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Featured Listing May 15, 2019 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1988 Yamaha RZ 350 in Canada

This 1988 Yamaha RZ350 is a gorgeous example of one of North America’s last-ever road-going two-stroke sport bikes. As the 1980s waned, environmental regulations had all but ruled the simple-but-effective machines off the roads on this continent, leaving the smoky mounts for European roads.

But what a swansong the RZ350 was. The parallel twin used the variable port height Yamaha Power Valve System that was developed over years in 500cc GP competition, which gave the normally peaky powerplant a respectable torque curve. The bikes still made prodigious power for their displacement and weight, and the two stroke was still a two stroke, which meant the machines were not to be trifled with.

In the United States, the RZ350s are best known without a fairing and with the bumblebee paintjob that adorned Kenny Roberts’ race bikes. This example wears a full fairing, and Yamaha’s equally cool red, white and blue block paint scheme.

From the seller:

1988 Yamaha RZ350 – Canadian bike – amazing survivor condition – never been down! The closest thing you can get to going back in time and buying a new 1988 RZ350 off the showroom floor.

Mileage: 8,223 miles (13,234 kilometers)

History – 2 owner bike prior to me – first owner – owned for 7 years – 2nd owner owned for 23 years – he rode the bike once the day he bought it and and carefully stored it after that (he has a big bike collection)

Factory Tool Kit and Original owners manual included

Service – The bike has been completely gone over by a motorcycle shop very familiar with 2 strokes.

Items addressed in $2K service in November 2018 include:

– new tires
– new battery
– carbs cleaned
– fork seals replaced
– coolant and brake fluid flush
– master cylinder serviced
– kick start oil seal replaced
– steering head bearing replaced
– full safety inspection completed

Imperfections – the tabs where the body work attaches under the seat have cracked – these are not visible from the outside – could be plastic welded back to be complete. There are two hairline stress cracks on the bike (shown in pics) – first is one side of the fairing – second is where one of the mirrors attach to the bike.

Paint condition – excellent – stunning to look at

Reason for selling: I had bought the bike as I had always wanted an RZ350 and was looking for something fun to ride for pleasure use. After buying it and having it serviced, I realized the bike is such a rare survivor that I don’t feel right risking riding it around town. It really should be in the hands of a serious collector or a museum. I have bought another “rider quality” RZ350 for my own personal use.

Factory Tool kit and Factory owners manual included

Price $9500 US.

Importing a bike from Canada to the US is not a big issue – filling out the appropriate forms or using a broker is all you need to do. I can assist with shipping but all planning and costs are the buyers responsibility. I know an excellent transport company based in Canada that can deliver to the US and help with all the paperwork.

Bike is located in Toronto Canada – about 1.5 hours from the Buffalo, New York border

Mike Warner
riverworks2000-ab@yahoo.ca

Though the bike is in Canada, its age should make it eligible to be imported and registered fairly simply. With a recent service, it’s ready for a long riding season, though if you’re like the seller, it might be hard to stomach the idea of road hazards marring that beautiful paint.

Featured Listing: 1988 Yamaha RZ 350 in Canada
Featured Listing May 14, 2019 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1989 Suzuki RGV250 SP

Here we go. RSBFS comfort food in its finest form and coming from one of our most trusted allies in Moto2 Imports. Like a big bowl of mom’s mac and cheese, there is little that can sate us like a pristine 1989 Suzuki RGV250SP. If you have followed us for any length of time, you know the numbers on these babies chapter and verse, but a good chorus is always worth repeating.

1989 Suzuki RGV250 SP Pepsi For Sale at Moto2 Imports

In ‘89, Suzuki’s two-stroke v-twin GP replica spat out the best part of 60 horsepower from a deliciously peaky powerplant that was endowed with years of GP paddock trickery. The paintwork aped Kevin Schwantz’s RG500 race livery, and outsized brakes and USD forks showed this thing intended no half-assery. It was also a damn sight cheaper than the legions of 1,000cc sportbikes prowling showrooms, and in the right hands could be made to keep up, at least when things got twisty.


Because these things were never sold in the U.S., thanks mostly to the EPA, but in part because we don’t have Europe’s tiered licensing laws, young riders on these shores were left with a bunch of uninspiring sub-500cc machines, or a suite of not beginner-friendly 600s. Wannabe racers in this country never learned the true joy of a featherweight, unforgiving two-stroke ripper.

This 1989 Suzuki RGV250 SP is as nice as they come, and wears nicer suspension front and rear and a close-ratio gearbox to separate itself from the non-SP machines. Everything on the bike is original with the exception of a set of stainless steel front brake lines, and it will be supplied fully serviced. It has a clean US title, so registering it should not pose a problem.

From the seller:

1989 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 SP in factory Pepsi color scheme. The bike has 5,755 miles (9,265km) and has been prepped by our partner Speedwerks. The fairings and tank are all OEM and in very good (~9/10) condition. Chassis is similarly nice. The SP model features close-ratio gearbox and upgraded front/rear suspension, however contrary to popular opinion, the VJ21 SP did not come with a dry-clutch. Bike is all original, minus braided front brake lines. Tank interior is clean. The bike has been serviced and is in excellent running condition. Bike will come with a US title. Price is $9,999 or best offer and buyers can contact us at info@moto2imports.com or (844) 44-MOTO2

Even today, there isn’t much that weighs as little as this bike and packs a similar wallop, especially if you want blinkers and a license plate. If you really want to separate yourself from the ranks of FZ07s and Gixxers at your local cruise, look no further.

Featured Listing: 1989 Suzuki RGV250 SP
Featured Listing May 14, 2019 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N2

Maybe it’s the Ninja Turtles paintjob, or the twin headlights or the gaping air scoops that flank the headlights, but the 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7RR oozes with purpose. After all, nothing about a lime green-and purple single-seater sportbike says “ride me to work.” These are the colors of losing your chicken strips up the inside of a dentist on a Ducati. This is the livery of a long day in the general district courthouse followed by indefinite license suspension.

The 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7RR was built to homologate the bikes Rob Muzzy was tuning to within an inch of their lives for AMA Superbike and Formula USA competition. Aside from the fairly obvious single-seat tail section and deleted passenger pegs, the bikes had beefier Nissin brakes, fully-adjustable suspension and 41mm flatslide carbs.

With Doug Chandler and Scott Russell on board, the ZX-7RR’s predecessor took four AMA Superbike titles in the 1990s, as well as a brace of Daytona 200s courtesy of Russell. Eric Bostrom also rode a ZX-7RR in the latter half of the ‘90s.

Thanks to the big flat slides, a tall first gear, the ZX-7RRs made pretty miserable street bikes, which led to most of them being stripped of their street equipment and thrown around amateur road racing series and track days with abandon. To find one as blemish free and low mileage as this one is a real rarity.

This 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N2 is completely stock except for an air-valve mod, and has done less than 6,000 miles. It resides in Canada, but the seller says he has explored importing it to the U.S. and does not anticipate any serious issues.

From the seller:

I have for sale a 1997 Kawasaki ZX7RR in very good or even excellent condition. This fine example has been ridden only 9500km (5900mi) by its original owner. The seat cowl, tank, upper cowl and fender are scratch and dent free. There are a few paint chips and a small rub mark on the muffler that I have tried my best to point out in the pictures. I can provide more pictures if desired.
The bike is stock with the exception of the seat pad which I had re-upholstered. The engine ‘air system’ has been replaced with what I gather is a ‘Kleen Air’ mod. I have all the original hardware to return it to stock condition.
I believe I am the third owner and I have had it in my collection for 6 years. Although not ridden during that time, I periodically started and ran the bike and kept fresh fuel in it. I did recently ride it to the local garage for a safety inspection and everything performed as a like new bike should.
I live an hour and a half east of Toronto, Ontario and would consider delivering the bike to the New York City area or Buffalo NY. This model may be imported into the USA (VSP312) via an importer to whom I would supply the paper work including the ‘Recall letter’.
I am asking $18,500 for this clean example of a ZX7RR. Please call Neil at (705) 924-9147 or email n_macmillan@hotmail.com

At $18,500 U.S., the bike is priced as a rare collector bike, and a low-production piece of AMA history. Considering that similar homologation mounts from Honda and Yamaha of this vintage are going for more than double that, this Kawi represents something of a bargain.

Featured Listing: 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N2
Featured Listing May 9, 2019 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1995 Honda RC45

Gary in Utah has several bikes Featured on RSBFS right now. Check them out too:

Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Our friend Gary in Utah is back, and he’s picking right up where we left him — offering up a slew of recently acquired, maniacally clean sport bikes, even after he has sold so many through this site. Today, we’re ecstatic to feature his nearly-flawless and totally de-restricted 1995 Honda RC45. If you’re coming up short on the RC45, allow me to remind you.

The bike was the mid-1990s update to the highly successful and much loved Honda RC30, which by ’94 was starting to lose a step to its rivals. Honda needed something new and equally mean to regain World Superbike Glory, and the RC45 was born. They built 200 in 1994 for homologation purposes, and a few more over the next five years or so. The bikes immediately went out and swept the Formula One TT and the Senior TT at the Isle of Man. They remained dominant until the end of the decade.

The bike took the World Superbike Championship in 1997, and the AMA Superbike titles in ’95 and ’98, and a Daytona 200 win in ’96. Carl Fogarty, John Kocinski, Miguel Duhamel, Colin Edwards and Joey Dunlop all made their presence felt aboard the svelte V4. The engine was revised from the RC30, with more piston rings, a bigger bore and shorter stroke, revised heads and fuel injection.

Gary’s bike has done just over 10,000 miles, which means it has been thoroughly enjoyed, but you wouldn’t know it to look at it. It has all of three blemishes, despite its age and mileage. As with everything Gary sends us, there are no flies on it whatsoever.

From the seller:

1995 Honda RVF750 RC45 with 10,392 miles. It is a full power model. I bought it from the original owner in Japan that reverse imported it. He bought it new. Bike runs and idles like new. All maintenance performed by Honda dealer according to schedule. Bike will be sold with new fluids. All fairings are 100% genuine Honda OEM. Bike has been cherished and it shows. The owner said the bike has never seen the rain, never crashed and never on it’s side. Frame protectors have been installed when new and luckily never used, lol. Bike is mint condition with no rust and very little oxidation present. The bike is in original unrestored condition. The only flaws I can find on the bike is a small rub on the right side lower fairing and two pin head size touch up paint on the gas tank. Rear cowling, upper cowling and left lower look mint. Bike comes with original unused tool kit, two Honda RC45 factory manuals, factory stand and two original keys. Bike will come with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. Pictures of above mentioned flaws to follow. I’d like to see $48,500 or best offer for this example. Feel free to contact me at (801) 358-6537 or by email: rmurangemasters@aol.com

Gary

These bikes have never been cheap, fetching $27,000 when new, or about what a Ducati 916 SPS brought. But they remain special, they aren’t making any more of them, and there is little better way to celebrate the golden age of roadracing than to stick one of these in your garage.

Featured Listing: 1995 Honda RC45
Ducati May 6, 2019 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1998 Ducati 916SPS

Update 5.10.2019: SOLD IN 4 DAYS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

In the heady days of the late-1990s, people were buying sportbikes left, right and center and roadracing was so popular that there were two all-in series in the U.S. alone. If you couldn’t get a superbike ride in AMA, you could turn your attention to the madness that was Formula USA for another shot.

For bike buyers, that meant not only was there an endless variety of nearly race-ready machines coming out of Japan and Europe in small batches, but manufacturers had an incentive to update them every couple years to stay competitive. Enter, the 1998 Ducati 916 SPS.

When the ever-evolving Ducati 916 SP reached its pinnacle in 1997, with bores so large the barrels were prone to stress cracks, Bologna added stouter cases, to punch the mill out to a 996 and Ducati 916 SPS was born. The trick SP forks, Ohlins rear shock, Brembo wheels and lightened frame carried over from the SP. With the standard set of race-only Termignoni cans, the bike made somewhere north of 125 horsepower. The exact figure varies with who you ask.

This 1998 Ducati 916 SPS is about as nice an example as you could ask for, though it is much better suited at this point to a museum. Number 853 in the production run, it appears to have all its original parts intact, down to the chain and tires.

From the seller:

1998 Ducati 916SPS
Up for sale from my collection is a rare low mileage Ducati 916SPS. Moving forward with higher specification of the 916. In 1997 Ducati introduced the 916 SPS to replace the 916 SP.
If not familiar with rarity and performance of the 916SPS, please read the article by Odd Bike. https://www.odd-bike.com/2013/02/ducati-916-spsps-ultimate-
desmoquattro_18.html
Of the 916SPS produced this is the last model year! The SPS was a homologated model so that Ducati could stay competitive with rule changes. In addition to many motor upgrade and changes, the 1998 model featured the following upgrades over the 1997 model. Newer lighter frame, Ohlin adjustable steering damper. updated brake calipers and Titanium connecting rods now standard equipment. This bike was purchased and imported by me from Centre Hamel Honda Montreal in 2014. I’m familiar with the fact that Ducati never sent the 916SPS to the U.S as a road going bike, but for race purposes only after signing a waiver, however upon registering the bike I received a clean Washington State title that allows the next owner to road or track the bike as they choose. The bike has very low miles on it and is in like new condition. I collect bikes for investment and do not ride them. Yes, the guy you love to hate
until your looking for that low mileage, rare, unmodified bike of your dreams.
With just 123 miles showing on the odometer, other than a scratch behind the steering damper (shown in pictures), the bike is like new! No modifications, no aftermarket parts. When the bike was with such low miles, it did not require and service work. Since the bike has been sitting in my collection since purchased, preventative maintenance service would be recommended before riding. Bike comes with the original tool kit, keys and manual.

916SPS were rare and special when new, and are becoming increasingly harder to find in original condition. This 916 SPS is truly a collectable, museum quality piece!

Since it’s been so well maintained despite being dormant, the options for this one are nearly endless. Throw some tires at it and make a (very) occasional cruise night hero or race weekend campsite candy. Or throw it on a piece of carpet in your living room and never worry about a TV subscription again.

Featured Listing: 1998 Ducati 916SPS
Yamaha May 5, 2019 posted by Aaron

M is for More: 2015 Yamaha R1M

As we speak, four-time World Superbike champ Jonathan Rea is throwing an unholy hissy fit over the spec of the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4R that Alvaro Bautista is using to convincingly pinch the crown that has become all but a foregone conclusion for him. The reason for the mud slinging is the big Ducati’s world-beating tech and eye-watering price tag. It’s not attainable for the average human, Rea argues, so it’s not exactly a fair fight.

2015 Yamaha R1M for sale on eBay

There may be some merit to that when you look at bikes such as this 2015 Yamaha R1M. When it broke cover as the tuning fork’s baddest offering in 2015, it carried a raft of tech and sexiness that was unheard of at its $21,000 pricepoint. Four years on, that cost has gone up a little, but the bike is no less astonishing now. It packs carbon fiber bodywork, a smartphone-controlled onboard computer (dial in suspension settings from your phone) and a 200-section rear tire. Not bad, considering it still goes for just over half of the R’s ask.

This 2015 Yamaha R1M has done just 4,000 miles and is in immaculate condition. It has a computer chip and a Graves can, but is otherwise stock. Fresh-looking Michelins have replaced the sticky original Bridgestones. There’s a lot of life left, but this bike for sure deserves a more aggressive set of meats.

From the eBay listing:

LIKE NEW!! -2015 YAMAHA R1-M
4377.8 ORIGINAL MILES WITH CHIP AND PIPE!
There’s really nothing else to say, the bike is super clean with receipts of the work done.
After payment we can assist your shipper loading or stop by, pick it up and ride away!
Don’t postpone joy, blow minds at the bike blessing or on the track next weekend!
BID WITH CONFIDENCE!

The reserve hasn’t been met at $13,800, which is still a deal for what this bike is. With the tasteful mods and just 4,000 miles under its belt, this might be the neatest way to get ahold of what is a truly mad street bike.

M is for More: 2015 Yamaha R1M
Suzuki April 28, 2019 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki GSXR1100

Update 5.14.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

I have always had a soft spot for Suzuki GSXR1100s for a couple reasons. First, when they bowed in the mid-1980s, they were absolutely one of the baddest machines you could buy, two wheels or four. They weighed nothing and had an absolutely insane engine. Over their run, they evolved into the thinking man’s sport tourer. They didn’t handle like their smaller badge mates, but they sure as hell went fast. And, compared to a lot of liter-plus mile-eaters, they went around turns with a fair amount of poise and grace. But by the mid-90s, they were an also-ran in the arms race, so they didn’t fly out of dealers the way CBR900RRs did.

1997 Suzuki GSXR1100 for sale on eBay

Which brings us to this 1997 Suzuki GSXR1100. It’s a bone stock, close to perfect example from the second to last year of the model. When the seller says it has zero flaws, he ain’t kidding. It’s exceedingly low mileage, to boot. That means it’s a modern sport tourer with classic pedigree, fabulous, blocky mid-90s Gixxer styling, and the running gear to take you from coast to coast in comfort and beyond 100 mph.

From the seller:

If you’ve always wanted a mint 1997 GSXR here’s your chance. This is a true time capsule that’s
in museum collecting condition. It’s totally bone stock including air box, cans and manufacturer
idiot stickers. It has 4300 original miles on it and looks like the day in left the dealership. No
chips, dings, anything. It seems like the previous owner detailed it after every ride. I was not
looking to buy this but when I saw the condition it was in; I could not help myself. It’s a disease.
As I am more of a track guy I do very little street riding anymore, no this has not been tracked.
As such it’s been sitting in my climate-controlled garage so time for a new home. I’m a picky 50
plus year old that collects bikes. Hence, I am very particular and tend to understate condition. I
can honestly rate this a 10 out of 10 as it has zero faults. The pictures speak for themselves. As I
like selling things with no stories the bike has just had all fluids changed, a new battery
installed, and the carburetors cleaned. It’s ready to be collected or ridden, your choice. You will
not be disappointed; I have many more pictures and happy to answer any questions. It’s
registered in New Hampshire which does not title anything over fifteen years old, but I do have
the previous owner’s title. I do not need to sell this bike so please don’t waste either of our
times. Thanks for looking.

As a now-classic example of one of motorcycling’s most famous marques, this thing has very few flies on it. It might not have been the fastest or nimblest in its day, but there’s no denying its pedigree, quality and power.

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki GSXR1100
Aprilia April 26, 2019 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Praise for the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory pounded down in torrents in early ’13 when the thing broke cover as a celebration of Max Biaggi’s 2012 World Superbike championship. It was fast beyond the limits of the mortal brain. It stuck to corners like a gecko on a concrete wall thanks to front and rear Ohlins suspension. It had helpful, intuitive, non-invasive electronics that helped non-racers go fast and keep the bike on its forged aluminum wheels. It lagged a little behind the Ducati Panigale 1199R in pure horsepower, but with a naturally torquey V4 and trick fueling, it delivered more or less electric punch.

Now, since the RSV4 Factory is just six years old, it’s not exactly rare, and it isn’t quite aged enough to be our usual fare, but it is definitely special, and any track-focused, 184-horsepower weekend weapon of this caliber deserves a place on our page. And this one has a few little modifications and a tight maintenance regimen to make sure it’s more than ready for the next owner to fully exploit. Mods include an Akrapovic slip-on exhaust system, GP shift rearsets and a hardwired bullet camera.

From the seller:

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS SBK SE, 8400 miles, original owner. Immaculate condition. Modifications from stock:
Akrapovic carbon ½ system with factory Aprilia race map (with catalytic and straight link pipe)
EvoTech fender eliminator
EvoTech radiator and oil cooler guards
CRG RC2 levers (clutch and brake)
15T countershaft sprocket
Lightech chain adjuster blocks
Woodcraft rearsets (GP shift)
Pipercross filter
GB Racing clutch cover guard
R&G frame sliders
Swingarm sliders
RoadHawk Ride bullet camera, wired to switched power (auto on/off with ignition)
Currently has Dunlop GPA-Pro tires and Vesrah RJL pads.
Battery recently replaced (with a stock Yuasa YT12A-BS), brakes recently flushed (DOT 5.1).
CA registration was recently paid and is good through May, 2020
Typical RSV4 issues have been addressed… Stator replaced a few times under warranty due to oil wicking up to rectifier connector; I rerouted the harness and it stays bone dry now. Original tank was replaced under warranty due to paint bubbling and the surface bulging/rippling, I subsequently bypassed the EVAP and routed the tank vent to atmosphere and since then the second tank still looks like new. Has done a few track days at Laguna Seca, but has never been dropped, over-revved or damaged in any way. Except for some stone chipping on lowers behind the front tire, and some small scrape marks on the bottom rear end of the lowers on the right side (grounding through the second half of the Corkscrew at Laguna), it looks as new. Detailed photos show everything. Comes with stock parts: exhaust, levers, passenger pegs, rearsets, and the original tank (which went back to looking like new after drying out), a fitted elastic Aprilia cover, and a few miscellaneous small service parts (oil filter, set of front Vesrah brake pads). Will work to get the bike to a freight company if the buyer wants to arrange shipping at their own cost. Will bring to a shop of the buyers choosing in South/Central Orange County for a pre-purchase inspection (at buyers expense and arrangement) if desired.

Price: $11500.

Seller Ruben says he’s not in a huge rush to sell this beast (Who would be?), but will move it along if the buyer and price are right. He can be contacted at rubenarchilla@hotmail.com for inquiries.

Featured Listing: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory
Ducati April 25, 2019 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

Update 4.27.2019: Sold in just two days to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati 851 is the father of modern Ducatis, from the world-changing 916 to the astonishing Panigale V4R. Without this boxy, lithe very red machine, those bikes would not be. The 851 arrived in 1987, with a very hopped up version of Ducati’s venerated Pantah engine. The air-cooled 90-degree, two-valve twin in the Pantah was updated with liquid cooling, four-valve heads and fuel injection for the 851, and Ducati shot back to the top of racing leaderboards.

Spitting out 93 horsepower and gobs of torque in a 430-pound chassis, the 851 was a statement that Ducati could use its agricultural engine tech to devastating effect. In 1990, the bike took home the World Superbike title, among a raft of other accolades over its five-year run.

This 1992 Ducati 851 Strada is from the last year before the 888 broke cover, and it has been kept largely unridden in a climate-controlled storage facility. Though it hasn’t crossed 3,000 miles since it was purchased as a leftover in 1995, all the major services have been done on a strict interval. Aside from the Fast by Feracci carbon cans, it is a stock machine.

From the seller:

This is a rare find, super low miles, Ducati 851 Superbike. This bike was purchased used from Bellevue Suzuki Ducati in 1995, at the time it was under 1000 miles on the clock. It has not seen much more use by its current owner as it was purchased to round out the collection of Ducati Superbikes, the 851/888/916. All three bikes have remained in owners collection until recently when he let the 888 go up for sale. Now we have been asked to find proper homes for the 851 and 916 still in his possession. Both the 851 and 916 have been kept serviced and stored in a heated shop/garage space. Run from time to time, oil changed and belts replaced at regular intervals. Other than the ever popular Fast by Ferracci carbon exhaust and a tank protector this beauty is all original. Ducati 851’s rarely come up for sale as it is, let alone one as clean as this one. Hurry, it will not last long. We have it scheduled for complete safety inspection and a 2-year service which will include oil, filter, hydraulics, coolant along with new timing belts. The owner has kindly provided some service records as well. It does have a clear WA title, all original keys and manuals included.

Here is some of the early press about these;

Ducati came of age in the late 80s, using ideas that the Far East thought as antiquated and as such not worth pursuing, the Italians enjoyed staggering race successes, and with it many sales to the public, motorcycling hasn’t been quite the same since. Chris Pearson samples the bike at the beginning of it all

Based upon the 1978 Pantah bottom end, the design was the first real modern day Ducati Superbike and successfully bridged the gap until the arrival of the 916 some seven years later. The first sight of the all-new Ducati road bike was caught at the Milan show in the autumn of 1987 although the prototype race bikes had provided more than their fair share of clues and insights into what was waiting just around the corner. Developed as a direct descendant of the Daytona winning twin from 1987, the production version of the 851 differed little from that prototype race machine. Ducati’s intentions for the new model were clear from the outset being offered in both Strada (road going) and Kit (race track) specification, for those wishing to put their 851’s directly on to the track. 200 examples of the latter were hurriedly assembled to satisfy the homologation required for the inaugural 1988 World Superbike championship, a roadster based race series that Ducati were more than keen to be a part of.

The basis of the 1987 spec Ducati 851 lived on until the end of 1993, gradually growing in capacity up to the 888cc model of 1992, proving so dominant on the rack that the planned update, the iconic 916 series, was held over for more than a year finally making its debut towards the end of 93 ready for its full onslaught in 1994.

Credits cards accepted, up to $150.00 documentation charge may be added.

You’d be hard pressed to find another 1992 Ducati 851 in this kind of shape anywhere for any price. At $9,200, we have a low-mileage perfectly-preserved example of the superbike that put Ducati back in the conversation.

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada