The first Ducati with 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injection, and water cooling, the Desmoquattro 851 was introduced in 1987. Along with winning a lot of races and national series, continued development brought home the World Superbike Championship in 1990. Handling improvements paved the way to subsequent wins with the 888 and 916 models.
The seriously oversquare 92 x 64mm pistons deliver 105-odd horsepower ( a lot of different figures are quoted ) at 9000 rpm, with 53 ft-lbs. torque. Showa forks at a 24-degree rake and 94mm trail make the 851 happier in high-speed sweepers than snapping through the esses, more stable than maneuverable. Brembo 320mm dual disks are up front, with single 240mm rear. Showa suspension front and rear, along with 17-inch wheels from Marvic.
This one has seen almost 15,000 miles, but a lot of TLC also, from the eBay auction:
It’s time to sell the weekend morning time machine. I’ve owned this Ducati for several years now and have really enjoyed it. This bike really captures the spirit of the early 90’s superbike era when racers like Roche and Polen were racking up race wins on similar bikes. No stories with this motorcycle sale. I’m simply looking to find another great home for this classic Ducati and move on to other endeavors.Details:
Low miles – only 14,877
Very nice condition – not a museum piece, but shows only minor wear
Full service October 2013 (Valves and belts, clutch inspected and cleaned clutch bearing replaced, grease and adjust steering head & swing arm bearings, electrical system check, compression leak down less than 10%)
Less than 500 miles since last service
Michelin Pilot Power tires installed recently
Motorcycle runs and rides great.
Termignoni carbon high mount exhaust
Passenger pegs and low mount Gio Ca Moto exhaust included
Please feel free to ask any questions or request additional photos before bidding
Ohlins steering damper
Carbon vented clutch cover
Original owners manual & Service manual
The body is all business and in great shape, I love the intakes on either side of the headlight. Some years had part of the lowers painted black, extending the angle of the exhausts forward. Owner’s and shop manuals, as well as a few spares. Along with recent tires and service, the condition indicates many happy miles for the next owner.