Posts by tag: Tri-Color

Bimota November 25, 2010 posted by

Viva Italia! 2009 Bimota DB5R for sale in Seattle

2007 Bimota DB5R with only 2000 miles for sale in Seattle.

This motorcycle is being offered to discriminating buyers who appreciate fine Italian craftmenship. This outstanding example is a 2007 Bimota DB5S [looks more like a DB5R to me – ph] with only 2000 total miles. These motorcycles are very rare and if you are looking for something exotic and out of the ordinary, than you need to at least give this example consideration. Some of the key features are items like: Full carbon fiber bodywork, Ohlins front and rear suspension, Ducati 1000cc dual spark engine, Frame and steering components hand crafted from billet aluminum, OZ Forged Racing Rims, Weighs in at only 368 lbs. Retirement forces sale and price is not negotiable (this price represents $11,000 dollars off the original MSRP).

The Bimota DB5 was the first “new” Bimota after the successful and accomplished Italian entrepreneur Roberto Commini took over the then bankrupt Bimota and revived the brand.  It was designed by Sergio Robbiano who, in a bit of irony, also penned the beautiful but engine wise flawed V Due that bankrupted Bimota in the first place.  The DB5 also won the Sergio the MDA’s (Motorcycle Design Association) Design Award and other prestigious titles when it was launched.

Based on the DB5, the DB5R features the following upgrades:

  • full carbon fiber fairing
  • light weight forged OZ wheels
  • Zard titanium silencers (although not on this specific bike it seems)
  • tricolore paint scheme

Here’s some more info on the DB5 and DB5R.

The DB5, while not the most powerful bike in the world with the Ducati 1000DS air-cooled engine, is renowned for its superb ride and handling.  Combined with those sexy lines (some say the best of the ‘new’ Bimotas) and tricolour paint scheme, who can resist? The only turn-off may be the $19,900 asking price…

Like most Bimotas, this one has been rarely ridden with 2000 miles (what’s the matter with Bimota owners?!) and has most likely been pampered more than my baby daughter has.  DB5 don’t come up for sale often – we’ve only had two previous DB5 listings – so if this bike is speaking to your heart (why else would you buy an Italian bike?) and you are still standing after reading the $19,900 asking price, click here to check out the ad.


Ducati November 24, 2010 posted by

Italian Pride: 2007 Ducati 1098S Tri-Colore

Italian Pride: 2007 Ducati 1098S Tri-Colore

It just looks the business, doesn’t it?  I’m such a sucker for this paint.  The dealer sprayed Paso Tri Color (you say colore, I say color)  had me two weeks ago and then tonight this one caught my eye.  I’m one of the few fans of the 999 and I think it would have looked great in some version of this paint.

This loaded 1098S hasn’t seen too many curves.  She hits the market after covering only 1200 miles.    I don’t think it is legal to have a Ducati without a Termignoni exhaust system.  I believe these were supplied with an ECU in a kit that came with the bike. 

What else does she have:

1200 original miles, Limited Edition, Perfect original condition, adult ridden, never raced or crashed, complete with Termignoni carbon fiber race exhaust and ECU, also street exhaust included, over $3.5k in carbon fiber and extras, bike stand, all books, tools and records, always stored inside, never been in the rain, paid well over $30K for the bike and extras. Title in hand.


I spot some high spec Ohlins forks.  It has an Ohlins shock out back as well.  I could see myself totally screwing up the suspension with the amount of adjustments available.

Can you spot the extra carbon fiber bits?

All call this photo, “I should have studied harder in school”.

Any guesses on the reserve price?  The auction is starting at almost $17,000 with no takers as of this writing.  After consulting the RSBFS crystal ball and a quick question to the RSBFS Weegee board I’m going to guess $28,000-$30,000.  If you are in the market and would like to tell me how close I was you can .


Ducati November 3, 2010 posted by

Rarest Paso*: 1988 Ducati Paso Tri Color-Notice The Asterisk?

1988 Ducati Paso Tri Color-Notice The Asterisk?

I just spent the last 30 minutes searching the intenets for the smallest tidbit of info on a Ducati Paso Tri Color.  No stories, no photos, nothing.  Then I came across production numbers with paint codes on the Paso Forum.  Long story short, the Ducati factory never produced a tri color Paso.  Note to self, read the sellers info before mindlessly searching the internet.  The seller clearly states the paint was done by a Ducati dealership back in 1988 before the bike was sold.

I’m prepared to take the heat from the Ducati purists out there but I’m still going to post this one.  Paso’s are pretty rare (less than 600 we sold in the US back in 1988 and less than 5000 750 Paso’s were produced over the entire world wide production run), it has relatively low miles and the paint is tastefully done in classic Ducati colors.  The paint brings up another good cause for discussion.  What do you guys think, in general,  about a special edition bike done by a dealer?   Do they have any extra value at all?   It could be something like this bike with just paint or something more involved like the Muzzy 750 Raptor.

Here are the details:

    Attention Ducati Collector’s!!  Here we have a very rareTri-Colore 1988 Ducati 750 PASO.  Currently, this is the only tri-colore PASO I could find on Ebay or other web-sites nationally or internationally.  My son and I collect bikes, cars, etc. and we need to thin our heard out of the garage.  Too many big boy toys in the garages of my home and my son’s home!     The bike is nearly mint condition!  It has some slight wear on the rubber treads, seat is in fantastic shape, grips slightly worn, etc.  There are two tiny nicks on the body fairing that are barely noticeable, no dents or dings anywhere on the bike that we can see.  It has a flawless red, white and green Italian tri-colore paint scheme that was Dealer painted in 1988 when it was new.  All gauges , electrical system, lights and even the clock works!  Since then, there have been 14,508 miles put on the bike!  That’s only 660 miles average per year!  The tires are in great condition and have plenty of tread left on them.

     The pictures below don’t do justice to the looks, quality and feel of this rare bike!  It has aftermarket STAINTUNE Australian dual chrome pipes that sound really nice!  Last year a full professional service was performed in August of 2009 at over $1,500.00 in parts and labor alone.  Included in that service was the following (we will include the work ticket showing the work completed with the sale of the bike):

  • Replaced battery
  • R & R carburetors disassebled and cleaned, balanced and adjusted the idle
  • Serviced the air filter
  • Replaced manifold rubber boots
  • Replaced timing belts
  • Complete oil change service
  • Replaced spark plugs
  • Replaced brake and clutch fluids
  • Replaced rubber mounts for dash unit
  • Bulbs replaced

     The bike currently, does not have a license plate (only insured) and it will come with a clean Indiana title.  We just keep her in the garage under cover as a collector bike.  This is a beautiful and very rare tri-colore Ducati that would make a great collector bike or a daily driver for anyone.  We preferred to keep her in the garage since we have two other Ducati’s and a Suzuki we drive as weekend/daily drivers.

     We have a full Service Book binded for quick reference, original Owner’s Manual and original Tool Kit that will come with the sale of the bike!   We have two keys that will come with the sale of the bike as well.  One key is for the ignition and the other key is for the seat/helmet lock.

Ok Ducati collectors, what do you think?  Is there any extra collectability here or is this just a nice Paso with a nice paint scheme?  I do have one thing to admit.  These things are really growing on me.  A few years ago I  think you would have had to drag me kicking and screaming to look at one.  I think the design as aged quite nicely.  I might have been hooked if Ducati had made the Paso Limited in this tri color look, tasty. .


Bimota March 12, 2010 posted by

1988 Bimota YB7 for sale down under!

Update – the bike was sold for AU$8850 (approx. USD8200).

Thanks to a reader tip-off, here’s a nice example of a :

Original 11,014 klms on the clock.

Vin Number YB7-00274

Number 274 out of 321 ever made!!  There where only 124 Tricolors made.

Not currently Registered!!

Starts, runs and rides beautifully!!!

This bike is powered by an FZR400 Exup Yamaha motor, that had 65 hp. It has a 6 speed gearbox and were capable of 220 klms per hour.

This is a RARE opportunity to own a very collectible bike at an affordable price.

This bike would also make an awesome “period 6” pre 1990 classic race bike.

Yes, you read it right – it has a Yamaha FZR400 EXUP engine in it.  Incidentally, and interestingly so, Japan was and still is one of biggest markets for Bimotas.  Japan has different engine displacement classes, and the 400cc is the great divide.

To make the their bikes accessible to more Japanese consumers, Bimota offered some of their models in 400cc versions and the YB7 is one of them (the other 400cc variant is the DB1J with a 400cc Ducati air-cooled 2V engine), based on the YB6 with the Yamaha EXUP 1000 engine.  Click here for more reading on the YB7.

The current price of the YB7 is at AU$6999 (approx. US$6300) which makes it quite an expensive 400cc. Nevertheless  a.) it is a Bimota  and b.) 400cc variants are rarely seen outside the domestic Japanese market, which does make this quite rare.

Only thing I disagree with the seller is the last part about the YB7 being an awesome classic race bike – if i bought this YB7, I definitely would not be racing it!


Bimota November 27, 2009 posted by

Exciting Exclusive: Collection of 17 Rare, Exotic, and Low Mileage Bikes Soon to be For Sale

Update 1.8.2010: Rory has sent us an update on the remaining bikes. Please contact Rory at for further information about the remaining bikes available for sale in the collection.

Rory and his business partner have contacted Rare Sport Bikes For Sale to alert of us of a collection of 17 bikes that will soon be for sale.

His message included the following details:

My business partner, Lee and I are trying to help his neighbor sell the bikes owned by her late husband. The 17 bikes that are left to sell are primarily sport bikes and they are all somewhat special in one way or another: Limited Editions, grey market, low (or no) mileage, etc. It’s taking some time for the widow to have the bikes re-titled in her name, but we are now getting to the point where we need to figure out how to find buyers looking for the somewhat unusual bike.

And here is the list I was given:

Bike Model Year Mileage Notes
Honda V45 1983 9.8
Norton 810 Dunstall 1972 1983
Ducati 888 SPO 1993 2031
Yamaha FZR 750 RR km 1052
Benelli TRE 2004 2
Yamaha R1 SE 2006 0
Ducati 851 Tricolore NA
MV F4 2000 426 Serial number 10000
Ducati 916 SPS 6059
Yamaha R1 2001 18137
Bimota Tesi ?
Ducati F1 km 5234
Moto Guzzi Daytona R 1996 km 21421
Yam RZ500 1984 5571
Honda RC45 3718
Yamaha R7 3646 km
Yamaha (R1?) 2005 17 Race prepped

Clearly a collector with discerning taste, and pieces that match our theme here perfectly. Please leave a comment below if you’d like to see a particular piece of this collection processed sooner than later.

Thanks for contacting us Rory. Looking forward to seeing this collection go to new homes! I’m wish I was reckless enough to consider a second mortgage and the penalties on draining my retirement to get in line for some of these!