Posts by tag: desmodue

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 February 6, 2018 posted by

178 Miler: 2002 Ducati MH900e

I know it is early in the year, but I'm going to go out on a limb and proclaim this advert as one of the top 5 worst presentations of 2018. Fortunately, the bike is a MH900e - the Terblanche-designed internet wunderbike that put Ducati collectables on the map. Sold in limited numbers and online only, the Y2K re-interpretation of the Mike Hailwood replica classic is a little bit of eye candy artwork, a little bit of a modern torture rack and a little bit of a parts bin special. It is also a great investment vehicle for those who don't like to ride.

2002 Ducati MH900e with 178 miles on eBay

Based around the ubiquitous Ducati L-twin, the MH900e started life out as a 900 Supersport. With air cooling, two valve desmodue heads and dry clutch the MH900e exudes all the coarseness of the lower echelon Ducatis. The rest of the bike is pure Terblance, with stylish extremes at every angle. From the front the circular headlamp and fairing calls to mind the late 70s and early 80s Ducatis that were so successful on the track. At the rear the offset rear shock draws the eye to the unique swing arm, the shotgun exhausts and the wheel that seems to hang out in space. Even the splash of colors combine with the chrome accents to stand out. The presence of the bike is amazing, making the MH900e one of the most popular bikes NOT to ride.

From the seller:
Part of a collection. Rare 2002 Ducati MH900e. Well babied from day one. Never raced, abused or even wet for that matter.

Between the lousy pictures and the non-existent text, it does not appear that this advert was created by an enthusiast. It is listed as "Ducati Sport Touring" and the listing has no VIN number. How about one or two pics in focus? It is too hard to actually move the bike to a point where you can take a decent photo? What is the history of the bike? What collection is it part of? Why is the collection being sold off / liquidated? When was the last time this bike ran? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a poor pic simply prompts a thousand questions.

According to the limited info in the advert, this particular example sports but 178 miles. That is closer to being new than many we have seen. However it is interesting in that mileage does not really seem to affect the MH900e values; perhaps it is because so few MH900e models actually accrue road yardage (rumor has it that they are too uncomfortable to ride much), or perhaps it is simply because these are rare bikes that always have a market. Regardless, this example appears to be a well-cared specimen that is looking for a new home. The starting ask is Canadian $18,000 (approx $14.5k USD), which is well-below market value. There is a reserve in place, and you can expect the seller to be looking for somewhere in the $20k USD neighborhood. Check it out here and then let us know if you would like one of these in your collection - and why. Good Luck!!


178 Miler: 2002 Ducati MH900e
Ducati January 20, 2018 posted by

Too Much of a Good Thing – 1995 Ducati Supersport SS/SP

Drumming up business sometimes involves a round of badge engineering, which Ducati succumbed to in the early 1990's with their SuperSports.  The normally venerable Sport Production designation was a bit diluted but the all-American model was graced with some carbon components and Showa adjustable suspension.  Still it's a significant and low-production Ducati, and number 349 is from Colorado, boasts under 10,000 miles and has enjoyed factory service since it is or was owned by a Ducati dealer.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP #349 for sale on eBay


Positioned in between the Cafe Racer and Super Light, the Sport Production had the best of each, alloy swingarm, 17-inch wheels, dual seat with low-swept mufflers.  Performance was standard Super Sport with 84 hp pushing a dry weight of just about 400 lbs.  The warm silver trellis frame went well with the silver engine and swingarm, as well as the matching wheels and silver and gold decals on the red fairing.


Relatively low miles and no apparent damage show on the classic SS, though the discoloration of the carbon mudguards and clutch cover is puzzling - perhaps over-enthusiastic cleaning.  Surprisingly stock, this 900SS will require no un-updating by the new owner.  From the eBay auction:

This bike is one of the classic SuperSport that has a timeless look !  It starts right up and runs and sounds so good ! Bike has 9,729 miles on it.  Carbon fiber mufflers.  And is in great condition !  Bike was Senior owned by a former Ducati dealership owner.  All service was performed by his factory trained Ducati mechanics.  Feel free to ask me any questions about this motorcycle.  I am selling it for the owner and am also a Ducati factory trained mechanic.  This bike will put a smile on your face every time you ride it !  Bike is serialized number 349.


The 91-98 SuperSport reviewed as a two-wheeled Swiss army knife and has been successful in racing and sport-touring alike.  With not much you don't need, the performance was crisp with the only niggle being somewhat ponderous low-speed steering.  The opening $3,800 bid hasn't enticed anyone yet, but eventually someone will see that a new owner and proper detailing is the only thing between this SS/SP and a continued very sporty tour.




Too Much of a Good Thing – 1995 Ducati Supersport SS/SP
Ducati October 26, 2017 posted by

Smarty Pants: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart

When Paul Smart rode a green-framed 750 to victory at Imola in 1972, Ducati history was made. No longer a bit player with smaller bikes, Ducati proved that they could compete on the world's stage. And since that 1972 victory, Ducati has hunted down championship after championship. They have also reached back into the land of nostalgia a few times and brought back neo-retro designs to evoke images of the older bikes, but wrought with newer technology. The early 2000s brought us the Sport Classic lineup, and few are as classic as the Paul Smart replica delivered in 2006.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart Replica for sale on eBay

At the heart of this machine is the same tried and true desmodue 2-valve, air-cooled motor found throughout the Sport Classic lineup (as well as the air-cooled monsters and the SuperSport series). A many-generation evolution of the venerable Pantah "rubber band" power plant, the belt driven valves and simple air cooling are offset by new tech such as twin spark computer controlled ignition and fuel injection. With loads of torque and wonderful character, the 1,000cc L-twin has plenty of grunt and makes all the right noises. The rest of the bike is a revised classic interpretation of the original green frame, with traditional Ducati frame and fairing artistry. There are numerous unique design elements (check out that asymmetrical swing arm with a single shock), and the whole package is wrapped nicely in green and silver.

From the seller:
2006 Ducati Paul Smart

2nd owner. Bike had 400 miles on it when I bought it about 8 years ago.
Termignoni Exhaust with race ECU
Rizoma Grips
Rizoma Reservoirs
CRG Mirrors
CRG RC Levers
Alpina Tubeless Aluminum Wheels
Fleda Brake/Turn signals
JCPB Fork Guards
Pit Bull stand
Battery tender/charger
Also have a full Zard Stainless 2-2 exhaust (louder than the Termis)

I have all the factory signals, exhaust, mirrors, sprocket, chain etc that came on the bike, as well as a Zard 2-2 Stainless full exhaust. There is a blemish on the engine case (pictured), and small crack on the rubber of the right hand grip, which are the only noticeable flaws on the bike. $800 service from Pro-Italia couple hundred miles ago.

Just don't ride the bike enough, sold the MH900E a while back, for the same reason.

The Paul Smart replica machines (also known as the PS1000LE) were made in limited numbers - data seems to indicate 500 were sold in the US out of a global total of 2000 bikes. That not only makes this an exclusive piece of kit, it also means that the laws of supply and demand start coming into play. Green-framed 750s are so far out of reach of mere mortals that it is not even worthwhile to look. The PS1000LE commanded a premium over the standard Sport Classic when introduced, but speculation and collectors have driven these up considerably since then. This particular bike is not stock, but the seller claims to have most of the stock items. The recent service from a well-known Southern California Ducati shop is another bonus.

The seller is looking for big dollars here: potential buyers need to pony up $24,000 USD just to get this auction started. That is potentially in the range for a great example of this breed (we have seen asks as high as $30k), but may be a bit too stiff for an opening move. The market will tell us where this one goes, although as of yet there have been zero bids. Check it out here to see all of the details and watch the fun (if it starts). If you are in the market for a Smart, you could certainly do worse. Good Luck!!


Smarty Pants: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart
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 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...


An Elefant’s Memory – 1988 Ducati Paso 750