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This 1990 beauty from Borgo Panigale, carries only 16.500 km on its tacho. It looks 100% stock. How much does it cost ? How about, less than 4500 EUR ? Now, if this isn’t a great deal…well, let us know what you think.
As an owner of an 888 Strada, I obviously love the first 4 valve Desmo and fuel injected engine produced by Ducati. This motor was the the thesis work of a student who was doing his apprenticeship at Ducati. While the 851 came with a standard front fork as opposed to the USD on the 888, I do like better the classic colour scheme with the white frame and rims. When pushing the bike around during an inspection, if you hear a scary metal rattle coming from the front axis, don’t panic, this is normal. The 851 and 888, came with full floating discs at the front, which means that when the wheel isn’t spinning fast enough, the disc moves up and down on the circular springs it is mounted on.
These Ducati bikes are obviously of huge historical importance as they opened the way to what is now the modern Ducati. The 888cc powered race version of the 851 came as a storm in the first years of the World Superbike Championship. Some of us, refer to the 90s WSBK era as the Golden Era of this category. While the successor model, the 916, is undoubtedly more sexy, it is also an easy find on the market. This 851 in these conditions and for this price is for sure an investment. And then, there is the noise…The low frequency smooth and torquey characteristic of this bike’s motor is one of the best representative of the L twin from Emilia-Romagna.
I love this bike, if you think likewise, check it out yourself here: