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Ducati August 26, 2021 posted by

Light Project: 1983 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica 900

Before the Bayliss, Fogarty or the Paul Smart, there was the Mike Hailwood series of Ducati.  Interestingly these were not exactly special editions, but rather one of the standard offerings of the time.  That said, Ducati was not producing motorcycles in nearly the volume they are today.  Time has taken a toll on many, so finding one today can be a challenge.

The example today offers a very unique opportunity for a buyer.  This bike is neither a low mileage display piece, nor a freshly restored show bike.  Often with the Hailwood it is only the best examples come to market at premium prices.  To call this bike a project is slightly unfair.  Odds are a fresh service and decent once over will yield a truly iconic motorcycle that one can really enjoy out on the road.


From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

1983 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica (MHR). This variant was produced in 1983-84 and was a precursor to the Mille or 1000cc. This bike retains the roller bottom end of the early bikes but shares the cases of the Mille. So it has reliable electric start. Recent fluid change and Electrical system check/regulator replacement. Fairings were professionally re-painted and decaled (better than new which is not a big stretch) due to stone chips on lower fairing and wanted to match the upper half. The rest of the bikes paint is as used/original . The seat pan has the usual crack from use and the sliders are paint chipped (was going to do when rebuilding them). Bike has a nice shine for a 38 year old bike including the engine cases, wheels and bright work. Windscreen was replaced. Tires (2007ish) are old but tread is virtually new. Turn signals were replaced as the old ones just hardened and cracked, they are all “rear” or longer as fronts were not available new at the time of purchase. Vacuum petcock system replaced with reliable typical twin system (one per carb).

This is a ridden but not abused bike. Always carefully garaged.

Odo reads 31643 KM so roughly 20K miles. Owned since 1999. Sound of the bike is worth the price of admission.

If interested please ask questions and I will add photos were requested.

I should be ready to ride but I have not registered it and ridden it but the servicing dealer did. Not sure I would plan to drive cross-country but it should. It is 38 years old and I have not ridden it in years..

$500 Paypal deposit within 48 hours of winning bid. Buyer is responsible for pickup / delivery. No OCONUS/non-lower 48/International bidders without prior authorization. Checks must clear in advance of shipping/delivery and I wont pre-pay shipping. COD preferred.

Appearing in the pictures to be a honest used bike, the description reads as one written by a knowable and upfront seller.  Some digging around the interwebs uncovered a listing for this specific bike priced just under $20,000.    A savvy and handy buyer should have no issues justifying the economics of this bike.  It will also be interesting to see where bidding ends as the opening bid was $599 (there is a reserve set)

Light Project: 1983 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica 900
Ducati August 24, 2021 posted by

Party Like It’s – 1999 Ducati 996S #027

After the success of the 916, Ducati presented the top of the batting order for the 996, with base, S, and SPS models for 1999.  Today’s -S is substantially stock with 12,475 miles – hard to argue with a first year home run.

1999 Ducati 996S for sale on eBay

As an incremental improvement, design engineers went for a number of big steps – more displacement, revised ECU with two fuel injectors for each cylinder, and of course a new airbox.  123 hp was the result, all helmet controlled with electronic nannies still a ways over the horizon.  Chassis changes were harder to see but the package became slightly more compact, with the S sporting Öhlins dampers all around.  Not much in the way of upgrades for the cooling and charging systems so a fan override switch ( and some running room ) were helpful in keeping temps in the green.

Soaked in the Florida sun, this 996S looks excellent with the mandated tail tidy and vented front fender.  FarkleBay awaits with more carbon goodies if the new owner wants.  Quality Arrow exhaust is paired with an ECU update.  Q&A style comments suggest a period of inactivity, no deal breaker but might inquire about the age of the cam belts before bidding.  Notes from the eBay auction:

1999 996S #27, one owner, only 12,500 miles, professionally maintained, responsibly ridden, never dropped, never raced.  Full Arrow exhaust, matching ECU, carbon fiber extras, Ohlins suspension, Marchesini wheels, Pirelli Corsa Diablo tires, etc.  Recent fuel tank liner and ethanol proof lines.

Robust as it was, the 996 had a relatively short run, with a more modern testastretta engine being readied for later 996R’s and the 2003 998.  Edition number 027 is quite low for an inaugural machine, with only around 200 S-variants ( all red ! ) made each year.  The starting bid doesn’t seem out of line but the seller’s tight schedule might be helped by a local buyer.

-donn

 

Party Like It’s – 1999 Ducati 996S #027
Ducati August 20, 2021 posted by

Underappreciated, Homologation: The 2001 Ducati 748R

Little can be said about the Ducati 916-996-998 generation of superbikes that has not already been said.  We all know that they are among the most beautiful motorcycles ever created.  Clearly an instant classic and cemented their place in history.  They are a dream bike of many.  Even in standard for there is undeniable appeal.  This also holds true for the many special high performance versions sold over the years.  In order to qualify for some racing classes, manufactures are required to produce a specific number of road going motorcycles.   In the case of Ducati these homologation specials are badged as R models.

When talking Ducati and racing, one can be excused for thinking it all revolves around the World Superbike Championship and forget that the smaller displacement classes offered up some amazing motorcycles.  Take the Ducati 748, as a whole it should have a broad appeal.  An adequate amount of power for road use by mere mortals, and the stunning looks of the larger bother.  And yet the 748 seems shunned with prices lagging well behind a comparable larger engine bike.   This trend also extends to the 748R.

Built in much lower numbers than the 996 and 998 R variants, the 748R featured a plethora of upgrades over the stander offerings.  Ti valves and rods, carbon airbox and a bespoke shower fuel injection system round out the engine.  Ohlins forks and shock mean handling to match the looks.  These even have the amazing story of not really being sold for road use, even though many found ways to don plates.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

  • 2001 Ducati 748R – 700 Original Miles – Street Legal 
  • Extremely rare superbike with only 100 imported into the USA.  Most “R” bikes were never titled and street legal and a lot were since crashed and no longer in existence.  
  • Fully street legal with current Rhode Island registration. Rhode Island titled noting 770 actual miles and “748R” as shown in photo. 
  • A true collectors “R” bike with full Ohlins suspension, Formula One style overhead shower injectors in larger Ducati factory carbon fiber airbox. Titanium valves and connecting rods. Marchesini magnesium wheel set. Numbered triple tree.  
  • Last started 2 years ago and ran perfect. Engine was fogged and fuel drained. Bike has since been stored in my house on display. 
  • 16,950 FIRM, NO OFFERS OR TRADES ACCEPTED. Local pickup preferred but will ship if buyer sets up logistics. 
  • I reserve the right to end the auction early for any reason as it is also advertised in other locations. 
  • Payment via CASH or BANK WIRE only.

The $16,950 Buy It Now price has yet to be hit.  That might be a large sum of money for a 748, it is peanuts compared to a 996R these days.  The seller clearly thinks the world of the bike as it is seen in what appears to be his living room.  Too bad the seller could only find a potato to take the pictures with, surely potential buyers will want to see the bike in better light.  With a claimed 700 miles this is sure to be one of the better examples to be available at any time.

Underappreciated, Homologation:  The 2001 Ducati 748R
Ducati August 19, 2021 posted by

1987 Ducati Paso 750 with only 9,218 Miles!

1987 Ducati Paso For Sale on eBay!

Red, White and Blue- is this Ducati Controlled Air Flow 750 the one for you? Pretty cheesy right!? Well, maybe my rhymes could use a little work, but I don’t think it’s any cheesier than the plain white block “Controlled Air Flow” sticker prominently displayed on Massimo Tamburini’s first Ducati. C’mon Man!

In full transparency, I spent countless hours pouring over RSBFS.com archives trying to find another 750 or 906/07 Paso sporting the Controlled Air Flow decal and I couldn’t find one. I did manage to find a few photos on the WWW of red 750 Paso’s sporting the decal. I know my witty poem caught you of guard, but the fact of the matter is the RSBFS Way Back Time Machine didn’t yield any results and the WWW search results only returned a few archive photos of the Paso sporting the decal.
Now, before you go and get your tightie whitie’s all bunched up, I realize we are not the “end all- be all” of Ducati information. But, over the past 12 years we’ve seen our fair share of Paso’s so, I think we carry an ounce or two of weight.

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of the Massimo’s first Ducati, but I can certainly appreciate that we needed this design in order for him to create our beloved 916’s.

Here’s what the seller has to say about his Controlled Air Flow Paso-

1987 750 Ducati Paso. ONE owner since new. Well cared for example of one of the most iconic motorcycles of its time. Owner downsizing collection. Not many of these one owner mint condition examples left out there

What’s your thought’s on the 750 Paso? Love it or hate it- it’s an iconic Italian machine that deserves our respect.

Check out this 750 Paso here-

Side note to the owner: If you’re reading this, I need to talk to you about your 900SL 😉

Ciao!

dd

1987 Ducati Paso 750 with only 9,218 Miles!
Ducati August 18, 2021 posted by

617 Miles From New: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart

For the past couple of years the Ducati Sport Classic series of bikes has been highly sought after.  It stands to reason as the bikes offer epic retro looks in a well rounded and usable package.  They make the right noise, handle well and offer a unique experience.  The Paul Smart has always been the top of the heap in terms of desirability.  Ducati did not add any more power to the 1000cc dual spark air cooled motor, but did toss in some Ohlins suspension to ensure and even better ride.  The instantly recognizable color scheme still looks amazing today.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

PAUL SMART 1000 SPECIAL EDITION MODEL PURCHASED ONE OF THE TWO NEW IN 2006 THIS PAUL SMART 1000 SPECIAL EDITION IT WAS RIDDEN IN 2006 TO VISIT A FRIEND OUT OF STATE AND A FEW LOCAL RIDES,IT HAS BEEN STORED IN A CLIMATE CONTROLLED GARAGE SINCE PURCHASED NEW ,A VERY LOW MILAGE EXAMPLE OF THE PAUL SMART 1000 SPECIAL EDITION ,

Featured today is a bike with only 617 miles.  Many of these bikes were purchased new and added to multi bike garages, so finding one with low miles is not hard.  It is a shame to see so many go unridden as that is really where these bikes shine.  Maybe the next buyer will see this as an opportunity to get a bike with low enough miles to be in as new condition, but already has enough miles to not fear taking out from time to time.  The opening bid of $21,500 has yet to be made, and is in keeping with pricing on other Paul Smarts.

If you bought it, would you ride it or put it on display?

 

617 Miles From New: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart
Ducati August 9, 2021 posted by

2008 Ducati D16RR Desmosedici

2008 Ducati D16RR Desmo For Sale on eBay!

It’s 2006 and Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau are the Ducati Factory MotoGP riders. You’re at the track watching them blast down the straights at 200mph and thinking “Man, I wish I had a machine like that!”. Reading your mind, an official from Bologna walks up and says “I can help you obtain the unobtainable.” Cautiously, you look around and ask yourself “Did I say that out loud or am I dreaming?”. Still cautious and unsure, you feel a startling tap on your shoulder. Mr Bologna repeats himself “I can help you obtain the unobtainable” Your reply is simply “Seriously? Where do I sign up?”. Mr Bologna points to Ducati Island and motions for you to follow him . . .

A signature, $72,500, a 24 month wait and the next thing you know- you’re throwing a leg over a 200hp, fire breathing, Italian Stallion D16RR Ducati MotoGP Racer Replica. Was it worth the wait? Well, truth be told, only 1500 people had to impatiently wait for their dealers to call and it’s safe to say Commonwealth didn’t have my number.

These are teenagers now and are starting to show their age . . . a little. The D16 looks a little bulbous when compared to today’s MotoGP machines, but in typical Ducati fashion, it looks fast sitting still and drips with motorcycle sexiness.

From the seller-

Excellent example Ducati D16RR Desmosedici w/ 6,444 miles.

Not much to say- I’m thinking they were too busy polishing the drool off of their D16

As a quick reference, I did a deep dive into my RSBFS.com past and found this as a pricing sound board

My post from November 2009

Being completely transparent, I find it hard to believe these haven’t eclipsed their original MSRP’s. I believe these will increase in value, but perhaps the 1500 production number is holding them back a bit. What do you all think? Drop a comment below and let’s figure it out.

Ciao!

dd

Check this Desmosedici out here!

2008 Ducati D16RR Desmosedici
Ducati August 8, 2021 posted by

The Other Desmo: 1979 Ducati 900 Super Sport Darmah

Shout out to our returning resident writer for the spot on this one. Doug came across this 900 SSD and knew it was significant – but was too occupied redlining his 1990s memory lane exploits to write it up. Rock on with your neon pastels, Captain, I’m all too happy to step in and share one of the most rare Desmos you might find on the GoogleTubeBay!

The late 1970s were difficult for the Bologna brand. For while Ducati clearly made a name with their 750cc green frame Super Sport, winning races and generally being the upstart Italian in a decidedly Japanese technology buffet, showroom success continued to be elusive. Ducati attempted to enter the mainstream market with the 860 GT, but when that failed to chart they evolved it into the 900 Sport Darmah in 1977. A further evolution was created, known as the 900 Super Sport Darmah – or SSD – which is what you see here. A sharper version of the Sport Darmah, the SSD featured some engine enhancements for more power, the sport fairing, and lower clip-on bars. With relatively few Ducatis of this era making it to the US, and even fewer of the SSD variant being made at all, this is a bit of a unicorn of the bevel-drive set.

1979 Ducati 900 Super Sport Darmah for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Low mileage 1979 SS Darmah. Ive got way too many projects and this poor bike just sits and gathers dust so Im selling it.Getting a little too old for the riding position as well…. Brand new battery,stored with Cam 2 fuel,will need tires asap.tough decision . Because of age,bike is sold as is

There is no doubt that the Bologna factory produces products that exude sex appeal. Ducatis have often been noted as performance artwork. Therefore it should be no surprise that Ducati farmed out some of the design to Italdesign studio and Giorgetto Giugiaro. Known for designing some of the most stunning automobiles in history, Giugiaro worked on sculpting….. the engine cases. Yes, such was the level of detail that went into this line.

At the end of the day, the Super Sport Darmah was too heavy to be a true sport bike, and too sporty to be a true tourer that the standard Darmah represented. Even the seller notes that the riding position is too aggressive for an older rider. Couple that with relatively slow sales for the brand, competition between the two Darmahs, and bigger competition from the far East, you have a very rarely seen example of a very special bevel. There is not a ton of info from the seller, and the pictures are relatively few. But if you are in the market for something distinctive – and distinctively 70s – this rare 1979 Ducati 900 Super Sport Darmah might just be for you. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

The Other Desmo: 1979 Ducati 900 Super Sport Darmah
Ducati August 2, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod

Update 8.2.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati Supersport line has been wildly successful for the Bologna manufacturer, and it is not difficult to see why. Based more on what is NOT there than what is, the Supersport is about agility and lightness. This is a bike that reduces riding to the raw level of man and machine, as opposed to man coddled by electro-mechanical machine. This is a booming, throbbing and visceral experience that is a class all unto its own. An amazing motorcycle because of what it isn’t, the Ducati Supersport remains a standout of the era, and a reminder of how good it is to get out and ride.

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod

While the Supersport nomenclature had been around for decades in one form or another, it was the Pantah engine models that wear the “SS” designation. And rather thinking of the latter year Supersports as children of the bevel-era, old school Super Sport models, realize that this generation is much more closely related to the F1 and vaunted TT2 models – very good pedigree indeed. Out on the streets, riders quickly saw the potential for the “less is more” philosophy, and began to consider the 900 SS (especially the ’91-’98 models) as platforms to be enhanced and customized. The bare bones were very, very good…but the aftermarket could make them better. Enter today’s Featured Listing, a fantastic interpretation of the 900 SS/CR. I’ll let the seller pick it up from here:

From the seller:
I bought this girl off ebay about 4 years ago. Someone had done a crazy amount of work to her and then parked her. The family I bought it from said that the builder past away. When I got her she had the items listed below. The person who did the work did a GREAT job, everything was very well done. I also did a bunch of work over the years, see below. She basically needs nothing, she has fresh everything, ride her across the country if you’d like. She is fast, light (388 pounds with ½ tank of gas), fun and increasing in value.

More from the seller:
Build work done before I got her:
Black powder coated frame, swingarm, fairing bracket, valve covers and maybe the sides of the oil cooler.
Keihin FCR 39mm Flatslides
Hi-comp stock bore pistons
Light flywheel
Light clutch basket
Magnesium Marchesini 5 spoke wheels
Rear sets
Pi Research System 2 race dash and sensors that show, Oil Pressure, speed, voltage and RPM has a few other options not hooked up.
Modified and powder coated upper fairing bracket for dash.
Fresh brake pads.
Rare D&D Full 2 into 2 exhaust, carbon mufflers and hangers (very cool, light and plenty of clearance)
Fresh stainless lines for front and rear brakes
Custom breather filter.
Customized airbox.
Individual K&N filters
Custom inner fender
Very tiddy custom wiring for the upgrades.
Full CARBON tail (with factory seat), upper and front fender, paint is track quality, 6 out a 10

More from the seller:
What I’ve done in the last 4 years and 1200 miles of ownership:
Fresh fluids, oil changed 7/19, brake/clutch fluid changed 10/20
New plugs 7/19
Ultrasonically cleaned and rebuilt carbs
Belts changed 7/19
Replaced battery
Replaced windscreen
Replaced bar ends
Installed bar end mirrors in place of factory mirrors to keep the bike narrow
Valves adjusted 8/17
Ohlins rear shock
900SS/SP forks
Full floating Brembo iron front rotors
Lightened rear rotor

What she needs and flaws:
The race dash doesn’t have a odometer so I don’t know what the mileage is, it also has it’s own power switch so you have to turn it on and off.
The paint work has some bad touch ups and some flakey spots
That’s it, she is ready to go

More from the seller:
If I kept her I would…. Do nothing, just keep ridding her. It’s a great bike that flies between traffic, up mountains roads and commutes as well as my VFR. I’ve had over 12 900cc Ducati’s, I’m going to regret selling this one more than any other in the past.

Asking Price: $6000 obo

Today’s seller has listed several bikes on RSBFS in the past, and is a known entity. That always helps when considering a significant purchase. And from a cost standpoint, you could not build this hot rod at the price point being asked based on the parts installed and the cost of a suitable donor. That makes this a pretty good deal for a bike that has so much potential to please.

MI

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod