Posts by tag: supersport

Cagiva September 13, 2011 posted by

Simple 2 valve twin – 1987 Cagiva SS650

OK so I am sure some of you are wondering why this is up as a rare sports bike well it was priced under the era when Cagiva owned Ducati and this used the 650 Ducati engine. In fact only 500 of these bikes ever made it to the US..  It was from a time when Ducati was in transition having had huge financial problem and been saved by the Cagiva purchase.  The Pantah engine which is used here was getting tired and not long after these venture Cagiva went back to using the Ducati name and the company introduced the 851.  The reset as they say its history.  However this part of the Ducati heritage should not be overlooked.  The parts used were high quality and you have to love the Silentium exhausts which were anything but!

650cc…..5 speed…..Brembo brakes…..

On the block:1987 Ducati/Cagiva Aluzzurra SS 650……..Made by Ducati for the parent company Cagiva.Ducati engine,Ducati frame,Ducati decals,etc……..

In 1985 Ducati was purchased by the Castiglioni brothers (Cagiva),which was already the largest manufacturer in Italy(mainly small street bikes and mopeds),with the intention of entering into the sport bike market.The Aluzzurra SS650 was an upgrade of the defunct Pantah.

“Gone are the swoopy paint, flashy lines and radical seating position of the Pantah,” Rider said in its March 1985 review. “Instead, the Alazzurra has been designed to appeal to a far broader spectrum of riders … Whereas the Pantah was an outrageous Italian flashbike, a mini machomobile, the Alazzurra is a sensuous rolling sculpture of tasteful and graceful proportions.”

Thankfully Cagiva realized the importance of the Ducati name,and restored the mark in 1987 with only the Elephant retaining the Cagiva name.

When I got this bike it hadn`t been riden much. The spark plugs were old,and the carbs were dirty,and not adjusted properly. I took it to my mechanic who removed/cleaned/adjusted both Dellorto carbs. Installed new NGK plugs,and a new battery. Charging system works excellent.

I drove it about 40 miles.The more I drove it the better it ran.Fast and nimble.Trans/clutch are like they should be.Lots of fun for a cheap price!

Note:Sold as-is.This is a 25 yr old bike so expect wear. Look at all the BIG pictures. I`m sure I missed a ding-scratch-crack-blem or whatever so ask questions. Will need tires soon.Good tread but old. Smokes SOMETIMES when first started. The more I drive it the less it happens. No extra parts. There are e-bay listing for lots of Cagiva parts.

The eBay action is here.

This might just be a cracking bargain for someone with it no doubt going for a small sum.

AS

 

 

 

Ducati September 2, 2011 posted by

1995 Ducati Supersport 900 SS/SP

For Sale: 1995 Ducati Supersport 900 SS/SP

Posted today is a not-too-rare Ducati that still pushes all of the right buttons for me. The mid 1990s 900 SS/SP (Sports Production) is essentially the evolution of the Superlight from a few years earlier. Ducati introduced a lower-spec 900 SS/CR (Cafe Racer) in that year, at a bargain basement price. The SP was special, however. Consising of the full fairing from the pre-CR days, it added a new swingarm, carbon fiber fender and mudguard, and upgraded (and adustable!) front and rear suspension.

If you have been lusting after a Superlight but can live without the yellow color, white frame, and product number plate rivited to the top of the trees, a 900 SS/SP will provide you with the same or better performance for a whole lot less cash. The two valve air cooled motor is legendary for torque and longenvity (don’t forget to change those belts every 6k or 2 years!), and the Supersport platform is a solid, capable, and forgiving mount for spirited riding. Throw in the adjustable suspension and seller add-ons and you have a real winner here.

From the seller:
This 1995 Ducati 900 SS SP Rides and Looks stunning for it’s age. Pampered all it’s life, with full service records and clear title in hand.If you ever quested to ride or purchase a Ducati, these models are known to be a true classic.

It has a few upgrades: smoke windscreen, racetech springs and front end serviced by Mellilimoto ducati, DID gold chain, anodized red clutch pressure plate, ducati performance open clutch cover, upgraded clutch slave, K&N air filter with open airbox conversion, microtech exhaust, carbs rejetted by Mellilimoto for the K&N, new belts and plugs and valves checked 2500 miles ago. Carbon Fiber front fender and rear hugger, Perelli Tires have 2K on them and tread rubber looks like new. It has never been raced and the oil and filter was changed 50 miles ago, always used synthetic. email me with questions. Bike has 13K on the odometer, very slight touch up paint on the gas tank and under belly of the bike, the paint is all original so I wanted to keep the going as best as I can.

There are so many subtle nuances about this listing that just seem right to me. For example: Look at the picture of the clutch cover (right side, 3/4 rear view). Sure the cover looks natty, but its the breather above the case and behind the rear cylinder that caught my eye. Anyone who owns one of these wonderous L-twin powered beasts knows this area gets dirty very quickly. Sure – this bike was cleaned up prior to putting it up for sale, but this was not a one-time wash-n-wax; this bike was taken care of.

Superlight performance, great looks and fantastic value – that is what any collector is looking for. And with the SP variant being more rare and more sought after by knowing riders, this looks to be a good deal in the making. The current ask for this bike is $4,995, with zero bids. That might be a bit high for your average Supersport, but for a clean, well-loved SP that will take care of you for the next several decades, wise men might reconsider. Check out the auction and let us know what you think!

MI

Ducati July 10, 2011 posted by

On the lighter side: 1993 Ducati Superlight

For Sale: 1993 Ducati Superlight

From one of our favorite collectors comes one of our favorite bikes – a 1993 Ducati Superlight. Comprised of the air-cooled, two valve, 900cc Supersport engine and chassis but shaving weight with lighter composite Marvic wheels, fully floating Brembo brakes, lighter carbon fiber bodywork bits, a vented clutch cover, and an exclusive numbered serial plate, the original SL was introduced in 1992. By 1993, the wheels, clutch cover and fully floating front brakes were lost from the lineup. The gap between the Supersport and Superlight continued to narrow as the Supersport improved, although the Superlight will always be a coveted model.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1993 Ducati Superlight. I am selling this motorcycle for my Dad who is selling his collection. He is the third owner of this bike and it comes with all of the original documentation (sales receipt, warranty papers, owners card, owners manual and letter from Cagiva) It has been fully serviced about 200 miles ago including new belts and valve adjustments. It has a Verlicchi megaphone exhaust which sounds great.

The Vin# is ZDM1LC4N2PB006629 and the odometer shows 9,574 Miles. It comes with a free and clear title.

The condition of the bike is great and is very clean, but it does show some wear from riding. It has stone chips on the bottom of the front fairing which can been seen in some of the photos. This bike runs great and is ready to ride.

Unlike many of the bikes from this collection, this particular Ducati has seen some decent usage. There are some minor mods to the bike, including the Verlicchi exhaust (check out the video below for some great sounds!). Interestingly, the VIN checks out as a 1993 bike, but it contains all of the choice bits (i.e. wheels, brakes, clutch cover) from the 1992 model run. If any of our RSBFS readers know more about which bikes had the Marvic magnesium wheels, etc., please leave a comment!

Video from the seller:

Even though the pedigree is Supersport, the Superlight has always generated a strong following. The weight difference between the SS and SL is negligible, and as such the performance is very similar. The biggest difference between the SS and the SL is the exclusivity offered by the numbered badge attached to the top of the trees. Ducati excels at “limited edition” marketing, and the SL was one of the first bikes to receive the numbered treatment.

This auction is on right now – with a starting bid of $8,499.99. As we have seen from this seller, prices and reserves are often set on the high side and many previous bikes did not sell as a result. A Superlight is a $6,500 – $9,000 machine when found in good condition. An exceptional example might pull $11,000 in today’s dollars. This bike is clean and has many of the right parts, so the opening ask may not be that out of line. To check it out yourself, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Don’t forget to let us know what you think!

MI

Kawasaki June 13, 2011 posted by

Can you hack it? Jamie Hacking’s ZX6 race bike!

For Sale: 1997 Kawasaki ZX6 600 Ninja Kinkos sponsored Supersport racebike

If you want to learn to ride like Jamie “The Hacker” Hacking, why not start where he did? This 1997 ZX6 is reportedly the same bike that Jamie rode in the 1997 AMA Supersport series – his first major AMA season – where he scored a pole at Phoenix. He went on to score Rookie of the Year in Superbike in ’98, and continued to ride both Superbike and Supersport through the close of the ’90s. With two Supersport titles to his name, a stint in Moto GP (Kawasaki, ’08) and a Superbike World Championship (’09), Hacking has had a long and storied career. And this is where it really started.

This bike, mileage unknown, is noted to be slightly different than as it came off the track. The seller notes suspension and exhaust changes – the racebike using Fox products in the day, and the Kawasaki-Muzzy relationship is well known. But there are likely more changes. The instrument cluster looks to be out of place – a stock unit probably tacked on when the racing data logger/instrument panel was removed. Hence, mileage is not what is shown here. There might also be other changes beneath the plastics – but there is no reason to believe the seller is not being completely candid. Depending upon the condition of the engine internals, this could still be a nice rider.

From the seller:
ZX6 EX-KINKO KAWASAKI JAMIE HACKING SUPERSPORT RACE BIKE
The bike is “as raced” except shock and exhaust.
Raced with Fox shock and Muzzy exhaust.
Currently has stock shock and D&D exhaust.
Good track bike or for a Collector!!!

And what kind mad riding skills do you need to emulate Jamie Hacking? Well, the video below shows a great save when Jamie loses both ends of his Kawasaki. He was able to collect it up and get back into the fight. Despite losing a bunch of places, he still managed to finish 3rd! Imagine if you pulled off this stunt during your next track day! There is also a great interview with Jamie following the clip.

I’m really not sure what kind of value an ex-Jamie Hacking bike AMA bike might have. In some ways, this is a really neat piece of history, suitable for simply parking in your man cave or even for some riding. It is inexpensive enough to make a unique collectable, but there is no real good “market price” listing for an old racebike. Some internet research revealed suggestions that are all over the map, from insultingly low recommendations to figures that can only be advised for the rabid Jamie Hacking fan that *must* have everything Hacker related.

This auction is on right now, with an opening ask of $3,500. So far there have been no takers, but there are still a few days left to go. Interested parties should check out the auction, look at the pictures, and maybe contact the seller to see if there is room to move. This a pretty cool opportunity that we don’t see often – an actual factory racebike as campaigned by someone you’ve actually heard of!

For more information, . Good luck!

MI

Ducati June 2, 2011 posted by

1990 Ducati 750 Supersport

For Sale: 1990 Ducati 750 Supersport

This is what one might refer to as Ducati’s “awkward years.” Between the baby-cute 1970 Supersports and the razor-sharp 916 era of the late 1990s comes the teenage stage where, when looking back in perspective, bikes evolved in some ways but not in others. In this case, the design of the bike does not look 1990, but rather closer to early 80’s, if not downright end-of-70’s. Performance of the Pantah-based engine, however, was well ahead of its earlier counterparts.

Don’t get me wrong – these are still fantastic looking bikes, and they offer classic Ducati features known and loved the world over. The cockpit looks the same as any next generation Supersport. The trellis frame is clearly evident. The “rubber band” motor, first introduced in the Pantah back in 1980, continues in evolutionary form to this day. The aesthetic look, however, reaches backwards rather than forwards (reference this older Ducati TT, which carries the same look). It is hard to believe only a couple of years separate this 750SS with the next generation such as this Superlight.

From the seller:
Here is a great opportunity to own a rare classic Ducati, my understanding is that there were less than 1300 units produced of this bike in 1990, and only a few hundred were shipped to the U.S. I purchased the bike from the second owner who claimed the bike has never been in an accident, and being a motorcyclist and Ducati mechanic I went over the bike thoroughly and found absolutely No Damage, with the exception of a missing rear blinker lens and aftermarket bar end mirrors, Amazingly the bike was is great condition except for the years of neglect. The previous owner purchased the bike from Mountain Motorsports in Ontario Ca. with 3401miles indicated on the original Ca. title. He had the bike serviced at Pro Italia and had it fitted with new tires less than 2 years ago. Unfortunately there is no service work history to back up what has been done, but in speaking with him he knew the name of the mechanic who worked on the bike, and I can confirm that it was done by a reputable service technician. I purchased the bike with 4892 original miles and proceeded to do a complete clean up, and went through everything to get her back on the road.

Now, readers might start thinking that I’m not down with this Desmo – but that would be wrong. These 750cc desmodue bikes are fantastic additions to any collection. This one just happens to be one of the last models of the previous generation Supersport – spanning the 80s and 90s – and looks a bit more dated than the “1990” model year might suggest. That is not said to take away from its performanceor desirability, but this bike is stuck between some pretty fantastic eras for Ducati and might not get the attention it deserves.

Bidding on this bike has helped prove my point. At the time of this writing, only 4 bids have come through, pushing the auction up to $3,050 with reserve not yet met. Now, this is never going to be an extremely high dollar motorcycle, but depending upon where the reserve is set this could be an extremely affordable classic. Consider this 750SS posted last year here on RSBFS: The asking price was $5,495.

For more information, more pictures, and to get yourself into the bidding for this one, . Good luck!!!

MI

Ducati May 2, 2011 posted by

Old-skool, air-cooled love affair – 1998 Ducati 900SS FE (#42) in LA

1998 Ducati 900SS FE (#42) for sale in LA with 23,855 miles.

Always wanted to date an Italian supermodel but couldn’t deal with high maintenance and the diva attitude?  How about something slightly less sexy (to some maybe even more so), a lot easier to live with but still lots of fun to go out with? If the Ducati Superbikes are Italian divas, then the air-cooled Supersports would be the sweet girl next door:

If you are looking for a classic Ducati, This is it!
1998 Supersport 900 F.E. The F.E. stands for Final Edition. It was the last special production run of the 900SS. A limited edition of only 800 bikes were made with only 300 sold in North America. A brass plate on the triple clamp has the edition # of 042 on it. It will only go up in value not down.

It is in excellent condition with 23,855 mi. New battery, brakes, all fluids replaced, re-built carbs and a recent valve adjustment, new chain and sprockets. Extras include rear axle stand, original mufflers and Ducati tank bag included.

I am the second owner, the original owner also lives in Los Angeles. The bike was bought from Beverly Hills Ducati.  All service records are available.

As I have said many times before, the 2-valve air-cooled Ducati engine might be technologically down on the their water-cooled 4-valve brethens, but require less maintenance, pretty much bullet-proof reliability (aside from a few reports of broken engine studs on the early 90s Supersports), and still offer bags of character and old-skool charm.

The FE is basically a Superlight but with all the earlier problems sorted out and all the refinements over its 8 year model history, so its got the handling that Ducatis are famous for but without all minor issues or hiccups that Ducatis are infamous for. Limited to 800 units worldwide and only 300 in the US, the FE is truly a limited edition (heck, there are even more Desmosedicis than there are 900SS FEs!) and should holds its value in the future.

So if you are smart enough to go for the girl next door instead of fantasizing a date with a supermodel diva, And good luck!

For those who might be interested, here’s my own 900SS FE (#299) for sale in NY.

good luck!

ph

Honda January 15, 2011 posted by

1982 Honda CBX Supersport

For Sale: 1982 Honda CBX Supersport

The 1980s were wild years of experimentation for Honda. They tried practically every engine combination, number of cylinders, arrangement and displacement throughout this period. The CBX was a notable example: 1000cc, six cylinders, DOHC, four valves per cylinder and six carbs made for a very memorable motorcycle.

The Supersport variant of the CBX added the sport-touring fairing, lowers and paint-matched, detatchable hard luggage. This was offered in two colors: The white/blue you see here, and a darker gray/black combination. The white bikes seem to be more desireable by the slimmest of margins, and as such fare slightly better at auction.

From the seller:
This 1982 Honda CBX Super Sport is a pearl white color with black and blue colors, everything is OEM. There is not any aftermarket parts on this bike at all. It has a low 28k easy ridden miles on it. It has always been well maintained and garaged. Adult ridden. Never laid down, no crashes but it does have some tiny paint scrapes on the back luggage.

This CBX Runs very strong and SMOOOTH. It needs nothing but a rider. It has new tires, brake pads, spark plugs, battery, air filter, oil and oil filter, brake fluid, carbs have been gone through and sync’d, all the master cyl’s and calipers were rebuilt last week. The gas tank has been coated a few years ago to prevent rust. All brake lights, driving lights, signals, high and low beam work.

Entry into the wide world (and we do mean WIDE) of the CBX is not prohibitively expensive – although the collector value of these bikes is on the rise. Today’s example has been very popluar with the bidders, and the price at the time of this writing is just north of the $5k mark with the reserve still in place. The bike shows clean with no major issues noted, making the current price good money for the bike.

. This one looks pretty hot, and if you want a shot at this six-cylinder piece of history you’d better get in quick!

MI

Ducati December 19, 2010 posted by

1977 Ducati 900cc Supersport

For sale: 1977 Ducati Supersport 900cc Bevel Drive

What we have here is what many would regard as THE Ducati superbike. You would be forgiven if your preference runs towards a Desmosedicci or a 1098R; the modern bikes are, after all, higher performance offerings. But back in the mid 1970s, this bike was as good as sportbikes could get: big torquey motor, agile chassis, good brakes and gorgeous Italian styling.

From the seller:
Up for auction is one of the nicest restored Bevel Ducatis you will ever see! This bike was completely re-built and restored in the late 1990s and then not run at all until I purchased it in 2006 (it had only 222 miles on it when I purchased it).

The bike was completely stripped down, and the engine was completely re-built. The previous owner nickel plated the frame. The bike was re-painted and the seat re-upholstered. Also, a new windshield was installed. The brakes were re-built, as was the clutch, and a Lucas RITA ignition was installed. The dash was replaced and the engine cases, fork triple trees, Borrani rims and fork sliders were polished. New Works Performance gas shocks were installed. The wheels were re-built with stainless spokes. Conti exhaust was polished and re-chromed. Billet oil filter cover. Chrome/stainless hardware was installed throughout bike.

I have done the following work during my ownership:
· The frame was chrome plated since the nickel plating was failing in spots.
· Turning indicators were installed
· Carbs were stripped, cleaned and re-built (40mm Dellorto PHMs)
· Installed power cone air filters, but bike also comes with velocity stacks for show
· Installed extended clutch actuator arm and new cable
· Brakes bled and new fluid and seals. Stainless brake lines for front and rear
· New dual rate springs for forks, along with new fluids and seals
· Installed billet adjustable pre-load fork caps (stock caps come with bike)
· Installed O-ring chain, new front and rear sprockets
· Installed new Dyna “red” coils and new spark plug wires and caps
· CRG mirrors installed
· Custom billet RITA ignition fabricated (pic is of old plastic cover)
· Billet O-ring oil dipstick/filler plug installed
· New battery
· Billet engine breather tower installed

This beauty does not necessarily score top marks for originality. The chrome over previously plated frame does detrack from strict collector value – although the bike gets an A+ for presentation. There is no denying that this bike makes a very tasteful statement, and is certain to get you noticed at the next place you stop.

So how much does the appearence of this bike add to it’s value? The seller has some firm ideas. Bidding is over the $10k mark for this low mileage bike, with the reserve still in place. However the BIN price is listed at a cool $27,000. and watch the fun!

MI