Posts by tag: traction control

Ducati February 8, 2019 posted by

Pre-Pani – 2010 Ducati 1198S Corse

Ducati's 1198 got the last 100cc that the 1098 promised, and the S's 170 hp made traction control standard ( and required ) equipment. This Limited Edition #50 comes to you in Corse colors and excellent condition.

2010 Ducati 1098S Corse for sale on eBay

 

Ducati returned to the 916/996 side-by-side headlights with the 1098, in a slightly swept-back and cat-eyed way.  The 1198cc testastretta EVO adjusted valve angles which improved running and allowed valve adjustments to be extended to 12K miles.  Some interesting race-derived parts are on board, like the magnesium valve covers, eliptical throttle bodies, and short-skirt pistons.  The 1198 kept the dry clutch while the more streetable 848 went wet.  Brembo brakes are XL at 330mm, and Öhlins suspension is multi-adjustable.  Electronics are track-oriented with an on-board data analysis package and eight-level traction control.

 

With just over 4,000 miles, there isn't a great deal of history for this KC native, though it's not a one-owner machine.  The pictures aren't great, but beside the tail-neatening, no farkles or damage are apparent.  From the eBay auction:

In mint condition. Adult ridden.  Always garage stored. New battery. If you have never owned a Ducati superbike, let me assure you they are the most powerful and "torquie" machine you will ever ride.  I have owned many metric superbikes over the years and none come close to the amount of fun and power this bike possesses.  Italy has a reputation for incredible cars and motorcycles and this one will not disappoint.  No test rides, but Ill be happy to run her and show you everything works great.  This is the special edition with all the bells and whistles offered. It comes with factory alarm system, tons of carbon fiber, aluminum tank, racing adjustable suspension, Ducati 7 step traction control, original manuals, the list  goes on and on.

 

The monocoque Panigale was right around the corner, so for a trellis-frame superbike, the 1198S can be considered a high peak.  If an inspection bears it out, this one is basically just broken in.  And while it might be a hoot on just the right road, a track day is really a better place to learn the intricacies of a Ducati Corse.

-donn

Pre-Pani – 2010 Ducati 1198S Corse
BMW December 19, 2018 posted by

HP What ? – 2012 BMW K1300S HP

With mid-size car power and somewhat lighter weight, BMW's K1300S jumped onto the bus headed for the dragstrip with the Hayabusa, ZX-14, VFR1200F, and Triumph Sprint GT.  The rare HP limited edition upped the ante with titanium Akrapovich exhaust, and everything that wasn't electronically adjustable was carbon fiber.

2012 BMW K1300S HP for sale on eBay

For 2008, BMW increased the bore of their almost-1200cc inline four to arrive at 1293cc.  Double overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, and digital electronic fuel injection conspire to make 173 hp, with 103 ft.-lbs. torque peaking at 8,250 rpm.  It's a long reach out to the adjustable handlebars, but the factory rear-set pegs are a help.  The Duolever front end and shaft drive are chapter and verse from the BMW hymnal, but you can select the mode for the HP's ESA electronically adjustable suspension on the fly.  ABS and traction/stability control are on-off only, and tire pressure monitoring completes the car-like spec sheet.  Carbon is there for the mudguards, airbox ( i.e. tank ) cover, clutch cover, and seat console.

 

Coming out of Brooklyn, this K1300S has relatively low miles, seemingly undamaged and stock except for a gel seat.  Starting bid seems competitive for a bike with an original MSRP of $20K-plus.  Tank bag and choice of windscreen round out the accessories, and though there's no BIN, maybe the rear stand and battery will come with.  From the eBay auction:

2012 K1300S HP limited edition number 215 out of 750 in excellent condition with only 9830 miles.  New Continental Sport Attack tires with 300 miles on them.  Comes with ESA, ASC and ABS.  Gear shift assistant-heated grips, BMW tank bag and clear and smoked wind screens.  Leather gel seat for those longer rides.  Akrapovic exhaust, radar detector (adaptive technology and the white powder coated wheels round out this great motorcycle.  Never been down.  I have the clean title in hand.  Buy it now and I will throw in a rear BMW wheel stand and a BMW battery charger.

 

The HP reviewed well, most of its mass vanishing once under way.  Hard to imagine how the platform could be developed further, and it didn't find a home in BMW's line-up after 2016.  Like its heavyweight counterparts, it only needs access to a nice open road and a major hole in the schedule.  Maybe that rider is out there watching this auction, with just one day to run...

-donn

 

HP What ? – 2012 BMW K1300S HP
Buell September 5, 2018 posted by

Buell, Interrupted – 2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition

Erik Buell regrouped after Harley retired the brand and began as he had before, with a racebike design followed by a flagship superbike, followed by a more affordable machine.  The 1190RS was their big money racer-with-lights, with direct lineage from the -RR.  Though 2012 was the introductory year, a few were made for 2013 as the company transitioned to the -RX.

2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition

Buell had peeked over the engine horizon in 2007 with the 1125cc Rotax-based engine, and the 1190 was a descendant, a 72-degree V-twin with four chain/gear-driven cams.  Channeling 175hp through two small contact patches requires electronic intervention, with 21-setting traction control and a vacuum-actuated slipper clutch.  Classic Buell concepts such as fuel-in-frame, ZTL front brake, mass-centralized muffler, and oil in the swingarm are all present.  Öhlins turned to their racing department for the 43mm cartridge forks, and twin-tube rear monoshock.  The bodywork for the carbon edition is hand-laid and gorgeous, and helps the 1190RS stay under the 400 lbs. mark.

Evidently kept in its shipping crate until a year ago, this -RS looks new and hasn't reached the break-in oil change yet.  The orangey-red accents look great with the carbon and it's gonna wake the neighbors without the twin secondary mufflers some 1190's came with.  Seems like there'd be a back story for a crate unopened for four years, but here's what the owner would divulge in the eBay auction:

No. 7 of 35 2013's. New MSRP, set-up like this was just over $50,000. Original owner. Factory race exhaust (Euro) with 93 octane race ECU; extra carbon rear fender; lots of Ti and a Lithium Battery Tender. 500 miles +/-. Gentle street break-in miles only. Not quite fully broken-in. I am a retired championship winning racer/mechanic and treat my bikes with respect. Comes with all original parts as well as an uninstalled full Bazzaz system with the quick-shifter and remote. Comes with all the original parts. 

I uncrated it last fall. It has never been in the rain. It has always been garaged or in my living room (all last winter).  The engine is hand-built and full of exotic parts. This is literally a race-bike - with lights and mirrors. It has the most immediate power delivery of any street bike that I've owned (of well over 100).  Original MSRP for replacement engine is $27,000+. The suspension is from Ohlins' race catalog - not the normal street and track line which is less exotic. Excellent condition. One tiny stone chip in the clear coat. 

I will include a 1/2 case of the required AMSOIL full synthetic racing oil and filter for the break-in service. Also all of the stuff that came with it including EBR tie-downs and the EBR crate tarp.

EBR's new machines enticed some enterprise-level investors, but even 999 looks and Panigale performance couldn't hold back the red ink for more than a couple of years.  Though it's a very together machine, and any savvy Aprilia wrench could make repairs, lack of support is factored in to the sensible BIN and low-ball bids.  Probably better for a shop owner or their very good customer than a one bike garage.  While we wait for Erik Buell's next chapter to unfold, this -RS is a pleasant daydream...

-donn

Buell, Interrupted – 2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition
EBR July 23, 2018 posted by

New School – 2014 EBR 1190RX

Erik Buell Racing had to provide a toned-down version of their flagship 1190RS superbike, since even their managers couldn't afford the RS.  The 1190RX has some of the expected Buell innovations and a refreshing level of tech compared to earlier offerings.

2014 EBR 1190RX for sale on eBay

Buell had earlier turned a corner and used a Rotax-based engine for their 1125 series, and continued development resulted in the 1190cc engine adopted by EBR, delivering 185 hp and 102 ft.-lbs. torque.  Fuel is in the formed aluminum perimeter frame, and the "tank" holds the airbox.  Showa has provided the big piston forks and a more conventionally configured monoshock.  It would be news if an EBR machine did not have the zero torque load front brake, this one might be the pinnacle of the design at 386 mm with an 8-piston caliper.  Electronics jumped the shark to this model, with an LCD dash and traction control configurable on the fly.

Though it has low miles and looks excellent, the salvage title makes this a real opportunity.  States handle this differently, making a reading of your DMV's rules and inspection of the bike a requirement.  A couple of calls to local indie shops wouldn't be a bad idea either, to see how much support is available.  From the eBay auction:

There only about 1200 EBR's made worldwide. This one is production #26. This is a 2014 model EBR 1190RX. Makes 185HP and 101TQ. The bike just hit 5,600 original miles and runs perfect. The power and torque delivery on this bike is crazy! This bike goes head to head with the Ducati 1199. It has interesting features like all LED headlight, the fuel sits inside the aluminum frame and airbox is on top.

The bike also has traction control and different track modes. There is a single sided front brake rotor and single caliper and stopping distance shorter due to the size of the bigger rotor. The bike is in pristine condition and only has your normal wear. The bike does come with a California rebuilt salvage title from previous damage to the right side plastic. Damage was minor and have pictures to show.  All the parts were special ordered from EBR.

EBR had just a few years afloat, and accomplished a lot, considering.  The Cycle World head-to-head with the Panigale was basically a draw, their biggest complaint being the hefty clutch.  Most of the development costs had been well, amortized in the 1190RS, allowing EBR to offer this advanced superbike at mere Ducati prices.  Now you could have it for significantly less, but put an eyeball on it first...

-donn

New School – 2014 EBR 1190RX
Ducati April 19, 2018 posted by

Trick Track Toy: Low-Mileage 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

To some, it might seem like sacrilege to take a gorgeous, expensive, limited-edition Ducati superbike and turn it into a trackday toy. But if you've got the money to spend on something you can afford to wreck and want the very best, you can't go wrong with today's Ducati 1098R track bike. Honestly, homologation-special Ducatis don't really make practical roadbikes anyway: their uncomfortable ergonomics, race-bred handling, and ridiculous power only makes sense in an unrestricted environment.

History I'm sure will be kind to the Terblanche-styled 999. But at the time, the successor to the storied 916 was a relative sales flop, in spite of it being better in virtually every way. Power was up, electronics were more sophisticated, and the solo seat models even offered adjustable ergonomics. Unfortunately, the restyle went just a bit too far for Ducati's conservative fan base, but Ducati quickly learned their lesson. The 1098 that followed was really Ducati walking back their radical mandate, at least in terms of styling. It's a good-looking bike, but obviously kind of derivative, which was really the whole point after all. It may be my least favorite Ducati superbike, but apparently I'm crazy because I know more than a few guys who love it unreservedly. And you can't argue with the performance: in ultimate, 1098R form seen here, the v-twin pumped out a claimed 180hp, a huge jump over the earlier bike.

A big bump in displacement certainly helped: the 1098R actually had a larger 1198cc engine to exploit the full displacement allowed by World Superbike regulations at the time, an interesting reversal of the more recent Panigale 1299R that displaces less for the same reason... Aside from the bump in displacement that resulted from a larger bore and shorter stroke, the R also used titanium valves and connecting rods to help the bike rev higher. And while the 180hp is basically the minimum required for entry into the literbike club these days, the massive 99 lb-ft of torque should be enough to widen eyes everywhere.

Possibly the most significant aspect of the 1098R, aside from its competition-derived engine, was a race kit exhaust and ECU "intended for off-road use only" that liberated an additional 9hp and also activated the revolutionary Ducati Traction Control system with 8 levels of adjustability. It was relatively crude, compared to today's systems, but was undeniably effective and was used on Ducati's MotoGP and WSBK machines of the time.

After all that, it's almost easy to overlook the bike's trick suspension that included an Öhlins TTX36 twin-tube shock at the rear and represented pretty much the very best roadgoing suspension money could buy at the time. Just 300 examples of the 1098R were imported to the US, priced at $40,000. This one is number 277 of a total 450 produced worldwide and has only 2,800 miles on it, although most of those have accumulated on closed courses, and track miles are kind of like dog years...

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

ONLY 2,800 MILES

#277 of 450

THIS BABY IS BAD!

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS IS A TRACK BIKE, NOT A STREET BIKE

The 1098 R is the ultimate Superbike. The most advanced, most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle ever built. It is the product of a team of designers and engineers focussed on one objective only – to win.

The ‘R’ is a race bike, pure and simple. Its competition specification and superior components together with advanced electronics and race-proven chassis technology deliver a level of performance that empowers you with confidence and capability. On the road, it distinguishes you as a connoisseur of high-performance motorcycles. On the track it promotes you to a higher level of riding and closer to realising your dreams.

World Superbike rule changes mean that the road-going ‘R’ version is closer than ever to our factory race bike. The 1098 R is not a replica – it’s the real deal. An incredible 180hp L-Twin Testastretta Evoluzione engine in a race-winning Trellis chassis set-up tips the scales at an unbelievably lightweight 165kg (364lbs) and comes with a race kit that introduces Ducati Corse’s world championship winning traction control system.

Once again, Ducati raises the bar and sets the world standard for sport bikes while turning the heads and racing the hearts of enthusiasts throughout the world.

The 1098 R – Built to Win

If you have a need for speed, then this is your answer. 

This motorcycle was bought stock from the Ducati Dealership in 2012 when it had only 331 miles. The previous owner has upgraded numerous parts over the past few of years. I do have most of the original parts here in a box. The bike does have a couple minor scratches and chips (most have been professionally touched-up). Normal wear items for a track bike. This 1098 has always been serviced at the Ducati Dealership. Please understand; THIS IS A TRACK BIKE, not a street bike. 

The Buy It Now price for this low-mileage, race-ready homologation special is a reasonable $19,995. That's less than other 1098Rs we've seen, but of course it's likely to see a harder life than most and that's going to make it less desirable to collectors. 180hp and primitive traction-control seen here might not sound all that impressive, in this age of the cornering-ABS-equipped, up-and-down quickshifter-ed, traction-controlled, 206hp at-the-wheel Panigale 1299R Final Editions. But this 1098R most definitely is a very significant and collectible homologation-special Ducati from the dawn of the Electronics Era, when rider aids shifted [see what I did there?] from simply improving safety to making riders faster. If you've got the cash to splash, this is a pretty cool way to get your trackday kicks, and a race track actually seems a more appropriate place for a 1098R than collecting dust in some collection.

-tad

Trick Track Toy: Low-Mileage 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale