Sunday, May 10, 2020

Ducati Sport Classic 1000s

For quite a few years I have had my eye on the timeless Ducati Sport Classic, or "SC" line of bikes released in the mid 2000's. The GT version was always affordable and still is, however the styling just didn't do it for me. At the other end of the spectrum the Paul Smart and first year monoposto SC's were just too high a price to justify for what you get. I therefore focussed on finding a "regular" SC 1000 which still seemed to trade at the $12-$15k price range so I had to wait for the right time and place to find a good deal. Another important aspect to finding the right SC was one that I could ride without worry of "ruining" the beautiful machine by using it for its intended purpose of riding it. I still can't understand so called collectors who buy motor vehicles without ever enjoying them in the manner they were intended. With all this in mind I think I found the Jenius buy of SC's!

SC1000s as it sat when I arrived for purchase
The Jenius buy Ducati SC now in my stable was purchased on eBay by pure luck of the draw. While I hadn't ever bought a vehicle on eBay I do peruse eBay listings frequently to keep tabs on values, market trends, and look for rare parts so this locally listed SC 1000s caught my eye, but I didn't foresee it going cheap enough to justify me bidding so I added it to my watch list. Just before the listing was due to end we had shelter in place initiated in San Francisco and bidding was light so I thought it was worth a shot at winning the auction. I entered my max bid with 20 seconds left and was shocked to see I had won the auction! 

The SC as it arrived at the shop
After completing the sale in person and getting the bike back to the shop I gave it a degrease/detail and inspected the bike's condition. It's been ridden with 20k miles, but it's still in great shape and has been well maintained. It also has quite a few upgrades already done so I won't be too tempted to blow a bunch of money on it, I can just ride and maintain. To me this is the perfect SC as it has the timeless classic look, is an S model so it has a Paul Smart fairing, and I won't feel bad about putting a few more miles on it!

LED Strip is a nice upgrade
All cleaned up and inspected
Placed in the showroom next to it's uncle Ferrari

Monday, May 4, 2020

Custom Versys 650 Service and Repair

This 2017 Kawasaki Versys 650, a previous Jenius Bike, with custom wrap color scheme found it's way into the shop for a little TLC. The new owner had a small tip over which managed to crack the side fairing and cause a few scratches so he brought it by for repairs. 

This era Versys is one of the best bang for buck middleweight bikes out there. It's upright riding position, easy adjust windscreen, and adjust on the fly rear shock make this a great daily riding machine. The smooth 650 twin, adjustable suspension, and sport rubber enables fun through the twisties.

Sweet "BMW look" wrap
Close up of the damaged side fairing.

New panel installed and color matched
Re-wrapped the trim on the OEM Givi Bag & touched up the scrapes.
After the repairs were done, the Covid-19 hit, so the owner decided to have it serviced and detailed while it's sitting in the shop awaiting his retrieval.