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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!
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