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Bimota September 9, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: NOS 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D

Sept 9 Update: Due to some issues with eBay UK, the seller has relisted this rare Tesi 1D. Links updated. -MI

From the RSBFS International Desk comes this amazing New Old Stock (NOS) 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D. Created as a thesis for his Mechanical Engineering degree, Bimota Designer Pierluigi Marconi’s hub-steering Bimota TESI 1D was first launched in 1990. The bike was an instant sensation with a swing arm arrangement both front and rear, and an evolution of the DB1's all-enveloping bodywork. The Tesi also utilized Ducati motive power. Today's bike is the rare 904 SR version of the 1D, utilizing a factory-stroked Ducati 888 Superbike mill.

1992 Bimota Tesi 1D 904 SR for sale on eBay

The Tesi - like all Bimota designs - was based around a "function first" ideology. The goal of the strange front end was to isolate the braking forces from other suspension work (such as bumps). The end result is a bike that resists nosediving under hard braking, yet can still be compliant over bumps and road irregularities. The target was no different than what Honda attempted with their TRAC anti-dive front fork; the Tesi front swing arm was simply a different way to achieve it. Ultimately, Honda discovered that a conventional fork that was properly calibrated was more ideal than their TRAC trickery - and Bimota eventually came to the same conclusion. But today, the Tesi continues to conjure evocative imagery and remains a super-exclusive rarity by collector standards.

To find this NEW example (the term "museum quality" loses all luster when compared to this specimen) in this rare configuration available is unheard of - and unlikely to happen again. Coming out of a museum located in Germany, I'll let the seller pick up the tale on this rare find:

From the seller:
This 1992 Bimota Tesi is one of a handfull of bikes left from our collection which we have been dissolving this past year due to continued health related reasons which in turn require us to consolidate all our personal items and to scale back from multiple locations to just one.

Being able to own an original, genuine, brand new, never used Bimota Tesi 1D has got to be special for most serious collectors ; it being a 904SR, the rarest of all 412 Tesi versions ever build should make it an even more desirable and unique affair.

More from the seller:
New motorcycle, never ridden, never run, properly prepared for longterm display. Specifically ordered from the distributor without any fluids when new in 1992. Neither the hydraulic brake system front and rear, nor the cooling system nor the original battery have ever been filled with fluids. All mechanical components inside the engine are most likely still coated with assembly lube from the Ducati factory. The engine is filled with a light-weight oil to preserve internals, it has never been started or run. The 904SR was Bimotas first special version, build in only 20 units and based on the Ducati 888 engine, but with a longer stroke to come up to 904cc. It was the most powerful of all Tesi's in unrestricted tune and several of these 904's were used by very wealthy enthusiasts in racing series in Europe during the 90-ies

More from the seller:
This Bimota Tesi was kept in a climate controlled environment without UV light present, so there has been no deterioration of any rubber pieces and no discoloration of any painted or coated surfaces. Of course there is no oxidation present on any metal surfaces or fasteners. The protective yellow zinc plating on all
3 cast iron Brembo rotor surfaces is still present, the seat foam on the molded solo seat pad and backrest is still uncompressed. The tires mounted were specified to be racing tires when ordered new. Levers, grips, pegs, chain, sprockets as most everything else on this motorcycle are as new as they were in 1992.

More from the seller:
This Bimota comes with all the original ownership documents, the owners manual, the warranty booklet, copies of the parts manual and workshop manual and the original Tesi toolkit in duplicate. The original early Tesi rear stand, the one off custom front stand (for displaying the bike with both tires off the ground) both mph and km/h dash boards (km dash & computer packed up, mph dash with protective white film still underneath mounted in fairing) and two original Weber Marelli P7 ECU computers, one chip'd for regular street use and the other fully open P7 ECU chip'd for race use performance, are also included. Multiple other original spares come with the bike. Of course the red Bimota cover is present and in its correct Bimota bag, but has never been used.

More from the seller:
There are absolutely no guidelines as to what the value of this motorcycle might be in the current international market place. The Bimota Tesi was unique and different when it came onto the market in the early 1990-ies. With only 412 Tesi 1D (all street versions, across all production years, all displacements sans racing bikes and prototypes) build during the 1990-ies it is today probably one of the rarest collectible bikes anyone could own from that or any other period. It was the epitome of italian engineering at the time

Riding a Tesi is said to be far more conventional that it would appear; other than a relatively horrid turning radius, one cannot tell that there is anything different once underway. But I doubt this would be the bike to use to learn of that experience. A motorcycle can only be new once. It can only have zero miles once. If you are in the business of collecting, you look for the very best example you can find. When it comes to a 1D model Tesi, this absolutely has to be the most stunning, original bike we have ever seen. Values are so difficult to ascertain because we very rarely have real sales data for bikes in this condition. The seller has thrown out a rather large number as a starting point, but is open to considered counter offers. There are also a ton of pictures and even more detail on the auction page. Check out this perfect Tesi 1D here; you will not see another like it again. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: NOS 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D
Ducati July 18, 2017 posted by

“For Off Road Use Only”: 1992 Ducati 888 Corsa for Sale

Update 7.18.17: We originally saw this 888 Corsa last September and the seller was reportedly looking for $75k. This bike is back on eBay and has a buy-it-now of $60k. Links are updated. -dc

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This Ducati 888 Corsa isn't some roadbike that was stripped of lights and accessories. It is one of a claimed 30 built in 1992 explicitly for racing and came ready for battle, naked except for the parts both inside and out needed to make it go fast and be competitive in World Superbike racing.

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Powered by a liquid-cooled, four-valve development of Ducati's air and oil-cooled Desmo L-twin engine, the 851 and later 888 marked Ducati's return to relevance. The air-cooled bikes certainly handled well, but were significantly down on outright power and, as the Japanese Big Four continued the rapid development of their four-cylinder sportbikes, just couldn't compete in terms of outright performance.

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Hung in one of their tubular trellis-style frames, the new Desmoquattro featured fuel injection and generally made less peak horsepower than competing four-cylinders, but produced its torque-rich power across a wider range, allowing riders to get on the power sooner for better drive out of corners. That, in addition to the displacement advantage granted to them compared to the 750cc inline fours, gave the new four-valve Ducatis a significant advantage, and they were very successful in World Superbike with the 851, 888, and later with their 916.

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From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati 888 Corsa for Sale

This bike is one of 30.
Only 30 were produced in 1992 for Ducati race teams.
Don't know how many are left in the world.
The bike has Termignoni exhaust.
The front brakes are one carbon rotor and one conventional rotor.
Bike is titled as an off road track only but it is titled.
From 1989 to 1992 the frame was white and a red body.

Unfortunately, the listing doesn't include any information about the bike's history. As a race bike, there's likely been an evolving roster of components, unless the bike's been off the road for a long time, and I wonder what's going on under the skin. Witness the mismatched front discs that use two different materials and the modern radial front brake and clutch master cylinders. The bike is obviously clean and in excellent shape, and bidders don't seem put off by the spare listing: at almost $32,000 the reserve has not been met and there are still several days left on the auction.

-tad

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“For Off Road Use Only”: 1992 Ducati 888 Corsa for Sale
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 March 29, 2017 posted by

Museum Piece: Low-Mileage, One-Owner 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

For connoisseurs, the Ducati 851 is the Bolognese superbike to have: it's not as obvious or uncomfortable as a 916, and it was the first of the four-valve breed, the speartip of Ducati's new push to be relevant to the modern sportbike world. The air-cooled, two-valve Pantah may be a classic, charismatic engine, but it couldn't possibly hope to compete against liquid-cooled, sixteen-valve inline fours in the brand-new World Superbike series that was meant to showcase the very best production-based motorcycles in wheel-to-wheel competition. So Ducati added four-valve heads and liquid-cooling to their venerable L-Twin and quickly found success: a displacement advantage helped to offset the outright power gap compared to the four-cylinder bikes, and handling was excellent.

Styling is more "functionally elegant" than "dripping with sex," but that means humane ergonomics and less flash for Ducati fans more interested in performance than posing. And although the bike's 93hp isn't huge by today's standards, it has the famous Ducati torque that's gone missing from bikes like the 1199 as they've chased revs and horsepower to compete with the fours. The low-mount dual exhausts seem to sound much better than the 916's undertail system, for some reason, and they're also obviously much less likely to roast sensitive parts of your anatomy.

Early four-valve bikes like the 851 and 888 can get expensive to maintain if you don't do some of the work yourself: frequent regular belt changes and valve-adjustments don't require pricey parts, but are labor-intensive at standard shop rates. They can be fickle, but the slow evolution of these bikes' hard parts mean spares shouldn't be too difficult to track down. In general, the rule with Ducatis is: buy wisely or pay the price, as a "cheap" example can quickly become a very expensive proposition. Luckily, today's bike avoids that by being fastidiously maintained and enthusiast-owned.

From the original eBay listing: Low-Mileage, One-Owner 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

I purchased this bike in June of 1991 and have been the only owner since the bike was new.  I purchased the bike from Dunbar Motorsports in Brockton, Massachusetts.  The bike is currently located in Atlanta, Georgia.

The bike is in near-pristine condition, and is a desirable bike for a collection, or as a concours bike, or just as a daily rider.

Here is literally every flaw I could find, no matter how minor.  All of these minor bumps and bruises are shown in the photographs:

  • There is a very small chip in the fiberglass on the removable pillion cover that covers the passenger’s seat (see photo #8)
  • There is a very small area on the right muffler where it is rough (see photo #9).  I lent the bike to my brother soon after I got it, and he managed to drop the bike while just sitting on it (!).  The only things damaged were the right side fairing and right side mirror, a small area on the muffler and, of course, my brother’s pride.  He replaced the fairing and mirror with factory new parts (this was quite some time ago when it was still possible to get factory new parts), but the damage to the muffler was so minor that I couldn’t ask him to replace it.  Note that this was the only time in its life that the bike was dropped.
  • There is a VERY minor stress crack in the fiberglass on the front fairing (see photo #10).
  • There are 3 small parallel cracks in the paint on the frame near the right foot peg (see photo #11).
  • The rubber cover for the brake light switch is dry and starting to crack (see photo #12).

As I said, all very minor.  Other than these minor flaws, the bike is in pristine condition, and is exactly as it rolled off the showroom floor in 1991 -- down to the original Michelin Hi-Sport tires which are still in good shape (though I might recommend changing them out if you plan to take many tight corners, as they are 26 years old!).  There have been no aftermarket modifications whatsoever.

The bike was completely serviced last fall by Ducshop in Marietta, Georgia (http://ducshop.com), including belts, fluids, battery, etc.  The bike has a clear Georgia title, is registered and insured, and ridden periodically to keep its legs stretched.  The bike runs perfectly, and is a real thrill to ride.

The bike comes with all of its paperwork, including the service records, original Owner’s Identification Card, original Purchase and Warranty Registration, original Bill of Sale from the dealer (the bike cost $12,350 in 1991), and the original Owner’s Manual.  The bike also comes with a race stand that the dealer originally included with the sale of the bike (the bike has never been raced or has even been on a track).

The bike is the Strada (street) model of the 851 Superbike.  Like all Superbikes, it has the 8-valve (4 per cylinder), fuel injected “desmodromic” engine (the valves are both opened and closed by a cam to eliminate any possibility of valve float at high RPM).

The 851 Superbike model was first launched in 1987.  With its powerful liquid-cooled, fuel injected, 8-valve V-twin desmo engine, its signature steel tube trellis frame, Brembo brakes and Marzocchi suspension, it heralded the start of the modern era for Ducati.  Built for the fledgling World SuperBike series, Ducati quickly won three World SuperBike crowns in a row 1990-1992, with Frenchman Raymond Roche aboard the 1990 851, and Doug Polen riding an 851 bored out to 888cc.

The unfortunate thing about a bike like this is that part of the value is derived from the low miles and originality, a shame since these are great riders' bikes. In addition, that functional styling means a riding position that won't outright murder your spine, so the low mileage is doubly tragic. In such sharp condition, I have no doubt this one will find a very happy buyer: bidding is already up to $8,950 with several days left on the auction.

-tad

Museum Piece: Low-Mileage, One-Owner 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale
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 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!

MI

Perfetto!  1993 Ducati 888 SP4