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Aprilia May 20, 2022 posted by

Colorfast – 2013 Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC

Twenty-teens naked superbikes are often a bit over the top, and the V4R Tuono shows that Aprilia got a head start.  Vegas-based Eurocycle offers this liter-sized V-4 with all the electronic wizardy, moderate miles, and a fairly relaxed riding position.

2013 Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC for sale on eBay

Aprilia’s game-changing V4 has a 65-degree splay, with the four pack of Dell’Orto throttle bodies which adjust length dynamically.  Four cams and four valves per cylinder are at the top of the 167 hp lump, which has been optimized for torque on the Tuono.  The alloy chassis takes advantage of the V-4’s naturally skinny width, and sports a little more wheelbase, rake and trail than the RSV4 Superbike.  That extra stability is complimented by the 43mm adjustable Sachs forks and piggyback reservoir monoshock.  A full suite of electronics helps keep the shiny side up, with three throttle maps plus selectable traction / wheelie / launch control.  The factory quick-shifter and slipper clutch are a bit more analogue.

Though no history is offered, this Tuono looks excellent for its 15,432 miles.  A few mods are shown, with shorty exhaust and levers, extended windscreen, tail tidy, bar end mirrors, and T-Rex frame sliders.  The listing states that the bike is on display at their Sonoma County location, so might be worth a call before pushing any buttons.  Some warranty time might be desirable with all those electronics and it would be something to ask about.  Some Aprilia marketing info from the eBay auction:

The performance and features of a superbike, the agility of a naked and the legacy of an innovative concept born in 2002 with the Tuono 1000 R – a bike that earned both critical acclaim and sales success – but with an extraordinary ace up its sleeve: the performance of a 65° V4 engine and the most advanced electronics available in a motorcycle today.

Like the original Tuono, the V4 is also immediately recognizable with its triple headlight fixed top fairing, the distinguishing trait of a bike which, like its twin cylinder predecessor, has the body and soul of its WSBK homologated sibling, but now – as well as having two world championships (the 2010 constructors’ and riders’ titles) under its belt – features two more cylinders and 41 horsepower more than before, while weighing over 22 pounds less. These astonishing figures are a testimony to the technological evolution that made this exciting model a reality. The bike is available in two colours: competition black, sunlit yellow.

Though the V4R’s appetite for straightaways might be insatiable, the thin and light package will make short work of the technical stuff, too.  The ask is a little more than half of the MSRP, seeming like a pretty good buy for the top of the line, and it’ll be a while before you see yourself going by.  Depending on how the APRC is set up, 4.5 gallons of dino juice might last all morning.

– donn

Colorfast – 2013 Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC
KTM April 2, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Update 4.2.2022: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Contact us now for your own Featured Listing!

KTM introduced the Super Duke in 2005 and has proved a long term success for the brand – and the 1290 Super Duke R won most super-naked shootouts in 2015.  RSBFS reader Steve offers his impeccably maintained example for your consideration.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R $11,000 in Northern California

KTM latched on to ending their engine sizes in -90 as catchy marketing, and the 1290 is close but actually gulps 1301 cc’s per rev.  Even pushing 177 hp, the V-twin is optimized for torque, with a 106 ft.-lbs. push at 8,060 rpm.  Those kinds of numbers can’t be trusted to the right wrist, so a suite of electronics offers selectable levels of throttle, traction and wheelie control, along with ABS.  WP supplies suspension at both ends of the orange trellis, with a single-sided swingarm leaving room for the Arrow muffler.  There is also a factory steering damper and ramped clutch which provides a slipper action.  The limited fairings channel air toward the radiator and away from the headlight, and don’t shield the rider as much as remind them of what’s in store.

As KTM’s most extreme streetfighter, there’s not all that much available in the upgrade department, but Steve had an Arrow exhaust fitted, and the 1290 breathes a little easier without the catalyst.  Of course the DOT rear fender has been tidied up.  Nicer Power Parts seats and luggage come with the bike, as well as the factory seats and exhaust.  Service last fall and new tires mean it should be a while before this Duke needs anything.  Steve asks $13,000 $11,000 and supplied these notes:

New Michelin 5 Tires
Full Service completed on 9/14/21 at A&S Motorsports. Maintenance history included.
KTM Power Parts Seats, OEM seats included
KTM Power Parts Luggage Included
R&G Exhaust Hanger, OEM passenger pegs included
TechSpec Tank Grip
Shorai Battery 2 years old
Arrow Race Tech, Slip-On Exhaust w/link pipe, Full OEM Exhaust included
Rottweiler SAS Block-offs/cat delete
Low Mileage 6,700
Includes Owners Manual, one key, plus Orange key and key code card
Tail tidy / fender eliminator
Runs and Drives perfectly, incredible Horsepower and Torque – aka, “The Beast”
Clean Title in Hand, California registration good until October, 2022
Clean Vehicle History Report
Garage kept. Properly maintained and Cared for. Near Showroom Condition.

A stop-and-go is required to adjust or defeat the traction control and ABS, which reviewers didn’t like.  They then went on to urge caution since the Super Duke will wheelie in the first three gears with very little effort !  The ride by wire throttle reviewed as more linear than earlier Dukes with a cable-operated throttle and closed loop EFI ( and the lean programming required ).  Otherwise the Duke will do just about anything you could ask, and the lack of fairings won’t let you tell LEO’s you had no idea of your speed.

Send questions or offers to Steve via – email –

-donn

Featured Listing – 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
MV Agusta September 21, 2021 posted by

Little America – 2004 MV Agusta 750 Brutale America

With a nod to a previous generation’s – 750S –, MV Agusta’s America kit transformed the Brutale, at least cosmetically.  This one has low miles, great looks, and claims to be one of 70 in the nation.

2004 MV Agusta 750 Brutale America for sale on eBay

No surprise that the together design was penned by Massimo Tamburini, and made use of MV’s own F4 engine, in its original 750 form.  The engine bolts in to limit flex in the trellis chassis, which supports 49mm Showa forks and a single-sided rear with Sach shock.  MV’s signature star wheels have been uprated to Marchesini forgings, and the usual four-into-two exhaust replaced by an even lighter and shorter Arrow system.

Let’s hope the kit was dealer installed because it really is too much to list.  Limited photos will require a request for more.  Fans of the magic number will like plaque 030 of 300.  Funny the tanks wings are blue on the underside, white on top, so from low angles the bike just looks blue.  Not sure of the pictured rider is the owner, but the fork tubes seem to be pushed up through the trees an inch or so.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Very rare , 300 made world wide and only 70 sold in the USA , this is number 30 of 300 !  LOW MILES ! This bike sold new for @ $19k. The full America kit was @ $ 7500. The full America kit included Alcantara Saddle , carbon fiber – tail section , side vents , radiator shroud , instrument cover , key guard ( I added the rear fender) .  Also in the kit was special paint colors and Marchesini wheels.

In just 20 years the Brutale has been through three generations, from 675 to 1090 cc’s, and a surprising number of special editions – from the classic Oro to Starfighter Titanium.  In this kind of condition and superhero livery, the 750 America will always find a fan here.

-donn

Little America – 2004 MV Agusta 750 Brutale America
MV Agusta May 3, 2021 posted by

Rhymes with Brutale – 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910S with just 856 miles !

When the time came for MV Agusta’s naked superbike, design legend Massimo Tamburini lent his expertise, with gorgeous result.  Today’s Brutale is the quite super 910S, with outstanding cosmetics and miniscule miles.

2008 MV Agusta 910s for sale on eBay

The Brutale began its continuing run as a 750 in 2001, and the 909cc four was the tallest engine that would fit in the chassis without a more major re-design.  Agusta’s exotic valve head and 13-to-1 compression promised superbike power – 139 hp at 12,500 rpm.  A classic chrom-moly trellis frame held oversized Marzocchi forks and Sachs monoshock.  Nissin supplied their 6-piston calipers for the 310mm front brakes.  The moderate seat height, low bars, and 408 lbs dry weight made for a smaller-feeling and quick handling package.

Evidently owned by a collector that picked up a more riderly MV, this Brutale has been kept with an eye on the future.  Finishes are new-bike clean, and no nits can really be picked.  The headers might be the only proof that  this bike was actually ridden.  Just a sampling of the detailed comments from the eBay auction :

The metallic orange color looks spectacular in the sun and contrasts nicely against the black.  The paint was just freshly waxed.  My father was an automotive painter for 40 years and he and I have restored a couple cars together so am cursed with high standards for paint.  This MV Agusta’s finish is in spectacular condition, excellent quality, and a stunning color combo.  The motorcycle is in the condition as should be expected for having traveled only 856 miles and being kept covered in a garage.  It essentially looks like a new bike and is stunning.

This Brutale has been kept in great care and been regularly maintained and ridden every year.  There are absolutely no leaks and no drips.  The forks are excellent and not leaking.  It received oil changes every year.  The battery is strong and starts the bike up easily.  The 910cc 4 cylinder engine idles smoothly, revs smoothly, and feels like it has all the 137 horsepower it should have.  The engine and exhaust sound excellent.  The intake induction sound is intoxicating !  The brakes are excellent and without issue.  The clutch is excellent and without issue.  The tires are in excellent shape.  This Brutale rides as it should.

The Brutale 910S is such a fun and flickable machine!  They weigh only 407 lbs and have plenty of low down and midrange grunt while also pull at the top end too.  The seating position is very upright and very comfortable.  The styling, excellent fit and finish, and color combo make it the type of bike that one can just sit and admire in their garage… Or in their living room!

The 910S got great reviews for every facet of its performance, with praise for the design and build quality as well.  Though the $14K MSRP was how they got there, it wasn’t a popular “feature”.  MV Agusta’s have always been over on the exclusive end of the spectrum, and the Brutale is no exception.  The exotic-ness of the ask for this Brutale could be debated, but the next owner will certainly be able to say they got something special in return.

-donn

 

Rhymes with Brutale – 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910S with just 856 miles !
Aprilia April 15, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2008 KTM 990R Super Duke with 3,893 Miles !

Update 5.10.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

KTM’s Orange Army is no longer a special operations group, but has a wide range of rides and high European sales numbers.  RSBFS reader David has this first year R-model Duke, with under 4,000 miles.

2008 KTM 990R Super Duke for sale

KTM was playing a little catch-up ball in the super-naked category, but made a splash in 2005 with the 990 Super Duke, edgily styled by the Austrian Kiska design studio.  For the 2007 update, radial mount brakes were added, fuel injection maps smoothed, and fuel tank size increased to a hair under 5 gallons.  The proven eight-valve Rotax-derived twin is right out of the superbike, and the R-variant boasts more power with 132 hp at 10,000 rpm.  R-upgrades also include Akropovic exhaust, solo seat, steering damper, titanium coating on the WP forks, and contrasting orange finish on the chromoly trellis frame.

David hails from central Tennessee and has kept the variety of semi-gloss black finishes on his -R up beautifully.  It has new Michelins and up-to-date maintenance, the low 3,893 miles giving the next owner a practically new-Duke experience.  David is asking $6,800 for is Super Duke R.

The 990 Super Duke R matched specs with Ducati’s Monster S4R almost line by line, but had a more hypermotard vibe, with factory axle sliders and black as a fashion statement.  Reviewers praised the power and light weight, and did their late braking and explored the lean angles on the racetrack – but promotional videos showed plenty of wheelies and stoppies on Main St.  Maybe a little of each awaits the next rider on this immaculate Super Duke R.

David asks $6,800. Located in Chapel Hill, Tennessee

Featured Listing – 2008 KTM 990R Super Duke with 3,893 Miles !
Ducati November 6, 2020 posted by

A Different Animal – 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS

As tough as it was to make the water-cooled engine look beautiful, the four valve testastretta ( and 130 hp ) was worth it.  Here’s a powerful creampuff with under 1,000 miles and a veritable mountain of farkles.

2007 Ducati Monster S4RS for sale on eBay

The S4RS was a certain pinnacle of Monster engineering, with the superbike’s 50mm throttle bodies tucked under the fuel tank.  It’s geared more for the stoplight to stoplight contests than the GP course, and excels in traffic.  Öutstanding Öhlins dampers are front and rear, as are wide 17-inch rims.  Ergonomics accommodate the long engine and might require a lean over the tank, and the smooth dry clutch will tone up your left grip.

Out of dry Palm Springs, this S4RS looks better than new, with carbon a major element.  Depending on who did the installation, the upgrades might’ve challenged the purchase price.  Comments and a list from the eBay auction:

Purchased new in 2007 and been garage kept ever since. Only 939 Miles from new. 3 keys. Clean title in hand. Detailed serviced history and all manuals included. Perfect condition. Never been dropped and only adult ridden, in the dry. Has over $15k in extras added on to this motorcycle, no expense has been spare on this bike. All work has been done by either a Ducati dealership or a Ducati Certificated Master Technician. Sorry no test rides.
 
Items Include: 
  • Termignoni full race exhaust system with ECU
  • Ducati Performance slipper clutch w/ red pressure plate and black springs
  • Ducati Performance Garmin Zumo 590 GPS
  • BST Carbon Rims with Pirelli Diablo Rossa Corsa tires 
  • Custom rear sets from Pro Twins (Ducati dealership in the UK)
  • Black powder-coated passenger foot-pegs w/ carbon fiber heel guards
  • CNC Racing rear sprocket cover and flange bolts in black
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber chain guard (front & rear pieces)
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber tail unit
  • Ducati Performance rear view mirror set with built-in turn signals
  • Hyperpro 140 mm steering damper (frame-mounted)
  • Rizoma NEXT fluid reservoirs w/ clear tubing
  • Brembo radial brake master cylinder + lever
  • Brembo radial clutch master cylinder + lever
  • Ducati Performance front & rear turn signals
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber front mudguard
  • Rizoma open clutch cover
  • DID 525 final drive chain
  • CNC Racing clutch slave cylinder
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber rear hugger
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber radiator covers
  • Ducati Performance aluminum gas cap in black
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber front sprocket cover
  • Evotech bar-end weights
  • Zero Gravity black fly screen.
  • Renthal 42-tooth rear sprocket
  • K&N air filter
  • Shift Tech carbon fiber plate surround
  • HID main headlamp bulb
  • Renthal 14-tooth front sprocket
  • Pro Grips
  • Custom Paint Protection Film on all fairings and tank
  • Front and rear paddock stands
  • Custom indoor cover

Though jamming the 916 engine into the 2001 Monster S4 wasn’t a wild leap, down the road it led to some seriously super naked bikes – right down to this year’s 1200S, with three electronics packages to tame the 147 hp twin.  But the round headlight S4RS has a different feel, with the main computer just north of the helmet chin strap, and the desmoquattro engine quite similar to the World Superbike Ducati from that year.

-donn

A Different Animal – 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS
Yamaha July 8, 2020 posted by

Naked Reprise – 2006 Yamaha FZ-1

While the original FZ-1 was one Cycle World’s bikes of the year, Yamaha made a substantive update for 2006.  With miles in the 1,000-per-year neighborhood, this Tennessee example looks excellent.

2006 Yamaha FZ-1 for sale on eBay

Yamaha brought their aluminum casting technology to bear on the new FZ-1 chassis, cradling the R1-derived liter, and steadying it during its 147 hp moments.  The 20-valve four had a heavier crankshaft than the R1, along with torquier cams and a smoother balance shaft.  Fuel injection is electronic, but this FZ-1 pre-dates any power nannies.  Brakes are up to the task with 320mm disks and four piston calipers.  43mm forks separate compression and rebound damping duties, and are fitted with an almost straight across the top handlebar.  In a close-up the angular fairing could be mistaken for a superbike part.

Despite a little sticker-mania, the owner has taken nice care of their FZ-1,  looking excellent with no particular damage.  Interested bidders will have to ask, since there aren’t enough pictures and not much history in the comments from the eBay auction:

Condition is Used. This bike is in perfect condition. No scratches or dents. Looks like it came off the showroom floor. It has been taken excellent care of and is ready to ride. Clear clean title.

The FZ-1 caught both far ends of the R-1 spectrum, riders who weren’t ready for a superbike statement, or maybe could no longer deal with the R-1’s ergonomics.  The performance put most nakeds to bed, with Yamaha tech and build quality.  The ask seems at the top of the range, but maybe the Make Offer button will make an appearance in a re-listing.

-donn

 

Naked Reprise – 2006 Yamaha FZ-1
Aprilia March 25, 2020 posted by

Super Naked: 2004 Aprilia Tuono R for Sale

The first-generation Aprilia Tuono is the odd Italian bike notable more for what it does than for how it looks. It’s relatively practical, with a comfortable, upright seating position, is powered by a reliable v-twin developed by Austrian firm Rotax, and offers bonkers, uncompromising performance. Suspension is high-quality, handling is excellent, and it apparently is great for pulling wheelies. And those looks? Well, it’s… distinctive, at least. Basically, it’s a bike for riders, not poseurs.

The market has finally found a name for bikes in this class: “supernakeds.” They used to be called “streetfighters” since these naked sportbikes were originally exactly that: Japanese sportbikes that had their fairings removed and upright bars fitted to maximize road comfort and hooligan potential. This was obviously done for practical reasons, not because the owners crashed their bikes and didn’t want to pay for pricey replacement plastic panels… Even the Speed Triple and Ducati Monster used that formula, and were basically parts-bin machines based on fully-faired sportbikes.

Significantly the Tuono, unlike more practical nakeds from Japan and even most European competitors, didn’t use a last-generation powerplant, detuned with milder cams more suited to everyday riding. It’s pretty much exactly the Mille engine, with the same claimed power output. Part of that decision is obviously rooted in pragmatism: Aprilia didn’t have an older engine they could slot in on the cheap. And using the same engine, frame, and other components certainly simplified production for a company producing their first big-bore sportbikes. But it was also the “right” thing to do, and the bike has a serious cult following: with less being more in this case, the Tuono actually a bit lighter that the RSV on which it’s based and makes for a serious canyon weapon.

The second-generation Tuono is generally considered to be better looking than the original. The styling was more refined, or maybe just slightly more coherent, but it still isn’t exactly a pretty bike. And if you’re going to build a bike with intentionally outrageous styling, you might as well lean all the way into it. What I’m saying is: I much prefer the original, far funkier Tuono seen here. It just looks nuts, and should be a blast to ride.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Aprilia Tuono R for Sale

First full naked Superbike. 998cc 138hp tuned for street use this was the Aprilia RSV Superbike with the fairings off and handlebars instead of clip ons. It’s a beast will eat Monsters easily, for experienced riders. Before traction control or ABS this beast will spit you off it you don’t handle it properly.  

Second owner. No accidents. Clean and clear title. Always garaged. Its my third bike I always end up riding my zx14r so it might go to someone more appreciative. Only have done routine maintenance like fluids, filters, tires and chains. 

  • Tires are Michelin Pilot Power 3s
  • Aprilia Racing twin pipes 
  • Eprom Chip 
  • Handlebar guards (keeps hands warm)
  • Heated Grips
  • Aftermarket rear sets
  • aftermarket adjustable brake and clutch levers
  • crash bobbins on axles and frames
  • Electic outlet on dash
  • Zero Gravity smoked windshield
  • Neutral finder mod completed

Bike is all day comfortable. Toured it with side bags for weekends. Or will do track days. Bike is in Oklahoma. Buyer to arrange local pickup I will assist your driver and shipping company when buyer makes arrangements. Cash only or bank wire. No checks of any kind. No paypal beyond the deposit. Clean and clear title in hand ready to go. 

Miles aren’t all that low, but these are hard to find in any condition. The seller is asking $4,499 for this one, and it looks like it’s been well maintained and looks really sharp in this all red scheme. Sure, there are a few dings and cosmetic imperfections, but for that price, you get a cool bit of budget exotica that goes even better than it looks: there’s a reason you can find low-mile Ducatis all day long, but every single Aprilia I find for sale seems to have 25k+ miles on it.

-tad