Posts by tag: desmodue

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 August 23, 2017 posted by

An Elefant’s Memory – 1988 Ducati Paso 750

Shortly after the Castiglioni family took controlling interest in Ducati, they commissioned Massimo Tamburini with a new and competitive sportbike, fully faired and built tough underneath. The Paso didn't result in a dynasty, but is a sporty and interesting chapter in Ducati's history.

1988 Ducati Paso 750 for sale on eBay

Fully enclosing an air-cooled engine would generally raise some flags, but the Paso handles the heat with two ducted oil coolers, and the bodywork helps answer intake and valvetrain noise concerns.  The 73 hp have a healthy torque complement, and testers found the 5-speed acceptable.  Marzocchi suspension and Brembo triple disks are par for the course, and the 16-inch tires help the slightly overweight bike turn in.  Another innovation on the Paso was a single two-barrel Weber carb, which like the hidden mechanicals saved lira, but caused some adjustment difficulties.  Some have been converted to dual Mikuni's and some still run fine.  Jumping on the big soap bar was a new experience, but most found the built-in mirrors, signals and ergonomics excellent.

With rather low ( under 9,000 ) miles for the age, this tidy blue Paso has been waiting for a fan to come along.  Not ridden much by the current owner, it looks neither babied nor abused, but just biding its time.  Carbon silencers but hard to see any other updates.  From the eBay auction:

1 of 50 Blue bikes brought to the US 
I love the bike but I never ride it and am not into collecting for the sake of collecting
Bike is very low mile and has not been ridden much so should be tuned by a competent Ducati Tech before riding any distance
New Gel Battery 
Starts and runs great handles like a dream very quick and agile motorcycle 
In fact best handling motorcycle I have had the pleasure of riding 
I have the stock mufflers that go with the bike they are in excellent condition 
there is a small tear at the rear of the seat near the grab handle 
Also some spares
Clear title in my name 

Beside the Cagiva portmanteau, the company used an elephant mascot denoting strength and durability from their days in the luggage business.  The logo is found here and about on the Paso, almost fitting with its robust square-tube frame and desmodue.  The Castiglionis elected to stick with the better-known Ducati name at the last minute, else we'd still be seeing the little pachyderm everywhere.  The Paso evolved over its five years to a 900cc fuel-injected model, and the 750 has a good sporty-dollar ratio though its power-to-weight is a little less.  Seeming quite original, and with it's sensible opening bid, this edition may find the interested buyer out there...

-donn

An Elefant’s Memory – 1988 Ducati Paso 750
Ducati August 10, 2017 posted by

Big Bevel – 1984 Ducati MHR Mille

A bit down on their luck in the late seventies and early 1980's, Ducati brought out a string of repli-racers celebrating Mike Hailwood's 1978 Isle of Man win. The ultimate was a 973cc desmodue, claiming 76 hp and and a new frame design. This collector bike has under 3,000 miles and would make an outstanding addition to any stable.

1984 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica Mille for sale on eBay

Though largely a 900 Super Sport below the waterline, the MHR had the exciting full body and national paint, as well as Marzocchi suspension front and rear, triple Brembo disks, and gold Oscam 18-inch alloys.  The new liter engine used the bevel-gear-driven cams, plain bearings and had a healthy increase in torque to 62 ft.-lbs.

Apparently un-restored, this Mille still has the original rubber, and everything else.  Wafer-thin fairings look excellent, as do the option Conti mufflers.  The Texas owner says this in the eBay auction:

The Hailwood Mille is the final development of the bevel drive engine. This bike has only 4356 km, original condition with orig tires, Conti 2 into 1 exhaust system.  SS front brake lines.  This bike would make a great addition to any Ducati collection.

Riders of a certain age will recall Mike Hailwood as a great champion who drove Formula 1 cars as well as bikes.  Though earlier MHR machines celebrated his comeback TT win, later editions marked his untimely 1981 death.  Either way the MHR made up a healthy percentage of Ducati sales.  Cagiva's Castiglioni brothers liked Ducati's new belt-driven cam engine so much, they bought the company, and wound bevel production down as Ducati finished up development of the 750 F1.  Some collectors focus on a model's introductory years and some see value in later developments.  Often displacement increases are part of the development, in this case a great reason to look into this very collectible Mike Hailwood Replica.

-donn

Big Bevel – 1984 Ducati MHR Mille
Bimota July 24, 2017 posted by

Eyes Wide Shut – 2008 Bimota DB6R

Using Ducati's air-cooled 1100 desmodue, the rest of the Bimota DB6R pushed a lot of boundaries in the name of light weight and design.  Spot-on ergonomics and handling had many reviewers proclaiming it the best naked bike ever.  Certainly one of the most unique, and rare as only a $35K naked can be.

2008 Bimota DB6R for sale on eBay

Ducati's top desmodue pushes 95 hp, with 76 ft.-lbs. torque on tap.  The minimal trellis frame, as well as sculptural swingarm and seat frame keep the weight below 370 lbs. fueled.  Carbon side covers, belly pan, fenders and headlight fairing ensure the light weight isn't the neglect of strength.  Elsewhere billet frame connectors, wheel and brake mounts, and forged Marchesini wheels stay on message.

Offered by a Miami exotics dealer, this DB6R has just over 7,000 collector miles, and looks original and immaculate.  Their comment from the eBay auction:

2008 BIMOTA DB6 R is for riders who are looking for the most unique naked bike out there and for whom money is not an obstacle. The MSRP was $34,990.00 very few were made. A collector's must have !

Somewhere between a standard and a hypermoto, the premium construction and components on the DB6R made it kind of the Neiman-Marcus naked bike, though is has been succeeded by a more mainline hyper in the DBX.  The "Transformers" headlight and fuel tank will have you showing the bike every time you park, and the Marelli fuel injection allows you to just hop on and go.  The form-follows-function design is almost timeless, looking fresh today and ready to take it to the streets...

-donn

Eyes Wide Shut – 2008 Bimota DB6R
Ducati June 4, 2017 posted by

Pantah Cub – 1992 Ducati 400SS

Midway through Cagiva's management, Ducati addressed the junior rider markets, and developed SuperSports based on the 750SS, cylinders sized for 398cc.  The factory saw the folly of shipping them to regions without progressive licensing laws, so they never arrived stateside.  Performance didn't start a grey market-frenzy however, and a 400SS sighting is a singular experience.  Appearing complete and original, this junior Ducati might be a great collector.

1992 Ducati 400SS for sale on eBay

Mostly aimed at Japan and U.K. ( with Italy getting a 350SS ), the 400SS was almost all of the larger SS, with gold trellis frame, recent belt-driven desmosdromic valve train, upside-down forks, and 6-speed transmission.  The air-cooled two-valve engine is carburetted and claims 42 hp.  A skwosh larger than most 400's, the Ducati has more adult ergonomics and  a bit more weight than a scaled down junior.  Expenses were spared on the Marzocchi suspension, and most specifications show the 400SS having a  single front brake, but this one has been equipped with dual disks.

Though it's unclear whether this machine was ridden after being imported, it looks very good considering the 24,000 miles shown in the auction ( might be kms ? ).  Road title will have to be arranged, and some front turn signals sourced, but it has had recent valve maintenance.  Carburetion woes have been addressed with Keihin replacing the factory Mikuni's.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

This bike was only sold in Japan in the early 1990's and was imported to the US some time later. This bike runs and rides good, is lightweight, and sounds amazing!! The bike has new grips, speedo cable, Keihin racing carbs, K&N filters, good tires, Termignoni carbon fiber exhaust. Had heads rebuilt and valves shimmed and new belts less then 1000 miles ago. There are some minor blemishes in the paint, nothing major, still runs and rides fine. I have the clear Japanese paperwork on the bike, no US title yet as it just became old enough to get one (25 years old). This is a great show piece, I doubt you will ever see another one in North America, even at rare bike shows. This is a great piece for any Ducati collector!

The engine and brake modifications indicate this may have been a fan's bike even before its boat ride, and may be a much better performer than a stock 400SS.  A winner if it runs as it should and registration can be arranged.  Rarity is off the scale and fun factor right up there.  A little freshening up of the cosmetics and you'll have an interesting page from Ducati history...

-donn

Pantah Cub – 1992 Ducati 400SS
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