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Ducati February 21, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1979 Ducati 900SS

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

The next offering from the amazing Edinger Ducati Collection is here, and it is a stunner: a 1979 Ducati 900 SS bevel in iconic gold and black. These long, sleek machines tell an important story in history, and are responsible for Ducati’s rise to power and popularity. This all began with the 1972 Imola win by Paul Smart (fun fact: Paul’s wife was Barry Sheene’s sister). Smart was riding a green-framed Ducati 750 Super Sport for that Imola race – as close an ancestor to this 900 Super Sport as can be found in history. You see, while displacement climbed over the next 15-ish years, little else seemed to outwardly change on these models. The similarities between the earlier bikes and later models is remarkable, highlighting what a fantastic platform the original Super Sport represented in the first place. The last of the big bevel twins had more in common with the earliest bikes of the same model than could be imagined. These are bikes with serious bones.

Featured Listing: 1979 Ducati 900SS

The Super Sport series began with what was essentially the mating of two Ducati single cylinder top ends to a common crankcase. The instantly recognizable L-twin arrangement came about due to the need to ensure adequate air flow to the rear cylinder; laying the front barrel down kept it from blanking the wind. Later this arrangement showed promise for weight distribution (low down and as far forward as possible), but it was the need for cooling and reliability that lead the way. And one key element really shows the history of this design; although this is a “modern” motorcycle with electric start, the kick starter carries over as a vestige of earlier days. And speaking of electrics, that is the one area where the Super Sport series made significant strides over the years, building in better reliability and efficiency.

From the seller:
This is a 1979 Ducati Classic with less than a 100 miles on it following the complete ground up restoration. The bike was purchased in Texas and was restored by Revival Cycles in Austin and has been serviced by Ducati Austin. There is only one flaw shown on the cosmetic ring on one gauge, the speedometer, new tires, this bike is in art. Vin# 089083 and has a clean title which says it’s a 1980 but the Vin # tells me it’s a 1979. Current mileage is 18,004 and the bike is in Texas

Asking Price: $30,000
Contact: Edinger.david@gmail.com 317-908-2573

Classic bevel Ducatis continue to drive to new heights in the marketplace. They are simply a standout design that bridges the gap between old and new; they are modern enough to ride today (in anger), yet retain the classic good looks and arcane technical elements that make them unique. By the early 1980s the bevel cam drive arrangement was being phased out in favor of the Pantah “rubber band” engines, the valve timing setup being tremendously less resource intensive on the production line. But today these older bevels simply look, sound and run fantastic. Today’s example has been restored, appears to be in wonderful shape for a 40+ year old sport bike and is ready for a new home. Interested parties should reach out to David quickly, as this black beauty is unlikely to be available very long!

MI

Featured Listing: 1979 Ducati 900SS
Ducati February 20, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Ducati MHR 900 from the Edinger Collection 

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

David Edinger has blessed us recently with a raft bikes from his gorgeous collection, and this 1985 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica is literally a shining example of David’s impeccable taste. As he notes in the description that you will read below, this one is not the coveted Mille version, but the displacement matches Hailwood’s racer.

As pretty as it is, the 1985 Ducati 900 MHR is simply a 900SS with a sexy fairing and paintwork. With about 75 horsepower on tap and plenty of torque to go around, they make punchy, pleasant street bikes, but they certainly won’t set any point-to-point records.

In ‘84, the bike got a new frame, Marzocchi forks and redesigned engine cases to accommodate an electric starter. As well as marking Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Isle of Man TT win, the 1985 MHRs marked the last bevel-drive bikes and the last Ducatis to be built without Cagiva’s influence.

This 1985 MHR 900 has been treated to a fastidious restoration in the hands of Edinger, who is its third owner. It started life in Japan, before it emigrated to New Zealand. Edinger bought it several years ago and rode it for a while before it went under the knife.

From the seller:

This is a 1985 900 Mike Hailwood Replica. This was the transitional year with some 85 models being Mille’s. However true fans of Mike the Bike know he rode the 900. The bike I believe originally was purchased in Japan and then purchased by the second owner in New Zealand. The bike has ridden for one lap on the infamous Nurburgring in Germany and later rode around the Isle of Mann in 2007 for the TT Centenary. The bike has 55,203 KM’s or 34,301 miles and has new Metzler’s.
I shipped the bike from New Zealand to Indianapolis where after I rode the bike as received for several years. After moving to Austin, I tasked Revival Cycles to do a ground up restoration.
I have every receipt that came with the bike and a clear title.
There is small paint scratch on the left hand fairing showing in the picture. The paint job alone was $6,000. VIN # is 7A857001197906193

The bike is located in Texas
Asking price is $30,000
Edinger.david@gmail.com317-908-2573
David Edinger

The results of the restoration are mesmerizing. Although this isn’t the fastest or sweetest handling Ducati ever made, it’s certainly beautiful and rare, and is emblematic of a time when the brand’s future was far from certain, but its past accomplishments could not be disputed.

Featured Listing: 1985 Ducati MHR 900 from the Edinger Collection 
Ducati February 18, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Ducati 750 F1B

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

The Ducati F1B is a very 1980s example of Ducati’s trademark trick — to take a race bike, stick lights on it, and see who bites. In most cases, the answer is damn near everyone, or at least everyone would, if the things were widely available. The 1986 Ducati F1B is a 76-horsepower race repilca that aped bikes Duc took to glory at Daytona, just before the takeover by Gagiva. By 1986, Cagiva had taken over, and the F1B, not to be confused with the F1A, had some cosmetic tweaks, the most obvious of which is a set of red wheels.

With its minimalist frame, gorgeous tubular swingarm and thin, simple bodywork, the F1B looks incredibly purposeful. Added to the no-frills chassis, the two jugs of the big air-cooled v-twin, fed by a pair of 36mm carbs, is on full display. While it’s not anywhere close to the power levels we have come to expect from repli-racers in 2020, there is no doubting that under most people, this thing will still feel ridiculously capable, and with no computers on board, incredibly communicative and alive.

Cosmetically, this one is very nice and original, with just a couple age marks on the seat cowl to keep it from near-perfection.

From the seller:

This is a special 1986 F1B 750, it was owned by one of the top Ducati trainers nationwide. He added an Ohlins rear shock. I added new tires, the profile is slightly taller than stock to get matching sticky street tires. The bikes runs good, carburetors are spot on. There is a bit of patina on the top of the rear seat cowling shown in the pictures. The white on the lower cowling is a different shade of white. I have a shop manual and every receipt that came with the bike and everyone since I bought it. The bike is a 34 year old Ducati Classic. The bikes has 27,165 mikes or 43,719 KM’s

I am asking $16,000 which is what I paid for it
David Edinger
Edinger.david@gmail.com317-908-2573
The bike is located in Texas

For a bike this cool and rare, $16,000 is a damn attractive ask. It’s also right in line with what these things tend to go for. With the groundhog predicting that we’re just about done with winter, it won’t be long before it’ll be time to enjoy this machine to the fullest.

Featured Listing: 1986 Ducati 750 F1B
Ducati February 17, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati ST3S

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

Offerings from the Edinger Collection continue, and today’s example is proof that David collected a wide range of Ducatis – from rare, low mileage queens to snarling R-spec racers to some of the most iconic models offered. And while many of these models are traditionally not ridden often or long distance, today’s Featured Listing was built to eat up the miles. Originally introduced in 1997, the Ducati ST models brought Italian flair to what was originally the domain of BMW: high speed sport touring. On paper, this was the ultimate marriage of great looks, great performance and all weather comfort. The L-twin had already proven itself potent on the racetrack and reliable on the street. A move from the repli-racer to powering a long-distance cruiser was obvious, and fit the well-heeled boy racer who grew up. It was, in short, a Ducati for responsible riders.

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati ST3S for sale

The Ducati ST series was offered as the ST2, ST3 and ST4 – but not in that order. In fact, the ST3 and (highly desirable ST3S) was the last to be introduced, and in many ways encompasses everything that is great about the series. All the models were powered by a 916-derived liquid cooled L-twin (think of it as an extension of the 907 Paso), but varied greatly on capacity and head arrangement. The original ST2 offered 944cc with a two valve desmo head and was good for approximately 83 HP. The ST4 came next, originally powered by a 916cc mill with four valve desmoquattro heads and churned out 107 HP. The last of the ST4s adopted the 996 mill. The ST3 was the ultimate evolution of the line – a 3 valve desmoTre head 992cc lump that provided 102 HP at a lower RPM and offered reduced maintenance as well as the ability to meet ever more stringent US and European emissions.

From the seller:
This 2007 ST3S with 55,790 miles on it has great sport touring tires wearing Michelin Pilots, comes with the larger top case and back rest pad, both panniers have liners and reflective clear decals on the back. It’s has Ducati aftermarket slip on exhausts, and the chip. I have the stock exhaust in as new condition.Throttle Miester bar ends for adjusting the speed on the go. It has an RJ 45 connection and a mount for a passport radar detector, tinted windscreen & a spare clear one, carbon fiber key piece and tank protector. It also comes with the factory U shaped lock under the seat where the helmet cable and tool kit are stored. This is a one owner bike. It comes with a “French title” so you will have to get it registered. That is why I am only asking $2,000 for a bike worth between $3,500 & $4,500. I have every receipt, manual and 2 keys including the Red key. The “S” designation means this bike comes not only with ABS but with Ohlins suspension front and rear.there is a small crack shown in the right hand fairing, and a repair on the front of the lower chin fairing. The bike is located in Texas

Asking Price: $2,000
Contact: Edinger.david@gmail.com or 317-908-2573

Compared to the ST2 and ST4, the ST3 enjoyed a face-lifted fairing. This included a larger headlight, more prominent side marker / turn signals, improved aerodynamics and a twin-nostril airbox intake echoing that of the later Multistrada. Intended to replace both the ST2 and ST4, the ST3 was further enhanced as the ST3 “S” model which updated the suspension (Ohlins front and rear) and optional ABS. Publications of the day pointed to the 3-valve motor as being smoother and more refined than the desmoquattro ST4 it replaced, and lauded the big fairing’s ability to direct weather away from the rider. Moreover, when the super slab gave way to canyon roads, the big Ducati behaved more like a Ducati than a touring bike, inspiring confidence with well sorted suspension, big brakes and plenty of grunt.

Unlike many limited edition models, the ST3 is, in fact, a pretty limited offering. With only 1,000 so odd bikes sold through 2007 and 2008, the ST series was shuttered by Ducati as no longer profitable. Instead, they concentrated on high-volume models such as sport bikes and the Monster series. That means today a touring example of the vaunted Ducati super bike can be had for far less than the same year Ducati super bike. And in the case of this example you can slash that price by another 50% – because while the bike is located in the US it is still wearing tags from France. Go through the process to “import” this bike from Texas, and you have a performance touring bargain in the making. This one has 55k on the odometer, some desirable upgrades, and some evidence of wear (check out the pics). Interested? Reach out to David and strike a deal. Then get out there and ride in the comfort that only an ST model can provide. Good luck!

MI

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati ST3S
Ducati February 5, 2020 posted by

Star-spangled Duc: 2002 Ducati 998S Ben Bostrom Edition

Ducati went all in on special editions in 2003 after Troy Bayliss took home the metal in the 2001 World Superbike Championship and American teammate Ben Bostrom followed him to third. They kicked out a special edition 2002 Ducati 998S for each man, wearing special carbon fairing pieces, Ohlins suspension, colored chromoly frames and Marchesini wheels, among other little tweaks.

2002 Ducati 998S for sale on eBay

Bayliss certainly had more to celebrate, but Ducati knew American riders would eat up a Star-Spangled Banner-adorned 998, and at the time they did not shy away from the opportunity to build a special edition. Aside from the paint and carbon bodywork, there wasn’t much to the Bostrom Edition that you couldn’t find on a 998R. The Tetrastretta v-twin kicked out close to 130 horsepower, the suspension was blue-chip stuff and the Massimo Tamburini-penned looks were in full effect.

This one has its share of knocks and bruises, especially for such a low mileage and rare bike, but overall it presents nicely. It wears what appear to be aftermarket rearsets and Termignoni cans.

From the eBay listing:

2002 998s Ducati Bostrom out of my little collection

-5726 miles
-Brand new tires
-Great condition but doesn’t have some blemishes. Please see the pictures and ask any questions you may have. The right side mirror has a rub mark, left fairing has a hairline crack, tail has slight spider webbing above “Superbike” and a little crack on the inside of the right fairing. All of these appear to be from bumps and none from the bike falling.
-Two piece side fairings, carbon belly, carbon under tray.
-This bike has several added carbon parts as well as other bits to add to the appearance.
-I am an avid fan of Ducati and added this Bostrom to my collection about three years ago. I have since found one with much lower miles and since I display my bikes, I bought the lower mileage and am now selling this one.
-The pictured bike stand IS NOT INCKUDED in the sale-it is for my other Bostrom.
-Bike has a service to include belts being done prior to my purchase. I added less than two miles during my ownership. It stayed displayed in my second story “bike cave”. The tires have 100% tread and all the little nuns are still visible. The bike does start and runs. While displayed, I started it at least once a month.

The bike is now downstairs and you are welcomed to have it inspected prior to auction ending.

Bike is located in the Dallas, Texas area. I will make myself available for inspections and to meet with a shipper for transport to you. However, inspection and shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. I have had numerous cars and motorcycles shipped to me so I can help answer questions.

Whether you dig the paint scheme or not, there is no denying the desirability of 998s, as they were the swansong of the awesome 916 line. Add a little rarity and scarce mileage, and you get a bike that a collector will drool over.

Star-spangled Duc: 2002 Ducati 998S Ben Bostrom Edition
Ducati February 4, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1959 Ducati Elite 200 for Sale

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

If you’ve already got Ducati fatigue from the past couple weeks, scroll right on past today’s Featured Listing, this Ducati Elite 200. Or, if you didn’t realize that Ducati had a life before their big, booming superbike line existed, go ahead and read on. In fact, they didn’t even make a regular production multi until the introduction of the v-twin 750 in the early 1970s: their Cucciolo, the original Ducati, was actually a small, four-stroke engine designed to motorize a bicycle. Humble beginnings for a company whose name is synonymous with Italian exotica today.

Later machines used their light weight and handling to win victories in smaller racing classes. Fabio Taglioni designed their first overhead-cam engine, which eventually developed into the machine seen here that was introduced in 1958. The Elite displaced 204cc and used a four-speed gearbox with the heel-toe shifter that was characteristic of the era. The 18 horses and light weight meant a top speed of nearly 90mph, an impressive velocity for such a small motorcycle.

The distinctive candy-red “jelly mould” tank with mirror-like chrome details and Ducati wing logo, complete with mounting loops, to the copper-colored frame and amazing details like the “DUCATI” molded into the peg rubbers, headlight bucket-mounted speedometer, and tapered shotgun exhaust, it’s a surprise to me that they haven’t built a retro-styled model that references this bike yet. Even a Scrambler variant painted to match this might work, combining modern performance with classic style and colors…

From the Seller: 1959 Ducati Elite 200 for Sale

This is a rare, award winning piece of Motorcycle art. This bike was previously in a museum and is also an Antique Automobile Club of America winner “National First Prize”. The bike was purchased from Vicki Smith in 2013 who is well know among Ducatista. Apparently the bike was first purchased in Italy. I probably never rode the bike more than 20 miles and it was then properly put back into Museum mode by Revival Cycles in Austin and has complimented the other bikes in my house. I have all the receipts that came with the bikes and everyone since. The key in the headlight is one of my favorite things and the bike also comes with a Ducati tire pump. The one into two exhaust is rare and motorcycle art. This is the price I paid in 2013 and is more valuable and rare today.

Contact: David Edinger (Edinger.david@gmail.com) +1-317-908-2573

The seller is asking $20,000 for this very nice example of an appreciating classic. The bike isn’t perfect, but the paint looks amazing, it has great patina, and it comes with documentation and should certainly continue to appreciate. It’s a shame that most of these end up sitting in collections, since they’re apparently great to ride and would be lots of fun on a casual Sunday morning ride, or a great choice for a classic rally like the Motogiro.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1959 Ducati Elite 200 for Sale
Ducati February 4, 2020 posted by

Copy That: 2006 Ducati 999R Xerox

The Ducati R bike has always been a major factor in the history of Ducati. Renowned originally as homologation machines in order to go racing, the R brand has taken on a life of its own as a limited edition, high performance exclusive tier of the existing model line. And while there may be some scoffing that Ducati R models are simply marketing exercises, the truth is that the R generally represents the top spec for the brand, with components and upgrades to match. Such is the case with today’s bike, a 2006 999R in striking Xerox livery.

2006 Ducati 999R Xerox for sale on eBay

The 999 is known for a few parlor tricks. The first is that in the eyes of many, it is…. well…. ugly. Designer Pierre Terblanche had big shoes to fill when he was chosen to pen the successor to Massimo Tamburini’s 916/996/998 masterpiece. In photos, the 999 seems to indicate that Terblanche choked. The resulting bike simply did not flow like the earlier Ducati models. But in person the 999 is astonishing in its presence. All this considers a bike in a base color (i.e. red). Pop on the very limited Xerox racing livery, however, and this model truly comes visually alive. Gone are the huge expanses of one color across the side panels (they are long and flat compared to previous models). The diagonal placement of the side logo helps make the bike appear shorter than otherwise. Similarly, the red/white livery on the nose helps dampen the sharpness of the stacked headlight set up, and reduces the 999’s beaky profile. Of all the graphics available, the Xerox is the best looking of the 999s, although I do miss the peek-a-boo carbon bits of the fairing found on the non-liveried bikes.

From the seller:
Ducati made just 300 of the 999R models, and just a handful of Xerox livery versions.
With an MSRP of $29,995, it cost about $8,000 more than a 999S.

For the increased cost, the R model has;
145 HP Testretta engine, 25 hp more than the S
Radial brakes
Öhlins Suspension
Forged Marchesini wheels
Termignoni muffler
Weight reduction to 399lbs

The seller has done a decent job outlining how one makes an R bike. You start with the already potent 999S, you add horsepower and better brakes/suspension, bolt on some very glam farkles, and you put the whole thing on a diet. It’s a very simple recipe that Ducati has been following for decades, and results in some very iconic bikes. Going one step further, Ducati artificially limits the number of bikes produced, and attaches an exclusive production number on the headstock. The result is looks and performance with built-in exclusivity as a standard feature, right out of the Bologna factory.

More from the seller:
It was the ultimate track weapon in 2006. And still today, its a very impressive bike.

Hugely collectible, these are getting very rare to find in this condition. This bike is in almost flawless condition.

This bike is one of the most beautiful bikes that Ducati has ever built, and they just dont make special models like this anymore. If you set out to make a replica of this bike, the paint and graphics would cost a fortune. It’s not that hard to find a 999R, but the Xerox is really rare and special.

Comes with the Ducati plaque, and all keys. Owners manuals also.
5,353 miles
$20,000 OBO

So there is the other Ducati R model parlor trick: it’s expensive. R bikes have always commanded significantly higher prices than standard models. Some of this is due to the costs associated with the higher-spec components, and some is due to the drive for even more exclusivity. Regardless, R bikes are always more collectible than a base edition and will be the ones most likely to grow in value over time. And since many R bikes are riders, finding a low mile version with a rare graphics package and in sublime condition can be difficult. Today’s example has just 5,353 miles, looks to be in incredible condition, and is offered for a $20k Buy It Now. The seller appears to be open to offers, but I’m not sure I’d expect too much back pedaling. The dollar ask is strong, but so is the bike on offer – search the pages of RSBFS for another Xerox and you’ll only find a few – and all from some years back. Check it out here and then jump to the comments and share your thoughts on the best looking 999. Good Luck!!

MI

Copy That:  2006 Ducati 999R Xerox
Ducati January 29, 2020 posted by

More Than Skin Deep: 1998 Ducati 916 SPS for Sale

We’ve been a little Ducati-heavy this week, but there’s no way I was going to skip this one: an Eraldo Ferracci-prepped and tuned Ducati 916 SPS. Sure, this might look like yet another boring 916, but the SPS is one of Ducati’s fire-breathing homologation specials, and this example has been endowed with a highly-tuned stroker motor from one of the era’s premier tuners.

If you’re not familiar with Ferracci, he was an east coast Ducati tuner whose bikes won several World Superbike and AMA titles. He eventually opened a well known Ducati/MV Agusta dealership, and the company still sells high-performance Ducati parts on their site, although the brick-and-mortar dealership itself is closed.

The SPS or “Sport Production Special” was basically a way for Ducati to begin racing their stronger, larger-displacement 996cc v-twin before the 996 was introduced. As with all the bikes in the 916/996/998 series, it might look like a regular 916, but featured extensive, evolutionary upgrades to the Tamburini superbike that was introduced way back in 1994. It used the close-ratio box from the smaller 748, along with updated suspension that included an Öhlins shock and a lighter frame.

But of course, the heart of the matter was the updated 996cc engine that included titanium connecting rods for 1998. Ducati found that the functional limit for their original Desmoquattro was 955cc: any bigger, and the cases tended to crack under racing stress. The new engine was a comprehensive redesign that saw the inclusion of new heads, barrels, pistons, injectors, and a lighter crank.

Combined with the usual tuning tricks that didn’t make it over to the regular 996, the changes all added up to an engine that was more than the sum of its parts, with a savage and aggressive character. It was very expensive, but made testers at the time struggle to find enough superlatives to adequately describe the lust it inspired. The seller borrows a good chunk of his description from a very nice history of the SP/SPS Ducatis over at OddBike, and it’s worth a read if you’ve never checked that site out.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Ducati 916 SPS for Sale

About This Motorcycle:

“The primary reason of building the 916 SPS was to homologate the new 996cc engine for Superbike competition but fortunately for bike fans, the installation of the 996 engine into the 916 setup produced a bike that was described as legendary, astonishingly good looking and a true Superbike. Only 404 examples were built with less than 50 of those imported into the States.

The SPS was released to homologate the new 996cc engine for Superbike competition. The previous 916 crankcases had been maxed out at 955cc, and had problems with cracking and stress fractures under racing conditions. So in 1997 Ducati tried again by taking their new 996 engine and putting it into the 916 frame. The result was the 916 Sport Production Special (SPS).

New reinforced crankcases were needed, and to accommodate a displacement closer to the 1000cc limit for twins in Superbike the case mouths needed wider openings and wider stud spacing to match. Thus the barrels and heads were new, made wider to match the new cylinder stud spacing. Bore was now up to 98mm, with the same 66mm stroke as before. The heads had larger combustion chambers and bigger valves. Compression ratio was now 11.5:1 inside a lighter crankshaft with tungsten plug balancing. The high pressure double injector fuel setup with P8 ECU was carried over from the SP.

Press reviews of the 996 powered SPS declared it to be something quite special, with some testers being able to crack 170 miles per hour with the Termignoni exhaust and ECU kit fitted, a pretty stunning speed for a twin with ‘only’ 120-odd horsepower. The new engine gave a much wider power delivery band but this together with neck-snapping torque was enough to push the limits of the chassis. The 916 models in general did not respond well to ham-fisted riders, so it is not surprising that the SPS and its significantly wider power band resulted in a bike that could be dangerous for even skilled riders.

Despite its somewhat dangerous reputation the SPS was still sexy as hell with a sound like the apocalypse, especially if the Termi pipes were installed. Price tag new was almost $25,000 USD, a significant amount above the $16,500 Biposto and nearly double the price of a 748 model. Most reviewers declared that despite its dangerous nature it was worth the extra investment and there was a lot of demand for the SPS but since these bikes were built for homolgation, just 404 examples were built and only a small number of those brought into the USA.”

Among these rare breed of motorcycles there is something even more special and quite possibly one of the most spectacular, modern era homologated Ducatis. Now that would be tough to believe except this is a FBF bike, but for those who know about Eraldo Ferracci and his relationship with Ducati will easily justify the aforementioned statement.

Speedart Motorsports acquired this motorbike few years back and it has been a highlight of our Ducati collection ever since.

The first owner of this stunning example took delivery in November 1998 from Mr. Ferracci and he commissioned FBF on November, 11 to transform the SPS in to one of their 1,026 cc stroker fire-breathing monsters at an exorbitant cost.

The following is a partial list of the work performed by Eraldo Ferracci with an FBF serial number stamped on the case, further attesting to the pedigree of this extravagant Production Special.

  • Renthal quick change rear sprockets carrier
  • Ferracci billet lightweight flywheel
  • High pressure fuel regulator
  • Ported and polished heads
  • Stage-3 Eprom chip
  • Corse rearsets
  • 37mm Intake valves
  • 31mm Exhaust valves
  • 54mm Ferracci Forza full stainless system
  • Ohlins shock revalved
  • Hyperpro spring
  • Ferracci billet clip-on handlebars
  • 98mm 12:1 Compression piston Kit
  • FBF power crank 68mm stroke
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber under-seat oil vent tank
  • MS Production carbon air intake runners
  • Stage-3 cams
  • Pankl Racing titanium rods
  • Carbon fiber MS Production swingarm cover

During our custodianship at Speedart Motorsports, further enhancements were performed including Dymag carbon fiber wheels, ultra-rare Ducati Corse RS slipper clutch with DP carbon cover, NCR sprocket carriers, Poggipolini titanium fasteners, Samco hoses, Spiegler cables with fittings and much more.

The sale of this legendary Ducati is accompanied by extensive documentation, owner’s manuals, all Ferracci build records including Dyno sheets, fastidious maintenance receipts, stands, cover, etc.

Speedart Motorsports invites all serious inquiries of what is believed to be the most extraordinary 916 Sport Production Special in captivity, freshly serviced, in spectacular form both cosmetically and mechanically.

The high-compression pistons match the original 98mm bore, but the new crank’s 68mm stroke is up 2mm from the original for a total of 1026cc, compared to the original 996. That might bother some collectors, but it looks like only the very best parts have been used to upgrade and tune this very special SPS. Other than the gold plugs that don’t match the frame paint, this is a very nice, very trick bike, and one of just 1058 built in 1998. A nice SPS will generally sell for much less than the $34,500 asking price seen here, but they usually haven’t had as much attention lavished on them.

-tad

More Than Skin Deep: 1998 Ducati 916 SPS for Sale