Posts by tag: supersport

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
Yamaha December 26, 2021 posted by

Supervivor – 2nd Owner 1985 Yamaha FZ750

Yamaha introduced their 5-valve engine for 1985, turning a sportbike corner with 103 claimed hp.  Super clean though un-restored, this FZ750 looks ready to ride in an outstanding number of high-res photos.

1985 Yamaha FZ750 for sale on eBay

Engineers from Iwata found an ideal solution to increasing intake flow and reducing valve mass and friction losses.  Smaller valves made the 10,500 rpm feasible, with accessories built behind the crankshaft to keep the engine as narrow as any four.  The head was angled forward at 45 degrees, making room for a set of 34mm Mikuni downdrafts under the tank.  Weight distribution was just about optimal and a 16-inch front wheel was employed to sharpen the handling.  Air-adjustable forks were an -80’s regular, and carried vented front disks.  A full fairing would’ve been racier, but the supersport garb allowed the engine easier access to cooling air.

Just two owners is unusual for a 36 year-old machine, and 8,868 miles is rather low.  But time marches on, and finishes show some patina in the close-ups.  Still it appears stock, complete and without an major mishaps.  Even the black chrome four-into two exhaust has somehow made it through.  Notes from the eBay auction:

The cosmetic condition of this machine is just as it looks in the photos. Every finish on the machine is original. No part of the bike has been re-painted or re-finished. There are a few imperfections here and there, mostly from the first owner’s long-term storage over the years, but it is a legitimate 8,800 original mile machine that runs like it’s brand new. It is not a trailer queen, and it’s not cosmetically perfect, but it’s a bike that’s perfect for taking out just about any time the weather allows and run it hard. The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting immediately. 

This Yamaha has had two owners during its life, the first owner and me. This bike has been part of my collection for a while and is now ridden on a regular basis. It runs and rides with absolutely no issues. 

Everything on this motorcycle is original, including the exhaust system, which was usually removed by now. The seat is also in original condition and is beautiful. 

The 750 runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes. The carbs were completely gone through this season and function perfectly, and there is a new battery installed. The Bridgestone Battlax tires currently installed have comparatively few miles on them, and have plenty of service life left, but they are not new, so if you plan on riding this machine hard, you might want to replace them.  There is absolutely nothing you will have to do to this motorcycle to ride and enjoy it this season. 

The FZ750 might not’ve been an unbridled success, but was up against GSXR competition and certainly proved the Genesis five valve concept.  As ever, Yamaha had the engineering chops but the style department stayed a little conservative.  Air forks were more sensitive to changes than many expected, though the forward riding position at least kept the rider in the loop.  Just a day into the auction, bidding is quite active and we’ll check back to see when someone clears the reserve.

-donn

 

Supervivor – 2nd Owner 1985 Yamaha FZ750
Ducati October 28, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Update 4.24.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller. -dc

The Ducati Supersport of the 1990s is not just an icon. It is a capable and robust platform that incorporated a solid foundation of stiff chassis and torquey Desmo power, all beautifully molded into rolling Italian artwork. And while some saw a ready-to-rumble motorcycle, others saw a canvas – an opportunity to build on those fantastic bones and turn it into a beast. Such is what we see today with this 1998 Ducati SSCR Featured Listing. One of the very few yellow 900SS models imported into the US, this Supersport is also the very desirable half-faired model. This unique look allows the engine to dominate the view, not to mention allowing for easy access to most all the bits and pieces. There is a lot to unpack here, so I will let Brendan take over and give you the details.

From the seller:
Available for sale is my 1998 Ducati 900 SS w/ 21500miles. I bought this back from a friend a while back and have continued to enjoy the process of replacing stuff with parts to improve it. It is as fun to ride as anyone has ever said, but I have too many bikes in the garage to get my daily driver back in. Falloon’s book says that this is one of 200 yellow CR’s for 1998. Has the upgraded charging system, I think is a difference.

More from the seller:
I have had 900SS’s before but decided to address the lower spec items found on a CR and do some upgrades beyond what they were when new.

Ohlins Shock-Racetech rebuilt/sprung for 235lbs w/receipt
Ohlins Valved Forks-Racetech rebuilt no receipt
Marvic Penta Magnesium 5 spoke wheels
Floating Iron rotors
40MM to 65mm caliper adaptors
999 4pad/4piston calipers
Dual stainless steel front brake lines
996 masters- brake and clutch w/reservoirs
SpeediMoto 3″ adjustable riser clipons ( narrow originals w/ masters included)
SS/SP aluminum swing arm
Mono Posto seat unit
reshaped/recovered Sargent seat
Stock bi-posto seat unit w/ seat, pegs,cowl
Relocated Monster oil cooler
39mm FCR flat Slide carbs
SilMoto spaghetti header
No-name hi-mount carbon cans ( bought used w/not visible crack)
EVR open clutch cover
Double Bubble smoked windscreen
520 Chain/sprockets
Vitaloni painted mirrors

More from the seller:
Tuned/belts, carbs rebuilt, rectifier replaced, Pirelli Diablo Rosso III @20600
records from 2010

Everything works as it should, and the induction honk brings a smile everytime you whack it open. She is a very nice rider, not a display queen. Available in San Diego, CA.

Asking Price: $8,000 $7,100

The CR model (Cafe Racer) was the lowest spec Supersport available when new, and met the needs of the budget conscious rider. Brendan has taken all the goodness and elevated this beauty above the SP specification with tasteful modifications and improvements. This is what the Supersport is all about – a bike so good at the basics that it can follow you where you go; with careful application of parts and money, can get you there even faster. Drop dead gorgeous in yellow, bristling with upgraded tech and fully sorted, this is a bike that you could not build for what you can buy if for here. Every rider needs something like this in their stable and your opportunity is right now. Give Brendan a shout, tell him what a gorgeous bike he has built, and then make yourself a deal!

MI

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR