Update 2.24.2016: Back on eBay and ready for spring fever! Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc
While we've seen the occasional Tricolore Ducati here at RSBFS, we've only seen one other 851 Superbike Kit offered before and that was 5 years ago! This example is our latest Featured Listing and it has never been started.
From Ian Falloons book, Ducati Desmoquattro Sportbikes:
As Ducati was a manufacturer producing fewer than 50,000 motorcycles a year, the homologation requirements for World Superbike required 200 units of the 851 to be built for 1988. This homologation machine was known as the 851 Superbike Kit [...] Known as the "Tricolore" because of the distinctive red, white and green color scheme, 207 Superbike Kits were produced; 54 going to the United States so that the 851 could be homologated for Superbike racing.
Brand New bike stored since new. As Homologated in "Race form" with headlight, tail light and no speedo or turn signals. Factory Conti Black Chrome slip ons, Marzocchi M1R Forks, Braced Swing Arm, Marvic Magnesium wheels,Pankl Ti Rods & other parts that set it apart from the 851 Strada.
Absolutely original throughout including all panels and paint, decals, Michelin Radial Slicks- Original battery never filled. No Kit spares come with the bike. 2 Dealer owners & 2nd private owner.
Minor flaws or age affected areas are:
Stress crack in right upper fairing just into paint, no damage to upper
Paint on MC reservoir caps bubbled around edges
Engine paint lifted in 1-2 spots on upper surface
Rear shock travel bumper gone from dry rotting
Bike was at some point previously stored with intake velocity stacks open and exposed as there is no air filter element, so we took the top end apart for a peek and re-assembled with new timing belts and gaskets. Oil was changed for inspection as well but original filter left in place. A 26 year old never started bike would not be something you just dump gas in and fire up without some further overall inspection. It is still dry of fuel, coolant and clutch fluid. Clutch was disassembled and plates glass beaded being plain steel and having some rust on the surface. There is nothing to hide and bike presents excellent for age.
International buyers welcome with proper export quality crating & help available with shipping arrangements. Bike is available for inspection in Eastern PA.
Note: MSO is from original dealer and was reassigned to second dealer. Kept that way for proof that it has never been titled. Bill of sale will accompany original MSO.
With a buy-it-now showing a $41k asking price, only serious Ducatisti collectors need apply. But with so few of these produced worldwide, and even fewer kept in near-new condition, this is indeed a special opportunity. Good luck to buyers and seller, and Happy Thanksgiving!