Posts by tag: V-Twin

Aprilia March 27, 2021 posted by

Sadly Underutilized: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale

Just a few hours left on this one, so I’ll keep it short. I’m actually wondering if this is the same bike we featured back in January. I mean, just how many fluorescent yellow 2002 Aprilia RSV Milles are there running around, or not running around, with just three hundred miles on the odometer? The language of the two posts is pretty different and this one looks like it’s been hanging out at a dealership its whole life, instead of in a garage next to a Cadillac, but who knows?

Either way, this Mille derives its name from the Rotax-developed v-twin powerplant’s approximately 1000cc displacement. The innovative design was compact, yet smooth and powerful, owing to the 60° layout and balance shafts. Power was 113hp at the rear wheel. Instead of a slipper clutch, the RSV used a “pneumatic power clutch” that used a vacuum-actuated system to perform the same function and help with rapid downshifts.

Styling certainly wasn’t as elegant as what was found on the bikes being offered by Ducati, but the components were at least the equal of the 998 and build quality was better: the Mille has an enviable reputation for reliability, something that generally cannot be said of Ducati’s beautiful superbike confections…

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale

COLLECTORS!

2002 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille – 2001 World Championship -Troy Corser – Race Replica Motorcycle with 300 ORIGINAL miles !

This motorcycle is in BRAND new condition and was stored and displayed properly at a local New Haven dealer for 19 years. Has been cared for and runs perfectly and is in 100% complete original condition with all books and keys.

Don’t miss your opportunity to own one of the most iconic motorcycles in history.

The seller might be stretching things a bit, describing the Mille as “one of the most iconic motorcycles in history…” Maybe “distinctive” is more apt? In any event, these are great bikes to ride, although part of the appeal to me has been their relatively low cost, and this one has an asking price of $8,500. I think that’s probably very fair price if you’re putting together a collection of Italian superbikes or are just a fan of the marque, but that same money will buy you a bunch of other very nice machines.

-tad

Sadly Underutilized: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale
Moto Guzzi March 20, 2021 posted by

Long Ranger – 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

Moto Guzzi advertised the Sport 11oo as the ultimate two cylinder, two valve motorcycling experience, and one could quibble but not truly disagree.  Today’s Goose has some miles, but still looks very good and has a few interesting upgrades.

 

1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for sale on eBay

Seeming to fit into the general Le Mans form without being so named, the Sport 1100 used Guzzi’s new 1064cc twin with carburetors and electronic ignition.  Power was good at 90 hp, but 70 ft.-lbs. torque at under 6,000 revs made the 5-speed the way to go.  Marzocchi forks were conventional but adjustable, and W-P monoshock supported the shaft drive.  Brakes were the 320mm Brembo offerings, un-linked by popular demand.  Helping the just under 500 lbs. change direction, a 17-inch front wheel was fitted with an 18-inch rear.

Helped by the temperate N.C. weather, this Sport 1100 has the Keihin flat-slide carburetor upgrade, which appears not to use a choke.  Might need to warm up before riding away but the accelerator pump makes for great throttle response.  A carbon Mistral exhaust has replaced the original, and has a no-nonsense sound in the – video – shared by the owner, who also has these comments in the eBay auction:

-I bought this bike in 2012. It has been well maintained and is a blast to ride. – -When I first purchased the bike I sent all the suspension to Cogent Dynamics for maintenance.
-The bike is equipped with Keihin FCR41 carbs.
-The bike runs great and I have never had any issues with it during my ownership it has been a very reliable motorcycle.
-Maintenance has been performed by International motorbikes here in Hickory NC. The owner, Chuck, is a moto guzzi enthusiast and also owns an 1100 sport which he bought new back in the day.
-It is equipped with stainless Mistral exhaust and it sounds fantastic. The bike pulls hard and is a looker.
-I have posted plenty of photos so please look carefully. There is a scratch on the windscreen, you may be able to sand and polish it out or replace it, I just lived with it.
-You will also notice a weld on the exhaust. This repair was there when I bought the bike and it is well done.
-This bike has the impossible to find Heli-bars mounted to the bike. These bars help with wrist fatigue and is a bonus for shorter riders. I can include the original with the sale.

The 1100 turned out to be a winner for Moto Guzzi, and they stayed with it for the new V11 Le Mans in 1998.  Since 2006 though, the company has focused more on the sport cruiser segment, and didn’t import the updated 1200 Sport.  Bids are getting up there but haven’t met the reserve with less than two days to run.  Spring has almost sprung and we’ll be watching !

-donn

Long Ranger – 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
Ducati March 18, 2021 posted by

The First Desmoquattro: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO Limited #063 for Sale

Sharp-eyed readers might be thinking, “Hey, didn’t you guys feature this bike back in February?” For a moment I thought so too, but it turns out this is another, similar bike, in very similar poses, from the same seller. And this Ducati 888 SPO Limited is also a bit rarer than the last bike we posted.

The precursor to the iconic Ducati 916, the 851 and 888 saw the introduction of Ducati’s first “Desmoquattro,” a liquid-cooled engine with four-valve heads. This engine allowed Ducati to compete on [mostly] equal footing, against Japanese superbikes since for the first time since… well, since superbikes were actually a thing. As such, they hold a special place for collectors, and values, especially for Sport Production Omologatos like this one, have been steadily increasing.

The titanium sprocket cover shown on this example is nice, but it’s not a part that came on the 888 SPO, not even on the LIMITED version: note that it’s emblazoned with the much later Ducati logo from the 2000s. And Yoyodine makes quality aftermarket clutch slave cylinders, but this bike certainly didn’t ship from the factory with one fitted, as the seller suggests. You do often see 888s with Termignoni slip-ons as well, but they are clearly branded as such. Possibly Termignoni also supplied the original parts, sans logos?

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO LIMITED #063 for Sale

Here for sale is a very well care and maintenance DUCATI SUPERBIKE 888 SPO LIMITED #063 1994 with 19,050 miles on it.

THIS IS A LIMITED SPO #063, Ducati made like 100 of those, not the regular SPO.

Nice upgrades that you can see on the pictures, BRIDGESTONE tires look good but they are old 2013 year manufacturer (last picture), TERMIGNONI carbon slip on exhaust, Yoyodine clutch slave cylinder, DP Titanium Front Sprocket cover and another nice touches that only came on the SPO LIMITED versions.

Right side bar end and lever minimal scratches.

Bike it come with a CLEAN Title ready to be transfer. Major Last service done DEC 2019, Bike is not been ridden since then. (last 2 pictures)

Check all the pictures to determine condition and ask all the questions you have,we are here to make the transaction the smoothest way possible.

Nit-picking aside, this looks like a clean, very lightly modified example of a rare and apparently fast-appreciating Ducati superbike. $24,699 is pretty serious money for 90s Ducati, but recent SPOs, including the seller’s own regular-production example with lower miles sold for $17,500, so this actually seems like it’s pretty on-the-money for an 888.

-tad

The First Desmoquattro: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO Limited #063 for Sale
Suzuki February 27, 2021 posted by

New Lease on Life: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22

The Suzuki RGV250 Gamma was a significant model for the factory at Hamamatsu. Original conceived as a parallel twin, the RG evolved into the 90 degree v-twin for the VJ21 and VJ22 models before morphing into the 70 degree vee of the VJ23. A favorite of racers, street riders and collectors alike, the RGV250 spawned the successful Aprilia RS250 as well as several Suzuki-specific themed liveries. Of the rare graphical packages, the Pepsi was perhaps the most rare, but the Lucky Strike livery continues to be the most popular. Today’s 1991 RGV250 VJ22 does not appear to have started life as a Lucky Strike, but looks striking after a much needed refurb (despite the lower resolution photos).

1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1991 Suzuki RGV250 M model. This an UNRESTRICED RGV250 VJ22

As shown in the before picture it was UGLY…. but has been transformed into a beauty.
New Lucky Strike paint job with four (4) coats of clear and a little pearl in the white areas.
Wheels stripped and powder coated white. New Dunlop Q3+ tires.
New Ohlins color upper fork tubes…NOT Ohlins forks but they look like them,,,however I added..
New Andreani Misano race fork cartridges with separate compression in one leg and rebound in the other.
New fork tube bushings (Racetech), Red SS brake lines, SBS brake pads, Sugaya street expansion chambers

More from the seller:
Calipers gutted and new internals installed with satin black caliper paint
New NITRON R2 fully adjustable remote reservoir rear shock
Tyga carbon fiber rear hugger and Tyga power valve covers with drains
Cougar power valves
Mild street porting and head work by Ed Toomey at Ed Toomey Designs. Renowned two stroke guru.
New 1st over pistons, rings, wrist pins, small end bearings and cylinder Nikasil coating.
Radial front brake master cylinder from a GSXR600, wave front brake rotors.
New Zeeltronic ignition controller with hand held programmer.
(If you don’t want the Zeeltronic I can put the original ECU back on. It is the upgraded 23D70 unit).
Carbs are clean and balanced. Carbs are the larger 34mm size
New Suzuki oil injection pump

Putting aside the sordid history that might have brought this bike down the road it traveled, the resto-mod approach with this particular example really works for me. This bike certainly looks a sight better than when the seller first acquired it, and there is no denying the visual impact of the Lucky Strike scheme. In addition to paintwork this bike has received some much needed attention to the chassis and systems, and now sports some important upgrades including suspension, exhaust and the all-important tuning to de-restrict the colony of bees and transform it into a hive of angry hornets. Figure 60+ HP from a stocker with the restrictions removed, and likely a tad more here if all components are working correctly together. Should be fun on a barely 300 lbs (dry) machine.

This bike is listed as “Excellent condition, as new, showroom condition” – although it might be fair to list it more along the lines of a restoration. And we should all be thankful someone is willing to undertake such a labor of love, as the world needs more of these bikes rescued and returned to glory. Not much action on this particular auction yet; opening bid is $5k USD with a reserve in place. There are a fair number of watchers on this, so perhaps everyone is sitting back and waiting for the fun to start. Check out all of the details here. While not completely original or stock, this restored and modded machine sure looks like fun. Good Luck!!

MI

New Lease on Life: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22
Moto Guzzi February 22, 2021 posted by

Sharp Foreground – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

It’s a good indication when Moto Guzzi applies a “V” to a motorcycle’s model, as all have been classics in their own way.  The V10 Centauro was Guzzi’s muscle bike and this Coachella valley example is beautifully presented by a shop specializing in the brand.

1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

The Centauro used the Daytona’s four valve 992cc V-twin, and gave it a robust backbone chassis with subframes that supported it front and rear.  Just forward of the air-cooled heads, the cam belt housings are easier seen on the Centauro.  10.5-to-1 compression made 95 hp possible and required an oil cooler in the body color chin scoop.  De rigueur for a Guzzi, power is transmitted by a 5-speed and shaft drive, and WP handles suspension duties.  The bodywork is complex considering there’s not really a fairing, but flows beautifully from headlight to license plate.

Presented by a shop that concentrates on vintage Guzzi’s, this Centauro looks great in black, with grey engine cases and carbon mufflers.  The GT luggage rack / grab handle almost disappears in body color and goes well with the Corbin seat.  Just over 11,000 miles and nice sound in the seller’s – video – which suggests that new tires might be in order.  Comments from the eBay auction:

11K original miles, like new body and frame paint, we just did a tune up and replaced the timing belts.

Current California Non-Op so easy registration.

Great Guzzi for a daily driver, super fast and fun to ride, smooth motor and easy to handle!

Designed by the Marabese design house, Centauro’s have their own owner’s group and were built from 1997-2001, with total production under 2,000 machines.  Reviewers gave everything but the sidestand good marks, though gravity had its usual comment on Guzzi’s hefty build.  Some thought it was Lario’s answer to the Ducati Monster, but with a $20K price tag, even special edition S4’s had a price advantage.  The reserve on this auction should be around half original MSRP, making this Centauro a nice deal for a fan looking for a rare four-valve Goose.

-donn

Sharp Foreground – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro
Featured Listing February 21, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS

The 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS is probably the pinnacle of MG’s powers, and it’s a true emblem of the storied marque’s steadfast dedication to doing its own thing, consequence and technology be damned. The Daytona line was released in 1993 to celebrate Goose’s racing success with a privateer in the 1980s. If you can find one from any production year, they are magnificent machines, but the ’97 RS model adds some handling finesse and power the older bikes lack.

For ’97, the v-twin got a 12-horsepower bump to just under 110 horsepower, thanks to better breathing heads, Carillo rods and forged pistons, a lightened crankshaft and upgraded EFI. Braking was now handled by Brembo, and adjustable WP suspension front and rear kept the 500-ish-pound brute headed the right direction. Other trick bits included Marchesini wheels and an Bitubo steering damper.

Complaints at the time included notchy fueling from the big twin, but this bike has had its issued smoothed out with a chip tune from Creedon. The mod should bump power slightly as well as cure the throttle response woes.

From the seller:

Asking price for this beautiful, rare beast is $14,500 and it shows 13,360 miles. It’s not Ducati quick, or as precise and capable as a Japanese bike, but neither of those machines carries the same panache. Unless you’re a member of a well-heeled Guzzi club, the chances you’ll ever see another at the local cruise night are nil. Contact Tim with your interest: guzzirider06@hotmail.com

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS
Moto Morini February 20, 2021 posted by

Now, K2 – 1984 Moto Morini 350 K2

Though unlikely to win any races but a mileage contest, Moto Morini’s 350 V-twin is still a lightweight 6-speed exotic.  Coming out of Texas, this low-mileage example looks original and excellent.

1984 Moto Morini 350 K2 for sale on eBay

Morini made a foray into mid-sized motorbikes in the early 1970’s, and developed the compact 72-degree pushrod twin with the innovative Heron cylinder head, which made a righteous 35 hp.  The chassis was quite conventional  with Marzocchi forks and shocks, but boasted six forward speeds and staggered 16- and 17-inch wheels.  Appropriately-sized triple disk brakes and cast alloy wheels completed the running gear, and bodywork included a headlight fairing and engine spoiler, with side covers that flowed the line from tank to seat fairing.

Seeming to be for sale by the owner, this K2 shows no damage and just over 8,000 miles.  Very little crazing on the bare aluminum parts, and what look to be recent footpeg pads and grips.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Purchased by current owner in 2013. Bike has a clean Texas title.

Bike is very original apart from cam drive belt, tires and battery.

Bike has some minor chips. No actual dents or damage to any bodywork or exhaust.

Starts immediately and idles readily.

Bike is ready to ride.

Moto Morini has a surprisingly storied competition history, with a four cylinder 250cc 1963 World Championship runner-up and a certain Giacomo Agostini who started out on their 175cc racer.  The K2 and its 500cc stablemate are from a more Euro-centric time, before the usual late 20th century difficulties.  After a 2005 revival and recent sale to a Chinese firm, Morini’s website shows the unusual combination of e-bikes and 1200cc twins.  The small V-twins weren’t a bargain when new, but now are looking like a nice deal for an Italian bantam-weight.  Quite a few bidders are engaged with almost three days left to run !

-donn

Now, K2 – 1984 Moto Morini 350 K2
Aprilia February 16, 2021 posted by

Dream Weaver – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera

Aprilia made a stab at the boutique superbike segment in 2004 with the magnesium engine and carbon fairing Nera.  This wine country example looks excellent and comes at a substantial discount to MSRP.

2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera for sale on eBay

It was the first year of the second generation of Aprilia superbikes, and though outwardly similar, the RSV1000R and the Nera had some nice updates.  Evolved from Aprilia’s 60-degree dry sump V-twin, titanium fasteners and CNC matching of the throttle bodies to the intakes allowed the Nera to claim 139 hp.  Magnesium is used for the clutch cover, and hides the Pneumatic Power Clutch slipper unit.  The new chassis and swingarm are fabricated from alloy stampings and finished in a gold tint evoking titanium.  Wheels are forged in magnesium, and the radial-mounted Brembo brakes include an early adoption of the radial master cylinder, providing better feel under hard decceleration.  Full fairings are executed in glossy carbon fiber, and incorporate a fresh air intake and a sharp integrated taillight design.

Nera’s are rarely offered and the few we’ve seen are barely ridden.  This one is in very nice shape and the owner states it’s run just 1,300 miles, though the odometer isn’t correct.  The Akrapovic cans came with the Nera but are not the titanium units sometimes shown.  Just a bit of storage wear is mentioned but can’t really be seen in the inadequate photos.  Not sure what is meant by the black rubber tank mentioned in the eBay auction-

2004 Aprilia Nera, one of only 200 made worldwide. This one is serial number 50. I believe less than 40 came to the United States, but I’m not 100 percent sure.

 

This bike is all original, including the tires. The bike has the carbon fiber gas tank that was included in the original purchase, but I do not have the black rubber tank that came stock on the bike. It is also missing the stock rear carbon fiber license plate holder and the exhaust that came on the bike from the factory. The full Akrapovik exhaust that came in a box with the original bike purchase is what is installed.

 

The bike has been sitting in my house for a while. The bike is not mint, but is very close to mint. There is not one knick or scratch on the magnesium wheels. All body work is very very nice. There is a very small crack in the lower bottom fairing, but it is hard to see. Otherwise, the bodywork is close to mint.

 

In 2004/2005 Aprilia’s, the odometer resets if the battery dies or is replaced, such as the case with this bike. I would just like to let that be known since the odometer has reset. If I had to guess, this bike has less than 1,300 original miles. The tires have plenty of tread and they are the original tires. The bike runs well overall. I do think the battery is discharging when parked. However, I just never got around to investigating to determine if that is true. This bike would need very little work to be considered a 10.

Plunking down thirty-nine large on a Nera put one in touch with a Dream concierge in Italy who coordinated a factory tour, a set of Dainese leathers, Aprilia helmet, and a VIP trip to a MotoGP event.  Even as rarely as they have surfaced, the market hasn’t made a winning investment out of a new Nera.  But whether this auction ends on a bid or buy-it-now, it might be a very rideable collector for the new owner. 

-donn

Dream Weaver – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera