Posts by tag: Testastretta

Ducati August 19, 2016 posted by

Reverse Ten-Footer – 2002 Ducati 998

Occupying a short window before the 999 was prepared, the 998 was the last machine of Massimo Tamburini’s 916-996 generation.  Routinely described as way too much for the street, it was a sweet handling machine at speed, with 123 hp.  Subtly updated, the suspension and body have been substantially worked, and it looks better the closer you get.

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2002 Ducati 998 for sale on eBay

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The 998 used a brand new Testastretta engine, and similar to the 996R where it was first used, it made gobs of hp and 71 ft.-lbs. torque.  The narrow-head engine had revised valve architecture and the adjustment intervals were increased to 7,500 miles.  Not much of the trellis frame is displayed on a 998, but this one is a rather unusual black.  It goes well with the DesmoPro-tuned suspension, and refinished Brembo calipers over the Galfer wave rotors.  The black theme continues with the semi-gloss alloy wheels.  But carbon is the real story on this 998, a lot of sweet factory and Shift-Tec carbon, so well matched in weave and finish that the carbon Termignoni mufflers look almost out of place.

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Good that the pictures are high quality, because there is too much to list, as the owner says in the eBay auction –

This 998 is one of a kind. Tons of carbon fiber, suspension upgrades, new and upgraded parts. The list is too long to mention.

2002 was the only production year this bike was made and is a collectors item. I ride it every weekend I can but the bike looks like a garage queen. It will feel equally at home as a daily rider on display in someone’s office, shop or Living Room. The bike has been meticulously cared for and maintained by renowned shop Motocorse in Pompano Beach, FL.

Please look at all the photos to appreciate the extensive carbon fiber body work and other pieces. This alone is worth over $6K. I am selling it because I don’t have the room for three bike in my new place and at least one bike must go.

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The 998 had a short run but kept the classic superbike looks with a more modern powerplant.  The cooling system was an area of concern on the 998, and while it had dual fans, the fairing is tight and a manual fan override would be a sensible addition.  This example’s quality upgrades are camouflaged in peek-a-boo carbon and black powder coating, and while the ask is fairly serious, the bike doesn’t shout about it…

-donn

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Reverse Ten-Footer – 2002 Ducati 998
Ducati June 18, 2016 posted by

Just in Time for Le Mans – 2007 Ducati 1098

Ford GT-40’s circa 1970 and this year’s Porsche 991 RSR’s wear the Gulf powder blue and orange to the race on the longest Saturday of the year.  This ’07 Ducati 1098 also has classic Gulf livery, a commemorative  of the 2008 Ducati Endurance Racing Team.

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2007 Ducati 1098 for sale on eBay

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Not quite the 1098R prepared for the 24 Hours Moto, even a plain vanilla 1098 is a willing ride.  The Testastretta EVO engine throws 160 hp at the issue, along with 90 ft.-lbs. of torque.  Styling revisions returned the bike to a now-classic Ducati look, along with single-sided swingarm and separate dual exhaust.  Showa provides the fully adjustable forks and monoshock, and Brembo makes the radially mounted monoblock brakes.  The track-oriented LCD dash has multiple logging functions.

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Built as a show ( not race ) bike and with 9,000 careful miles, this 1098 also has a Werks exhaust, open clutch cover and matching orange levers.  Though it’s missing a few lightweight goodies, the base model was only two thirds the cost of an S.  From the eBay auction:

This your chance to own a very rare Ducati 1098. The design is based off the 1098R Gulf Racing Team Endurance bike. It was built for show-purposes only. This will be a head turner anywhere you take it. Includes WerksUSA exhaust system and other misc upgrades as pictured. This has been a locally owned Utah bike with a clean record and history. It was just recently serviced with new belts, recommended per the Ducati owner manual for under 9k miles.

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The two French Ducati dealers who arranged Gulf sponsorship for DERT ran three major endurance races before folding the tent.  Gulf continues to sponsor a wide variety of racing, lately a motorcycle drag team.  The 24 Hours Moto is held in April without much fanfare, but you’ll actually be able to watch most of today’s auto race on cable.  Looking fine in the Gulf colors, the 1098 reviewed widely as too much bike for the road.  But as they say about winning the PowerBall ruining people’s lives, it’d be nice to give it a try…

-donn

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Just in Time for Le Mans – 2007 Ducati 1098
Bimota June 15, 2016 posted by

Edgy Beauty: 2009 Bimota DB7 for Sale

2009 Bimota DB7 R Side

Starting with their DB1, obviously, and continuing through the present day, Bimota has a long history of using Ducati engines in their bikes. And while other Ducati-powered Bimotas have generally used the torquey but relatively low-power air-cooled versions of their classic v-twin, this Bimota DB7 is powered by the liquid-cooled, four-valve Testastretta version, which gives it the goods to keep up with other superbikes of the period!

2009 Bimota DB7 Headlight

Founded in an era when the Japanese “Big Four” had mastered the art of making powerful, reliable engines but were still falling short in the handling department, BiMoTa [Valerio Bianchi, Giuseppe Morri, and Massimo Tamburini] took those powerplants and stuck them into lightweight, cleverly-engineered masterpieces that were very much “race bikes for the road.” Lightweight bodywork that lifted off with just a couple bolts, stiff and light frames that look like modern art, and high-end suspension components all made for racy, rolling sculpture. But time marches on, and once they were done with engines, the Japanese manufacturers moved their attention to handling, which would have effectively put Bimota out of business. So it was “adapt or die” time for the tiny Rimini manufacturer, and they shifted to building the bikes they do today: hideously expensive but very exclusive and meticulously-crafted motorcycles for well-heeled enthusiasts.

2009 Bimota DB7 Clutch

I’ve said it before, but take a long look at the photos: Bimotas get more impressive the closer you get. That hybrid frame with both steel trellis and machined aluminum components, along with a swingarm that matches. The DB7 isn’t really any lighter than a Ducati 1098 of the same era and doesn’t make more power, so you’re paying a real premium for style and quality, which you get in spades. Only the Koso gauge lets the looks down a bit, since I’ve been seeing ads for them in the back of bike magazines for years and is a bit too “common” for my taste. I’d prefer something a bit more in keeping with the wild looks, but it should at least work, something older Bimota gauges seemed reluctant to do. Plus, those white segments along the outer edge of the tach do light up as the needle swings around, which is pretty cool.

2009 Bimota DB7 Dash

As the seller mentions, this example has had the muffler removed, leaving just the “bladder” that likely contains the catalytic converter, with a pair of tips on one side. Funny, it almost looks like it was designed to be that way… This is a popular trick for older single-sided swingarm Monsters as well, saving weight and increasing noise in a way that’s easily reversible. Better sound, less weight, and no impact on the environment: win, win, win!

With a $15,000 starting bid and no takers yet, I think this bike looks like a bit of a bargain, compared to the nearly $35,000 list price for a new DB7 in 2008. Of course, that’s really the only time you could think of a DB7 as any sort of bargain…

From the original eBay listing: 2009 Bimota DB7 for Sale

This is the 2nd bike they built which makes this bike even more exclusive. This bike has been sitting inside my living for the past 3 years and now stored at a local performance shop where they did a complete major service. This is a one owner bike and has never been down, crashed, wrecked, tracked, or even ridden by anyone except myself. I babied this bike from the day I purchased it six years ago. I only rode this bike every three months from Las Vegas to Angeles Crest Hwy in LA so all miles were highway.  This is the cleanest bike you will find.  It looks BRAND NEW!!!!!!

The front windscreen has been painted white to match the bike
The bottom belly pan had been painted white with custom red/black BIMOTA logo
The wheels were painted white
The exhaust was custom cut and two stainless steel tips added
Custom license plate bracket
HID lights installed
Brand new tires
Brand new rear sprocket
Brand new chain

This bike looks amazing… all the above were tastefully done. It draws attention everywhere you go. If you have any questions, please contact me.  The bike is now stored at Irish Mike’s Performance in Henderson Nevada.  If your local or happen to be in Vegas, just stop by his shop.  He has full service reports.

2009 Bimota DB7 Rear Sprocket

The seller mentions that this is “the second bike they built” but, since the DB7 was introduced in 2008, I’m wondering if this is maybe the second bike of the second model year? Regardless, the DB7 is a very beautiful machine, with immaculate detailing. I think modern Bimotas are well worth the money if you’re a rich enthusiast, as you’ll appreciate the workmanship that went into its creation and the exclusivity, while the extra outlay in purchase price is probably a drop in the bucket compared to the other toys already in your garage. But if you’re a regular Joe, looking for the best bang for your buck, this doesn’t even rate: there are plenty of faster bikes out there that cost far less and won’t have you crying every time you accidentally rub up against it with a belt buckle or jean rivet…

-tad

2009 Bimota DB7 L Side

Edgy Beauty: 2009 Bimota DB7 for Sale
Ducati February 29, 2016 posted by

Stacked – 2003 Ducati 999R

Delivered with a level of performance and finish that left owners and aftermarket folks scratching their heads, Ducati 999R’s often return to the market with just a few miles and not many mods.  999’s were made 2003-06, and there were R-models in each year except 2004 for SuperBike racing homologation.  Though there are more sensible, even more fun bikes for the street, if you have access to some long rural sweepers this would be an inspiring ride.

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2003 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

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Somewhat more oversquare than a standard 999 and ready for more revs, the 999 cc testastretta makes 139 hp.  Heads and cams were also new for the -R.  The silver trestle frame is hung with top-line Öhlins at both ends, and car-sized Brembo radially mounted brakes.  Wheels were also new, Y-spoke forgings from Marchesini.  The fairing is primarily carbon fiber, and is slightly taller overall, with stacked headlights accommodating the barely more upright riding position.

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Appearing to be a two-owner bike, this 999R looks mint and has had recent major maintenance.  Not much in the way of farkles except the open clutch cover, the owner states the Termignoni exhaust is an add-on, though -R’s were shipped with street and race exhausts, maybe the previous owner sold one and the current owner upgraded.  From the eBay auction:

Thinning my collection and selling my beautiful 999R. Original year and design. 03 was the only year to have the full carbon fiber bodywork, following years changed the rear seating section to plastic. This year is also serial numbered, #186. 1885 miles. Title is clear but want to be open that the bike was dropped by previous owner, probably after a few hundred miles, at slow speed in the rain (so I was told) and the left side fairing was replaced (not repaired or repainted) by motocorsa to the tune of $4500. Nothing else other than the bodywork was damaged.
Mostly stock aside from Speedymoto clutch cover and Termis. Has been ridden sparingly over the last couple of years and was last serviced by Ducati dealer about a 100 miles ago with all new fluids and belts etc. Has Shorai lithium battery. Pictures describe its condition best. Small scratch on swingarm but thats about it as far as flaws. Very nice R model 999.

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Though still a future classic among fans, the 999R’s sheaf of enthusiastic reviews and 3 WSBK titles can’t be ignored.  This is an amazingly well-designed and built road bike, of course for an experienced rider and wide open spaces, or the race course.  2003 seems a good vintage with a numbered edition of 500 and the carbon seat fairing.  Not without its faults, the starting and  cooling systems were frail and wouldn’t be updated until the 1098.  The incident damage is a question that would have to settled by an inspection, but the new cam belts are reassuring.  Quite a few bids with three days yet to run…

-donn

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Stacked – 2003 Ducati 999R
Ducati January 22, 2016 posted by

Addition by Subtraction – 2007 Ducati 1098

Beside the displacement increase, Ducati’s 2007 re-design focused on lightening the bike and improving performance.  The 1098, even the base model, has many updates and features, it’s a great superbike alternative.

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2007 Ducati 1098 for sale on eBay

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Capitalizing on the successful Testastretta ( narrowhead ) engine, the EVOluzione engine is 5kg lighter  than the 999’s mill, and incorporates innovations like elliptical throttle bodies to improve response of the 1099 cc, 160 hp motor.  Exhaust was also lightened using thinner material in a 2-1-2 configuration, and dispensing with the canister muffler.

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The traditional trellis frame was re-engineered using larger diameter, thinner walled alloy steel tubing, saving weight and increasing rigidity.  43mm Showa forks are fully adjustable, as is the Showa rear monoshock on new single sided swingarm.  Brakes are radial-mounted Brembos of 330mm diameter in front, and 245 mm rear.

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Most noticeable however, is the new fairing design, returning to a more 916 look, with dual high and low beams and turn signals in the mirrors.  The full-featured digital dash is also used on the -S and -R models.

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The 1098 on offer has been updated with Ohlins front and rear, and Termignoni exhaust, which brings it up to -S spec, only missing the forged Marchesini wheels.  Looks great with only 4,300 miles, new battery and fresh oil.  Including the front and rear stands is a niice touch.  From the eBay auction:

You are bidding on a wonderful Ducati 1098 with low mileage on.

Main additions were the front forks Ohlins FGRT 803
Rear Ohlins DU788 TTX rear shock
Full Termignoni exhaust
Slick tires with only one track day in intermediate group.
The bike comes with the stands – Pitbull front and Ducati rear and has the original forks and exhaust in a box that can be shipped as well.
Low mileage, only 4333 miles.
Never fell, not even laid down on the side while not in motion.
The bike is almost perfect, some small scratches more than normal in a bike that is 2007.
Great power and torque, new oil and battery, no directs to report.

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The 1098 went on to win the 2008 Superbike World Championships with Troy Bayliss aboard, and had many more victories.  The bike regularly reviewed as more at home on the track, too much for the street.  But a veteran or expert rider would be a requirement, which is how I think this 1098 with its slick tires and -S updates finds its way to market.  Experience is a great teacher, but usually starts out with a hard quiz before the first lesson.  The owner is wise to relinquish his undamaged 1098 and trade for a bike with more accessible performance.  Bidding is healthy and has just a couple of days to go…

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-donn

Addition by Subtraction – 2007 Ducati 1098
Ducati January 6, 2016 posted by

White Sale – 2007 Ducati S4RS

Time was when retailers would put their sheets and towels on sale mid-winter to find a way out of the January doldrums.  A naked 998cc Testastretta would be a more RSBFS path to a winter thaw, and while the buy-it-now isn’t really a bargain, the whopping white twin would be a special second or around town bike.

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2007 Ducati Monster S4RS for sale on eBay

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After several years of leading the brand in sales, the factory introduced the S4, with the water-cooled 916 engine.  Things naturally got out of hand and using the 130 hp 4-cam engine from the 999, S4RS performance is well above any sensible naked, more of a rolling trophy case for Ducat-ista.  Trellis frame in beautiful red sets off the red-striped white bodywork, this one with red coolant pipes as well.

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Accents are also gold-anodized, the Ohlins forks ( fully adjustable along with Ohlins monoshock ) and on this bike, aftermarket controls, clutch hub and clutch slave.  Brembo brakes are oversized for a Monster but right for a Superbike – 320mm front disks with 4-piston radial-mounted calipers, and 245mm rear.  Carbon mudguards, side and belt covers match the black seat, and are helped by the upgraded carbon mufflers.  Special light alloy wheels help keep the weight under 400 lbs.

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Tucked away in the lake-effect snow belt, this Monster hasn’t reached oil-change miles, and whatever the pity,  looks great for it.  From the eBay auction:

Collectors bike in “like new” condition with only 519 miles. Upgrades including Rizoma, Speedy Moto, Sato Racing & carbon exhaust. Title, factory manuals & “Red Key” in Sellers possession. This Ducati is one of a kind; a one-of-a-kind ‘Monster.’ Included are thousands of dollars of high-end components.

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As the Monster was early to the naked party, the S4RS foresaw the super-naked revolution with power more than adequate to peel the unprotected rider right off.  Despite the mileage, cam belts will want changing before this bike takes a serious ride, though it could perfectly be retired to the gallery.  Maybe after a sparkling new chain with red, or maybe gold side plates…

-donn

White Sale – 2007 Ducati S4RS
Ducati October 24, 2015 posted by

Red ‘n’ Ready – 2003 Ducati 999R

Ducati was ready for a fresh approach to styling after the 916/996/998 successes, and while they got their wish in Pierre Terblanche’s 999, the new look was always controversial.  Though the WSBK team had a great many wins and three championships, after four years the factory returned to a more reminiscent design for the 1098.  The 999 look was a short interlude in Ducati design but the performance of the bikes, especially the -R editions, cannot be denied.

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2003 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

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Peculiar to the 999R’s, the seriously oversquare 999 cc engine ( 104mm bore x 58.8mm stroke ) rates 146 hp, thanks in part to titanium valve gear and forged pistons.  The bike tested at a 10.6 second quarter-mile and damn near 175 mph.  The two-into-one exhaust has an angular canister muffler under the seat.  Fully adjustable Ohlins are at both ends.  Brakes are Brembo 320mm front ( 4-piston with radial mounting ) and 240mm rear.

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Stacking the headlights allowed the fairing a little more height, and a mid-size rider can tuck into the bike and escape some the wind.  In the case of the 999R, the full fairings are carbon fiber, as are the number-plated seat fairing and fender.  Typical adjustments to the handlebars and footpegs are augmented by the ability to move the seat / tank console to accommodate the rider.

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As ready as the 999R came for the track, this particular bike has had more preparation.  Upgrades to the engine, exhaust, suspension, clutch and brakes have all been completed, and a full set of track-day bodywork is available.  From the eBay auction:

Like other R models, the 999 comes with a more powerful modified engine design that includes numerous upgrades including titanium valves, conrods, lightened crank and forged pistons. The frame was modified to meet homologation requirements for World Superbike. It comes from the factory with a stock exhaust canister and an off-road canister for track use. The R model also includes fully adjustable Ohlin shock and forks, forged aluminum Marchesini wheels and a complete OEM carbon fiber body in red.
 
Upgrades included with the sale of this bike: a full titanium Termignoni exhaust kit (lighter, large diameter header) including air filter and ECU, upgraded Ohlins factory valves for shock and forks, Surflex slipper clutch, Ducati Performance rear-sets, and Braketech floating rotors.
 
Great cosmetic and mechanical condition. The bike shows minor wear typical of age and mileage. The stock body was removed and put in storage and the bike wore the gunmetal race body for most of the mileage. Dunlop Sportmax Q3 tires are near new with less than 500 miles. Major service including valve adjustment and belt replacement was performed ahead of schedule. Chain, sprockets, battery all recently replaced.

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Ludicrously speedy for the road, this machine would seem to demand a track club membership or maybe a dry summer at Bonneville.  Not unused with 9,000 miles, it looks well cared for.  Hard to say what the bidders will say since the 999 doesn’t always produce reverent Ducatisti, but this is a quite rare machine well prepared for some very high performance endeavors…

-donn

Red ‘n’ Ready – 2003 Ducati 999R
Ducati October 6, 2015 posted by

Colorful Commemorative – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom

Following Ben Bostrom’s very successful 2000 World SuperBike season, Ducati commissioned a boldly painted first-year 998S special edition in his honor.  Building only 155 ( his race number ) units for the USA and another 155 for Europe ensured their rarity, and using the 916-derived design and the new Testastretta engine ensured legendary performance.  Often a collector bike, a low or no-mile example occasionally sneaks out into the light – thrilling Ducatisti at the possibility and sometimes leaving them to ask why.

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2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom for sale on eBay

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The ’02 998S was the final revision to the trellis-framed platform that gave us the 916 and 996, next year’s narrow-head engine adding 123 hp to the equation.  Termignoni aluminum mufflers end the stainless 2-into-2 underseat exhaust.  A good deal of carbon bodywork is used on the Bostrom, the side fairings, bellypan, front and rear fenders, airbox, chain and exhaust guards are all carbon.  Neat that the flames masked onto the side fairings expose the unpainted carbon fiber.  Of course there are Ducati norms like dry clutch ( with hydraulic control ) and outstanding brakes – the 320 mm dual front disks are 0.5 mm thinner than non-S bikes to cut unsprung weight.  Suspension is top of the line, fully adjustable Ohlins front and rear, as well as an Ohlins steering damper.

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Number 45 of 155, this Bostrom was packed away after 250 miles.  An unearthed gem or a shameful waste, depending on your point of view.  No damage or modifications except for a polished exhaust system, though the owner notes headlights are clouded.  From the eBay auction:

Bike is in mint condition. Original owner and stored under a cover in a heated and cooled garage all its life. Bike has Termignoni exhaust that was put on professionally. This Ducati would be great for any Ducati enthusiast or any Ben Bostrom fan. The bike is so new it still has stickers on the mirrors. This bike deserves to be in a museum! This is a chance to own one of the best most collectable Ducatis ever made.

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Bostrom was unable to continue his 2001 success in 2002 and returned to AMA SuperBike racing in 2003, making the Bostrom 998S a particularly rare special edition.  Not universally acclaimed, the splashy graphics are appreciated by those who enjoyed seeing an American rider abroad.  While I would rather the 998S returned  to its deserved spot in a museum after 50,000 or so beautiful miles, the owner does have a point.  Possibly added to your collection, or tuned up for the fall riding season, the 998S is a gem, the pinnacle of 916 development and super commemorative, for way less than it cost many years ago…

-donn

Colorful Commemorative – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom