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Ducati January 21, 2017 posted by

Good Copy – 2006 Ducati 999R Xerox #243

Not winding down during its last year of production, the 999R for 2006 was an update, if somewhat cosmetic, from the the previous years.  And the design that brought Ducati three World SuperBike  Championships would have to serve for the 2007 season while rulesmakers fiddled.  In the livery ridden by Troy Bayliss on the way to a WSBK championship, this example has just break-in miles and a polished Zard exhaust.

2006 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

 

The -R is a radical leg up from the introductory model, with a 26 horsepower gain from new heads and increased compression.  Aluminum valve covers have become magnesium and plastic belt covers are now carbon fiber.  Gear ratios are the same but Öhlins replace the Showa forks and monoshock.  Radially mounted Brembo monoblock brakes are shared, but the wheels are forged instead of cast.  The seat/tank console are adjustable, as are the bars and pegs.

 

Residing and occasionally riding in central Texas, this 999R appears barely used but ready for duty.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

The 999R Xerox is a special series motorcycle with a wide range of features that distinguish it from the standard 999R model, such as Öhlins forks with black sleeves, anodized black footpegs and top yoke, Öhlins ‘Racing’ rear suspension with double damping adjuster in compression, aluminum body, counter-spring and spring pre-load setting.  The motorcycle is also fitted with radial-mounted front brake calipers with the red Brembo Racing logo, is decorated with “Xerox Replica” graphics and comes with a racing kit and extra adhesives.

I’m the second owner of this bike and own it for few years and hardly ride on it.  I always keep this bike in the garage and never ride it in the rain.

  

Though Ducati also campaigned the 999 in AMA SuperBike and won some races, the factory ceased their effort after the 2006 season, concentrating on WSBK.  The base 999 got great reviews for riding position thanks to the taller fairing design and adjustable controls, and engine torque, which increased as the testastretta developed.  Few riders will appreciate the improvements that the -R brought to the power and suspension, but they are there, along with the carbon fairings and race-replica livery.  This one appears a fine example of the ultimate variant of the last year of 999 production…

-donn

Good Copy – 2006 Ducati 999R Xerox #243
Honda April 18, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR750R / RC30 with NL0B Engine and Chassis Kit

Update 3.14.2017: We have been informed that this bike is now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 4.18.2016: This seller has renewed his Featured Listing. Thank you to Shaun for supporting the site and good luck with the sale! -dc

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Before Honda released the homologation special VFR750R / RC30 road bikes, HRC built and raced the growling V4’s, and won the first two WSBK championships ridden by Fred Merkel.  The bike offered here has been Troy Corser’s second bike, who won the 1993 Australian Superbike Championship, and ridden by a young Anthony Gobert in 1994 until the RC45 was prepared.  Purchased from the race team later in 1994, its subsequent lives include track days, a long rest, and recent restoration.

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An evolution of the RVF750 endurance racer, the VFR750R uses a complex twin-tube diamond frame around the compact V4, with bespoke steering head bracing.  In the early 1990’s HRC offered the NL0B engine kit, with updated heads, crankshaft, and cam drive, resulting in around 130 hp, up from a stock 90hp, and for a cost equivalent to a Dodge Viper.  Right-side up Showa forks have HRC internals and single-sided swingarm is shortened and braced.  Brakes were Lockheed, specially built for the race machine, but have been replaced with Brembo calipers with cast iron disks due to seal availability.  The fairing was stored away when the bike was tracked and has original Winfield Honda ( Australia ) racing graphics.

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Shown at the 2014 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, a Cycle World diversion at the 2014 Moto GP in Austin, the bike had been through a 3-year restoration to its racing form.  The owner, a coach at California Superbike School and partner at a race preparation shop, learned CNC ( Computer Numerical Control ) machine tool programming to make missing and broken bits for the machine.

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The haunting sound of the V4 is result of the 360-degree crankshaft, with two closely spaced power pulses in each revolution.  The inherent balance of the V4 allowed engine speeds of 14,000 rpm, and though not a horsepower monster, the RC30 had a wide and rideable torque curve.  The restoration included new Carillo rods, and all new bearings, seals and gaskets.

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Regular readers of RSBFS will know the cachet and rarity of a road-going RC30, but this is an order of magnitude more exotic.  All RC30’s were built not at Honda but by small teams at HRC. And the NL0B racers were another, much smaller subset of machines built by world level teams from heavily customized parts with a production run counted in double digits. They were then tuned and modified at the track.  Only a few other complete race-prepared VFR750R’s survive, on display as this one is likely to be.

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-Donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda VFR750R / RC30 with NL0B Engine and Chassis Kit
Ducati January 19, 2016 posted by

Make It Take It – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS #388

Hot on the heels of the 996 introduction, Ducati unveiled the Superbike homologation special SPS – Sport Production Special.  The big gorilla at least until the -R was introduced two seasons later, they are quite rare with total production just in the hundreds.  Often limited to the track or gallery, this SPS has Cali title and registration.

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1999 Ducati 996 SPS for sale on eBay

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Sporting an additional 4mm cylinder bore, the 996 SPS carried 123 hp to the fray.  Though there was an update to allow a larger airbox, chassis updates were mostly in the damper department, with fully adjustable Showa forks and Ohlins monoshock and steering damper.  Brakes are Brembo 320mm up front with 4-piston calipers, just a 220mm rear brake is required.  Lightweight forged alloy wheels from Marchesini help handling.  The archetypal styling is by Massimo Tamburini, a superbike masterwork Ducati would refer to for the 1098.

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A rider with 17,000 miles, this SPS looks very good with just a couple of modifications, sprocket cover and levers.  Having the brand’s easiest-to-remove bodywork, the owner gamely shows what’s under the fairing, and states there are scuffs on the left lowers and tail fairing, but they aren’t apparent.  From the eBay auction:

This is the rare and highly desirable SPS model, built for racing class homologation, and one of only 50 imported into the US in 1999, homologated for Superbike racing. A masterpiece from legendary designer Massimo Tamburini, considered by many as one of the most beautiful motorcycle ever made, along with Tamburini’s MV Augusta. Up for auction is number 388, street legal with current, California registration. It has been stone cold reliable for me despite its Ducati exotic supermodel reputation, and always well maintained and ridden regularly, keeping the fluids circulated and the engine exercised. Recent service includes new timing belts, spark plugs, air filters.

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When properly set up, the 996 would turn in with the best and the oversquare desmoquattro revved willingly.  Charging system woes had been solved but the cooling system made city riding a risk, and rocker arms needed looking after.  The focus on lightweight materials paid dividends every ride.  Carl Fogarty took the 996-engined 916 to the WSBK banquet in 1998 and would take the 996 in 1999, crowning the 916’s many titles.  Though the starting bid is up there, it looks like this SPS has had the consistent usage and maintenance which is really the best thing for any motorcycle…

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-donn

 

Make It Take It – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS #388
Sport Bikes For Sale August 17, 2015 posted by

Rare Sport Bike PARTS for Sale: Signed Carl Fogarty Racebike Fairing

1999 Ducati 996 Race Fairing Carl Fogarty1Well this is a cool bit of racing memorabilia, World Supberbike superstar Carl Fogarty’s race-winning Ducati fairing, hand-signed by Foggy himself.

Not only was Carl Fogarty one of the most famous riders in World Superbike history as well as the most successful, this bit is from the bike he won his very last race on, to lock in his fourth championship for Ducati. The very next year, he was involved in a career-ending crash although he was later active as a race team owner and manager.

Famous for being ruthlessly competitive and very outspoken, you can also see he was very… left-handed from that signature’s slant.

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From the original eBay listing: Carl Fogarty’s Championship Winning Ducati 996 Hand Signed Fairing

Up for auction is a very unique and interesting piece of motorcycle racing history!

Carl Fogarty won 4 World Superbike Championships and this is the fairing of his Ducati 996 after he clinched his 4th WSB title at Hockenheim in 1999. It is hand signed and still has the bugs from that final race plastered all over the fairing.

Foggy retired in 2000 as the winning-est rider in Superbike history with 59 wins, 109 podiums and four world championships.

Good luck…

The starting bid is $6,9995 with no takers as yet and 4 days left on the auction. I’ve really no idea if that’s a fair price or not, since it’s not the kind of item that comes up for sale too often. Certainly, Carl Fogarty is one of the biggest names in the history of WSBK competition, and the signed fairing from the bike he used to win his fourth championship title is something any race fan would want.

This is the second time the fairing has been posted on eBay, and the first ended with no takers as well. Is the seller asking too much, or has it just not found the right buyer yet?

-tad

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Rare Sport Bike PARTS for Sale: Signed Carl Fogarty Racebike Fairing
KTM July 31, 2015 posted by

Impossible to Miss – 2011 KTM RC8-R

2011 KTM RC8-R on eBay

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You really have to hand it to KTM… it takes a lot of guts for a relatively small manufacturer to try to jump in and compete with the big Japanese manufacturers in the sportbike world.  KTM held nothing back with the release of their ferocious RC8 and eventually the RC8R.  While the first RC8 was powered by an 1148cc version of the Duke’s 999cc v-twin engine, the RC8R was bumped up to 1195cc.  It was also decked out in top of the line components including fully adjustable WP suspension, Marchesini wheels and Brembo brakes.  Additionally, the RC8-R allowed the rider to adjust almost everything including the seat and subframe, the clip-on angle, the rearsets and all of the levers.  No other bike came from the factory with this much built in flexibility.  The styling is subjective, but it certainly won’t be mistaken for anything else on the road.  If the hard edges and maybe the smallest subframe/seat ever put on streetbike weren’t enough the RC8R was also painted with KTM’s signature bright orange.  The seller waited until the sun had set to take his pictures, which normally isn’t a good idea, but it still works here, mostly because that orange is SO bright.  With the limited production, impressive performance and low mileage, the big KTM is certainly worth a look.

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The seller has a pretty good description of the bike and a few aftermarket bits that he has added.  You can read more or check it out here: 2011 KTM RC8-R on eBay

you are looking at a rare KTM RC8R in the most sought after rare blk/org color. Only 200 hundred produced a year and no longer in production soon to be collector bike in exceptional condition, well maintained, fluids changed regularly, never dropped, adult driven garaged and covered runs like new, very fast, big plus v2 sound, this bike sports Akrapovic carbon fiber fenders and trim aside of being very light pieces they have a very beautiful satin weave that cannot be picked up by the camera truly a must see very expensive original pieces not knock off ones that are being sold. Also has original hard to find designed for RC 8 gas tank protector has a beautiful clean unique ,also features removable tank grip ,factory Brembo brakes, marchesini wheels, WP suspension, really nice LED lights

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Impossible to Miss – 2011 KTM RC8-R
Kawasaki July 15, 2015 posted by

Museum Quality? – Pristine 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7

1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 on eBay

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The Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 represents a vital period for Kawasaki.  With Superbike racing really taking off, Suzuki had thrown down the gauntlet with the revolutionary GSX-R 750 and the other manufacturers were trying hard to catch up.  Everybody knows the age old racing mantra of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” and Kawasaki wanted a piece of Suzuki’s sales.  Enter the ZX-7.  Sporting a solid 105hp, soon to be legendary front end stability and maybe a slightly too harsh rear shock, Kawasaki was back in the game.  The great looks didn’t hurt either!

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If you’ve been nostalgic for a while and are really serious about adding a collector quality ZX-7 to your stable, this one deserves a serious look.   With just one owner, low miles and all of those hard to find stock bits still intact, you begin to appreciate what you are looking at here.  Over the years and throughout their lifetimes, many ZX-7s saw their owners remove things like the original signals, reflectors, chain guards and mudflaps in an effort to save a few pounds.  Collectors and restorers know how hard those things are to find these days.  This one is still on it’s original tires! (good for the collector, bad for the rider).
Please check out the seller’s full description here: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 on eBay

ORIGINAL OWNER, 1989 KAWASAKI NINJA ZX7 WITH 7000 ORIGINAL MILES.  THIS BIKE IS IN PRISTINE CONDITION, JUST LIKE IT ROLLED OUT OF THE SHOWROOM AND ALL ORIGINAL.  STILL HAS THE ORIGINAL TIRES.  NOTHING HAS BEEN CHANGED OR MODIFIED.  THIS IS A MUSEUM PIECE, AN EXAMPLE OF A TRUE SURVIVOR. BIKE STARTS AND RUNS EXCELLENT, EVERYTHING WORKS LIKE THEY SHOULD.  GOT THE ORIGINAL TOOL KIT OWNERS MANUAL AND EVEN A FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL.

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Museum Quality?  – Pristine 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7
Aprilia July 9, 2015 posted by

Win it or Bin it – 2003 Aprilia RSV1000 Haga Replica

2003 Aprilia RSV1000 Mille R – Haga Replica on eBay

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Japan’s Noriyuki Haga was undoubtedly one of World Superbike’s most exciting racers throughout the 90s and 2000s.  With a nickname like “Win it or Bin it”…  you had to expect fireworks (particularly on the first lap or the last lap!).  Unfortunately for Haga, he was also the perennial bridesmaid, having finished 2nd or 3rd in the Championship standings seven times, but never on top.  After a brief stint riding for the factory Aprilia team, they released a replica RSV1000 Mille R.  Aprilia made just 300 of these replicas and only 60 of them landed on US soil.  The Haga Edition featured the expected cosmetic touches like the race paint scheme, Haga’s signature on the tank and a blue triple clamp that included each one’s individual production number.  Performance upgrades were noteworthy and expensive including a full Akropovic exhaust (including new mapping), lightweight blue OZ wheels, Ohlin’s suspension and a few dabs of carbon fiber.  The Haga rep weighed about 15lbs less than the standard Mille R and also pumped out an additional 10hp.

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This particular Mille R has seen some miles, but still appears to be in great condition.  The listing doesn’t have a lot of details, but you can check it out here:  2003 Aprilia RSV-1000 Haga Rep on eBay

2003 APRILIA RSV 1000 MILLE R Haga Replica #158/300

ONE OWNER – GARAGE KEPT

This price will be good till end of listing only.

The bike is in EXCELLENT condition (see pics)!!!

THE BIKE NEEDS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !!!!!!!

ALL SERVICE IS UP TO DATE, AND THE BIKE IS IN GOOD CONDITION.

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Win it or Bin it – 2003 Aprilia RSV1000 Haga Replica
Kawasaki July 8, 2015 posted by

1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R (ZX-7R) in UK colors

1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R in the UK

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What’s wrong with this picture?  The classic “K-model” green/white/blue ZX-7R has been a longtime favorite here on RSBFS… but we don’t see these very often.  This is the somewhat controversial green/white/RED color scheme that was exclusive to the European markets.  As a member of a few Kawi specific forums, I can say that opinions are divided on this look, but I love it.  Aside from the colors and the naming, the technical specs are the same.  The “R” version benefits from a host of goodies to homologate it for WSBK racing including a lightweight aluminum fuel tank, solo seat, lighter subframe, taller first gear and 39mm flatslide carbs.  These modifications, along with different cams and some other engine tweaks resulted in a bike that was approximately 20lbs lighter than the standard version and made an extra 20hp.  While the carbs and the gearing can make it a bit challenging for every day use, it shined on the race track.

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This one appears to be in VERY good condition and appears to still have all of those rare goodies that are getting near unobtanium levels for those looking to collect and/or restore.  This would make a fine addition to any collection for our UK readers or even our more ambitious stateside readers with the financial means to clear the customs hurdles.  You likely won’t see another one like it anywhere in the States.

You can check out the eBay UK listing here:  1991 Kawasaki ZXR-750R on eBay UK

here we have a stunning example of this very rare exotic ZXR750R K1, this model of Kawasaki’s very rare machine, was especially made for WSB, made in very low numbers, full adjustable pre-load, anti dive front suspension, gas assisted fully adjustable rear suspension, close ratio gear box, alloy fuel tank, large race flatslide carburettors, DOHC in-line four, 16 valves.
equal bike in its days to OWO1, GSXR750RR and RC30 and made famous by the likes of Scott Russell WSB. champion on the very competitive factory ZXR750’s.
very clean standard example, absolutely spotless, runs and looks superb. very hard to find in this kind of condition with low mileage. getting very collectable. comes with 2 keys, owners manuals and paperwork.

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1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R (ZX-7R) in UK colors