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Ducati January 15, 2017 posted by

SuperShape – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP #229

Until the Monster arrived, the later SuperSport was Ducati's all-rounder, its torquey powerplant and sweet handling taking the racetrack and longer tours in stride.  Only offered stateside, the SP had a few nicer components and limited availability.  This Texas example is worth a closer look.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

The now venerable 904cc desmodue was a revelation at the time, almost 100 hp per liter in a simple air-cooled package, with nice torque band.  The factory switched to Mikuni carburetors in hopes of better tuneability, and introduced the hinged fuel tank to ease access.  Keeping the excellent Brembo brakes, the SP adds adjustable Showa suspension and an aluminum swingarm.  Front and rear mudguards are a significant carbon accent.

With mid-range miles of 17,051, this SP looks great and has been tuned with upgraded Mikunis and carbon exhaust with stainless brackets.  One of the multiple layers of auction packaging boasts of a custom fairing but it looks stock and pretty nice.  Return from mothball status could be negotiated with the Fort Worth dealer, who put these comments in the eBay auction:

Feast your eyes on this rare Ducati SP900 Desmodue Sport bike.  This is an amazing motorcycle that's been in a collection.  This bike was drained of fuel and has been in storage for 18 months.  This is not a cookie cutter sport bike for Friday nights.  Carbon fiber exhaust, carbon fiber fenders, carbon fiber seat pan, Mikuni TM Flat slide pro series carburetor's.  This bike is in amazing shape and would be a fantastic addition to anyone's collection.

Caught out in the early 1990's model name battlefield, Ducati's later SuperSports came in SS, SS/CR ( Cafe Racer ), SS/SL ( SuperLight ), and SS/SP ( Sport Production ) flavors - later there was even an ( SS/FE Final Edition ).  Like the SuperLight, the SP is a numbered edition and one of the best riding desmodues.  This 900 SS/SP has performance upgrades which enhance its sporty but stock appearance...

-donn

SuperShape – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP #229
Ducati January 11, 2017 posted by

On the Dotted Line – 2007 Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart

One could say that the vintage craze has crested, but the ground-breaking Ducati SportClassics are still more popular than when they were introduced. The Paul Smart commemorative is the pick of the litter and this signed example is spotless with low miles and recent maintenance.

2007 Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart for sale on eBay

Using the now-classic DS1000 air-cooled engine, the Ducati SportClassic foretold the retro market that followed shortly.  The fuel-injected L-twin was good for 92 pretty reliable horsepower.  The Paul Smart wears the blue-green frame and silver fairing of the original 1974 Super Sport 750, and this one has the desirable fairing lowers.  Mechanically, the PS is pure oughties, with adjustable Ohlins and 320mm Brembo front brakes.  The monoposto seat keeps the rider focused on the task at hand.

 

Holed up for the winter in Boise, this LE is super-sharp with only 1250 miles.  Upgrades include Termignoni exhaust and LED brake and front signal lights.  Planning for the worst case, it comes with a spare fuel tank in case of swelling.  Again thinking ahead, the seat fairing was clear-coated after being signed by Paul Smart.  From the eBay auction:

-One-Off LED fleda brake light. 
-Flush mount blinkers 
-Paul Smart's Signature. (I have a photo of him signing the cowling). 
-The cowling was signed with a paint pen and then was professionally cleared coated. 
-Termignoni full exhaust and ECU. Dealer installed. 
-Lower #16 fairings. 
-I have ALL the stock parts including the exhaust and ECU to put this back to its factory original setting. 

 

For the rider, the flexible DS1000 powertrain and adjustable suspension are reigned in by the low clip-ons and monoposto seat.  Likely a little too nice to ride much, this PS1000LE seems destined for a collection.  It has a little of everything - reference to racing heritage, great retro colors, modern ( but vintage looking  ) mechanicals, and a brilliant design by Pierre Terblanche perfectly executed by the factory.  Hoping the reserve isn't too far over the horizon...

-donn

On the Dotted Line – 2007 Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart
Ducati January 1, 2017 posted by

Holiday Blues: 1993 Ducati 888

I know what you're thinking: Ducati Triple Eights never came from the factory in blue. In fact, they never came in any color other than "check me out, I'm hot and I'm Italian" red. Therefore, we are obviously looking at a repaint. And repaints tend to scare me simply because you don't know what caused the respray in the first place. So shields up, my friends; where we go there may be dragons.

1993 Ducati 888 for sale on eBay

Despite the potential warning signs, I can't help but like the way this bike looks. It has a striking, vivid appeal to it - from a distance. Closer in, I question the quick-release fasteners in place of the traditional cap head screws. And is that a zip tie holding down the lower-most right side bodywork? The pictures don't seem to do the spray job any favors either, with some pretty apparent orange peel. And why go through all the work of a repaint and not address some of the damage that may have instigated the project in the first place (such as on the cans)? Still, I'm intrigued. After all, 888s don't come around every day.

From the seller:
Available for sale is this 1993 Ducati 888 which is damaged as shown in the attached pictures. Please review the pictures and feel free to ask questions. New bodywork and paint, runs great.

In the end, this is a bit of a pound puppy - great DNA and ready for anything, but may take a bit of work. Then again, it may be fully sorted with only minor cosmetics to deal with. Given the mileage, it has clearly been ridden. The asking price for this one is a cool $9k USD, which may be a bit high for its non-standard appearance. What do you think? Is this one something you can work with, or would you let it pass in favor of a more stock machine? Share your thoughts here. You've got to admit it catches the eye! Check it out here and good luck!

MI

Holiday Blues: 1993 Ducati 888
Ducati December 30, 2016 posted by

Streamliner – 1990 Ducati Paso 906

Backing away from a near mid-eighties bankruptcy, Ducati updated the Paso with a 904cc desmodue, water cooling and 6-speed transmission. The result was sporty and tourable, and this one appears stock and undamaged.

1990 Ducati Paso 906 for sale on eBay

The Paso, named for fallen rider Renzo Pasolini, broke a great deal of new ground in 1986, with its square-tube frame, single Weber carburetor, and all-covering soap bar body.  Famed designer Massimo Tamburini's first Ducati project, it revived the showroom at least enough to result in two substantial revisions.  The 1989-90 Paso 906 had 77 hp and 63 ft.-lbs. torque available, with Marzocchi suspension front and rear.  In step with the times, the 906 used 16-inch wheels to help the heavyweight turn in.  Some of the best faired turn signals ever and opaque windscreen give it a smooth futuristic look.

With just a handful of cell phone pictures, more investigation will have to be done on this particular 906.  Miles are on the low end with 14,000, and the distinctive blue paint looks good.  The Florida-based cycle parts dealer says this in the eBay auction:

This bike is in mint condition with low miles it runs and rides great also has a brand new front tire.

The 906 reviewed as a welcome update in the engine bay if still a challenge when pushed hard.  The final update in 1991 brought electronic fuel injection and 17-inch wheels, but for Ducati purists the package was a little too quiet - visually and aurally - and sales stalled out around 1000 per year.  The stealth bodywork attracts a lot of attention even now, and the blue makes it reactionary's Ducati.  For that nuanced rider, this Paso would be worth a look-see...

-donn

Streamliner – 1990 Ducati Paso 906
Ducati December 23, 2016 posted by

Perfetto! 1993 Ducati 888 SP4

For some international flair, how about an Italian gem - in Italy? Bellissimo! Featuring the 851 race bike's frame and ancillary bits but motivated by a 888cc mill, the SP4 was an evolution of the Ducati Superbike race-machine-turned-street-bike that added exclusivity to the promise of enhanced performance. For those shopping for the ultimate 888, however, the SPS edition would be the top run of both the rarity and performance ladder. Still, a SP4 is nothing to sneeze at, and a fine pedigree for collection or riding enjoyment.

1993 Ducati 888 SP4 for sale on eBay

All SP4 models are single-seaters, emulating the race bike (for a two-up version of the Ducati 4-valve series you will have to demote to the 851 Strada, the lowliest of the 851/888 lineup). The standard equipment list is to be expected: Ohlins, Brembos and Termis. While generally lauded for rock-solid handling, the 851/888 cockpit is somewhat tight and confined. Aside from that restriction, the booming twin is surprisingly tractable, making good power across the rev range. The upper register of the RPM spectrum is where the 4-valve heads really come into play, and to keep up with comparable four-cylinder machines the 888 will need revs. The payout is in a song unlike any other motorcycle on earth - and one you will want to hear often.

From the seller:
Selling my very rare 1993 888 SP4, #420 completely original, in perfect running order with 18139 miles (29193 Km) on. The bike comes with all the original sales paperwork and toolkit, the bike was ridden for about a year by the original owner.

Since buying the bike I have done the following:
1. Full service, belts, plugs, oil and air filters, fuel filter and tank gaskets.
2. Full brake service, stripped and cleaned the calipers, new pads and new fluid

I’d like it to go to someone who will care for it and keep this classic on the road. Not interested in low-ball offers, don’t need a quick sale. I’ve been watching these bikes for a long time and I have not seen a more original,SP4 anywhere in the world.

Take a look at the photo’s the bike is in perfectly original condition

This bike is located in Cecina, Italy. The opening bid is $19k USD, so if you are interested pack your passport and your checkbook. The 851/888 series continue to be strong collector machines, and the relative rarity of the SP4 model certainly helps with the whole supply/demand equation. No takers on this one as of the time of this writing, but between the holidays and the big opening ask, that is not too surprising. Check it out here, and let us know what you think!

MI

Perfetto!  1993 Ducati 888 SP4
Ducati December 22, 2016 posted by

Low-Mileage Future Classic: 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR for Sale

If you want a machine with charisma, humane ergonomics, and a dash of tradition, the early 90s Ducati 900SS is a modern classic that offers a less frantic experience than similar bikes from Japan. Straight-line performance for the two-valve v-twin is modest, but these were all about midrange power and torque. Powered by a 904cc version of Ducati's air/oil-cooled Pantah-derived engine, the 900SS came in SS/SP and SS/CR flavors. The SP was equipped with some carbon bits and adjustable suspension components, so handling for the more entry-level CR is pretty basic.

I happen to love the half-faired version of the bike seen here, although I'd probably try to find a nice SP version and just fit the abbreviated fairing: the non-adjustable Showa forks found on some CRs aren't great, but even those are better than the much-maligned Marzocchi parts... I'm not sure which are fitted here, but it really shouldn't matter since you either won't use the bike for serious canyon-strafing and live with the stock parts, or will just bin them and get something better. But plenty of parts exist to sort that out: a set of forks from the SP, an adjustable Öhlins rear shock and some good rubber should see things improve significantly.

As always with a Ducati: condition is key and maintenance is critical: valve adjustments every 6,000 miles and timing belt changes every 12,000 miles or two years at the very least. The air/oil-cooled Ducati engine is fundamentally rugged, but needs more attention than many other machines and neglect is your enemy: the 900SS may be cheap to buy, but putting a bad one right can quickly exceed your purchase price, so this one looks like a pretty good deal.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati 900SS/CR for Sale

Ducati's Supersport line has a pedigree that unmatched, its lineage traceable all the way back to the original 750cc racing Supersport of 1972. That bike won the famous Imola 200 race under rider Paul Smart, cementing respect for the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. The early 1990's were special years for Ducati's 900SS.  With the re-designed frame, improved Brembo brakes, the 900SS had the handling to accompany the booming 904cc desmodue. Powered by an air-cooled desmodromic 2-valve 90° V-twin is nicely carbureted by Mikuni, and has a wide power band.

This 900 SS/CR has had a pampered life, one owner, 5888 original miles, dealer serviced and always garaged. Basically stock with the exception of carbon fiber exhaust by D&D, bar end mirrors and rear fender eliminator. Recently serviced with belts replaced and carbs rebuilt. Includes all stock parts, both original keys and original manuals. This your opportunity to own a beautiful example of Italian engineering.

I happen to think the air/oil-cooled Ducati twins are some of the nicest-sounding engines of all time, but if you buy this one you'd better hope your neighbors agree, as those D&D cans are pretty loud... I'd keep them, but the seller indicates that he has "all stock parts" so you can always fit the original, much quieter pipes if you prefer. The Pantah-engined 900SS has been at or nearly at the bottom of the Ducati food chain for a while now, but prices are starting to creep up for good examples. The Buy-It-Now for this very clean example is a reasonable $5,200 but as always, a few folks are really jumping the gun on values: there's an SS/SP that's been sitting on eBay for a while now, with an asking price of almost $9,000... But nice, reasonably-priced examples like this one are still out there if you look.

-tad

Low-Mileage Future Classic: 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR for Sale