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Ducati August 14, 2017 posted by

Recovered Racer – 1998 Ducati 916

After an 18-month refurbishment, this 916 has a fresh carbon fairings and race engine.  While a detail here or there might need attention, it has a long list of mods resulting in a nicely presented and special 916.

1998 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

Relieving the 888, the 916 started a new dynasty and made a lot of 1994 best bike lists.  Much of the machine was derived from Ducati racebikes - trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, dry clutch, underseat exhaust, and instantaneous access to the engine.  The folded headlight fairing was designed by Massimo Tamburini and became a sportbike icon.  In the five years from 1994-98, the torquey 916 won four Superbike World Championships.

This is an ex-privateer's racebike, and for all the fun of turning a road bike into a racer, bringing a race machine back to the street can be tougher.  The owner answered the challenge of integrating all the great mods and beautifying the lot.  This bike has had some updates for the track, and some on the way back to the street.  With a built race engine, 1098 front end and race dash, the owner added a full carbon fiber body, including the fuel tank.  Here's one paragraph from the long description in the eBay auction:

This build was year and a half effort; acquiring the right mix of parts to make a Duc that I’ve never seen. This bike’s been to many events, and it is an original.  It has carbon fiber Ducati performance bodywork, fuel tank, air intakes, airbox, front fender, rear fender, foot guards, chain guard and Arrow exhaust.  The only major part that isn’t carbon fiber is the wheels; they are Marchesini 10 spoke forged magnesium wheels (3.50" x 17" Front and 5.50" x 17" Rear).  The Marchesini 10 spoke wheel weights with bearings front 6.04lbs, and rear 7.76lbs, very light, so I stayed with the 10 spokes.  The inside of the fuel tank has been coated with Caswell epoxy gas tank sealer to prevent leaks and protect the carbon fiber.

With this 916 coming up on 20 years old, a reliability comparison between stock and modified would be more of a pain management exercise.  This build might suit a tinkerer or an owner with access to a good repair shop, as when service is required, it won't quite be covered by the maintenance manual.  In return, the new owner will have a one-of-a-kind 916, race-engined with classic looks but many more modern components.  Located in a north Dallas suburb, arranging an in-person inspection by a friend or a shop might be a way to start...

- donn

 

Recovered Racer – 1998 Ducati 916
Ducati August 10, 2017 posted by

Big Bevel – 1984 Ducati MHR Mille

A bit down on their luck in the late seventies and early 1980's, Ducati brought out a string of repli-racers celebrating Mike Hailwood's 1978 Isle of Man win. The ultimate was a 973cc desmodue, claiming 76 hp and and a new frame design. This collector bike has under 3,000 miles and would make an outstanding addition to any stable.

1984 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica Mille for sale on eBay

Though largely a 900 Super Sport below the waterline, the MHR had the exciting full body and national paint, as well as Marzocchi suspension front and rear, triple Brembo disks, and gold Oscam 18-inch alloys.  The new liter engine used the bevel-gear-driven cams, plain bearings and had a healthy increase in torque to 62 ft.-lbs.

Apparently un-restored, this Mille still has the original rubber, and everything else.  Wafer-thin fairings look excellent, as do the option Conti mufflers.  The Texas owner says this in the eBay auction:

The Hailwood Mille is the final development of the bevel drive engine. This bike has only 4356 km, original condition with orig tires, Conti 2 into 1 exhaust system.  SS front brake lines.  This bike would make a great addition to any Ducati collection.

Riders of a certain age will recall Mike Hailwood as a great champion who drove Formula 1 cars as well as bikes.  Though earlier MHR machines celebrated his comeback TT win, later editions marked his untimely 1981 death.  Either way the MHR made up a healthy percentage of Ducati sales.  Cagiva's Castiglioni brothers liked Ducati's new belt-driven cam engine so much, they bought the company, and wound bevel production down as Ducati finished up development of the 750 F1.  Some collectors focus on a model's introductory years and some see value in later developments.  Often displacement increases are part of the development, in this case a great reason to look into this very collectible Mike Hailwood Replica.

-donn

Big Bevel – 1984 Ducati MHR Mille
Ducati August 5, 2017 posted by

Ready-to-ride redhead: 1997 Ducati 916 Strada

Here is a Ducati 916 that is in good condition but probably won't appreciate in value as a collectors item.  It fact, it seems more likely this lovely redhead would be a fun acquisition for someone who missed out on the 916/996/998 experience or perhaps a way for a prior 916 owner to relive a bit of their youth.

1997 Ducati 916 Strada on ebay

There have been numerous previous posts on RSBFS that have explored the impact the 916 had on motorcycling, both when it was launched in 1994 and the subsequent SP, SPS, 996 and 998 models.  Rather than repeat this info again, I would suggest anyone who is curious click the link above and browse these past posts, leaving the remainder of this post as an analysis of this particular 916, focusing on the model, components, conditions, service history and best guess at a price.

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MODEL:
This listing appears to be for a standard 1997 strada/"street" version and not the higher end SP, despite the white tail piece.  For anyone not familiar with the differences between the two models, the strada was the base/street version while the SP was the more track oriented edition.   All 916's offered incredibly well balanced handling compared to the competition of the day but none had great power below 5000 rpm and only really started to get "on the boil" @ around 7000 rpm.  The SP (and susequent SPS) were much more track oriented machines with more powerful engines and track componenets but were actually worse on the street than the strada due to their engine setup;  the SP/SPS didn't really exceed the performance of the strada until you got them over 8000 rpm which made them much harder to ride on the street.

Summary:  Good way to experience the 916.  Not as collectible as a SP or SPS but easier to live with if the intent is to ride it on the street. 

COMPONENTS:
While the 916 was by design one of the finest handling machines of its time, two areas that came up as points of improvement where the rear suspension and the brake lines.   This particular 916 appears to be equipped with an Ohlin's rear shock which is good because it  was a big improvement over the standard Showa unit and helped to improve the ride quite a bit.  However the seller does not make any mention of the brake lines which were upgraded to braided steel in later versions so this might a question mark for this bike.

SUMMARY:  Looks good but might need to spend a few dollars to upgrade the brake lines.  Come to think of it, a full brake refresh would be a good idea.

CONDITION:
Mileage is shown as 13626 miles which is less than 1000 a year, although I would be the majority of that came more than 10 years ago. The seller does note some scuffs and a few cracks but I don't see any evidence of the bike having been down and replacements are available via ebay.   Parts look to be mostly OEM with the exception of the exhaust, the SP style rear fairing and perhaps a tail tidy/license plate unit.

SUMMARY:
If not having perfect bodywork bothers you, prepare to spend money or look for a different bike.  Overall nothing that looks to impact performance.

SERVICE:
The seller indicates fresh rubber and belts which has is good but also mentions a new clutch which might be an indication of more serious problems. The only issue I saw as the color of the fluid in the front brake fluid reservoir, although that might just be due to the lighting in the picture.

Here is what the seller has to say.

  • 12 k service done, new cam belt and plugs
  • new clutch EVR 12 tooth housing and plates.
  • new fuel pump
  • new Michelin Pilot tires
  • new factory air filters
  • New fuel tank release valves  
  • Recall 99v-360 rear axle spindle replacement done
  • Services done at Ducati dealer (have invoices) at 11,500 miles

SUMMARY:   Sounds good but a few questions, also it would be good to see the receipts.

PRICE:
As stated at the beginning of this post, given the year, model and condition this 916 is probably going to appeal more to someone who wants to ride it than to a collector.  Recent prices for these have ranged from $4,000 USD to $6,500 USD, although an under 2000 mile first year unit went for almost $19,000.   Based on the condition of this one, I would expect a price smack in the middle and this seems to be born out by the current bidding which is just a smidge under $5,000 USD with 3 days to go.

FINAL ANALYSIS:

I think this is a good opportunity for someone who never got to experience the Ducati 916 to see what all the fuss was about.  It could also be a fun toy for a somewhat older rider to relive a bit of their youth.   While it won't appreciate in value dramatically, it will probably hold its current value at least which is a a tribute to Massimo Tamburini's design.  And yes, it still looks great so bringing it to bike night will still be fun...not many 20 year old bikes that can be said about.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

 

Ready-to-ride redhead:  1997 Ducati 916 Strada
Ducati August 4, 2017 posted by

Featured listing: 2014 Ducati Superleggera in WSBK Spec!

What we have here is the result of a massive checkbook and exclusive access to trick go bits, fueling a habit forming need for speed! Not for the faint of heart or wallet, this 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera has been fully worked over into a World Superbike-level race package for one very lucky and well-heeled enthusiast.

2014 Ducati Superleggera for sale on eBay

As the ad says, this bike sports a Magnesium monocoque frame that is so light it is illegal for use on a WSBK grid. Translation: this bike is too cool even for Chaz Davies. The build kit is as long as War and Peace, but boils down to a few key figures: 209 hp, 346 lb. (wet) and a build cost of more than $220k. That makes the $103k asking price seem a little less steep, doesn't it?

The bike was built last year and developed extensively by Brian Sharp of Boulder Motorsports, Mick Boasman of Bikesport Developments and Pete Friedland. It has won club-level races under Friedland and saw a host of track days last year. It spent the winter getting freshened up for the '17 season.

The build list is too long for us to do it justice, so here it is from the horse's mouth:

Offered for sale is Superleggera #157 of 500.  This particular bike is likely the only true magnesium-monocoque Ducati Superleggera built to a Superbike specification.  Competition only, not street legal.  Boulder Motorsports performed the engine build with an open checkbook.  The rest of the machine was treated the same way and utilizes the very best of everything.   Although ironically illegal for World Superbike rules for being under weight and non-homologated components (Mag frame, etc).  This machine has had countless hours of development time under technical hands of Mick Boasman of Bikesport Developments, Brian Sharp of Boulder Motorsports and Pete Friedland.  Completed in the early spring of 2016, it was brought to Road America on June 11, taking an easy win in Formula Thunder with Friedland on board..  The bike ran at two track days following and at Barber Motorsports Park and Daytona (1 race) in October 2016.  This past winter the bike was gone through and refreshed by Chris Boy & staff at MotoCorse Performance to showroom condition including new paint, tires & services, where it exists now on display.  The engine has only 400+ minutes of total run time on it and the entire machine has been gone through to make sure you are getting a gem of a bike with tons of spares and extra parts.  (Run time is logged via Marelli ECU at different levels of RPM for maintenance purposes).  You will not find another Ducati to this level of specification.  $220,000+ invested.  All invoice documentation will be provided to assist you with identifying part numbers and maintaining the machine.  Let the details below and pictures tell the story.  209 RWHP & 346 lbs wet.  Please contact Pete Friedland at 803-315-8665 if additional questions need to be answered.

Engine:

Due to the intricate nature of all parts and components used, this is only a high-level summary.   Ti hardware used throughout engine and chassis.

  • Ducati Factory Corse SBK Race Piston & Cylinder Assemblies
  • Ducati Factory Corse SBK Vertical & Horizontal Camshafts
  • Ducati Factory Corse SBK Titanium Intake & Exhaust Valves
  • 3-Angle Valve/Mill Head
  • Ducati Factory Corse 1199RS WSBK Throttle Body Velocity/Trumpet Kit
  • Ducati Factory Corse SBK Steel Gears for Oil & Water Pumps—replaces stock plastic drive gears
  • Rod bearings sized for racing, updated main crankcase bearings, balance & blueprint, supertech surface finish internal engine parts
  • Ducati Factory Corse SBK Cylinder Head Gaskets
  • Ducati Factory Corse SBK Close Ratio Geabox (ratios provided on Magnetti Marelli software files)
  • New Clutch Pack & Basket
  • Full Titanium Corse SBK D114 Exhaust System—non-production Termignoni handmade unit for WSBK privateer teams
  • WSBK Sprint Poly Air Filter Kit w/ Carbon Frame
  • GB Racing Engine Cover
  • Oil Pump Cover (race)
  • 520 ERV3 G&G x 120 Chain
  • Motul 300V 15W50

Chassis:

  • Magnesium Monocoque front subframe (original)
  • Ohlins FGR300 Gas Pressurized Superbike Forks, Ti Bolts
  • Ohlins WSBK Specification Rear Shock, Nitrogen Preload Adjuster w/ Tool—Factory Ducati Team Custom unit
  • Ohlins Front Wheel Speed Sensor Bracket (Ohlins FGR)
  • Brembo Billet Monobloc SBK Front Radial GP Calipers (XA3J7F1/F0), 108mm, Nickel Finish, Pinless, Ti Bolts
  • Brembo 320mm HP Front Rotors + Brembo Z04 Race Pads, Ti Bolts
  • Brembo XA7G7G0 MGP Forged Brake Master Cylinder, Ti Piston, Ti Pin
  • Brembo 406X98A7C0 Remote GP Adjuster, 404110A26374 RA Bracket
  • Brembo XA2N650 GP Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Sicom Carbon Rear Rotor + Ferrodo ZRAC Carbon/Carbon Pad, Ti Bolts
  • Titanium Front Axle 30x25mm, Captive Spacers, Quick Change System by Fast Frank
  • Forged Adjustable Offset Triple Clamps, Ti Bolts
  • 52mm Clip Ons
  • Ducati Corse Factory SBK Swing Arm—WSBK specification additional length, Ti Bolts
  • Motocorse Aluminum 21L Oversize Fuel Tank w/ 50% Larger Airbox provision & Carbon Sliders (stock 19L)
  • Stabuli Red Quick-Disonnect Brake Line Connectors w/ Custom-length brake lines, Ti Bolts
  • Pierobon Front & Rear Stands
  • Anodized Foot Peg Brackets, Ti Bolts
  • CNC Racing RPS Adj Rearsets—Reverse Shift, Ti Bolts
  • Superlite 520 Chromoly Drilled Drive Sprocket 16T
  • Machined & Lightened Rear Axle Spindle
  • Pro Grips

Cooling:

  • H2O Performance Oversized Radiator w/ Oil Cooler, Al & Ti Bolts
  • 1199 Kit Solicon & Aluminum Hoses

Electronics:

Magnetti Marelli Superbike Kit System—1199 SRT Kit, Enhanced GPS Module, 5-Way Handlebar Switch Option, HD Camera System Option (AIM Smarty Cam).  System Capabilities & Details:

  • Race proven traction control with your choice of tyre slip maps.
  • Handlebar mounted TC controls for map level and ‘turn off’.
  • Wheelie controls for each gear and track position.
  • Launch controls coupled with rev limiter and anti-wheelie + rider on/off override via push button.
  • Programmable engine braking controls for seamless cornering as well as ‘closed-loop’ ‘backing-in’ slip controls.
  • Clutchless down shift ‘auto-blipper’ via load cell on the shift rod.
  • Quick shifter via the same load cell with both cut and ‘post-shift’ torque reduction settings.
  • Closed loop fuel control for each cylinder via NGK wide-band lambda sensors in each exhaust.
  • Individual fuel/ignition and throttle controls for each cylinder—all of which have been pre-mapped.
  • Pit lane speed limiter.
  • Built-in data logger ready programmed and ready to download.
  • 10Hz GPS system for circuit mapping and lap timing.  Push button where you want to trigger the lap time display and the location will be remembered for all subsequent sessions at that circuit.
  • Chassis sensors for Fork Travel, Shock Travel and Braking Pressure.
  • Electric starting is retained as well as ECU control of the starter to inhibit use when in gear or engine is running.
  • Standard wheel speed pickup sensors are retained front and rear.
  • Super-fast Ethernet PC communication.
  • AIM Smarty Cam system is fed all on-track data gathered via an ECU-Bridge which can be rider-selected to appear on recorded sessions (Throttle, Speed, RPM, Gear, Map Level, Brake Pressure, Engine Data, Chassis Data, Lean Angles, etc)

Component Details:

  • Magnetti Marelli SRT ECU running Bike Sport Licensed software specific to the 1199 Panigale + Integral 64Mb data logger.
  • Aluminum ECU mounting bracket - ECU.
  • Magnetti Marelli MDU220 multi page digital display.
  • Aluminum dash mounting bracket.
  • One-piece race specification Raychem wiring loom using type 55 motorsport wire.
  • Gear shift load cell including rod ends and link rod.
  • Inertial sensor and mounting bracket placed in rear subframe.
  • Shock potentiometer (+ carbon mounting brackets needed for prototype shock).
  • 150mm Fork potentiometer and aluminum mounting brackets.
  • 35 Bar Front brake pressure sensor and all mounting brackets.
  • 10 Bar Oil pressure sensor option.
  • 5-way aluminum handlebar switch for TC+, TC-, Anti-Wheelie off/on, Pit lane speed limiter, Lap time marker.
  • 2-way aluminum handlebar switch for Stop/Run and Starter.
  • GPS module and remote antenna.
  • 2 wide band NGK UEGO lambda sensors.
  • Wintax 4 analysis software.
  • Vision 5 software dedicated to the 1199 installation.
  • Aim Smarty Cam system w/ HD Bullet Camera mounted in fairing nose.
  • Mapped for VP MRX02 & MR12
  • Ducati QT Throttle Control

Body:

  • Full Six (CDT) Carbon Bodywork & Carbon Monocoque Rear Subframe / Tail Section (1 piece), Ti Bolts
  • Tall Race Screen—Clear, Ti Bolts
  • Superbike Seat Neoprene Foam/Pad on Full Six Carbon seat plate

Included Extra Parts / Spares list:

  • CD ROM, Download Cables & Manuals for Magnetti Marelli Kit
  • Spare Fork Potentiometer
  • Spare Brake Pressure Sensor
  • Spare Oil Pressure Sensor
  • Spare Start/Stop switch
  • 2 spare HD Bullet Camera mounts
  • HD video card
  • Spare Front Speed Sensor/Harness
  • Ohlins rear shock springs for Prototype SBK unit – 9.5, 9.75
  • Ohlins rear shock preload tool & quick release hose
  • Ducati Superleggera piston & cylilnder set
  • Ducati Superleggera transmission gear set
  • Ducati Superleggera camshaft set
  • Ducati Superleggera oil pump & water pump drive gears
  • Ducati Superleggera throttle body intake trumpets
  • Assorted Superleggera original internal engine parts
  • CNC Racing RPS Rearset—assorted parts
  • 36T, 37T, 38T, 39T, 40T, 41T, 42T Sprockets
  • Kyle Racing rear ride height measuring tool
  • Pierobon Aluminum Racing Stands
  • 6 assorted mm offset spacers for triple clamps
  • Spare 52mm Clip on
  • Spare Clutch Pack
  • Rizoma lever guards
  • Spare Front Axle (steel) w/ pull cup

Shipping:

I can assist with helping the arrangement for shipping and have used Forward Air many times.  Shipping costs will be the responsibility of the buyer.  Please use Fort Lauderdale, FL as the origin shipping point for quotations.  Also please reach me at 803-315-8665 for questions.

Buy-It-Now is set at $103,000, with six days left on the listing and four people watching the action. Find out all you need to know at the eBay auction.

Featured listing: 2014 Ducati Superleggera in WSBK Spec!
Ducati July 25, 2017 posted by

Big Green: 1974 Ducati 750 Supersport

When it comes to really famous, really collectable Ducatis, it is hard not to imagine the image of a green frame 750ss. Created by Ducati to celebrate the dominance of the 750cc race bikes, the Supersport has become THE streetable icon of a bygone era of brute mechanical setup and rider bravery. Devoid of electronics, slipper clutches, big brakes, sophisticated suspension or even modern tire technology, bikes of this time relied upon the skill of the rider to adjust to conditions - exactly what Paul Smart did to triumph at the 1972 Imola 200. The green frame 750 Supersport was intended as a tribute, but grew to be a tremendous success on its own. Today more people know about the street 750ss than the Italian race (and racer) that inspired it's creation.

1974 Ducati 750 Supersport for sale on eBay

In the early 1970s, Ducati really wanted to win - which is what the likes of Norton and MV Agusta were doing. In what is now familiar Ducati fashion, they did what any manufacturer would do: they threw piles of money at it (although much of this was sweat equity and ingenuity, as Ducati was still a small manufacturer). The 500cc racer's frame was developed by UK frame maker and famed GP racer designer Colin Seeley. Ducati developled the engines in-house, and shipped Seeley early prototype cases to help finalize the bike design. By 1971 - with test rider Mike Hailwood - it was determined that the Seeley frame was too light for the 750cc class. Fabio Taglioni, chief designer and technical director of Ducati, had already incorporated some of Seeley's design elements into a heavier, street bike frame. That was modified to become the legendary racer; yet victory was initially elusive. With mechanical failures having been sorted out in 1971 season (best finish was Phil Read's second to yet another Agostini win), Ducati pulled out all the stops. They fielded a total of EIGHT bikes for the 1972 Imola 200 race, and managed to pull off first and second against the likes of MV Agusta, Norton and Honda factory efforts. It was this victory that cemented Ducati's racing reputation - and the foundation for the street machine.

From the seller:
Genuine Greenframe . Exceptional condition . Currently in Great Britain . I will airfreight to Australia for the successful bidder . Prices are going nuts on these . Buy now or be priced out of the market forever .
Engine number 075318 DM750.1
Frame number DM750SS 075061

Note : Bike is for sale in Great Britain . Will sell to however meets my price .

It's the real thing and 99% correct, sold new in Germany and been there all its life until now, restored some years back and in a private collection for the past 20 years.
It’s very original with a few small details that aren’t correct but all the major components are in very good shape and correct like the rims, cases, frame and yes I think the glasswork is original but its difficult to be 100% sure on this as it could also be 30 year old repro stuff, but whatever it is it's certainly not new or fresh.

It's been re painted in the past. The parts that are non- original as far as I can tell are:
Later Tomaselli Daytona throttle.
Lefthand hi/lo/horn switch
Malossi inlet manifolds and later PHM 40mm Dell’Ortos
> I have bought one original carb so far .
Alloy mesh on original bellmouths
Drilled front brake discs
Later Marzocchi rear shock absorbers < I have a set of original shocks . Headlamp bracket painted green instead of satin black Both front fairing brackets cut down to take one bolt instead of two There is also a broken fin on the rear cylinder. Easy to repair . A front Brembo master cylinder fitted but the original Scarab comes with it. Mechanically its excellent and runs and rides superbly, the condition is very nice but you can see it's not a fresh restoration.

The 1974 Ducati 750 Supersport has often been referred to as one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever produced. The Gugenheim museum highlighted the green frame prominently in their exhibit "The Art of Motorcycle." And collector value for these bikes has soared - to what many consider unreasonable levels. Built by Ducati's race shop in limited numbers (401 is the generally accepted number), this was a true race replica. Sporting triple disk brakes (claimed to be the first street bike to offer this feature), and the cases right out of the racer, the 750ss street bike made concessions for the road; a strengthened crankshaft, provisions for an oil cooler (although none was originally fitted), and different carburetors. The green frame Ducati is said to be the only round case, bevel drive desmo bike produced for the street. The bike even retains the racer's semi-transparent stripe on the tank; a no-need-for-a-gauge solution to determining fuel levels.

This is collector-grade machinery, and with it comes a collector-grade price tag. The opening ask for this auction is a cool $190,000 USD - with a reserve in place. The bike was originally sold in Germany, however it now resides in the UK. At this price, only museums, small countries, or heirs to the Microsoft fortune need apply. But it is good to dream, right? To find a nearly original 1974 Ducati 750ss in this type of condition is a mega-rare event, and you can be assured it will not repeat any time soon. Check it out here and good luck!!

MI

Big Green: 1974 Ducati 750 Supersport
Ducati July 24, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000S for Sale

Update 8.24.2017: Seller has notified us that this bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Some bikes take years to become collectible: 1980s GSX-Rs could be had for basically peanuts up until very recently, when sportbike fans realized that very few nice examples of these iconic machines were left. But these were made as recently as 2009 and, after a brief period of time where they sat unsold on showroom floors, the Ducati SportClassics began to rapidly appreciate. In fact, it almost seemed like all it took for values to take off was for Ducati to discontinue the line... Is the custom work and low-mileage condition of today's Featured Listing Sport 1000S worth what the seller is asking? Time will tell, but there's no doubt that this show-winning machine is one of the nicest examples out there.

Whether you chose the Paul Smart, Sport 1000, or GT1000 SportClassics all got the same drivetrain: Ducati's well-developed air and oil-cooled 1000DS engine with twin plugs and a claimed 92hp. It was the perfect package for the mature sportbikers Ducati was targeting, and the SportClassics clearly had one eye on the future and one on the past. This bike is actually the Sport 1000S that took the Paul Smart's place in the SportClassic lineup once that limited edition machine ceased production. The Paul Smart was a monoposto, a result of the unusual tubular swingarm that had its monoshock offset on the left side, but the Sport 1000S used an even more retro dual-shock setup that allowed you to take a passenger. Unless of course you decided to replace the stock exhaust with a full titanium system from Zard...

 

If you're a fan of originality, this particular Sport 1000S might not be your bag, but the paintwork is appropriately evocative and the classic Ducati logo looks great on the tank. The original half-faired bodywork suggests bikes like the classic 750SS, but I love the way that titanium header pipe passes through the fairing lowers on this setup. Certainly the upgraded front and rear Öhlins suspension components should provide impressive handling if you decide to risk your investment on a racetrack or winding back road.

From the Seller: 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000S for Sale

Custom Build with only 1,511 original miles!
* This Sport Classic is a 7-time Show Winner and is truly a special motorcycle.
* Full Documentation and Clean, Clear, Blue Texas Title
* Serious inquiries Text or Call for more information.

- Ohlins FGRT 211 Front Forks (1098S/R,1198S/R/SP)
- Ohlins DU707 Rear Shocks
- NCR/ZARD Full Titanium Exhaust System - Italy ($4,500 & 4 months wait)
(This is the same exhaust that came on the very limited edition $75K "New Blue" NCR Corse Ducati)
- MicroTek ECU with custom dyno tuning
- BMC Air Filter & Modified Air Box
- Oberon 30MM Clutch Slave Cylinder
- Ducabike Billet Rear Sets
- Brembo 4 piston radial mount calipers
- AFAM aluminum 14T front & 40T 520 rear sprockets
- DID EVR3 520 Gold Chain
- Captive Rear Axle Housing - Quick Change
- CRG adjustable racing levers - Black
- Domino Superbike grips
- Fleda Rear LED Light System & license plate mount
- Ducati Side Fairings - literally "Unobtainable"!
- Ducati OEM short side fairings included also
- MotoBrilliance Rear Hugger
- Watsens LED High Intensity micro front turn signals
- Carbon Fiber front fork guards
- STM billet aluminum oil filler cap - Red
- Red Billet Crankcase Inspection Cover - "Ducati"
- EVR Countershaft sprocket cover - Italy
- Rizoma Cable Cover - Black Anodized
- NCR Billet Aluminum cam inspection covers - Italy
- Custom suede seat with red "DESMO" embroidery
- Caswell Tank Coating Process - sealed when new.
- Rizoma "Retro" black bar-end mirror
- Custom Paint by Motion Ducati/SBK
- Custom fairing, rearset & pipe brackets
- Custom front fairing bracket & CNC work
- CNC Billet Aluminum quick turn fuel cap
- Speaker 7" LED Headlight
- Cooler Screen - Black, by Cox Racing Group
- RhinoMoto Swingarm Sliders
- RhinoMoto Fork Sliders
- Ducati Sport Classic Satin Garage Cover
- Pit Bull Ducati Sport Classi Rear Stand
- Dunlop Sportmax Q3 tires
- Full Documentation with Ducati Sport Classic brochures, manuals, keys, etc.
- This bike is 100% ready to Ride, Show or Collect & needs absolutely nothing!
- Many extras will come with the bike.

SHOW HISTORY:
2013 Harvest Classic - Modern - Luckenbach, TX - 1st Place
2014 Harvest Classic - Modern - Luckenbach, TX - 1st Place
2015 MotoLiberty Annual Bike Show - Modern - People's Choice
2015 Harvest Classic - Modern - Luckenbach, TX - 2nd Place
2016 Crashed Toys of Dallas, TX - Sportbike - 1st Place
2016 Harvest Classic - Modern - Luckenbach, TX - 1st Place
2017 Veteran's Car Show - Denton, TX - Best of Show, Motorcycle
***** All Show Awards will go with the bike! *****

The seller is asking $27,500 for this machine, which is obviously big money for a SportClassic that isn't a Paul Smart. But values for all the SportClassics have been rising steadily since they were discontinued, and if you're looking for one with low mileage to add to your collection, it's hard to beat this example: it has just 1,500 miles from new and has been upgraded with a laundry list of quality aftermarket parts. Obviously, it's not completely original, which may deter some collectors, but it appears that the modifications can be reversed if you prefer. Contact Ken via email with your interest: kenphillips04@yahoo.com

-tad

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