Posts by Category: Ducati

Ducati March 21, 2010 posted by

1988 Ducati 851 Tricolore Kit Bike

The 851 Kit bike was specially made to race in World Superbike, and here is an example that never was converted to full racing duty. Tricolore Ducati's are always something special to take note of and this 851 is no exception. Check out this beautiful example being offered by :

Ducati 851 Superbike Kit For Sale

quote from listing on eBay:

The bike is a Ducati 851 Tricolore kit bike 1988. They were brought in as race bikes and had 888 barrels with the kit along with different injectors close ratio transmission braced swing arm etc. I think they made about 200 for homolagation This one has undergone a recent restoration back to original forks, Verlichi big tube exhaust, Marvic rims refinished, new computer, belts service, and carbon fiber body work repainted. The bike looks and runs great. The bike was modified by Ferraci in the early 1990's for the importer (Alex Wong) with curved racing radiator carbon fiber side panels to fit, ferracci's rear sets, corsa brake and clutch master cylinders.

Here is some additional detail 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.

Clearly at $25k, this bike is priced for someone who 'has to have' this bike as Wayne Carini might say. Most of these are definitely long gone or locked away, and this one has a nice history and documentation to go with.


Ducati March 20, 2010 posted by

1997 Ducati 900SS/SP SuperSport With 2,621 Miles

We've seen a few FEs as of late but, here is a 900SS/SP with low miles!  Located in Chicago, Illinois is a very nice, yellow, 1997 Ducati 900SS/SP with 2,621mi.  The SP models--as opposed to the CR bikes--feature a full fairing, wider 5.5" rear wheel, full-floating rotors front and back, Showa adjustable front and rear suspension, aluminum rear swingarm and a carbon front fender.  This example is rare in being finished in yellow and has also been fitted with a Micron carbon silencer.  This SP has just gone through servicing including valve adjustment and fluid flush; it also has been fitted with new tires.  Two owners since new.  The asking price is $5,000 which sounds correct for what people are asking for bikes with much higher mileage.  A thanks goes out to Earl S. for sending this our way.  See the bike on Craigslist here.


Ducati March 18, 2010 posted by

1994 Ducati 888 SPO #31 Of 100 On Ebay

This SPO has some use but it looks to be in very nice condition!  Located in Wrentham, Massachusetts is a 1994 Ducati 888 SPO with 20,700mi.  The seller has owned this bike since 2002, says that it's always been garaged, and has received regular servicing. 

Ducati 888 SPO Limited For Sale

The modifications are:

1. Fast by Ferracci (FBF) light flywheel

2. FBF alloy vented clutch cover

3. FBF carbon fiber silencers and hangers

4. FBF kevlar brake lines

5. FBF Smoked windscreen

6. Carbon fiber counter shaft sprocket cover

7. Upgraded battery and voltage regulator

8. Upgraded chip

9. 45mm Farne exhaust

10. White Brothers steering dampener

11. AFAM 39 tooth rear sprocket

12. Race Tech fork springs woth gold valves

13. Cast iron full floating front rotors

14. Fresh Michelin Pilot Powers with only 450 miles

15. Trimmed undertail

The bike has three spider cracks in the tail, scratches on the shifter & foot peg from a tip over, dent in the exhaust pipe from the same tip over and the wheels have been powder coated black--I also believe the front number plate isn't correct.  This looks to be a pretty straight forward, used, Ducati with plenty of life and enjoyment left in it.  The condition of this bike allows you to actually enjoy an 888 SPO without the nagging feeling of the odometer approaching another millennium--or it's first. 

If you'd like to enjoy the last of the


Ducati March 15, 2010 posted by

1994 Ducati 888 SPO In California

Just in is another 888 SPO for sale!  Located in Mountain View, California is a 1994 Ducati 888 SPO.  The wording in this ad is a little odd but, as with any rare bike, contact info is all that is really needed which this ad has.  The seller states that this example has 2,500mi on it since the motor was built by a local Ducati dealer.  Built as in built to the hilt or, rebuilt?  Anyway, this bike also has new tires, brakes, chain and some new paint.  The seller also states that this bike has some small blemishes from a tip over during an earthquake.  Stock exhaust and an aftermarket system are included in the sale.  The asking price is $8,500.  This SPO dosen't have a perfect history, or the best price, but it's still a--possibly--very nice SPO in California!  See this bike on Craigslist here.


Ducati March 14, 2010 posted by

2001 Ducati 748RS Original Factory Race Bike

The 748RS bikes were sold for privateer race use and this one is still in unused condition!  Located in Riviera, California is a 2001 Ducati 748RS.  The seller states that this bike has no track use since he acquired it and it looks to have had very little prior to that.  This bike still shows original bodywork--excluding upper fairing because of a tip over--and looks to be in very good condition.  The bike included the original MagMar dash, Ducati Corse rearsets, factory manual, parts catalog and extra sprockets.  The motor has been blueprinted by Jeff Nash.  The RS is a stripped down version of the 748 with lightweight bodywork, race wiring harness, exposed cam belts and Supersport spec engine internals.  If you're looking for an ocassional track day bike or living room piece, this would make a very rare--and interesting--addition to any collection.  The asking price is down to $12,500 and includes an extra set of body work.  See the bike on the Speedzilla forums here.


Ducati March 13, 2010 posted by

2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition In California

Here is another 998S Final Edition with some expensive modifications.  Located in Fremont, California is a 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition.  Ducati says that only 112 of these were brought into the U.S. and that they were only avialable as a special order.  This example has a laundry list of mods as do many Ducati's, they include:

Mag Marches , DP C/F head light bucket and stays , intake runners ,under tail air box , front and rear fenders , V shroud , FBF risers , EVO slave , CRG levers , STM btreather , EVO low temp switch , relocated battery , geared , Termi exhaust and ECU , tt rear sets very adjustable , DP seat , led rear light , tall screen , a set of track plastics , stands , DP C/F mirrors , NCR cap , STM slipper alloy basket and plates ,STM rotor buttons front and rear , STM Ti wire guard ,milled rs cover , Nichols FW ,unobtainium drilled rear rotor.

Normally we favor completely original bikes as they will hold their value in the longer run but, when the modifications include such names as Marchesini, Fast By Ferracci, and NCR, things can be overlooked.  The seller dosen't state what he is looking to get out of the bike but he does say that "...clean stockers go in the 12s."; suggesting that he is looking for more than that.  I posted another modified 998 FE last week with 9,500 miles and an asking price of $8,500 which should give you a relative value of this bike depending on miles.  The seller does not list mileage for this bike but it does look to be in very good condition from the pictures.  The Arizona bike shouldn't be a definitive comparison to this California bike as this one has Marchesinis as the big ticket item and unknown mileage.  It should also be know that, if you're looking to bring a 998S Final Edition into California, they are all California spec bikes no matter where they were originally sold.  If you're into this 998S FE, head over to BayAreaRidersForum to see the bike here and see if you can talk the seller out of it.