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Yamaha’s Yard Built Program — Deus Milan’s “D-Side” XV950 Sidecar

In 3 Wheels, Italy, Japan by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Built by Deus Ex Machina’s Milan shop, this bike was commissioned as the third project — and first sidecar build — in Yamaha’s increasingly prestigious Yard Built program. Based on the Tuning Fork Company’s XV950, this project, entitled “D-Side”, began when Fillipo Bassoli, CEO of Deus Ex Machina Italy, was traveling for work in Spain and stumbled across what he …

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No Reserve – 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Superleggera sold for $32,600 after 81 bids on eBay. In 2014, Ducati released an ultra-exclusive (500 produced) upgrade to the already impressive Panigale R. They called it the 1199 Superleggera, and the Italian firm claimed this bike had the best power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle ever when it was released.

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Signed by Pierre – 2005 Ducati 749R

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This 749R sold for $10,900 after 11 bids on eBay. While many riders didn’t care to look at the Ducati 749, everyone agreed that the “R” variant was a tremendous thing to ride, thanks to a slipper clutch, Ohlins suspension, and lower weight (despite a larger fuel tank) than the base model. Visordown called it “a nearly …

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1984 Laverda RGS 1000

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Laverda sold for $6,600 after 9 bids on eBay. The Laverda RGS 1000 is one of the last versions of the big triple, which tamed the “peaky” Jota engine, isolated the rider from vibrations with rubber mounts from the engine, and added the half-fairing. It was a true sport tourer, best on fast roads with long …

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1998 Laverda Ghost Strike

In Italy, Less than 5k, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Packing one of the most distinctive model names in motorcycling history, the Laverda Ghost Strike is one of the many variants the Italian firm pushed out in the late 90s that were powered by either the 650 or 668cc parallel twins. Laverda actually offered a Ghost and a Strike as separate models, the former a trellis-framed naked bike, the latter …

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2010 Ducati Streetfighter

In Italy, Sport by Mazlow PetosaLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Streetfighter did not meet reserve despite 23 bids up to $6,900 on eBay. Ducati Streetfighters are a rare sight around the streets, but I can’t think of a reason why. I was first introduced to them in person at Motorcycle Mover LA. I always ask owners what they think about them, and have never heard anything …

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1 of 350 in Canada – 2005 Vespa PX150 Serie Canada

In Italy, Scooter by AbhiLeave a Comment

While most scooters nowadays are “twist and go” affairs with automatic transmission, the Vespa PX model line from 1977-2017 with two simple constants: a 2-stroke motor and 4-speed manual transmission with a grip shift. The PX150 was reborn in 1998 with a 10 year production run, and in 2005 Vespa made a few special editions by changing up paint colors. …

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Ferrari Two-Wheeler – 1955 Fratelli Ferrari 150

In Italy, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This “Ferrari” sold for the opening bid of $14,990. In 1952, a motorcycle appeared at the Motosalone di Milano adorned in genuine Ferrari logos. Enzo Ferrari had developed an increasingly stellar reputation for his Maranello-based company’s exotic four-wheeled offerings, so when word broke that a scoot from the Prancing Horse marque has been released, orders began flooding …

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Motorcycle From A Supercar Manufacturer – 1956 Maserati Tipo 125/T2

In Italy, Small Displacement, Standard by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Maserati sold for $4,559 after 21 bids on eBay. Originally founded in 1914 by five brothers (Carlo, Ettore, Alfieri, Bindo, and Ernesto) in Italy, Maserati was purchased by Adolfo Orsi in 1937. After Orsi’s death in the early ’50s, the business was divided into three different outfits: a foundry known as “Fonder di Modena”, “Fabric Candele …

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1964 Gilera 124 Fuori Strada Enduro

In Dual-Sport, Italy, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Gilera did not meet reserve despite 23 bids up to $1,508 on eBay Described by the seller (Michael Harper) as a “rare limited edition enduro version of the Sei Giorni Speciale”, this Fuori Strada (which translates to “off-road” is apparently a one-year only model. I’ve never encountered one before, and it’s a tough one to find …

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Still New – 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Ducati did not meet reserve despite 8 bids up to $19,050. 12-11-18 Update: A month later, this bike is now on eBay so we can see what the market thinks it’s worth. Everything seems to be the same, though there’s now additional information in that the most recent owner was IndyCar racer Graham Rahal. Considering that …

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MotoAmerica Racer – HSBK-Spec 2018 Aprilia RSV4 RF

In Italy, Race by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

First founded around 2005-2006, Houston Superbikes (better known as “HSBK”), started out as an online store, offering performance parts and accessories for late-model, Italian two-wheelers. Over the last 13-years however, the Oklahoma-based business has grown exponentially, first becoming a franchise dealership before eventually occupying an 80 acre facility jam-packed with everything a racer could ever need.

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2007 Aprilia SXV 550

In Italy, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This SXV sold for $6,500 after 3 bids on eBay. Aprilia’s SXV550 was an absolute monster that journalists fell in love with as soon as it was released – Visor Down said “only nutters need apply“. It’s a supermoto with a powerful V-Twin, excellent components, and race-bred pedigree: the bike had already won the S2 World Supermoto …