I’m always a sucker for the early Ducati superbikes and I’m keenly watching this market. Here’s an eBay listing for a 93 Ducati 888 Superbike:
quote from seller’s eBay listing:
I can’t say enough about this bike. It has been a great bike but unfortunately has made it’s way to the back of the garage and this bike deserves to be on the road or shown in shows or as a museum piece. I’ve never ridden it in the rain and it hasn’t been ridden much at all in the past few years. I’ve had it on the Dyno within the past two years and it was still pumping out 100 horses. Great running bike and has the best transmission of any Ducati I’ve ever owned.
Bike has had several upgrades, such as tinted windscreen, Corbin saddle, O-Ring Chain, Upgraded EPROM, Carbon Fiber Tank Protector, Carbon Fiber Front Fender, Carbon Fiber Rear Hugger, Newer Style Pegs, Vented Clutch Cover and front sprocket cover, almost new tires. The cannisters have been “cleaned out” a bit and the bike runs and roars like a true Ducati should.
I will also send with the bike the Pitbull Rearstand, original front and rear fender, and extra rear “box” that has been cut down, and all other original parts that I can find. I believe I still have the original EPROM, Seat, Rear Fender etc. If I have it, you’ll get it.
A few years ago the bike do fall over on hot pavement (Kansas summer heat and fresh asphalt). It didn’t do too much damage, but did tweak the left clip-on (I ride it this way with no issues), scratched the back of the mirror and rubbed the part of the fender by the front left-hand turn signal. It is an easy fix with a little filler and some paint. The bike’s paint on the side panels were redone before the show to have the AGIP stickers put below the clearcoat along with the black along the bottom to make it look like a factory racer. All other paint looks great for a bike of that age as does all the other parts. In 2000 this bike won the Ducatifest at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It was a great event and very well attended.
Looking at previous 888‘s listed on this blog, the buy-it-now price on this bike $8k seems about right. The listing is very honest about condition and it sounds like it is well sorted with common 851/888 modifications. Starting bid is $5k, so there is quite a margin in between. I’ll be curious to see where it ends up.