Posts by tag: 992cc

Ducati March 21, 2018 posted by

Distant Rumble – 2004 Ducati 1000DS SuperSport

Long and lean, Ducati's 1000 Dual Spark SuperSport impressed reviewers with stable handling and sensible seat height.  Its 85 air-cooled hp don't snap the bike upright but do just fine making the cars and bikes behind get smaller.  This 2004 model has miles but recent maintenance and a very factory appearance.

2004 Ducati 1000DS SuperSport for sale on eBay

Ducati used two sparks plugs ( and valves ) per cylinder to help increase power.  Similar 90-degree L-twins powered the Monster and Multi Strada, trading the stable temperatures of liquid cooling for the simplicity and lighter weight of air cooling.  Many updates were made to the heads to improve valve angles and gas flow.  The classic trellis frame provides a solid platform for the 43mm Showa forks and alloy swingarm with Öhlins shock.  The dry clutch is also all aluminum to save weight.  Gold line Brembo calipers are found over dual 320mm front disks and 245mm rear.

Despite 24,000 and 14 years, this 1000DS looks very good.  As a 2004 it has alloy swingarm, Marchesini wheels, and Öhlins rear shock that were later value-engineered into cheaper components.  It also has the rarely seen aluminum mufflers and factory turn signals.  I had thought that Ducati only offered the 1000DS SuperSport with full fairing, but maybe this example snuck in under that wire as well.  Maintenance history from the eBay auction :

Work at 17,000 Miles :

  • Valves Checked (No adjustment needed)
  • New Timing Belts Installed

Recent Work at 21,000 Miles :

  • New Brakes

Just Installed at 24,000 Miles :

  • Oil Changed – 100% Synthetic, with new mounts on the oil cooler
  • Ducati Air Filter
  • New Front and Rear Tires
  • New chain
  • Both sprockets (front and rear) are new, geared for the highway
  • New Battery
  • New Rubber Oil Cooler Mounts


Fans might differ on the complex Terblanche design, but the basic facts of a nicely faired 1000cc sportbike remain, with the fanfare of the big L-twin on approach.  Some afficionados recommend buying the very latest of whatever model you choose, but the 1000DS SuperSport is an exception, this 2004 being better equipped than later years.  Since the last year of the model was 2007, all major improvements are on board the '04.  The simplicity of the desmodue also lends itself much better to hobbyist maintenance than a new bike, and this well cared-for example is worth a look-see...


Distant Rumble – 2004 Ducati 1000DS SuperSport
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...


Underused – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE
Ducati February 16, 2017 posted by

Worked – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto

Ducati SportClassics were made from 2006-2010, and with their cafe-racer looks, were very popular with customizers.  The dual-spark 992cc engine was fuel injected, and its reliability lent itself more to breathing upgrades than internal work.  This example has had intake and exhaust work and some well-executed cosmetic upgrades.

2007 Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto for sale on eBay

Designer Pierre Terblanche got started with the wild-retro MH900E, and completed the thought with the SportClassic line.  Pretty good power from the air-cooled desmodue at 92hp, with stable handling and moderate weight.  Dual shocks and dry clutch make reference to the good old days.  Bars are apparently clip-ons, but have risers and some adjustment to ease the pain.  The seat is the best of both worlds, a dual seat with color coordinated cafe cover.

No word on how many owners, but this Sport has been treated well and shows just one spot of clearcoat failure for its 7,500 miles.  The current owner is an Arrow fan and put on 2-into-1 exhaust and had it altered to work with the passenger pegs.  Velocity stacks and ECU reprogramming complete the respiratory therapy.

Not often seen at this level are the fender-ectomy and SpeedyMoto open cam belts ( with guards ).  Can't say the license plate mount is my taste but there a lot of nice smaller upgrades.  From the eBay auction:

• Pazzo adjustable brake and clutch levers
• Kuan steering damper mount with Ohlins damper
• Rear fender removed
• Taillight flipped and mounted under the seat pan (turn signals reversed to accommodate flip)
• Custom license plate mount with factory license plate light
• STM clutch slave
• Custom Arrow 2 ­1 stainless steel race full exhaust (not a slip on) ­­ I fell in love with Arrow exhaust when I put a system on my Monster. The sound is second to none and this exhaust does not disappoint. The reason it is custom is that Arrow never made a system to fit a biposto bike; it was only intended to fit the 2006 mono. I purchased one and worked with a local exhaust shop to modify it just enough so that it would clear the brake pedal and rear set.

• Speedy Moto frame sliders
• Speedy Moto Leggero belt pulley covers
• Corse Dynamics high performance intake system (includes velocity stacks, air filters, crankcase breather, etc.)
• MW Tuning / REXXER ecu re­flash to accommodate intake and exhaust mods. O2 sensor delete.
• Billet high capacity ECU heat sink
• Corse Dynamics magnetic oil drain plug
• Lane splitter style round bar­end rear view mirror
• RAM Mount triple clamp mounted ball for accessory mounts (phone/gps/etc.)

Light on the miles and looking great, this SportClassic has a steep buy-it-now but the right equipment and up-to-date maintenance.  The Make Offer button is there if this classic red machine speaks to you.  As the wintry mix fades this might be a good opportunity...


Worked – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto
Ducati February 12, 2017 posted by

Your Tax Dollars at Work ? – 2007 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 with 31 miles !

Shoehorning the 992 cc dual-spark into the popular Monster frame, Ducati lined up the elements of a great naked sportbike.  With air-cooled desmodue, single-sided swingarm, and dual mufflers, the model held down the middle of the showroom between the basic M695 and the radical S4RS Testastretta.  This example has been stored since new, and could continue the beauty contest or be rare stock rider.

2007 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 for sale on eBay

Now nearly halfway back through the long and continuing Monster history, the S2R 1000 has a slightly overstuffed vibe but still supports the original concept.  Nicer components such as adjustable suspension, sculpted trellis swingarm, oil cooler, and Marchesini alloys set the scene.  The reliable 1000 DS lump has scores of internal improvements and was found at the top of the range in Ducati's SuperSport and MultiStrada line-ups.  And of course with the Monster it's all on display.

A display bike since new, this Monster has only 21 miles for its ten years, bone stock and virtually showroom.  From the eBay auction:

The back story:  This motorcycle along with a second unit where purchased by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a research grant testing electric drive systems.  The first bike was the primary, and used for testing of the drive system.  This bike was the back up and went literally untouched.  Upon completion of the research grant both bikes where offered for sale which is how I got a hold of this rare find.  I've had the bike for almost 7 years.  Being my second bike I elected to keep it as a display piece.  I have relocated to Houston from New England and no longer have the space to store the bike.

Quick on its feet around town, the Monster can be a challenge on the slab with just its headlight fairing.  The S2R has a few carbon accents, but the black belt covers, exposed fuel vapor system and Euro-3 catalyst are waiting for the customizer's credit card.  Rather more rare than smaller top-selling Monster, this would be a  great platform for a caught-in-time retro, or for a fan, maybe it's the one that got away...

- donn

Your Tax Dollars at Work ? – 2007 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 with 31 miles !
Ducati October 18, 2016 posted by

Paul Smart Stunt Double – 2006 Ducati Sport 1000

With Ducati Paul Smart commemoratives fetching $25K-ish, this owner has created a similarly configured bike with lot of nicer  components, distinguishable from the original only by the not-blue frame and the Mediterranean cruise you can take with the price difference.


2006 Ducati Sport 1000 for sale on eBay


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Designed by Pierre Terblanche in the early 2000's, the SportClassic line-up used the 992cc air-cooled dual spark engine, and had 93 hp available.  The chro-moly trellis works around the vertical cylinder and back towards the integrated seat subframe.  All systems are available for view, and on this bike have been done up nicely.  Forks by Marzocchi and Sachs monoshock have given way to Öhlins both ends.  Brakes are still unbeatable 4-puck Brembo fronts with 320mm rotors, followed by 245mm rear.  A factory Sport 1000 fairing has been added to the monoposto seat and all the bodywork painted an understated dark silver.


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Presented by a San Diego dealer, there are a lot of nice touches on this one.  Those peek-a-boo Rizoma cam belt covers lead the charge, but there is a matching clutch cover, Arrow exhaust system, Acculign adjustable rearsets, and some niceties in the intake stream but out of view.  Here's a short list from the eBay auction:

This is a 1 Owner bike.  Bike is very clean and has been built with the best parts possible.  Looks like a Paul Smart but is not a Paul Smart.  Just as good with the upgraded Ohlins and striking paint.

Ducati  S upper fairing

Custom silver paint

Ohlins Fork Internals

Ohlins Rear Shock

Full Arrow exhaust

Acculign Rearsets

Rizoma Clutch Cover

Rizoma Belt Covers

Rizoma Brake and Clutch billet reservoirs

STM Frame Plugs

STM Crank Case Breather

Sargent Seat

Ducati Performance Slave Cylinder

CNC Billet timing cover

Duc Shop velocity stacks and 

Termi ECU

K&N Airfilters


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SportClassics can be a bit of a labor of love, since everything is visible, it's nice if it looks good.  For its nearly 12,000 miles, this machine looks ready for a serious show.  Comfy-looking grips might push the odometer a little farther than the low bars and solo seat would indicate.  When you do arrive,  you'll have a singular ride, all of the best attributes of a Paul Smart, and improved in many ways...



Paul Smart Stunt Double – 2006 Ducati Sport 1000
magni October 9, 2016 posted by

Race Trim – 1994 Magni Australia

Though Arturo Magni's company made road bikes as well, they were virtually all for homolagation of the racing machines with purpose built frames and fairings.  Rarely seen stateside, this Magni is still in race trim and spectacular.


1994 Magni Australia for sale on eBay



Magni started out at Gilera, and worked with Count Agusta at MV until the founder's death in 1976.  He and his sons then founded their own firm and began work with Honda and BMW-based sportbikes, but started the dynasty with Moto-Guzzi engines in 1984.  Developed with an eye toward the Battle of Twins racing around the world, the bikes did well down under, and led to the Australia sport bike.



Using the 4-valve Moto Guzzi 992 cc engine, the Australia had 102 hp available in road trim, and the race bikes also used Weber-Marelli fuel injection.  Magni designed their own chro-moly frame, and had developed the Parallelogrammo shaft drive rear suspension.  Dampers were Forcelle-Italia inverted forks and WP monoshock, both fully adjustable.  Brembo 320mm disks are found up front with 4-piston calipers, and a 230mm rear brake.  17-inch wheels are under carbon-fiber mudguards, with full endurance fairing and monoposto seat.



Presented by a SoCal specialty shop, this Magni has open intakes and Termignoni carbon mufflers, and appears to have escaped the eventualities of actual racing.  The binnacle shows just 3,000 miles, and the eBay auction states clear title -




Though the rarity of this machine is off the charts, Magni's sons continue to design and fabricate Guzzi and MV-based bikes.  Bulletproof mechanicals and still-available special parts are a nice combination.  A new owner could take the Australia for track days or vintage races without undue worry.  Or set it up for DMV inspection and have a great Sunday...


Race Trim – 1994 Magni Australia