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Ducati June 3, 2017 posted by

What’s In a Name: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO for Sale

There was a time when the alphanumeric naming of a motor vehicle actually meant something, a time when a BMW 535 was obviously a 5-Series car sporting a 3.5 liter inline six, or when you could tell just from the name that a Ferrari 360 Modena was powered by a 3.6 liter version of their screaming flat-plane crank V8. There's also something elemental about a vehicle with a number for a name, something that connotes a competitive intent, and that's certainly the case with the Ducati 888 SPO, a machine that actually displaced the advertised 888cc.

Ducati sticking "SPO" on the end is a bit like the original intent of car-dom's "GTO" in that it indicates the "omologato" status of this version, which means that it was intended to homologate the bike to compete in AMA Superbike racing, as the European SP5 wasn't road-legal in the US. For the most part, the engine was pretty standard Strada spec, but the suspension used some higher-end components from the SP5.

That engine was Ducati's Desmoquattro four-valve, liquid-cooled v-twin making around 100hp and the stout midrange for which the Italian twins are famous. The 888 and its predecessor the 851 which, coincidentally, displaced 851cc, were hugely significant for Ducati, being their first modern sportbikes that could compete on road and track against their Japanese counterparts. Sure, in the showrooms they were produced in far smaller numbers and at a much higher price, but owning a Ducati has never really been the most affordable proposition.

From the original eBay listing: 1993  Ducati 888 SPO for Sale

Production #63 very clean, kept garaged, all services current

Well, that's not very much to go on, and I think the listing could use a few more pictures, but the pictures that are included suggest that the bike is in better shape than you'd expect, considering its 19,000 miles. Clearly, this has been owned by a conscientious enthusiast and, as with all Ducatis, condition is much more important than mileage: the basic L-twin engine is reliable when properly maintained and, aside from electrical gremlins, should provide years of booming Italian fun before needing more than routine attention. Bidding is up to just $7,600 but there are six days left on the listing and bidding is active, so it will certainly go much higher be for it expires.

 -tad

Ducati May 30, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Ducati 900SS/CR

6.26.2017: The seller has notified us that this bike has sold to one of our readers. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Subject of - this - RSBFS feature back in January, the new owner of this very mint CR has misgivings about putting miles on such a showpiece, and would like to make it available to a collector. A very special 900SS, this Cafe Racer has only 730 miles, and was a display item for most of its youth.  A powerful argument for back to basics motoring, the 900SS/CR has the brilliant desmodue engine, fully accessible under the half-fairing.

 

Engineered to be at the bargain end of the 900cc spectrum, the CR came to the showroom without carbon fiber bits or adjustable suspension, but had the chassis and lightness of the 900 desmodue, and nothing you didn't need.  Ducati hallmarks like trellis frame, dry clutch, and big Brembo brakes are on board, and the riding position is purposeful.  Most often seen in red, this CR scooped the yellow used on next year's SuperLight.

 

This 900 is in pretty special condition, the dusty gold frame matching the tempered stainless exhaust nicely.  Painted parts are unmarked, and I'm not seeing any aftermarket parts, most owners would have found a need to change something. The owner notes that even the original seat is included.  Even the stickers and decals haven't aged a bit.  The Florida owner had this to say in his discussions with RSBFS -

"I bought it because I fell in love with it at first sight. But it is so rare and unique, because of the ultra low mileage, that I hesitated to put any miles on it. I have had it for nearly 4 months and I have put 5.6 miles on it. I will give the opportunity for a serious Ducati collector to own it...

Price: $9900. Jacksonville, Florida"

 

One of the final years of the Tamburini style, the SuperSports would be rounded by Pierre Terblanche for 1999.  The angular and aggressive stance of the 90's SS matched the booming exhaust note and no-nonsense presentation.  Often said to be a future classic, at twenty years of age, the 900SS/CR might be about to arrive. 

-donn

 

 

Featured Listing – 1997 Ducati 900SS/CR
Ducati May 14, 2017 posted by

Pick of the Litter – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051

Happy Mother's Day to mothers everywhere !  - Donn

Built to compete in the Supersports class and within reach of privateer teams, it's rare to see a 749R without slick tires and number plates.  Seen on RSBFS in 2016, this 2005 example almost seems unused, with under 5,000 miles and meticulous owner care.

2005 Ducati 749R #0051 for sale on eBay

The 749 was made for only a few years, and just 200 copies of the -R were made each year in 2004-06.  The testastretta engine is more oversquare than the base model or the 999, helping the 749R rev a little easier and claim 121 hp at 10,250 rpm.  Elsewhere the Termignoni, Öhlins, Brembo, and Marchesini components and build quality are a pinnacle.  Templating its  big brother in many ways, the 749 does have plastic instead of carbon bodywork and a factory slipper clutch which even the 999 didn't get.

 

One always hopes the previous owner will turn out to have been a bit of a fanatic, easily confirmed in this case.  This 749R changed hands after it was the subject of - this - RSBFS Featured Listing just last winter.  After riding the bike just a handful of miles over the year, this owner has made some nice moves in returning this 749R to as-delivered condition, including new fairing lowers and insulation, and a head-scratching re-installation of the DOT license plate mount and fender extension.  From the eBay auction:

On offer is a 2005 Ducati 749R homologation Superbike, serial 0051, 4841 miles. This bike is in superior cosmetic and mechanical condition, having excellent maintenance and care over the years. I am the third owner to the best of my knowledge, originally believed to have been sold by Ferracci into Pennsylvania, then to Connecticut, then relocated with this owner to Florida where I purchased it. All services are up to date, tires have about 600 miles, many service records. In my ownership of about 16 months, the fairing lowers have been replaced with new parts, early heat damage corrected with tubing wrap, now fairings are as new. The fairing interior sound padding has also been replaced, along with the old fasteners, tool kit is the complete original unit, now located back on the inside of the RH fairing. Original complicated license plate mount has been installed using all factory parts, now as original. New battery has been installed, all original warning decals are in place including the "servo starter" label on the rear of the tank. Samco hoses were installed by the previous owner.

 

The 749's as a group tested better for the road than the 999, as the performance is more usable, and to paraphrase one review, you take the 749 out for a ride, but the 999 runs away with you.  The 749R with 121 hp might have an easier time getting out of hand than a base or -S, but then no Ducati Superbike is for a novice rider.  That said, it seems all but guaranteed that this particular 749R will be seeing a lot of the display stand and rather little of the road or racetrack...

-donn

Pick of the Litter – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051
Ducati May 12, 2017 posted by

Radical: 2002 Ducati 998R

Of all of sport bike manufacturers, Ducati seems to have been the only one that focused on a single concept: a luscious, 90 degree twin with desmo valve actuation. From that point onward, anything goes - and Ducati went truly radical in evolving the concept. From the original two-valve, air-cooled twins to the legendary 851, to the groundbreaking 916 series, Ducati invented - and then reinvented - their version of the superbike. And since 2000, the bike to have within the Ducati lineup has always been the "R" model. The R designates something special, some mad technical wizardry under the covers, and lots of carbon fiber. Once the stuff of aerospace, carbon has become the foundation on which fast motorcycles are born. Today's example is a 998R, the second "R" in the series (following the 2001 996R). This model is seen by the Tamburini faithful as the last of the 916-derived bikes. The oft-scorned (yet successful) Terblanche-designed 999 was waiting in the wings.

2002 Ducati 998R for sale on eBay

Unlike many badge-engineered models (i.e. branding and "limited edition" number plate), the R bikes are special; they vary drastically from the standard Ducati models. In the case of the 998R, that means a different set of engine cases with a deeper sump, a significantly different bore and stroke (104.0 mm × 58.8 mm - which actually displaces 999 cc), and trick titanium internals. This is the Testastretta engine evolution that would go on to power the 999R. Body panels are carbon (in addition to the front fender and entire tail section), and suspension components are heavily upgraded. In this case, you can expect nothing but fully adjustable Ohlins units front and rear. Wheels are Marchesini Corse, saving rotational weight over non-R pieces. Weight was down over the standard model, while power was up: expect about 403 lbs dry and 136 HP.

From the seller:
For offer here is a spectacular 2002 998R with 4400 miles.
There is tons of information and specs on this bike easily found - numbered, low production race-spec bike with Titanium Corsa internals, Carbon bodywork, etc. This is a an excellent example that is set up to ride with a Sargent seat and upright clip-on's. Other mods include a period Casoli Carbon tail section, Woorcraft clutch cover. Full Termignoni exhaust, Marchesini Magnesium wheels, Ohlins suspension. Bike has been fully serviced by ECS in Middletown NY - fresh tires, belts, fluids and needs nothing. Truly a beast - immense power and feather light chassis and handling makes for a totally unique ride. A few original parts accompany the bike - there are minor blemishes here and there, but overall excellent original condition.

This 998R looks pretty clean for its age. The mileage is not excessive, nor has it been a garage queen. Part of the mileage equation is likely due to the aftermarket risers, making what is normally a torture rack a bit more comfortable on the street. On the plus side the seller notes a full service, including belts. This is a big deal, as Ducati services are not cheap, and skipping the service cycle can result in very expensive noises. From the sounds of the ad, this bike is ready to hit the road (just make sure you find a nice, curvy one).

The last of the 916-era R bikes do not grow on trees. They do not pop out of the woodwork every day, nor are they cheap. Like all great homologation bikes, this R is rare...and expensive. Bidding is already up to $20,000 USD, and there does not appear to be a reserve in sight. How high will this one go? We won't know for a few days yet, but check it out here if you are interested. Good Luck!!

MI

Radical:  2002 Ducati 998R
Ducati May 10, 2017 posted by

Moving On – 2005 Ducati 999R

Despite its great racing record, the 999 was never a fan favorite - as the Pierre Terblanche design was a bit ahead of its time.  But a super-fast R-model with ridiculous horsepower makes its own introductions.  This well-ridden and maintained 999R appears ready to ride and has an unused set of carbon fairings available.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

Ducati planned a return to AMA Superbike in 2005, and homologation rules didn't allow much powertrain work, so the 999R is very close to a racer's machine.  The narrow head engine has "titanium inside" and claims 150 hp to push a just-over-400 lb. machine.  The specs read like many late Ducatis but suspension, wheels, and brake components are the finest, and every parameter adjustable, including steering head angle and seat position.

 

Though high-end superbikes are often seen with just break-in miles, this one of 200 has almost 10,000 miles and was treated to a top end rebuild in 2012.  Stock overall condition looks excellent with just a scrape on the lowers and maybe a nice detail required before a show.  The owner promises an unused set of bodywork with a buy-it-now which seems like the makings of a bargain.  From the eBay auction:

This bike was the first 2005 sold by Motocorsa Portland.  This model was the last Ducati to come with full carbon fiber body work(except plastic tail piece).  Of all the bikes I've owned this by far gets more attention than any.  2005 was the first year of the deep sump 999r 150 rwhp motor and the big swingarm.   The following year came in that hideous xerox paint scheme and the previous year came with the weaker motor and wimpy swingarm.

In 2012 at 6721 miles, I had the top end freshened with new pistons, rings and cylinders re-nikasiled.   Runs great and handles as good as anything out there.  Dunlop Q3's are fresh.

 

The 999 had RE-vo looks to match the E-vo engine, and base models languished in the showrooms.  That and the high list price made it hard for aftermarket suppliers to get involved.  Performance was off the charts but was harder to enjoy on the road.  The high windscreen provides exceptional protection for the rider at speed.  Somehow this owner has kept the average mph up enough to lighten the handgrips and keep riding.  Nice work if you can get it...

-donn

Moving On – 2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati April 25, 2017 posted by

Signed and Numbered: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

 

Different motorcycle manufacturers have different ways of mining riders' nostalgia and their own history: Triumph makes motorcycles that look like they rolled straight out of the 1960s but perform like modern machines, while Harley Davidson makes actual 1960s motorcycles, only heavier and with 1980s brakes and electronics. Ducati's retro bikes manage to straddle the line between vintage and modern styles, so designs for their Sport Classic and Scrambler models have classic colors and shapes, but you'd never mistake them for actual vintage machines. When released, bikes like the Paul Smart 1000LE caused a sensation, but demand died out relatively quickly and the line was discontinued after just a few short years, with only the GT soldiering on until 2010.

Values for them second-hand have been surprisingly strong however, particularly for the 1000LE and Sport models. I'm a huge fan of the offset monoshock that looks like a dual-shock setup from the left side and the tubular swingarm, although that setup on the original bikes meant a solo-seat option only. Performance was fairly tame on paper, although 92hp is really nothing to sneeze at and can be put to good use because of the bike's excellent handling. This was a bike pitched at a more mature crowd and experienced riders who appreciate a fast motorcycle but weren't interested in bench-racing or pointless horsepower-measuring contests.

Paul Smarts show up pretty regularly on eBay, considering how few were built, often with low miles and exorbitant prices. This particular bike certainly fits that description, as the asking price is $27,500 only with even lower miles and the added bonus of Paul Smart's signature on the bodywork, which should be like catnip for Ducati collectors. I'm glad the factory pipes are included for originality's sake, but they are very ugly things clearly designed to be replaced by the owner as soon as possible. The Keihan exhausts currently installed suit the classic style of the bike, but are almost too vintage for my tastes, and are likely too quiet as well. Maybe some Termignoni pipes would be more appropriate? Or those wild Zard high/low pipes that only work on the solo-seat models?

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale 

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE Limited Edition. Perfect condition with just under 700 miles.  Autographed by Paul Smart on the tank and tail. Both have had a clearcoat applied over them. Always garaged. Collector owned. The bike is located in Washington DC, but I can arrange for shipping anywhere. Aftermarket Keigen pipes, but the originals will be included in the sale. More photos available upon request.

Aside from a relatively uncomfortable riding position, the 1000LE makes for a pretty great roadbike, with excellent handling, adequate power and a rich midrange, wind protection, decent fuel economy, and reasonable reliability, assuming you take good care of it. But in such perfect, low-mileage condition, and with that Paul Smart signature on the bodywork, I doubt anyone would want to destroy the bike's value by actually riding it. So it's a shame that such a practical exotic will  probably spend most of its time in an office, living room, or heated garage, sealed away as an investment.

-tad

Signed and Numbered: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale