1994 Ducati 888 SPO #61 of 100 is for sale and located in Chicago, IL.
#61 is said to have 13,000 on the clock, is 99% Red-n-Ready and priced at $8,800.00. Since I started authoring on RSBFS.com I have been exposed to a whole lot of bikes that in the past I would have ignored. The 916 used to rank at the top of my personal Ducati fav's list, but has since been replaced by the 888. That's right I like the 888 SPO's better than any other Ducati that has ever been offered. I assume that I am not alone in my thoughts on this one and the odd thing about it is that I can't even tell you why I like them. Maybe it's the old school thought of something being labored over by craftsmen or the thoughts of Doug Polen winning races. Whatever the case may be for me it shouldn't distract you from this one.
The seller didn't have much to say about his special production Ducati, but I found a nice article where someone was quoting Ian Falloon
The 1994 version differed in details only with the change of color to the colors mentioned above and it got a carbon fiber front fender and the larger diameter front axle. It also got a number plaque.
The SPO was an amalgam of the Strada and the SP5 and was made because the SP5 could not meet US DOT requirements mostly the noise regulations. The motor was identical to the Strada but it shared many chassis components with the SP5. It had the stainless steel, round hole, front brake rotors and Showa forks from the Strada but the Monoposto seat, Ohlins rear shock with eccentric ride height adjuster and the up swept pipes. It did not have the aluminum sub frame for the seat. Numbers of bikes made was a little bit of a surprise for me, there are a lot more of these bikes out there than I envisioned, still relatively limited but more than I expected. I will not separate out the US models with 49 state versus the California models and the same for the rest of the world I will not separate out the different countries.
1993 SPO 290
1994 SPO 100
I just love guys like Ian who are so passionate about bikes. Can you imagine the research time that was put into his book? For me it's a staggering thought....
You can contact the owner of #61 here.