OK where do I start. Well firstly I have to own up and tell you that this is in fact my own personal bike:
It is a 1993 Ducati 888SPO which was only produced for two years. The model is specific to the USA and was designed to homologate the 888 for AMA Superbike racing. 1993 was the first year the bike was introduced and saw a total a total of 290 built that year for the US market. A further 100 were made in ’94 with some subtle changes. The 888 engine was an evolution of the 851 and the bike shares the same basic chassis however the bodywork was tidied up a touch and this version has Ohlins suspension on the rear with Showa forks. The stock bike was rated at 100 hp but normal once you put in a new FIM chip and some FBF exhaust that number goes up. The SPO has a close European cousin which is the 888 SP5. The difference is the engine, the SP5 unit was not able to pass US emission regulations and so the SP5 chassis was married to the 888 Strada engine and so you have a model in the SPO that is unique to the US market.
Since this model was for homologation Ducati used rather nice components, Brembo gold line calipers, Ohlins rear suspension, Marchesini wheels etc. It is a beauty to ride and sounds oh so sweet and always gets a wave from someone who appreciates it. It certainly saddens me to have to part with it but alas I am moving to Spain and cannot take the bike with me. I just hope it goes to a good home.
And in case you wonder what they sound like:
If any readers has any questions feel free to ask them.