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Bit by Bit – 1991 Ducati 907 I.E. Paso

The 907 I.E. is the most sorted of the Paso line, almost a transformation of the earlier 750’s.  Today’s Paso is a California native wearing paint seeming newer than what lies beneath, but looks like a good first sportbike.

1991 Ducati 907 I.E. Paso for sale on eBay

Last-gen Paso’s were finally water cooled and fuel-injected, better suited for Tamburini’s enclosed bodywork design than air cooling and carburetors.  Weber electronic injection stretches out the power band for the hydraulic dry clutch and 6-speed.  Some reviewers hold that the chassis geometry on the earlier Paso’s was better, but the handling and convenience of a pair of 17-inch wheels are part of the I.E. package.  Ducati’s tough square-tube chassis is under the soap bar, with Marzocchi multi-adjustable anti-dive forks and monoshock.

Beside a quick repair on the near side mirror, the bright re-paint on this 907 I.E. would be helped by some factory decals, which shouldn’t be hard to source.  Then presuming no mechanical show-stoppers, the new owner could fix a little and ride a little – refinish the GPR mufflers, get the Corbin re-covered, new sprockets and chain, powdercoat the wheels, etc.  Could be a sharp example in no time.  Short comments from the eBay auction:

1991 Ducati 907 Paso this bike is getting harder to find
has after market exhaust an has been jetted to it
also just out in a new battery
really clean bike

The Paso was tasked with fending off the imported competition, and it had plenty of character, but at a slightly premium price.  Some years over a thousand were sold, but not always.  The neat complete fairing had its fans, but the company got busy with development of the 916, Supersport and Monster, closing the Paso line in 1992.  For sure a rarity at this point, and an important Ducati with sport touring, a more modern engine, and Tamburini design in its gene pool.  Hopefully the reserve will keep newcomers in mind.

-donn

8 Comments

  • The ebay description says it has been rejetted for the aftermarket exhausts so does he mean the fuel injection has been rejetted?

  • Hoping an owner will chime in but one of my Ducati guides refers to dialing in the Weber P7 ECU so that could be what the owner meant…

  • I thought that slit on the windscreen (?) was open. I thought that for a long time! Whatever, I don’t know why but I want a Paso. Maybe some day.

  • Fanboy here. They just never seem to pop up at the right time ($ + garage space). I see no reason to entertain thoughts of any other paso when these exist. 17” wheels make it a viable rider

    I was not aware these were dry clutch, really? Not like many have ever breezed past me with the clutch in (or at all…) hoping someday the stars align and I get to find out for myself.

  • Whenever a Paso is reviewed, I can’t help wondering why no one ever draws attention to its likeness with the 1980’s Sega Hang-On deluxe arcade cabinet. The solid painted wind screen gives it all away.

  • eBay shows sold for $3,161. NIce buy! -dc

  • I just don’t get it. These are still basically “dirt cheap” for a Ducati. I think the design still looks good.

  • These bikes are a curiousity in Ducatis history, personally I feel they are undervalued, having dismantled a few I would be of the opinion that like many Dukes of the era, you kinda need to want to finish the bike after you buy it and hence turn it into the bike it could be.
    Changing the dinky wheels was a common mod in the day cos tyre sizes were both odd and expensive, equally taking the Weber carb off the early bikes and pegging it over the ditch was very common. My guess is that Ducati was still fairly broke when these models were released and that shows in the somewhat slapdash build.
    The looks divide people, but Tamburini was ahead of the posse, the Japs slavishly copied him shortly thereafter.
    For a serious Ducati buff these are an important milestone, and one day will be recognised as such, that is if any are left.
    The frame is a terrible ugly thing and prone to rust, and with values so low they often ended up in the hands of lads who didnt care too deeply about legacy etc – and in fact probably neither knew or cared who Massimo Tamburini was.
    Also came in a very fetching shade of blue, but at these prices you can paint it any way you like, and the anoraks will not be lining up to crucify you.

Comment rules: Add something useful and constructive, and don't be a jerk. Comments that don't add value will be deleted. Comments will automatically close after 30 days. Thank you. -dc

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