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Ducati June 6, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 996 SPS for Sale

7.28.2017: Sold to an RSBFS reader in Mexico! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

6.6.2017: Price drop to $12,495! Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

It's sometimes hard to get excited about the bike often referred to as "Tamburini's Masterpiece" these days: the 916 and its derivatives have appeared in countless forms in popular culture, everything from big-budget feature films to bedroom wall posters, where they're often depicted straddled by young ladies in outfits that would provide shockingly little crash protection. It doesn't help that Ducati made them for nearly a decade, in different displacements and levels of specification, from affordable road-going exotica like the base model 748 all the way up to over-the-counter race bikes designed to be competitive right out of the crate. But they all had the same DNA, and in most cases are just a few simple, but possibly very expensive, changes away from being real track and back-road weapons. Of course, some of them were just a bit more gifted from the factory in that regard, like today's Featured Listing, a Ducati 996 SPS.

2001 Ducati 996 SPS for sale AutoMania GP

Ducati have racing in their blood, and for many years it seemed like they were only selling their roadbikes as a way to pay for racing. Surely there can be no other justification for the inhumane ergonomics of Tamburini's creations. It's pretty clear they were designed from the off as competition motorcycles: the entire tail of the 916 flips up easily for access to the electronics, quick-release Dzus fasteners attach the bodywork, and early bikes didn't even have a provision for a passenger. The 851/888 that preceded it might have been slightly more practical roadbikes and were successful in World Superbike competition, but there's no denying that the 916 is a gorgeous machine that still looks incredible twenty years later. The 916 and the 996 and 998 that followed appear virtually identical at first, but represent a gradual evolution under the skin: frames were revised to allow different airboxes and adjustable steering heads, injection systems were improved, heads were revised, and deeper sumps were added.

The SPS or Sport Production Special as seen here was originally the top-of-the-line roadgoing 996, with lightweight Marchesini wheels, an adjustable steering head, and an uprated engine, although straight-line performance wasn't all that much improved. Cornering was a different story, as the year 2000 saw the addition of Öhlins suspension at the front and rear. 124hp might not sound that impressive compared to many of today's superbikes, but keep in mind that they are only really rideable because of sophisticated traction control systems that keep 200hp missiles like the Panigale from high-siding you into the treeline the first time you exit a corner and whack open the throttle to the stop. When new, the SPS was state-of-the-art Italian exotica, one of the fastest, best-handling bikes available at any price.

From the Seller: 2001 Ducati 996SPS for Sale

Mileage: 4,330 U.S. miles
VIN#: ZDM3H99S51B003808

One of the joys and dangers of being a motorcycle dealer is that you can buy and own anything that is offered by your franchise factory line to which they throw in stupefying financing with decades to pay it off. It becomes one of those almost addictive behaviors that for the most part society frowns upon except when it is for really nice stuff. Like a rare and exclusive motorcycle such as the 2001 Ducati 996SPS you see here. Not only that, because you have access to all of the trick goodies and parts that are offered for the model, you can add them to the package, making your bike even more ultimate and personal.

As part of the homologation process to race World Super Bike, the motorcycle was designed by Tamburini (also of MV fame) as the latest evolution of the 916SPS range of the water cooled, 4V 90 degree twins. Suspension was upgraded with full Ohlin’s front and rear along with thinner and larger tube diameters used in the frame for this track only motorcycle The engine was treated to titanium connecting rods, carbon fiber air box, P8 ECU, specific cam, higher compression heads, all hand assembled by Ducati putting out an additional 14 horse power over the same engine sized 916 SPS.

Hansen’s BMW Ducati was a dyed in the wool Ducati fanatic dealership, loved the bikes, loved the customers, loved everything about the bikes, the passion they exuded, the Italian design, everything about the line. This 996SPS, #1714, was the ultimate expression of Ducati in 2001 and the owners of the shop decided that they deserved to experience the bike as their own. Darn right! Being a fairly accomplished rider and ex-racer, the owner knew what parts could be added to enhance the performance and handling, especially where there were no irritating limits such as a budget.

First off, body work was ordered to allow street legal lighting including the nose cone holding the head light buckets. ASR runners allowing turn signal mounts and a larger, stronger front fender installed. Cycle Cat supplied the Side Stand, Rear Sets, Handle Bars, Triple Clamp and Frame sliders. Billet Mirrors, Turn Signals, Clutch Cover, Gas Cap and Sprocket Cover were added for their go fast values. Radial Adapters were placed between the upgraded Road and Track Öhlins front forks and the Brembo Calipers sliding past Brembo Floating Rotors. At the rear, a Titanium Rear Spring was added to the Öhlins Shock along with the Öhlins Steering Damper. At both ends, BST Carbon Fiber Wheels were spooled on along with a STM Slipper Clutch to control rear wheel hop during deceleration. The front brake is operated by a Brembo Radial Master Brake Cylinder matched by a Brembo Radial Master Clutch Cylinder on the other handle bar.

There was an early issue when the bikes were new with the rocker arms flaking off bits of material. As a preventive measure that only a dealer could pull off, all of the arms were replaced with the corrected part when the issue was first announced.

Within the past twelve months, the valves were checked, belts replaced and all fluids refreshed including engine, brakes and clutch. Internal Fuel Lines along with O-Rings were also replaced (we have a copy of the work order). The battery is almost new. Unfortunately many of the stock parts a have been misplaced. Among the parts that will come with the bike are the stock exhaust system and the upper triple plate number which has the “1714” number on it.

The selling price is $14,995 $12,495. Contact Ted for further details: ted@automaniagp.com

$14,995 is a big number for a Ducati 996. But for an SPS with some of the very best parts and tuning thrown at it? You'd obviously not be able to duplicate this machine for anywhere near that, so the price seems very reasonable. Some might bemoan the compromise in collectiblity that comes with the changes, but all the replacement parts are of high quality and are designed to improve the bike's performance and handling. The cosmetic changes might not be to everyone's taste, but are easy to change with original parts or different aftermarket bits to suit the new owner's preferences.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 996 SPS for Sale
Ducati January 19, 2016 posted by

Make It Take It – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS #388

Hot on the heels of the 996 introduction, Ducati unveiled the Superbike homologation special SPS - Sport Production Special.  The big gorilla at least until the -R was introduced two seasons later, they are quite rare with total production just in the hundreds.  Often limited to the track or gallery, this SPS has Cali title and registration.

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1999 Ducati 996 SPS for sale on eBay

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Sporting an additional 4mm cylinder bore, the 996 SPS carried 123 hp to the fray.  Though there was an update to allow a larger airbox, chassis updates were mostly in the damper department, with fully adjustable Showa forks and Ohlins monoshock and steering damper.  Brakes are Brembo 320mm up front with 4-piston calipers, just a 220mm rear brake is required.  Lightweight forged alloy wheels from Marchesini help handling.  The archetypal styling is by Massimo Tamburini, a superbike masterwork Ducati would refer to for the 1098.

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A rider with 17,000 miles, this SPS looks very good with just a couple of modifications, sprocket cover and levers.  Having the brand's easiest-to-remove bodywork, the owner gamely shows what's under the fairing, and states there are scuffs on the left lowers and tail fairing, but they aren't apparent.  From the eBay auction:

This is the rare and highly desirable SPS model, built for racing class homologation, and one of only 50 imported into the US in 1999, homologated for Superbike racing. A masterpiece from legendary designer Massimo Tamburini, considered by many as one of the most beautiful motorcycle ever made, along with Tamburini's MV Augusta. Up for auction is number 388, street legal with current, California registration. It has been stone cold reliable for me despite its Ducati exotic supermodel reputation, and always well maintained and ridden regularly, keeping the fluids circulated and the engine exercised. Recent service includes new timing belts, spark plugs, air filters.

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20160118 1999 ducati 996 sps left unfaired

When properly set up, the 996 would turn in with the best and the oversquare desmoquattro revved willingly.  Charging system woes had been solved but the cooling system made city riding a risk, and rocker arms needed looking after.  The focus on lightweight materials paid dividends every ride.  Carl Fogarty took the 996-engined 916 to the WSBK banquet in 1998 and would take the 996 in 1999, crowning the 916's many titles.  Though the starting bid is up there, it looks like this SPS has had the consistent usage and maintenance which is really the best thing for any motorcycle...

20160118 1999 ducati 996 sps top rear

-donn

 

Make It Take It – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS #388
Ducati September 20, 2015 posted by

Gilded Lily: 2000 Ducati 996 SPS for Sale

2000 Ducati 996 SPS L Side

Perhaps the most iconic version of an already iconic bike, the Ducati 996 SPS wasn't just a carbon-covered "limited edition" named after some famous person that may or may not have had a passing relationship with the brand. It was an homologation special, with just enough built to allow specific bits like adjustable steering heads and engine internals to be used for racing.

2000 Ducati 996 SPS Cockpit

The SPS was the highest-specification roadgoing Ducati during the period. The bike featured lightweight wheels, improved suspension, and an adjustable steering head, along with an uprated engine. That engine displaced a genuine 996cc and put out somewhere in the neighborhood of 120hp.

2000 Ducati 996 SPS Tank

In typical Ducati fashion, the bike is faster than it feels when ridden back-to-back with the 750cc inline fours against which it was competing, the fat midrange torque and lower redline making it feel deceptively lazy. But these are serious performance motorcycles from an era before traction control, selectable ABS, and other rider aids and should provide thrills-a-plenty, even for riders weaned on modern literbikes.

2000 Ducati 996 SPS R Side Engine

Although the 996 values are currently at a low-ebb, the fact that this is a genuine SPS obviously means it will command a premium over the regular bikes. The seller says that these were never road legal, which I hadn't heard but regardless, an SPS is a rare sight for sale in form, for road or track.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Ducati 996SPS for Sale

Bikes like these don't come along every day.  What I have for sale is a 2000 Ducati 996 SPS.  This is one of the last of the Massimo Tamburini designed motorcycles, and the last year for the 996.  This bike has been loved and well taken care of.  It has all of its services (including replacing the rockers per Ducati instructions).  There were 80 of these made for the USA in 2000, and they came into the USA as race only bikes, not for road use.  I have managed to get this titled for road use in the USA.  This is a very low mile example with only 3300 miles.  Bike has never been raced.

I have done some work, but in most cases still have the original parts.

I have upgraded some carbon:
snorkel tubes
rear fender
front fender

I have added aluminum rear sets, reservoirs 

I have upgraded the clutch disc

I have new mirrors with integrated turn signals

Lots of pictures attached, you can see the level of detail on the bike.  Comes with two bike covers, and front and rear bike stands.

2000 Ducati 996 SPS Tail

The question is why the owner of this particular SPS felt the need to festoon it with some of the more questionable items from the Rizoma catalog. I happen to think Rizoma makes some cool stuff, but you've gotta use that catalog judiciously or your bike starts to get that "parts hanger" look. And really, the SPS doesn't need much in the way of "personalization" and probably should have been left alone...

That being said, the changes are completely bolt-on and cosmetic, so the next owner can and should probably return the bike to a more stock appearance.

There's not much in the way of bidding and there's just about 24 hours left on the auction. I'm not sure what other SPS' have been selling for, but $9,000 seems on the low side for a clean homologation bike like this.

-tad

2000 Ducati 996 SPS Number

Gilded Lily: 2000 Ducati 996 SPS for Sale
Ducati July 28, 2015 posted by

This Is Not a Road Bike: 1997 Ducati 916SPS for Sale

1997 Ducati 916SPS R Side

This is not a road bike, that much is obvious at a glace: slick-shod, missing lights and signals, with just that big, redline-less tach and smaller temp gauge to distract the rider from the really important things like speed, speed, and more speed. Which is good, because this Ducati 916SPS was designed with speed foremost in mind. Although it was originally a roadbike, this particular bike has been turned into a dedicated track weapon.

1997 Ducati 916SPS Dash

While 916 variants are generally dime-a-dozen on eBay, that's a function of how long the body style was in production, the number of variants available, and the fact that people buy these just to have, for a time, that pinup-quality machine in their garage, all the while putting very little mileage on. It takes skill and dedication to extract the real potential of a 916: they're uncomfortable and don't suffer fools gladly.

1997 Ducati 916SPS R Clip On

But while garden-variety 916's aren't all that hard to find, this SPS is a rare bird indeed. One rung down from the homologation "R" machines, the SPS featured lightweight wheels, better suspension, an adjustable head, carbon bodywork, and an uprated 996cc engine that later became the standard model in the Ducati 996.

1997 Ducati 916SPS R Side Detail

If you've never noticed, many serious sportbikes of the era have these sort of simple, modular dashes that have the tach and temp gauge on a separate pod from the speedo and idiot lights so those superfluous bits can be easily removed for dedicated track use, as can be seen here.

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Ducati 916SPS for Sale

From my personal collection, this 1997 Ducati 916SPS motorcycle was prepared for race track in category Superbike. Just performed with coupon distribution transmission belts. It has many parts of the model racing Ducati 916RS racing. Wheels Marvic magnesium from 16.5, suspension Öhlins, tank and many parts carbon, slipper clutch, brake back even handlebar, change racing, racing valves, cams racing, electronic unit, SBK, etc. Bike is in Italy.

1997 Ducati 916SPS L Clip On

While there are some translation errors, I think you get the gist of what's being offered here. Obviously: "brake back even handlebar" refers to the billet rear brake lever mounted on the left handlebar, which is a pretty cool update. Interestingly, this SPS also looks like it has a 16.5" rear wheel, something I thought was exclusive to Moto GP bikes and not found WSBK machines. I'm also not sure what's up with the "Rebuilt, Rebuildable & Reconstructed" title status. Is this a former road bike that's been crashed and turned into a track bike? Considering that the seller is looking for $16,500 Buy It Now price, I'd hope not.

1997 Ducati 916SPS Rear

Obviously, this bike isn't in perfect, collectible condition, and I personally don't like those curved Marvic wheels, but this bike looks ready to hit the track. So, do you buy it for historic racing? Track days? Without any race history and in non-original condition, it's collectibility may be limited. On the other hand, there are plenty of folks watching this listing, so I'll be curious to see if the seller gets their asking price for this well-used bit of Ducati history.

-tad

1997 Ducati 916SPS L Side

This Is Not a Road Bike: 1997 Ducati 916SPS for Sale
Ducati April 17, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1998 Ducati 916 SPS #279

Update 4.20.2015: Now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller. -dc

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In addition to their 900SS/SL Featured Listing, Black Label Meccanica is also auctioning this gorgeous 1998 Ducati 916 SPS. Check out these start up videos of this SPS:

1998 Ducati 916 SPS for sale on eBay

As you may have noticed from the video, this one has been considerably upgraded by Ferracci from the beginning and sports a 1026cc stroker kit! Here is the description from the seller:

This stunning example of a 1998 916 SPS is available for your consideration. VIN# ZDM3SB5V7WB000666. Plaque Number #279. Engine Number SB5000730.

This one has only 2289 original, documented miles on it. The original owner took deliver of this bike in November of 1998 from Ferracci , drove it for 49 miles. He then commisioned Ferracci to build the bike into one of their 1026cc stroker, fire breathing monsters on 11/11/1998.

Here are some a list of the work done at Ferracci.

Renthal Quick Change rear sprockets carrier
Ferracci billet lightweight flywheel
High Pressure fuel regulator
Ported and Polished heads
Stage 3 Eprom Chip
Corse rearsets
37mm Intake valves
31mm Exhaust valves
54mm Ferrracci Forza full stainless system
Ohlins shock revalved
Hyperpro spring
Ferracci Billet clipon handlebars
98mm 12:1 Compression piston Kit
FBF PowerCrank 68mm stroke
Ducati Performance Carbon Fiber underseat oil vent tank
MS Production Carbon air intake runners
Stage 3 Cams
Pankl Titanium rods
Carbon Fiber MS Production Swinagrm Cover

I have all documentation from the build, Dyno sheets, Original cover and bag as well as the owner's manual and front and rear stands. A total of over $17k in receipts. These receipts do not include the cost of the Dymag carbon fiber wheels or other items that were later purchased.

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Going back through the archives, it's interesting to see just how many comments note that the SPS is a real track weapon and that it isn't well suited for the street. Just the recipe sportbike fans drool over when it is still equipped for the street. I can only imagine how much more dangerous this one is with the Ferracci upgrades!

RSBFS would like to thank Nick Anglada and Black Label Meccanica for helping to support the site with another Featured Listing. Please contact me if you're interested in selling your prized sportbike!

dc

Featured Listing:  1998 Ducati 916 SPS #279
Ducati September 11, 2014 posted by

Gilding the Lily: 1999 Ducati 996SPS

1999 Ducati 996SPS R Side

Look, they made a lot of Ducati 916/996/998’s over the years, and while they're truly iconic machines, they’re also kind of cliché, especially in stock form. Not that I don’t love them to pieces. I have every intention of owning one at some point.

Part of the reason for their ubiquity is the fact that they adorned the walls of every adolescent petrol-head and had a spot in the fantasy garage of every adult biker, so images of them are pretty much everywhere, often with naked models draped over them in suggestive poses. But as many as they made, the entire production of Tamburini’s masterpiece is still just a drop in the bucket, compared to all the GSX-R’s and Ninjas that were built. So while the 916/996/998 may seem cliché, they’re still quite rare in actual fact.

1999 Ducati 996SPS L Rear

Unleashed onto a completely stunned world in 1994, the 916 redefined sex on wheels for a generation of bike-enthusiasts. With an uncompromising ass-up, head-down riding position that made absolutely zero sense unless you were hanging off at more than 50° lean, nearly graphics-free flanks not quite hiding the signature trellis frame that flew in the face of beam-framed homogeny, and tucked-under-the-tail exhausts that roasted your ass, but provided nearly infinite cornering clearance, the blood-red 916 looked like nothing else on the road.

It was, in fact, so iconic, that it completely doomed the 749/999 bikes that followed, in spite of their being completely excellent motorcycles, and far more comfortable than their predecessors. The follow up 1098 took a step backwards in terms of design, looking like a softened and modernized 916. Basically, it was Ducati ripping itself off.

1999 Ducati 996SPS Front

While standard 996’s are currently the bargain of the 916 range, this is much more than a standard bike. Short of the homologation “R”, the SPS was the highest-spec bike in Ducati’s stable at the time, with lightweight wheels, an uprated engine, improved suspension, and an adjustable steering head. The 996 featured the same engine as the earlier 916SPS that actually displaced 996cc’s [are you still with me?] but with less weight, it generally feels [and is] much faster than the listed power would suggest. In typical Italian style, power quotes vary a bit, but let’s say “more than 120hp with a fat wedge of torque.”

1999 Ducati 996SPS Front and Dash

This particular example is probably making even more than that…

From the original eBay listing that reads like a Ducatisti Christmas wish-list: 1999 Ducati 996 SPS for Sale

Up for sale is a super clean and un abused 996 with only 45 original miles most of which are from dyno tuning. However, this is no ordinary 996, this bike has been fully modified with all of the best parts money could buy. Bike was purchased and immediately transported to Fast by Ferracci to have the engine blueprinted and all of the best parts installed. below is a list of what is done to the bike (take note there will be a different auction resembling this one for its sister bike, do not confuse when bidding)

Engine was blueprinted and below parts were installed
Ducati performance RS camshafts
custom head gaskets to set squish
5angle valve job with ported and polished heads
Ducati performance Titanium valves
titanium connecting rods
Pistal racing high compression piston kit with matched nicosil coated cylinders
lightweight flywheel
micro polished lightened and balanced crankshaft
custom tuned chip for ECU/ignition advancer and retarder and performance plugs and wires
fast by ferracci full stainless exhaust
STM EVOLUZIONE slipper clutch
titanium bolt kit

carbon fiber parts include,
full airbox and intake velocity stacks (ducati performance MS Productions) very expensive.
intake runners
dash cover
key guard
air dam
undertail and plate hanger
swingarm cover
rear extended hugger/chainguard
front vented RS type fender
bike also has Ducati Performance Marchesini Magnesium wheels

title is free and clear and fuel pump and filter were just replaced with new belts and oil change.

this bike screams and is built by the best to run for a long time, engine build was the best mixture of performance and long life that could be bought.

1999 Ducati 996SPS Pipes

Starting bid for this is $15,000, with no takers as yet. Given the level of investment, this bike is probably worth it, although that price is more in line with the far rarer and more exotic “R”. This should be more than a mere “parts hanger” because, while Fast by Ferracci may have a somewhat spotty reputation as a dealer, their ability to build a race bike is unquestioned: it’s right there in the name! They’ve been racing Ducatis in various levels of competition for many years with quite a bit of success.

1999 Ducati 996SPS Airbox

What’s just a shame is the 45 miles the bike has covered since being built. Why spend the money to put something like this together, then let it sit and collect dust? But while the current owner may be missing out, you can throw a bid out there and get a seriously trick Italian superbike for the price of a new R1.

-tad

1999 Ducati 996SPS L Side

Gilding the Lily: 1999 Ducati 996SPS