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Ducati July 28, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2002 Ducati 748 with 6,087 Miles!

SOLD!

One of Seattle Used Bikes’ service customers has a plan for a new ride, and SUB is repping the sale of this beautiful 748.  The upgrades to this single-seater are nice, but for the next rider, the comprehensive maintenance is even better.

2002 Ducati 748 for sale at Seattle Used Bikes asking $13,500

Ducati brought a companion to the showroom for its flagship 916, but in this case the desmoquattro had originally been designed for the supersport.  The smaller bore and stroke allow an 11,500 rpm redline, with 98 hp 500 revs before.  In most other ways the 748 borrows from its older brother, the chassis and geometry, ergonomics and bodywork.  Suspension is from Showa, fully adjustable, USD forks and remote reservoir shock.  Accompanied by 320mm Brembo brakes and a close ratio gearset, it reviewed as a better choice for the street.

This 748 has been a SUB client longer than its individual owners, and a recent valve train service should relieve any worries.  The chronically over-stressed coolant tank has been replaced by a robust aluminum unit, the fuel pump serviced and steering head bearings replaced.  The upgraded Marchesini wheels and Termignoni exhaust take this 748 very close to how an S was delivered.  That nick on the tailcone could be handled with a touch-up, and a repair to the inside of the front fender would be just about invisible.  Dave at Seattle Used Bike’s provided more detailed comments –

The current owner purchased the 748 April of 2018 from one or our former customers. Looking at our past records, we performed basic maintenance and tuning on this 748 starting in 2016. It started life as a base “E” model, not an “S” model, but has a few of the “S” upgrades like quick disconnect Dzus fasteners on the fairing, 5 spoke wheels and a Termignoni 3/4 exhaust system with a proper FBF eprom and a nice carbon SP style heel guard on the exhaust. The biggest upgrade is the early 5 spoke Marchesini magnesium wheels front and rear. These were some of the lightest wheels back in the day, with the rear weighing in at 8.7lbs vs stock 5 spoke wheels at 12.4lbs. Their condition looked perfect, no visible damage, no paint issues, rear was indexed properly and there is no wheel damage in mount points.

A few other items like the carbon open clutch cover and gold EVR pressure plate and springs. Chain and sprockets look in great condition, a nice carbon chain guard is in place, up front there is a carbon fender that has been matched to the red paint but leaving a peek of carbon. This 748 was originally sold from Ducati as a Mono seat model, that can be verified from the matching VIN under the seat. These did come with the steel biposto sub frame so it could be converted to a 2-seater if needed.

We got the go ahead to perform the recommended 6k desmo valve service, including timing belts, all fluids, fuel filter and coolant. To our delight we found our favorite reusable air filters in place from BMC. We also decided to pull the cams during the service to answer the question we often hear on this desmoquattro series, “how are the rockers”? All were in great shape, normal wear but no signs of the dreaded flaking. New OEM O-rings and gaskets were used to replace all items disturbed during the service. We included pictures of internals while disassembled. This 748 has healthy compression reading with 140psi Horz & 155psi on Vert, checking leak down, 5% H and 4% V, good numbers.

We replaced coolant reservoir tank in 2017 with a Corsa Dynamics aluminum unit. This time around we gave the entire chassis a thorough inspection, replaced the steering head bearings as they felt a little notchy, pulled the rear spindle, inspected, cleaned, greased and reassembled. The inside of the tank is also in great shape, the factory lining is still intact. We replaced fuel filter and hoses inside the tank. We then installed a fresh set of Pirelli Diablo Rosso’s as we buttoned things up. We did find some damage on the front fender where the brake lines cross over at the rear, it is fairly well hidden, most likely caused by oversized front tire it came in with. That is about the only damage worth noting on a 20 year old Italian beauty. We have our service records, 2 factory keys, tool kit, Pitbull rear stand and a clean WA title.

Seattle Used Bikes asks $13,500 for this 748, contact Dave on (206) 535-6812 or dave@seattleusedbikes.com

And here’s SUB’s video walkaround –

 

Dave also included this sharp analysis of the 748 –

The hot-blooded Italian middleweight was a mirror image of the bigger 916 but with a smaller, higher-revving motor. Handling was legendary and performance numbers registered mid 11’s in the quarter-mile and 150 MPH on the big end. If you can ignore the idiosyncrasies it’s a small slice of heaven. Ducati’s 916 deserves all its iconic status and then some. But for many people who were lucky enough to ride both, the smaller 748 was the better bike to ride. It’s a long-running Ducati trait – the 750SS was more enjoyable than the 900SS and the later 749 was almost the perfect early-noughties sports bike where the 999 was grumpy, difficult to ride and needed to be going a lot faster than we actually went for it to work properly. The 748 came out a year after the original 916. It’s easy to think of it as a sleeved-down 916, but the changes are much more than that. Bore and stroke are both different, the smaller capacity loses a bit of bottom-end power, but the lighter flywheels allow the 748 engine to rev much faster meaning the lack of bottom end doesn’t really matter. It feels like a very different bike and, bizarrely, while the 916 feels like a massive, powerful engine has been stuffed into the chassis of a 250, the 748 feels like it has exactly the right engine for the chassis.

Contact Dave for more info at dave@seattleusedbikes.com or on (206) 535-6812

-donn

Featured Listing – 2002 Ducati 748 with 6,087 Miles!
Ducati July 23, 2022 posted by

Tall Dark & Handsome: 1982 Ducati Supersport Desmo

Looking absolutely stunning in black and gold, this 1982 Ducati Supersport is the epitome of old-school cool. Sure, it is rocking 1970s technology and appears positively stone age on paper when compared to another 1982 model – the Honda CX500 Turbo – but the bevel-drive Desmo had some speed tricks up it’s sleeve to help combat the ravages of time and tech. Lightweight and narrow with a wide powerband and centralized mass to provide good handling, the 900 Supersport was the ultimate evolution of the bevel drive Ducatis, and exhibited all of the characteristics that made the model great. Bad habits were few, the exotic element was high, and the Desmo twin was ready to lead all comers on a chase through the canyons at a moments notice. Today, these are pinging the interest of serious collectors. But don’t take my word for it: today’s example has numerous suitors on ebay – with 23 bids and counting.

1982 Ducati Supersport Desmo for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Knee surgery dictates selling my beautiful black/gold Ducati 900 super sport .Upgrades include
:Electronik Sachse digital ignition with 9 selectable advance curves.
:Dynatek DC10-1 5 ohm ignition coils.
:Surflex Alloy clutch kit from Bevel Heaven.
Have all the original parts including the CEV turn signals.

Original Conti Mufflers
Recently rebuilt Delorto PHM 40mm Carbs.
The bike starts first kick, idles perfectly.The handling and torque of these bikes is legendary and must be experienced to be believed.
This is the last year of the 900 SS bevel drive and benefits from 10 years of refinement.
There is a small dent in the right muffler.a small crack in the plastic dash below the speedo and 2 chips in the tank paint-all minor.

At time of writing the current bid was a touch over $20k. That is with a very clean, well presented, but 26,000 mile used bike. As a counterpoint, that same 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo – with all of its high tech and relative rarity (obscurity?) – would struggle to max out at half that much. Quality and DNA matter here, and the Ducati Supersport has the bones to be a long term contender on the collector market. These are rideable machines today. Sure, there is a bit more maintenance involved in keep such a classic, but this is a dark-haired beauty that will not fail to disappoint a willing rider. Check out all of the details on this auction here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Tall Dark & Handsome: 1982 Ducati Supersport Desmo
Ducati May 19, 2022 posted by

Bargain Alert: Low Mileage 2002 Ducati 750SS

When ever having a casual conversation about anything these days the subject turns to rising prices.  Maybe that is inflation, or a spike in demand, or collectors taking notice of new eras of motorcycles.  Either way, it often leaves some enthusiasts struggling to find ways into this wonderful world of interesting rides.  Hopefully things have not gotten you down that much, and there are still a few BitCoins left in your account, because you are going to want to take a look at this Ducati 750SS.

Will get the good stuff out of the way first.  With under 4000 original miles it is safe to say this bike has been sparingly used.  The miles are low enough to appeal to collectors looking for the best examples of a bike they can find.  The miles are also high enough that the new owned should be able to put a few miles on it here and there without feeling guilty.  Perfect combination for most dynamic collectors.  The pictures show that the bike is exceptionally clean.  Being the entry level SuperSport some ended up being treated poorly, but not this one.  The other striking thing is that this bike appears to be 100% stock.  Incredible to think that someone was able to resist adding some Termignoni pipes.  But the thing to get really excited about here is the price point.  $2995

From The Seller’s Listing:

Excellent condition, super low miles (4000). Never dropped, always garage kept. Runs and rides great, Newer battery, Racing Yellow. Tires are good but may need replacing soon. Includes rear wheel stand and tank bag

The listing is light on details about service.  A perspective owner should budget some funds should the bike need belts.  Do not let the internet scare you away on this.  OEM cost for belts is less then $200 and for the average DIY’er it will take longer to get the bodywork off than it will take to change the belts.  These bikes at this price point represent an amazing opportunity for someone to dip their toe into Ducati ownership without much downside risk, or for a long time Ducati fan to have a beautiful and usable bike in the stable.

Bargain Alert:  Low Mileage 2002 Ducati 750SS
Honda April 23, 2022 posted by

Not collectible yet – FZR600 and CBR600F3

They’re not limited editions, nor made in boutique factories, or even homologated for racing. But if you’re now in late 40’s or early 50’s, chances are you’ve owned or ridden one of these. And considering how old we were at the time, it may have even been your first taste of truly fast sportbike at a price that most riders could afford. While scores of these were manufactured, not many have survived in original shape as they were entry level sportbikes of their time, and they suffered with cheap modifications, road rash, and neglect. Except for these two:

1997 Yamaha FZR600 for sale on eBay $4,900

from the seller:

For sale is a very clean example of a 1997 Yamaha FZR-600. This bike is all original. No modifications.Low miles only 6055. The bike has been well cared for and it shows. This is a ready to ride and enjoy motorcycle. If you been looking for a 90’s era sport bike here is your chance.
purchased it from a Honda dealer in Wisconsin and later moved with it to Arizona. Hecommuted on it for many years. A few years ago he did a full garage restoration: fulldisassembly, powder coated the frame, fully rebuilt the engine, repainted tank and side covers,etc. He rode it very little since then. The current owner purchased it


1996 Honda CBR600F3 for sale on eBay $4,995


As I suggested, neither one of these are likely to catch a collectors eye, and as such, they’re rather affordable too. But they are very original and neither one has many miles considering they’re 25 years old. While they may appreciate in the future, for now you get a chance to relive your childhood for what is still a very attractive price point. Hell, get them both for under $10k!

dc

Not collectible yet – FZR600 and CBR600F3
Bimota April 4, 2022 posted by

(Thunder) Cat’s Meow – 1996 Bimota YB9 in Australia

So rare it’s difficult to find a test or review, Bimota’s YB9 SR had total production of just 651 over three years.  This example is a long way off in Queensland but looks to be worth the extra effort.

1996 Bimota YB9 SR ( Australia ) for sale on eBay

Massive looking but light alloy, Bimota’s twin spars held Yamaha’s YZF-600 mill closely.  Rimini crafted their own airbox and exhaust, more as part of the overall design than in search of power, since both bikes claim 100 hp and very similar torque numbers.  Paioli’s USD forks are multi-adjustable, as is their monoshock, in an alloy swingarm that allows a 15mm adjustment in the wheelbase.  Brembo supplied their typically excellent four-piston brakes, and carbon accents help keep dry weight at 386 lbs., a surprising 31 lbs. less that the FZR.

This dealer has several interesting bikes on offer, but this the YB9 is a singular experience.  Very engaging at just under 10,000 miles, though paint blemishes are noted.  Not sure if the pillion cover is missing, and there are isolated marks of crazing or corrosion of alloy parts.  Carbon fenders might regain some luster with a little clear coat.  Notes from the eBay auction:

SR in the best colour combo and only 16,000 km from new. The YB9 uses the liquid-cooled inline four and transmission from the YZF600R “Thundercat” with around 100hp and it even uses that bike’s stock gauge cluster.
With just 651 YB9s built, Bimota took the very best 600cc engine. available in 1996 and matched it to their superb aircraft aluminium frame. the best Brembo brakes and Marchesini wheels, Paioli suspension front and rear to create a lightweight, agile and brilliant handling motorcycle.
 
This one is is very nice overall condition, does have some paint blemishes here and there but they are minor.
We have just removed the carbs and had them cleaned and replaced fuel lines.
Bike starts runs and rides without issue. Great entry level Italian built exotic.

 

What reviews there were spoke of the light weight, high footpeg position, and 7,000 rpm start to the power band.  One reviewer wished for a steering damper but another called the steering light, neutral, and very precise.  Not much compromise in the riding position so probably best for spirited interludes.  Riders seeing the YB9 and saying it does well for a 900 will be in for a surprise.

-donn

(Thunder) Cat’s Meow – 1996 Bimota YB9 in Australia
Ducati March 19, 2022 posted by

If it’s Red Don’t Touch It – 2003 Ducati 1000DS Supersport

Spring cleaning in a San Antonio garage – what have we here – a first year 992cc dual-spark Supersport !  It shows just a couple of season’s worth of miles, thoughtful and sparing updates, and what must be a force field to have kept the scratch and dent gnomes at bay.

2003 Ducati 1000DS Supersport for sale on eBay

Bologna HQ was looking for a way to revive Supersport sales, and plugged in the latest in air-cooled power – an all new liter with 10-to-1 compression, 85 hp, and a torque curve that is legend even today.  Most of the silver trellis is visible, and speaks about the strengths of triangulation.  Suspension bits come from a high shelf with adjustable Showa forks, and a nicer Öhlins shock with direct linkage to the aluminum swingarm.  Marchesini’s U-shaped spokes keep the alloy wheels light, and the Brembo brakes float on ten stainless buttons.  An integral tank pad helps that stretch to the top-mounted clip-ons, and the rather full fairing is sculpted in places where 90’s Supersports hardly even have places.

Limited pictures and info, but what is shown looks great, and the few mods are good ones.  No maintenance info, so a message to the seller about the recency of belt and tires would be advisable.  Unusual to see a one-owner bike and a no reserve auction.  Just a one-liner from the eBay auction:

Full fairing. 1 owner. 4,478 miles. Sil Moto Italia exhaust, Sargent seat, Zero Gravity windscreen. I also have original exhaust.

Cycle World’s review joked that Pierre Terblanche was in hiding after the release of the 999, and unavailable for comment on the new Supersport design.  Reviewers heaped praise on everything but the visual complexity of the fairing, and sales waned until the model wasn’t renewed for 2006.  As parts contracts wound down some “value engineering” took place, making the earlier years a better choice.  Unusual how the 1000DS turned out to be a rarity, and how many fans have warmed to the looks of the last air-cooled Supersport.

-donn

If it’s Red Don’t Touch It – 2003 Ducati 1000DS Supersport
Ducati March 9, 2022 posted by

Color Me Badd: 1993 Ducati Superlight

While purists will claim that Ducati motorcycles NEED to be red, there is an undercurrent belief that yellow is indeed the fastest color. The absurdity of color changing the mechanical makeup aside, perhaps the color theory was borne out of this iconic model, the Superlight. Whereas the regular Supersport models of this era were available in red, only the Superlight was offered in yellow. Together with the white frame and composite wheels, the Superlight stood out then, and continues to strike a pose today.

Mechanically speaking, the Superlight was at the top of the Supersport pecking order. Differing from the standard 900SS by additional carbon fiber mud guards, a vented clutch cover, a solo seat tail, high-mounted exhaust (only made possible by the deletion of the passenger pillion and hardware), floating rotors and the beautiful-but-potentially-fragile Mavic composite wheels, the visually different offering was as exclusive as it was exotic. In line with Ducati specials, the Superlight was a limited edition model as indicated by a plaque on the headstock.

1993 Ducati Superlight for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1993 Ducati 900ss Superlight, was repainted in its factory scheme several years ago and has been sitting in my living room since then. It is a piece of art you can ride! I really dont want to sell this, It has been a great conversation piece and a joy to look at everyday, but I have to free up some cash for some other things at the moment.

Runs great, clean title in hand, only 15k miles. This is an original 900ss/SL… very hard to come by and has all of the nice bits that set this apart from the standard 900ss like the Marvic forged wheels, original carbon front and rear fenders in great condition, solo seat, high rise pipes, etc. Small scratch on one of the side pipes, and frame has some wear marks / scratches as it has not been refinished. Overall a great bike, perfect for a collector or someone who likes to ride vintage / rare bikes.

There is a definite market for Superlight examples, and collectors (and riders) seem to flock to this model even though the mechanical significance is minimal. The visual experience is over the top, however, and exclusivity certainly plays into the “supply” side of supply vs demand. This particular bike has a claimed 15,000 miles (exact miles not shown in the photos), is listed as having been repainted, and is lacking both the VIN info as well as any shots of the headstock with the SL plaque. These are likely some pieces of info that serious buyers would want to know, but otherwise the photos show a beautiful SL appearing how it should. The piles are stock, the clutch cover is correct, as are the carbon fiber pieces and those glorious two piece wheels. You can check out all of the details here. Even though Ducati did produce the SL in red as well as yellow – making the “which color is faster?” query superfluous – I can’t help but enjoy the contrast of the yellow on white. Make sure you jump back to the comments and let us know if this early generation of the current Superleggera makes you weak in the knees. Good Luck!!

MI

Color Me Badd: 1993 Ducati Superlight
Ducati January 4, 2022 posted by

Sunnyside – 1995 Ducati 900SS

The bright courtyard pictures of this 900SS must’ve been taken last fall, because at 6,349 ft., it’s a bit wintry in Santa Fe. But a little warmth awaits the new owner when the truck drops off this very nice Supersport.



1995 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

In the days before the Monster and Multi, Ducati’s Supersport was the do-all bike – built sporty but comfortable enough to take on a commute or weekend.  Air cooled and with belt-driven cams, the 904cc desmodue made 84 hp via 38mm Mikuni carbs and a dry clutch.  Showa supplied the inverted fork and adjustable monoshock, and Brembo the 320 mm brakes.  Dry weight was right around 400 lbs. even with the full fairing.

Never seeming to have been fawned over, this 900SS looks very good and just a few rubs interrupt the flow.  Termignoni mufflers and Superlight monoposto seem to be the majority of the mods.  The seat cover is a little crispy but could easily be re-covered or Sargent-ized.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Very nice example with patina from regular use as expected of a 27 year old bike. 

Looks and sounds fantastic. Pulls strong. No smoking or obvious mechanical wear.
Belts replace 4 years ago but have only ridden about 1500 miles since then.
Tires are virtually new having been installed a year ago and have only about 400 miles on them max.
 
Rare Termignoni high rise pipes and brackets from a superlight.
Superlight solo tail.
Correct factory vented clutch cover.
Battery always on a tender and is strong.

With nothing aboard that isn’t required, even lunch on a 900SS will require a backpack.  And though the handling won raves, U-turns with the chassis geometry can be a dab-fest.  But if a splash and a snack are available at the turn-around point, then the 90’s SS can be a grand day out.  The example gives up SP credentials and static display perfection for a very sensible starting bid and a not-bad buy-it-now.

-donn

 

Sunnyside – 1995 Ducati 900SS