Posts by Category: Ducati

Cagiva September 22, 2021 posted by

Often Forgotten: The 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

Some might claim that it is easy to overlook the late 80s Ducati 750 Sport with everything else that was going on with the brand at the time.  We were greeted by the amazing 851 and 88, and patiently awaiting the legendary 916 to arrive.  We were also lamenting the end of the F1 era of superbikes.  There were people that unfairly dubbed the 750 Sport “The Poor Man’s F1”.  Maybe it was a case of being overshadowed by other offerings, or just not being fully understood in period but the 750 Sport offers and enjoyable and usable option for people wanting to experience this time period again.

The 750 Sport is an interesting mix of different Ducati eras.  The 72 horsepower is made with the use of a single Weber carburetor pulled from the Paso, the frame is very similar to the F1 and the brakes and suspension were the standard units from Brembo and Marzocchi.  It has been claimed that around 400 of these machines came to the US, but concrete documentation from this era of Ducati is challenging.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

Please note this bike is technically a 1989 model, according to the frame, but it is, and always has been, titled as a 1990 model, accounting for the fact it wasn’t sold until 1990, which was a common occurrence in that time period with low production European motorcycles.

The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting right up. This bike has been part of my collection for a while and just isn’t ridden enough, so it’s time for someone else to enjoy it. It’s basically a well-maintained and well cared for bike that runs and rides with absolutely no issues. Leave it the way it is (preferred) or restore it eventually after having some fun with it. I just happen to like this machine the way it is.

The paint on the tank, fairings, etc. are original, and have never had any type of paintwork or touchup, as far as I can tell. The paint on the frame and associated parts is also original, and aside from some minor age freckling, is in good condition. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time. The seat is also original and is in very nice condition.

Listed with no Buy It Now button, keen watchers will be excited to see where the market prices this example.  With just over 19k miles it will be more appealing to someone that wants to ride the bike, even if sparingly.  This could be the most affordable way to own a classic 80s Ducati.  Condition seems to be that perfect balance of used and loved.  Nice enough to be proud of at a local show, but used enough to be enjoyed on the road guilt free.

The eBay listing goes to great lengths to talk about originality.  Does not mention the aftermarket exhaust.  The F1s are sure to sound amazing and are period correct.  One nit pick is that the front turn signals are no the factory units.  As luck would have it the factory units were used on a wide range of bikes of this time, so sourcing a more correct looking options should be no problem at all.

Engine Number: 750 LS 751253

Frame Number: ZDM1KA3JXLB751788

Often Forgotten: The 1989 Ducati 750 Sport
Ducati September 17, 2021 posted by

Inspiration – 1978 Ducati 900 GTS

Though the Super Sports were to be lusted after, the 900 GTS had their own part in Ducati’s history and on the Sport Classic’s family tree.  Here’s a Canadian example which is said to be unrestored and shows beautifully.

1978 Ducati 900 GTS for sale on eBay

If there had been a momentary Universal European Motorcycle, the 900 GTS has a lot of its qualities.  Downtube frame, metal fenders, kick and electric start, long seat, and each manufacturer had their own favored engine design.  Taglioni’s signature bevel-drive desmodue is in the cradle, with Guigiaro’s stylized case design, and 65 hp on the dyno.  Typical for the decade are the 5-speed, three-way adjustable forks and shocks, and drum rear brake – with better twin disks up front.  Rubber is 18-inch, with wider availability these days than there was back then.  The long skinny seat isn’t seen much anymore, but the knee indentations in the tank are now classic.

No belts on these bevel heads so if the oil is fresh and battery charged it should be able to give those Heidenau’s a workout.  Paint work is said to be original but looks better.  The chrome is getting thin on the fenders but the engine cases look great.  Standard key ring damage on the warning light panel but maybe that could be refreshed.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This is an ALL ORIGINAL unmolested classic Ducati GTS 900 with original paint. It just came out of a private collection. No accidents, clean title, survivor. The bike is in overall good condition and has been tuned up with a new battery installed. Starts up every time and sounds absolutely ballsy, I get looks, questions, thumbs up every time I take it out for a ride. So be prepared to get approached A LOT at gas stations (I only use Chevron 94 octane fuel, nothing less, EVER).

I’ve ridden it a few times this summer to keep the wheels round and the oil circulating but that’s it. I am it’s second custodian. If you know these bikes then you know how rare and appreciated they are, and how they are climbing in value.

Thirty years later, Ducati “invented” the – GT1000 –, a retro classic owing a lot to the 900 GTS.  Modern fuel injection and brake are a bit of a difference, but the similarities are undeniable.  The comfortable riding position made the GT the most popular among riders if not investors.  It would be a neat garage with a 900 GTS next to a similarly painted GT1000 – different generations of a great ride.

-donn

Inspiration – 1978 Ducati 900 GTS
Ducati September 9, 2021 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 SPO For Sale!

1993 Ducati 888 SPO For Sale on eBay!

Coming in on the heels of Mikes French Drama Lama 888 SP5/Strada is this Merica 888 SPO. This Ducati is certain to please WhyzeeF and Luke because this one lacks a LE number plate on the triple, but . . . it does have that pesky No 1 tail plate . . . Hmmmm. Oh! I know, that’s because Ducati won the WSB championship in 1992. They followed 92’s championship season up by winning both the WSBK and AMA Championships in 93′ with the 888. So, this number plate actually means something! 🙂

From the seller-

In case you are not aware 888SPO was sold only in the US market. The SPO was a combination of the high performance SP5 and the European- specification Strada. Apart from a different EPROM, the engine of the SPO was identical to the Starda. The SPO shared more with the SP5 when it came to the chassis. There were only 170 produced for the 1993 model year with another 120 equipped to meet California emissions. This is not a California example. There were another 100 released for 1994 with only a few cosmetic differences including a production number plate on the triple clamp.

This SPO presents well and for a good reason- It’s averaged around 400 miles a year since it crossed the pond. As the seller mentions, there were around 390 of these imported in 93′ and 94′. Not super low numbers by Italian manufacturers standards, but low enough to make them sought after and highly collectable. These have been slowly creeping up in price over the years and this one seems to be leading the way and pushing the envelope with a BIN price of $18,500. If you’re interested in this one and want to compare pricing or condition you can search our archives and gain a lot of insight on these.

Check out this SPO here!

Ciao!

dd

1993 Ducati 888 SPO For Sale!
Ducati September 7, 2021 posted by

Sticker Shock – 2003 Ducati 749S

As unlikely as it would be to ever see a yellow Ducati racebike, this owner has a pretty good visual play going on the factory WSBK livery from the early oughts.  Looking excellent and reporting recent maintenance, this 749S might go for less due to the salvage title.

2003 Ducati 749S for sale on eBay

A tidy mark-up from the base model, the 749S used a higher compression engine and reported 110 hp, pretty good ponies from 3/4 of a liter.  Other upgrades included better Showa suspension, and the headstock, footpegs and seat are all adjustable to suit, though comfort was never its strong suit.  The 749 gives up 10mm of rear tire to the 999, but shares a lot with the superbike.  The skinny package carries just 4.1 gallons of fuel, so the right wrist might make the reserve light a regular presence.

This 749S has low miles, some racy graphics and a neat take on the front turn signals.  A close look is required with the salvage title, but the owner might drop it by a shop of your choosing if you’re not SoCal.  Stickers come and go with relative ease.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Very Rare Bike! Lots of Carbon Fiber Extras! Only 12,000 Miles! Title in hand, registered in California through 02/22.

Very recently fully serviced. New Battery, New Pirelli Tires, New Fairings. The original fairings are included with some minor damage. The bike was given a “Salvage Title” due to insurance not wanting/unable to get replacement fairings. It was never wrecked, simply fell over cracking the left side fairings and mirror.

Runs Great!  Gets a lot of looks!

The big twin’s advantage in superbikes didn’t translate into supersports, and Ducati ‘s entry was a marketing exercise if not a contender.  But in amateur hands or on the road, the 749S might be a better choice.  If the buyer were to be a rider hoping for miles, rather than a collector focused on re-sale, this might be a great option.

-donn

Sticker Shock – 2003 Ducati 749S
Ducati September 6, 2021 posted by

The French Connection: 1993 Ducati 888 SP5

Update 9.6.2021: We have received word from a reader who is well known and respected in the modern classic Ducati community, that there is some cause for concern with this example. See the thread here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/138029276886641

the Ducati SP5 Community & I have been all over this “genuine” SP5. It’s a fake.

According to the frame VIN, 3 months ago it was a 888 Strada being sold for $13,000 in France. Now it’s $38k.

Thank you for the heads up, -dc


Queue up the Oooh La Las, because regardless on which side your baguette is buttered you are looking at an Italian legend… that has been well preserved… yet definitely ridden… and lives in France. Sure, the global pandemic may prohibit you from taking the Grand Tour across Europe, but you can get Italy delivered via France without ever leaving home right now thanks to eBay.

1993 Ducati 888 SP5 for sale on eBay

The Ducati triple 8 was an evolution of the milestone 851, and incorporated key learnings from the initial seasons of WSBK racing. Namely, more capacity and more power. The 888 produced just 2 ponies shy of 120 HP in the SP5 trim, thundering its way to an 11,000 RPM redline. That is big territory for a twin. This is, in fact, the SPS motor, which therefore includes stronger rods and twin injectors. Limited to 500 units, the SP5 offered a substantial set of components, from race-ready Brembos (including braided lines and a fully floating rear disk), the close-ratio six speed box, solo tail section with the upswept Termi cans, and Ohlins rear shock. Up front the SP5 came stock with a multi-adjustable Showa front fork, but it appears today’s seller rectified that cost cutting measure with a proper Ohlins front unit. Exclusivity was pretty good to start with across the years of the 888 (1991 – 1994 model years), but to ensure stature the 888 SP5 was fitted with a bespoke numbered tag on the headstock. Today’s bike is #369.

From the seller:
for sale this fantastic ducati 888 SP5 N° 369
only 32, 000 km, new complete overhaul.
many rare parts like the magnesium rims “Raymond Roche replica”, the carbon footrests (originals, not replicas ), the ohlins fork, the brembo race brake calipers, the magnesium casing.
a unique opportunity to acquire this exceptional motorcycle.
the engine was completely rebuilt 10 years ago at virginio ferrari and the bike has not been driven since.
it is therefore running in.
Bike is in perfect condition

Unlike many rare Ducatis, this particular beast has been ridden a fair amount. 32,000 KM equates to just under 20,000 American miles, which is a lot for a rare collector. The seller indicates a significant amount of work done on the bike, including a complete engine rebuild. Note that the work was completed 10 years ago, and it is likely the bike was parked soon afterwards. Visually the bike appears to be in good condition, especially when the mileage is taken into consideration. Historically significant, justifiably rare and potent, this 1993 Ducati 888 SP5 is looking for a new home. The seller is asking $38,000 USD, and you can check out all of the details here. Does the 888 touch a nerve in your collector heart? What’s your favorite 888 variant? Be sure to let us know in the comments. Good Luck!!

MI

The French Connection: 1993 Ducati 888 SP5
Ducati September 4, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Update 9.6.2021: Cold start video added below. -dc

The Ducati Supersport of the 1990s is not just an icon. It is a capable and robust platform that incorporated a solid foundation of stiff chassis and torquey Desmo power, all beautifully molded into rolling Italian artwork. And while some saw a ready-to-rumble motorcycle, others saw a canvas – an opportunity to build on those fantastic bones and turn it into a beast. Such is what we see today with this 1998 Ducati SSCR Featured Listing. One of the very few yellow 900SS models imported into the US, this Supersport is also the very desirable half-faired model. This unique look allows the engine to dominate the view, not to mention allowing for easy access to most all the bits and pieces. There is a lot to unpack here, so I will let Brendan take over and give you the details.

From the seller:
Available for sale is my 1998 Ducati 900 SS w/ 21500miles. I bought this back from a friend a while back and have continued to enjoy the process of replacing stuff with parts to improve it. It is as fun to ride as anyone has ever said, but I have too many bikes in the garage to get my daily driver back in. Falloon’s book says that this is one of 200 yellow CR’s for 1998. Has the upgraded charging system, I think is a difference.

More from the seller:
I have had 900SS’s before but decided to address the lower spec items found on a CR and do some upgrades beyond what they were when new.

Ohlins Shock-Racetech rebuilt/sprung for 235lbs w/receipt
Ohlins Valved Forks-Racetech rebuilt no receipt
Marvic Penta Magnesium 5 spoke wheels
Floating Iron rotors
40MM to 65mm caliper adaptors
999 4pad/4piston calipers
Dual stainless steel front brake lines
996 masters- brake and clutch w/reservoirs
SpeediMoto 3″ adjustable riser clipons ( narrow originals w/ masters included)
SS/SP aluminum swing arm
Mono Posto seat unit
reshaped/recovered Sargent seat
Stock bi-posto seat unit w/ seat, pegs,cowl
Relocated Monster oil cooler
39mm FCR flat Slide carbs
SilMoto spaghetti header
No-name hi-mount carbon cans ( bought used w/not visible crack)
EVR open clutch cover
Double Bubble smoked windscreen
520 Chain/sprockets
Vitaloni painted mirrors

More from the seller:
Tuned/belts, carbs rebuilt, rectifier replaced, Pirelli Diablo Rosso III @20600
records from 2010

Everything works as it should, and the induction honk brings a smile everytime you whack it open. She is a very nice rider, not a display queen. Available in San Diego, CA.

Asking Price: $8,000
Contact: Brendan @ Brendan@CAYachtsales.com

The CR model (Cafe Racer) was the lowest spec Supersport available when new, and met the needs of the budget conscious rider. Brendan has taken all the goodness and elevated this beauty above the SP specification with tasteful modifications and improvements. This is what the Supersport is all about – a bike so good at the basics that it can follow you where you go; with careful application of parts and money, can get you there even faster. Drop dead gorgeous in yellow, bristling with upgraded tech and fully sorted, this is a bike that you could not build for what you can buy if for here. Every rider needs something like this in their stable and your opportunity is right now. Give Brendan a shout, tell him what a gorgeous bike he has built, and then make yourself a deal!

MI

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Ducati September 4, 2021 posted by

1995 Ducati Supermono #12 of 27

1995 Ducati Supermono For Sale on eBay!

I said it 11 years ago and I’ll say it again- The Supermono is the ultimate collectable sport bike. There’s not a zero mile RC30, RC45, Superleggra, D16, Bimota, GSX-RR, Honda DB5 or YSR more valuable or sought after. The Supermono is at THE top of the heap- Change my mind.

I know some of you have already started arm chair quarter backing me, hammering your keyboards and screaming “THERE WERE 67 BUILT YOU BAFOON!” Yes, 67 total, but only 27 built from 1995-97 with the larger 572cc motors and shotgun style Termi canister. Ducati started the serial numbers over when they increased from the smaller 550cc motor. That makes 1995 #12 more rare than 1993 #12! Wouldn’t you agree?

Weighing in right at 300#’s wet- these are tiny machines. The wheel base and seat height are about the same as the Honda NSR250’s. Ducati achieved the 300# figure by liberally using magnesium and carbon fiber where they could and a dry clutch. I am in love with the green cast magnesium triple clamps and engine case covers.

Here’s what Rust900ss has to say about their beloved Supermono:

Ducati Supermono 572, 1995, #12. These bikes don’t come up for sale very often. Time to sell this one to let someone else enjoy the beauty of this bike. Bike fully restored. Full engine overhaul at ams ducati dallas. This bike has been maintained by ams Alvarado and dallas for the past 25 years. Sale includes front and rear stands, 24v portable starter, spares include new oem crankcases, exhaust silencer and collector, spare piston, cylinder, water pump, rear sprockets, carbon fenders, various gaskets, seals ect. Take off parts include swingarm, clutch, wiring loom ect. A lot has been written about these bikes over the years, its true they are fabulous, rare and hard to find. One of only 67 bikes built by ducati. Crating available. These bike never had titles but I have a Texas bonded title to prove ownership.

Okay, so from that description I have to assume this one’s been around the track a few times. Obviously, if the motor’s been rebuilt, #12 wasn’t a garage queen and has some hours on it. Is it an ex Jeff Nash race bike and spares or did the previous owners enjoy their little slice of heaven?
I can also safely assume if you’re actively bidding on it you have already contacted the seller and got the skinny on it.

At the time of writing this one is up to $55,300 with 43 bids by 18 bidders and 6 days to go. It has also garnered the attention of 218 dreamers watching it.

I fully expect this one will have to creep well into the 100’s to shake the reserve loose.

What say you? What’s it going to take to release the reserve? What’s it going to take to park this one in your collection?

I attached some links to appease a few of your senses. Enjoy!

AMS Ducati start up video

Fay Myers info video

Below are links to a few of my older RSBFS Supermono posts from back in the day. You know, back when they sold for a paltry $75,000.

#34 from 12.11.2010

#14 from 1.15.2010

If you’re the winning bidder and need company while driving to pick it up just give me a shout 🙂

Check out #12 Supermono here

Let us know if you pick this one up.

Ciao!

dd

1995 Ducati Supermono #12 of 27
Ducati September 3, 2021 posted by

Modern Ducati SL: The 1199 Panigale Superleggera

The search for speed and performance can be an obsession.  Something that consumes all focus and drives decisions about every aspect of the machine.  Much of the time this pursuit is limited to racing applications.  Teams spend untold amounts of money to go incrementally faster.  This purity of design is rarely seen on the streets.  With the Ducati Panigale line someone decided that the rules around production racing were severely limiting what was possible, so Ducati introduced the Superleggera.

Not bound to the homologation rules, Ducati was free to push the envelope.  The Panigale R was the homologation special, and gaining a reputation as an amazing performance machine.  Something that frankly few thought could be made better.  With the use of a magnesium frame, more carbon fiber and a few other choice parts the weight was reduced by 30 pounds when compared to the R.  That is an absolutely insane amount of weight to pull off of an already featherweight motorcycle.  Under 400 pounds fully fueled, the 205hp engine has no trouble firing the bike down the track at triple digit speeds.

While every other manufacture was focused on creating homologation special for the sole purpose of racing, Ducati was raising the bar by offering a motorcycle that did not need to conform to any rules.  Something on another level of focus and a class of it’s own.  Wonder what the other manufactures think of this Ducati Power move.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

For Auction a clear titled in hand 2014 DUCATI 1199 Panigale Superleggera #32 with only 1,527 miles in mint looking/running condition. Mainly used for Sunday rides in the canyons or meetup with friends for coffee. I purchased the bike from local Ducati dealer with 9miles on it early part of 2021. Your viewing arguably the most amazing piece of motorcycle art on the planet period. This is #32 of only 500 stamped if you are a real Ducati enthusiast, you can’t live without this machine.the most exclusive and extreme Ducati ever made with an unprecedented 200+ horsepower in homologated configuration and a 166Kg weight ready-to-ride without gas (.5kg less then a WSBK full racing trim) give it the best, by far, power to weight ratio of any homologated motorcycle. Racing Kit:Included with each 1199 Superleggera is a “track kit” to adapt the bike completely to closed-circuit use. The kit is composed of pieces which, when mounted, add to the bike an additional 5 horsepower for 205hp, and shed an additional 2.5Kg. It is the finishing touch, to unleash every last bit of the 1199 Superleggera’s incredible performance. Kit Composition: Akropovich full EVO Racing exhaust, Racing windshield, Machined mirror block-off plates, NRC License plate holder removal plug: Modifications and what comes with bike:*3M clear bra on, front fairing, tail, tank L+R, top fairings by knees.*EVO tech radiator guards top and bottom, installed when bike was new, paint and radiator guard are in mint condition. BlipBox Auto up and down quick shift, *CRG bar end mirrors- custom OE bar ends used* Ducati bus charger connection in tail,Ducati lithium charger, integrated rear lights, 2x keys and Ducati manuals, Ducati service manual for this bike on usb stick! Front Ducati OE stand rear Pitbull.

The Buy It Now price of $48,999 means this bike will be out of reach for some enthusiasts, but this was always going to be an exclusive offering.  The original MSRP was in the $65k range, and the current model has crossed the line into the six figure territory.  You are getting top tier performance and components for your money though, as well as a rare and desirable package.  The 1199 and 1299 were the end of the V Twin era for Ducati super bikes, so sure to be cemented as a current and future collectable.  Largely stock with the exception of a few tasteful and expensive add ons.

Modern Ducati SL: The 1199 Panigale Superleggera