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Ducati October 24, 2020 posted by

Zero-Mile 1988 Ducati 851 Tricolore for Sale

The introduction of the 851 in 1987 was a watershed moment for Ducati. Their first liquid-cooled, four-valve engine displaced, naturally, 851cc and established a superbike formula that the company would follow until the introduction of their V4. The 851 didn’t need to rely on nostalgia to compete at the highest levels of racing and re-established Ducati as an object of lust among sportbike enthusiasts. The revised v-twin couldn’t generate the outright power of the inline fours produced by the Japanese manufacturers, but this Kit 851 Tricolore weighed in at around 363lbs dry and brought Ducati’s famed handling to the party, along with a fat wedge of midrange torque.

As is typical for Ducati, there were a couple different versions of the 851 available, a Strada or “street” version with 102hp, and the much higher specification Kit or Corsa version as seen here. With a claimed 120hp, the Kit bikes were intended to homologate the 851 for competition and were extremely rare, with just enough built to qualify them to race. At a glance, the two versions look almost identical but, as they say: the devil is in the details. The Kit version had a braced swingarm, close-ratio gearbox, race camshafts and ECU, magnesium wheels, and a number of other detail changes, including a dash with no speedometer. Because racebike.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Ducati 851 Tricolore for Sale

1988 Ducati Superbike Kit Tri Color Racer. Number 34 of 250. 250 per Homologation rules for World Superbike. Never been started since it was uncrated. The only tire wear is from factory shakedown. Absolutely in perfect (new) condition!

The $89,500 asking price is eye-wateringly high but, with 250 built and only 20 imported to the US, there can’t be that many 0-mile 851 Kits out there. If that’s your thing, I’m sure you’re prepared to spend outrageous sums for time-capsule Bolognese homologation specials like this one. The rest of us will just have to grouse in the comments about ridiculous asking prices…

-tad

Ducati October 22, 2020 posted by

Super Right: 1992 Ducati 900 Superlight #860

The Ducati Superlight is one of the bikes that defined the mystique of the Italian brand. An interesting – if not revolutionary – offshoot to the popular Supersport line, the Superlight added lightness to the package via some specially chosen components, and weight to the legend via a sequential number plaque that ensured exclusivity. The Superlight was reasonably rare in the US during this period of time, and did not need to fight in the showroom with too many other “Limited Edition” models. The best part was the Superlight was modified for performance, and not simply a branding exercise to make it unique. The seller has a good bit to say about this model and this bike, and I will let him take it over from here:

1992 Ducati 900 Superlight for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Ducati 900 Superlight 1992 – (Bike was originally owned by Hollywood photographer & collector Guy Webster )
Limited Edition #860 of #952
Mileage 19082
California Clear Title

The 900 Superlight was produced by Ducati from 1992 to 1996 but only 952 examples of the MKI version were sold Worldwide. Available in either the traditional Ducati Red or the Fabulous Superlight Yellow. Only 300 Mk1’s were imported into the US, all were yellow and 100/300 of the US allocation were sold in California.

The Superlight came with a number of weight saving components that reduced the bikes weight by 25lb compared to the std 900SS. Vented clutch cover, solo seat, Ltd edition number plaque, carbon front fender and rear hugger, (pretty high tech in 1992) and this bike has the sought after and very light, composite Marvic/Akront wheels. All of these important parts are present and correct on bike #860.

More from the seller:
Ownership:
This bike has an interesting history. The original owner was World renowned Hollywood photographer Guy Webster. (See Robb Report Guy Webster ) Guy was without doubt one of the early innovators of rock ‘n’ roll/celebrity photography and die-hard bike fan.
While shooting album covers and billboards for groups like The Rolling Stones, The Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel and Chicago, he also photographed film legends like Rita Hayworth, Dean Martin and Natalie Wood.
Guy built a huge personal collection of rare and exotic Italian bikes at his home in Ojai California, which was on occasion opened up to the public.

The Superlight then changed hands to well-known Ducati/Guzzi restorer Ted Henry and in 2011 the current and third owner took possession, with 13989 miles on the speedometer.

This example is well presented in the rarer of the two colorways – Superlight Yellow. It has been very well maintained. Overall the paintwork is in excellent condition, the bike has never been dropped or crashed, fit and finish of the panels is excellent. There is a small scratch on front fairing to the left of the headlight and three very small marks on the rear single seat hump, both areas have been highlighted in the listing’s last photo.

Warning labels often removed by owners are in place on the tank, fairing and frame rails, and it’s obvious when you see the bike in person it has enjoyed a pampered life, only covering an average of 509 miles per year since 2011.
Mileage today at time of sale is 19082 miles. The bikes battery was recently replaced with a Shorai Gel battery, the air filter is clean, oil was replaced in March and the timing belt was changed at 10000 miles. Tires were replaced at 17700 miles.

There are a number of maintenance records available from the current owner. The bike does have a couple of subtle nonstandard upgrades, including lightly smoked screen (same shape as the original) and gorgeous carbon Arrow silencers that can be heard if you follow the short YouTube video link below.

And if you cannot hear the wonderful sound of the air-cooled, 2-valve Ducati L-twin just from the pictures, then feast your ears on the enclosed video. Yes, that is this particular bike, sounding like a million bucks.

Today’s beautiful 1992 Ducati Superlight looks very clean, appears to have a nice record of ownership, some limited star power in the name of Guy Webster (certainly no Rossi, Stoner or some rock star, but certainly better than no history at all), and the exclusivity built into the Superlight series when they originally launched. The current bid on this beauty is a mere $8,500 with a reserve still in place. This is way underpriced for a clean Superlight, and I would expect this one to climb quickly in the few days remaining. Ducati continued with both the “less is more” as well as the “more is more” philosophies in the years and models to follow, but today the Superlight continues to strike a unique balance between sport and art. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Super Right: 1992 Ducati 900 Superlight #860
Ducati October 14, 2020 posted by

Heavy Breather: 1983 Ducati Pantah 600

Behold the wonderous, the cutting edge (while at the same time, archaic) modern interpretation of the new Ducati era. The Pantah represented the next evolution of the already legendary Ducati L-twin, and would being the new phase of the rubber band motor era. Replacing the bevel drive with a toothed belt to drive the desmo valve train, the Pantah simultaneously provided an easier manufacturing solution, a quieter and more efficient mechanical solution, and greatly reduced maintenance requirements. Ducati chose to wrap that new tech in a brand new body style that is unmistakably Italian.

1983 Ducati Pantah 600 for sale on eBay

To be fair, there was nothing really wrong with the bevel-drive round case motors of the past. In fact, the bevel drive continued alongside the new Pantah configuration, available in the larger 900cc and 1000cc variants. However the rubber belt drive for the valve train made the engine easier to assemble and quicker to configure in terms of adjustment. Such an arrangement would continue to be a feature on all Ducati motors right up to the Panigale of late, although there was much technology that was yet to come. For now, the fabled Ducati twin breathed through two valves, fed by carburetors, and made use of simple and lightweight air cooling.

From the seller:
ORIGINAL, UNRESTORED SURVIVOR. ORIGINAL PAINT AND GRAPHICS, ETC. DUCATI’S FIRST DESMODRONIC V-TWIN. FOR SERIOUS DUCATI COLLECTORS ONLY.

This particular Pantah looks very nice, although it is sporting some patina that can split opinions. On one hand, a bike like this is only original once – therefore the original paint, flaws and all, represent originality. Those looking for a perfect specimen that has endured a nut and bolt restoration and fresh paint throughout might wish to look elsewhere. I will correct the seller in that this is not Ducati’s first Desmo twin – that honor came more than a decade previous. However the mistake is somewhat academic given that this was the first desmo twin Ducati where the valve actuation was driven by belt. Still a big deal, but definitely not the first Desmo.

Prices for these Pantahs has gone on the rise over the past years, but these are not Limited Edition models – or particularly rare. Time, however, does take its toll on available stock, and invariably helps with the supply-versus-demand equation. Still, these tend to be a rather affordable way to get into a (almost) classic Ducati. This particular bike looks original, but does show some wear and/or rash. The seller is asking nearly $13k – which is near the top of the range we have been seeing as of late. Check it out here, and good luck!

MI

Heavy Breather: 1983 Ducati Pantah 600
Ducati October 13, 2020 posted by

Forward into the Past – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore

Ducati came away from the 999 design with some lumps and bruises, and took their hard-won Superbike rules change as an opportunity to house the new engine in a package that recalled the 916 nose.  Here is a very fine example from just over the Golden Gate Bridge.

2007 Ducati 1098S for sale on eBay

Ducati prepared their testastretta Evoluzione engine for 2007, with a change to the valve angles and elliptical throttle bodies resulting in 160 hp.  The valve adjustment interval was increased, and as part of the re-design cooling system woes became a thing of the past.  The -S featured premium Öhlins dampers and forged Marchesini wheels, and the dash with data analysis was said to be the same as a WSBK mount.  Beside the classic gold frame and national paint scheme, the Tricolore edition came with carbon Termignoni exhausts and updated ECU.  The angry eye headlamps give way to a sleek fairing, whose many fasteners generated an extra shop hour when service was required.

Offered by what seems to be a new dealer, this 1098S claims just 6,000 miles and looks excellent.  No word on ownership or maintenance history, but it has couple of nice factory additions.  From the eBay auction:

This 2007 Ducati 1098 S is a limited edition Tricolore model powered by a 1099cc L-twin paired with a 6-speed transmission.

The bike features include a Termignoni racing exhaust with carbon fiber silencers, an Öhlins adjustable suspension, Marchesini alloy wheels, and a computerized data acquisition system. A tall windscreen, racing air filters, and a carbon fiber clutch cover were optional equipment.

This Tricolore comes with with the owner’s manuals, keys, the key code card, and a clean California title.

A couple of executives at Ducati must’ve lost a friendly bet when FIM raised the twin displacement to 1200cc in one fell swoop, but the 1198 wasn’t far behind, and kept the 1098’s good looks.  Though some would say the 1098S has been eclipsed by the Panigale generation, there will likely always be spot in a Ducatisti’s garage for a booming twin with side-by-side headlights – and commemorative colors would certainly be a plus.

-donn

 

 

Forward into the Past – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore
Ducati September 25, 2020 posted by

One and Done – 2000 Ducati 996 SPS #1334

If your significant other said there was room for just a single bike on your side of the garage, a 996 SPS might be a worthy choice.  This turn-of-the-century model has been babied but not left un-ridden.

2000 Ducati 996 SPS for sale on eBay

The SPS was the top of the line for 2000, and carried 73 ft.-lbs. of torque from 8,000 to max power of 123 hp.  Bigger differences from the -S were the Öhlins forks and monoshock, and forged Marchesini alloys.  Adjustable headstock almost needed a pro-level rider, stopwatch, and a racetrack to get the benefit of the steering damper.  Iconic trellis frame and quick-release fairings are accented by carbon fenders and side covers.

In private hands, this SPS looks carefully tended, and maintenance and ownership sound like they’re in for the long haul.  Mod-wise, the carbon cans were likely a dealer option, and not much else is evident except the alloy footpegs.  From the eBay auction:

2000 Ducati 996 SPS #1334 out of 2000 built for year 2000. I have owned the bike for over 10 years and it been rode sparingly. It has always been garage kept and maintained meticulously. It has recently had the belts replaced, brake & clutch fluid flush and replaced, oil & filter changed. I am 50 years old and do not have the time to ride anymore. This bike is an absolute work of art.

Carl Forgarty and Troy Bayliss alternated Superbike championships with Colin Edwards on the RC51, in a great era for superbike racing if not rulesmaking.  For all the limited editions which were more properly commemoratives, the SPS is really what the numbered triple-tree plaques were meant for.  While not a zero-mile collector, this SPS looks to be what homologation was all about.

-donn

One and Done – 2000 Ducati 996 SPS #1334
Ducati September 14, 2020 posted by

In with Both Feet – 1979 Ducati 900SS

By the late 1970’s, Ducati’s 900 Supersport leaned heavily on its Taglioni heritage, but had several worthwhile updates.  This Connecticut example has a very original look but has been refreshed in some important areas.

1979 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Ducati’s Supersports have a markedly similar feel over the course of the decade, with the forward canted L-twin and very light fairing.  Gear shift and rear brake had been normalized for the previous generation, with shifter action greatly improved.  The square-case engine still sported a kick-starter, but made room for bigger crank journals, improving reliability along a with more modern ignition system.  The spare good looks continued for 1979, but with cast wheels and an optional dual seat.

Hard to argue with the previous owner’s removal if you’ve seen the factory blinkers, and hopefully they had the good sense to backdate the carburetors to the 40mm Dell’Orto’s as well.  Like a lady of a certain age, it’s not sporting to ask about a 40+ year-old motorcycle’s relationship history, but it appears there was a long-term owner early on, with service records.  Engine and paintwork were refreshed just 1,000 miles ago, but seemingly almost 20 years in the past.  For some of us, the fan’s bevel-drive window never gets old.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This particular 900SS is just about perfect for the vintage motorcycle enthusiast who prefers a motorcycle that has been enthusiastically kept, cared for and ridden.
 
It includes an Ownership/maintenance binder with it’s history from July of 1980 though May of 2003 (covering 26,123 miles).   
These records include an engine overhaul by Desmoto-Sport in California at the 25,435 mark and a paint refresh(with the exception of the tank) and front directional delete(owners preference) at 24,320 (~1998).  (according to previous owners records)
 
This bike is really nice as you can see from the photos.  I have the original directional for the front and rear. 
 
All of the fiberglass bodywork appears to be original. However the windscreen is Gustuvsons.
 
Contis are nice, as well as all the switches and gauges.
 
The last time I rode the motorcycle it ran very well and carbs were adjusted perfectly (that was a few years ago).
 
There is a slight “tick” when it warms up that I can hear only at idle (it may need a valve adjustment).
 
Comes with a dual seat.

Whereas most manufacturer’s street machines were the basis for their racers, the 900SS reviewed as the other way round, and they finagled the regs to put their race bikes in the showroom.  Either way you can’t see much on a 900SS that’s not required for a grand day out.  Maybe you are ready to take the plunge into waters that are somewhere between classic and vintage depth ?  This 1979 900SS looks like a great choice.

-donn

In with Both Feet – 1979 Ducati 900SS
Ducati September 3, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

RSBFS regular Seattle Used Bikes has a customer’s 2006 Paul Smart LE available, with a moderate 11,812 miles on the clock.  Limited to 2,000 examples worldwide, this commemorative also has the factory fairing lowers with Paul Smart’s racing number.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE at Seattle Used Bikes

Paul Smart’s 1972 race machine boasted the desmodromic valve system, and though the 992cc air-cooled engine from 2006 uses belt-driven cams, it has a lot in common with Taglioni’s earlier design.  91 hp are available on the PS1000LE, along with Marelli fuel injection, and a sculptural trellis chassis painted in the blue-green of the 1972 750 Imola racer.  The rider tucks in behind the classic bullet fairing, and find themselves with the modern 6-speed transmission, adjustable Öhlins dampers, 320mm Brembo brakes, and 17-inch spoked alloy wheels.

Owned by a longtime SUB customer, this PS1000LE is immaculate with all the right updates.  New cam service, recent tires and factory updated fuel tank make it very ready for the new owner.  Photographs beautifully and likely rides even better !  Comments from Seattle Used Bikes: 

It is about as nice as they can be found these days, this one also has the very desirable Ducati Performance lower fairings, the Ducati Performance Termignoni 2-1 exhaust with the upgraded ECU, we also have all the original parts, paperwork, 2 black and red key, code card, manuals, welcome letter and brochures..  We have only had it into SUB once for service in April 2014, it had just over 8,600 miles at the time, we performed a minor service, replaced the fuel filter inside the tank and hoses that had gotten soft from ethanol.   When we had the bike in we did notice signs of tank swelling at the time and helped facilitate getting the dealer to replace the tank and made sure to have it sealed inside with Caswell to avoid further issues. It appears tires were updated as well. We do have additional records for 6k service and misc others.   We recently were able to gather all the paperwork and were given the go ahead to get it ready to sell.  Marty just completed the 12K Desmo service, he also made sure its running the way he likes them to.  He noted in the service order “165lbs of compression in both cylinders”.  We’ve gone through everything brought in and given the Paul Smart a thorough inspection, it is very obvious this special Ducati was loved and cherished, articles were kept, brochures, accessory install instructions etc. all archived.

Seattle Used Bikes offers this PS1000LE for $22,000, and they now have a – Deposit Button – to hold the bike while you contact them.

Most SportClassics were more popular after production ended, but the Paul Smart sold out early and stayed desirable.  The Terblanche design combines a reverential look over the shoulder with no-nonsense mechanicals.  SUB also offers this walkaround – video – and welcomes calls on (206) 535-6812.

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition
Ducati August 17, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale

Update 8.17.2020: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Putting a numbered plaque and some bling on your moribund sportbike is a time-tested method to generate some buzz. It works especially well if you’re a storied, but slightly skint manufacturer of moribund Italian sportbikes. But parts-bin engineering doesn’t mean the resulting product is necessarily bad, and this Ducati Superlight is proof-positive that the whole can be much more than the sum of the parts.

By 1993, well-heeled sportbike buyers knew that the 916 was right around the corner, and the then-current 888 offered much more performance potential. But that finicky, uncomfortable, and maintenance-intensive machine wasn’t necessarily practical, or all that much good on the road. Assuming you wanted to do more than bench-race or compare lap times, the long-serving two-valve Desmodue-powered 900SS made a great platform for a limited-edition sportbike, and the Superlight was just a 900SS with some bolt-on parts.

To be honest, the list of performance modifications to make a Superlight was pretty short: upswept exhaust pipes in place of passenger pegs that gave additional cornering clearance, a stylish solo tail section, and a few carbon dodads to “reduce weight.” Most significantly, the Superlight featured Marvic composite wheels: magnesium hubs and spokes bolted up to polished aluminum rims. Combined, the changes saved about 15lbs, compared to the stock bike. Considering the price then and now, a gym membership would be a cheaper and more effective way to increase performance. Of course, nobody really bought a Superlight for its performance potential anyway.

This particular bike is a bit different though, and offers a bit more than your run of the mill Desmodue: a tuned 944cc engine. 86hp might not sound like much, but the stock 904cc engine made a claimed and likely optimistic 80hp. Around 70hp at the wheel is more likely for a factory 900SS, so the big-bore kit installed in this Superlight and the corresponding 69lb-ft of torque to go with the 86rwhp is nothing to sneeze at.

Cosmetically, this is a very nice bike, as you can see from the photos in the listing. It’s not completely original, although the 944 kit and Staintune exhaust are certainly period-appropriate upgrades for the performance minded Ducatisti who plans to ride their new acquisition, rather than let it collect dust and appreciate as part of a stock portfolio. The seller is also including all the parts necessary to make the bike appear totally stock so a buyer can achieve stock show appearance if they wanted.

From the Seller: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale
1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight. Super clean exceptional performing and running correct (#789/953, Marvic magnesium/aluminum wheels, Brembo full floating iron rotors, carbon fiber front fender, rear inner fender, dash trim, countershaft cover, high pipes, solo tail) example. Excellent original paint, 2 owner bike. Built and tuned by Doug Lofgren. 86 rwhp (944ccc with big valves, headwork and Staintune exhaust – dyno sheet included). Suspension revalved and set up for 200lb rider.Freshly serviced by Ducati master tech (valve clearance check, belts, plugs, oil/filter, flush brakes and clutch). Full Staintune exhaust system, carbon fiber clutch cover, braided steel brake lines, 520 chain/sprockets, lithium battery with special charger. All original parts (except airbox lid) included, along with new belts, factory tool kit, owners manual and Haynes service manual. Tires have aged out and should be replaced, if the bike is to be ridden. ~19,700 miles. No cosmetic defects, except a few minor chips on upper,and front point of lowers behind the front wheel (touched up) and a small rash mark on the edge of the left muffler. Click here for 80 photos of the bike and scans of service and tuning, including close up photos of the mentioned defects.

$12,500 $11,500

I’ve included the majority of the Seller’s photos here, but there are additional images available at the link, including close ups of some minor blemishes, dyno sheets, and other documentation. I personally prefer Termignoni exhausts on my 90s Ducatis, but Staintune makes a very high-quality product so, aside from tires, this bike is ready to go. The seller includes a video of the bike starting up and running and the asking price is $11,500 which seems very much in line with prices we’ve seen recently. If what you want is a delivery-mile museum piece, this might not be the bike you want. But the would make a terrific bike to actually ride, and it’s pretty enough to park in your living room between weekend rides embarrassing modern sportbikes in the canyons.

-tad
Featured Listing: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale