Posts by tag: Survivor

Ducati December 20, 2019 posted by

By Any Other Name – 1992 Ducati 907 I.E. “Paso”

Massimo Taburrini penned the all-encompassing Paso in 1985, for the still-in-transition Cagiva and Ducati.  Not starting from a position of strength, the model fought the good fight for several years and culminated in a fuel injected 90 hp package.  Despite 35K miles and 27 years, it still looks great.

1992 Ducati 907 I.E. for sale on eBay

The 907 I.E. incorporated the best features from the Paso, revised some basics like the engine cases, and snuck in a few niceties from the 851, like the alloy swingarm.  With fuel injection, power was up to the 100 hp/liter benchmark and tractability wasn’t forgotten.  More standard 17-inch rims were a help as were 300mm front Brembo brakes.  The soap bar fairing was chockablock with inlets and vents, all in the name of flow.

The California seller appears to be an audiophile as well as sportbike enthusiast, and though not a long term owner, this 907 looks very tidy for 35K miles.  From the eBay auction:

This is a great running classic Ducati at very nice price. 

Purchased from the original owner last year. We did the following…
New tires front and rear
New drive belts
New plugs
Oil and Filter changed
New fork seals.
Coolant flush
New battery
She runs great and comes with the original seat as well as a Corbin seat.
The eastern juggernaut was not to be denied, but the decidedly classic 907 I.E. made a statement about a wide torque band and careful tuning.  Never exactly popular, the Paso gave way to Ducati’s ST series and resides in a fandom of backroad and sport-touring riders.  The generation gap between the 907’s introduction and today might be bridged by the sensible buy-it-now and very sharp condition.
-donn
By Any Other Name – 1992 Ducati 907 I.E. “Paso”
Yamaha December 14, 2019 posted by

SRX and the Single Cylinder – 1987 Yamaha SRX250

Stateside fans would probably say Yamaha are generally at the forefront of technology and leading-edge fabrication, but bucking that trend was the little SRX250 and the SRX series in general.  The 250 wound up a single-year special for us, with an eye on fun and the bottom line, and that still might be case for this Ohio example.

1987 Yamaha SRX250 for sale on eBay

Yamaha introduced a line of four-stroke singles, with a 600, 400, and 250cc models, mostly for the domestic market.  A steel tubing frame loops smoothly around the upright air-cooled engine.  On the 250, a 22mm carburetor is on one side of the head, with seeming dual exhausts from the front.  The six-speed transmission is a relatively up-to-date concession to the 10,000 rpm required to make 32 hp.  A single front disk and rear drum suffice, along with 33mm forks and monoshock rear.  Tires are almost the same width but staggered diameters with 16-inch front and 18 rear.

With 10,700 around-town miles, it would be unfair to expect a creampuff and this SRX shows average wear.  The red frame and mostly white bodywork hasn’t aged badly, but could use a little sprucing up.  The wheels look very light and are in good shape.  Mechanically, there’s just not that much to go wrong.  From the eBay auction:

Rare 1987 Yamaha SRX 250.  These bikes were only made for one year.  Great collector bike but also a cool daily driver.  Runs great and right down the road.  It does idle a little ruff.  Just needs rode.  All the plastic is solid – no cracks.  Tank is in good shape it’s for age.  As you can see in pictures it’s not perfect.  No tears in seat.  All lights work.  Have a clear title.

Better suited to an occasional errand than a commute, the SRX250 could still make a massive pit bike or learner’s permit birthday gift.  The red and white livery echoes larger Yammers from the -80’s, though it wasn’t a long-term success here.  The sensible starting bid and what looks like an easy restoration might sway a fan of the brand.

-donn

SRX and the Single Cylinder – 1987 Yamaha SRX250
Suzuki November 22, 2019 posted by

Real / Rough – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition

Not often seen but always appreciated, the GSX-R homologation special for 1986 had a single seat, alloy fuel tank, and dry clutch.  This SoCal example might have some questions better left unasked, but has great potential as a riding or racing restoration.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition for sale on eBay

Suzuki had only just introduced the GSX-R750 in 1985 when its light weight and rugged reliability made it a natural for the race course.  To homologate for Superbike racing, the -R was built, not changing the alloy chassis or oil-cooled engine, but adding a few special parts.  To help cope with a 106 hp race machine, brakes and anti-dive were borrowed from the 1100cc model, along with 18-inch wheels front and rear.  The oil-cooled four was coated in a dark gray, and the steering damper is needed more on a 1985 short swingarm model.

The first owner must’ve been hard on a bike, since this auction pictures a past salvage title and damage to lowers on both sides.  It’s a study in contrasts, with the good-looking frame and swingarm but a massive gash in the tank.  Luckily the VIN can be researched and the dry clutch is undeniable.  Many comments in the eBay auction, here are just a few:

When I bought it the fairing was scraped up. the lowers were missing as well as the turn signals along with a few other small bits.
Fluids have been regularly checked and replaced
The carbs have been removed and cleaned
Brake fluid change
Clean fuel added
New battery
Tires have plenty of tread and no cracking
Electrical works as it should
The exhaust is a first gen Yoshimura from R &D America, USA.
It’s loud even with fresh packing
The drive-chain is near new but marks show in the middle of the adjustment of the swing-arm

The scratches on the gas tank and wind screen are compliments of the original owner. I was having the upper fairing repainted by guy that didn’t know what the heck he was doing, the color was wrong and the paint was super thin so I stopped and just left it as you see it.

I have an extra set of the NLA OEM stickers for the gas tank and for the upper fairing.
The lowers and middle side covers are livable.
The ask seems out of line for such a project until you look at some recent listings, these very rare -R’s arrived in just the hundreds, and are likely down to only dozens.  This R750R might return to trackday duty while the restoration is planned, perhaps never to begin.
-donn
Real / Rough – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition
Benelli November 17, 2019 posted by

Almost Ostentatious – 1979 Benelli 250 Quattro

When most manufacturers were making 250cc singles do, Benelli – with help from new leader DeTomaso – showed their engineering chops with a super-smooth 250 inline four.  This rarity comes to you from northern Italy and shows nicely with just under 1,900 miles.

1979 Benelli 250 Quattro for sale on eBay

To accompany their newer and bigger offerings to the showroom, Benelli engineers shrunk the SOHC engine so that cylinder bores are just under two inches, but still makes 27hp ( at 10,500 rpm ! ) with 26mm carburetors.  Chassis and suspension are standard for the day, though the tank/seat fairing is quite innovative with integral tank pad and gauges built into the folded-looking tank.   Kick-starting is all that was required, and a single 260mm disk suffices with a drum rear.  The chrome and alloy interplay is completed by the 2-into-1 exhaust and alloy wheels.

Photographed on the road with a license plate, this 250/4 seems a very good survivor, with paint and chrome that fib about the many years since new.  The comments offer worldwide delivery and show their last crating job as evidence.  Notes are spare in the eBay auction:

Excellent unrestored bike, ultra rare first series, frame number 10008. 2 owners. 100% original. Sold by Benelli Bari dealer in southern Italy. 

Obviously for a Benelli fan or collector, a 250 Quattro would be a special purchase.  This one could be ridden to sample a cavallo di battaglia from the late 70’s, without worry of damaging a true museum piece.  We saw such an example go over $15K at Mecum in January, this one is about ninety percent of the value at slightly over half the ask.

-donn

Almost Ostentatious – 1979 Benelli 250 Quattro
MV Agusta November 11, 2019 posted by

Beyond Measure – 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S SP-01 Viper

Happy Veterans Day and thanks to all those who have served !  -donn

Though MV Agusta is the acknowledged king of special editions, it would’ve helped to already be a very good customer to even hear about the SP-01 “Viper” kit, available for your F4 750S.  Finished in Agusta’s blue and silver “special projects” livery, the bodywork and accessories are all carbon, and the kit included magnesium wheels, titanium frosted windscreen, alcantara seat, and Tamburini-signed airbox.

2002 MV Agusta F4 750S SP-01 Viper for sale on eBay

MV Agusta introduced the F4 750 in 1999, with Ferrari-aided head design, and four-into-four calliope singing about superbike power from 749cc’s, not to mention Massimo Tamburini’s swooping design. Electronic fuel injection made the high performance design usable day to day, and 49mm forks were fully adjustable as was the rear monoshock.  Bespoke Nissin front brakes were 310mm with 6-piston calipers, and the alloy star wheels still look unique.

With more miles than most very exotic Italians, this Viper still looks excellent.  The owner calls out some defects on the front rim, but they’re not visible in the pictures.  Alcantara is a great gripping material but not impervious, and the seat confirms the mileage.  Join my dissatisfaction with the photos, but good notes and description of the dealer-installed package are in the eBay auction:

This is one of the rarest contemporary kitted bikes to date with only 50 of these kits made for the world. As far as I was able to find out, 12 of these kits were slated for the US market, they have not been able to track them down to date. Truly The Art of the Motorcycle as MV says. It has Tamburini’s signature on the air box, a plaque of authentication, and an 18 karat gold corresponding number plate. The last one offered on the market was 8 years ago. There are some minor nicks in the paint as well as on the rim lips from tire changes prior to my acquisition. There is also a small ding or dent on the right lip of the front wheel, which was also as I purchased it but it does not affect the tire or ride-ability. I have not touched anything up to hide the minor flaws.

I took it to the 2012 Cafe Desmo show at Pro Italia where it took 3rd best in Italian superbike Class, beat out by two one off race bikes. They have the details. I purchased it with just over 24,000 miles and since I could not verify the service, it got a 100% service along with new Pirelli tires at 24,150. It was put on a California non-op in 2014 where it has remained in proper storage ever since. It was run twice a year to keep fluids clear. It has been a very rare privilege to have owned it these years, but time for someone to have something that almost no one else does.

The Corse Special Parts kit includes: silver/blue painted C.F. front faring, silver/blue painted C.F. air box with Tamburini’s signature, silver/blue painted C.F. fuel tank, silver/blue painted C.F. tail section, silver/blue painted C.F. left and right side fairings, blue painted C.F. lower fairing, silver painted left and right mirrors, blue painted left and right fuel panels, C.F. left and right air box panels, C.F. left and right air ducts, C.F. left and right wire harness covers, C.F. ignition cover, C.F. chain guards, C.F. exhaust guards, Titanium treated (blue) windscreen, blue Alcantara seat and bump stop, silver/blue painted magnesium 5 spoke wheels, 18k gold engraved number badge with kit number, limited edition certificate with kit number and wax seal.

With only fifty copies for the planet, no more than a dozen could have made it here.  Riding most of the miles, the original owner got their money’s worth.  Competition from the east wasn’t standing still, and after the introduction of the MV liter, the 750S was largely on the back burner.  Renewed interest in lighter weight and usable power has led MV ( and others ) back down the displacement ladder, with 675’s and 800’s occupying the sport category once ruled by liters.  With its exotic materials and sporty stature, the F4 750S with SP-01 might prove to have been looking into the future.

-donn

 

Beyond Measure – 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S SP-01 Viper
Suzuki November 6, 2019 posted by

Superbad – 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750

Suzuki made some nice updates for the 1990 model year, but puzzlingly held a few from the U.S. version.  This one-owner time machine appears to have been ridden – but carefully, and nicely maintained.

1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

Suzuki introduced the GSX-R750 in 1985 and in the first five years made several minor changes and two comprehensive re-designs.  For 1990 the engine returned to a 4mm longer stroke design, which deepened and stretched the torque band.  Lighter weight pistons and connecting rods that were threaded to accept the rod bolts ( without nuts and washers ) lowered the mass of the rotating assembly and helped the 115 horses survive the  12,500 rpm redline.  The stateside edition kept right-side-up forks on the revised frame, but did get the adjustable Full Floater monoshock and wider rear wheel.

Pushing thirty, this Gixxer looks excellent considering.  Complete and very clean, just one bonk to the tank and some age-related discoloration.  Pictures are numerous if not high-res.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Such a bad ass bike!!  This bike is the real deal, one owner, never down and unmolested. No cracks in fairings, 100% stock and original. Starts instantly, runs and rides perfectly. Owned by retired airline pilot who purchased it new in 1990.

One small dent in right side of tank as seen in pics (can be repaired with paintless dent removal) other VERY minor blemishes as expected for 30 year old machine. Paint and clear coat are in excellent condition.  Right fork reflector missing in some pics but was replaced with original lens that had been knocked off in the shop.
New Battery
New oil
New Pirelli tires with less than 20 miles
New Renthal sprockets front and rear
New D.I.D chain
New fork oil, seals and dust boots
Carbs 100% disassembled, inspected, cleaned, rebuilt and tuned
Brake fluid flushed and calipers cleaned
Master cylinder rebuild
Original Suzuki tool kit
Notarized Arizona title ready to transfer
This Slingshot is super clean for the age and runs and rides like a new bike.  It is a very nice example of a rare GSX-R750 Slingshot that is worthy of a collection.
Reviewers portrayed a GSX-R that responded to strong ridership with speed, but this example appears to have had a gentleman owner.  Surprisingly free of damage, it’s also been kept ready for the next owner maintenance-wise.  The seller even offers flat-rate shipping to most of the western states.  Despite its bad boy vibe, this GSX-R has racked up some miles but kept its nose clean.  The unusual combination of nice condition, choice year, and low starting bid has led to some early activity – we’ll keep watching for the reserve.
-donn
Superbad – 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750
Kawasaki August 12, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1994 Kawasaki Ninja 600R (ZX600C)

It takes something special to stand out in the middleweight sportbike segment, especially in the used market when a goodly number join the fray each year.  The seller spotted this back-of-the-garage find a few years ago and returned it to the road with several major service items.  As delivered in period black and turquoise livery, this 600R is a great survivor and affordable classic.

1994 Kawasaki 600R ( GPX600 ) with just 6,900 miles !

Though there isn’t much radical engineering in this profitable corner of the showroom, the Ninja 600R does boast more than 100 hp per liter at 84, thanks to 11.71-to-1 compression on the twin-cam four.  Kawasaki’s Electronic Suspension Control ( ESCS ) compensated for front end dive under braking, and their Uni-Track with adjustable monoshock tamed the rear end.  The frame-mounted fairing cut a hole in the wind for rider, and vinyl tank panels offered good grip.

Likely purchased new by a fledgling rider, this 600R was parked soon afterward, and re-commissioned by the new owner after almost 20 years on the lam.  Since the drivetrain is pretty much bulletproof, the rehab involved all liquids, new rubber, carb rebuild and a thorough cleaning of the fuel system.  The seller has these comments about the bike and its return to service:

I acquired this bike back in 2016 with approximately 2,500 original miles and it was completely original down to the tires. It still has the original owner’s manual, tool kit, factory key, and is completely stock right down to the exhaust.

I replaced all the fluids, installed new spark plugs, a new UNI air filter, a new battery, and had new Bridgestone Battleax BT tires fitted. The tank has been removed and professionally cleaned, given a new petcock valve, and I had all four carburetors professionally rebuilt at the same shop that the tank was cleaned.

The bike has since been ridden 4,500 trouble-free miles over the past three years, and at the time of writing has about 7,000 miles, however, this number will go up every weekend as I like to ride it to keep the carbs in shape. Minor cosmetic blemishes include light scratches on the tank, two small scratches on the left rear cowl, mild corrosion on the coolant drain plug, and small bits of rust starting to surface on the exhaust.

You never see these anywhere anymore and this all original example is the best I’ve seen for sale in years. Even if you’re not a collector, this Ninja 600R is a fun, reliable survivor that gets attention from onlookers that know, and is a terrific and inexpensive way to enjoy a classic sportbike.

Asking price is $3,500 and offers are requested by text message at (757) 806-9296

Having served a generation of daily riders, The seller is right that they are rarely seen in this condition these days, and the best way to maintain a fuel system is to use it occasionally.  Maybe this all original model was your brother’s favorite bike, or a friend needs a down payment-sized entrée into the sporty side, either way this 600R looks ready to please a new owner.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1994 Kawasaki Ninja 600R (ZX600C)
Ducati July 23, 2019 posted by

BFF – 1996 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Ducati has had a Supersport in their line-up since most of us have been riding, and the 1990’s were good years for the SS with excellent chassis, Brembo brakes, Showa suspension and the easy air-cooled desmodue.  This example has miles, and though the owner went lightly on upgrades, maintenance is up to date.

1996 Ducati 900SS/CR for sale on eBay

The carburetted era was winding down at Ducati but the 900SS still sports 38mm Mikunis, helping deliver 85 hp, pretty good for a two-valve air cooled engine.  Components were in a sweet spot as well, with dual 320mm disks, inverted forks and lightweight if not quiet dry clutch.  A good-sized pillion is available under the beauty cover, and the cafe racer fairing insures easy access for maintenance and cleaning.

This owner has made a few nice mods with the alloy swingarm and wider rear wheel, looks like an updated monoshock though it isn’t mentioned.  The oil change schedule has a seasonal sound, so likely not too many recent miles, and for that odometer it looks phenomenal.  Generously photographed, there’s also video of – startup – and – walkaround – ( better soundtrack on the startup ).  From the eBay auction:

1996 Ducati 900SS with 35,146 miles.  Meticulously maintained.  Very clean.  Always stored indoors (inside basement shop).  Oil and filter changed every 500 miles or so.  Valve adjusted 34,235.  Belts replaced, new Ferodo clutch plates, brakes/clutch bled 34,934.  This is basically an SP model (sans the carbon fiber and remote reservoirs) with CR bodywork.  Showa 41mm usd 3-way adjustable forks.  Aluminum SP swingarm.  5.5″ rear wheel.  Regina chain.  41t rear sprocket.  Adjustable brake and clutch levers.  Napoleon bar-end mirror.  Stock exhaust and cans (though mildly jetted to accept slip-ons).  Updated (2001+) clutch slave cylinder and rod.  Vented 1/2 clutch cover.  Lightly tinted windscreen.  New Yuasa YTX20HL-BS High Performance AGM battery.  Did I mention how clean this bike was?

The later Supersports had a tough row to hoe, second fiddle to the superbikes with the new Monsters breathing down their corner of the showroom.  Only a few hundred were imported in ’97-98, and Pierre Terblanche provided a re-styled SS for 1999.  Though there is a reserve on this auction, this SS/CR should still be a down payment-sized entry into the sportbike affliction.

-donn

BFF – 1996 Ducati 900 SS/CR