Posts by tag: V-Twin

Aprilia December 14, 2018 posted by

Affordable, Practical Italian: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale

Update: it looks like the listing for this bike was pulled early. Not sure why the seller took it down or if the bike sold, but this post was already scheduled so I let it stand. Interestingly, this month's Fast Bikes has a feature on the Aprilia RSV Mille, and they describe the bike as a sort of middle-ground between the Ducati 996 and one of the four-cylinder Japanese sportbikes of the period, with v-twin character and Japanese handling that was far more agile, compared to the very stable Ducati. Likely this was due to the unusual 60° layout of the Rotax-developed eight-valve v-twin that allowed a shorter wheelbase and longer swingarm that mirrors an inline-four.

Before the era of  balance shafts, the best way to get your v-twin to rev was with a 90° layout for perfect primary balance and relative smoothness. No mater what, you feel those big power pulses, but the effect is more soothing than numbing. The unfortunate side effect is packaging issues, since a longitudinal v-twin like Moto Guzzi's isn't very aerodynamic and has ergonomic conflicts between the rider's knees and the cylinder heads, while a transversely-mounted unit results in a long wheelbase like the Ducati, or leaves little space for rear suspension, as seen on the Suzuki TL1000R.

So the narrow-angle Aprilia unit is shorter front-to-back than the Ducati "L-twin", while a pair of balance shafts let it rev smoothly. The result is an engine with the distinctive character of an Italian v-twin, but with very uncharacteristic reliability, and handling qualities familiar to anyone used to Japanese sportbikes. A bike designed to appeal to a much broader group of riders than might normally consider an Italian superbike.

Unfortunately, the styling was less universally appealing and it's hard to describe the Mille as "pretty," although there is a method to the madness and the bulbous plastic is very functional, and the intentionally anti-Ducati lines offer surprisingly comfortable ergonomics for a v-twin superbike. I've never been a huge fan of the styling of the RSV, or of any Aprilia really, other than the RS250. The frame on the Mille was supposedly based on the RS250, so I wonder if that bike's sleeker bodywork can be persuaded to fit...

The seller does mention what was apparently a common issue for the RSV Mille and later RSV1000R: minor crashes can ding the swingarm if the exhaust or rearsets is bent in a crash, and that appears to have happened here. That's obviously going to result in a salvage title if you report it to insurance, but it wouldn't bother me much if I was looking for a solid bike to ride or track.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia Mille RSV for Sale

Here is your chance to own one of the famous Italian Sport-Bikes in a great condition and with low miles.

The RSV-Mille R is a lighter, higher spec version of the standard Mille which was introduced in 1999. It features Öhlins suspension, an Öhlins steering damper, forged aluminum wheels, carbon fiber front fender and a shorter subframe for single seating only.

The motor was produced by Rotax for Aprilia.

998cc, 60-degree V-Twin, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC 8-valve 6-speed

Bore x Stroke 97x67.5mm  Compression 11.4:1 110HP 92Nm at the rear wheel, 

This Mille RSV-R starts right up and runs great. It is not 100% stock and has a few aftermarket items.

It will need to have the fluids changed and looked over before you take it on the road, because it was parked as part of a collection for a while.

It was used on the track once and had a minor mishap where it low-sided. The exhaust was pushed against the swingarm and scratched it up. The brake pedal was pushed against the engine cover and marred it a little. The exhaust was replaced.

Look at all pictures

This is not a rare or collectible bike but will make a great street performer or really nice bike for track days.

Swingarm damage aside, the bike does have a clear title, very low miles, and the R-spec components like the Öhlins fork and shock, making this is a very useable example of Aprilia's first foray into the superbike market. These are great bikes to ride, but will anyone wax poetic about them in the future? I expect some will, but to me, these are bikes to ride the hell out of, not admire in your living room.

-tad

Affordable, Practical Italian: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale
Ducati December 12, 2018 posted by

#becauseracebike: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Race Bike for Sale

Ducati's two-valve engine variants have long been seen as the affordable, low-performance option for novice or "mature" riders and bikes far from the leading edge of performance. Which makes the choice of an air and oil-cooled Ducati Sport Classic as the foundation for a high-performance racing machine like this highly-developed example pretty surprising.

When the liquid-cooled, four-valve Desmoquattro engine was introduced, it instantly relegated the original Pantah engine and its descendants to second-tier status. But in the early 1980s, the oil and air-cooled two-valve v-twin, newly updated with toothed rubber belts to drive the single overhead cams instead of the classic tower shafts and bevel gears, it was their only engine and, as such, it was developed with competition in mind. The main point here being that you shouldn't dismiss it as a racing powerplant simply because its been surpassed in terms of outright performance.

The Ducati's Sport Classic line might not have offered up Superbike power-to-weight ratios, but the engine's durability and the frame's inherent rightness mean that you can build a pretty competitive machine out of one, assuming you find the right class in which to participate.

The 992cc original engine might be torque-rich and involving, but in order to be competitive, this one has been punched out to a little over 1200cc with a raft of NCR components. The result is a claimed 140hp at the rear wheel, up from 92 in the original.

If you're not interested in competing on the bleeding edge, either because of the exorbitant costs involved, or simply lack the talent possessed by only a handful of riders worldwide able to to compete at the highest levels and win , this might provide you with a more budget-friendly option, although it's still pretty far from cheap, at $54,000.

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Race Bike for Sale

Ducati NCR Paul Smart Road Race Bike

Used in Excellent Condition

Perfect for CCS/ASRA, WERA, AHRMA Racing

140 RWHP

This is a well known national championship winning Ducati NCR Road Race bike created by Chris Boy of Motocorse Performance, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was a no expense spared build with all the best internals from NCR; fresh rebuild of the motor in 2017 with 80 km on the clock since; Engine with top performance parts, fully revised and ready to race; Ducati 1100 evo built to 1215cc ; 140 RWHP ; NCR engine, custom MCP throttle bodies, NCR custom heads, NCR lightweight gears, NCR carbon valve covers, NCR oil cooler, Nemesis traction control, fairings in carbon and many other special parts; This is a rare occasion to purchase fresh well sorted championship winning bike; 

auction includes pit bull front and rear track stands & battery charger

Goodies List:  Carbon Fiber Front Fairing, Seat, Belly Pan, Front/Rear Fenders, Fuel Cell Carbon/Kevlar; NCR Front Fairing Bracket,  NCR Adjustable Triple Clamps , Ohlins Steering Damper, Brembo GP Master, Quick Turn Throttle Kit Electric Brake Fade Lever Adjuster, Woodcraft Rear Sets w/ MCP Lowering kit, Ohlins Road and Track Forks with 30mm Kit; Brembo HP Rotors, Brembo Radial Monoblock Calipers, Aluminum Front Axe Kit, BST Carbon Fiber Wheels, NCR Titanium Bolt Kit, MCP Titanium Rear brake Rotor, Ohlins Rear Shock, Quick Change Rear Axle, Titanium front sprocket, EVR3 Chain, PitBull Front/Rear Stand, AIM MXL Dash with GPS, Full Telemetry, LCU, and Smarty  Cam (mounted through front fairing), Nemesis Traction Control, SP Quick Shifter, Hard Wired MyLaps X2 Transponder; 24 volt starter, 2 Lithium batteries, billet Kill Switch, Custom Engine Build by MCP with NCR 1215 Kit, Custom MCP Throttle Bodies Velocity Stack  KN Filters, MCP Stage 7 Heads, Lightweight Gears, NCR Carbon Valve Covers, Zullo Racing Custom Lightweight Wire Harness, Nichols Motor Mount Bolts, NCR Oil Cooler – Oversized, Oversized crank Case Breather Box, Custom Titanium exhaust; MRX-02 Fuel Mapping 140+RWHP SuperFlo Dyno

Extensive spares package is available for addition charge.

VIN number listed is arbitrary; VIN number area has been painted over; sale is without title; eBay requires listing title information otherwise unable to post sale; there is no title offered with this race bike, just bill of sale.

Should you be also interested in the sister bike listed in my other auction, a "race team" deal with spares package can be arranged.

I can arrange free pickup to regional CCS/ASRA, WERA and AHRMA events on the East Coast; I will assist with shipping domestic and foreign.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, adjustments in the auction, etc. I pride myself in telling it like it is. If for any reason my description of this item isn't correct, I will gladly refund your money. Having a perfect feedback rating is very important to me and I plan on keeping it, so I don't play games.

Looking at that list of go-fast goodies, it's pretty clear that no expense was spared in building this thundering v-twin racebike. 140 rwhp is nothing to scoff at, especially given the bike's probable weight: a new Paul Smart weighed in at around 414lbs dry so this one should be a good chunk less without all the lighting and other road gear. And that's before you even get into lightweight parts that decorate this machine. It's all top-shelf, and a ridiculous amount of money to throw at an obsolete v-twin sportbike, but if I were a rich guy, it's exactly the kind of track day toy I'd want in my garage. Liquid-cooled Ducatis might be faster, but I still think that the air-cooled two-valve engines sound much better, and the punchy midrange, here amplified to epic levels, should provide plenty of entertainment for experienced track day riders and racers alike.

-tad

#becauseracebike: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Race Bike for Sale
Yamaha December 5, 2018 posted by

Museum Quality: 1991 Yamaha TZR250 SP for Sale

Let's get this out of the way up front: the seller is asking $16,000 for this bike, and that's a big number for a Yamaha TZR250. But obviously, a thing is worth what someone will pay for it, and I'm not sure that the seller won't get what they're asking here, since prices have been increasing steadily on all two-strokes for the past few years. If you're a collector for whom a couple grand one way or the other really doesn't matter, and want the very best example for your collection, this TZR250 SP might just be what you're looking for. Sure, $16k is a lot to pay right now for a TZR, but that might seem like a bargain in just a few years.

There are three generations of Yamaha's two-stroke sportbike: the early parallel-twin 1KT/2MA, the reverse-cylinder 3MA, and the v-twin 3XV seen here. Personally, I love the style and general weirdness of the 3MA, especially that version of the gorgeous Deltabox frame, but the 3XV seems to be the most highly sought-after version of the bunch. There were a variety of different specification levels for the 3XV version, designated by the usual alpha-numeric gibberish: R, RS, RSP, SP, SPR. Wet and dry clutches were available, ignition and powervalves had different performance characteristics, and fairings were not always interchangeable between models. Ferreting out detail differences in these Japanese market bikes can be tricky, so experts are welcome to chime in in the comments.

The seller claims you can get 90hp from an unrestricted example which, from what I know, is theoretically possible, but at the expense of any pretense of durability. That's pretty much race-spec, a smoky grenade you should ride with your left hand covering the clutch. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 60hp is more reasonable for a highly-tuned streetbike, and doesn't really change the seller's point at all, that an unrestricted bike would be much more powerful.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Yamaha TZR250 SP for Sale

This bike is fantastic. It has 1800km (1100 miles) it is a Japanese Domestic bike which I imported personally. There is no bond or restriction from Customs you can get it on the road virtually anywhere if you wanted to street ride it.  As you prolly know the SP bikes were about halfway between a standard TZR and a customer-racing 250. Restricted it's 50hp and less than 300 lbs. It's a weapon - even after 28yrs!! I have been told that derestricted with basic mods you can get 90HP from these which is just insane, of course. Thanks for looking!  

From the photos and description, this thing is just about perfect, in very original condition. And that's maybe the only issue here: in stock, restricted form, the whole gang of quarter-liter two-strokes made a government-mandated 45hp. But it really depends on what you're looking for: a wicked weekend ripper or a perfectly preserved museum piece. And I get the feeling that a dead-stock example is the way to gamble if you're looking at investment potential.

-tad

Museum Quality: 1991 Yamaha TZR250 SP for Sale
Ducati December 3, 2018 posted by

The description is worth it: 1988 Ducati Paso 750ie

The seller of this 1988 Ducati Paso 750ie takes honesty in advertising in a slightly strange direction, choosing to focus less on the attributes of the bike and more on the potential impact the bike will have on your social engagements. He gives us scant details beyond how long he's owned it, how far he has ridden it in that time and the fact that it is a "great bike."

1988 Ducati Paso 750ie for sale on eBay

That's when the real fun starts. It's PG-13 at least, so proceed with caution if you have young gas monkeys around. From the eBay listing:

1988 Ducati Paso 750 ie Limited Only 3098 miles - great condition !

I'll be adding more photos tomorrow - including odometer.
It's a great bike.
I have owned it for 13yrs and rode it 10 miles on my own property the day I picked it up - stored in museum since then.

Start your collection now - good bikes have outpaced many other investments over the last decade since the recession -
and you cannot invite your friends to come drool over stocks & bonds or ride them to Sunday morning coffee....

Plus no one ever got laid because of their bond portfolio unbless it had a billion dollars in it and then they still got laid because of their 300' yacht not the bonds.

no yacht ?

Buy this bike.

Have more money , or not the most dashing gent ? Buy the Paul Smart I have for sale 🙂
WANT TO APPEAR REALLY YOUTHFUL & VIRILE ? Buy the insane aprilia factory supermoto racer I have for sale lol

The Paso isn't anywhere close to a yacht, but its acres of white bodywork are vaguely reminiscent of a luxo-barge you'd see moored in Monaco. If you squint real hard and let your imagination go. What this bike certainly represents is a decent and pretty much unmolested example of a very-1980s Ducati, built just on the cusp of the brand's return to building the wild sportbikes it's known for today.

The description is worth it: 1988 Ducati Paso 750ie
Ducati November 30, 2018 posted by

Used Well: 1991 Ducati 851

The Ducati 851 is a long-standing icon in the sport bike world. Leading the charge to Ducati's dominant run of WSBK titles, the 851 was as successful on the showroom/street as it was on the track. Simultaneously introducing liquid cooling, fuel injection and four valve desmo heads, the 851 was both the leading edge of where Ducati had been, as well as the foundation for the future. And the sound? All the booming twin noises you expect, with a very unexpected-for-a-twin high redline. Good looks never hurt either, and the 851 exhibits the classic lines of the 1990s sportbike. You gotta hand it to the Italians - they know how to build a supermodel that checks all the right boxes.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

The development of "rubber band" Pantah motor was an evolutionary design in the 2-valve, air-cooled Ducati twin. The 851 motor took the Pantah guts and revolutionized the rest. Four valve heads were actually part of Massimo Bordi's thesis at University; this project allowed him to make them a production reality with the assistance of famed engineering firm Cosworth. Liquid cooling was a no-brainer; better control of heat allowed for closer tolerances and ultimately more (and more reliable power). Fuel injection - a first for Ducati - heralded the future of electronics in motorcycles and in racing. This feature also allowed for tuning and tweaking, necessary to extract the maximum performance from the engine/exhaust combinations tested. Utilizing known techniques, the chassis was a birdcage affair of straight steel tubing. Original plans called for a 16" front wheel (1987 and 1988 model years), which was all the rage for GP machines at the time. However stability issues cropped up, and the now standard 17 incher was fitted. Later 851s received Ohlins upgrades from the original design Marzocchi units, and Brembos adorned the hubs front and rear.

From the seller:
Up for sale is my 1991 Ducati 851. It's original, it's complete, it's immaculate, well taken care of, always garaged and under cover.
All original with tons of work in last 7 years.

Work in 2011 at 15k miles. Motor refresh, new rings, hone, bearings checked, valves adjusted, belts, everything gone through. Upgraded clutch slave New SS brake lines front/rear New clutch with basket open cover New coolant hoses Rebuild rear Ohlins shock Fast by Ferracci stage 1 chip and high carbon pipes.

Work done in 2018 at 16k miles. New front upgraded 916 Brembo rotors/OE pads, Diablo Rossi III tires, OEM battery. The bike is wearing original seat, original pipes and rear pegs now.
You won't find a cleaner original condition collectible worthy 851.

When introduced, the 851 was considered a bit of a high-strung, maintenance-intensive and potentially fragile offering - providing performance at the cost of reliability and/or longevity. History has clearly shown this not to be true, however. Yes, there are some unique service aspects to owning a Pantah-based Ducati, including frequent belt changes and valve adjustment intervals (when compared to your average sewing machine). However these are not the Fiat-related, oil leaking, rust buckets than many feared. These are actually quite robust and reliable steeds that continue to churn out the sound and performance expected, and readers should not hesitate to consider a higher mileage bike. We have, in fact, seen specimens with double the mileage listed here (16,000); provided belts have been changed and services rendered, this motor is well neigh bulletproof.

Today's particular example appears to have been used well, as opposed to well used. It is a '91 851 Strada (biposto). Yes, it has had some miles under the keel. But it has also had a decent amount of service, no doubt at the behest of an owner who keeps his machines healthy and in order. As part of the maintenance there have also been some upgrades. Like the factory, this owner has replaced components with newer available items, both maintaining and enhancing performance of the bike. Being a '91 model, it wears the white frame and white wheels - a striking combination ('92 and onwards went to black hoops). Is it really the cleanest original condition 851 we have seen? I would chalk that up to a bit of poetic license as this bike is not strictly original from a purist standpoint. But it is very, very clean - and continues to evoke visceral, emotional responses you might not find in a more modern bike. Whether or not it is worth the premium asking price is another matter (seller is open to offers). Check out all of the details here, and then jump back to the Comments section and lets chat 851s and higher mileage Ducs. Good Luck!!

MI

Used Well: 1991 Ducati 851
Aprilia November 23, 2018 posted by

When Black Friday Comes – 2002 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup

Almost always in black, Aprilia's pint-size race machine had its own series in the early 2000's.  With only 550 miles, this one has been spared too much track abuse and looks like a great way to start preparations for the 2019 club racing season.

2002 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup for sale on eBay

 

Aprilia developed the RS250 for 1995 model year and the 249cc race replica was immediately successful.  With Aprilia's own intake and exhaust, the Suzuki-built engine returns 62 hp.  Built like a much larger machine, its pressed and welded twin-spar frame is all alloy, as is the banana swingarm.  40mm upside-down forks and 298mm front disks could cope with more than the reported 130 mph.  Sheared of all its lights, mirrors and accompanying electrics, weight is just 309 lbs. dry.

 

We've seen several RS250's that were put on display from new, and this one is close with just a few tanks of gas in its past.  The owner comments on a few rubs and scratches, but the photos show very nice condition.  Some return-to-duty maintenance has been done, as listed in the eBay auction:

Very limited numbers of Cup Challenge Bikes were produced, and this is one of the lowest mileage examples offered for sale at this time
Cup Challenge Bikes come from Aprilia with 15 digit VIN's, to prevent them from being licensed as a street legal vehicle (which have 17 digit VIN's)
884 Original Kilometers on the Odometer (550 miles)
Beautiful Condition
Perfect bike to sit in your living room or man cave so you and your friends can stare at it like a piece of artwork
Bike has slight rubbings, scratches, and road debris indicative of being ridden for 550 miles.
Recently pulled out of long term storage
Carbs were recently gone through by a local 2 Stroke Mechanic to clean them out and to make them ready for some fresh race gas
I installed a new battery, added some race gas, checked the fluids, and the bike fired up on the 1st kick

 

Aprilia brought their single-make series stateside for a few years to gin up interest, and went on to provide sponsorship and contingency prizes as the series matured.  The two-stroke formula was waning however, and in a final comment on the strength of the 250's, FIM changed Moto2 to a 600cc four-stroke class for 2010.  Maybe you're thinking of a robust track season next year, and are way ahead on your holiday shopping ?  If so this RS250 looks ready and could make your holidays a lot brighter...

-donn

 

When Black Friday Comes – 2002 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup