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1993 Ducati Superbike 888 SPO: So Are These Rare or Not?

Of course I’m joking, but with two listed already on this blog alone since July, I’m surprised that this rare model has surfaced as much as it has. Take a look at this Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBaymotors:

quote from seller’s eBay listing:

This is a beautiful, classic machine, carefully kept to look and run well. Even now people ask if it is new. 10726 miles.

There are several 851/888 types out there; this SPO is Ducati’s flagship US superbike road model for 1993; a few hundred were made. Liquid-cooled, fuel injected, “desmoquattro” with a Showa front fork and Ohlins rear shock. Mono seat with lightweight fiberglass tail section with “Campione Del Mondo Superbike” graphics and a big number “1”.

All major service performed by Renaissance Motorcycles in Tucson. The bike was originally sold new at Renaissance. I am the third owner and also bought it there in 1998. This bike has seen a few track days but I have never raced it.

Modifications:

* Aftermarket carbon pipes and ECU chip installed by previous owner. These make the sweet thunder you expect. Original factory pipes will be included.
* Aftermarket voltage regulator keeps the battery charged much better than the original factory part.
* Rear fender/license plate hanger modified for a cleaner look. I have a spare unused original rear fender which will be included.
* Kevlar brake lines.
* K&N air filter.

Condition:

* Always garaged.
* Oil/filter and coolant just changed.
* Airbox and intake unmodified.
* Battery replaced earlier this year. I keep the bike on a Battery Tender.
* Cam belts are due for replacement.
* Tires are Michelin Pilot Sports with low miles but several years old.
* Current Arizona registration (passes emissions test).
* Paint etc. very nice but not concours ready.
* No crashes or engine blowups; this bike is still largely as originally built in Borgo Panigale.

I was first alerted of this sale because I subscribe to the Ducati-851-888 Yahoo Group. These guys not only know of all the 888’s on the market, they also know 851 and 888 Superbikes inside and out. A must join if you’re of the faithful.

Recently the group has suggested that the market is a bit softer and good deals can be had between $7-9k. What do you think a solid, documented, and low miles 888 SPO is worth? Leave a comment and share your experience!

Update 10.9.08 – Auction ended with reserve met at $6900. Congrats to the new owner on what looks like a fantastic buy!

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  • […] 1993 Ducati Superbike 888 SPO: So Are These Rare or Not? – I’m joking a bit in the title, but it sure seems like these are coming up for sale more often than I’d expect. […]

  • Dear Mr. Kent Riches,
    very impressed about your Steyr Daimler Puch 250 RS restauration.
    Is there a way to purchase the plastic (or aluminum ?) parts like tank, seat, fairing, front mudguard ?
    Thanks for letting me know.
    All the best
    Kindest regards
    Prof.Dr. Franz Laimboeck
    (former Head of R&D at Puch, Graz in 1985-87)

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