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Ducati December 9, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748

Update 12.9.2021: Sold in less than a week! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a bike for sale that would benefit from this kind of exposure, contact us for a Featured Listing. -dc

Our friends at Seattle Used Bikes have asked us to feature their beautiful Ducati 748.

It does not take any reader of RSBFS a long time to figure out that all of us are huge fans of the Ducati 748/916.  It is also not hard to figure out why it is one of the few universally adored motorcycle.  They are achingly beautiful, offer amazing performance and produce a wonderful sound.  For many they are dream bikes and something that has been lusted after for many years.

In the words of the Seller:

It seems to be harder and harder to find a good condition older Ducati Superbike. This 2001 Ducati 748 Superbike arrived last week and we have been asked to help find a new home for it. It has had a couple of local owners, most of its services were performed by the former Eastside dealer so no paper trail of service was provided. It started life as a base “E” model, not an “S” model, but has a few of the “S” upgrades like quick disconnect dzus fasteners on the fairing and nicer wheels. We were told it did have timing belts and basic service performed just last year and our guys gave it a good look over and made a few tweaks as well. It has some nice upgrades like the 10 spoke Forged Marchesini wheels and a Termignoni 3/4 exhaust system as well. There are a few other items like the SpeedyMoto open clutch cover and gold EVR pressure plate and springs. Out back we spot a nice carbon rear fender and chain guard, up front there is a smoke wind screen and adjustable brake and clutch levers. This particular 748 was originally sold from Ducati as a Mono seat model, that can be verified from the matching VIN under the seat. These did come with the steel Biposto sub frame so it could converted to a 2 seater if needed. We have our service records, 1 key, PitBull rear stand, Haynes workshop manual and a clean WA title

Ducati has never been shy about marketing and creating desire around their products and for years the focus was on the plethora of special and limited editions.  Over the years many have been so concerned with the R, SPS and Race Replica versions, they have forgotten how good the standard bikes are.

Traditionally if you had asked a collector what the least expensive way to own one of these gorgeous machines they would have advised you to fine a 748 Biposto.  This was due to the perception that it was the least desirable specification.  Think about that last sentence and be honest about how it makes you feel today.  Did it seem wrong? Well it should as clearly we now know all of these Ducati are desirable in some way.  That is rather evident when you see auction results like this $16,000 748 Biposto.

As time has marched on, and the markets move we are forced to accept that more and more people are entering the hobby and every day there are less and less of our beloved 748/916 available on the market.  None of these are simply used bikes any more, they are collectables and purchased with emotions, not spec sheets.  Will be interesting to look back on posts like this in a few years, willing to bet many will be kicking themselves for not picking up a clean example when they had the chance.

This example from Seattle Used Bikes offers a great opportunity to enter an ever rising market at an appealing price point of $7,999.  There are a few choice modifications that should appeal to someone that is going to get this bike out on the road and use it.  The upgraded exhaust will please the ears, and the open clutch cover will make sure everyone hears that unique dry clutch sound.  The images show that this bike is an original Monoposta.  Normally seen in yellow, the red will appeal to someone that values having something slightly different to the norm.

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748
Ducati December 3, 2021 posted by

Duc Season – 1982 Ducati 900SS with 1,622 Miles !

Most our early 1980’s Ducati’s tend toward the fully-faired MHR, but the Supersport with bevel driven cams has its own following.  Here’s a collector with almost impossibly low miles, and requisite cosmetics for its mid-five figure ask.

1982 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Though a bit more civilized than the mid-1970’s Supersports, the last year 900SS had enough gumption and the stable high speed handling that brought its early renown.  32mm Dell’Orto carbs had replaced the 40’s, and fairly quiet mufflers were DOT requirements.  But 65 hp was still brought to bear, and could get the semi-adjustable Marzocchi suspension into trouble, and challenge the 280mm brakes, at least temporarily.  Recent cast alloy wheels wore 18-inch skins, and the bullet fairing cut a nice pocket in the windstream, beautifully rounded though the engine cases had the angles of the previous stylist, Giorgetto Guigiaro.

Offered by a recently opened workshop in Miami, the condition of this 900SS is at the higher end of the collector range.  No history provided, but the bevel drive desmo is an all metal affair, so however unlikely, it might be ridden home.  Unrestored condition is downright inspirational.  Short notes from the eBay auction:

Unrestored all original 1982 Ducati 900SS in very nice condition. Was recently recommissioned. Inside of tank is rust free. The bike runs flawlessly as a new bike should.

900SS production numbers started out strong but dwindled to an unsustainable low, with just a few hundred rolling out each year.  Managers took the brand another step away from sport the next year, with the more domestic S2.  Luckily the belt driven cam desmodue, Castiglioni brothers, and revival of the Supersports were just around the corner.  This reference quality example might be more at home in a live arena auction, but hopefully the new owner will be a RSBFS reader and drop us a comment.

-donn

Duc Season – 1982 Ducati 900SS with 1,622 Miles !
Ducati November 17, 2021 posted by

Shiney Side Up – 1999 Ducati Monster M900 Cromo with 3,640 Miles !

Ducati took a page from the UJM chronicles and came away with a do-it-all smash.  Today’s Monster was the top of the range in 1999, and has been farkled to a fare-thee-well, but barely used.

1999 Ducati Monster M900 Cromo for sale on eBay

Il Mostro was a bit of a parts bin affair, saving on development costs compared to an all-new machine.  The 904cc desmodue was tried and true, the last year for Mikuni carbs and 80 hp.  The overhead trellis frame shared the company DNA, with a snappy wheelbase and popular low seat height.  The Cromo got better Showa forks and an Öhlins monoshock, along with 320mm dual puck brakes.  Compromises are part of the multi-purpose design, and with the enjoyable upright ride, there wasn’t much to deflect the wind.

One of the Monster paradigms was to provide owners some blank canvas to paint their own way, and the aftermarket provided inspiration galore.  Cromo’s came with carbon fenders, sidecovers, and seat cowl, but a sharp exhaust system has been added here, along with clutch cover, air scoops, and tail tidy.  Condition looks impeccable and recent heavy maintenance is listed in the eBay auction:

Only 101 were brought into the US
The last of the true and original Ducati monsters.

You will never find another like this. I purchased this from the original owner. 
When he purchased it new he added at the Ducati dealer all the extra 
Ducati Performance upgrades: 
Carbon performance gauges
Carbon high exhaust system,
Carbon air runners
Carbon front fender
Carbon clutch cover
Carbon fiber sprocket cover
Carbon mirrors 
CORBIN seat 
Only 3,640 miles !!!
Everything is Perfect.
Just had full inspection done at Cheshire Motorsports. Everything is new:
Tires, Belts, fluids, battery, services, carbs tuned and jetted.
All keys and books

Monsters have come a ways since 1999, with four valves, fuel injection, even racy limited editions.  But the carburetted 900 still has that certain something.  Carbs don’t call for a fuel nanny, and the 1999 charging system was a big improvement.  If the reflective tank doesn’t suit, it would be easy enough to source a carbon model and change the M900’s personality, outwardly at least.  If displayed indoors though, that chrome could never do such a number on the blue sky.

-donn

Shiney Side Up – 1999 Ducati Monster M900 Cromo with 3,640 Miles !
Ducati November 15, 2021 posted by

Aging Gracefully: 1988 Ducati 750 Paso

From the archives of relatively recent history comes the curious story of the Ducati Paso. Utterly polarizing, the Paso was unlike anything that could be found on the roads at the time, and seemed to be either absolutely loved, or completely hated by the public; middle ground was not to be found. The fully-faired machine was a bit of a rarity at the time, as only Honda had a similarly enclosed model in the Hurricane of the same year. But the Honda was liquid cooled, while Ducati engineers managed to hide the mechanicals from prying eyes while still retaining the air-cooled Pantah motor. Other highlights included a square tubing steel frame, aluminum swing arm, 16″ wheels front AND back, and the use of a Weber 2-barrel automotive carburetor.

1988 Ducati 750 Paso for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1988 Ducati desmo 750 paso
Excellent condition
7000 miles
Clean title
Including 2 seats
Runs excellent

From a performance perspective, the Paso failed to take the fight to the Japanese. The unique styling did help it garner some acclaim which did help a bit with sales, but the Paso was not really a cut-and-thrust sport bike in the same vein as the Big Four middleweights of the day. Rather, the Paso gained favor with the sporting tour set, placing more emphasis on “sport” than tour, but capable of doing both with style and grace. Not back for a bike named after a racer (Renzo “Paso” Pasolini) and meant to save the flagging fortunes of a proud Italian brand recently taken over by Cagiva.

The financial reality of the Paso is that these tend not to be collector bikes…yet. That time may yet come when people look back fondly on where Italian style and unbridled enthusiasm produced a distinct period piece, but for now these represent a relatively frugal way to own Italian v-twin exotic that continues to turn heads. Today’s example has but 7,000 miles and looks as clean as you might expect. Check out all of the pictures, and consider the future of the striking silhouette that is the Paso. Do you dream of a Paso in your garage? Check out all of the details here, and then jump to the comments and let us know your thoughts. Good Luck!!

MI

Ducati November 4, 2021 posted by

2002 Ducati 998 with 896 Miles

Collectors often speak about “book end” models as being the most desirable.  The first being the original, purest and the one that started the generation.  The last being the end of the era and offering the most refined package of the generation.  We all know that the Ducati 916 is going through resurgence of popularity.  These bikes are regarded as epically beautiful and a real icon of the day.  Over the years the 916 gave way to the 996 and then to the more powerful 998.  While the engines were enlarged and the tech improved over the years, the one constant was the amazing design and looks.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Up for auction 2002 DUCATI 998 Runs and Drives great with no known issues Only 896 Original miles No Warning Lights “ON” Carfax One Owner Accident Free Please see all the pictures for cosmetic condition and options Please read all terms and conditions before placing your bid

The listing is definitely lacking in detail, and the pictures leave something to be desired, but the sub $16k asking price and mileage under 900 means some things can be forgiven.   Please do not light the pitch forks if this listing is sold before you finish reading.  This will surely be snapped up quickly by an investor looking to capitalize on the recent wave of enthusiasm for this generation superbike.

Taking a look pictures and the eagle eyed can spot the original tool kit, unmodified rear plate bracket and OEM exhaust and factory turn signals.  These little details mean a lot for a collector.  Many bikes were dressed up or modified in period so it is nice to see an untouched example.

2002 Ducati 998 with 896 Miles
Ducati October 28, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Update 4.24.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller. -dc

The Ducati Supersport of the 1990s is not just an icon. It is a capable and robust platform that incorporated a solid foundation of stiff chassis and torquey Desmo power, all beautifully molded into rolling Italian artwork. And while some saw a ready-to-rumble motorcycle, others saw a canvas – an opportunity to build on those fantastic bones and turn it into a beast. Such is what we see today with this 1998 Ducati SSCR Featured Listing. One of the very few yellow 900SS models imported into the US, this Supersport is also the very desirable half-faired model. This unique look allows the engine to dominate the view, not to mention allowing for easy access to most all the bits and pieces. There is a lot to unpack here, so I will let Brendan take over and give you the details.

From the seller:
Available for sale is my 1998 Ducati 900 SS w/ 21500miles. I bought this back from a friend a while back and have continued to enjoy the process of replacing stuff with parts to improve it. It is as fun to ride as anyone has ever said, but I have too many bikes in the garage to get my daily driver back in. Falloon’s book says that this is one of 200 yellow CR’s for 1998. Has the upgraded charging system, I think is a difference.

More from the seller:
I have had 900SS’s before but decided to address the lower spec items found on a CR and do some upgrades beyond what they were when new.

Ohlins Shock-Racetech rebuilt/sprung for 235lbs w/receipt
Ohlins Valved Forks-Racetech rebuilt no receipt
Marvic Penta Magnesium 5 spoke wheels
Floating Iron rotors
40MM to 65mm caliper adaptors
999 4pad/4piston calipers
Dual stainless steel front brake lines
996 masters- brake and clutch w/reservoirs
SpeediMoto 3″ adjustable riser clipons ( narrow originals w/ masters included)
SS/SP aluminum swing arm
Mono Posto seat unit
reshaped/recovered Sargent seat
Stock bi-posto seat unit w/ seat, pegs,cowl
Relocated Monster oil cooler
39mm FCR flat Slide carbs
SilMoto spaghetti header
No-name hi-mount carbon cans ( bought used w/not visible crack)
EVR open clutch cover
Double Bubble smoked windscreen
520 Chain/sprockets
Vitaloni painted mirrors

More from the seller:
Tuned/belts, carbs rebuilt, rectifier replaced, Pirelli Diablo Rosso III @20600
records from 2010

Everything works as it should, and the induction honk brings a smile everytime you whack it open. She is a very nice rider, not a display queen. Available in San Diego, CA.

Asking Price: $8,000 $7,100

The CR model (Cafe Racer) was the lowest spec Supersport available when new, and met the needs of the budget conscious rider. Brendan has taken all the goodness and elevated this beauty above the SP specification with tasteful modifications and improvements. This is what the Supersport is all about – a bike so good at the basics that it can follow you where you go; with careful application of parts and money, can get you there even faster. Drop dead gorgeous in yellow, bristling with upgraded tech and fully sorted, this is a bike that you could not build for what you can buy if for here. Every rider needs something like this in their stable and your opportunity is right now. Give Brendan a shout, tell him what a gorgeous bike he has built, and then make yourself a deal!

MI

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR
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