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Ducati October 25, 2021 posted by

Two Seat Beauty: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 20+ years you have undoubtable heard someone talking about how beautiful the Ducat 916/996/998 series of motorcycles is.  Since the launch people have hailed it as one of, if not the best looking motorcycle ever.  Not only is it an amazing looking motorcycle, but it is also an amazing looking object.  People that know nothing about motorcycles can instantly recognize the desirability of the style.

Much has been written about the specs, performance, race wins about this generation of bike, so no need to repeat all of that.  At this point the buyers are well beyond buying on specification and are mainly looking to add one to the garage for emotional reasons.

Over the years depreciation took it’s toll.  While these never got to the level of “cheap” time marched on and these were fairly easy to find nice examples.  Newer, faster, more modern offerings from Ducati kept prices in line.  In the last year or so the market has began to understand that this era of bike is no longer just a used toy, it is a classic collectable.  Prices for clean, low mileage examples have shot up rapidly.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This auction is for my 2001 Ducati 996 Superbike with only 4350 actual miles on it. It is in true mint condition and starts, runs and rides perfectly. Very few of even the smallest scuffs on it, you would be hard pressed to find a nicer example. As far as I can tell all bodywork is original and almost perfect. I have really wondered if it has ever been ridden in the rain. It has always been stored in a climate controlled garage. It is of course the Biposto model. It is completely stock other than the Termignoni exhaust installed by the selling dealer when it was new, and the dark windscreen. The factory clear windscreen is included in the sale. I have a clean and clear title in hand. Please email with any questions. Delivery possible within 500 miles of 45701 for an additional charge. Thanks for looking!

Buy It Now price of $8995 is sure to attract some attention.  Amazing that the seller is even opened to offers.  Under 5k miles means this will be able to be ridden guilt free from time to time.  Seller notes how original this example is.  Generally the market does not view the Termignoni exhaust as a modification in the negative sense, rather the expensive and high quality pipes are viewed as a value adding addition.  A rare feet in the aftermarket.  Small details like the unmarked heel guards and uncut under tail plate mount go a long way for collectors.

While the Biposto was never the most desirable model, it dose have all of the looks and performance of the single seat versions.  A rising tide raises all ships and while the prices on S and R models is shooting up, this two seat bike might be a great opportunity for a collector to get in on the action before everything really gets out of hand.

Two Seat Beauty: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto
Ducati October 19, 2021 posted by

Sum of Some Parts – 1996 Ducati 900SS/CR Supersport

Ducati’s 900SS/CR was meant to be a conversation starter but its light looks have inspired many updates.  Here’s a stealthily modified example with receipts to easily eclipse the price of admission.

1996 Ducati 900 SS/CR for sale on eBay

The 900SS might win a multiple owner’s contest, so many fans of the brand have owned one at some time.  Simplicity bred lightness – air cooled, carburetted, two desmodromic valves (per cylinder) with a malleable 84 hp.  The drivetrain is all there for anyone to see, with the gold chro-moly trellis above.  Dry clutch and upswept exhaust certo, and the wide front fender protects the upside down forks.

Beside the excellent condition and just 8,689 miles, the long list of updates is the back story here.  Some of the mods have a more up-to-date look than the 25 year-old CR, but don’t shout about it.  Also stated is a recent valve adjustment and inclusion of the original parts if desired.  The compendium from the eBay auction:

  • Zero Gravity Double Bubble windshield
  • Miller Specialties Oil Cooler Relocation Kit with replacement Earle’s Oil Cooler & braided stainless lines
  • Silmoto high mount mufflers
  • Superlight-style solo tail section and Corbin seat
  • Pro Italia vented clutch cover
  • Rear fender eliminator
  • Stock front forks have been replaced with Showa fully adjustable forks, which were fitted with fork internals by Race-Tech
  • Ohlins fully adjustable rear shock
  • SP aluminum swingarm (replacing stock steel swingarm)
  • Cycle Cat fully adjustable rearsets
  • Cycle Cat adjustable clip-ons
  • Cycle Cat machined upper triple clamp
  • Ducati 996 adjustable brake and clutch levers replace thestock parts, with 996 remote reservoirs
  • Pantera fuel cap
  • Carrozzeria Wheels (with 6” rear wheel) replace the stockBrembo wheels
  • BrakeTech Ductile Iron  Axis full floating rotorsreplace the stock front brake rotors.
  • Stock rotor bolts replaced with Titanium
  • Spiegler rear wave rotor replaces the stock rear rotor
  • K&N Air Filter
  • Factory carb re-jetting
  • Carbon fiber countershaft sprocket cover
  • Carbon fiber belt covers
  • Cycle Cat bar sliders
  • CRT mirrors
  • Evoluzione clutch slave cylinder
  • Anti-Gravity lithium battery
  • Various aluminum and titanium fasteners throughout 

The 900SS was Ducati’s all-rounder before the Monster arrived, and picked up kudos in the twisties or on a week-long tour.  No less than Peter Egan wishes he hadn’t sold his, along with many other former owners.  When just a used original, they are still reasonably priced – or groomed to a new level like this one, which shares a lot of ideas with our current 1998 SS/CR – Featured Listing –

-donn

Sum of Some Parts – 1996 Ducati 900SS/CR Supersport
Ducati October 14, 2021 posted by

Rules Do Not Apply: 2014 Ducati SUPERBIKE 1199 SUPERLEGGERA

For years the top Ducati specification has been their R model bikes.  These race bikes for the road were released to appease the governing bodies of different organizations.  The rules stipulate that in order to qualify for the race, a specific number need to be produced to homologate them for racing.  The idea was to keep manufactures from creating an ultra low volume full bore race bike, selling a few, and then claim it was the road bike offering.  But what if the manufacture did not care about the rules?  What if this manufacture wanted to push the performance envelope and see what was possible?   Enter the Ducati Superleggera.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

For Sale No stories title in hand 2014 DUCATI 1199 Superleggera with only 1550 miles in perfect condition. This is 32 of only 500 stamped.If you are a real Ducati enthusiast, you can’t live without this machine.the most exclusive and extreme Ducati ever made with an unprecedented 200+ horsepower in homologated configuration and a 166Kg weight ready-to-ride without gas give it the best, by far, power to weight ratio of any homologated motorcycle.EVO tech radiator guards top and bottom, installed when bike was new, paint and radiator guard are in mint condition. BlipBox Auto up and down quick shift, CRG bar end mirrors- custom OE bar ends used Ducati bus charger connection in tail, Ducati lithium charger, integrated rear lights, 2x keys and Ducati manuals, Front Ducati OE stand rear Pitbull.

The listing is full of hyperbole and seems to not know that in the following years Ducati made a 1299SL and a V4SL.  To be fair, both of those bikes wore much higher MSRPs.  Another nit pick would be that the photographs in the listing are more suited to gain Instagram likes then  show a potential buyers the condition of the bike.

The 1199 SL used a substantial amount of magnesium and carbon fiber to shave weight.  The use of these exotic materials meant that no matter how many Ducati built, it would never be allowed to race in World Superbike.  Some period reviews made claims that this road bike weighed less and had a better power to weight ratio then some of the factory race bikes.

With the current bid just topping $10k there should be no expectation of a sale at that number, but it will be interesting to see where bidding goes on this.  Many low mile examples hit the market with eye watering asking prices.  There should be no doubt that these Superleggera models will always be desirable and over an amazing ride to a lucky few.

Rules Do Not Apply: 2014 Ducati SUPERBIKE 1199 SUPERLEGGERA
Ducati October 12, 2021 posted by

Bare Bones: 2002 Ducati 748RS For Sale!

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O,
And on his farm he had a Duc, 7-4-8-R-S
With a moo-moo here and a Duc-quack there
Here a Duc, there a Duc, everywhere Duc-Duc, Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

2002 Ducati 748 RS For Sale on eBay!

12 years stored and straight outta Old MacDonalds barn is this tasty 2002 Duc 748RS.

Caution: Track Use Only

That’s right boys and girls- The RS is bare bones and was delivered with only needed track essentials such as Ohlins, Brembo, 54mm Termi’s, radical cams, unpainted carbon body panels and a minimalist dashboard featuring a tach & temp gauge hooked up to a race only wiring loom. Not even a damn kickstand!

This particular RS has been punched out to 853cc’s and features a slipper clutch to help smooth out those hi-rev down shifts and to help stabilize the chassis at corner entry.

In Old MacDonald horse farm terms, I suspect a full on 748RS Bologna factory racer would be as high strung as a Thoroughbred in the gate at the Kentucky Derby whereas a standard 748 might be a trail horse. 🙂


 

From the sellers ad:
Ducati 748RS, 2002. Sold new by advanced motor sports in Alvarado Texas.All service and maintenance by ams Alvarado and Dallas.This bike has a STM slipper clutch,853 big bore kit and a replacement digital dash.Number boards have been painted on.bike has never been raced,trackday use only.no title,bill of sale only.These bikes were never painted from the factory.All original carbon fiber body work in perfect condition.Perfect for the collector,trackday use or race in the ARMHA race series.12 year old tires,bike has been unused for 12 years.

So, unless you’re a collector or have a white plate on your current track bike, I suspect this one might be better viewed from a distance.

To save you yellow plates some time I did some poking around in the RSBFS GoDuckYourself 748RS search motor and found a hand full of 748RS posts from days gone by. Check those out while you count your ducks eggs . . . but, not before they hatch.

Cheers!

dd

Bare Bones: 2002 Ducati 748RS For Sale!
Ducati October 11, 2021 posted by

Sounds Like – 2009 Ducati 848

Even at the bottom of Ducati’s sportbike range for 2009, the 848 had what would’ve been superbike performance just a few years back.  Without being an S or limited edition, this plain vanilla 848 seems like a stone-ground vanilla, hand churned into a beautiful sundae.

2009 Ducati 848 for sale on eBay

Even more than earlier supersports, the 848 shared so many part numbers with the 1098/1198 that one could debate whether it was gifted the leading edge engineering, or maybe subsidized the superbike development.  Weight was reduced right at the crankcase level, with a vacuum casting that saved 3 kg of engine weight.  Marelli EFI points down elliptical throttle bodies, controlling 134 hp and 70.8 ft.-lbs. torque.  Trading the dry clutch music for lightness and reliability, the wet clutch hooks up to a close-ratio 6 speed.  Showa dampers are in the supersport budget but still fully adjustable, and calipers have radial mounting points.  Overall the package tipped the scales at 370 lbs. dry, with aerodynamics allowing a 160 mph top speed.

Rather limited photos and history here, but the 848 does have low miles at 5,279, and likely needs the initial valve check and timing belt service.  Definitely overdue for tires.  Interested buyers will have to factor those into the buy-it-now and maybe get more photos and records before pushing Make Offer.  Just a couple of notes from the eBay listing-

2009 Ducati 848 is an original. The owner has had it for 2 years. The vehicle runs great and is not regularly ridden.
 
Original Ducati 848 with low mileage and no flaws or defects. Runs great and has a clean title.

The 848 benefited from the return to the classic side-by-side headlight design, as well as the testastretta engine with 7,500-mile service intervals.  More often seen on our pages in Nicky Hayden edition colors, the intro model is identical mechanically.  Without the superbike cachet and advanced electronics aboard the superbike, the 848 might remain reasonable even in this sellers market.

-donn

Sounds Like – 2009 Ducati 848
Ducati October 6, 2021 posted by

Battery Not Included – 2000 Ducati 748 with just 1,725 Miles !

Update 10.6.2021: Scooped again as this one was bought at 7 this morning !  See the original listing – here –…  Donn

Until you’ve seen one of Tamburrini’s masterpieces in a friend’s kitchen or foyer, it’s hard to understand why anyone would take a perfectly rideable supersport off the road.  A previous collector got to this one while it was still unmarked, and though it’s not a special limited edition, it gets the point of the 916/996 design across with style.

2000 Ducati 748 for sale on eBay

Although it wasn’t the superbike, the 748 was equipped for fun, with 98 hp and a closer ratio transmission than the 916.  Elsewhere, the spec sheets were shared, with indistinguishable chassis and brakes, Showa USD forks and monoshock, and wheel sizes.  Weights are within a few pounds and the tank and bodywork are hard to tell apart.  Charging and cooling system mediocrities were also shared.

Probably an academic discussion, but some workshop time would be required to re-introduce this 748 to the road.  All the expendables will have to be renewed, and even then a brake, clutch, fork, or shock seal might throw in the towel after a few rides.  If it’s going to stay in the diorama, maybe those scuffs on the lowers could be addressed.  The seller has a full-length walkaround – here – which shows off the construction at the very least.  Notes from the eBay auction:

The Ducati 748-998 is one of the most iconic and attractive modern motorcycles.  This example is in near perfect condition, easily a 9.9/10 example.  There are absolutely no modifications whatsoever on this 748.  This is an investment grade condition example that would look appropriate in a showroom, on display, or as a premium condition example to ride and enjoy.  Please view the extensive details provided including a 16 minute video showing the 748 with commentary, 140 photos, and the below description.  This 748 has a clean title in my name.

I acquired this 748 from the original owner.  He purchased it new from a Ducati dealer.  It is an original monoposto model. He was a mature adult at the time of purchase and babied the bike.  He never had it out in the rain.  He was exceptionally careful with it as the bike has no notable wear or marks on it and has never been down!  He rode it sparingly as evidenced by the very low 1,700 correct miles.  Around 2008 he decided to put the bike on static display inside his house.  Prior to this he had it prepped at the Ducati dealer with having the fuel drained, cylinders fogged, battery removed, and other tasks performed.

The yellow over gold frame and wheels shows very well at least on this 748, though the usual 1/4-turn fairing fasteners were value-engineered into less expensive clip-nuts.  More isn’t always better, and some reviewers found the 748 better suited real life than the superbike.  This particular bike will likely miss out on any more road miles, though it sounds like the previous owner prepared it properly for show, so stock it would be a great display of how it was constructed.

-donn

Battery Not Included – 2000 Ducati 748 with just 1,725 Miles !
Ducati September 30, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore

Update 12.6.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Despite its light weight and minimal monocoque chassis, Ducati managed to fit many firsts, extremes and superlatives into the 1199 Panigale S.  RSBFS reader Jason has a one-owner Panigale S is in the Tricolore livery with a few choice upgrades and just 1,457 miles.

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore asking price $19,500

No longer suspended from a trellis frame, the Superquadro engine in the Panigale is a structural member, and a small but robust aluminum casting carries the adjustable headstock.  The subframe holding the single-sided rear suspension connects to the back of the engine, and the integral aluminum seat carrier is above.  In between there’s an all-new L-twin, with cams driven by a gear/chain combination, and extraordinarily oversquare cylinders ( 112mm bore and 60.8mm stroke ).  Mitsubishi fuel injection and ride-by-wire throttle are in control of 195 hp, with the help of multiple electronic aids.  With engine braking control providing slipper functionality, the wet clutch has been fitted with a quickshifter.  Monobloc Brembo calipers appear to be poured over their 30mm pistons, on 330mm rotors and of course multi-mode ABS.  Öhlins dampers and lighter Marchesini wheels are part of the S package.  Designers spent plenty of time in the wind tunnel optimizing the riding position and bodywork with the goal of a superbike easier to ride fast.

Jason is a principal at Northwest European, a specialty dealer of mostly the four-wheeled variety, but has prepared this Panigale S beautifully.  Their full description is available – here – , but following are their comments about this Tricolore –

This particular example is a spectacular original 1199 Panigale S sold new with factory original Tricolore livery. Having covered a mere 1,457 miles since new, the owner, an avid motorcycle enthusiast, has maintained and serviced this Ducati with the utmost care. As many motorsports enthusiasts will do, the owner selected several specially developed upgrades for this bike, all of which can be easily removed and returned to the original state should the new owner wish to do so – Racing ECU upgrade, exhaust, ASV levers, and a multitude of carbon fiber bits are among the highlights.



As one should expect with this example, the condition of this Ducati is nearly like new. Every aspect of the bike from the colorful bodywork, carbon fiber details, and refined mechanical features are polished, preserved, and properly maintained to factory specifications. The still original tires show minimal use while the brakes, disc surfaces, and drive chain are all in excellent condition.

This Ducati is accompanied by a factory owner’s manual, an un-assembled Tamiya scale model kit of this bike still in the box, a spare seat, spare body pieces, and other original parts that were removed from the bike and upgraded per the original owner’s preference.

Northwest European asks $19,500 for this Panigale S Tricolore, and Jason can be reached at (206) 355-7727 or via email at jason@nweuro.com

As much as a motorbike is a zillion details flying in formation, Ducati appears to have looked at each one carefully, but never lost sight of the goal of lightness and maneuverability.  With a dry weight of 362 lbs., that success was quick and easy to see.  Riding reviews said that the harder to measure combination of a slightly longer swingarm, rotating the engine back a few degrees, centralized mass, and moving the rider a hair forward made for a quick and forgiving superbike.   Contact Jason at (206) 355-7727 for more information on this 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore
Cagiva September 22, 2021 posted by

Often Forgotten: The 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

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

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

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

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

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

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

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

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

Engine Number: 750 LS 751253

Frame Number: ZDM1KA3JXLB751788

Often Forgotten: The 1989 Ducati 750 Sport