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Ducati August 3, 2020 posted by

Nice Surprise – 1988 Ducati Paso 750

Arguably the first modern Ducati, the Paso used an innovative design, and new belt-driven cams for its desmodue engine.  This Pennsylvania example has been beautifully restored, using at least a gallon of arrest-me red.

1988 Ducati Paso 750 for sale on eBay

Underneath Tamburini’s ground-breaking package was a familiar Pantah 748cc twin, this time with a single Weber carburetor and 73 hp.  A 5-speed was all the torque curve required, and Marzocchi suspension and 16-inch tires are found at both ends.  Triple Brembo disk brakes are nearly the same size all around, 280mm fronts and 270mm rear.  The soap-bar bodywork freed the designers to build the square tube frame strong and economical, and Tamburini honed the geometry and balance to make the Paso a sweet handling package.

The owner has a short eBay history but picked a lower-mileage Paso as a project, and made a beauty out of it.  Right down to the exhausts, it’s hard to find a modification to the factory’s ideal.  Alloy re-finishing came out better than new.  Pictures without the fairing might require some enhancement to really see the details.  From the eBay auction:

Purchased this classic Paso to perform a full restoration, but when we removed the body work, the chassis and componentry were in such excellent condition, we opted to focus on a cosmetic overhaul. The engine and chassis have been gone through and everything is in order. Valve adjustment and belts replaced within the last 1,500 miles. New tires, new battery, new oil pressure sending unit, new leather seat cover. All bodywork (fiberglass and ABS) was repaired prior to very high quality lacquer repaint. There is a blemish on the left side panel where the mounting point caused a crack after reinstallation (picture shown). Decals replaced and cleared over. Original Oscam wheels were stripped of the delaminated clearcoat and machine polished. There is likely not a Paso this clean outside of the Ducati museum.

The Paso’s styling wasn’t enough of a sure thing to generate more than a couple of thousand sales each year, though Honda came up with a very similar package for the late -80’s CBR600F.  The Weber struggled with heat in traffic, and an upgrade to fuel injection came with the last-of-the-line 907 i.e.  Paso’s do have their fan base though, who appreciate their moderately sporty riding position and protective aero.  Hopefully a RSBFS reader will meet the reserve on this cherry and let us know how it goes.

-donn

Nice Surprise – 1988 Ducati Paso 750
Ducati August 1, 2020 posted by

Lighter Makes Righter – 1987 Ducati 750 F1B

Ducati found its Taglioni-engined twins a good match for the fledgling Formula TT series, and produced road and track versions.  This California example has apparently never seen the road, and not much of the track as evidenced by the unfettered condition.

1987 Ducati 750 F1B ( Racebike ) for sale on eBay

The F1 refers to its Tourist Trophy class, the 600-750cc segment of the race series which got its start when FIM decided the Isle of Man was too dangerous a venue.   As presented for the street, the F1 claimed 63 hp, with two valves per cylinder and 36mm Dell’Orto carbs.  The artfully crafted chrom-moly chassis and swingarm had Marzocchi dampers front and rear.  Brembo brakes are not oversized at 280mm, and the six-spoke alloy wheel sizes were staggered at 16 inch front, 18 rear.  The sub-400 lbs. weight came through judicious use of lightweight materials and drilling everything else.

Hard to expect a full ownership and maintenance history for a find like this though the seller does posit an odometer issue.  Can’t tell all from the pictures provided, but the finishes look excellent and lack the patina that not much actual use would provide.  Carburettors have been upgraded to 38mm Mikunis, and fuel plumbing had to be changed to accommodate.  From the eBay auction:

1987 Ducati F1B that was never titled for the road. The speedometer has 4 miles. I don’t believe it to be original miles. The 750 F1 was a factory prepped track bike that saw very little use. The paint is in beautiful condition and as you can see in the photos. Bike is fitted with a harness for track, with out a left side headlight switch. The bike starts and runs flawlessly. Carbs are Mikuni race 38 mm flatslides. The bike would need little work to return it to a road bike but at the end it is a original factory 750 F1. The frame paint shows no use and is in beautiful condition without any damage or scratches. The bodywork has some small spider cracks on the mono seat, fairing is in beautiful condition. The plastic windscreen shows a small crack visible in the photos.

Ducati started out in Formula TT with their 600 F2 under Tony Rutter, who laid down 4 consecutive championships.  The 750 F1 wasn’t quite so lucky, but has become an iconic model.  Special F1 editions commemorating wins at Montjuich, Laguna Seca, and Santamonica may have put Ducati on the path to continuing limited editions.  This F1B is a classic piece of exotica and has the ask to match – but looks worth a daydream or two.

-donn

Lighter Makes Righter – 1987 Ducati 750 F1B
Ducati July 30, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: Air-cooled Ducati 749 hot rod superbike!

The phrase “Ducati superbike” is enough to strike panic into the hearts of most mortal bank accounts. Just breathing the name of the storied Italian marque conjures ghoulish visions of microscopic maintenance intervals, climbing cost of entry and woeful consequences should you play Devil-may-care with recommended services. Luckily, what we have before us is the exception to that rule. A Ducati superbike powered by an 1,100cc iteration of Bologna’s venerated L-twin, expertly hung in a thoroughly modern steel lattice chassis.

It’s a chicken-and-egg exercise to try and piece together what this bike started life as, so here’s what we know: Its mill is the stock engine from an 1,100cc Monster that has been treated to pod filters. The chassis is from a mid-aughts 749 Dark and the swingarm began life on a Monster S2R. The rest of the parts roster reads like a WSBK team’s grocery list, so we’ll let the seller describe it in a bit.

The result of all the trickery is a torquey, featherweight track weapon that looks and goes like nothing else. It eschews the usual superbike practice of stuffing five million peaky horses into an aluminum frame in favor of a sweet-handling, friendly torque monster. Fast and friendly is the name of the game. With 85 horsepower under your right wrist, you’re not likely to scare an R6 on the straights, but hold your nerve and momentum will carry the day.

From the seller:

I bought this bike in ’17 from the original owner who commissioned the build. Told Bruce Meyers put it together originally w/ 800 motor (hence the s2r swingarm). Chris Boy at Moto Corse then built and tuned it as it sits. Bike is 100% ready to ride.
749 Dark frame, modified for conversion / vin removed.
Stock 1100 monster engine, less than 2k mi, MWR Pod filters
749r subframe, custom front fairing stay.
S2r swingarm, 749 linkage.
Ohlins rear shock, stabilizer, & 25mm kit in 1098 forks.
Attack triples, 28deg offset.
M4 monoblocks, 320mm full floating rotors, progressive pads.
Yoyodyne slipper clutch and slave.
Woodcraft clip-ons, rearsets, lever guards, & clutch cover.
SC Racing oversized oil-cooler.
QD low-mount exhaust.
Microtec ecu, lightened harness.
Dynojet quickshifter, quick-turn throttle tube.
Shorai battery, Shorai charger included.
520 chain, Superlight sprocket & quick change carrier.
Carbon front fender, rear hugger.
Pirelli sc-1 slicks, ran 3 track-day sessions.
Sharkskin 749 bodywork, fresh paint, stickers over clear.
Plenty of Woodcraft spares and rear stand included.
Bike weighs 375lbs, 49.5%front 50.5%rear, 85hp & 71 ft/lbs at rear wheel.

Bad: Small blemish on fork slider but never blew seal or leaked. Extra 1098 forks (empty) included. Bodywork shows some damage through paint. Rear hugger tight clearance but still clears warmers. Stone chips and small nics, some rash (normal race bike condition).

All service work performed at Ducati Detroit. Belts 2 years old, valves adjusted w/ 1 track day. All fresh Motul fluids, MWR pods oiled, steering head bearings serviced, forks serviced. Fully safety wired.

Price is $7,500 firm. Buyer to arrange and pay for shipping. Located in Detroit Michigan. Contact me at ericfroh@gmail.com for more pictures or any questions. I kept up with built motors in AHRMA. I hope it goes to a good home, it was a dream bike.

Thank you, Eric

It’s clear that this machine has been well-loved over its life, and it deserves a next owner who can heap a similar level of care and attention on it. As track weapons go, it’s hard to think of something that will stand out the way this will.

Featured Listing: Air-cooled Ducati 749 hot rod superbike!
Ducati July 22, 2020 posted by

Smoky, Barely – 2006 Ducati 999S

Despite raves from the motoring press and racing victories, Ducati’s 999S and its then-radical design was only a moderate performer in the showroom.  This all black 2006 is tricky to photograph but shines past its smoke-damaged title.

2006 Ducati 999S for sale on eBay

The 999S is an omnibus of Ducati’s best thoughts on superbikes, their construction and components.  The S is a big engine and suspension upgrade from the base model, and in that era electronics were limited.  There are precious few differences over the 999S model years – for 2005 the testastretta acquired a deep sump, and references are variable on whether available power was more than the original ( and seemingly adequate ) 136 hp.  The double sided swingarm was fabricated rather than cast, an improvement directly from competition.  Some ventings were changed in the fairing, and minor changes to the aft section of the chassis, which was now shipped in matching paint.

Evidently this 999S was in a dealership which had a fire, and was part of a larger insurance settlement.  Most often bikes with salvage title are riders, but this one has been stored basically since new.  Unfaired photos show it to be as intended under the skin.  Hard to see any damage, though a pretty comprehensive service would be expected to bring it back to running condition.  Notes from the eBay auction:

1 mile from new. Mint condition, no issues. Runs perfect, new battery stored indoors in a heated hanger. Bike is gorgeous, it was in a Ducati dealership that caught fire, the bike was not touched dropped or damaged ever not even smoke. The insurance company declared everything a total loss. So this new perfect 999S has a salvage title, please see pictures to read insurance report. When was the last time you saw a 999S with 1 mile in perfect condition ??? Fantastic opportunity This bike has owner’s manual red and black keys. It is completely stock with no modifications from original.

Though it’s unfarkled without even a carbon detail, the blackout livery makes the 999S design even harder to read – though I wouldn’t kick this mass of reflections out of my garage.  Bidding is brisk but hasn’t met the reserve, showing even the seller wants to see a brighter future for this high MSRP rare black Ducati.

-donn

Smoky, Barely – 2006 Ducati 999S
Ducati July 11, 2020 posted by

Takin’ it to the Streets – 2006 Ducati PS1000LE

Ducati’s SportClassic collection continues to hit it out of the park even 14 years on.  Here’s a Paul Smart Limited Edition with just over 10,000 miles and it’s never been washed.*

2006 Ducati PS1000LE Limited Edition

Despite its air-cooled retro looks, the SportClassic used Ducati’s latest dual-spark fuel injected 992, with 92 hp at the crank.  The classic trellis frame is finished in teal metallic, to recall Paul Smart’s 1974 racer.  Thoroughly modern Öhlins forks and monoshock are aboard, along with a steering damper.  One can only imagine how late the braking could have been at Imola with the commemorative’s 320mm Brembo stoppers.  The standard fairing for the PS1000LE was a supersport upper-only, asking extra $$$ for the number 16 lowers.

This Long Island native has well under 1,000 miles per year, and pretty much defines immaculate.  Mods appear limited to a tail-ectomy, nice Terminoni megaphones, and EVR clutch and cover.  The owner asks us to suspend disbelief that something this clean has never been washed, in the eBay auction:

For sale is a clean titled, 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition. 
The bike has 10,487 miles, has been well cared for and always garaged. 
The bike has been hand cleaned after every ride using waterless methods of cleaning. 
All stock parts that were removed will be included with the sale of the motorcycle. 
I have all keys, key code card, manuals, and original tool kit. 

The Paul Smart edition was limited to 2,000 copies, and though many haven’t been ridden much, their value keeps them visible in the market.  Interest in the SportClassics waned after the initial few years, and though the tooling was retired after 2010, there’s room for at least one in any Ducati fan’s heart if not garage.  The PS1000LE is all about fun, not being well suited for commuting or touring.  This example appears to have been carefully used and ready for more pure sport riding.

-donn

Takin’ it to the Streets – 2006 Ducati PS1000LE
Ducati June 30, 2020 posted by

Non-Virtual – 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss Edition #310 of 400

With only 400 worldwide, the 998S Troy Bayliss commemorative in InfoStrada livery is a pretty rare sight.  This California example sports just 825 miles and includes all manner of swag.

2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss Edition for sale on eBay

The last in a long line of 916 derivatives, the 998 has the classic lines, but the more modern narrow-head engine.  136 hp are available, made almost usable for the road by Marelli electronic fuel injection.  Gold anodized forks, monoshock and steering damper are all by Öhlins, and lighter 4.5mm thick brakes by Brembo.  Not shouting about it under the red paint, the fairings are carbon fiber.  The steel tank has Troy’s autograph and the monoposto seat shows race number 21.

Viewed in the back room at Marin Speed Shop, this 998S looks stunning and stock.  On display since almost new, no mention of maintenance is made, presuming a continuing duty in a collector’s diorama.  Goodies include the authenticating plaque.  From the eBay auction:

2002 Ducati Bayless replica all stock unmolested! only 825 miles included is the cover, original tool kit, shirt, jacket and plaque!  Bike is number 310 out of 400 produced. 

For whatever reason, WSBK machines suited Troy Bayliss better than his stint on the factory Ducati MotoGP mount, and he returned to SuperBikes to win championships in 2006 and 2008.  Though in 2006, he became the first rider to win WSBK and MotoGP races in the same year, replacing injured Sete Gibernau at the final GP in Valencia, after the end of the WSBK season.  Likely bidding will go stratospheric over the next week, even then no guarantee it will meet the reserve.

-donn

Non-Virtual – 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss Edition #310 of 400
Ducati June 25, 2020 posted by

Silver Bird – 1998 Ducati 900SS/FE #287 of 300

In the 1990’s, Ducati’s SuperSport could be all things to some people – before the Monster and ST2 arrived, it could be an ok commuter and passable sport tourer.  This Final Edition has had some choice upgrades and considering the mileage looks very good.

1998 Ducati 900SS/FE for sale on eBay

The FE used the 904cc L-twin that had inhabited the SuperSports throughout the 90’s, air-cooled with 84 hp but peak torque at just 6,400 rpm.  The inverted forks and alloy swingarm were suspended by Showa, with Brembo supplying their gold-line 320mm brakes and cast iron rotors.  FE’s had a re-designed body with scoops to help cool the rear cylinder, and all were monoposto’s with a seat fairing courtesy of the earlier Superlight.  A new charging system brought 520 watts via a three phase alternator, and exhausts were swept high.  Carbon mudguards complimented the black alloys, and the dash was carbon as well.

Sounds like this owner is a knowledgeable SuperSport fan, and this FE has some key updates and neat NOS parts.  The Keihin flat-slide set-up appears to pre-date the seller and is tuned for Santa Fe (6,500 ft.) so chances are the carbs will have to be re-jetted for the new owner.  A few marks over the 17,000 miles, which is hard to confirm since the dash is new.  From the eBay auction:

The fork seals have just been replaced. 
It has a new Oberon clutch slave as the original was leaking. Works great.
It has brand new (NOS) front brake discs. These are unobtainium and super expensive when found – around $900!
It has a new factory windshield. $$
 
The gauge needles were faded as many vintage 900SS do over time. While hunting for less faded gauges I found another bit of unobtainium in the form of a complete NOS dash complete with gauges specifically for the FE with the carbon surround. It’s beautiful. Unfortunately, I can’t find my original speedo – I was going to include it in the sale for mileage history. I’m worried it got sold last year when I was clearing house of old used parts. It was in the mid 17000 mile range.
 
The bike is original except for the Keihin FCR41 carb set-up. This is a very popular upgrade that transforms the performance of the bike.  It runs great! There is no choke on these carbs – so the choke lever has been disconnected but is still there. I live at 7000 feet and the carbs are jetted for our high altitude. It may run a bit lean if you are close to sea level. No way to tell until the bike reaches it’s final destination. It has an open top airbox meaning it has a aftermarket frame that holds the K&N filter in place. It really helps the bike at our altitude as well.
 
The high mount Termignonis are beautiful. Sound great and the best period correct option for these. These are pricey if you can even find a set.
 
The Battlax tires have plenty of tread left front and rear. The belts were replaced by the prior owner about a year before I bought the bike. They are now around two years old.
 
It has a new fuel level sender ($250!). I have not put fuel back in the tank since replacing it, figuring if I sell the bike as planned, some shippers prefer empty tanks.

The 904 SuperSports were made from 1991-98 so you have to pick your spots for rarity, but the later SuperLights and FE’s fit the bill.  Not sure that seat is an all-day affair, but the riding position got high marks from reviewers.  Unusual to see such limited production with so many special parts on a no reserve auction, and it’ll be interesting to see where this FE winds up.

-donn

Silver Bird – 1998 Ducati 900SS/FE #287 of 300
Ducati June 22, 2020 posted by

Blue Light Special – 2007 Ducati-NCR New Blue 1100

Ducati’s stateside managers saw an opportunity for celebration in 2007, and commissioned NCR to re-imagine the Ducati 750SS which won the Daytona Superbike round in 1977.  Number 4 in an edition of 50, this New Blue race bike is hand-built in a 21st century way, and shows just 45 miles.

2007 Ducati-NCR New Blue Racebike for sale on eBay

Named for – Old Blue –, a 750SS racer campaigned by Cook Neilsen ( at the time editor of Cycle magazine ), the New Blue is also air-cooled, but that and the paint color might be all they share.  Based on Ducati’s Sport 1000S, the engine is massaged heavily by NCR to 1100cc displacement and 116 hp.  Typically excellent components are supplied by Öhlins and Brembo, with an Apt slipper clutch, full titanium Zard exhaust, and BST carbon wheels.  Since Poggipolini and NCR joined forces in 2002, the company has used projects like this to showcase their Ti and Al alloy fabrication skills, with rearsets, clutch cover, triple clamps and clip-ons shown here.  The goal of weight reduction has been met with the scales showing only 319 lbs., a feather for a liter-plus thunderbike.

Shown with replaceable race fairings, later pictures show the factory nose and seat fairings with fawn suede seat, either way it’s a magnificent kit.  Destined for show, but built for go.  From the eBay auction:

Exclusive handmade bike , number 4 of only 50 built.

Developed jointly between NCR and Ducati North America, the “ready to race” New Blue is made in limited number and exclusively for the track

116HP driving 319lbs (116hp/145kg) the New Blue has 40% more power than its street base Ducati Sport 1000S

The NCR One Shot 1100cc powerplant and gearbox, Brembo monoblock brakes, full NCR electronics, full racing titanium 2-1-2 exhaust weighing only 8.8lbs made by Zard, Ohlins front and back tuned by NCR
Frame: tubular trellis in steel Ducati
Clutch System: NCR Corse by Apt custom slipper clutch system
Gearbox: 6 speed
Front Brake: 2 x 300mm Breaking WAVE disc – 4 -piston 2 pad Brembo Racing caliper from billet
Front Suspension: Ohlins 43 mm upside-down fork with Tin surface treatment, adjustable off-set
Rear Suspension: progressive linkage with fully adjustable Ohlins monoshock with length adjustment
Exhaust System: new custom all NCR titanium exhaust system 2-1-2 produced by Zara
Wheel Set: BST carbon fiber wheels set for NCR
Dashboard: AIM MXL
Electronic: NCR Corse wiring system with automatic Remapping System (ARS) by on-board CPU
Front Tyre: Metzeler Racetec Slick 120/70 R 17
Rear Tyre: Metzeler Racetec Slick 190/55 R 17
Bolt & Fasteners: completely produced in Titanium by Poggipolini Titanium
Seat: Leather seat by Schedoni
Special parts: NCR al7075/Titanium footrest kit; NCR Al7075/Titanium fuel cap; NCR Titanium clutch cover; NCR Titanium Al7075 clip on set; NCR triple clamps kit in aluminum from billet; NCR Corse bottom bracket in aluminum from billet; NCR camshaft and Magnesium NCR clutch and alternator case Poggipolini Group production

Cycle World and Neilsen debuted the New Blue at AHMRA’s Daytona meet in early 2007, with shoe Larry Pegram and CW editor Nick Ienatch aboard, article still available from CW archives – here –.  The New Blue still appears on NCR’s website in road or racetrack form, which also states that whatever your wishes for your own Sport 1000S, NCR could help out.  If more current racing is your interest, NCR’s Millona racebike ( also based on the air cooled Ducati twin ) has racked up Supertwins podiums around the world.  But that would make this now-vintage New Blue look positively budget-conscious.

-donn

 

Blue Light Special – 2007 Ducati-NCR New Blue 1100