Categories
Classifieds of Interest Motorcycles

Bad timing, but if I were to sell the 93 Ducati 750SS

COVID-19 makes selling vehicles person-to-person difficult. But if it were a normal spring, my advertisement might read something like this. dan@motoringblogs.com -dc

1993 Ducati 750SS For Sale by Private Owner with Upgrades

23k miles showing, but speedo cable broke on the way to Laguna Seca in 2012.  Was replaced upon return. Add an additional 2k miles to account for that trip.

I am the third owner since 2007.  I thoroughly enjoyed this bike as an enthusiast rider in the first 8 years of ownership, but have barely used it in the past 5 years.

Just serviced, 4.7.2020:  Belts, oil, filter, plugs, coil upgrade, brake flush, quick carb clean, idle adjustment, and clear gas.

Period upgrades include

  • Keihin FCR 41 racing carbs. (very aggressive)
  • Staintune 2:1 exhuast (very loud)
  • CA Cycleworks coil upgrade (just added, better starting)
  • Kickstand saver
  • NOS 900SS full fairings with Ducati mounting hardware (currently installed)
  • Bar-end mirrors

Included with sale

  • Rear stand
  • Original 750SS half fairings and Ducati mounting hardware
  • Spares: original windscreen, mirrors, carbs
  • Service manual
  • Original coils
  • Period soft luggage saddlebags.
  • Copy of Craigslist post from 2007 when I purchased the bike

Issues

  • I’d recommend a carb rebuild, valve adjust, and corresponding tune (done once in my ownership). It runs “good” as-is but could be excellent at the hands of an expert.  I’d recommend Cheshire or MotoCorsa, both in Portland.
  • Sport touring tires have good tread but they’re old. Replace ASAP for any real riding or distance.
  • 900SS fairings: one touched up crack between turn signal and headlight on the left side. 
  • Pint of touch up paint included.

Known history

  • Supposedly purchased by a tech at then Ducati in Salem. This owner reportedly installed most of the upgrades back in the day.
  • Second owner was a local engineer and enthusiast.
  • Acquired in 2007. In my ownership
    • 3 trips to California
    • Rides all over Oregon and Washington
    • Never stranded on the road despite Ducati reputation
    • Hard-starting after the off-season
    • Cold-blooded starting in general due to race carbs and no choke. Somewhat improved with new carbs.

 

This is not a beginner’s bike or a commuter.  This an enthusiast-quality rider and an excellent introduction to classic Ducati motorcycling.  It makes for a somewhat jerky in-town bike but an absolute pleasure out of town on country roads.  It’s not superbike uncomfortable either, but still has a serious sporting nature. 

 

If I’m honest, it could be parted out for more than the asking price – which would be a shame.  While not a museum piece, it is in really nice, original, and period correct modified condition.  My hope is that it remains local to be enjoyed on our back roads and on the occasional out of state road trip.

 

I have quite a few blog posts from when I first purchased the bike in the link below.  I was in my early 30’s then and these youthful, verbose entries, not only reveal my love affair with the bike, but also the one and only time it was tipped over in my ownership; mere minutes after acquiring it…  No damage.

 

http://www.dancrouchblog.com/tag/750ss/

 

Why am I letting it go after all these great memories?  Honestly, I want to get back into the hobby but with something more modern.  This is a wonderful second or third bike that will excite the senses, and still stands out when in the wild. It definitely requires some fiddling to keep it at it’s best but that is part of it’s charm.  On the other hand, it’s so affordable that I dare you to find something with more character for less. 

 

If you’re still reading let’s talk.  No test rides without full asking cash in hand.  Sorry but you know how it is.

 

-dc 

 

 

Categories
Automotive Classifieds of Interest Corvallis On The Job

My 2001 Honda S2000 AP1 Has Been For Sale for 2 Weeks with No Bites!

Well this hasn’t happened to me before. I think all the cars I’ve offered for sale in the last 10-15 years have all sold in less than 2 weeks. After a full detail from Carlos at Sports Car Shop in Eugene I was confident that my 55k mile AP1 would have lots of attention, especially with the VIN-matched factory hardtop being available as well. Amazingly the only contacts I’ve had are standard issue Craigslist spam farm emails. See to the right for my ad, which I think is priced below book and accurately represented.

And here is my competition:

2001 Honda S2000, 31k miles adult owned – $13900 (Beaverton)

This is a 2001 Honda S2000. It has been adult owned and garaged it’s entire life(sunny day car). It currently shows 31,830 on the odometer though the weather is getting nice so it may get a few more miles on it before the car sells. I hold a clean title in my hand. This car has never been wrecked and the original soft top is still in excellent condition. The interior is also excellent, it looks pretty darn close to brand new. The drivers side seat foam is still perfect which is very hard to find on S2000’s. The exterior has some minor rock chips etc as you’d expect with a used car but still shines and looks VERY good. No dents or door dings. The car will come with all the manuals, aftermarket car cover, both keys w/remotes, convertible boot cover, and front license bracket and plate(not currently on the car). The car is all stock minus the following:

1)Boston Acoustics speakers. The OEM speakers are included so you could go back to stock though I can’t think of any reason you’d want to. The OEM speakers have PAPER cones!!!

2)USA-Spec ipod adaptor. This allows you to plug your ipod in to the OEM stereo and control your playlists via the CD shuttle controls. This is one of the few adaptors that allows full control of your ipod through the OEM stereo. It’s plug and play, so no holes were drilled nor any wires cut. You can simply unplug it and throw it away if you don’t like it.

3)Short antenna. The OEM antenna looked bad and such a sporty car. Again, this is plug and play(it just unscrews). The OEM antenna is included in case you want to go back.

4)K&N air filter. The OEM filter was dirty and I wanted the best replacement so I bought a K&N. It simply drops in the OEM airbox.

5)Updated banjo bolts. Honda changed the bango bolts mid ’02 for better oil flow. This was a recall everywhere else in the world but in the USA. Better safe than sorry so I replaced them.

6)rear suspension tweek. The ’00-01 cars were known for their snap oversteer. Part of this is because they had the stiffest rear sway bar of any other year and part was the suspension geometry. I have corrected the suspenion geometry and replaced the rear sway bar with a ’02-03 model. This is the next stiffest sway bar if you look through all model years. This helps take the ‘edge’ off without changing the feel of the car much. The original sway bar is included.

I’m asking $13900. Cash talks and BS walks. Please don’t contact me if you don’t have he funds available and no test drives without funds either. I can email more pictures on request and I can show the car most evenings. Low ballers will be ignored. I’ve watched the market for two years and I know what these cars sell for and what they are worth. With 31k miles this Honda is barely broke in…


Honda S2000 OEM Hardtop Extras Clean Title – $18500 (vancouver)

2002 S2000. Only 53k miles. Well maintained. Needs nothing.
Sebring silver with RARE red interior/black accents.
Soft top is in excellent condition.
2002 models are by many considered the most desirable. First year with a GLASS rear window in the soft top, suspension updates, cosmetic updates…and it was before the second generation changes, which in my opinion took away a bit of the character of the car. They kind of toned things down a bit too much for my taste.
Anyhow, it includes a lot of great extras that really enhance the appearance and driveability of the car, such as…..

*AP2 Wheels (17″), bigger size than AP1 for better handling and road grip (one of the few knocks on the stock AP1 models)
*OEM matching Honda Hardtop (a few scratches on it but in excellent condition)
*Clear Bra (great for keeping the rock chips away)
*Upgraded Comptech Exhaust/Sounds great
*Upgraded Stereo and Speakers (kenwood excelon with infinity speakers)
*Wheel and Seat locks
*High End Alarm (lots of extra features to keep it safe)
*Honda factory shop manual

So for the time being I think I’m going to pull the car off the market and enjoy it. Almost as soon as I had the car listed the spring weather turned to awesome and we’ve really enjoyed having a convertible for three weekends straight. There’s also an autocross coming up that I’d like to do with my buddy Gary who campaigns his Cadillac!

In the meantime I’m going to assess how much I’d like to keep the car versus shopping for another bike with the equity I have in the car. I miss the hunt and because aside from when the weather is nice, the car really doesn’t get driven much now that I work full time from home.

Decisions, decisions…

dc

Categories
Automotive Classifieds of Interest

Happy New Year: 1 Owner 89 CRX Si with 52k Miles!

Just spotted via the VWVortex forums, here’s a car I’d love to snag: An unmolested, one owner, 52k mile CRX in yellow. Paul and I had a friend in college that had a low mileage car EXACTLY like this one and it was a blast to drive. Spirited acceleration, go cart handling, and great Honda ergos on the inside.

1989 Honda CRX Si on eBay

$11k sounds high to me but they’re accepting bids. Considering super clean MKII GTi’s can fetch 7-9k these days when they surface, I’d put this in a similar category value wise. I’ll be watching to see if it sells for sure!

dc

P.S. New Years Resolution: Post more on this blog! I’m going to be less winded and hopefully more frequent as a result. For anyone still subscribing, thank you for hanging on and I hope to make this a cool place to hang out again this year. Feel free to friend me over at Facebook too if you like, just shoot me a note with the invite so I know who you are 🙂 -dc

Categories
Automotive Classifieds of Interest German Cars For Sale Photography

1977 Volkswagen Rabbit Track Day Car For Sale SOLD!

Rabbit GTi Track Car Wallpaper

It is time to part with our faithful ‘77 Rabbit that has served as a great entry into amateur motorsports over the last 7+ years. We’ve done numerous track days at Portland International Raceway (where the Indy cars used to race), autocrosses, and several runs at the Larison Rock Hillclimb. Unfortunately the car has been sitting for a couple seasons and just isn’t being used anymore with other projects in the stable. It’s time for a new owner.

This car was built by a professional Volkswagen mechanic who was working at Independent Auto Werks (Bug Werks) here in Corvallis at the time. Together we carefully pieced together all the proven parts for this MK1 platform:

– Engine is an MK2 2.0L bottom end with 1.8L 16 valve head. This combination is well documented to provide an immediate 15hp gain over the base 2.0L 16v configuration for 155hp total. At around 1850lbs it really scoots! We opted for the simpler CIS-E fuel injection as it’s easier to work with than the later Motronic setups. While the motor has seen action over the years, it still provides lots of power. It is still fitted with stock cams to maintain reliability and driveability to and from the track.

– Exhaust is optimized with a dual outlet manifold for reliability, then routed to a Techtonics race downpipe and on to a matching Techtonics exhaust with Magnaflow muffler. Yes it’s noisy but not in a ricey way. Very distinctive tuned 4 cylinder VW water-cooled sound.

– Engine is coupled to a lightweight VW Motorsports flywheel and Sachs clutch combo which allows the motor spin up with ease. Power is sent through an 84 GTi close ratio transmission. The transmission makes some noise on deceleration but has since we built the car some 7+ years ago. I expect it’ll be fine for limited track usage as there is no issue finding or using all the gears, but may require a rebuild at some point considering.

– Suspension is simple but well sorted. An H&R Cup Kit consists of matched springs and shocks (non-adjustable) for a mild drop and more sporting ride. Front upper and lower stress bars are fitted along with a rear strut tower brace. Also a heavy duty rear sway bar is fitted. All bushings were refreshed when fitted. The ride is very flat but not harsh. This combination helps to dial out a lot of the understeer and cornering is easily controlled with gentle throttle response.

– Brakes are upgraded discs up front from an MK2 GTi and we retained the drums in the back. We had originally fitted rear discs as well but had issues with lockup in the back due to the light weight. Willwood proportioning valves are installed for fine tuning.

Two sets of wheels are included. The car is currently riding on “snowflake” GTi rims with mismatched tires to get you to and from the track. Also included are aftermarket alloys with used road racing slicks. Available for separate negotiation are some very rare, period correct Intra 14×6 German alloys that replicate the look of early Porsche 928 rims. The Intra rims would be perfect if you’re considering this car for a GTi restoration.

Interior is stripped and focused on only what is needed for track work. An early Passat steering wheel is fitted for better feel and textured race pedals are in place. A Sparco Pro 2000 race fixed back bucket is fitted for the driver and a generic aftermarket seat is in place for the instructor. Both seats have 4 point Schroth harnesses. The stock dash is removed and a custom console is fitted with gauges to monitor oil, water, charging, and revs. The heater core is still intact but it blocked off at the moment. Can be reactivated to warm the interior on cold mornings. Rear defroster works as does instrument lighting. Most carpet and sound deadening is removed, so it’s very loud inside the car and you hear every creak, rattle, bang, and bump. But with a helmet on it’s just part of the experience.

– The exterior is a decent 5 footer. In honesty it’s a poor Maaco paint job that was applied before we acquired the car, but it can be made to look decent as seen in the photos. There are lots of chips, dings, dimples, and yes surface rust. I have tried to capture the worst of it in the photos. This car is not ready for the show circuit but plenty presentable as you make your entry into amateur motorsports. Features GTi fender flares and aftermarket replica European bumpers. All lights work. Headlights are European H4’s with city lights in the park position. Color matched GTi airdam is also fitted.

The good: This car is very well sorted and should clear inspection for autocross, trackday or hillclimb. A simple tuneup should be applied but runs fine with no stumbling and tracks straight. To be used for road racing or rally you’ll need additional safety equipment like a rollbar or cage, fuel cell, window netting, fire suppression, etc… But even after sitting for a few seasons it is running well with just a new battery and a full tank of gas. I also put new tags on the car today so it’s registered until 2013. I drove the car in a spirited manner this afternoon and it made me wish I had space to put it on jack stands and come back to it someday.

The bad: It does have some surface rust on a 5 foot paint job and a couple holes in the floor boards. But for what it was built for it’s ready for more action with just minor TLC. After a thorough once over, I wouldn’t hesitate to drive up to Portland, track it, and drive back like we have numerous times over the past several years.

This car is perfect for someone who is looking to get into local amateur racing or a GTi restoration project. Please email me for more information or to arrange for a look in person. Here are links to my personal blog with stories about how we used the car (note the time stamps):

Please email me if interested in more information or a closer look at the car. I am asking $2350 obo and the Intra wheels mentioned are available at additional cost. With a full price offer I’ll include a used but legal autocross helmet, magnetic numbers, and the fire extinguisher. I’d love to see this car find a home that will appreciate it and the time spent putting it together. Thanks for looking.

dc

Categories
Automotive Classifieds of Interest On The Job

New Old Car of the Day is Back!

Just finished my second post on the newly revived New Old Car of the Day blog. This is a fun site to play with as it allows me to get out of my comfort zone and take a look around at cars I normally wouldn’t pay any mind. Some surprising finds for sure!

The site focuses on original, exceptionally low mileage cars. Cars that have somehow survived over 25 years or more with very little mileage and decent-to-exceptional condition is the basic criteria for the site.

I had originally started this site based on the postings of a friend I met on the forum VWVortex. After some time had passed we lost touch and I haven’t been able to reach him. But I’ve always loved the idea of this website and figured it was time to revive it.

I hope you’ll take a look: http://newoldcaroftheday.com

I’ve got a few other blogs I’m hoping to start before the end of the year, stay tuned!

dc