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Ducati February 1, 2017 posted by

The Paso Perfected: 1991 Ducati 907IE for Sale

Although many motorcyclists feel that you shouldn't trust a motorcycle you can't see through, Ducati's strikingly futuristic, very-fully-faired sport-touring 907IE might be a worthy exception. The 907IE seen here was the final version of the Paso, with more modern running gear, liquid-cooling and updated fueling. Powered by the long-serving two-valve Pantah engine, the Paso and its derivatives weren't rocket ships in any form, but were light, handled well, featured quite a few trick features, and generally fulfilled their sport-touring mission pretty well. Unfortunately, Ducatisti are a hidebound bunch and, with a pretty poor performance-to-dollar ratio, sales didn't meet expectations.

Pasos have been candidates for My First Ducati for a while now, owing to their very low values. Unfortunately, early Pasos were plagued by some issues with their carburetors: Cagiva decided to use an automotive-style Weber carburetor nestled in the "V" of the cylinders instead of the later Mikuni units found on the SS and Monsters, and these original bikes were plagued by an annoying midrange flat-spot, right where the v-twin should be pumping out smooth power. Reportedly, the stock Weber can be tuned to get rid of these annoying tendencies but, at the time, the solution was to rip out the offending unit and fit a set of conventional motorcycle carburetors. The later 906 added liquid-cooling to the package and boosted displacement to 904cc while the gearbox sprouted an additional cog for a total of six to update performance, but the 907IE really solved solved the fueling issues by adding fuel injection "Iniezione Elettronica" to the otherwise charismatic engine.

Pasos were also a victim of the 80s move to 16" wheels and tires, which means that it's difficult to fit cutting-edge rubber to the early bikes, a real shame considering the advances in tire technology over the last couple decades. The 907ie came fitted with 17" wheels as standard, but it is not an easy swap to perform on the earlier bikes, and the cost means you might as well pony up for a nice 907 or just live with the 16" wheels. So if you like the futuristic style of the Paso, this 907IE is the one to have: fuel injection solves the only real flaw in the original machine, and the wheels allow you to fit modern tires. Mileage may be high by Ducati standards, but pretty low for a sport-touring motorcycle. And when properly maintained, the Ducati L-twin is a very durable engine, needing only regular belt changes and valve adjustments to rack up some pretty impressive mileages.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Ducati 907ie for Sale

I'm putting my 1991 Ducati 907ie up for sale.I have had so much fun with this bike, and it runs so well , I hate to part with it. I have used it for Sunday rides and bike nights locally. I am a certified Ducati mechanic and have continually upgraded the bike.When I started listing all of the upgrades it really hit home how much time and money I have in it.
The best thing about the bike is that it is fun and reliable. The bike is a torque monster and blasting from light to light is good fun. It always draws a huge crowd at bike night and everyone loves to hear it. It sounds like a Ducati should - awesome! I have a folder with all receipts and paperwork on the bike that comes with it. I would also be available to any purchaser in the future to answer any questions or help with future maintenance. This is a Sport/Touring bike and is much more comfortable than a pure sport bike. I am 6'-1 and 230 and I'm very comfortable on it. In average condition these bikes sell for $3-6000.00. I am asking $8500.00 for this one. You could buy one cheaper, but not like this. You also couldn't build it for that price. Bike has 23,975 miles on it.

Here is a list of upgrades, etc.

Recent service (@ 23,500 mi) consists of MBP collets (more than doubles valve adjustment intervals) and precise valve adjustment, new belts, oil (Motul) and filter. New fuel filter and fuel lines, clamps. New Samco silicone hoses ($600.00) with all new stainless steel clamps (the good ones), new coolant. Radiator fins cleaned up and radiators re painted flat black. New OEM radiator fan.
Wheels powder coated white (original color) new OEM cush lugs, updated rear cush hub to larger pin diameter, added titanium cush lug pins ($220.00) with 12 point titanium nuts (see photo) new bearings, seals and decals.
New tires front and rear. Michelin Pilot Road
New o ring chain and sprockets including a SuperSprox rear sprocket.
Titanium rear axle nuts with black anodized chain sliders. ($100.00)
Front and rear rotor bolts are titanium.
Installed 1992 forks in order to use 320mm rotors. Forks were completely rebuilt with new seals, bushings, wipers, oil. Fork lowers were powder coated satin black. The rotors are from Apex and are 320mm cast iron, full floating, with new pads ($700.00). New OEM 1992 calipers also installed at this time with titanium caliper bolts. ($350.00)
New Nissan radial pump master cylinder ($300.00) to get the most from the new front brakes.
New Kevlar front brake lines in black.
SS rear braided brake line. ($60.00)
SS braided clutch line. ($60.00)
New OEM rear caliper and rotor with new pads. Titanium caliper bolts. ($200.00)
Powder coated rear caliper carrier.
Euro tail light (very expensive if you can find a good one, used value is $600.00 in good condition.) This one is perfect.
F1 polished aluminum mufflers.
Fast By Ferraci EPROM chip. ($175.00)
Powder coated front frame support.
Triple clamps powder coated satin black with new stem bearings and seals.
Clutch completely upgraded with new billet inner and outer baskets, gold anodized billet pressure plate, Barnett extra plate Kevlar clutch, new springs, spring holders, vented clutch cover ($1000.00)
Yoyodyne clutch slave ($220.00)
Upgraded headlight to Yamaha FZ-750 unit. (Direct bolt in.)
LED Dash Lights
Battery is a Yuasa maintenance free and is about a 1-1/2 old.
Black body bolt kit.
Seat looks like a Corbin but is an aftermarket kit stapled to a stock seat pan. Has held up well and is comfortable.

That's most of it. I'm sure I've missed a few things. I have replaced many small rubber pieces etc. as I have worked on it. If something looked suspect it was replaced. I have always worked on it with care and patience. The body is in excellent condition, everything works as it should. I would not hesitate to ride it anywhere as it sits. I have a ton of OEM spares for the bike as I have purchased anything I could find. Such as complete new wiring loom, new computer, fuel pump kits, gasket, etc, etc. The can be sold with the bike if someone wanted or I can sell them separate. I also have one of the F1 pipes new as a spare. All parts removed from the bike can go with it. Such as stock rotors, lower 1991 fork legs etc.

So there you have it. The most desirable of the Pasos, with a comprehensive list of upgrades and maintenance, owned by an obviously knowledgeable and conscientious enthusiast. Unless you prefer your Ducatis red, you're unlikely to find a better 907ie. The question is: can you live with that $8,500 asking price? In the greater scheme of things, that's not really a lot of money, but it is big money for a Paso variant, and it will be a long time until the market catches up with this asking price.

-tad

The Paso Perfected: 1991 Ducati 907IE for Sale
Ducati January 30, 2017 posted by

Low-Mileage L-Twin: 2000 Ducati 996S for Sale

In creating the 996, it might look like Ducati simply slapped a set of fresh decals onto their 916, with an extra "9" replacing the "1." But the development of the 916 into the 996 and finally into the 998 saw a lot of gradual changes under that very pretty and iconic skin. Introduced in 1999 as an evolution of the 916, the 996 featured exactly what is says on the tin: a 996cc four-valve L-twin engine with many upgrades, including the displacement, from the earlier 916SPS, although it used different camshafts for softer power delivery and 112 peak hp. Proper fuel metering for big twins can be tricky, and the 996 used a pair of injectors per cylinder for improved power and response.

With a whole range of S, R, SPS, and even RS versions of the 916/996/998, it can be a bit tricky to navigate all the differences between different Ducati superbikes. In general, the S bikes represent a step up from the base model in terms of looks and handling, with some carbon fiber bits and suspension upgrades, although performance is largely unchanged. So the 996S seen here was basically a regular 996 with the springy bits front and rear upgraded to shiny gold Öhlins bits from the stock Showa components.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Ducati 996S for Sale

Showroom condition Ducati 996S. This is not the regular 996, this is the S. This is number 298 made. Termignoni half system slip on pipes in carbon fiber and black. New tires fresh inspection. Block of plates for mirrors. 2,000 miles on bike. ALL RECORDS. I bought it from a collector 4 yrs ago. Comes with stand. I did take off the rear blinkers for a sleeker look.  I just use my hands to turn. NEVER TRACKED and to my knowledge never in the rain. Always stored inside in my living room. Tires are brand new. Custom black frame, triple tree, wheels  and front number plate professionally painted. I also have new air filter just put in. I think this is one of the best 996s in the country. To me it looks FLAWLESS. Firm on Price. Adult owned and ridden. No trades. Clear title.

From the photos, this appears to be a nice bike and, as we know, complete maintenance records are critical for any Ducati so the fact that the seller has ALL THE RECORDS is a bonus. Unfortunately, I think plenty of collectors will balk at that "custom black frame." Even if it was done, as the seller indicates, to customize the bike and not to hide damage, it's something that would require complete disassembly to put back to stock, and that's probably going to hurt price. Luckily, the seller is asking a very reasonable $7,500 for this bike which, if the mileage is correct, could mean a very nice bike for someone who's not worried about owning a perfectly original example of this classic Bolognese superbike.

-tad

Low-Mileage L-Twin: 2000 Ducati 996S for Sale
Ducati January 23, 2017 posted by

Diamond in the Rough: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 for Sale

The very definition of an "affordable exotic," the Ducati Monster M900 was designed from the beginning to be cost-effective: their proven air and oil-cooled two-valve v-twin and six-speed gearbox combo, the frame from the 851 with suspension, wheels and brakes from the 900SS meant everything except the minimal bodywork was off-the-shelf. Originally available in 904cc format, a 750cc version with a wet-clutch and five-speed gearbox was soon added to the lineup, followed by an anemic 600 and then a whole host of other displacements, including the liquid-cooled S4 and superbike-powered S4RS. The 916 may have been an icon of motorcycle design, but Ducati never could have sold enough of them to keep the company in the black and the Monster is the main reason they're still around today.

The original bike used fairly crude, non-adjustable Showa or Marzocchi forks and a simple shock out back, and this limits handling if you're planning to really tear up the back roads. But it's easy to swap in more sophisticated bits from the later Monster 900S, the SS/SP, or even the entire front end from a 748, and shocks are readily available at a variety of price points. Hey, the 851 shock will fit, if you can find one! Certainly, the engine won't set the world on fire, but more performance is available there as well, if you've got money to burn. But even in stock form, it moves the bike along smartly, considering its relative light weight, and there's a reason it's often mentioned as one of the most charismatic motorcycle engines of all time.

Today's example is in good condition and has extremely low mileage. It appears to be in stock form, other than the non-original side panels, chopped tail, missing rear fender, and those reverse-cone mufflers. If you don't like the pipes, you can certainly find stock parts easily enough on eBay, or just get yourself a nice set of aftermarket carbon cans for improved boom and lighter weight. Or buy some of the original cans on the cheap and "core" them for a stock look and a very not-stock sound. The oil-cooler is also mounted at a strange angle, but that should be an easy fix. Note: while I'm a big fan of the tail chop, it does require a couple bits of projecting frame be removed. It's an aesthetic improvement but once you cut them, you can't go back.

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 for Sale

I have a 1994 Ducati M900 for sale. Motorcycle has been well maintained with one adult owner. VERY LOW MILES - 4830. This Ducati Monster was originally purchased from Burcham Cycles and serviced at Richmond Superbike. We recently performed a full service including timing belts replaced.  Bike Runs and Sounds Great!!!

Upgrades:

  • Front Carbon Fiber Mudguard
  • Aftermarket Exhaust
  • Jetted Carbs
  • Bar End Mirrors

Obviously, Ducati sold a boatload of these: they kept the company afloat through some difficult years. But since they were cheap, many were bought and ridden more than they were cherished and displayed, so it's pretty hard to find them in good condition these days. Even nice Monsters can be had for very reasonable money: bidding on this one is up to just $3,500 with a couple days left on the auction. Obviously maintenance for a Ducati will cost you more than for other, less exotic motorcycles, but the two-valve Desmodue engine is relatively simple to work on, parts are reasonable, and the bike is surprisingly reliable, although electrics can reportedly be troublesome on some examples. Italian bikes and cars seem to suffer when they sit still, so my advice? Buy this budget exotic and ride it.

-tad

Diamond in the Rough: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 for Sale
Ducati January 21, 2017 posted by

Good Copy – 2006 Ducati 999R Xerox #243

Not winding down during its last year of production, the 999R for 2006 was an update, if somewhat cosmetic, from the the previous years.  And the design that brought Ducati three World SuperBike  Championships would have to serve for the 2007 season while rulesmakers fiddled.  In the livery ridden by Troy Bayliss on the way to a WSBK championship, this example has just break-in miles and a polished Zard exhaust.

2006 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

 

The -R is a radical leg up from the introductory model, with a 26 horsepower gain from new heads and increased compression.  Aluminum valve covers have become magnesium and plastic belt covers are now carbon fiber.  Gear ratios are the same but Öhlins replace the Showa forks and monoshock.  Radially mounted Brembo monoblock brakes are shared, but the wheels are forged instead of cast.  The seat/tank console are adjustable, as are the bars and pegs.

 

Residing and occasionally riding in central Texas, this 999R appears barely used but ready for duty.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

The 999R Xerox is a special series motorcycle with a wide range of features that distinguish it from the standard 999R model, such as Öhlins forks with black sleeves, anodized black footpegs and top yoke, Öhlins 'Racing' rear suspension with double damping adjuster in compression, aluminum body, counter-spring and spring pre-load setting.  The motorcycle is also fitted with radial-mounted front brake calipers with the red Brembo Racing logo, is decorated with "Xerox Replica" graphics and comes with a racing kit and extra adhesives.

I'm the second owner of this bike and own it for few years and hardly ride on it.  I always keep this bike in the garage and never ride it in the rain.

  

Though Ducati also campaigned the 999 in AMA SuperBike and won some races, the factory ceased their effort after the 2006 season, concentrating on WSBK.  The base 999 got great reviews for riding position thanks to the taller fairing design and adjustable controls, and engine torque, which increased as the testastretta developed.  Few riders will appreciate the improvements that the -R brought to the power and suspension, but they are there, along with the carbon fairings and race-replica livery.  This one appears a fine example of the ultimate variant of the last year of 999 production...

-donn

Good Copy – 2006 Ducati 999R Xerox #243
Ducati January 17, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Originale! 1997 900SS CR Supersport

Update 2.14.2017: The seller has confirmed this bike has sold via RSBFS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

To the Ducati faithful, the 1990s 900 series Supersports are the bikes that saved the company from ruin. Based around the Pantah "rubber band" motor, the desmodue (two-valve) mill is a torquey, lumpy motivator full of character and good manners. Fitted with evolutionary parts sourced from earlier Ducati superbikes (i.e. 851/888), The Supersport utilized a chrome-moly frame and a mixture of components depending upon the variant. There were three basic levels of the 900 offered during these years: The base model was the SS/CR, or cafe racer. The mid level was the SS/SP, or Sport Production. The top tier was the SS/SL, known as the Superlight. All were based on the same platform and engine, with some minor component and aesthetic upgrades between them.

1997 Ducati 900SS CR for sale on Ducati.ms

What you are looking at is the CR version of the SS lineup - and while many will point out that this is the lowest spec bike, it shares a tremendous amount of DNA with the others in the lineup - and carries itself well. Being a CR, this bike lacks the carbon fiber accents and makes due with a color-coded mud guard. The swingarm is steel - and blissfully safe from cracking (unlike the SP and SL models). The rear tire is a bit smaller (160), and the owner of a CR doesn't have to worry about tweaking the Showa suspension - other than rear preload, no adjustments are available. All the rest is the same as the other models. Being a 1997 - the penultimate year of this model - this bike wears the rare color of yellow. Previously reserved for the SL models only, yellow CRs are very hard to find. Even more rare: the overall condition of this bike. This could have just rolled out of a showroom.

From the seller:
1997 Ducati 900SS CR Supersport
• 714 Miles
• Only had 2 owners
• All original except for clutch cable
• Additional seat covered in Tan leather included
• Asking $8000 US
• Located in Florida

Ducati 900 SS/CR models are like Porsche 911s: There are always more specialty models in the lineup that have more stuff or less weight - but overall, it does not necessarily make them better. If you care about just getting out there, the CR is every bit as capable as the SP and SS models for a lot less scratch and a lot less fear of loss. And it looks JUST as good getting you there, while making the same booming L-twin noises that Ducatis are known for. This era Supersport is truly a great bike - which is why many of the RSBFS staff own one or have owned one.

This bike is just about the best 900 SSCR we have seen. The low miles ensure that it was not thrashed and trashed. No mention of belt service, but given the time it has been sitting that would be a low-cost insurance policy. The asking price for this beauty is higher than we normally see for a CR model, but then again we rarely see a yellow example in this kind of pristine condition. This bike is a stunner, is a rider, and has the bones to carry you for many, many miles. Check out the seller's ad here, and good luck!

MI

Featured Listing:  Originale! 1997 900SS CR Supersport
Ducati January 17, 2017 posted by

1998 Ducati 996 Factory Superbike!

This is the sort of bike that sets the offices of RSBFS buzzing. Feast your eyes on an actual *factory* race bike. Not an RS version of a street bike. An actual "we are the Ducati factory and we are going racing..." sort of race bike. And not just any factory bike, but one piloted by the redoubtable Troy Corser. In fact, this is likely one of the machines that he rode in the '98 season (back to WSBK after an unsuccessful stint in 500cc class) - in a year where he narrowly missed the title. A crash in warm-up during the last round of the season resulted in broken ribs and a missed opportunity, relegating Corser to 3rd in the overall standings behind Carl Fogarty and Aaron Slight.

1998 Ducati 996 Factory Racer for sale on eBay!

When it comes to race bikes, rare is not enough. You need details, authenticity, and - where possible - proof. Since factory racers are not governed by motor vehicle registration bureaucracy in the same manner as a street machine, there is always the challenge of originality. It doesn't help that racers are constantly being modified during a season (and this one continued to race), further muddling the trail. With a signed letter purportedly outlining the provenance of this historic machine, a matching chassis number complete with NCR markings, and enough carbon fiber and electronics to make mere mortals weak in the knees, this bike certainly looks the business.

From the seller:
Frame#ZDMH100AAXB002311MF3#
engine 004945

Bike sell directly throught DUCATI SPA to DUCATI CORSE in November 1999
we have got documentation and use for Troy Corser
After Ducati rent to team R&D BF racing team with Aoki and Romboni for the season 2001 and finish De Cecco bought through ds Ducati Mr.
Ciabatti to make run Blora Paolo in the italian CIV
It has been kept in dry and ready to race condition.
And,this is not 996RS,It is real factory bike.(Totally different to RS,specially computer device,fork,brakes,engine..etc..)

bike is in italy, more picture avaitable

For most of us, this is an unusual bike that almost never surfaces. It is, in many ways, a holy grail of bike spotting. But unlike many of the collectables that we show on this site, this is not exactly something you can throw a leg over on a ride to 7-11 for a Slurpee. This is a purposeful track machine. But who would really risk this bike for a basic track day? Would you dare try to race it? The lack of spares is concerning, but the inability to replace the bike itself would scare me silly. All of which - more or less - makes this a wonderful piece of indoor artwork.

This is one of those "better bring your wallet" sort of situations. The ask for this rolling, booming, rib-breaking time-slice of WSBK is a cool $65k USD. That is actually not as sky-high as some race bikes we have seen in the past, but certainly a goodly chunk of change. Prices do not include transportation fees either. Located in Italy (where else?), this bike will need to be shipped assuming the buyer is not local. A very sweet reminder of WSBK dominance, this Ducati 996 factory racer is waiting for your call!

MI

1998 Ducati 996 Factory Superbike!