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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
Ducati September 17, 2021 posted by

Inspiration – 1978 Ducati 900 GTS

Though the Super Sports were to be lusted after, the 900 GTS had their own part in Ducati’s history and on the Sport Classic’s family tree.  Here’s a Canadian example which is said to be unrestored and shows beautifully.

1978 Ducati 900 GTS for sale on eBay

If there had been a momentary Universal European Motorcycle, the 900 GTS has a lot of its qualities.  Downtube frame, metal fenders, kick and electric start, long seat, and each manufacturer had their own favored engine design.  Taglioni’s signature bevel-drive desmodue is in the cradle, with Guigiaro’s stylized case design, and 65 hp on the dyno.  Typical for the decade are the 5-speed, three-way adjustable forks and shocks, and drum rear brake – with better twin disks up front.  Rubber is 18-inch, with wider availability these days than there was back then.  The long skinny seat isn’t seen much anymore, but the knee indentations in the tank are now classic.

No belts on these bevel heads so if the oil is fresh and battery charged it should be able to give those Heidenau’s a workout.  Paint work is said to be original but looks better.  The chrome is getting thin on the fenders but the engine cases look great.  Standard key ring damage on the warning light panel but maybe that could be refreshed.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This is an ALL ORIGINAL unmolested classic Ducati GTS 900 with original paint. It just came out of a private collection. No accidents, clean title, survivor. The bike is in overall good condition and has been tuned up with a new battery installed. Starts up every time and sounds absolutely ballsy, I get looks, questions, thumbs up every time I take it out for a ride. So be prepared to get approached A LOT at gas stations (I only use Chevron 94 octane fuel, nothing less, EVER).

I’ve ridden it a few times this summer to keep the wheels round and the oil circulating but that’s it. I am it’s second custodian. If you know these bikes then you know how rare and appreciated they are, and how they are climbing in value.

Thirty years later, Ducati “invented” the – GT1000 –, a retro classic owing a lot to the 900 GTS.  Modern fuel injection and brake are a bit of a difference, but the similarities are undeniable.  The comfortable riding position made the GT the most popular among riders if not investors.  It would be a neat garage with a 900 GTS next to a similarly painted GT1000 – different generations of a great ride.

-donn

Inspiration – 1978 Ducati 900 GTS
Ducati September 9, 2021 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 SPO For Sale!

1993 Ducati 888 SPO For Sale on eBay!

Coming in on the heels of Mikes French Drama Lama 888 SP5/Strada is this Merica 888 SPO. This Ducati is certain to please WhyzeeF and Luke because this one lacks a LE number plate on the triple, but . . . it does have that pesky No 1 tail plate . . . Hmmmm. Oh! I know, that’s because Ducati won the WSB championship in 1992. They followed 92’s championship season up by winning both the WSBK and AMA Championships in 93′ with the 888. So, this number plate actually means something! 🙂

From the seller-

In case you are not aware 888SPO was sold only in the US market. The SPO was a combination of the high performance SP5 and the European- specification Strada. Apart from a different EPROM, the engine of the SPO was identical to the Starda. The SPO shared more with the SP5 when it came to the chassis. There were only 170 produced for the 1993 model year with another 120 equipped to meet California emissions. This is not a California example. There were another 100 released for 1994 with only a few cosmetic differences including a production number plate on the triple clamp.

This SPO presents well and for a good reason- It’s averaged around 400 miles a year since it crossed the pond. As the seller mentions, there were around 390 of these imported in 93′ and 94′. Not super low numbers by Italian manufacturers standards, but low enough to make them sought after and highly collectable. These have been slowly creeping up in price over the years and this one seems to be leading the way and pushing the envelope with a BIN price of $18,500. If you’re interested in this one and want to compare pricing or condition you can search our archives and gain a lot of insight on these.

Check out this SPO here!

Ciao!

dd

1993 Ducati 888 SPO For Sale!