Posts by Category: Ducati

Derbi April 20, 2010 posted by

1999 Ducati 996 SPS In California

This is a usable 996 SPS with less than 10k miles in California!  Located in San Francisco, California is a 1999 Ducati 996 SPS with 9,800 miles.  Let's get the big stuff out of the way first, this bike has been repainted as a Ducati Performance Paolo Casoli replica with a black powder coated frame.  The other features the seller mentions:

- Full Ohlins suspension - forks, rear shock and Damper - 5 Spoke Marchesini wheels - DP carbon fiber front fender, radiator cowl, airbox, rear chain guard and exhaust guard - Updated Yoyodyne clutch slave - Brembo billet brake and clutch master cyclinders - Brembo GP billet calipers - Full Termignoni 50mm exhaust system - Tecnosel seat - DP rear sets - DP clutch plate and clutch cover

The bike also comes with the original owner's handbook and Ducati rear stand.  This bike isn't original but the seller is realistic with an asking price of $9,600.  This bike has had the original Showa front suspension replaced with later Ohlin's units.  This isn't a bad looking bike by any means and would probably make a fantastic Homologation special that you could actually use.  See the other SPS Ducati's we've posted here.  See this bike on Craigslist here. AG

Ducati April 20, 2010 posted by


1974, well not a great year for bikes or cars, and on the edge of a gas crisis, there's really not much excitement in the mid seventies that I can remember except when the US tried to make us all change to the metric system. Remember they started changing all the speed limit signs on the highway to kilometers? That went well. Anyway my first hand experience with these bevel drive Ducati's didn't come until 1978 when I was working at a Honda/Suzuki dealership. My parts manager finally saved up enough dough to buy a brand new 900SS and wow, what a bike! Blue and silver, Conti pipes; he drove it to work and then raced it on the weekends at Loudon, just a kick ass piece of machinery compared to the Honda's and Suzuki's at that time, but twice the price. 

This 1974 750 GT seems pretty darn nice and has the cool Conti pipes. This one claims to have been restored 10 years ago and has only been driven about 800 miles sinse, so it should be a very good example. Again nothing real special about a '74 GT or even the 750 Sport, seems '73 was the year to have for those. As nice as it seems I just don't see the $14,500 asking price. I mean you're getting into 750 Sport territory which is the more collectible one. I had a real nice restored '73 750 Sport in 1997 and sold it for $14k back then pretty easy, and they have gone up since. Again if you really want a cool restored bevel drive, this may be it, but try to snag it a better price though. Located on Chicago's CraigsList, click here for the jump. 

Here's the really long detailed ad:

The one kick wonder matching #s 10 yr old restoration with only 800 loving miles since dellorto carbs, conti pipes please contact for viewing.

So all in all if you're "jones'n" for a cool bevel drive you can ride, here it is, just try not to pay "tomorrows" pricing for it; hey we're in a recession!!...Just my .02 worth.

Ciao for now.......Jay

Ducati April 16, 2010 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 del mondo Superbike SPO

1993 Ducati 888 SPO with a ton of spares and the stock parts as well.

I know I personally never get tired of seeing 888's and like Jay said yesterday "when you are looking to buy one they aren't available, but when you aren't looking they are everywhere" Okay, so that wasn't exactly what he said, but it was something to that effect. This one is perhaps a little more special than either of Jay's, but only because I'm posting it this time around.. (hehe, sorry Jay) I've checked RSBFS archives and couldn't find where this one had been posted before so here we go.

Located in Los Angles, CA is this 888 with 11,559 on the clock. This one has a laundry list of additions so read on.

-Marchesini Magnesium 5 Spoke Rims (same wheels Andreas Meklau used in 1993 World Superbike)
-Ducati Aluminum Sub Frame
-Ducati Magnesium Clutch Housing (888 Corsa Part)
-Termignoni Carbon Mufflers (European model with no clear resin finish for lightness)
-Fast By Ferracci Lightweight Clutch basket
-Fast By Ferracci Airbox
-Fast By Ferracci Chip
-Fast By Ferracci (Pro Italia) Rearsets
-Yoyodyne Titanium Rear Disc
-Carbon Fiber Rear Brake Torque Arm (Fast By Ferracci 888 Corsa Part)
-Carbon Fiber Fenders
-Carbon Fiber Muffler Hangers
-Carbon Fiber Instrument Surround
-Carbon Fiber Sprocket Cover
-Carbon Fiber Regulator Cover
-CRG mirrors

Now enjoy all of the add ons:

Now what I think is absolutely amazing, that hasn't been mentioned yet, is that with this bike you get all of the stock parts that were replaced in lieu of the aftermarket one. That is worth a whole lot in my book.

So- per the seller:

Returning this bike to 100% stock would be a strictly bolt on proposition, if that was your intention. The key is that virtually all of the original parts come with the bike.

Now before you start clambering around for your check book or paypal password it should be noted that there's no mention of maintenance on the sellers ad. Almost forgot, there is one other special thing about this sale.

the original Brembo wheels with the original (virtually unused) Michelin Hi-Sport tires still on them!

Beat that for a 17 year old Superbike!

Auction was started at $7,000.00 with a reserve so if you've been on the fence about either of Jay's recent 888's, but were needing a little something extra to make it happen....... this one might just fit. Jump on over to and give it a go. There's more pictures as well.



Ducati April 15, 2010 posted by

1994 DUCATI 888 SPO LTD #61 OF #200

You know in Club racing that “guy” with all the money, I mean he pulls in with his badass trailer and Range Rover, has a pit set up that mimic’s the 2009 Honda Repsol MotoGP Team and then pulls out some insane $100k race bike. Well in 1994 we had a guy like that, nice guy though but one day he shows up and pulls out an ex Doug Polan Ferracci 888(955) AMA bike. We were all like “WTF”??? I remember  just how rare it was to see such a bike so we all just stood around while someone wheeled the electric cart over to start it. “Ching, ching, ching, ching…BaBAM!!” as it fires up. The rumor was it had 150hp and in 1994 that was huge, so in the spirit of “my wanker’s bigger than yours” this guy pleasantly dices around all day for last place.

Well I'm back again talking about 888's, seems like these things come in cycles, when you want to buy one there never around, then when you don't, there everywhere. It's one of my favorite Ducati's and their best performer until the 916 came out. LTD's or "Limited" were the last 888's produced for the street but not a whole lot different from the regular 888 SPO 's other than some carbon bits and a few other misc cosmetic items. In '93/'94 you could also buy for racing their SP4 and SP5 versions which were basically copies of the bike they raced in World Superbike. Ducati offered so many "trick" bits for these bikes and at the time Fast By Ferracci Ducati was at the top of their game for racing and tuning  here in the US. Their presence at each AMA Superbike event was just about on par with Ferrari's F1 efforts.  Located in Frankfort IL, here's a pretty nice example on EBay, click to view.

From the ad: 

#61 of 200 made & only 75 sold in the US. Original wheels, Ohlins shock.

12,000 mile service done 4/30/08, including valve adjustment & timing belts.

I believe I am the 3rd owner.  The only mods I am aware of are the rear sets & a Corbin seat.

There are small areas of chipped paint on the lips of the fairings where your toes would hit when feet are on the footpegs. These were present when bought & I have added a couple.  There is also a crack on the underside of the right fairing which has been repaired & is not visible on the outside, also on pics.  Always garaged & never dropped while in my posession.

There are no mechanical issues whatsoever.  I am selling the bike because my back arthritis cannot tolerate the riding position.

The bike is for sale locally so I reserve the right to end the auction at any time.

Will deliver within 100 miles of the Chicago Metro area in an enclosed trailer

Conclusion;  these things give me major "wood". This one seems to be a really nice clean example for the miles and maybe with a bit of paintwork, a set of stock rear sets, the bike would really shine in my opinion. If you wanted major "Starbuck" posing points try to locate a set of Termignoni carbon cans to finish it off. Keep checking this sale and see where the price goes, it could be one hell of a deal.

Ciao for now, Jay

Ducati April 14, 2010 posted by


I remember back in 1994 I was at my local Ducati dealer looking at bikes. He had a new '93 SPO there and he said because the bike was like $13,500 at the time they were slow to sell. I was at the 1994 AMA Superbike round at Loudon and watched Fast by Ferracci pilot Troy Corser on the 888 kill the competition and ended up winning the AMA Superbike Championship that year. Also at that race they displayed the NEW 1995 Ducati 916 street bike and my whole  life changed in a matter of minutes. In 1995 I had a new 916 and an 888 SPO, life was good.

This one seems pretty nice but the mileage is a bit steep for any collector. It looks good via the pictures and what's better is that it hasn't been heavily "molested".  The carbon bits look okay until you get to the Lockhart Phillips carbon triple clamp protector (I just hate those things). The rear license plate holder has been cut up and that's a complete under tray you'll be buying to make it more original, but all in all the bike could clean up. Located in NY it's on EBay with a "Buy It Now" of $11,495  click

So where does this leave us? Well, again, from the pictures the bike looks to be pretty nice and taken care of, it's serviced up and ready to go which is a plus. The "Buy It Now" is  $11,495 which isn't too far off, I think the bike would be well priced at  the $9000 range. These bikes really seem to hold a decent value, I mean I bought mine in 1995 used with 500 miles on it, Termignoni slip-ons, for $9500. Sold it about a year or so later for $10,500 with 1500 miles, I guess I just rode the 916 too much but given the choice again these 888's sound like no other, the 916 is "so 5 min ago". With their specific bore and stroke, you get  a true badass V8 muscle car tone like no other.


Ducati April 11, 2010 posted by

Special Offer: 10% Off SpeedyMoto Parts!

Get 10% off SpeedyMoto Parts When You Mention Rare SportBikes For SaleWe're pleased to announce this special offer of 10% off your next SpeedyMoto purchase with mention of Rare SportBikes For Sale! If you haven't heard of them before, here is quote from their website:

Based in Portland, Oregon, SpeedyMoto manufacturers exceptionally designed, after-market components for Ducati motorcycles, focusing on damage control and ergonomic enhancement. We research, design, test, and manufacture in-house, ensuring the highest quality for every product we release to the market.

A quick search of our own site yields several past bikes for sale sporting their products. Here are a few of my own pictures as well:

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I visited their shop last year and wrote about it on my personal blog. A really impressive outfit and it was very cool to check everything out up close.

Please join me in thanking Chris Hansen and the rest of the SpeedyMoto crew for the hookup!