hoping for an F4CC sort of precipitous drop in values over the next few years, but that might just be wishful thinking…

-tad

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera R Side Front

You’re Not Worthy: 2014 Ducati Superleggera for Sale