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Ducati September 19, 2018 posted by

Walks like a Duck: 1991 Ducati 851 Strada

Ducati is responsible for some of the most iconic motorcycles in the world. They are also purveyors of more marketing ploys than any other manufacturer, as evidenced by the endless parade of Limited Edition models. Therefore, words like "special" and "rare" are used so often as to appear meaningless. But limited numbers aside, Ducati has made some revolutionary leaps along its long history, cementing their place in motorcycling history with truly milestone machines. Not content to simply evolve one step at a time, at certain points in history Ducati doubled down on a new idea, catapulting forward along the performance curve. The introduction of the 851 was just such a moment. Today's bike, a 1991 851 Strada, is a good example of that revolution.

1991 Ducati 851 Strada for sale on eBay

If you think about the major technological jumps prior to the late 1980s, Ducati went from being a small bore, single cylinder manufacturer to producing twins. The L-twin configuration evolved over time, but was invariably a small step forward along the same route. The introduction of the Pantah could be seen as a leap, but in reality that move was more towards efficient production than outright performance. The Pantah was essentially the same air-cooled, two valve desmo twin as the bevel drive that came before, with only mild steps in go-power. With the 851, however, Ducati turned their own ideas of performance on its head. Simultaneously introducing liquid cooling, fuel injection AND a four valve, desmo actuated head, the 851 was a massive step forward from a technology perspective and performance. Did it work? Raymond Roche, participating in World SBK, took 3rd overall in 1989, was champion in 1990 and came in second in the two years to follow.

From the seller:
Ducati 1991 851 Strada, mostly original condition 14,600 miles.

Stored in Las Vegas Nevada for 8-12 years by the 2nd owner. Condition was not damaged or crashed.

Work that's been done since Nov 2017:
Major service including valve and shim adjust, new cam belts installed, degree the cams and clean and adjust throttle bodies by a qualified Ducati service tech.

New parts include:
fuel pump
fuel filter (Mahle)
Air Filter (BCM)
all fuel lines, inside the tank and out, plus clamps
cam belts (Exactfit)
radiator hoses and water pump hoses (Samco)
clutch master cylinder (Brembo)
front brake master cylinder (Brembo)
stainless steel clutch line (Galfer) and slave cylinder
chain (DID)
sprockets
Dunlop Q3+ tires
oil (15/50) full synthetic and Ducati filter,
tinted windscreen (Zero Gravity)
lithium battery (Shorai LFX18A1-BS12)
new voltage regulator

Plus, brakes have been flushed and radiator has been flushed. Left and right fairings have been painted.

Also I chose the very rare, period correct carbon Termignoni high mount exhaust and they sound beautiful. There is also a header modification, see pics. Other special parts included are rear Ohlins shock with remote adjuster. Ohlins steering damper.
Included with the bike are the original mufflers, passenger footpegs, owner's manual, one key and original windscreen.

Like many Ducatis, the 851 was released in a few different flavors. What you see here - the Strada or street edition - was the base model. This is not a homologation bike, although the basic platform is the same to the SP series. The Strada was the most streetable, complete with a passenger pillion hiding under the color coded tail cover, and nifty passenger grab handles that pivot out from beneath the seat. 1991 and 1992 were the last years of the 851 - the 1992 SP versions of this model actually contained a 888 motor, although the Strada remained an 851. But this speaks to the robustness and longevity of the basic mill, as even the 888 eventually became a 916 while still being badged as an 888. This is a milestone bike for Ducati, and the platform that won SBK victories and birthed the 888 and legendary 916.

Today's 851 Strada example looks to be in great shape - with wonderful photos. Mileage is reasonable considering you are looking at a 27 year old performance bike. There are a few added farkles in the manner of tinted windscreen and carbon bits, and the high-mount carbon Termis which look great. They interfere with the passenger pegs, however, so those have been removed (but are available with the sale). The Ohlins upgrades are choice, to be sure. The add ons and upgrades do not cause concern. The seller notes that both sides of the fairing have been painted - with no comment as to why. It may have been simply cosmetic, as there is no real evidence of the bike being down. Either way, it looks great in the pictures, appears to be very clean and cared for, and with those Termi cans I'm sure it sounds incredible. A big plus is that all services have been recently completed.

Well-preserved 851 examples have held up in value reasonably well. This was a watershed bike for Ducati, and it continues to be a sought-after model. This particular bike sits below $6k at time of writing, with reserve not met. No telling how high the reserve is set, but I would estimate somewhere around $7-8k would be in the money. We have definitely seen these cross the auction block for less, but the market can be a funny thing. Just check out some of the comments on the more rare examples of Ducati exotica featured in the pages of RSBFS to read comments such as "I remember when you could pick up one of those for just $xxx..." Check out the auction here, as this bike is currently a bargain. Will it close that way? What is the current market temperature for a beloved Ducati model (albeit non-homologation base model)? Watch on, and good luck!!

MI

Walks like a Duck:  1991 Ducati 851 Strada
Ducati September 6, 2018 posted by

An Original: 1995 Ducati 916 Monoposto

If "916" were the punchline, the joke would surely start out with: "These two Italians walk into a bar...." And while it is true that the 916 was the love child of Massimo Tamburini's striking design and Massimo Bordi's shrieking new v-twin, the 916 was no joke. This was a watershed bike for Ducati - catapulting it into overnight fame (the world conveniently forgetting that Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and sons had been in business since the mid-1920s, and successfully selling motorcycles since the 1950s). The world's press organizations ran out of superlatives to describe the visual impact of this revolutionary motorcycle - backed up by a string of World Superbike championships for Carl Fogarty. Pricey and rare, the 916 reset the sporting motorcycling performance bar - far higher than any other motorcycle available in the day.

1995 Ducati 916 with 1,300 miles for sale on eBay

Utilizing components and approaches that are commonplace today, the Ducati 916 broke new ground 24 years ago. Mass centralization and packaging resulted in an impossibly narrow frame, tight cockpit and ideal weight distribution. The single-sided rear swingarm - a nod to racing and speedy tire changes - dominated the right side view. Exhausts were tucked up high and tight under the seat, an arrangement that enhanced ground clearance (introduced by Honda's revolutionary NR750). Ohlins suspenders were fitted front and rear, as were top-notch Brembo binders. The motive power was courtesy of an updated/uprated 851/888 mill, liquid-cooled with 4-valves per cylinder (desmo actuated, naturally) and fuel injected. Peak power (114 HP) was at a stratospheric 9,000 RPM - very impressive numbers for a twin.

From the seller:
11 months, 609 miles since the following:

- Cam belts
- Battery
- (2) Michelin 4-GT
- Fuel pump
- Slave cylinder upgrade (Yoyodyne)
- Battery cable upgrade
- Brake\Clutch fluid and coolant flush
- Coolant hoses
- Front\Rear suspension complete rebuild
- Spark plugs and air filter
- Oil change (synthetic) and filter

Adult owned and ridden. Maintenance above has been performed by a very reputable shop in Hudson Valley, NY. All Ducati quirks have been replaced and/or upgraded. Only OEM or better parts and materials used. I will provide all documentation and associated costs. Bike runs beautifully, is set up for a 212lbs rider and has Kakimoto carbon slip-ons. Mileage is not a typo..1,300. Bike needs nothing.
Serious inquires only.

Early gen 916s are certainly on the collector list. This was such a revolutionary machine that it continues to stand out nearly a quarter of a century later. Follow on releases widened the focus by offering models with two-up seating (bi-posto), as well as even sharper offerings in the form of SP and SPS (precursors to the R model). But it is the original model - the standard issue, monoposto format - that started the fire that continues to burn so brightly to this day. So successful was this design that Ducati continued to evolve this silhouette through the 996/998/1098/1198 series. Even the Panigale contains elements common to the 916, as does the MV Agusta F4, thanks to Tamburini's influence.

This particular 916 is a 1995 model. Mileage is listed as 1,300 with pictures to prove it. For such an iconic motorcycle, that seems tantamount to sportbike treason. Apparently half of the miles listed were put on the bike in the last 11 months, back when the last major service was done. Props to the seller for having a complete service completed. Speaking of service, the 916 was more service-intensive than contemporary Japanese bikes, but time has proven that the shorter maintenance window is not really problematic. With original vivid red livery, gold frame and matching wheels and swingarm, this is a neo classic that will turn heads for decades to come. This is the bike that started a new revolution in design and performance. The $10,250 opening ask has yet to be answered, but for a clean bike in this type of condition with this few miles it's not a bad place to start. Check it out here, as we don't see too many original 916 models come our way. This is a good looking example of the bike that dropped a hand grenade into the Japanese-dominated market place - is that enough to make you want to pull the pin? Good Luck!!

MI

An Original: 1995 Ducati 916 Monoposto
Ducati August 24, 2018 posted by

R Favorite – 2008 Ducati 1098R #70/300

In -R trim, the Ducati 1098 was actually a homologation special with the new 1198cc engine.  In a win-win for the dealerships' best customers, Ducati ceded some trackside modifications to get increased displacement, meaning that the showroom -R came with equipment that the racers would need, and street riders normally could just dream about.

2008 Ducati 1098R for sale on eBay

After the 999 styling debacle, the 1098 returned to classic Ducati superbike design, and a revised cooling system took some of the urgency out of escaping stop-and-go traffic.  180hp made for an instantaneous exit when conditions allowed, and though factory traction control kept the rear wheel under the bike, as the suffix implies the -R is really better suited to the track.  Suspension, brakes and wheels are very high spec, with Ohlins twin-tube monoshock, Brembo 330mm monoblock brakes, and forged Marchesini alloys.

Offered by a specialty auto dealer in St. Louis, this 1098R looks excellent for its 11,000-plus miles.  Normally a few high-end farkles would be expected, but they're really not needed on an -R.  From the eBay listing:

This example is in phenomenal condition. Never having been laid down, all fairings, handlebars, and and levers are original. This bike is still completely in stock form. It runs and rides perfectly. While we are not a motorcycle dealer, the previous owner is a long term local client who owns a buys only top-notch merchandise. This 1098R is said to never have been tracked, and it shows. The condition is as good as it gets.

This -R has been ridden though not on the track, and likely dealer-maintenance could easily be verified.  Presuming this will make a rider happy, some riding and shop visits are probably better for the bike than a long time in the foyer and yearly oil change.  The 1098R offers massive performance in a now-classic trellis frame and carbon fairing, and the race dash offers timing and analysis.  The ask looks right up there until you look at the MSRP, which was double that just ten years ago.  Worth a close look if you have ready access to some fast roads...

-donn

 

R Favorite – 2008 Ducati 1098R #70/300
Ducati May 19, 2018 posted by

In The Beginning: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

Ducati's modern era really started here, with the 851. The air-cooled Pantah engine, with its rubber cam belts, was a step forward, compared to the bevel-drive twins and set the stage for Ducati's move into the future. But it was the liquid-cooled, four-valve version of their classic L-twin that finally brought them fully into the modern era and allowed them to compete against the very best sportbikes from Japan in the newly-formed World Superbike Championship.

Sure, their throbbing, torquey v-twin was down on power, compared to a screaming inline four. But a fat, useable midrange helped make up for some of the theoretical horsepower gap, and a bit of additional displacement took care of the rest. The 851 wasn't as reliable or as affordable as the Japanese competition, but it could handle with the best of them.

The new liquid-cooled, four-valve engine was dubbed, naturally, the Desmoquattro and displaced 851cc. Truth in advertising! The bike was fed by very effective Weber-Marelli fuel injection for a claimed 104hp. The original bikes look a little bit awkward and old-school, rolling on 16" wheels, but those were quickly changed to 17" hoops and, by the time this 1992 version rolled around, it looked very modern and exotic, although not nearly as elegant as the 916 that followed. The upside is slightly more comfortable ergonomics that work better on a bike far more likely to be used for 7/10th canyon rides than 10/10ths race track sorties these days.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

BEAUTIFUL 1992 Ducati 851 

*PERFECT CONDITION* 7k miles

Well maintained! 

Never dropped/crashed!

VERY light signs of (normal) use! 

Magnesium Marchesini wheels

Spaghetti exhaust

Obviously not as beautiful as the 916 that followed, but it is very purposeful and aggressive, with the white frame adding a classic touch. I do wish the seller had removed some of the bodywork so we can see the condition, along with some better shots of the "spaghetti exhaust," a reference to the system's smooth tangle of large diameter piping that was based around equal-length headers and replaces the ugly crossover junction with actual tubes. Sure, a set of carbon-fiber cans will help your red stallion sound more Ducati-y but if you really want it to sound like the real deal, you need an expensive full system. This set is likely a Silmotor system to match the end cans, since I believe they're still in production. Otherwise, this is a clean, low-mileage example of an appreciating classic sportbike, and has a couple of pricey aftermarket bits that should genuinely enhance performance.

-tad

In The Beginning: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale
Ducati April 7, 2018 posted by

Ugly no more? 2005 Ducati 999R

When the 999 series was introduced in 2003 as the successor to the fantastic 916/996/998 genealogy of Ducati Superbikes, the world collectively groaned. Far removed from the sexy, flowing lines of the Tamburini-penned predecessors, the Terblanche-designed 999 series was rough and angular. The stacked headlight arrangement made the bike instantly recognizable in the sort of way a clown sticks out in a police lineup consisting of otherwise normal, average businessmen. In short, it was everything the earlier generations were not. There was some commonality for the Ducati faithful, however: Performance. The 999 - and especially the top-of-the-line R model - were quicker and faster than the bikes that came before. This became especially evident in World Superbike racing; so good was the platform that the 999 soldiering on through the 2007 racing season even though the bike ended production in 2006.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

Despite the appearance, the aerodynamics of the 999 was actually more efficient than the earlier models. This translated not only into racetrack success, but a better riding experience. With greater adjustability and better ergonomics, more riders could enjoy the extreme Ducati experience. And what an experience - thanks to the updated L-twin testaretta engine now producing 150 HP at nearly 10,000 RPM. But as most of you already know, it is the torque of the desmoquattro twin that really drives the bike off of the corners. To that end Ducati fitted the 999R with radial-mount Brembo calipers, the very best equipment to slow you down for the next bend in the road. Out back the braced box-section swing arm keeps track of the rear wheel movement with fewer unsprung pounds than the earlier single-sided unit. Ohlins suspension (fully adjustable, naturally) completes the impressive list of components bolted to the R spec superbike.

From the seller:
2005 999R with 4081 miles. I'm the 2nd owner. I purchased from the original owner back in 2011 . Since then I've added a few parts including the following:

-Brembo 19 RCS brake master cylinder
-Brembo 16 RCS brake master cylinder
-Carbon large intake tubes (with aftermarket filter but can't remember brand)
-Carbon rear hugger
-Custom LED rear lights
-Fender eliminator
-Gearing change (with chain)
-4 post slipper clutch
-Swapped Ohlins OE rear for RS Ohlins with remote adjuster
-Swapped OE calipers for gold M4 calipers
-Free float rotors
-Swapped rear rotors
-Custom full titanium exhaust
-Dynojet tune for bigger custom exhaust
-Comes with Ducati spare keys and card to reprogram keys

The ugly-duckling 999R was an exclusive and expensive piece of kit. Produced in low numbers (an estimated 200 units in 2005), the R model would set you back 30 large bills a decade and a half ago. At the time, many would-be buyers considered that a ridiculous price for such a visual departure from normal Ducati supermodel status. Today, we find that the 999 series has aged rather well. The lines have held up better than the so many me-too copies that permeate the used bike listings. This is a distinctive, evocative motorcycle that brings substantial performance along for the ride. Look closely at the details - for example how the "Ducati" and "999R" logos on the fairing are actually clear coated showing the carbon fiber below - and then look at the price for a decent used example. Ugly no more, indeed.

At the time of writing this 4,000 mile bike has just crossed over the $8k mark, with reserve still in place. We have seen these bikes push into the $20ks for pristine examples, down to the high teens for others in good condition. This particular specimen has been modified to some degree, but most changes have been in the interest of performance. Check out this beast here, and let's see what the market says. Meanwhile, head over to our Comments section and share your thoughts on the 999: Love it or hate it? Is this a "future collectable" that you can still afford today? Let us know!

MI

Ugly no more?  2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati January 26, 2018 posted by

Glamourpuss – 1994 Ducati 888 in Britain

The 888 was designed by Pierre Terblanche and a light update to the muscular 851, Ducati's first desmoquattro.  American Doug Polen had won the 1991 Superbike World Championship on an uprated 851, and the 888 homolagated the changes for the next year, returning with the #1 plate.  This 888 has been treated to a silky resto-mod and a day in the photo studio.

1994 Ducati 888 ( Britain ) for sale on eBay

The architecture of Ducati's original four-valve desmo led to a distinctive sound, the rat-a-tat exhaust announcing 104 hp.  Often seen with number plates front and rear, the fairing has fresh air intakes and snug monoposto seat.  Showa forks and Ohlins monoshock were constants throughout the build, and for 1994 a carbon front fender was added, and wheels were painted to match the bronze frame.

 

Just about everything about this English 888 has been updated and/or re-finished to a very high level.  The robot-faced front end and engraved triple-tree won't please everyone, but the owner says most stock parts are included in the eBay auction:

Some features include:
Twin injector throttle bodies.
Full 50mm race exhaust system. New.
Corse slipper clutch.
Alloy subframe.
Vented engine casing (clutch side).
Rear ride height adjusters.
New brakes (Braking rotors), pads and lines.
New Nitron race prepared rear shock.
Revised and updated front nose with new lights.
Extended/strengthened side stand. Now does not lean over too far or spring up.
AFAM alloy chain & sprocket set.
New Bridgestone tyres BT016.
Revised one off airbox with foam filter & 916 style bell mouths and 916 throttle.
Billet rear sets, handle bars, petrol cap, levers, pre-load, reservoir caps and clutch slave cylinder.
Carbon belt covers, front mudguard, hugger, instrument surrounds.
Engraved top yoke by Don Blocksidge. Plain mirror polished top yoke also sold with the bike.
Rear swingarm, yokes, suspension linkages and fork lowers have had casting marks removed and then mirror polished.
Paintwork brought back to top standard.
Every nut and bolt changed to stainless steel.
New hoses.
Heads removed from bike and full service with valves brought up to race specs with new belts.
There's been a lot of bespoke parts made for this bike and 100+ hours spent on the build.

 

Hard to argue with a Euro-spec 888 - brawny, rare and championship-winning, and there are a lot of nice touches here.  The alloy seat frame and improved side stand are my favorites, and the undressed pictures are at least as interesting as the studio shots.  Finding the rider to pay this kind of premium might take a little doing, but the current owner can enjoy the view while the search goes on...

-donn

 

Glamourpuss – 1994 Ducati 888 in Britain




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