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Ducati January 31, 2023 posted by

Sweet Abilene – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS

1999 Ducati 996 SPS Sport Production Special

A surprisingly wise music producer from Podunk, Texas once told me that our voice is defined by how we translate the our thoughts into words. No shit? My translation for this post is this: I can’t come up with an interesting intro. That’s all you folks are going to get on this one. Cheers.

Alright. Alright. Fine. I don’t need the bossman coming after me. If he did, I’d politely request he get in line right behind the grammar police. The 996 was an iteration on the wildly successful 916. After 4 WSBK wins, rumor is that customers were asking dealers, “Can I get you anything while we look around your showroom? Tea? Coffee? “. Ducati pencil pushers knew there was an opportunity to sell some big ticket performance editions under the 996 moniker. The regular 996 was for the upper-middle class. They also sold an “S” version which my good buddy, Donn, just published a piece on. The “S” was for the regular rich man. Then, they sold an SPS for the abnormally rich man. The SPS was as close as you could get to the real thing and they were sold out months before they hit the showroom floors. Or at least that’s what I hear.

This intro reminds me of an old roommate’s chicken breast recipe.

The SPS was superior to other 996 models in 3 respects: weight, power, and suspension. The 996 SPS weighed in at 437 lbs dry. Numerous carbon and titanium parts helped achieve that number along with lighter Marchesini wheels. Larger valves accompanied the 4mm bore increase which resulted in 124 hp; 12 more than the regular 996S. The rear Showa unit was replaced with an Ohlins shock as well.

I’m trying to figure out how much more all of that costed the select list of customers who got the chance to purchase this new. The MSRP for the 996S was $17K at the time. I’d imagine this bike was easily $20K. Can the audience provide any guidance as to what sticker may have been? I’m sure some of you geezers were alive and kicking at the time of release.

This model has a couple of upgrades but the bike can be quickly restored back to stock. The front Showa forks, Marchesini rims, and exhaust are all stored away and will be included with the purchase. A number of other takeoffs/upgrades also come with the bike. The selling dealer seems to have completed a Desmo service at the current odo. A good sign but for this money, you should pressure test whoever is unfortunate enough to pick up the phone.

From the seller:

-...#496 of 808 in 199, 1 of 56 for USA
-Ohlins FG884 Forks
-Marchesini Forged Wheels
-50mm Termignoni Carbon Exhaust
-Brembo Racing Master Cylinders
-STM 42T Slipper clutch
-520 Chain and Quick-Change Carrier
-Nichols LW Flywheel
-Yoyodyne Clutch Slave
-Billet Corse Rear sets & Levers (GP Shift)
-Ducati Performance Carbon
     -Headlight Shell
     -Air Runners
     -Swing Arm Cover
DP “Daytona” Windscreen
Rare SPS Display Rear Stand

1999 Ducati 996 SPS

Due to the limited production, SPSs don’t transact every other day but it’s not hard to get one if you really want one. RBSFS actually sold #481 with 4.5k miles as a Featured Listing in March 2020 for $13K! Keep in mind that Featured Listing was not fully kitted like our find today. Collecting Cars auctioned one off with 7.2k mi in December 2022 for $35K. Take a look through prior auctions and it’s fair to conclude that prices have materially increased and $20K isn’t totally out of picture.

Click here to go to the CycleTrader listing.

If you want to ride these bikes, you probably shouldn’t get the SPS edition. The 996Ss are probably the way to go if you don’t want to destroy your investment as the SPSs are well into the collector phase.

Thanks for reading!
Norm

 

Sweet Abilene – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS
Ducati January 30, 2023 posted by

Longer Ranger – 1999 Ducati 996S Monoposto

Not every day you see a 996S with miles worthy of a touring bike, but today’s 996S has been around the world a couple of times plus.  Sporting a comprehensive rebuild, this 996S looks excellent and has some nicer updates.

1999 Ducati 996S for sale on eBay

The first year of the 996 engine update was a 4mm overbore, and a passel of new ponies from under the minimal trellis chassis.  The cooling system still required extra care, but a re-designed charging system made for better reliability.  Better dampers accompanied the S-variant, and a 190mm width rear tire seems to have been a bit of spec-sheet engineering.  Now traditional, the dry clutch reviewed as requiring a strong pull, with a healthy slip to launch thanks to high gearing.  On the monoposto, no extraneous footpegs spoil the lines of the rear.

Almost no matter the manufacturer, a V-twin superbike with so many miles is expected to have an engine rebuild,  and after 2,500-ish miles it should be past any infant mortality.  Though most 996S’s would presume to have a numbered plaque, Öhlins forks plus carbon side covers and mudguards, this example looks the part in every way.  Liking the polished exhaust and many 996’s have had the second pair of fuel injectors disabled to improve everyday riding.  Comfy though they are, pink grips might have to go.  Notes from the eBay auction –

Beautiful and iconic 1999 Ducati 996s Monoposto Superbike. One of the nicest 996’s for sale anywhere. Ready to enjoy. 2,500 miles on complete rebuilt and balanced motor with modern mods, lightened flywheel, Carrillo rods, balanced bottom end, new belts, valves set to spec, single injector mod etc… No leaks or issues.

Most running gear parts are new as of 2,500 miles. All electronics work. Polished stainless Termi full exhaust. Ohlins suspension in the rear and steering stabilizer, gold Showa front forks, Corbin leather seat, Mad Duc rear sets, Titanium axle nuts. New EBC Wave rotors and pads, Magura master brake cylinder, recent service, brand new tires, new chain and slider, brand new Lithium battery, LED tail light with stop light flash.

Bike runs, looks and handles great. Clean CA title with current registration. This bike needs nothing and is in excellent shape. It has had meticulous maintenance and babied it’s whole life. Bid with confidence on this epic beastie.

With its new lease on life, this might be just the icon for someone who’d like the 996S experience without too many collectible worries, plus the only un-red 996S in the neighborhood.  The auction appears not to have a reserve, just a minimum bid that doesn’t seem out of line.  Four days to see if it’s a success.

-donn

Longer Ranger – 1999 Ducati 996S Monoposto
Ducati January 27, 2023 posted by

Foggy Seattle – 2002 Ducati Monster S4 Carl Fogarty Edition #220

A Monster 900 yes, but the S4 has the four valve 916 engine, and the Fogarty Commemorative with better components and quite a bit of carbon fiber.  Today’s seller apparently knows what they have and have prepared it beautifully.

2002 Ducati Monster S4 Carl Fogarty Edition for sale on eBay

Derived from the ST4, the S4’s trellis frame almost disappears making room for the 101 hp desmoquattro, but holding steady under the 101 hp.  Suspension is fully adjustable, with Showa USD forks and Sachs monoshock.  Semi-floating Brembo brakes and 17-inch alloys complete the components, and the metals contrast the carbon fiber mudguards, radiator shrouds, side and clutch covers, exhaust shields and engine scoop.  Foggy’s angry eyes adorn the the bikini fairing and tank, with a special numbered plaque.

Evidently the first owner was well-connected and arranged Foggy’s signature on the front fender, and though a signed helmet is mentioned, it might want to be displayed rather than worn.  Outstanding condition overall, super clean and seemingly original.  Part of the eBay auction‘s comments –

Foggy Special Edition S4 with signed front fender and helmet by Carl Fogarty.

A tribute to 4 times World Champion; 300 manufactured and fewer than 75 shipped to USA. Number 220 with 6,216 miles. 6,000-mile service completed by Desmoto-Sport, San Francisco.

Carbon fiber extras, never been down, super clean.  Have original parts, keys, code card and manual. Original front and rear stands. Some light scratches on right fork strut. Most like when reflector removed.

Key differences in this edition include larger rear sprocket for quicker acceleration, a modified airbox and ECU bump horsepower 9hp, and suspension components that are visually unique to the Foggy.

The front fender and Arai Ducati Helmet has been signed by Carl Fogarty after arrangements were made with Carl’s Manager Neil Bramwell in Australia and coordinated with friends in UK.

World Superbikes’ winningest rider until Jonathan Rea came along, Foggy was also a winner at Isle of Man, Formula One ( bikes ), plus the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Bol d’Or on the way to a Endurance World Championship.  All before the age of 35, as he retired from racing after a tough crash in 2000.  One of just 300, today’s example is quite special but with a few miles, so the next collector needn’t resist the urge to add more.

-donn

Foggy Seattle – 2002 Ducati Monster S4 Carl Fogarty Edition #220
Ducati January 23, 2023 posted by

Short Timer – 2007 Ducati 1098S

Might be the wrong year for a quick turnover, but this 1098S owner is ready to move on and luckily the bike looks great.   The 1098S also had a relatively short model run, but it did include two Superbike world championships.

2007 Ducati 1098S for sale on eBay

Playing some high stakes poker with FIM, Ducati developed a new engine and presented the narrow head 1098, which cranked out 160 hp in road trim but would have to wait until 2008 to race.  Lightness was the focus, and the minimal trellis frame helped excellent power-to-weight numbers.  Components on the S were outstanding, with 330mm radial brakes, Öhlins forks, monoshock and steering damper, and forged Marchesini wheels.  Styling reached back past the 999 days for a very sculptural fairing evoking the 916 era.

This 1098S looks excellent and the seller has made an effort to show the few chips that are there.  Several carbon accessories have been added, along with some upgraded footpegs – which might have been in response to an almost tipover that gouged the swingarm.  Comments from the eBay auction –

An exceptionally nice bike and a model that is getting harder and harder to find nice examples of.
When I purchased the bike I had it completely gone thru front to back by the master Ducati tech at GoAz. This included:
– Flush and renewal of all fluids (brakes, coolant, engine, etc)
– New timing belts
– New alternator due to oil seal leak
Total bill was $2,400

Bike has some nice tasteful upgrades including the most important full Termi exhaust system. Most plastic trim parts were replaced with DP carbon fiber bits. Upgraded Ohlins TTX shock, Luimoto seat, etc. 

I have 2 keys for it, service manual binder and a few spare parts as well. I took pics of any cosmetic blemishes that were obvious such as a few small chips on the wheels, frame, swingarm and a scuff on the tail and lower tank in front of the seat. I don’t believe the bike has ever been dropped, definitely not by me. Overall I would say the bike is a 9 out of 10.

The 1098S might be notable these days for it’s reliance on the rider to keep the shiny side up – the electronics package can record lap times, but all the power and braking are available regardless of conditions.  In 2008, Troy Bayliss won 8 of the 14 WSBK Superpole qualifiers, and was on the podium at 12 of the 14 rounds ( each had two races ).  Since the twin rules went right to 1200cc, the 1098 had a fast life, though successful and memorable.  The 1098S might be a little much for most streets, but like spending the Powerball jackpot, it would be something to try.

-donn

Short Timer – 2007 Ducati 1098S
Ducati January 21, 2023 posted by

Sweet 16 Again – 1997 Ducati 916

Original 1st generation Ducati 916 models are solidly in collector cross hairs. If you were around when these rocket-powered works of art were released back in ’94 and you didn’t score one, chances are good you remain nostalgic for Tamburini’s beautifully carved block of bologna (see what I did there?). The time to get in the game was earlier than now, but it is still not too late as these models are doing nothing but going up. Today’s example is a 1997 model monoposto, showing just over 6,000 miles.

1997 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

When released in 1994, the Ducati 916 was the sharpest weapon the collective sport bike world had ever seen. A unique combination of stunning design and style, outrageous performance and exclusivity (primarily due to price), the 916 was an instant hit and spawned a long lineage of showroom winning Superbikes. And speaking of Superbikes, Ducati hit the WSBK circuit with the 916 (just as it had with the previous generation 851 and 888), providing Carl Fogarty with championships in 1994, 1995 and 1998, while Troy Corser took the title on a 916 in 1996. This was the most influential motorcycle of the decade and continues to be a much-loved model for riders and collectors alike.

From the seller:
This 1997 Ducati 916 Monoposto is powered by a liquid-cooled 916cc L-twin paired with a six-speed gearbox and is finished in red over a gold trellis frame. Tasteful period correct modifications include a Corbin solo seat, an inverted Showa fork, an Öhlins monoshock, carbon-fiber fenders, Fast by Ferracci slip-on mufflers, Brembo brake calipers, and three-spoke 17″ wheels. The bike was bought from it’s second owner in Sept 2021, it was serviced by him prior to the sale which included replacing the timing belts and spark plugs, changing the fluids, and performing a valve adjustment. This 916 shows 6080 miles and is offered with a rear axle stand, all origional removed factory components, and a clean New York title in the seller’s name.

There are many that claim that the oval-piston Honda NR750 pitched the concept of under seat high exhaust and the single sided swingarm, but there is no argument that – regardless of origin – the Ducati 916 has cemented ownership of the classic sport bike silhouette. And while “Ride Red” has long been a slogan of Honda, it can be argued that a certain Italian brand has owned the color since the launch of this model.

This particular bike looks extremely clean and well presented. Miles are low, bodywork is clean (with some minor boo boos), excellent F-B-F carbon exhaust add on, and a more comfy Corbin seat. Experienced riders will note that these were never particularly comfortable motorcycles, as the tight seating position and forward cant places a lot of weight on the riders’ wrists. But in the canyons there is nothing like the sound of the desmoquattro L-twin booming across the mountains and the sure-footed, trellis-framed chassis inspires ultimate confidence. This particular beauty can be yours, with the bidding starting at a cool $15,000 USD. There is a Buy It Now option set at $21.5k if you simply cannot wait. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Sweet 16 Again – 1997 Ducati 916
Ducati January 20, 2023 posted by

Touch Up – 2007 Ducati Monster S4R

Monster S4R’s aren’t seen as often as the even more rad S4RS, maybe because most riders with $14K for a Monster back in 2007 probably could go another boat payment for the RS.  Still this example is almost everything a super naked fan could want, with the exception of a couple of spots that could use a little love.

2007 Ducati Monster S4R for sale on eBay

Four-valve Monsters were first delivered in 2000 with the 916cc S4, but for 2007 got the new testastretta 998 with 130 hp.  The classic trellis frame had to be beefed up for the new engine, and it was still a project to install all the engine plumbing and electrical beautifully.  Suspension components are merely excellent rather than exotic, with fully adjustable Showa forks and Sachs monoshock.  Wheels and brakes appear up-market, though there might be metallurgical differences with the wheels.  The matte titanium finish makes a great composition with red and black accents, but didn’t use carbon fiber as part of the package.

Presented by a boutique Wisconsin dealer, this S4R looks very good with just a few fixable cosmetic issues.  A hair under under 9,000 miles, Termignoni carbon mufflers, both keys and a recent valve service are part of the deal.  The nicks in the paint, scratched clutch cover and “experienced” front brake lever could be addressed on the next owner’s schedule, and a finished tailcone might still be available from the factory.  Good notes provided in the eBay auction –

Modifications consist of a Ducati Performance-branded tank protector pad, a vented clutch cover, a bar-end mirror, clip-on handlebars, carbon-fiber mufflers, and a rear-fender eliminator kit. Service in preparation for the sale included replacing the timing belts, tires, front brake rotors, and spark plugs as well as checking the valves and flushing the brake and clutch fluid. This Monster S4R has 9k miles and is now offered in Wisconsin with an owner’s manual, a red key, a black key, a key-code card, and a tool kit, and a clean title.

The bodywork is finished in matte silver over a red steel trellis frame. Features include a Ducati Performance-branded tank protector pad, a matte black-finished front fender, a side stand, rear-set foot controls, a rear-fender eliminator kit, and a two-up seat with a removable body-color cowl. There are mild scratches and scuffs on the fuel tank and the tail section, shown in pics.

Black 17″ Marchesini wheels were mounted with 120/70 front and 180/55 rear Pirelli Diablo tires in preparation for the sale.  The front rotors were replaced and the brake fluid was flushed in preparation for the sale.  Service in preparation for the sale included checking the valves along with replacing the timing belts and the spark plugs. 

Sustained triple-digit speeds are somewhat easier on the S4R than on the rider, but all good for a short burst.  The next owner could take it to another level with a cat-less exhaust, a new tune, some guards for the radiators and find some nice carbon bits – all before the riding season really gets under way.  The ask is assuredly post-pandemic, but the Make Offer button is there to get the conversation started.

-donn

Touch Up – 2007 Ducati Monster S4R
Ducati January 14, 2023 posted by

From the Catalog – 1998 Ducati 748L Neiman Marcus Edition

If you are hankering to own a super rare Limited Edition Ducati Superbike but cannot quite afford the R-spec homologation machines across the 851/888/916/996/998 range, may I humbly suggest what you see before you is an exceedingly rare by the numbers bike priced within reach of mere mortals. Offered only through Neiman Marcus catalog, the N.M. Limited Edition was a 748 two seater with exclusive silver paint, a carbon fiber front fender and that special numbered plaque on the triple trees. Sure, it is just a standard 748… but prices on those classics are on the rise and this one is legit rare with only 100 units produced. Only one picture and limited information currently offered by the seller (with a promise of more to come), but the bike appears to have Arrow cans added on, which is a bonus. The fairings appear to be missing the “Ducati” logo and the front fender is painted, which could potentially indicate a respray. Serious buyers should contact the seller – you can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

1998 Ducati 748L Neiman Marcus Edition for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This 1998 Ducati 748L is #86 of 100 sold Exclusively thru the Neiman Marcus Catalog in 1998. The Bike is powered by a 748 CC L Twin Paired with a 6 speed Transmission and finished in Silver over Gold. Painted Trellis Frame and Wheels. Termignoni Carbon Fiber Mufflers. This Bike is a new arrival, going thru service and detail at this time. Once it is complete there will be over 30 pictures on line and Video available by request. 23409 Miles.

MI

From the Catalog – 1998 Ducati 748L Neiman Marcus Edition
Ducati January 5, 2023 posted by

Little Red Racing Hood – 2002 Ducati 748R #707

Jumping back across the pond, today we find a very nicely equipped 2002 Ducati 748R. This iconic design, penned by Massimo Tamburini back in the mid 1990s for the launch of the 916, is completely timeless. And while the smaller motor may lack some of the “I’m gonna kill you” grunt of the bigger bike, the rest of the kit is pure Ducati R bike. Which is to say, about as top-shelf as you can get. Exotic, rare, beautiful and unbelievably potent, the 748R is a bike worthy of riding or collecting; or both.

2002 Ducati 748R #707 for sale on eBay

Like the 916, the 748R was designed to go racing. In the case of the smaller bike, that meant World SuperSport. And while looks remained similar, the 748 went through some pretty major changes from inception through the 2000s. For example, in 2000 the 748R adopted the WSBK winning frame from the 996. The engine was substantially reworked from the airbox on down, including updated Showa fuel injection utilizing throttle bodies and F1-style shower injectors. That air/fuel mixture is introduced via hotter cams and bigger valves, and results in an estimated 105 ponies from the screaming twin. By 2002 the R-spec suspension was upgraded from Showa to Ohlins, new Marchesini wheels were added to reduce unsprung weight, and carbon fiber was sprinkled everywhere to reduce weight and up the glam factor.

From the seller:
DHSuperbikes are pleased to be able to offer for sale a lovely little 2002 Ducati 748R. Uk Bike since New, Lots and lots of History and Receipts and some Tasteful extra’s. Rearsets, Termis, Performance Ducati Clutch, Slave Upgrade, Levers, Carbon ETC ETC

Fantastic Clean condition with a few Marks from General use. If Im being over critical (mirror Scuffed, Carbon Chain Guard Laquer marked)

Very good honest Bike with lots of History and paperwork. Very Easy to make absolutely Mint with a few hours TLC

HPI Clear

Full Service and New Tyres along with Belts done this year at JHP in Coventry and she’s covered 200 Miles Since. Supporting Invoice for £1200

Much like when first introduced in the showroom, the 748 remains the lower-priced brother of the vaunted 916. However this is a good thing in a collector sense, as while a 916R may be priced out of the range of many, a 748R is starting to look downright affordable – while looking exactly the the bigger bike. How much win is that? This bike is located in the UK, shows 15k on the clocks, and is looking for a new home as a classified advert for $11,249 GBP (approximately $13,390 USD in today’s exchange rate). Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Little Red Racing Hood – 2002 Ducati 748R #707