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Ducati October 22, 2020 posted by

Super Right: 1992 Ducati 900 Superlight #860

The Ducati Superlight is one of the bikes that defined the mystique of the Italian brand. An interesting – if not revolutionary – offshoot to the popular Supersport line, the Superlight added lightness to the package via some specially chosen components, and weight to the legend via a sequential number plaque that ensured exclusivity. The Superlight was reasonably rare in the US during this period of time, and did not need to fight in the showroom with too many other “Limited Edition” models. The best part was the Superlight was modified for performance, and not simply a branding exercise to make it unique. The seller has a good bit to say about this model and this bike, and I will let him take it over from here:

1992 Ducati 900 Superlight for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Ducati 900 Superlight 1992 – (Bike was originally owned by Hollywood photographer & collector Guy Webster )
Limited Edition #860 of #952
Mileage 19082
California Clear Title

The 900 Superlight was produced by Ducati from 1992 to 1996 but only 952 examples of the MKI version were sold Worldwide. Available in either the traditional Ducati Red or the Fabulous Superlight Yellow. Only 300 Mk1’s were imported into the US, all were yellow and 100/300 of the US allocation were sold in California.

The Superlight came with a number of weight saving components that reduced the bikes weight by 25lb compared to the std 900SS. Vented clutch cover, solo seat, Ltd edition number plaque, carbon front fender and rear hugger, (pretty high tech in 1992) and this bike has the sought after and very light, composite Marvic/Akront wheels. All of these important parts are present and correct on bike #860.

More from the seller:
Ownership:
This bike has an interesting history. The original owner was World renowned Hollywood photographer Guy Webster. (See Robb Report Guy Webster ) Guy was without doubt one of the early innovators of rock ‘n’ roll/celebrity photography and die-hard bike fan.
While shooting album covers and billboards for groups like The Rolling Stones, The Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel and Chicago, he also photographed film legends like Rita Hayworth, Dean Martin and Natalie Wood.
Guy built a huge personal collection of rare and exotic Italian bikes at his home in Ojai California, which was on occasion opened up to the public.

The Superlight then changed hands to well-known Ducati/Guzzi restorer Ted Henry and in 2011 the current and third owner took possession, with 13989 miles on the speedometer.

This example is well presented in the rarer of the two colorways – Superlight Yellow. It has been very well maintained. Overall the paintwork is in excellent condition, the bike has never been dropped or crashed, fit and finish of the panels is excellent. There is a small scratch on front fairing to the left of the headlight and three very small marks on the rear single seat hump, both areas have been highlighted in the listing’s last photo.

Warning labels often removed by owners are in place on the tank, fairing and frame rails, and it’s obvious when you see the bike in person it has enjoyed a pampered life, only covering an average of 509 miles per year since 2011.
Mileage today at time of sale is 19082 miles. The bikes battery was recently replaced with a Shorai Gel battery, the air filter is clean, oil was replaced in March and the timing belt was changed at 10000 miles. Tires were replaced at 17700 miles.

There are a number of maintenance records available from the current owner. The bike does have a couple of subtle nonstandard upgrades, including lightly smoked screen (same shape as the original) and gorgeous carbon Arrow silencers that can be heard if you follow the short YouTube video link below.

And if you cannot hear the wonderful sound of the air-cooled, 2-valve Ducati L-twin just from the pictures, then feast your ears on the enclosed video. Yes, that is this particular bike, sounding like a million bucks.

Today’s beautiful 1992 Ducati Superlight looks very clean, appears to have a nice record of ownership, some limited star power in the name of Guy Webster (certainly no Rossi, Stoner or some rock star, but certainly better than no history at all), and the exclusivity built into the Superlight series when they originally launched. The current bid on this beauty is a mere $8,500 with a reserve still in place. This is way underpriced for a clean Superlight, and I would expect this one to climb quickly in the few days remaining. Ducati continued with both the “less is more” as well as the “more is more” philosophies in the years and models to follow, but today the Superlight continues to strike a unique balance between sport and art. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Super Right: 1992 Ducati 900 Superlight #860
Ducati September 14, 2020 posted by

In with Both Feet – 1979 Ducati 900SS

By the late 1970’s, Ducati’s 900 Supersport leaned heavily on its Taglioni heritage, but had several worthwhile updates.  This Connecticut example has a very original look but has been refreshed in some important areas.

1979 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Ducati’s Supersports have a markedly similar feel over the course of the decade, with the forward canted L-twin and very light fairing.  Gear shift and rear brake had been normalized for the previous generation, with shifter action greatly improved.  The square-case engine still sported a kick-starter, but made room for bigger crank journals, improving reliability along a with more modern ignition system.  The spare good looks continued for 1979, but with cast wheels and an optional dual seat.

Hard to argue with the previous owner’s removal if you’ve seen the factory blinkers, and hopefully they had the good sense to backdate the carburetors to the 40mm Dell’Orto’s as well.  Like a lady of a certain age, it’s not sporting to ask about a 40+ year-old motorcycle’s relationship history, but it appears there was a long-term owner early on, with service records.  Engine and paintwork were refreshed just 1,000 miles ago, but seemingly almost 20 years in the past.  For some of us, the fan’s bevel-drive window never gets old.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This particular 900SS is just about perfect for the vintage motorcycle enthusiast who prefers a motorcycle that has been enthusiastically kept, cared for and ridden.
 
It includes an Ownership/maintenance binder with it’s history from July of 1980 though May of 2003 (covering 26,123 miles).   
These records include an engine overhaul by Desmoto-Sport in California at the 25,435 mark and a paint refresh(with the exception of the tank) and front directional delete(owners preference) at 24,320 (~1998).  (according to previous owners records)
 
This bike is really nice as you can see from the photos.  I have the original directional for the front and rear. 
 
All of the fiberglass bodywork appears to be original. However the windscreen is Gustuvsons.
 
Contis are nice, as well as all the switches and gauges.
 
The last time I rode the motorcycle it ran very well and carbs were adjusted perfectly (that was a few years ago).
 
There is a slight “tick” when it warms up that I can hear only at idle (it may need a valve adjustment).
 
Comes with a dual seat.

Whereas most manufacturer’s street machines were the basis for their racers, the 900SS reviewed as the other way round, and they finagled the regs to put their race bikes in the showroom.  Either way you can’t see much on a 900SS that’s not required for a grand day out.  Maybe you are ready to take the plunge into waters that are somewhere between classic and vintage depth ?  This 1979 900SS looks like a great choice.

-donn

In with Both Feet – 1979 Ducati 900SS
Kawasaki May 29, 2020 posted by

Sharp Survivor: 1994 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6 for Sale

Known variously as the Kawasaki ZX-6, ZX-6E, and eventually the ZZ-R600, depending on the year and market, the 600 Ninja’s specifications were virtually indistinguishable from its competitors at the time: 599cc, four cylinders, four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams, and liquid-cooling, with a six-speed gearbox. But unlike the CBR600 and FZR600, the Ninja brought a light and very stiff aluminum frame to the party. The resulting 430lb dry weight and 100hp or so meant best-in-class acceleration and a 153mph top speed.

When introduced in 1993, the Ninja ZX-6 was considered by many to be the best bike in the 600cc class, superior in terms of both performance and comfort. 1995 saw the introduction of the sportier ZX-6R, but the older version was simply renamed the ZZ-R600 soldiered on until 2006 alongside the more modern, focused version of Kawasaki’s 600cc sportbike.

The ZX-6 is still a highly competent sportbike and should be great fun to ride, if a bit underpowered, compared to modern machines. It’s also hugely versatile by today’s standards: Kawasaki’s later “ZZ-R” designation generally applied to less focused machines suitable for light sport-touring, in addition to back road scratching. Even when it was Kawasaki’s premiere supersport, it was considered a pretty comfortable ride by reviewers.

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Kawasaki ZX-6 for Sale

1994 Kawasaki Ninja ZX600-E, 18,357 miles. This is one of the cleanest 26 year old bikes I’ve ever seen. No issues. Marks on lower left case probably from a tipover (see photo), and windscreen plexiglass is scuffed from shipping. A couple other very small, and almost completely unnoticeable blems. Most of the visibility features of the bike are showroom condition. Starts easily, rides beautifully. Title in hand.

Cycle World magazine chose the ZX-6 as the “best 600 cc streetbike” of 1993. The fastest sportbike of the period, the ZX-6 claimed a top speed of 153 mph and could complete a quarter mile in 11.19 seconds at 123.5 mph.

Re-listed due to a non-payer.  Sorry, but if your eBay account is new or you have no history, your bid will be deleted.

The odometer shows 18,000 miles, and the general cosmetic condition appears to be excellent, although that chain and sprocket are very nasty and should obviously be changed posthaste. Some people might find the lurid, Kawasaki green and white colors on this example a bit garish, but those people also probably aren’t reading this post. I hated this design when I was younger, but love it now. Go figure. So much for “mellowing with age…” In any event, this is a very clean example and should provide tons of fun and nostalgia for a minimal outlay of cash, both now and in terms of maintenance down the road.

-tad

Sharp Survivor: 1994 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6 for Sale
Ducati May 7, 2020 posted by

Matched Set: A Special Pair of Ducati Supersports for Sale

The Ducati Superlight I posted up a few days ago was a classic barn-find, with an incredible 300 miles on the odometer and all the dust and neglect you might expect from a bike that has barely turned a wheel in nearly 30 years. The first of today’s two Ducatis is nearly the exact opposite, a Superlight with many more miles and a shedload of upgrades and modifications that suggest passionately enthusiastic ownership. The components that went into its construction are clearly well thought out and complimentary, much more go than show. Which is fine because the blinding yellow paint, gleaming white frame, and half-fairing have all the bling you’ll ever need.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale

1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #771 25193 original miles. All original carbon fiber is in perfect condition. As she sits: custom Ducati Kamna ¼ fairings. Termignoni carbon fiber mufflers with Rob North narrowed and flowed OEM header pipe. Ducati Kamna alloy exhaust rings. Lidless airbox mod. Original Marvic/Akront magnesium/alloy 2-piece wheels. Pro-Italia billet rearsets. 11.2:1 JE/Pro-Italia pistonsHeads ported and matched by Pro-Italia. Keihin 39mm FCR carburetors. Ducati Kamna alloy clutch basket. Ducati Performance gold alloy pressure plate. Barnett kevlar-alloy clutch. Galfer stainless brake and clutch hoses. Ferodo CP911 brake pads. Original cast iron rotors. Ohlins 46PRCL fully adjustable shock. Peterson PPS revalved forks. Brembo goldline clutch and brake master cylinders (from a Ducati 996). Pro-Italia seat support. Dr. Desmo alloy clip-ons. MagKnight tank bra. Corbin seat. K&N air filter. Pro-Italia billet oil cooler relocation valve cover. Fast by Ferracci alloy sprocket cover. DID ERVX gold chain/AFAM alloy 39-tooth rear sprocket. Shorai lithium battery. Nichols jewelry (alloy fairing buttons, billet “Flying D” timing cover). Also included: Storz steering damper. Stock rear shock. Stock exhaust header. Stock mufflers. Original full fairings. Stock rearsets. Stock carburetors. Original Ducati tool kit. Spare belt covers. Spare belts from California Cycleworks. Spare ignition coils from California Cycleworks and NGK spark plugs. Evoluzione billet clutch slave cylinder. Assorted spare small parts/hardware/etc. Original owner’s manual. Lots of documentation including service records, receipts, manuals, valve adjustment instructions, etc.

Obviously, this is not completely original and purists may turn up their noses, but the finished result is absolutely true to the Superlight’s spirit, and the upgrades are of high-quality. This is the Superlight I’d want to build. The stock parts are included, including the full fairings, but I’d just put those in a box and ride it as-is. The second bike is a teeny bit scruffier from a cosmetic standpoint, but is more of a Ducati hot-rod. It’s also much more red.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP for Sale

1996 Ducati 900 SS/SPI took ownership of the bike in 2017 with the intention of keeping it for a daily driver. I now have two kids, multiple Ducatis and no time to ride. This preloved has been under my ownership since 2017. Never rode it extensively, I put approximately 900 mi on it since purchase. Current mileage is at 22,345 mi. The Dunlop Q3’s were new upon my acquisition. Frame and swingarm are perfect, no cracks. Moving beyond the normal stuff, this isn’t a run of the mill, ordinary 900 SS/SP. The following improvements have been made to the bike: 944 pistons. Keihin 41mm FCRs. Ducati cast iron rotors. Termignoni high mount CF pipes and flowed header. Ohlins 46PRCL rear shock. Ohlins 20mm cartridge kit into the stock Showa adjustable forks. Ducati Racing magnesium engine cover – clutch side. CA Cycleworks coils. Dr. Desmo alloy clip-ons. Steel braided brake lines. Ducati Superlight solo seat with correct seat supports from the ’98 FE. Pro Italia rearsets. Kamna ¼ fairings. Dyno’d (10/13/2011 – at 21,410 miles) at Ferracci at 91.97hp. The suspension was redone by Markbilt Racing in 9/2011. This included rebuilding of the Ohlins rear shock and installation of the Ohlins 20mm cartridge kit into the stock Showa adjustable forks. The oil cooler has been relocated to under the headlight for better cooling. I had the bike professionally repainted, as the fairings were unpainted, to the tune of $1500. Stunning example of a true classic. No accident damage or history of damage.

It doesn’t look like it’s an original Superlight, in spite of the graphics on the tail. It’s still a worthy replica, considering the performance on tap. There’s some surface corrosion on the heads and barrels, but the bodywork is very clean and this thing should go like a stabbed rat: 92 whp is pretty impressive for an air-cooled, two-valve Desmo engine intended for street use. The 944cc mill should have an impressive midrange and launch out of corners with impressive urge and an even more impressive bellow…

Bidding is active on both bikes, with a couple days left on the auctions and the Reserve Not Met. If air-cooled Ducatis leave you cold, the seller also has a nice 888 SPO available for sale currently.

-tad

Matched Set: A Special Pair of Ducati Supersports for Sale
Ducati May 2, 2020 posted by

Purist: 1992 Ducati Superlight for Sale

The Ducati Superlight is a far-cry from today’s “limited edition” superbikes like the Superleggera that have a performance envelope well beyond most owners’ ability to fully exploit. The Superlight isn’t a particularly fast bike, but it is very collectible, and rewarding to ride at speeds normal humans can enjoy without risking license, limb, or achieving escape velocity… Basically, the Superlight is a 900SS/SP with lightweight Marvic composite wheels with a polished aluminum rim and magnesium spokes, some carbon bits, upswept exhausts, and a solo tail. Combined, the upgrades saved about 15lbs compared to the regular 900SS. So the Superlight wasn’t super light, unless Ducati was referring to your wallet: considering the minimal performance improvements, it was priced significantly higher than a regular Supersport. You did get a nice numbered plaque, though.

They still sold like hotcakes, and Ducati increased production to meet demand far in excess of the original planned 500 bike run. Part of that is down to the usual Ducati mystique, but the basic package has long been viewed as much more than the sum of its parts. On paper, the air/oil-cooled, two-valve 904cc Desmo looks pretty anemic, but a good Desmodue makes around 75 horses at the rear wheel, which really is plenty to have fun with on the road. It’s also relatively simple to maintain, surprisingly durable, and even gets good gas mileage. Fully-adjustable Showa suspension at both ends and a stiff trellis frame meant handling was very good then and still competent now, while very reasonable ergonomics [for a sportbike anyway] means even… ahem, older gentlemen can enjoy all-day rides. It was available in the vivid yellow seen here, although some markets got red instead. Considering how few bikes look good in yellow, I think it’s a great choice, and makes the bike feel more exotic.

The carbon-fiber Ferracci cans seen here are an almost mandatory option for any air-cooled Ducati, since the stock components make the bike sound strangled, and would likely be drowned out by the unfiltered rattle of the dry clutch. Ferracci didn’t make their own exhausts to my knowledge, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing: at various points, they rebadged SilMoto and Arrow parts, so quality should be high.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati Superlight for Sale

1993 Ducati Superbike, bought new and stayed in same ownership since.

I am happy to answer any questions about the bike via messaging.

Thanks!

So is it a 1992 or a 1993? It’s also odd that the seller calls it a “Superbike” when it says “Superlight” right there on the fairing. They may not know exactly what they have here, since a 300-mile Superlight would normally go for well north of the $9,000 the seller is asking. Although in this uncertain market, maybe it’s just priced to sell? From the pictures, it looks a little dusty, but otherwise as nice as you’d expect a bike with such low miles to be. It’s hard to tell from the images just how nice this bike is.

-tad

Purist: 1992 Ducati Superlight for Sale
Yamaha April 14, 2020 posted by

Purple Rain – 1994 Yamaha FZR600R with 8,479 Miles !

In the 1990’s as today, the middle-weight segment was ruled by the bottom line, each model having ups and downs depending on the year, and 1994 was a nice year for FZR600’s – with a lot of improvements from earlier R6’s.  This example has been tucked away with low miles and few apparent scuffles.

1994 Yamaha FZR600R for sale on eBay

Yamaha tailored the findings of its Superbike department to the budget, and the 598cc engine got four valves instead of five, and the chassis was crafted of steel stampings instead of aluminum.  Still the engine and chassis were new for ’94, slightly more oversquare with lighter cam train yielding 99 hp.  Yamaha’s own suspension and brakes weren’t fancy but the brakes are right-sized at 298mm with the neat smaller leading brake puck.  The trapezoidal headlight was retired and the nose got an endurance racer’s rugged good looks.

This FZR looks good though the seller notes new rubber and a carb cleaning might await the next owner.  Hopefully nothing scary under the tank bra, and the paint has been protected by an armada of stickers.  From the eBay auction:

Good for new riders, or the experienced and seasoned rider who wants a small and nimble machine. Very good plastics, good tires (old). Starts easy, brakes tight, corners well. Does not overheat. New Fuel Filter. Clear Title. Has a very slight hesitation from idle, so it probably needs to have the 4 carbs synced. It rides fine as it is if you plan to hwy ride it and commute. It may clean up as you run fresh fuel through the carbs or run a carb cleaner through it. Gears shift well and hold well. Air filter like new, and the airbox is still setup stock. This is a stock bike except for the slip-on muffler. Sounds nice. New Battery. Under 8500 miles!

Trying to make sense of the international phase-in of the FZR600R didn’t clear things up much for me, with the North American market keeping this nose and fairing ? – maybe a resident expert could weigh in.  More often seen on RSBFS in the Vance & Hines chartreuse and mauve race livery, this 90’s evening wear might be coming back into style.  Not ready for – or looking for a change from – the liter+ supersport, when sorted this FZR will offer pretty fashionable performance.

-donn

Purple Rain – 1994 Yamaha FZR600R with 8,479 Miles !
Ducati March 29, 2020 posted by

Pictures on Request – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP with 843 Miles !

Newly received pictures from the seller in gallery below – Donn

Though the Chatsworth, CA seller might have under-represented this listing, this might be the best recent example of the one of ultimate years of Ducati Supersports.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay 

Developed to buff up the North American market, the SP was a numbered edition with carbon fenders, adjustable Showa suspension and alloy swingarm.  The 900 Supersport had been developed for most of the 1990’s and had well-sorted carburetion, 17-inch wheels, and the now-iconic trellis frame.

Gallery of newly recieved photos –

Tantalizing in just two medium-res photos, this SP looks new, sporting only an open clutch cover mod.  If the mileage and condition are true, it could be a very nice find for an air-cooled fan.  The dealer’s website indicates a recent price reduction and the eBay listing has the Make Offer button enabled.

-donn

 

 

Pictures on Request – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP with 843 Miles !
Ducati December 9, 2019 posted by

Touchstone – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP

In a rare marketing maneuver, Ducati brought the 900 SS/SP to our shores only, a limited edition with adjustable suspension and carbon eye candy.  This example has been been maintained internally and externally, and looks ready to rumble.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP #412 for sale on eBay

The trellis frame which was light and economical to manufacture back then is now a classic Ducati feature, in some years gold or white, but silver for 1995 which goes well with the SP’s aluminum swingarm.  Ditto the air-cooled desmodue, a good air-cooled performer with 84 carbureted ponies, and though the future brought fuel injection and dual plugs, it’s a classically flexible powerplant.  Showa suspension was the big upgrade for the SP, along with carbon mudguards.  The cockpit has occasionally been described as “everything you need, and nothing you don’t”, and it’s the perfect layout for an afternoon on the back roads.

Seeming to be in much better shape than nearly 33K miles would allow, I’d presume a refinishing if not restoration.  The pictures are not super high fidelity, but show no apparent trauma.  A lot of carefully chosen niceties such as factory open airbox, Remus carbon mufflers, new lithium-iron battery – even new footpeg and shift rubbers !  Heads and cylinders were overhauled a few years back making this SP more ready for the long term.  Just a snippet of the comments from the eBay auction:

This motorcycle has been preserved exactly as one would want. Period. I have gone to great lengths to minimize any unnecessary changes that would otherwise compromise what Ducati intended this bike to be. Obviously a blood-red Italian work of art needs nothing in the way of cosmetics, so let well enough alone.

I felt the best use of any improvements would be more of personal expressions such as un- restricting the exhaust to allow the bike to actually sound like a Ducati should with a set of Remus canisters. These match the factory equipped carbon fiber components much better than any others in my opinion. To facilitate the most from the exhaust, I perfectly jetted the carburetors. No flat spots, nor burning eyes, and of course the results are impressive for the torque curve of an already excellent engine.

To welcome more fresh air into the carburetors, I added the Genuine Ducati air-box cover. I’m sure others with hole saws and hack-saw blades get the same results, but I chose OEM whenever possible. As far as the Slave Cylinder, the stock one seemed to lack feel and a clean return. Off it went and was promptly replaced by the excellent unit from Pro Italia. Regarding the braking system, it is what it is. Nobody was impressed when new, the same remains today. I added Ferodo pads at both ends and have felt these are aggressive enough for a spirited run through the curves.

The Supersports served as Ducati’s all-rounder before the Monster came along, and went to work, touring, and to the track without complaint.  This seminal Duc has done some miles but carefully, and been maintained as though it would be in the stable forever.  The ask for a high-mileage machine can always be debated, but at least the “make offer” button is available.

-donn

Touchstone – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP