Posts by tag: Testastretta

Bimota December 4, 2017 posted by

Hometown Hero – 2009 Bimota DB7

After many years using superbike engines from Japan’s leading manufacturers, Bimota started a new chapter with Ducati and developed a 1098cc testastretta-engined special. A Scottsdale collector-car dealer presents this bespoke superbike with only 1,621 miles.

2009 Bimota DB7 for sale on eBay

 

Ducati’s modern and water-cooled L-twin develops 160hp and is housed in the complex and beautiful combination of oval-tube trellis frame, CNC side plates and carbon fairings.  Hard to explain the combination of high tech and craftmanship in a low-volume specialty like the DB7, but take a careful look at how the machined aluminum side plates interface with the frame, drivetrain, and fairing.  Marzocchi’s 43mm Corse forks are up front, with a twin-reservoir monoshock damping Bimota’s progressive-link rear.  Brembo four-piston calipers are radially mounted on Bimota’s machined mounts with 320mm floating rotors.  Rearsets and levers are each another showcase for the CNC-machined aluminum artistry.

 

In impeccable shape, this DB7 still has its factory titanium muffler.  The eBay-based dealer has a wide selection of exotic cars available, and has great pictures but only a few words about the DB7, safe to assume anyone shopping for a DB7 will have at least some knowledge of the brand –

  • Only 1600 miles
  • Just serviced
  • One of the rarest super bikes produced
  • Call today for additional information

 

Bimota was on the mend in the mid-oughties and relied on Ducati for powerplants, which continues today.  The DB7 reviewed as a rewarding machine, slim and lightweight, and worth setting up correctly.  Production numbers are hard to verify but appear to be just 100 or so for the 2007-10 run, it was succeeded by the 1198cc DB8 which is still available.  A sparkling display of technical and manufacturing capability, the DB7 shown here seems a gem.  The ask is about what DB7’s were fetching a few years ago, poised for appreciation, which should please the three dozen watchers on the buy-it-now…

-donn

Hometown Hero – 2009 Bimota DB7
Ducati October 6, 2017 posted by

Two Approaches – 2008 Ducati 1098R

Contributors at RSBFS look at a lot of bike ads, and though these two are for the same year, make, and model, the auctions couldn’t be more different.  A smashing contribution to the sportbike encyclopedia, the 1098R returned Ducati to the cat-eye fairing, and Troy Bayliss to the WSBK podium.

– #154

2008 Ducati 1098R – #154 and #212 – for sale on eBay

– #212

Something reminiscent in the single-sided swingarm and separate underseat exhausts, but all new in the 1198cc testa, with 12.8:1 compression and 180 hp.  The -R’s titanium valves and connecting rods can’t be seen, but can be felt like the magnesium fairing sub-frame and aluminum seat sub-frame.  More visibly, Brembo supplied billet Monoblock brakes and Öhlins the fully adjustable fork and twin-tube monoshock.  Forged and machined Marchesini alloys provide light gold accents.  The race-derived dash has settings for the new traction control system, taming the 1098 along with the hydraulic slipper clutch.

– #154

– #154

Both from the east coast, neither of these 1098R’s have more than 1,500 miles, and #212 has under 300.  #154 shows quite a few views of the bike out on the lawn, while #212’s single picture might just be a factory glamour shot.  Both are as expected for such low miles.  Spare comments from #212’s owner presume a studied buyer, while #154 gives a little recent history, along with what seems to be a paragraph lifted from a review.  -R’s were supplied with a racekit ECU and carbon Termignoni mufflers, but neither are mentioned here.

#212 – Only 275 original miles.  Perfect condition, #212 numbered out of only 450 ever made.  A rare opportunity to own a special motorcycle.

#154 – Ducati 1098 R with 1400 miles. 1 owner clean PA title. This exotic bike looks and rides like new.  Recent oil change, new plugs, new air filter, and new battery.

These details from #154 give a good idea of the level of design and attention to detail on every 1098R –

Ducati pressured FIM to grant twins another displacement increase for the 2008 WSBK season, which they did after removing some modification freedom. The torquey twin vacuumed up the 2008 WSBK championship with Troy Bayliss aboard, though the little-brother 848 might be a better choice for the non-pro.  The 1098 returned to the iconic cat-eye fairing, and had a newly-designed cooling system.  Especially in the -R variant, the 1098 brought extreme if not silly power levels to the road, and it’s not surprising to see these examples with very low miles.  Two rare bikes in a production run of 450, with minor condition and price differences and presented quite differently…

-donn

Two Approaches – 2008 Ducati 1098R
Ducati September 27, 2017 posted by

Fun at Any Speed – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore 101/400

A one-year wonder, the numbered edition S4RS Tricolore put some pizazz in the 2008 Monster line-up.  The heavily oversquare testastretta engine brings 130 hp to the party, up at 9,500 rpm.  Well-finished despite being naked, the 998cc V-twin also has components on the superbike level.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS 101/400 for sale on eBay



The 998’s narrowhead engine is thoroughly modern, Marelli fuel-injected and water-cooled with an auxiliary oil cooler.  Once identified, the different plumbing loops for intake, exhaust, water, oil ( and even fuel vapor ) make sense.  The special Tricolore livery contrasts nicely with the golds of the trellis frame, Ohlins and Marchesini components, and the carbon accents on the radiators, fenders, and side covers.  Stacked exhaust and half-tube mufflers are sweet, but reviews warn of a toasty right heel.

Hard to say how this special Duc found itself with under 2,000 miles, but likely it was a trade-in at the West Palm specialty auto dealer who listed it.  Still has the rarely seen evaporative emissions system on board.  From the eBay auction:

This is a super rare 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore model with just 1171 miles!  This is the lowest mile S4RS out there that is collector quality !  This was meticulously maintained and cared for.  This bike has never been down with no marks on it.  It is a collector bike and only going up in value!  It is fitted with Michelin Pilot Power tires that are like new!   We have all original books and keys for this bike.  The handgrips and the catalytic converter have been removed.  Other than that 100% original !  Bike is absolutely amazing !!!

Like new or not, the calendar says belts and tires will need a careful inspection before grabbing a big handful of throttle on this S4RS.  But it’s a desirable model since the Tricolores are only an occasional special, and the condition is spectacular.  The bikini fairing provides enough protection for a quick run at the ton, but Monsters are better in the twisties, maybe a fall day on the tail of the dragon – something like that, yeah…

-donn

 

Fun at Any Speed – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore 101/400
Ducati September 25, 2017 posted by

Victim of Causality – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition

Caught in its own time-warp, the 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition actually commemorated a 996 used in the movie shoot.  The post-production delay benefited the bike, with new testastretta engine and 123 hp.  This example has under 2,500 miles and has been carefully kept.

2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition for sale on eBay

 

Probably the ultimate development of the 916 family without resorting to -R or -SPS spending, the 998 transitioned the desmoquattro to the narrow-head engine, with its reduced valve angles and longer maintenance intervals.  Power and torque are a little beyond what’s fun on the road, but suspension and brakes are nicely spec’ed, with Showa fork, Öhlins monoshock, and 320mm Brembo brakes.  Looks are classic superbike, though in a strange green paint.

 

Spotless and un-farkeled except for the Remus exhaust and clutch cover, this Matrix is ready for its close-up.  The owner sticks to the facts in the eBay auction:

Ducati 998 matrix edition 1 of only 500 made. Special edition final year of the 998 which is one the best bikes Ducati ever made. 

Miles: 2,410
Year 2004
Color: Green
Tires like new 
Runs Great
Super clean

Original owner with clean title in hand. In excellent condition never dropped or abused. Garaged and parked inside.

 

Reviewed as a ride to look forward to every single time, the 998 could also be finicky and used an older cooling system design.  But at or above highway speeds, pressure on the handgrips lightens up and miles reel off.  This owner has set the buy-it-now right up there, but graciously provided the “make offer” button.  In a rare event, new and newer superbikes shared the 2004 showroom, the 999 waiting in the wings and the seas just about to change.  But this 998 might be just the thing for the back-to-basics, special edition, or anything-but-red fan …

-donn

Victim of Causality – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition
Ducati June 16, 2017 posted by

Carbon Capture – 2003 Ducati 999S

In the late 1990’s Pierre Terblanche and Massimo Tamburini parted ways, the younger Terblanche following Ducati, and Tamburini staying with Cagiva.  The sea-change styling of Terblanche’s 999 was too controversial to survive, though it did help win the Superbike World Championship in 2003, ’04 and ’06.  The 999S has upgraded suspension from an -R and a bit more oomph than a base model, and this 999S has a full carbon fairings, Ferracci exhaust, and very low miles.

2003 Ducati 999S for sale on eBay

The second Ducati road machine to use the testastretta engine, the 999S boasted 136 hp and 78 ft.-lbs. torque.  Marelli fuel injection gave smooth power delivery, and premium Öhlins suspension allowed the 6-speed drivetrain and Brembo brakes to live in harmony.  The love-it-or-hate-it fairing protected the rider better at higher speeds, and the canister muffler has been superceded by a Fast by Ferracci exhuast which likely deleted the catalyst.

Offered by a California collector, this 999S has carbon bodywork, fuel tank, and BST wheels.  A singular statement in grey and white.  Registration is non-opped and miles are under 1,000.  The owner has this to say in the eBay auction:

Beautiful 2003 Ducati 999S with a Full Carbon Fiber Body, Tank, & Wheels.  Custom Stainless Exhaust done by FBF.  Its has an addictive sound, you can feel.  It is a rocket, lots of torque and revs to 10,500.  Original mileage is 990 (now).  Never wet.  Never ever down.  Kept in my house.  Rode 4-5 times.  ( Have others, Hypermotard, 900SS, old BMW R75/7, not so low mileage ).  Had service & belts done a few years back.  Will take to Ducati dealer for PPI/service if sold.  Clean California title in hand.  On PNO now.

The 999S reviewed as a great rider, the fairing makes it feel like you’re “in” and not “on”, no chore to rack up the miles.  Weight is under control for a superbike and neutral handling makes the 999S less tiring to ride quickly.  Not sure if all that carbon is Ducati Performance, a rare special order if so.  If not, still a fabulous custom and in perfect shape, awaiting a spirited ride before loading up for the show…

-donn

Carbon Capture – 2003 Ducati 999S
Ducati May 14, 2017 posted by

Pick of the Litter – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051

Happy Mother’s Day to mothers everywhere !  – Donn

Built to compete in the Supersports class and within reach of privateer teams, it’s rare to see a 749R without slick tires and number plates.  Seen on RSBFS in 2016, this 2005 example almost seems unused, with under 5,000 miles and meticulous owner care.

2005 Ducati 749R #0051 for sale on eBay

The 749 was made for only a few years, and just 200 copies of the -R were made each year in 2004-06.  The testastretta engine is more oversquare than the base model or the 999, helping the 749R rev a little easier and claim 121 hp at 10,250 rpm.  Elsewhere the Termignoni, Öhlins, Brembo, and Marchesini components and build quality are a pinnacle.  Templating its  big brother in many ways, the 749 does have plastic instead of carbon bodywork and a factory slipper clutch which even the 999 didn’t get.

 

One always hopes the previous owner will turn out to have been a bit of a fanatic, easily confirmed in this case.  This 749R changed hands after it was the subject of – this – RSBFS Featured Listing just last winter.  After riding the bike just a handful of miles over the year, this owner has made some nice moves in returning this 749R to as-delivered condition, including new fairing lowers and insulation, and a head-scratching re-installation of the DOT license plate mount and fender extension.  From the eBay auction:

On offer is a 2005 Ducati 749R homologation Superbike, serial 0051, 4841 miles. This bike is in superior cosmetic and mechanical condition, having excellent maintenance and care over the years. I am the third owner to the best of my knowledge, originally believed to have been sold by Ferracci into Pennsylvania, then to Connecticut, then relocated with this owner to Florida where I purchased it. All services are up to date, tires have about 600 miles, many service records. In my ownership of about 16 months, the fairing lowers have been replaced with new parts, early heat damage corrected with tubing wrap, now fairings are as new. The fairing interior sound padding has also been replaced, along with the old fasteners, tool kit is the complete original unit, now located back on the inside of the RH fairing. Original complicated license plate mount has been installed using all factory parts, now as original. New battery has been installed, all original warning decals are in place including the “servo starter” label on the rear of the tank. Samco hoses were installed by the previous owner.

 

The 749’s as a group tested better for the road than the 999, as the performance is more usable, and to paraphrase one review, you take the 749 out for a ride, but the 999 runs away with you.  The 749R with 121 hp might have an easier time getting out of hand than a base or -S, but then no Ducati Superbike is for a novice rider.  That said, it seems all but guaranteed that this particular 749R will be seeing a lot of the display stand and rather little of the road or racetrack…

-donn

Pick of the Litter – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051
Ducati May 12, 2017 posted by

Radical: 2002 Ducati 998R

Of all of sport bike manufacturers, Ducati seems to have been the only one that focused on a single concept: a luscious, 90 degree twin with desmo valve actuation. From that point onward, anything goes – and Ducati went truly radical in evolving the concept. From the original two-valve, air-cooled twins to the legendary 851, to the groundbreaking 916 series, Ducati invented – and then reinvented – their version of the superbike. And since 2000, the bike to have within the Ducati lineup has always been the “R” model. The R designates something special, some mad technical wizardry under the covers, and lots of carbon fiber. Once the stuff of aerospace, carbon has become the foundation on which fast motorcycles are born. Today’s example is a 998R, the second “R” in the series (following the 2001 996R). This model is seen by the Tamburini faithful as the last of the 916-derived bikes. The oft-scorned (yet successful) Terblanche-designed 999 was waiting in the wings.

2002 Ducati 998R for sale on eBay

Unlike many badge-engineered models (i.e. branding and “limited edition” number plate), the R bikes are special; they vary drastically from the standard Ducati models. In the case of the 998R, that means a different set of engine cases with a deeper sump, a significantly different bore and stroke (104.0 mm × 58.8 mm – which actually displaces 999 cc), and trick titanium internals. This is the Testastretta engine evolution that would go on to power the 999R. Body panels are carbon (in addition to the front fender and entire tail section), and suspension components are heavily upgraded. In this case, you can expect nothing but fully adjustable Ohlins units front and rear. Wheels are Marchesini Corse, saving rotational weight over non-R pieces. Weight was down over the standard model, while power was up: expect about 403 lbs dry and 136 HP.

From the seller:
For offer here is a spectacular 2002 998R with 4400 miles.
There is tons of information and specs on this bike easily found – numbered, low production race-spec bike with Titanium Corsa internals, Carbon bodywork, etc. This is a an excellent example that is set up to ride with a Sargent seat and upright clip-on’s. Other mods include a period Casoli Carbon tail section, Woorcraft clutch cover. Full Termignoni exhaust, Marchesini Magnesium wheels, Ohlins suspension. Bike has been fully serviced by ECS in Middletown NY – fresh tires, belts, fluids and needs nothing. Truly a beast – immense power and feather light chassis and handling makes for a totally unique ride. A few original parts accompany the bike – there are minor blemishes here and there, but overall excellent original condition.

This 998R looks pretty clean for its age. The mileage is not excessive, nor has it been a garage queen. Part of the mileage equation is likely due to the aftermarket risers, making what is normally a torture rack a bit more comfortable on the street. On the plus side the seller notes a full service, including belts. This is a big deal, as Ducati services are not cheap, and skipping the service cycle can result in very expensive noises. From the sounds of the ad, this bike is ready to hit the road (just make sure you find a nice, curvy one).

The last of the 916-era R bikes do not grow on trees. They do not pop out of the woodwork every day, nor are they cheap. Like all great homologation bikes, this R is rare…and expensive. Bidding is already up to $20,000 USD, and there does not appear to be a reserve in sight. How high will this one go? We won’t know for a few days yet, but check it out here if you are interested. Good Luck!!

MI

Radical:  2002 Ducati 998R
Ducati May 10, 2017 posted by

Moving On – 2005 Ducati 999R

Despite its great racing record, the 999 was never a fan favorite – as the Pierre Terblanche design was a bit ahead of its time.  But a super-fast R-model with ridiculous horsepower makes its own introductions.  This well-ridden and maintained 999R appears ready to ride and has an unused set of carbon fairings available.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

Ducati planned a return to AMA Superbike in 2005, and homologation rules didn’t allow much powertrain work, so the 999R is very close to a racer’s machine.  The narrow head engine has “titanium inside” and claims 150 hp to push a just-over-400 lb. machine.  The specs read like many late Ducatis but suspension, wheels, and brake components are the finest, and every parameter adjustable, including steering head angle and seat position.

 

Though high-end superbikes are often seen with just break-in miles, this one of 200 has almost 10,000 miles and was treated to a top end rebuild in 2012.  Stock overall condition looks excellent with just a scrape on the lowers and maybe a nice detail required before a show.  The owner promises an unused set of bodywork with a buy-it-now which seems like the makings of a bargain.  From the eBay auction:

This bike was the first 2005 sold by Motocorsa Portland.  This model was the last Ducati to come with full carbon fiber body work(except plastic tail piece).  Of all the bikes I’ve owned this by far gets more attention than any.  2005 was the first year of the deep sump 999r 150 rwhp motor and the big swingarm.   The following year came in that hideous xerox paint scheme and the previous year came with the weaker motor and wimpy swingarm.

In 2012 at 6721 miles, I had the top end freshened with new pistons, rings and cylinders re-nikasiled.   Runs great and handles as good as anything out there.  Dunlop Q3’s are fresh.

 

The 999 had RE-vo looks to match the E-vo engine, and base models languished in the showrooms.  That and the high list price made it hard for aftermarket suppliers to get involved.  Performance was off the charts but was harder to enjoy on the road.  The high windscreen provides exceptional protection for the rider at speed.  Somehow this owner has kept the average mph up enough to lighten the handgrips and keep riding.  Nice work if you can get it…

-donn

Moving On – 2005 Ducati 999R