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Ducati December 23, 2016 posted by

Perfetto! 1993 Ducati 888 SP4

For some international flair, how about an Italian gem - in Italy? Bellissimo! Featuring the 851 race bike's frame and ancillary bits but motivated by a 888cc mill, the SP4 was an evolution of the Ducati Superbike race-machine-turned-street-bike that added exclusivity to the promise of enhanced performance. For those shopping for the ultimate 888, however, the SPS edition would be the top run of both the rarity and performance ladder. Still, a SP4 is nothing to sneeze at, and a fine pedigree for collection or riding enjoyment.

1993 Ducati 888 SP4 for sale on eBay

All SP4 models are single-seaters, emulating the race bike (for a two-up version of the Ducati 4-valve series you will have to demote to the 851 Strada, the lowliest of the 851/888 lineup). The standard equipment list is to be expected: Ohlins, Brembos and Termis. While generally lauded for rock-solid handling, the 851/888 cockpit is somewhat tight and confined. Aside from that restriction, the booming twin is surprisingly tractable, making good power across the rev range. The upper register of the RPM spectrum is where the 4-valve heads really come into play, and to keep up with comparable four-cylinder machines the 888 will need revs. The payout is in a song unlike any other motorcycle on earth - and one you will want to hear often.

From the seller:
Selling my very rare 1993 888 SP4, #420 completely original, in perfect running order with 18139 miles (29193 Km) on. The bike comes with all the original sales paperwork and toolkit, the bike was ridden for about a year by the original owner.

Since buying the bike I have done the following:
1. Full service, belts, plugs, oil and air filters, fuel filter and tank gaskets.
2. Full brake service, stripped and cleaned the calipers, new pads and new fluid

I’d like it to go to someone who will care for it and keep this classic on the road. Not interested in low-ball offers, don’t need a quick sale. I’ve been watching these bikes for a long time and I have not seen a more original,SP4 anywhere in the world.

Take a look at the photo’s the bike is in perfectly original condition

This bike is located in Cecina, Italy. The opening bid is $19k USD, so if you are interested pack your passport and your checkbook. The 851/888 series continue to be strong collector machines, and the relative rarity of the SP4 model certainly helps with the whole supply/demand equation. No takers on this one as of the time of this writing, but between the holidays and the big opening ask, that is not too surprising. Check it out here, and let us know what you think!


Perfetto!  1993 Ducati 888 SP4
Ducati December 22, 2016 posted by

Low-Mileage Future Classic: 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR for Sale

If you want a machine with charisma, humane ergonomics, and a dash of tradition, the early 90s Ducati 900SS is a modern classic that offers a less frantic experience than similar bikes from Japan. Straight-line performance for the two-valve v-twin is modest, but these were all about midrange power and torque. Powered by a 904cc version of Ducati's air/oil-cooled Pantah-derived engine, the 900SS came in SS/SP and SS/CR flavors. The SP was equipped with some carbon bits and adjustable suspension components, so handling for the more entry-level CR is pretty basic.

I happen to love the half-faired version of the bike seen here, although I'd probably try to find a nice SP version and just fit the abbreviated fairing: the non-adjustable Showa forks found on some CRs aren't great, but even those are better than the much-maligned Marzocchi parts... I'm not sure which are fitted here, but it really shouldn't matter since you either won't use the bike for serious canyon-strafing and live with the stock parts, or will just bin them and get something better. But plenty of parts exist to sort that out: a set of forks from the SP, an adjustable Öhlins rear shock and some good rubber should see things improve significantly.

As always with a Ducati: condition is key and maintenance is critical: valve adjustments every 6,000 miles and timing belt changes every 12,000 miles or two years at the very least. The air/oil-cooled Ducati engine is fundamentally rugged, but needs more attention than many other machines and neglect is your enemy: the 900SS may be cheap to buy, but putting a bad one right can quickly exceed your purchase price, so this one looks like a pretty good deal.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati 900SS/CR for Sale

Ducati's Supersport line has a pedigree that unmatched, its lineage traceable all the way back to the original 750cc racing Supersport of 1972. That bike won the famous Imola 200 race under rider Paul Smart, cementing respect for the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. The early 1990's were special years for Ducati's 900SS.  With the re-designed frame, improved Brembo brakes, the 900SS had the handling to accompany the booming 904cc desmodue. Powered by an air-cooled desmodromic 2-valve 90° V-twin is nicely carbureted by Mikuni, and has a wide power band.

This 900 SS/CR has had a pampered life, one owner, 5888 original miles, dealer serviced and always garaged. Basically stock with the exception of carbon fiber exhaust by D&D, bar end mirrors and rear fender eliminator. Recently serviced with belts replaced and carbs rebuilt. Includes all stock parts, both original keys and original manuals. This your opportunity to own a beautiful example of Italian engineering.

I happen to think the air/oil-cooled Ducati twins are some of the nicest-sounding engines of all time, but if you buy this one you'd better hope your neighbors agree, as those D&D cans are pretty loud... I'd keep them, but the seller indicates that he has "all stock parts" so you can always fit the original, much quieter pipes if you prefer. The Pantah-engined 900SS has been at or nearly at the bottom of the Ducati food chain for a while now, but prices are starting to creep up for good examples. The Buy-It-Now for this very clean example is a reasonable $5,200 but as always, a few folks are really jumping the gun on values: there's an SS/SP that's been sitting on eBay for a while now, with an asking price of almost $9,000... But nice, reasonably-priced examples like this one are still out there if you look.


Low-Mileage Future Classic: 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR for Sale
Ducati December 14, 2016 posted by

Two Up – 1988 Ducati F1B

With an eye on several "Battle of the Twins" races series, Ducati brought the 750 F1 forward with a minimum of new engineering and development dollars.  The bikes are now revered for their stripped down sensibilities and this particular F1B is a gem with under 4,000 miles.

1988 Ducati F1B for sale on eBay


Descendant from the Pantah and 600TT2, the 750F1 used cam belts and twin Dell'Ortos to achieve the landmark 100 hp per liter, or 75 hp from the 748 cc L-twin desmodue.  The fuel tank rests in the steel trellis frame with fabricated swingarm.  Almost vintage in character, the right-side up forks complement single-adjustable monoshock, with 280mm Brembo brakes.  Very light but full coverage fairing has seat fairing as well.


This F1 looks very, very good, as it should for the high starting bid.  Some mishap has befallen the solo seat but the SoCal owner has a replacement biposto, which might actually make the bike more enjoyable with its more flexible seating position.  As the eBay auction states:



Of course the "last real Ducati" is entirely a matter of perspective, but one can hardly argue the lack of mission creep in the short F1 model run.  No concessions to touring or daily utility, it's all you need for an afternoon in the twisties and nothing more.  Sure there are a handful of race replicas existing with their circuit city names, but the 750 F1 presented here would be an outstanding rider or nice addition to the collection...


Two Up – 1988 Ducati F1B
Ducati December 14, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart

Known as the PS1000LE in geek speak, the Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition was a throwback to the green-framed bevels of yore. Celebrating Paul Smart's victory at Imola in 1972, this modern interpretation of the 750ss - itself an homage to the green-framed winning racer - was penned by the polarizing eye of Ducati designer Pierre Terblanche (known for the Supermono, 999 and MH900e to name a few). And while some of Pierre's other designs swing a bit wide of the mark, he really nailed it with the Smart Edition. With flowing lines and graceful curves, this bike really does carry the look of function and performance, while tipping its cap to the racers that have gone before.

2006 Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart for sale!

Like the original race bike, the Paul Smart is a solo ride. Looking retro is only part of the package, though. Modern frame geometry and top-shelf brakes and suspension cover the handling department. Like the rest of the Sport Classic line, the PS1000LE is powered by the venerable two-valve, twin-spark, air-cooled twin. While not known for stratospheric revs or universe warping top end, this is a fantastic, torquey lump for daily cut-and-thrust riding. It is as bulletproof as you are to find; hundreds of thousands of units power Supersports, Monsters and the like. With dry clutch and even firing order, this bike makes a statement even when idling in traffic.

From the seller:
I bought this fantastic motorcycle from a M J Sales/Royal Enfield of Forth Worth in Texas. The previous owner was a woman and she sold the bike for financial reasons. This is an all original one of kind motorcycle. I owned this bike since 2013 and as a collector I have used the motorcycle only to ride around my neighborhood. It has a smooth engine and cafe racer style. The condition is fantastic and have all the documentation, manual, red key, battery tender and cover as well. It is kept inside my garage and never ever has been in the rain. The tachometer was changed because of factory defect. I have all the documentation and when I bought the motorcycle the mileage on was 1,223, when the problem appeared the bike was with around 1,600 miles. Now the new tachometer is marking 26 miles and going up if I continue to ride. As you can notice I ridden very little on it. Close to the mirror, on the fairing there is a very little crack line as you can see at the pictures. Other than that mention above everything is in perfect condition. Any question do not hesitate to contact me.

Aside from the looks, sounds and history that oozes from this bike, we need to talk about performance. I'm talking about the "buy it today, ride it, and sell it for more than you bought it for..." kind of performance. It is quite clear that the PS1000LE is earning its keep as an investment vehicle. With clean, documented, stock examples so difficult to find these days, prices continue to be on the rise. That especially holds true for unmolested, original condition bikes. With this auction currently well below that mark this may well be your best chance to get into the market for a Paul Smart - which would be smart money indeed. Good Luck!


Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart
Ducati December 11, 2016 posted by

Green Party – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition

Peculiar as only a green Ducati superbike can be, the 2004 Matrix Reloaded edition commemorated a 996 that was used in 2002 to film the movie which was released in 2003. Still the early testastretta engine had a great platform in the mature 916/996 chassis, and is a great collectible and rider.

2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition for sale on eBay

Using a familiar desmodue crankcase but all new hardparts and valvetrain, the 998 had 123 hp available.  The Matrix is trimmed out in silver and occasional gold, the silver trellis frame having Showa forks with Ti-nitrided sliders and gold Öhlins monoshock.  Centers for the Brembo 320mm floating rotors are also gold anodized and 4-piston calipers of course painted gold.  With the last of the iconic side-by-side headlights, the green fairing requires a scrunch to really get under the 165 mph wind, but can do an 11-second 1/4 with the right rider.

Looking substantially stock with only a boo-boo or two for its 12,500 miles, this 998 has been and could continue to be enjoyed.  Some maintenance history is offered, and the owner has updated the exhaust to Silmoto slip-ons as well as removed the rear turn signals in favor of the popular LED tailight / directionals.  He says this in the eBay auction:

2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Edition. Very limited production (1 year only, about 250 made). Factory green paint. Adult ridden, and well cared for. About 12500 miles on it. Newer tires, oil changed recently. Upgrades include: SILMOTO carbon fiber exhaust, carbon fiber heel plates, heat shield, chain guard and sprocket cover, Pipercross air filter, integrated rear tail light/ turn signals and open clutch cover. Dyno tested at 114 HP at the rear wheel with a very good power band. Rear stand included with "buy it now" price. NEVER ON A TRACK!

Possibly the ultimate base model of its generation, the 1098 reviewed with stable if heavyweight handling and great usable powerband.  The distinctive Matrix colors are a bonus for the fan or collector with a stable of red and yellow Ducs.  The ask seems optimistic here but certainly bears watching.  The rideable condition of this 998 would be great to re-create Neo's escape with the Keymaker or with its rarity, the basis for an easy restoration...


Green Party – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition
Ducati December 2, 2016 posted by

Beginning of the End – 2002 Ducati 998

2002 saw Ducati introduce the testastretta engine into a production model, and work was wrapping up on the succeeding 999.  The 998 was the best of the 916/996 chassis, with the 123 hp EVO engine, and reviewed as the bike to own once in your life.


2002 Ducati 998 for sale on eBay


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With its revised valve train, the 998cc narrow head motor was heavily oversquare and delivered rated power at  10,000 rpm, with a wide torque band.  The now iconic trellis frame and underseat exhaust hid the details beautifully.  43mm Showa forks are complemented by the Ohlins monoshock and steering damper.  320mm Brembo brakes are up front, with 220mm single rear.  The classic superbike fairing was available with one or two seats, this one a monoposto with a white number area front and rear.


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Evidently a two-owner bike, this 998 has a little over 7,000 miles and looks super clean.  Though the mind wanders to the dark side when a lower-mile bike has had a repaint, it looks like a nice upgrade from the factory paint.  And while we could quibble about the yellow accents, the unfaired photos allay most fears of damage history.  From the eBay auction:

Up for sale here is my beautiful, immaculate 2002 998 Monoposto. Previous owner added the following items: Termi slip-ons, adjustable levers, Ohlins steering damper, fender eliminator, Samco hoses, upgraded clutch slave, and a few carbon bits. He also had all bodywork painted by a highly-regarded painter in the northeast who made subtle changes to the "Ducati 998" font on the side fairings and pinstripes framing the white number plates. Aesthetics are obviously in the eye of the beholder but I find both to be much better looking than the stock look. OEM wheels are also powder-coated black.


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Thankfully this 998 has been cared for, with good attention to maintenance and nice farkles all over.  The lightweight battery and keyless gas cap are unmentioned but great mods.  Before the jump to overwhelming power that followed a few years later, the 998 was the ultimate machine of the game changing 916/996 family.  Factory jitters forced the 998 to share the showroom with the 999 in 2003, and was available by special order in 2004-5.  The 999 took over factory race efforts and but the 998 did well for privateers in the supersport classes.



Beginning of the End – 2002 Ducati 998