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Ducati November 25, 2009 posted by

1988 Ducati 851 Homologation Tri Color with B.I.N $25,000.00

This appears to be a super rare 851. I did a quick search and there is one for sale in Australia as well, so at the time of this posting, 2 are for sale at the same time! Pretty cool eh?

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Quote from the seller:

This is one of the approximately 50 bikes imported into the U.S. “for racing use only”. it was titled and registered, and ridden (street only!) a bit more than 2800 miles by the original owner. The only deviations from stock are the modifications needed for street use. These include swapping the slicks for street tires, adding a mirror and turn signals (mid 60’s BMW bar end), a horn and a speedometer (digital bicycle speedo). In addition, an air filter element was fitted on top of the open airbox (in order to preserve internal organs!). The wheels were repainted (when the stock Marvic paint began to fall off!) with custom matched PPG Durathane. The brake and clutch fluids were changed 6 months ago, the oil and filter last week, and the timing belts were replaced last winter.

Vehicle Condition

The bike is in as close to new condition as can be expected for a 21 year old with 2800 miles. It has lived in a heated garage under a dust cover, and is mechanically and cosmetically excellent. There a few very minor defects consistent with it’s age and mileage, photos available on request.

I went to the Ducati site and looked in the Heritage section and it does show a bike just like this one, but doesn’t offer much information regarding a limited production kit bike. I’m sure some of our Ducati fans will set me straight and give us all of the 411 on this beauty. When produced Ducati outfitted these with Marvic wheels and racing exhaust. This one still has both and shows very well in the pictures. I am guessing this is a very desirable Ducati for any collector.

dd

Update: Just as I suspected Mark Morrison would be able to tell us all about this super rare machine. Mark left the info as a comment, but it won’t show up for everyone to read so I thought I would edit the post to help.

Quote from Mark Morrison – Ducati Expert

Only 10 of these bikes were brought into the states in 1989. They had European VINs and were for race track use only. Street legal 851’s began to arrive in June 1990. This is a nice bike being the first model and is actually if I am correct, an 851 kit. These bikes were the homologation model with 120bhp and 17″ Marvic rims instead of 102 bhp and 16″ composite wheels. They were supplied new with slicks and a headlight and tail light but no mirrors or indicators.

Cheers

Mark

Thanks for the info Mark!

Bimota November 19, 2009 posted by

Must be Bimota Friday! Bimota DB2 for sale

There hasn’t been many Bimotas up for sale recently, so I’m pretty excited to see a clean red/white DB2 come up for sale on Craigslist:

 This is a 1994 Bimota DB2 Ducati powered motorcycle. It is one of 50 made. It only has 5000 miles on it. Was just serviced, new tires, has never been wet, custom made adjustable handlebars, heated grips, stock bars and everything pictured. This bike is in SHOW CONDITION. I am asking $14000 or trade for a drag car.

Not sure where the seller got his information from, but there were a total of 408 DB2’s made.  Nevertheless, it’s still a rare bird and a desirable one at that.  However, the asking price of $14,000 is WAY optimistic – there was a DB2 from an earlier posting with expensive mods such as a 944cc big bore kit, Brembo master cylinders, Dymags…etc. with an asking price of $10,000+. 

More concerning, however, is the seller’s wish to trade for a drag car (?!) – personally I haven’t heard of many (any) serious Bimotistis who are into drag cars.  It’s the first time I’ve seen “Bimota” and “drag car” mentioned in the same sentence!  I would make a first offer of $7000 and see what the seller has to say – $6800 will get him a very nice 1972 Buick Skylark “Rocket” drag car… 😉

phil

Ducati November 15, 2009 posted by

Ducati 851 with ex-Doug Polen corsa frame

We’re on a roll here with rare Ducatis showing up on ebay. After that MH900E Mail Hailwood replica that I posted earlier, I came across this :

Here’s a (small) partial listing of the details:

For auction I have a Ducati 851 track bike. Ridden by an old guy on track days for the last 15 years and built and maintained buy one of the best Ducati shops on the planet this is a rare find for the lucky new owner. Built on a ex Doug Polen frame and serviced by BCM Ducati this 851 has received constant professional up keep and is fresh and ready to ride/race. These photos were just taken moments before this listing was created. This is a hand built bike with a factory racing frame, there is a salvage title for the motor from the donor bike but not for the Corsa racing frame. The motor is from a 92 street bike the frame is thought to be a 91. The 905cc big bore kit puts out 105 hp on the dyno with a mild cam to make it a very ride able bike. A very light package tipping the scales at approximately 381 pounds with half a tank of fuel. As you will find with a lot of different Ducatis the rear engine frame mounts have been welded years ago. The main frame along with the front and rear sub frames are straight but there is a small ding in the front upper frame tube from the left upper triple clamp as is common on the 851 and others. Some say this distinguishes it as frame used by #23; the signature was obtained on the Carbon Kevlar tank years later and clear coated over. The lower fairing was modified to incorporate the often mandatory liquid catch pan. To give you an idea on the investment it takes to build a bike as trick as this there is about $5000.00 in just the front end alone. Add it all up and I think you’ll agree the asking price is just a fraction of the value represented.

The 851 is already a desirable classic, and this one with a corsa frame ridden by Doug Polen makes it that much more rare and collectible. 

I would jump on this one if I have the money and the garage space!

phil

Ducati November 15, 2009 posted by

2001 Ducati MH900E Evoluzione with Carbon Dream kit!

It’s been a while since my last post (thing called ‘work’ kept getting in the way), but hope this sweet would get things started again:

This bike is in a collector quality condition. You simply will not find a better example of this romantic, neo-clasical Ducati celbrating Mike Hailwood win at the Isle of Man TT in 1978.

With a limited production of 2000 ( this is #1598 ) and with only 1200 miles this is a rare opportunity to own the best.

This bike is part of a collection and has been handled with great care.  It is in mint condition, starts and runs perfectly, runs and handles awesome and sound incredible.

There are zero blemishes, dents, dings, scratches, paint flaws or any defects whatsoever.

Full staintune headers and mufflers. Custom carbon wheels, custon brake and clutch reservoir caps. Custom engine covers and license plate bracket. This bike has the rare Carbon Dream kit by Ducati performance. (Just the kit is selling on Ebay right now for $4995)

Original red skins, wheels, tires, manuals, pipes, muffler, tool kit, and owners plaque ships with the bike.All are in mint condition.When I say mint I mean mint. Like new.

The limited edition (2000 units total worldwide) MH900E is already a modern classic, and this one is loaded with desirable accessories (Carbon Dream kit, carbon wheels, Staintune full exhaust!) as well.  I am certain this one has been pampered as it is a part of a larger collection as the seller states (just check one the OTHER MH900E and MV Agusta F4 [Senna?] in the background in one of the photos).   

Whomever the new owner will be is going to be a very happy guy (or gal)!

phil

Cagiva November 13, 2009 posted by

Another pair from Italy – 1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650 – both for sale on ebay

Here are two interesting motorcycles, both are 1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650’s and are offered on ebay.

The first one is red, located in Damascus, Oregon and has 11,521 miles – .

The second is located in Phoenix, AZ and is described as a “barn find” with only 3,131 miles – the listing states the original “The owner parked it in a barn in 1985 after the kick stand cut-out switch failed and it sat covered for all those years…” .

The first example has a detailed history of the 1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650:

First, Let’s start with the history of the Cagiva Alazzurra.  Here is a brief description courtesy from “Classic Motorcycles”:

“Badge engineering” is a familiar term in the automobile industry, loosely defined as the rebadging of one make and model to create another. Think of a Chrysler sedan from the Eighties, and it will undoubtedly have one or two nearly identical siblings. And while this is the kind of marketing one might expect from decades past in Detroit, it wasn’t common in Bologna, even during their toughest times.

In 1985, Ducati had just been purchased by Cagiva. Cagiva, then the largest Italian motorcycle manufacturer, was primarily making mopeds and small street bikes at the time, and many of them were two-strokes. To expand into the middle- and heavyweight street bike market, it needed four-stroke engines. As the March 1985 issue of Rider magazine said, “There were several reasons why Ducati’s engine manufacturing facility was the logical candidate to supply Cagiva with motors: The physical plant was already there, the product was good, and it was the only segment of Ducati’s operation that had been profitable.”

Cagiva’s owners, the Castiglioni brothers, had a new direction in mind for the company, and it included widening the scope of the company’s products beyond that of just sport bikes for enthusiasts. Two years before Cagiva purchased Ducati, Ducati had agreed to supply engines to Cagiva for two models, the Elefant dual-sport bike and the Alazzurra, a bike very similar to the earlier Ducati Pantah. It was 1985 before the two bikes hit the production line.

The 650cc Alazzurra was essentially the latest version of the Ducati Pantah when it debuted in 1985.

1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650 for sale

The detailed description of the first bike:

This pristine example has only covered 11,360 miles and is in impeccable condition.  The 650 L-Twin Ducati Desno motor is similar to current Monster motors. Rated at 56 HP and a weight weight of only 435 pounds gives it a top speed of over 115mph.  Carbs are 36mm Dellorto pumpers. 5spd transmission, Brembo dual discs on the front and a single disc rear provide excellent stopping power. Suspension is by Marzocchi, both the front forks and the rear remote reservoir shocks.  This a very comfortable sport tourer with a more standard riding position and a very comfortable seat.

Excellent all original example except for the Yamaha brake master cylinder that was installed to give better brake feel by it’s original owner, the late Merlyn Plumlee, the famed HRC crew chief who purchased it for his wife.   The bike has had the belts changed and valves checked, and the carbs were recently gone thru.  Bridgestone BattleAx tires have less than 500 miles and the battery was new last year.  Complete with owner’s manual as well as parts and service manuals.  You won’t find a nicer one, even the clock works!

I will assist with shipping and can deliver locally to the shipper of your choice.  The PDX Forward Air terminal is not far away and has worked well for me in the past.  Check out my excellent feedback and thanks for looking.

The barn find:

This bike is the definition of a barn find! The owner parked it in a barn in 1985 after the kick stand cut-out switch failed and it sat covered for all those years in Prescott Az. I cleaned out the fuel tank and sealed it, replace the petcocks, fuel lines, spark plugs, cleaned the carbs and rebuilt them, replace the battery,replace the leaking front master cylinder, changed the oil and the bike fired right up! Lukily when put into storage the cylinders were oiled and on inspection looked new. I rode the bike and it runs and shifts smoothly, but with original tires I wouldn’t ride it very far. The paint was abused badly from bumps and hits so I had it repainted with the original colors, otherwise it’s as it came from the factory. It is not perfect, the hand grips are cracked but are embossed with Cagiva so I did not replace them. The turn signals do not work but I suspect it is a defective flasher but couldn’t find a replacement and didn’t want to molest the wiring. The wind screen has a warp in it but isn’t that bad, other than that it’s as sweet an Alazzurra as you will ever find.

It would be really hard to chose between the two but depending on the barn find’s reserve, I don’t think you could go wrong with either.

SG

Honda October 23, 2009 posted by

2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition with only 2135 miles on ebay

Here is a 2004 Honda RC51. What’s so special about a Honda you might say? Well, this is a not just a standard RC51 – it is a 2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition signed by its namesake. If you may recall, Nicky Hayden won the 2002 AMA Superbike Championship aboard a RC51 prior to being promoted to MotoGP (and went on to when the MotoGP Championship in 2006).

What else is special besides this dude’s signature? According to Wikipedia, the Nicky Hayden differs “from previous models by a polished aluminum frame and swing arm, a sticker kit, and white number plates on the front upper fairing and tail fairing.”

2004 RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition for sale

Additional information form the ebay listing:

You are bidding on a 2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition that has only 2135 miles on it. I am listing this bike for a good friend of mine. This bike is perfect and is new in every way, never any accidents or laid down in any way. Honda did not make that many of the Hayden bikes, so here is your chance to own one. The bike needs nothing and is ready for the road……….it comes with a matching helmet and back seat.

I do not know where the reserve is set but this is an almost new example down to the rear fender and reflectors. Not that I have ever owned a RC51, I do wish Honda would have continued development of their V-Twin sportbikes. Same with Suzuki’s TL1000R…

Ducati October 22, 2009 posted by

2002 Ducati MHE900 on ebay

Editor note: Today we welcome a new author to RSBFS. This is Steve’s first post and from the looks of it we’ll be looking forward to his future selections with this kind of taste! Please join me in welcoming him on board! -dc

This is a 2002 Ducati MHE900 and is limited production even for Ducati – this happens to be bike #1891 of 2001. These came standard with lots of trick parts but this one has a quite a few upgrades including a complete carbon fiber body kit and upgraded fuel tank – five gallons instead of three. This MHE900 has 5,433 miles on the odometer but looks showroom new. The Buy It Now price was recently lowered to $12,995. See this Ducati on ebay: 

2002 Ducati MHE900 MH900evoluzione for sale

More information from the ebay listing:

This is a very special bike! There were only 2000 made and this is number 1891.  When offered in 2001, they sold out online in under 1 hour!  The prices have climbed steadily and this represents a blue chip investment you can enjoy! This bike is loaded with carbon fiber body work complete by Carbon Dream. A Staintune exhaust was added for premium sound and maximum performance.  An upgraded 5 gallon tank was a big step up from the factory tank that held just under 3 gallons.  All parts were purchased through Ducati Corsa including the Ducati high performance mirrors. This bike has been well cared for, serviced at the Ducati dealer (Fast By Ferracci) its whole life.  We have all the service records for this bike since birth along with any upgrade that was added.  We also have all the original body work including fenders, factory tank and more.  The Ducati has just recently gone through inspection and has had regular synthetic oil changes when called for.  There is no other bike out there like this, offering you modern styling and extraordinary performance this is a great one to add to the collection.  This bike holds true to the Ducati name and look.

The standard MHE900 is rare enough but the upgrades done to this bike make it one of a kind. I do however, question the need for a larger fuel tank as I expect the ergonomics to wear the rider down faster than the engine consumes gasoline – or I just might be getting old. Either way, this is definitely a motorcycle I wouldn’t mind adding to my stable…

Uncategorized October 19, 2009 posted by

Confederate Hellcat F124 on ebay

Thanks to “The Stig” (Stig – is it really you?!) for alerting us to this truly rare :

2004 CONFEDERATE F124 HELLCAT MOTORCYCLE WITH ONLY 2600 ORIGINAL MILES, THIS CELEBRITY STATUS BIKE HAS A 2 YEAR WAITING LIST IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET ONE ORIGINAL COST ON THIS BIKE IS ABOUT $80,000 The “F” architecture of the Hellcat is very simple, yet incredibly rigid and light. It is the only backbone downtube, cradle based chassis to utilize the powerplant as a stressed member. It is also the last architecture for a crafted series built machine designed entirely by analogue methodology. Born from the draftsman’s table, it has the essence of a finely crafted turntable. “F” architecture is unquestionably the stiffest, strongest, most rigid welded platform ever to run the Iconic American radial twin power plant. THIS BIKE IS BY FAR THE BEST LOOKING MC EVER PRODUCED, THE HUGE REAR TIRE AND THE FRAMED TAIL PIPES ALSO ARE CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS BIKE ONLY, PLUS THE CARBON FIBER STRUCTURE IS THE STRONGEST AND COOLEST LOOKING OUT THERE, THIS BIKE WILL SURELY APPRECIATE IN THE YEARS TO COME!  

Generally I don’t like cruisers at all, but I really appreciate Confederate for their unique and innovative designs and use of high-tech materials.  Much like the Yamaha V-Max, labeling Confederates as a “cruiser” does them serious injustice – they are engineering masterpieces.

I am, however, surprised by the total number – 180 units as claimed by the seller – of F124s produced.  I would have thought that the market for a $80,000 motorcycle (original retail price) would be much smaller.  Even the newer version of the F124 – the F131 – is targeted for 150 units and the Wraith, an even more outlandish (and probably even more expensive) bike from Confederate, is scheduled for a total production of 250 units.  For the amount of money that I am paying for a Confederate, I would expect a bit more exclusivity… all of a sudden that $36,000 Bimota Tesi 3D (probably only around 50 units worldwide) is looking to be quite a bargain!  Then again, I AM biased…

In any case, the seller is himself a collector/dealer and, from what I can tell from the photos, has a pretty darn cool collection of cars as well!  Love that black Countach and the F40!  Well, if the Confederate Hellcat is not your cup of tea, how about picking up one of them Lambos or Ferraris? 

phil