Posts by tag: Termignoni

Ducati February 4, 2020 posted by

Copy That: 2006 Ducati 999R Xerox

The Ducati R bike has always been a major factor in the history of Ducati. Renowned originally as homologation machines in order to go racing, the R brand has taken on a life of its own as a limited edition, high performance exclusive tier of the existing model line. And while there may be some scoffing that Ducati R models are simply marketing exercises, the truth is that the R generally represents the top spec for the brand, with components and upgrades to match. Such is the case with today’s bike, a 2006 999R in striking Xerox livery.

2006 Ducati 999R Xerox for sale on eBay

The 999 is known for a few parlor tricks. The first is that in the eyes of many, it is…. well…. ugly. Designer Pierre Terblanche had big shoes to fill when he was chosen to pen the successor to Massimo Tamburini’s 916/996/998 masterpiece. In photos, the 999 seems to indicate that Terblanche choked. The resulting bike simply did not flow like the earlier Ducati models. But in person the 999 is astonishing in its presence. All this considers a bike in a base color (i.e. red). Pop on the very limited Xerox racing livery, however, and this model truly comes visually alive. Gone are the huge expanses of one color across the side panels (they are long and flat compared to previous models). The diagonal placement of the side logo helps make the bike appear shorter than otherwise. Similarly, the red/white livery on the nose helps dampen the sharpness of the stacked headlight set up, and reduces the 999’s beaky profile. Of all the graphics available, the Xerox is the best looking of the 999s, although I do miss the peek-a-boo carbon bits of the fairing found on the non-liveried bikes.

From the seller:
Ducati made just 300 of the 999R models, and just a handful of Xerox livery versions.
With an MSRP of $29,995, it cost about $8,000 more than a 999S.

For the increased cost, the R model has;
145 HP Testretta engine, 25 hp more than the S
Radial brakes
Öhlins Suspension
Forged Marchesini wheels
Termignoni muffler
Weight reduction to 399lbs

The seller has done a decent job outlining how one makes an R bike. You start with the already potent 999S, you add horsepower and better brakes/suspension, bolt on some very glam farkles, and you put the whole thing on a diet. It’s a very simple recipe that Ducati has been following for decades, and results in some very iconic bikes. Going one step further, Ducati artificially limits the number of bikes produced, and attaches an exclusive production number on the headstock. The result is looks and performance with built-in exclusivity as a standard feature, right out of the Bologna factory.

More from the seller:
It was the ultimate track weapon in 2006. And still today, its a very impressive bike.

Hugely collectible, these are getting very rare to find in this condition. This bike is in almost flawless condition.

This bike is one of the most beautiful bikes that Ducati has ever built, and they just dont make special models like this anymore. If you set out to make a replica of this bike, the paint and graphics would cost a fortune. It’s not that hard to find a 999R, but the Xerox is really rare and special.

Comes with the Ducati plaque, and all keys. Owners manuals also.
5,353 miles
$20,000 OBO

So there is the other Ducati R model parlor trick: it’s expensive. R bikes have always commanded significantly higher prices than standard models. Some of this is due to the costs associated with the higher-spec components, and some is due to the drive for even more exclusivity. Regardless, R bikes are always more collectible than a base edition and will be the ones most likely to grow in value over time. And since many R bikes are riders, finding a low mile version with a rare graphics package and in sublime condition can be difficult. Today’s example has just 5,353 miles, looks to be in incredible condition, and is offered for a $20k Buy It Now. The seller appears to be open to offers, but I’m not sure I’d expect too much back pedaling. The dollar ask is strong, but so is the bike on offer – search the pages of RSBFS for another Xerox and you’ll only find a few – and all from some years back. Check it out here and then jump to the comments and share your thoughts on the best looking 999. Good Luck!!

MI

Copy That:  2006 Ducati 999R Xerox
Laverda October 30, 2019 posted by

Zany Personality: 1999 Laverda 750S Formula

The Laverda 750S Formula was a massive gamble to revive a long a storied (but sinking) brand. This excerpt from an earlier post on a similar bike is being utilized by the seller of today’s find in the advert – but only partially. In the spirit of completeness (and to be lazy), I reprint it here:

“While there is no guaranteed formula for success in the motorcycling business, there are some pretty basic tenets worth following. The first is to start with a decent brand name and reputation. Laverda – building performance motorcycles since 1949 – fits that bill perfectly. The second rule is that the bike has to look good; as we all know, style sells. The Formula edition of the 750S offers full bodywork rivaling the best Italy has to offer (Bimota and Ducati included). Rule number three is to engineer the heck out of it to ensure a solid platform. Laverda rang up legendary framemeister Nico Bakker who created the robust chassis. The next step is to ensure adequate power – Laverda punched out their 650cc parallel twin to 750cc and the Formula edition provided uprated cams, revised fuel-injection settings and carbon-fibre Termignoni silencers to boost top-end power to aclaimed figure of 92bhp. The last step is to drizzle liberally with the best components money can buy, which Laverda did with Termi exhaust, Brembo binders, Paioli suspension front and rear, Marchesini wheels and Weber-Marelli electrics. What emerged as the 750S Formula was a handsome, potent machine that totally failed to turn the tides of Laverda’s fortune. The company went under for good a few short years later.”

1999 Laverda 750S Formula for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Up for auction is my 1999 Laverda 750 S Formula. This bike only has 1684 Kilometers (about 1000 miles) – it is all original. If you’re interested in this bike you probably know all there is to know about it. You can also search about this Zane era Laverdas for more info.

NOTE: For what I can gathered based on information and title, the bike was a theft recovery many years ago. The bike was then stored for about 10 years. Since I bought it, I have put in a new ECU, ignition key, battery, rebuilt the brakes and put new fluids. The bike is 20 years old and it has some blemishes and scratches, but nothing mayor. I have tried to point out the most noticeable in the pictures. I have not cleaned or detailed the bike 0 this is the way it was after I took it for a little ride on wet pavement.

The fear of “theft recovery” looms large, but that doesn’t always have to sound as harrowing as one can make it out to be. Given that the advert states a clear title, that means that this bike wasn’t stripped down for parts and left with a salvage slip. In the photos the bike looks to be in good condition, with the usual nicks and scrapes that 20 years of use can bring. If you watch the video the bike sounds great (love those carbon cans) – and let’s not forget about that fantastic frame! Provided the miles listed on the odo are actual and that unit was not replaced, this looks to be a solid example of a rare breed.

These “Zane” era Laverdas (built in the locality of Zane, to separate them from the earlier era of Laverda) are truly great motorcycles. They have all the great looks you would expect from the Italians – even verging on the precipice of appearing to be Japanese. These are undeniably rare motorcycles, but the values have not risen as quickly as one might expect. If you love an underdog story, if you are looking for a sport bike that is fast enough, looks great AND isn’t a 748 or CBR, this 750S Formula just might be for you. Bonus: Bidding is down below $3,500 with a reserve still in place. Depending on what that is set for, this could be another RSBFS bargain in the making. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Zany Personality: 1999 Laverda 750S Formula
Ducati April 11, 2019 posted by

On Form: 2008 Ducati 1098 R

When Pierre Terblanche took over the Ducati styling reins from Massimo Tamburini he had very big shoes to fill. For years the 916 / 996 / 998 series captured the hearts, minds and wallets of riders everywhere. In retrospect, the reception of the 999 (pronounced “ugly”) and the short span of three years availability was a pretty big clue to the powers that be that the new design language wasn’t cutting the showroom mustard. Enter Giandrea Fabbro, chosen to pen the successor Ducati Superbike – the 1098. Evoking elements from the 916 line – including the glorious single-sided swing arm – yet in a modern day form, Fabbro created an update to the iconic silhouette and evolved the Ducati Superbike for the next series of models.

2008 Ducati 1098 R for sale on eBay

But the 1098 didn’t just turn heads in the magazines and dealership showrooms. You see, part of the reason for the 1098 was WSBK racing. Ducati was already at the limit of their performance technology in World Superbike with the 999cc limit for twins. The next step to get on par with the might of the Japanese was more displacement. Ducati decided to buck the rules and evolved the 999 mill to just under 1100cc, thereby petitioning the sanctioning body to change the rules. A standoff ensued, and no side wanted to give. Ducati – a key mainstay of WSBK – threatened to boycott the series. Eventually, the sanctioning body came to an understanding with all of the players in the series: the maximum displacement for twins was raised to 1200cc, but concessions were introduced to maintain parity among the manufacturers. Thus, the Ducati 1098 was allowed to enter the 2007 WSBK series.

From the seller:
2008 Ducati 1098R ,mileage 3353 ,number 99 of 450 like models in the United States, carbon
rear shock guard,key and F/Sprocket, full termi system,dyno tuned with power commander installed

Despite the return of classic good looks, the Ducati 1098 introduction was not all smooth sailing. Initial tests indicated that the 999 was actually the easier bike to ride fast; the 1098 was more sensitive to setup. But the 1098 was definitely successful at the racetrack, winning the 2008 WSBK series championship. The 1098R model, as we see here, follows the unique formula that makes Ducati “R” bikes so special. Sure, it has more carbon fiber and better, more adjustable suspension. But the real trick with Ducati R bikes is in the engine, where there is more. More engine, that is. You see, the Ducati 1098 R actually displaces 1198cc, built right up to the (new) limits for Superbike racing. With 180 HP on tap in stock form, the 1098 R was the most potent twin cylinder sport bike available at the time, and had an equally impressive price tag.

Today’s example is a 2008 model, and appears to be very well cared for. From the pictures it is obvious the owner is a Duc fan, as there is also a 999R in some of the photos. Ducatis are lonely machines, so it is nice that this one had some company. With only 3,353 miles there is not much that should be wrong here. The Power Commander is a popular fueling mod that can help throttle response and gain back some HP that was donated to those evil folks from the EPA. The clutch cover is practically a mandated aftermarket necessity. Otherwise all looks to be in order. No mention of a service, belts or valve adjustment, so interested buyers might want to ask some questions. Check it out here. When it comes to Ducati R models, you could certainly do worse than a 1098. Good Luck!!

MI

On Form:  2008 Ducati 1098 R
Ducati January 17, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Ducati 900SS CR in rare yellow!

Update 1.28.2019: This bike has sold to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati 900 SuperSport line can trace its lineage a long way back. If you overlook the change from bevel-driven valve actuation to rubber belt drive, you can trace the DNA well into the 1970s. If you are looking for bleeding edge technology and the latest fads, you are missing the point. This is a motorcycle that is more than a collection of parts, even though the parts are very, very good. The Ducati SuperSport is a raw, basic sport bike that talks to the rider and gives willingly. With tons of great noise, torque, stability and panache, the SuperSport offers up a unique experience that is very Ducati.

Featured Listing: 1997 Ducati 900SS CR!

The SuperSport of the 90s came in 3 models: The SS CR (cafe racer) you see here, the SS SP (sports production) with upgraded suspension & brakes, and the SS SL (SuperLight). Originally only the SuperLight was available in yellow, while the SSCR and SSSP shipped in red livery with either gold or white accents depending upon the year. All had the same engine and chassis. The yellow CR is definitely an anomaly in the SuperSport world, and in many ways is the best looking of the bunch. The lighter color shows off the curves of the “just enough but not too much” bodywork. Thumb the starter and the 2-valve, air cooled desmo twin barks to life, idling with a pleasing lump. There is not a lot of RPM to play with by Japanese specs, but with torque available from 2,500 on up to redline, all is extremely usable. The twin arrangement creates a narrow profile and a comfortable cockpit.

From the seller:
1997 Ducati 900SS CR in the rare yellow

34,915 miles. High compression pistons. Termignoni carbon fiber slip-ons in exceptional condition. Open airbox with K&N filter. Brembo full floating cast iron rotors (as found on the SP). STM clutch slave cylinder. Stock forks were rebuilt/resprung several years ago. There’s a very small ding in the tank but overall the bike is in outstanding condition.

Best of all…

The bike has been freshly serviced by TJ at MotoUnion in WI–ZERO miles since the valve adjustment and belts (OEM) were replaced (except what I may put on between now and when it sells). Carbs were just professionally cleaned and tuned—new jets and adjustable needles.

More from the seller:
Also replaced, with zero miles since:

· New Shorai battery

· New 520 sprockets (aluminum rear)

· New DID ERV3 520 chain

· New Dunlop Q3 tires

· New spark plugs

· New grips

· New EBC HH brake pads

· Fresh Motul RBF600 brake and clutch fluid

· Filter and full synthetic oil change

The modifications have been carefully selected and things like the windscreen and fenders are still OEM. The maintenance has thoroughly been done, so you’ll have nothing to do but ride for thousands of miles.

I may be able to help with delivery between Chicago and Deal’s Gap in early September.

The hot rod bible for the SS lineup is pretty standard. This owner has made some tasteful, effective mods without thrashing the basic concept or idea. Weight is reduced, performance increased, yet reliability is not affected. The Termis are de rigueur, and add to the already fantastic soundtrack. Ditto for the airbox mods. The brake upgrade is not often seen on a CR, and takes braking to a whole new level. And the proof here is in the pudding; 34k miles and going strong. These motors are amazingly reliable and resilient; keep up with basic maintenance, belt changes and valve adjustments and you have a bike worth keeping long after the current fad has passed. Sure, at lower speeds the steering can be a bit heavy, but the platform is so stable across the sporting speed regime that it is hard to find much to fault. Maybe it isn’t the fastest bike out there, but as a rock solid performer you would be hard pressed to find a bike that delivers the goods so consistently.


1997 Ducati SS CR

Asking price: $3950

The best part of these iconic Ducatis: they are downright affordable to own. This bike has more cost in hi-po parts than the asking price for the whole package. Maintenance is not the nightmare that some make it out to be (easily handled by a backyard mechanic, or by a local shop), and reliability is astounding for a bike that sounds so good. Performance is more than adequate for aggressive street riding, and longevity of the basic bits has been proved time and again by high mileage bikes. Heck, these things even get great gas mileage (stock: 50+ mpg, modified: in the 40 mpg range) – if that sort of thing appeals to you. And this is not a sell job; several RSBFS staffers swear by these things with their own cash as long-term owners. Adam – who is no stranger to sport bike collections, is looking to thin his herd a bit and this beautiful 900 SSCR needs a new home. Drool over the pictures and then ask yourself how you could afford NOT to add one to your stable. You’ll be glad you did!

MI

Featured Listing: 1997 Ducati 900SS CR in rare yellow!
Ducati December 20, 2018 posted by

Christmas Sled: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

‘Tis the season to find a really interesting mix of clean, high value bikes, as well as a sell-off of older, less cared for equipment. For those that have been following RSBFS on a regular basis, you know how hit and miss the collecting world can be. Some months there is no inventory worth writing about, while other months there is a flood of one particular make/model. You take what you can get, and when the temps starts to get cold, the supply of the best stuff often withers up as if waiting for warmer temps. And if you are looking for warmer temperatures as much of the US embarks upon a winter wonderland, the deserts of Arizona look to be about as good as any. And that is where you will find this immaculate 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Edition: In Phoenix, AZ.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

Phoenix is an apt locale for this collectible beauty, with both the green frame and the 1972 glory of the Paul Smart victory rising from the ashes of Ducati past. And like the bevel 750, the PS1000LE evokes memories of the race bike – although in the modern version this is primarily homage and graphics related. That is not to throw stones at the Sport Classic platform: the dual spark variant of the venerable Pantah bones has been reliably motivating riders with its booming sound and waves of torque for decades. There are those that claim Sport Classic models are poseurs and not race bikes. And while it is true that Ducati has not homologated any air-cooled bike for quite some time, there is racing DNA hovering just below the surface (as evidenced by this amazing build). With a lightweight trellis-style tube frame, minimalist components, top shelf binders and bouncers (Brembo and Ohlins, respectively) the big L-twin with six speed gearbox, and more character and visceral impact than practically anything else out there, the PS1000LE is a rightful update to the original green frame and a great nod to Mr. Smart himself. It was also wildly successful from a marketing perspective. With Ducati offering a few different variants of the Sport Classic line, the PS1000LE was the most rare – and continues to hold (and gain) value today. You’ve heard of blue chip stocks? This is a green chip – but just as reliable. Offered one year only and limited to a mere 2000 examples, this is Ducati, The Brand at its finest.

From the seller:
Beautiful and collectible Ducati Paul Smart Limited Edition FOR SALE. 1000cc Dual Spark engine, asymetric swingarm, and Ohlins suspension front and rear are just a few features of this amazing motorcycle.

Mileage on this adult-ridden bike is a mere 3007!

This motorcycle has been equipped with the following custom parts:

OZ Racing Gold forged aluminum wheels
Termignoni pipes with Ducati Performance ECU
NCR Schedoni leather seat
Geelong Carbon Craft rear fender/chainguard
Knurled aluminum footpegs
EVR billet clutch cover
Seal Savers
Sato Racing gold frame caps
Super lite 520 drive train
Shorai Li battery

Original spoke wheels, ECU, footpegs, license plate light/harness and muffler bracket are included.

Given the relative rarity of these particular models, it is interesting that so many of them have been modified by Ducati hot rod parts. Mostly these are bolt on bits – uprated exhaust, ECU mods, clutch covers, etc. – and are easily reversible. For those of you who haven’t shopped for a new outfit or accessories for a Ducati lately, please note that them there parts are *expensive*. Name brand parts specifically fitted for a Ducati carry a premium, making this particular example a serious investment for the original owner. But stand back and look at what was created. The gold OZ wheels and clutch cover offset the Ohlins forks perfectly. Better yet, fire up that big twin and feel the ground shake beneath your feet. If you can’t hear yourself think, blame the Termis.

Sport Classic prices are very strong at the moment, and leading the charge is the PS1000LE. These bikes are in the same territory as MH900e examples, which is really saying something. For all the haters of the 999 and what Pierre Terblanche did after Massimo Tamburini left, one need only view the Supermono, the MH900e and the Paul Smart Limited Edition to see his genius. Today’s example of a PS1000LE – with only 3,000 miles on the clocks – ticks all the right collector boxes. Period correct and lightly modified (with original parts in tow), low miles and pristine presentation from a collector I think we have seen on these pages before, this PS1000LE is worth a look. If you are in the market and have the wherewithal to consider the model, this might be a good time to make the jump. You can still believe in Santa Claus, but since that thing ain’t going down no chimney you best step in and help yourself. Check it out here. Is this the best design of the Terblanche era? Jump to the comments and share your thoughts. Good Luck!!

MI

Christmas Sled:  2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition
Ducati October 21, 2018 posted by

The Good Stuff: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale

Well, it’s finally starting to happen: the days of dirt cheap Tamburini Ducati superbikes are coming to an end. Yeah, 748s and 996s still offer some pretty great bang for your buck but, if you were planning to pick up a first-generation 916 like this nicely-upgraded bike for peanuts, you’d better get cracking. What, you thought it’d be possible to find low-mile examples of the most iconic motorcycle of the modern era would last forever?

Under the skin, it was just an evolution of Ducati’s four-valve, liquid-cooled 851/888. But that skin… It made the bike a star whose appeal reached far beyond the hard-core biking community, and the 916 appeared as an aspirational object in film and print media, in music videos, and on posters that adorned the walls of a million teenagers who didn’t own a bike, maybe never ended up owning a bike. Even if you’re not into motorcycles at all, you’ll probably recognize the 916.

The original 916’s 114 claimed horses sounds pretty paltry, compared to today’s superbikes, or even today’s supersports. But while its performance has been surpassed by modern sportbikes, the 916 still handles beautifully, sounds amazing, and parts are still available to keep them on the road. There are also a wealth of parts to upgrade them, and there is pretty good parts-interchangeability between the different models. Make all the snarky comments you like about Latin reliability, but at least the 916 was designed to be serviced: every bike will need to come apart at some point, and those quarter-turn Dzus fasteners make removing the bodywork a five-minute affair.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale

AP Racing full race 6-pot titanium brakes, titanium hardware, and master cylinder. These were race team-only in ‘95. Marchesini magnesium wheels, the race wheel (RARE). Carbon fiber air box, air tubes, in-box filer, under tray, swingarm cover, chain cover, chin lower, fender front with air vents. Nichols billet clutch basket. Ferracci stator/starter/ EPROM chip/Öhlins damper. Termignoni carbon ovals. Bike has been well cared for from the time I got it in ’98 bike still draws crowds. It’s a great ride: runs strong, starts every time. You won’t find a better ’95 916. Will meet shipper at the curb. Payment to be sent next day mail, you will have 3 days to pay in full by check. As soon as funds clear the bank, bike will ship. No BS.

The seller is asking $16,000 for this bike and that’s pretty high for a 916, but we all know they’re headed that way. Miles aren’t especially low, but the bike has, as the seller indicates, had some very nice parts thrown at it, especially those trick front brakes. And with Ducatis, a bit of mileage is a good thing: it means the bike’s been used and likely maintained. Which is great if you plan to ride, instead of display it. I’d normally consider a claim like “you won’t find a better ’95 916” to be hyperbole but, unless you’re looking for a display bike with single-digit miles, I don’t think he’s wrong.

-tad

The Good Stuff: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale
Ducati June 6, 2018 posted by

Garaged Every Night – 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000 Biposto with 1,180 Miles !

As much as fans cringe when another nearly unused special hits RSBFS, mint examples naturally have the interest of buyers.  This lightly updated SportClassic was used as a display article for a garage customizing company, and is ready for a riding owner.

2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000 Biposto for sale on eBay

Designed by Pierre Terblanche, the SportClassics didn’t break much new ground technologically, but tapped into the fuzzy good memories of past motos.  The DS1000 engine was a revelation, a winning combination of updated desmo valve angles, air/oil cooling, fuel injection, and updated electrics which provided a reliable 92 hp and sweet sound.  Suspension looked forward with 43 mm upside-down forks, and back with dual remote reservoir shocks.  Memories of cleaning spoked wheels must have faded since they are back aboard the SportClassic, and in alloy they complete the retro look.

With a lot of niceties from Rizoma, this monochromatic Sport 1000 looks almost new.  Cam belts are uncovered but guarded, and the wet clutch precludes the normal open cover.  Slightly shorter rear turn signal stalks are the perfect mod.  Having been wheeled in and out of the display garages for the past ten years, this Sport 1000 could use new belts, though valves should be ok and tires would be optional.  There should be a pillion seat under the café cover.  From the eBay auction:

This 2007 Ducati is in great condition and has been properly maintained and kept in my climate controlled garage. It has primarily been used in our RaceDeck Garage Flooring marketing/shows and  the occasional cruise in the canyons. The condition of this show-stopping motorcycle is like it was in a time capsule. Has never been dropped, runs fantastic and a great ride. 

As you will see in the photos, this Ducati Sport Classic is not only a show stopper, it is outfitted with the best accessories, such as Termignoni sport exhaust, Rizoma mirrors, Rizoma grips, numerous other Rizoma accessories, radiator guard, tank coat, Speedymoto, recessed taillights and license plate, Ducati Motorcycle cover, etc.

Looking good in garages of a certain age, the Sport 1000 reviewed as a quality all-rounder, and a rise in the handlebar height for ’07 was welcomed.  Most likely a second or third Ducati for the lucky ones, the SportClassic’s statement is in its non-aggression pact.  No race pace or sponsor ads, the Sport 1000 is just here for the good times…

-donn

Garaged Every Night – 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000 Biposto with 1,180 Miles !
Moto Guzzi March 19, 2018 posted by

Alternate Italian: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS

If asked to picture a red, Italian vee twin sportbike, the majority of the world would come up with a single marque: Ducati. But in truth the Italians have been rather prolific with their sporty scoots across dozens of manufacturers, even though some brands may not be household names here in the United States. And some, while once well known, have fallen to the march of progress and the downfall of insolvency. One of those surviving iconic Italian brands is Moto Guzzi – holding the title of the oldest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe still in continuous production. Now owned by Piaggio but allowed to operate quasi-independently, Moto Guzzi soldiers on with a handful of cruisers and V7 nostalgia bikes. However Guzzi once was known for sport bikes, and none highlight the brand better than today’s Daytona RS.

1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS for sale on eBay

Based on the very (for Moto Guzzi) successful 1100 Sport model, the RS contained a few extra goodies in the horsepower and handling department. Like many other successful brands, Moto Guzzi marketed the RS as a premium model, selling the extra performance. Unlike the 1100 Sport, the RS featured new 4-valve cylinder heads and a bigger cam to help with higher RPM breathing. Modern EFI provided the fueling. Down below, a new lightened crankshaft was connected to a lighter flywheel, carillo rods and forged (rather than cast) pistons. Moto Guzzis have always been known to be robust motorcycles, and the venerable transverse vee arrangement readily accepted these updates without complaint. On the chassis side, the RS received uprated WP dampers front and rear along with 17″ rubber front and rear. Tipping the scales at the same rate as the 1100 Sport (approx 488 lbs), the RS offered 12 HP and nearly 1,000 RPM more motive power along with handling refinements and a 240 KM/h top speed.

From the seller:
Daytona RS, very rare, only 34 to North America. I have had the bike for ~3 yrs in southern Arizona. Runs very strong, great looking with everything working. Mileage ~9000 as I continue to ride it on occasions. New cam belts, forks rebuilt, valves checked, tires good (Pirelli angel gt). Aftermarket exhaust, handlebars and Creedon chip.

From a performance standpoint, the big Guzzis were largely outclassed by Japanese precision. From a local perspective, Moto Guzzi found itself losing ground to the group from Bologna – to the point where Ducati dominated the Italian vee twin sporting scene. Ultimately grouped into the Battle of the Twins class against Beemers and Harleys, Moto Guzzi never quite made the transition to the modern sportbike era. But to damn the brand because it refused to enter the hyperactive world of “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” would be missing the point of this Dayton beast. With long legs, great sounds and fantastic looks, this Daytona RS is timeless and offers so much more than a fleeting performance benchmark. This is a classic steed that performs well enough to hold its head up high while enveloping the rider in a cloak of quality and mystique. This is a bike that riders look at knowingly and longingly; this is ultimate cool, personified.

This particular Daytona RS looks to be in pretty good shape. There is some wear evident in the rash on the triple clamps – it is minor and does not affect functionality, but somehow marks in this area always aggrivate me – and some slight damage to the left side rear tail section. Otherwise this appears to be an honest bike, and presents well. The mileage is sub 9,000, and from the seller’s text maintenance and care was performed as one would expect. There are some extras in the form of upgraded Termi exhaust as well as a tuner chip controlling the EFI, enhancing power delivery as well as rideability. These RS models are rare and in demand in the small circle of Guzzi fans, so this one may not last long. The opening bid started out at a rock-bottom $1,000 (with reserve), and the BIN is a reasonable $11,500. Check it out here, and revel in the artistry of Italian chic. Good Luck!!

MI

Alternate Italian: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS