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Ducati September 13, 2017 posted by

Classic Heavy Metal: 1980 Ducati Super Sport for Sale

Although it's date-stamped as a 1980 model, this Ducati 900 Super Sport is obviously a sportbike from an even earlier era: twin-shock suspension aside, the engine features vintage, half-faired style and nearly Victorian-era detailing on the engine. A bit of a throwback, this machine is nonetheless significant to modern sportbike fans, as it was the more commonly available update of the original 750 Super Sport that was Ducati's first foray into big sportbikes. These early Super Sports were basically ground zero for the company as it exists today, especially significant as we're now staring down the barrel of the end of Ducati's v-twin superbikes with the introduction of their MotoGP-aping V4.

The 900 Super Sport was introduced in 1975 as an evolution of their iconic, but very limited-production 750 Super Sport. It used an updated version of their overhead-cam, air-cooled v-twin, here punched out to 864cc and fitted with the restyled "square" engine cases to replace the "round" cases on the 750. Keep in mind that, up until the introduction of the rubber-belt Pantah engine, it was only the Super Sport models that had Ducati's spring-less Desmo valve actuation. Combined with a system of tower shafts and bevel gears to drive the cams instead of chains or belts, the "bevel-head" v-twin engine was more Swiss watch than propulsion system, and manufacturing costs were unsurprisingly high, a major reason for the switch to rubber belts.

Aside from the increased displacement, the 900SS featured a number of changes intended to broaden the bike's appeal for the US market, with modern cast aluminum wheels, a quieter exhaust [blasphemy!], improved kick start, and the gearshift redesigned for the left side of the bike. Earlier examples with left-foot shifter used a cumbersome linkage to convert the bike from its original right-foot shift and the new mechanism was much more precise. Originally, the bike came in classic silver with blue graphics, with the black-and-gold scheme seen here introduced in 1979. This particular example has aftermarket bar-end mirrors fitted that are obviously not period-correct, but pretty innocuous and easily removed if you're going for the original, mirror-less style. The engine also features a clear glass "Gear-Gazer" for the upper cylinder's bevel-drive gears, and aftermarket addition but one I'd probably want for myself, originality be damned.

 

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport Desmo for Sale

17,066 original miles – Collector owned

Restored to Perfection in 2015

History:

After the round case twins 750 GT, Sport and Super Sport Desmo entered the scene, Ducati management found that the line-up lacked a super sport bike capable of competing with the Japanese superbikes with over 750 cc and the Ducati 900 Super Sport was developed to fill that gap.

Initially, Ducati opted for a more touring-oriented approach, with the 860 GT styled by Giugiaro, that unfortunately did not win the public’s favour. At the same time, however, the Bolognese manufacturer also introduced a sportier version, the 900 Super Sport, reminiscent of the sales success of the gorgeous 750 SS Desmo.
The 860 cc engine was derived from the original L-twin engine conceived for the 750 GT, however with a redesigned, more squared case.

Throughout its history, the 900 SS actually underwent few modifications, from the fuel tank to the light-alloy wheels, and was offered in a gold and black livery, in addition to the classic silver and electric blue colour scheme.

Asking Price: $35,500 obo.

The Buy It Now is listed at $35,500 and for that kind of cash, I'd like a little less "brief history that we probably already know" and more information on the who-what-where of the "restoration." Describing something simply as "restored to perfection" is the kind of thing that can mean different things to different people, although I'd expect that the seller would be happy to answer any questions, and the bike looks terrific in the photographs.

-tad

Ducati September 12, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1,600-mile 1991 Ducati 851 Strada Biposta

Today's featured 1991 Ducati 851 Strada is an excellent specimen of the machine that pushed Ducati from the pages of history and far into the modern era. It was the first bike to rumble out of Bologna wearing Desmoquattro heads and fuel injection and it settled once and for all that Ducatis should be red.

1991 Ducati 851 on Nashville Craigslist

Added to its newfound technical prowess, the 851 was as adept at capturing imaginations as it was at collecting speeding tickets. A spate of race wins didn't hurt, but the bike's purposeful stance, impeccable color scheme, Guns of Navarone sound and dare-to-be-different attitude built an aura that wins alone cannot.

Mechanically, the 851 was at once innovative and regressive. The desmodromic heads on the Pantah-based 851cc v-twin, were from a time before cantilevers had given way to valve springs. But there were four valves per bank, and though it revved low, the engine made great use of electronic fuel injection and high compression to push out about 100 horses. Long after everyone else had moved on, Ducati was making good with rattly old-world technology.

That big, laconic mill was stuffed into the brand's signature steel trellis frame rails and hung with Ohlins suspension on each end, which meant that the 851 was light, flickable and fast, and offered totally different power characteristics to its Japanese competitors. Where the beasts from the East needed to be wrung out past 10,000 rpm to really scare you, the 851 did the job just shy of 10,000, with a rumble rather than a shriek.

This 851 has spent the majority of its 26 years with one owner, covering well under 2,000 miles before coming into our seller's hands. Blemishes on this bike are limited to a few pox on some of the aluminum pieces and some age marks in front of the rear tire. The seller claims it was stored inside its whole life and has never seen rain, and its condition backs that up.

If you plan to ride the bike, you would do well to replace its aged Pirellis. The seller doesn't mention them, but we'd be surprised if they are not the original set.

From the Craigslist post:

For Sale: Museum Quality 1991 Ducati 851 Strada Biposta Superbike but made for the road. It is a one-owner bike with approximately 1,605 miles on it (yes less than 2k miles) always stored inside and properly and meticulously maintained throughout its 26 year life. Bike has never seen or been ridden in the rain. You could search long and hard but you will not find one in this condition and with this few miles. I have all documentation from the original dealer invoice, ownership card, original owners manual, two original keys, full shop manual, original race stand, original brochure, and many other documents, articles, magazines featuring the bike as well as all of the maintenance records. Over $2k recently spent on full maintenance by Ducati Dealer. This is a bike that will only go up in value over the years. Current valuations on Hagerty's puts the value of the bike between $25k-$30k (see below)

Specifications:
Manufacturer Ducati
Production 1987-1992
Successor Ducati 888
Class Sport bike
Engine - 851 cc (52 cu in), 90° V-twin, fuel injected
Power - 93.00 hp (67.9 kW)) @ 9,600 rpm
Transmission - 6 speed, chain drive
Frame type -Tubular steel trellis frame
Brakes -Front: Dual disc - Rear: Single disc
Tires -Front: 120/70-17
Rear: 180/55-17
Weight ~430 lb (200 kg) (dry)
Fuel capacity 20 litres (5.3 US gal)

This bike is a dream to ride and will stand out from all of the other bikes. You rarely ever see these bikes. I purchased the bike to add to my collection and will keep it if it does not sell. Only willing to sell if the price is right. Again, this bike will only go up in value. No rides without cash in hand. Clean and clear title in hand. Bike is as-is with no written or implied warranties. The pictures do not do this bike justice. It is a rare find.

Feel free to call, email or text with questions. Due to the scammers out there, I will not respond to suspicious emails or text messages. If the ad is up then the bike is still for sale. I will delete upon selling the bike.

The seller's ask is between Hagerty's assessment for one of these in between #2 and #3 condition, according to the supplied value chart. If the pictures are anything to go on, we'd say that is right in line.

 

Featured Listing: 1,600-mile 1991 Ducati 851 Strada Biposta
Ducati September 7, 2017 posted by

Top Tier: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale

Since the 916 series, Ducati superbike ownership has been about tiers. There's generally a "base" model for the hoi polloi, although those still feature adjustable suspension front and rear and a fire-breathing four-valve v-twin. Above that is generally the "S" version, with some bolt-on carbon that saves a few ounces on a 400lb-plus machine, a couple additional horses, and some bling-y suspension that likely offers minimal improvement in handling for the thousands extra it costs. But if you're serious about your Ducatis, it's the "R" model you generally want, at least post-SP5, SPO, and SPS, and the reasons for that are abundantly clear when you look closely at bikes like today's 999R.

Designed to compete in production-based AMA Superbike racing, the 999R was blessed with high-performance titanium valves and connecting rods, along with an entirely new cylinder head design. The internal dimensions are completely different compared to the standard and S models, with a bore and stroke of 104mm × 58.8mm versus the regular 999's 100mm × 63.5mm. Interestingly, the 999R actually displaces exactly 999cc, whereas the regular 999 makes do with just 998...

A 12.5:1 compression ratio, titanium rods and valves and a knife-edged crankshaft inside sand-cast cases meant the R was good for 134hp measured at the rear wheel, with 76.6 lb-ft of torque to punch the bike out of corners. Keep in mind: in some cases, a bike with wildly different and very rare engine internals might require shorter maintenance intervals e and parts could prove to be much more expensive as well, so keep that in mind if you plan to actually pile the miles on your bit of Italian exotica.

From the original eBay listing: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale

(Multiple collectors are interested but I'm looking for the best deal.)

Wikipedia regarding the 999S:  "2005 Ducati 999S won the Maxisport category for the prestigious international Masterbike 2005 ... received critical acclaim ... MCN ... 'simply the best V-Twin on the planet'... Motorbikestoday.com, ... 'the most desirable, most exciting roadbike on the planet' in 2004. MotorcycleUSA.com ... 'stupendous' ... 'the epitome of V-Twin power.' Motorcyclist Online: "The 2005 Ducati 999, in particular, would represent the nameplate's height of critical acclaim."

This is not the 999S.  This is the superior, racing version, the 999R.

This is a piece of Motorcycle history.  Considered by some to be the finest bike EVER made.

The 2005 999R had a production run of 200 units.  That means there are only 200 of these bikes on the planet!  (The minimum number required to qualify the bike for use in production superbike races.)  This one has been kept in excellent condition by an experienced motorcycle enthusiast with multiple Ducatis.

The 999R model of the 2005 Ducati 999 has the most powerful Testastretta engine. It pumps out 150 horsepower and 86 lb-ft of torque; and it has larger intake valves, longer bore and shorter stroke. Each engine on the 2005 Ducati 999 is hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission. Due to its racing orientation, it is lighter than the other two models: 11 lbs. lighter, to be more precise. Each 2005 Triple Nine has a fuel tank that can hold up to 4.1 gallons (15.5 liters) with a 0.8-gallon (3-liter) reserve. With the 999S or 999R variants, the 2005 999 can go from zero to 62 miles per hour (mph) in under 3 seconds, and it can achieve a top speed of over 170 mph.

The 999R uses titanium valves both on intake and exhaust, as well as titanium connecting rods, and requiring Ducati to use special valve seats and guides.  This saves considerable weight.  Numerous changes have been made to every part of the bike making this model lighter, faster, and more powerful.  Forged aluminum alloy wheels, more sophisticated engine ECU, and much more.  From Ducati's press manual: "The Testastretta engine of the 999R ['05 because of the lighter weight]... MEP value... exceeds 14 bar.  Information is available for Serious Buyers."

My 75 yr old father who can no longer ride it after surgery says "this model is a lot revvier because of the titanium, and shortly after this year, Ducati started increasing the engine displacement of their superbikes, so this is one of the last of the 1000cc series."

I'm sure someone does consider the 999R the "finest bike EVER made" but that's a very crowded field. Hey, there's plenty of competition even if we're just talking about the finest Ducati ever made. Hyperbole aside, the R is a pretty trick piece of kit, and after languishing in the suberbike bargain basement for years, values for the 999 are rising across the board. Have they risen to the point where the seller's $24,000 asking price makes sense? We'll have to wait and see if the bike actually sells. The style may be polarizing, but the 999 is an excellent motorcycle, and an improvement in almost every way over the 998 that preceded it.

-tad

Top Tier: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale
Ducati September 6, 2017 posted by

Limited Edition: 1992 Ducati Superlight

The world of collectable Ducatis is a diverse universe. In it you will find some truly iconic motorcycles, some groundbreaking models, some unique and interesting offerings, and a whole lot of "Limited Edition" badges. The 900 Superlight, a derivation of the 900 Supersport lineup, seems to fall into the latter two categories. It is, after all, a limited-in-numbers model - and one that is fairly coveted by riders and wanna-be owners. But it also suffers from the "me too" badging exercises played by Ducati. As such, you are looking at a rare model, but not one that differs terrifically from other examples of the breed.

1992 Ducati Superlight for sale on eBay

The basis of the SL is the 900SS: motive power via a wonderfully charismatic air-cooled L-twin, two valve desmo heads and the requisite dry clutch. Chassis duties are managed by a stout trellis frame, beefy forks up front and a conventional single shock setup (both by Showa). No single-sided swingarm trickery here; the SS models are basic motorcycles, eschewing liquid cooling, four valve heads, or even fuel injection. A basic ride that pretty much works - and works well. The Superlight takes those basics and adds two-piece composite (aluminum hoop / magnesium spokes) Mavic wheels, single seat rear bodywork, a carbon front fender and high pipes. That is pretty much it. Same everything else, with the exception of the numbered plate attached to the head stock. And a much bigger price tag.

From the seller:
- One of the last '92/'93 MK I models manufactured from the VERY few imported to the USA.
- Featuring the Rare OEM Marvic/Ankront Two Piece Magnesium Hub Wheels
- Manufactured in 1992

[Check the prices for 1970's 900ss and 750ss models - This bike is certain to appreciate]

The last of the great, air cooled, limited production Ducati’s! This rare and desirable 1992/'93 Ducati Superlight is likely among the best in existence.

IF YOU LONG TO OWN THIS RARE DUCATI, AN EXAMPLE LIKE THIS WILL NOT COME ALONG AGAIN.

More from the seller:
I purchased this bike new and am the original (and only) owner.

It is number plate # 942, indicates it was among the very last ten units made from the total limited production. I purchased the bike new, and it has been ridden less than 2650 original miles. It has never been down, raced, wrecked or abused. It has never been in the rain, and it's been properly stored and covered indoors since new. The pictures above show the bike after it was lightly washed.

It is in excellent physical and mechanical condition. It has been recently serviced by a certified motorcycle mechanic / service manager, with 40 years experience.

Everything works and operates as it should. I would advise the buyer that the model-specific, 320mm Brembo, iron front disc rotors have not been used for hard braking in some time. However, all brakes work properly.

- All the original parts seen in the pictures will be included. I will also include the original tires if the buyer wishes.

- I will work with the buyer to accommodate their choice for shipping and/or crating/preparation.

- The buyer will be responsible for the costs of : shipping, crating, taxes, tariffs, VAT, insurance, customs fees, or ANY other expenses beyond the agreed purchase price.

More from the seller:
The bike currently has the following modifications :

- 11.5:1 compression ratio pistons from Fast By Ferracci - installed by MCC Motor Cycle Center,West of Chicago, Illinois. MCC is a highly regarded, Ducati sales and service provider.

- Ceriani Steering Damper by Storz Performance.

- Braided Stainless Steel Brake Lines.

- New tires ( although new in 1994-ish )

- Chromoly, high level exhaust hangers from Pro Italia Motors - California

- Staintune Exhaust Silencers from Australia

- K&N Air Filter and Jet Kit.

- The airbox cover has been drilled out for better flow - as was the norm of the time.

- Ferodo Brake pads.

- Up-rated Rear Sprocket

As far as flaws, they are few and very minor, due to the low mileage, careful storage and maintenance. However, it IS a used motorcycle, and it HAS been "used" (albeit very little).

There are some small nicks in the paint on either side of the fairing at it's widest point. I attribute this to when the panels were removed, and set aside when serviced.
Also, the fiberglass seat pan , unique to the model, has a fine hairline stress crack at one fastening point. This is common to all Superlights. The seat pan fiberglass was manufactured to be very light and thin. Other than that, the bike looks and rides like a well-preserved machine.

Today's example is a bit of a conundrum. The seller claims this is likely the best SL in existence. I am willing to cut the seller some poetic license slack because this is a very limited and desirable machine, but for a collectable example this one has a few too many mods (they are mostly period correct, if that softens the blow). It is certain to appreciate, but will never be a green frame 750SS or MHe. And while I don't want to nitpick (but seem to be doing so anyway), new tires put on in 1994 are simply old tires. And yet I really like this bike, the condition it is in, and it's current state. And I would ride the snot out of it because the Ducati Supersport is a fantastic platform. The opening bid on this one is a cool $10k. That would be in the range of fair money for a good SL today, but starting the bidding that high might be why there have been no takers. Check it out here, and then jump back to the comments and let us know your thoughts. Did you ever lust after a Superlight? Good Luck!!

MI

Limited Edition: 1992 Ducati Superlight
Ducati September 6, 2017 posted by

Underused – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE

In an unusual North America-only Special Edition, Ducati kept a low flame under interest in the SportClassic. The numbered edition of 100 is one to consider for fans of the model, with great retro looks ( spoked wheels and all ! ), 992 cc dual-spark power, this one with neat Zard exhaust.

2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE for sale on eBay

The SportClassic had been around since 2003, fuel injected with nice power at 92 hp from the 992cc air-cooled desmodue.  Great torque with 67 ft.-lbs., and cafe racer looks.  The side-mounted Sachs rear shock makes you think they're will be one on the other side, where the mufflers are.  The 43mm upside-down Marzocchi forks have a more modern look, as do the big dual-piston Brembo brakes.  Back to the past for the 70's Ducati logo and gold stripes over black, but it's cool.

A little dusty from its rest in the back office, the owner reports SE number 88 has seen less than 5,000 miles, and has a few nice mods, plus the red master key.  No word on maintenance but except for the valve adjustment and belt change, it's an easy annual affair.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Sport Classic SE #88 out of 100
Fat Duc emulator
Zard full exh. stainless
billet flywheel
i have the stock mirrors
i also have a 749s front end if someone wants to convert it over. with 4 piston calipers.

title is free and clear
has less than 5k miles on it.
super clean bike. i just do not use it. nor did i plan to use it.
lucky number #88 out of 100 made. i bought it specifically for that and now its just time to let her go. Always sat in my warehouse and was taken cared for.

The SportClassic line was a nice success story for Ducati and Pierre Terblanche, and used asking prices are routinely more than MSRP.  The starting bid for this SE is half-again as much as it was new.  Perhaps coincidentally, the model also ushered in the era of special editions, limited runs of colors and configurations, sometimes a few at a time !  More versatile than the occasional retro model, the special edition has become a major tool in the marketing department.  Allowing Ducati to tell the story of the mid-70's Darmah, the Special Edition SportClassic has great livery in a back-to basics package, guaranteed to push the buttons of at least 100 fans.  This one has the makings of a great ride...

-donn

Underused – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE
Ducati September 3, 2017 posted by

Unicorn: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

Truly a GP bike for the street, the 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR made it possible to rock Casey Stoner's ride to the grocery store long before Honda tried the same trick with the highly-de-tuned Honda RC-213VS.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for sale on eBay

Ducati charged less than half of what Honda asks for the RC, with the Desmo slotting in just under $80,000 brand new. They also came with a stableful more horses than the Honda, and that included the special tune to wake them up.

According to the seller, this one put 186 horsepower to the wheel on Fast by Ferracci's dyno, apparently with some sort of catalytic converter eliminator fitted and the standard street silencer. That's massive in a bike that weighs just 425 pounds gassed up.

The listing says it comes with the race pipe and ECU, which gave these bikes their full complement of go, but details stop there.

From the eBay listing:

This is serial #164 of the original production run of 300 moto GP bikes. Ducati made 1200 more for a worldwide total of 1500, but the second production had slightly different pistons for a lower state of tune. It is a street legal version of the bike they won the championship with a slightly detuned engine as compared to the racebike. The frame, Wheels, brakes and suspension is exactly the racing specification. This one made 186 rear wheel HP on Ferracci’s Dyno on pump gas without the race pipe. He made a special cat eliminator for me that got rid of the heat but kept the quiet muffler in place. There were some minor recalls and mods including the rocker springs which were all done by Eraldo Ferracci himself. The race pipe and computer come with the bike. It is terrifyingly fast but easy to ride if you have throttle discipline. It has been run monthly since I bought it new and has always been in a heated garage. It is in collectible condition without a single scratch.

Serial #164

Type: Liquid-cooled, 90-deg., 4-stroke V-four, DOHC desmodromic, 4 valves/cyl.
Displacement: 989cc
Bore x stroke: 86.0 x 42.56mm

Compression ratio: 13.5:1
Induction: Magnetti Marelli EFI with 50mm throttle bodies, single injector/cyl.
Transmission: 6-speedChassis
Front suspension: 43mm Öhlins FG353P gas-pressurized cartridge inverted fork, 4.7 in. travel; adjustable for spring preload, rebound and high/low-speed compression damping
Rear suspension: Single Öhlins PRXB shock absorber, 4.7 in. travel; adjustable for spring preload, rebound and high/low-speed compression damping
Front brake: 2, radial-mount/four-piston monobloc calipers, 330mm stainless steel discs
Rear brake: Single twin-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front wheel: 3.50 x 17 in.; forged magnesium alloy
Rear wheel: 6.25 x 16 in.; forged magnesium alloy
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone BT-01F Uno
Rear tire: 200/55ZR-16 Bridgestone BT-01R Uno

Rake/trail: 23.5/24.5 deg. (adjustable)/3.8 in. (97mm)
Wheelbase: 56.3 in. (1430mm)
Seat height: 32.7 in. (831mm)
Fuel capacity: 4.0 gal. (15L)
Weight: 425 lb. (193 kg) wet; 401 lb. (182 kg) all fluids except gas
Instruments: LCD panel for digital speedometer, bar graph tachometer, clock, coolant temperature, odometer/dual tripmeters, ambient air temperature, battery level, lap time, scheduled maintenance, average speed/fuel consumption, fuel reserve, DDA, EOBD diagnostics; warning lights for neutral, high beam, turn signals, low oil pressure, low fuel level

If you should need any clarification or suggestions ask me six one zero five two four six nine zero zero

Aside from the scant pictures and the brief description, the seller provides little in the way of details. With more than two weeks left in the listing, the seller is asking a quite reasonable $49,800. As always, let's hear your reactions in the comments.

Unicorn: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR