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Ducati October 22, 2018 posted by

Textbook Case – 2005 Ducati 749R #172

Ducati took the SuperSport rule book back to Bologna and tailored the 749R to fit, and while it didn't achieve a championship, regular AMA SuperSport points and podiums were a  great achievement.  Better still is this homologation special from 2005, a smashing middleweight and well appointed roadable edition.

2005 Ducati 749R #172 for sale on eBay

One of SuperSports' paradigms is to contain costs by limiting allowable race preparation, allowing non-factory teams to be more competitive.  Ducati's rulebook analysis made the 749R ready and adjustable for the racetrack.  The engine was developed for the R-model only, and liberal use of advanced materials like titanium valve train, magnesium head covers, and high-strength aluminum pistons allowed the 749cc engine to be tuned for a whopping 121 hp.  Similarly, the chassis shares a lot with the 999S, and has a linear monoshock linkage to improve high speed handling.  Headstock, seat position, and footpegs are all adjustable within a tight race-derived focus.  Premium components like Öhlins dampers, Brembo monoblock brakes, carbon accessories, and factory slipper clutch are all standard on the 749R.

Offered by a Florida tuner and parts dealer, not much info is given about this -R's history, but looks excellent for it 17,000 miles.  Go-Pro mounts seem out of place but are easily corrected.  A few nice farkles are listed in the eBay auction:

Gilles Rear Sets
CRG Levers
Swing Arm Spools
Carbon Rear Hugger
Carbon Clutch Cover
Carbon Timing Belt Cover

Not quite sure why the 749S did pretty well in AMA SuperSport but had less luck in Europe.  Depending on your point of view, the 749's roomy fairing  can be a plus or leave you wanting a more classic looking Ducati.  The starting bid is right up there for a mid-size with mid-life miles, but the condition warrants a second look.  If the maintenance history is great and the damage history is minimal, it could be a nice buy...

-donn

Textbook Case – 2005 Ducati 749R #172
Yamaha September 22, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01

OK folks - time to pay attention. Often referred to as the Holy Grail of collectable sportbikes, the OW01 is Yamaha's homologation equivalent to Honda's RC30. Both were created in order to go Superbike racing, were made in limited numbers and offer the very best possible equipment for the time. Both are eminently valuable, and continue to appreciate with each passing year. Of the two, we see the Yamaha less frequently.

Featured Listing: 1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01

The FZR750R OW01 was built to go WSB racing - period. One look at the dry-break rapid refueling ready tank should tell you that. The fact that the OW01 has lights and other DOT niceties was merely a means to an end. Unlike a typical street bike, the OW01 was an uncompromising race bike, built in just enough numbers to meet WSB homologation rules. But buyers didn't purchase these bikes for commuting or sport touring; these were privateer race bikes and collector items from Day 1.

The motor consisted of the now familiar 20-valve Genesis head (3 on the intake, 2 for exhaust), but was in a much higher state of tune. Ports were hand finished. High compression, short-skirt pistons with only two rings (reduces friction at the expense of oil consumption) were connected to titanium rods and a lightened crank to reduce rotational weight. Ram air fed carbs of the flat-slide variety; better for high-RPM and full throttle power, but relatively awful for road use. An effective EXUP exhaust valve maximized available torque. All told, you are looking at 120 HP and a 14,000 RPM redline. Put it all together and you have a fantastic race motor, but a peaky and tempermental unit for the street. Maintenance intervals followed that of a race bike.

An the chassis side, the twin spar frame was developed as a derivative of the FZ750R, but utilized higher-quality materials and alloys. Suspension was the very best Ohlins had to offer, including a remotely adjustable rear shock acting on a bespoke swing arm with adjustable pivot points. This was all driven via a close-ratio six speed box. Brakes are huge, and squeezed by Nissin calipers. The riding position is what you would expect for a track bike. The bodywork is thin, lightweight, and seating consists of a thin layer of foam. The rest is sprinkled with titanium, magnesium and other unobtainium materials. The OW01 is a technological tour de force of performance and rarity.

From the seller:
Up for you consideration is a beautiful 1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 with only 5039 kilometers (3131 miles). Bike is in mint condition, this OW01 looks gorgeous but if you want to put it under a magnifying glass, there are few light surface cracks in the clear coat on the left side rear cowling below the seat. There is a tiny crack and a chip in the paint on the right front side of the rear cowling that can only be seen from underneath the bike. Previous owner touched up a few handling marks with touch up paint. Lower fairing has been re sprayed and looks beautiful. All fairings are 100% genuine factory original. No dents or dings in the tank, exhaust looks perfect. Windscreen is crisp and there is no rust or corrosion. Previous owner took very good care of this bike. Lol, it was loved as a child. I just installed brand new Michelin pilots front and rear on newly powder coated wheels. Bike is a Japanese import and has been de-restricted for full horsepower. Bike runs flawless better than the day it was new. Other than the new igniter box, bike is completely stock original condition. Service just completed with new battery and engine fluids. This is a fantastic bike that won't disappoint.

As stated above, the FZR750R OW01 was built to go racing. And many of them did. That is what makes a low mileage, housebroken example such a rare beast. Today's FZR750R OW01 is not just a unicorn; a survivor in this condition is akin to an albino unicorn. The fact that it comes from a noted collector familiar to these pages only strengthens the story. No need to fear shady dealings from an unknown entity in your quest for the best; here is an authentic OW01 in fantastic condition situated in the US and looking for a new home.

Homologation race bikes from the 1980s and 1990s are in short supply and high demand. As a result all examples command a high price in today's market. However like all bikes you see on RSBFS, the best specimens fetch the highest prices. This example is very, very good indeed - and it is priced to sell. The seller is looking for $25,500 USD - and is open to offers. That is fair money for such a rare and desirable Yamaha homologation model, and is not likely to remain for long. Check it out here before it's gone. Good luck to the seller - and good luck to potential buyers as there is bound to be a lot of competition for this one!

MI

Featured Listing: 1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01
Ducati September 7, 2017 posted by

Top Tier: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale

Since the 916 series, Ducati superbike ownership has been about tiers. There's generally a "base" model for the hoi polloi, although those still feature adjustable suspension front and rear and a fire-breathing four-valve v-twin. Above that is generally the "S" version, with some bolt-on carbon that saves a few ounces on a 400lb-plus machine, a couple additional horses, and some bling-y suspension that likely offers minimal improvement in handling for the thousands extra it costs. But if you're serious about your Ducatis, it's the "R" model you generally want, at least post-SP5, SPO, and SPS, and the reasons for that are abundantly clear when you look closely at bikes like today's 999R.

Designed to compete in production-based AMA Superbike racing, the 999R was blessed with high-performance titanium valves and connecting rods, along with an entirely new cylinder head design. The internal dimensions are completely different compared to the standard and S models, with a bore and stroke of 104mm × 58.8mm versus the regular 999's 100mm × 63.5mm. Interestingly, the 999R actually displaces exactly 999cc, whereas the regular 999 makes do with just 998...

A 12.5:1 compression ratio, titanium rods and valves and a knife-edged crankshaft inside sand-cast cases meant the R was good for 134hp measured at the rear wheel, with 76.6 lb-ft of torque to punch the bike out of corners. Keep in mind: in some cases, a bike with wildly different and very rare engine internals might require shorter maintenance intervals e and parts could prove to be much more expensive as well, so keep that in mind if you plan to actually pile the miles on your bit of Italian exotica.

From the original eBay listing: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale

(Multiple collectors are interested but I'm looking for the best deal.)

Wikipedia regarding the 999S:  "2005 Ducati 999S won the Maxisport category for the prestigious international Masterbike 2005 ... received critical acclaim ... MCN ... 'simply the best V-Twin on the planet'... Motorbikestoday.com, ... 'the most desirable, most exciting roadbike on the planet' in 2004. MotorcycleUSA.com ... 'stupendous' ... 'the epitome of V-Twin power.' Motorcyclist Online: "The 2005 Ducati 999, in particular, would represent the nameplate's height of critical acclaim."

This is not the 999S.  This is the superior, racing version, the 999R.

This is a piece of Motorcycle history.  Considered by some to be the finest bike EVER made.

The 2005 999R had a production run of 200 units.  That means there are only 200 of these bikes on the planet!  (The minimum number required to qualify the bike for use in production superbike races.)  This one has been kept in excellent condition by an experienced motorcycle enthusiast with multiple Ducatis.

The 999R model of the 2005 Ducati 999 has the most powerful Testastretta engine. It pumps out 150 horsepower and 86 lb-ft of torque; and it has larger intake valves, longer bore and shorter stroke. Each engine on the 2005 Ducati 999 is hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission. Due to its racing orientation, it is lighter than the other two models: 11 lbs. lighter, to be more precise. Each 2005 Triple Nine has a fuel tank that can hold up to 4.1 gallons (15.5 liters) with a 0.8-gallon (3-liter) reserve. With the 999S or 999R variants, the 2005 999 can go from zero to 62 miles per hour (mph) in under 3 seconds, and it can achieve a top speed of over 170 mph.

The 999R uses titanium valves both on intake and exhaust, as well as titanium connecting rods, and requiring Ducati to use special valve seats and guides.  This saves considerable weight.  Numerous changes have been made to every part of the bike making this model lighter, faster, and more powerful.  Forged aluminum alloy wheels, more sophisticated engine ECU, and much more.  From Ducati's press manual: "The Testastretta engine of the 999R ['05 because of the lighter weight]... MEP value... exceeds 14 bar.  Information is available for Serious Buyers."

My 75 yr old father who can no longer ride it after surgery says "this model is a lot revvier because of the titanium, and shortly after this year, Ducati started increasing the engine displacement of their superbikes, so this is one of the last of the 1000cc series."

I'm sure someone does consider the 999R the "finest bike EVER made" but that's a very crowded field. Hey, there's plenty of competition even if we're just talking about the finest Ducati ever made. Hyperbole aside, the R is a pretty trick piece of kit, and after languishing in the suberbike bargain basement for years, values for the 999 are rising across the board. Have they risen to the point where the seller's $24,000 asking price makes sense? We'll have to wait and see if the bike actually sells. The style may be polarizing, but the 999 is an excellent motorcycle, and an improvement in almost every way over the 998 that preceded it.

-tad

Top Tier: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale
MV Agusta June 30, 2017 posted by

Carbon Copy: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC

We already know the MV Agusta lineup is a pretty exclusive affair. Originally conceived as a 750cc model to re-launch the historic brand, the F4 eventually grew to 1,000cc and spawned many "Limited Edition" models. From the original 750cc Oro (like this one here), through the Neiman Marcus Edition, the Ayrton Senna tribute (both the 750 as well as the 1000), The Ago tribute, the Tamburini tribute, the Veltro Strada and Veltro Pista, The R and RR models and the 312, MV Agusta leveraged the F4 lineup with special editions of varying performance and exclusivity. The Big Daddy of them all, however, was reserved as a tribute to Claudio Castiglioni, the driving force behind the rebirth of MV Agusta. The F4CC (Claudio's initials), was the uber-rare of the street-going F4 set (although not quite as limited as the Veltro Pista racer), and the most hot-rodded of all of the factory models (including the 312). It also had the highest price tag. When new this F4CC had a MSRP sticker of $120k(!).

2006 MV Agusta F4CC for sale on eBay

Utilizing the same basic architecture of the rest of the F4 1000 lineup, the CC model had some special - and significant - touches. Power was way up from base models, nearing 200 HP (and matched only by the later RR model) thanks to a bump in displacement to nearly 1,100cc, and trick titanium engine parts that include rods, valves and crank. Titanium was also used on external engine parts such as the complete exhaust; other magic metals such as magnesium were utilized for items such as engine cases and ancillary covers. This technology not only added to the HP, but detracted from the total weight of the bike. At 413 pounds, the F4CC is a lightweight beast, undercutting the entire history of the F4 lineup with the exception of the 750 Oro. Much of the light weight that is not related to the engine is due to carbon fiber; the entirety of the fairings are made of this aerospace material. The frame begins as an off the shelf F4 1000 unit, although the massive swingarm is magnesium (rather than aluminum for base models). With only 100 models in existence, the F4 performs as good as it looks - and costs as much too.

From the seller:
The 2006 MV Agusta F4CC #76 is the Enzo of motorcycles, you can't pull your eyes away, every inch of her draws you in with growing curiosity.

With only 750 miles , expect near new condition on the F4CC. The howl of the inline four through the beautiful, sculpted, titanium organ pipes is intoxicating! Winner Greenwich Concours D'Elegance

The bike comes with a cover, a full titanium racing exhaust is installed and spare stock exhaust, a Corse rear wheel stand, a matching #76 Girard-Perregaux Evo3 Laureato watch ($10,000 value), Trussardi F4CC leather jacket ($4000 value) certificate of Authenticity. The F4CC is the bike that MV Agusta President Claudio Castiglioni built for himself.

The F4CC had an MSRP of $120k, making it the most expensive production bike at the time. Only 100 F4CCs have been built with less than 20 making it stateside, and 90% of the components are made as one-off items including the fork feet, the upper steering plate, the steering damper, the brake and clutch fluid reservoir, the gear change and brake levers, the foot pegs and the side stand were all machined and hand-assembled by MV's top artisans.

There is no doubt that MV Agusta has made - and continues to make a huge statement. It's great to see them survive and thrive, and their involvement in WSBK is a aural, ear-splitting treat. Like their Italian brother, Ducati, it seems that so many of the MV Agusta Limited Edition models are fancy marketing schemes. With the F4CC, you are getting something truly special and unique to the lineup. Besides, it is hard not to fall in love the Darth Vadar blacked-out look of the bike; welcome to the dark side my friends.

This particular CC appears to be in the loving hands of a collector (given the Oro and Senna editions that share the parking area). This bike is fanatically clean, and obviously very loved. Included in the sale are both a to-die-for, numbers matching Girard-Perregaux timepiece, as well as a F4CC leather jacket. The cover for this bike is form fitting, and includes a reproduction of Claudio's freaking signature (matching the sparse paintwork on the bike). From the CNC-machined controls that are exclusive to this model to the tiny details of the cockpit, the F4CC oozes with the sort of one-upmanship that Ducati cannot deliver, save for the Desmosidici RR (almost). This is a price-is-no-object exercise that results in a glorious bit of artwork with a ferocious bark (and bite). Keep in mind that your $120k, irreplaceable, numbered-edition rocket ship comes with nearly no rider aids - if you get yourself into trouble on the F4CC, Claudio expects you to get yourself out of trouble too. Best to utilize your superior judgement lest you find yourself relying on talent alone when the bike costs the equivalent of a decent home in some parts of the country.

The problem with Limited Edition models is that they try to emulate what natural selection has done for us in the past. By artificially limiting production, the laws of supply and demand are quasi-circumvented; the payday is immediate for the manufacturer, but these models do not necessarily appreciate in the short term in the same manner for follow-on owners. These may be good investments to hold onto for a bit longer, but for now this looks to be a lot of bike and a lot of additional stuff for a pretty steep discount compared to new. Depreciation is an evil mistress, making this sub-1,000 mile missile $45k less than when parked in the showroom. Check it out here, and and then jump back to the comments and let us know your favorite MV Agusta model. Good Luck!!

MI

Carbon Copy: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC
Ducati June 20, 2017 posted by

Outasight – 2008 Ducati-NCR Mike Hailwood TT

Since its formation in 1967, NCR motorcycles has been Ducati's de-facto competition arm, developing and producing race bikes based on Ducati themes.  For the 30th anniversary of Mike Hailwood's 1978 Isle of Man TT victory ( on an NCR-built Ducati 900SS ), the company produced a very short run of super light, no-holds-barred commemoratives, with titanium frame and 1120cc air-cooled desmo engine.

2008 Ducati-NCR Mike Hailwood TT for sale on eBay

With the founders ready to retire in 2001, the owners of Poggipolini, a titanium manufacturing specialist, took an interest in NCR, and the Mike Hailwood TT became a showcase for advanced techniques, with a full titanium trellis and exhaust system.  Internal to the 130 hp V-twin is a billet crank, while the carbon fairings and wheels are easier to appreciate.  4-piston Brembo billet calipers and Öhlins MotoGP forks are leading edge, while the nostalgic twin rear Öhlins shocks at least leave room for the exhaust headers.

A number of the NCR Mike Hailwoods were delivered at the 2009 Isle of Man race, where the factory website says they were raced, though it may have been in an exposition part of the event.  The Vegas owner has added a couple of nice extras, and has this to say in the eBay auction:

THIS BIKE WAS $130,000.00 NEW EXCLUDING THE TI SWINGARM AND TI BIKE STAND.

AS YOU SEE IN THE PHOTOS ABOVE SWING ARM AND REAR STAND ARE STOCK DUCATI STEEL.

I HAD NCR MAKE ME A ONE OFF TITANIUM SWINGARM AND TITANIUM CUSTOM NCR STAND AT THE COST OF 7K PLUS. SWINGARM IS HALF THE WEIGHT OF THE STEEL ONE

PLEASE CONTACT ME THRU EBAY IF YOU NEED MORE INFO AND I WILL CALL YOU. THERE ARE LOTS MORE STORIES TO TELL

ULTRA LIGHT...... ULTRA FAST...... ONE OFF

Though the next owner will be a rare collector, the auction has a dozen bids, with $50K not hitting the reserve.  NCR's ( and Poggipolini's ) credibility is above reproach, and the 300 lb. machine is one of just a dozen or so.  Though one could quibble that these machines are built to be ridden, this TT likely will never see that third mile...

-donn

Outasight – 2008 Ducati-NCR Mike Hailwood TT
MV Agusta October 3, 2013 posted by

Nearly new, nearly perfect: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

Update 10.3.2013: Back on eBay after failing to sell in June 2012, the opening bid has dropped from $19k to $16k. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Reader Lauren recently contacted us to let us know this gorgeous MV Agusta F4 1000 312R model needs a good home. This bike has very few miles (2,300) and looks to be as pristine as they come. The photography is outstanding as well - really showing off what a piece of artwork Massimo Tamburini created with the F4 series of bikes.

The "312" in the name refers to the claimed top speed - in this case, 312 Km/hr or approximately 194 MPH. While that won't be of much use to those US residents considering the bike (excepting, of course, summer trips to Bonneville), the bragging rights are there nonetheless. This particular bike is also graced with the rare and expensive full Castiglione titanium exhaust system.

From the seller:
Meticulously maintained 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R. Options include a full Castiglione Titanium exhaust system, a $10k accessory, factory Race ECU - tuned and optimized, reverse pattern shift kit (also have original factory shift kit), black racing chain, suede Castiglione seat, smoke-tinted signals front and rear, integrated rear signals with brake lights, race weight battery, 3M protective adhesive kit on key areas of body work to protect from road debris - installed since new. Over $40k into this MV.

Oil changes were done early and often for cleaner break-in period. Kept in Air Conditioned garage, responsibly ridden.

This motorcycle is in exceptional condition. The only mark on the bike is less than 1/2" on the left side of the tail near the '312' decal where the 3M protectant was rubbed a little - see photos. This is on the protective coating ONLY and barely noticeable. There is no damage at all to the paint or body.

The general consensus is that if you are going to purchase a rare, collectable bike then you should search high and low for the very best example of that model. If you are drooling over the reborn MV Agusta brand and can see yourself on an F4 - but not just any F4 - then this "better than new" 312R might be the bike for you.

This auction is on right now, and the seller has set the starting bid at $19k. That is not bad money considering that a new 312R would have set you back $30,000 when new, not counting the add ons. Just be sure you check out all of the pictures (I only included some of them here). This bike is truly a rolling work of art, and the seller has captured that fact in the pictures quite beautifully. Good Luck!

MI

Nearly new, nearly perfect: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R