Posts by tag: Survivor

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
Ducati July 11, 2019 posted by

White Elefant – 1988 Ducati Paso Limited

New Cagiva managers enlisted Massimo Tamburini to design the next Ducati, and installed the desmodue 750 in the Paso.  Unfortunately it didn’t lead to a sales boom and a limited edition was issued to bump showroom interest.  This Virginia example is very stock and very, very clean.

1988 Ducati Paso Limited for sale on eBay

Ducati got their design dollar’s worth and the Paso looks like no other Ducati, with a square-section dual downtube frame, hidden under the all-encompassing soap bar.  The innovative 44mm Weber carburetor fed both cylinders and the engine bragged 73 hp with a wide torque band which made the 5-speed trans workable.  The Limited benefits from premium Marzocchi M1R forks and Öhlins monoshock.  Brakes are shared from the non-limited, but fine Brembo 280mm dual disks.  Nicer suspension and 16-inch rubber masked the 430 lbs. dry weight, which still cost performance versus the competition.

This owner has helped preserve his Paso Limited, even keeping the black chrome muffler and having a Corbin seat done which is almost indistinguishable from the factory sofa.  Comments from the eBay auction:

I have owned this Bike since 2005
Total original miles is Just under 5,900 miles
Only Fifty Paso Limited made
I just completed installing
New timing belts
New under tank gas filter
Plugs
Oil change
Brake fluid
Bike is totally stock with the exception of euro turn signals and polished grabrail
This bike actually has a Weber carb which is factory
I had a Corbin seat recovered to look exactly like stock seat, original seat included

The Weber carb doesn’t suffer neglect gladly but can be tuned to relative perfection.  Without much adjustment, the Paso’s riding position is relaxed enough for sport-touring and even some commuting.  Subsequent 900cc models addressed charging issues with a bigger alternator, stop-and-go cooling with water-cooled heads, and replaced finicky carburetion with fuel injection.  Styling continued to be a bugbear though, and the model struggled to break 1,000 sales each year.  For fans of the enclosed solution or just the transition to more modern engines, every Paso is a Limited Edition.

-donn

White Elefant – 1988 Ducati Paso Limited
Suzuki June 10, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1989 GSX-R750 Slingshot

Update 7.23.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Presented in their alternate red and white livery, this K-variant GSX-R750 is ready to do battle at the next street cred concours. It has a careful 12,000 miles which is low, but more of a survivor than babied collector. Suzuki designed it with a laser focus on light weight and usable power, which made the GSX-R750 instantly popular.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot for sale on eBay

Suzuki went seriously oversquare in the comprehensive 1988 revision, the 73mm bore and 44.7mm stroke allowing 13,000 rpm and 112 hp. Still air/oil cooled though, which eliminated weight and complexity. 36mm Mikuni carbs featured the asymmetrical slide hence the “Slingshot” name, beside the way it took off from the starting line. The alloy frame was updated, but continued with its lightweight and braced theme, carrying the engine lower than before. Cartridge forks were still right side up, and the Full Floater swingarm controlled the rear. Brakes were a more modern size with 310mm front disks. Without a spec sheet or caliper you can see the wheels are wider and noise is contained by a 4-into-1 exhaust.

The owner Scott’s comments:

If you’ve always wanted a really nice Slingshot here’s your chance. Red with white just under 12,000 original miles. This is a true survivor which is mostly stock other than the airbox and Supertrapp silencer. New battery just serviced all new fluids and carburetor cleaning/rebuild, new rear brake line, petcock, and cush drive. Everything including dash lights are in perfect working order, its ready to go for the new owner. It comes with a hard to find unpainted rear seat cowl along with a back of the gas tank bra. It’s a lot of fun to ride for a thirty-year-old bike. Rides very close to a modern bike and makes great sounds. It’s never been down to the best of my knowledge.

Here’s the back story, I bought it with the thought of turning it into a vintage race bike. When my friends saw it, particularly one that’s a GSXR nut, they convinced me it was too nice the convert. They were not willing to buy it but would not let me race it! So I found a Slab-side that was a better candidate. As I’m more of a track guy my street riding in next to zero nowadays so this has been sitting in my climate-controlled Man Town.

I like to sell bikes with no stories hence the recent service. I would rate this an 8 out of 10. It’s not a museum piece but a really nice original survivor that you will be proud to ride and turns heads wherever you go. There are a few stress cracks in the bodywork which is normal. There’s also a crack in the top right side of the fairing right underneath the throttle.

I’m a fifty plus year old you guy that collects bikes so I am quite picky and tend to understate a bikes condition. It’s registered in New Hampshire which does not title anything over fifteen years old, but I do have the previous owner’s title. I do not need to sell this bike so please don’t waste either of our times. I have a more pictures and happy to answer any questions. Thanks for looking!

1989 was the second year of the 2.0 GSX-R750, and small changes were made, mostly to increase available lean angle ! Otherwise it was a fitting second generation of a middleweight bred for the track, and a great value for the ante. Rather than a sheltered collector, this unrestored survivor could be enjoyed inside and out.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1989 GSX-R750 Slingshot
Suzuki May 31, 2019 posted by

Not Your Father’s – 1982 Suzuki GS1100E

A couple of years after Wes Cooley’s AMA Superbike Championships, Suzuki still had a potent weapon in their 1075cc straight four, and the twin downtube steel frame was a nice handler.  This Illinois survivor was lightly customized by a previous owner and looks like just the thing for cruise night.

1982 Suzuki GS100E for sale on eBay

Suzuki’s air and oil cooled engine was tuned for mid-range torque, and the GS1100E reports max torque of 68 ft.-lbs. at a reasonable 6,500 rpm, with 100 hp up at 8,700 rpm.  The four 34mm Mikuni carburetors make for great throttle response, though an active wrist will hasten your way through the 5.0 gallon tank.  Suspension is premium, with anti-dive and four settings for preload and rebound on the air-adjustable forks, and the shocks have five preload and four rebound selections.  Triple 275mm disks are more street-sized for the 535 lbs. dry weight.

Just over 15,000 miles divided by 37 years works out to a lot of time in the back of the garage, but just a couple of touch-ups stand between this GS and pretty nice paintwork.  An earlier rebuild prompted an extended swingarm and Vance & Hines 4-into-1 exhaust, giving a nice drag strip vibe along with the bikini fairing.  The owner offers a short walk-around – here – and has these comments in the eBay auction:

This is a incredibly nice 1982 Suzuki GS1100E with 15,000 original miles
Well maintained over the years by the previous owner this bike has had some tasteful mods over the years
Engine was re-ringed in 2004 at about 12K miles, documentation provided

Carbs are setup perfect with pods and a Vance & Hines 4 into 1 header
The rear swing arm is a chromed Vance & Hines 4″ stretch with a wider 150 rear tire
Bike has a few scratches and nicks here and there
Left side cover has 1 broken tab along with the right one but they stay in place
Aftermarket bullet fairing painted to match
Front tire is starting to show some age
Currently the headlight and tail light warning lights are on the dash even though the lamps are working fine, might have resolved before end of auction
Lots of receipts for thousands of dollars worth of work over the years and most of it was done 10+ years ago and then kept in great running order only putting on about 3K miles in the last 15 years
This bike is not for the meek, it rides very nice but goes wicked fast at the crack of the throttle
Comes with all the stock parts, exhaust, air filter housing and rear swing arm
Also has the owners manual

The GS1100E three-peated as Cycle World’s Superbike of the Year 1981-1983, and for the day was lighter and handled better than most.  The strip was a haven for the 1100, which routinely ran 11.5 second quarters.  The flow from tank to side cover to seat echoed the flagship Katana.  The sand metallic doesn’t shout for attention, but calmly states its presence – more forcefully once started, then undeniably as it accelerates away.

-donn

 

Not Your Father’s – 1982 Suzuki GS1100E