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Ducati July 16, 2021 posted by

The Original Ducati Sports Bike: Ducati 750 F1A

Please give a warm welcome to our newest contributor, William! This is his first post and it closes in 8 hours. Happy Friday everyone! -dc

Long before Ducati gave us a line of 200+hp monsters, and even before the epically beautiful 916 series of bikes there was the 750 F1.  Ducati was not the giant of today, but rather a smaller company focused on racing and in some years struggling to survive.

1985 Ducati 750 F1A For Sale On eBay

From the eBay Listing:

1985 Ducati F1A
The last of the ‘real’ Ducati’s.

A Highly Collectible & Iconic Street Legal Race Weapon

Designed by Ducati Exactly Like The ones that raced Laguna Seca & The Isle Of Man

Light, Fast & Fun!

Clear CT title / Same Adult Owner Since 1998
Factory Maintenance Manual
Spare Key
Service records under Rich’s ownership
LETTER FROM THE OWNER-
My name is Richard Romano and in the past I’ve owned many Ducati’s and this 1985 F1A has been my all time favorite. I only rode this bike on certain occasions and did not put many on it since almost 20 years of ownership. The handling looks and sound is a common trait of Ducati and this one has it all. At this time in my life and in my 70s it’s time to let her go. I am sure the next owner will have the same great experience. -Rich

Fuel Lines Replaced
Fuel Filters Replaced
$2,000 Service Invoice at 25,835 Miles;
New Timing Belt
New Valve Seals
New Exhaust Gaskets
New Oil & Filter
New plugs
New plug wires
Remove heads to decarbonize combustion chamber and piston tops
Rebuilt Carbs (In 2016)
Replaced Battery

The Ducati F1 represents an end of the simple air cooled superbikes.  From this generation on the top tier bikes from Bologna would be liquid cooled.  Combine the classic styling and robust engine, these are a rather attractive option to many collectors.  This was also a time when all Ducati were rare, not because they were special editions, Ducati just did not produce many motorcycles a year.

Current bids are over $12,000 and the Buy It Now button is there at just under $17,000.  The BIN might be on the high side for the current market.  That said these bikes are never going to get cheaper.  Good sorted examples have always been a hard thing to find, so spending a few extra dollars up front might save more in the end.

Some might claim that one can have a similar riding experience on a latter Ducati SS and that might be true.  But the ownership experience will be completely different.  An F1 will be more versatile for different events and possible appreciate better.  This bike, and it’s 75hp would be conformable on a spirited Sunday ride, or cruising to the local bike nights.  While many on the internet will try and scare potential owners with inflated claims of service costs, owners will gladly share information that shows these are not bikes to fear.

-William

The Original Ducati Sports Bike:  Ducati 750 F1A
Ducati July 14, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1973 Ducati 750 Sport

9.28.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The term “Collector Alert” gets thrown around in various circles for cult classics, homologation bikes, and other up and coming motorcycles of interest. But beyond the hype, there are certain brands, certain bikes and certain creations that are blue chip. As time passes, there become fewer and fewer good examples of a certain age, until ultimately – usually due to parts availability – there become yet a handful left of truly exceptional examples of a model. This is especially true of older Ducatis, which did not have the mass production methods and large exportation networks cultivated by the Japanese. With fewer bikes in the overall pool, the ravages of time take a heavier toll. So when we come across a true classic that has been restored to a very, very high standard by notable Australian Ducati experts Vee Two, the term Collector Alert truly applies.

Featured Listing – 1973 Ducati 750 Sport

Looking every bit like what you might find ensconced in the Barber Museum, this 1973 Ducati 750 Sport has been completely restored. Some of the best bits are what you are not seeing – as in a huge pile of NOS parts. Why? Much of this bike was already original, making this as much a refurbishment and refresh as it was complete restoration. As the saying goes, something can only be original once, and the more original parts kept with the bike means greater originality and better options down the road.

From the seller:
Ducati 750 Sport 1973

Full Nut and bolt restoration. 2021
Motorcycle restored by Vee Two Australia .Very original Restoration using OEM parts .
Original Scarab Brake master Cylinder , Caliper and Disc. Leading Axle 19″ front end.
Originally Australian delivery 1973.
Original engine and frame numbers: Engine Number DM753820 Frame Number DM750S753919

Original milage showing . 38464 Kilometres
Original Borrani Rims . Stainless Steel Spokes.New Tyres
Complete Vee Two Australia engine rebuild .
Electronic Ignition. fitted. ( original ignition with bike )
Full engine built and Parts list sheet available. ( comes with Vee Two Warranty )
Original headlight . ( Jod )
Last registered 2012 by current owner.

New Fiber glass tank suitable unleaded fuel. Original tank with bike.
Koni Shocks. Original shocks rebuildable and with bike.

More from the seller:
An Extremely originaly restored Ducati 750 Sport and one of very few to become available in the past 10 years in this condition with this originality.

Asking Price: Entertaining offers around $115,000 AUD (approximately $87,500 USD)

Those in the know will tell you that it is far less expensive to purchase a fully restored automobile or motorcycle than tackle a basket case in the hopes of making it “like new.” The internet is littered with half-completed projects that will never be completed, or potentially worse, projects that have been completed resulting in bastardized, non-original mutants. Here we find an icon of the early Ducati twin years, restored by experts with a solid reputation. In addition to the bike itself, the seller indicates over $30k USD was spent on the refurbishment of this beauty – and that is with their expertise, parts knowledge and availability and experience. Many original parts are either on the bike or included with the sale, and the seller is willing to help arrange shipping worldwide.

Bikes like this will only appreciate over time, so if you are in the market now is the best time to make a move. If you want the best and don’t have the inclination to break into Barber or the patience to wait for such a superlative example to make it’s way over the block at Christies or Bonhams, You really need to reach out to Brook over at Vee Two and have a chat. As a noted Ducati bevel expert Brooke has done and seen it all when it comes to these bikes, so you know you are in good hands. Don’t wait too long though, as I have a feeling this one will go pretty quick. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1973 Ducati 750 Sport
Ducati July 12, 2021 posted by

Affordable Classic: 1993 Ducati 900 Supersport

We have posted a few Ducati Supersports on RSBFS recently, and there is a good reason for it. As a rider, these are fantastic platforms that give you all the great Ducati vibes and good looks. They are not ultra-fast to be sure, nor are they ultra-refined in terms of creature comforts. These are very basic – and very good – motorcycles that involve the rider in the experience in a manner that few bikes accomplish. And if you are looking at a bike worth holding on to, either to continue to customize and modify with numerous available performance bits or to simply collect and watch it appreciate in value, the 900SS is an affordable entry and willing partner for either plan.

1993 Ducati 900 Supersport for sale on eBay

The Supersport is powered by yet another evolution of the wildly successful Pantah engine. Using toothed rubber belts to drive the 2-valve Desmo system (as opposed to the tower drive and bevel gears in earlier models), the Supersport throbs its way to 80-ish horsepower at the top end. And that top end is not like a Japanese inline four or even a Desmoquattro Superbike wind up rush. Instead, the air cooled twin prefers to ride the fat torque curve more in the middle of the rev range, where skilled riders can make use of the stiff trestle frame and 851 brakes to make swift progress indeed.

From the seller:
Runs and looks great. All original with good service records.

This era Ducati Supersport has much to recommend. Aside from the solid feel and quality construction, the 900SS enjoys a pleasing silhouette – the same which cannot really be said about the follow on design by Pierre Terblanche. The Pantah motor is relatively basic and utterly reliable. Service intervals are reasonable, and a semi-skilled home mechanic can certainly change the belts. Valve adjustments are a bit more tricky in that you need a number of shims on hand, but not beyond the realm of someone armed with calipers, some basic math skills and access to a shop that will sell you the shims you need. At worst the home mechanic can do the fluid service and belts at required intervals and have the local shop run the valves when needed. For exotic Italian exclusivity, ownership is not difficult in any meaningful way.

Today’s bike has traveled a reported 26,000 miles. That is quite a few, but nothing to be concerned about when it comes to longevity. In reality, the key failure point on a Pantah is related to failure to change the belts; with adequate service history this bike is only being broken in. Asking $5,800 in a Buy It Now format auction, this 900 Supersport is a decent buy. However you should compare and contrast with this 1995 Ducati 900 SSCR Featured Listing to see what that sum of money can buy you on the performance upgrade side. Stock (and looking untouched) in this format or performance-tuned in the case of the Featured Listing, you cannot go wrong with a Pantah-engined Ducati Supersport. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Affordable Classic: 1993 Ducati 900 Supersport
Ducati July 6, 2021 posted by

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica

Though its specs didn’t look like much on paper, Ducati’s 1982 tribute to Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Isle of Man win turned into one their most exciting special editions.  Today’s example presents very well, and appears quite original.

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica for sale on eBay

The engine in the MHR is a later development of the Taglioni-designed 750, with bevel-gear driven cams, pre-dating the desmodromic valve train and claiming 80 hp.  40mm Dell’Orto carburetors were protected with racey looking screens, and the 860’s had recently acquired electric starting.  Marzocchi supplied forks and shocks, and Brembo brought triple 280mm disks.  The wafer-thin fiberglass fairing was painted in a designer’s impression of Hailwood’s 1978 race livery, plenty of room on the seat fairing for race number 12, if the new owner is inclined.

Offered by a Miami specialty dealer, this MHR looks excellent, though no background information is supplied.  But for the holes in the fairing, the absent front signals wouldn’t be missed, and a single bar end mirror is installed.  Loving the glass bevel gear inspection window, and the basically perfect fairings, though it’s possible they’re spilling the beans about a past restoration.  Rather limited comments from the eBay auction:

Mike Hailwood replica in amazing original condition.  Rare low mile survivor.

Runs and drives as it should.  A great opportunity for a collector as they don’t come up often in this condition.

Mike Hailwood’s win is the stuff of such legend that several different commemoratives have been manufactured – the 1982-86 MHR, the not exactly authorized MH900E,  a one-one here and there, and a really faithful – replica – of the race bike.  But the original might be the most approachable and even at its level, affordable of the choices.  And the principals of Sports Motor Cycles Manchester have relocated to New Zealand, offering their smashing decal in a range of sizes.

-donn

 

 

 

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica
Ducati June 23, 2021 posted by

Most Legendary – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000S in MHR Colors

Professionally executed customs often change hands without a word or in a charity auction, but here’s a beauty based on the dual-spark 992.

2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000S MHR for sale on eBay 

More often seen in the silver Paul Smart SE livery, the 1000S was a very rideable retro, with one of Ducati’s best air-cooled mills and 91 hp.  The long tank and trellis frame were punctuated with Marzocchi USD forks and dual Sachs shocks.  17-inch spoked wheels carried 320mm Brembo brakes, and could be had with single or dual seats.  Big dual mufflers were installed at the factory, but updated to a single exhaust here.

Evidently a cooperative effort between Ducati’s southern Conn. dealer and their North American sales office, this ’07 has the full fairing and a great impression of the 1979-81 MHR if not the 1978 Isle of Man winner.  With 480 miles it’s been on display or stored almost exclusively, and the auction shows several dealership scenes with the bike.  Fully serviced for the next collector, it’s still unlikely this MHR will be doing much more than a parade lap.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Built by Ducati NA to commemorate Mike’s 1978 IOM win on a Ducati model, and subsequent 1979 & 84 Ducati MHR Replicas. It has been only used as a show bike for local events, TV & Display since its inception in 2007, and only shows 480+/- miles, some more details included in attached photo showing further history and marketing. Upgrades also include a Shark performance exhaust and billet rear sets, besides the many other upgrades that can be seen in the attached photos. It just returned from a full inspection at Ducati NYC, where it received new belts, new brake fluid and all adjustments needed. While there, they also included it in their Instagram page, as you can see in the photos. As you can expect from any 14 year old bike, it has some minor imperfections from wear and usage, but overall a very clean bike.

This has to be much rarer than a Paul Smart or any other MHR bikes, because it is a one-off built by Ducati NA.

Hailwood had been most often a Honda rider, but after an eleven year retirement returned to endurance racing on Ducati’s.  IOM had been pulled from FIM schedules due to the unforgiving nature of the course, but continued to host their own special event each June.  The comeback win in 1978 deserves every commemorative it could get, and the Pierre Terblanche design carries the livery well.  Possibly the new owner will enjoy the easier to ride, fuel-injected liter, but more likely it will be trailered to a new venue, cleaned again, and the lights turned up bright.

-donn

 

Most Legendary – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000S in MHR Colors
Ducati June 22, 2021 posted by

Mr. Omologato – 1993 Ducati 888 SPO

Ducati took accuracy to a rare height in the early 1990’s, with the 851 and 888 models reflecting their actual displacement.  Today’s SPO is a California native and looks great with just 10,654 miles.

1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

A stateside-only model, the SPO had a single fuel injector per cylinder, and met EPA regs with a nice round 100 hp.  888’s had a distinctive exhaust note, especially with Termignoni or Ferraci “silencers”.  Showa USD forks and  were fully adjustable, and the rear suspension had an interesting rocker arm arrangement which allowed ride height adjustment separate from the Öhlins monoshock.  The SPO was always a monoposto, and used a steel seat subframe instead of the alloy part used on the Euro model.

This owner states they are the third, and though not well documented, the condition is sparkling.  Cast iron rotors provide better high performance braking, though they require regular inspection.  Hopefully the timing belt service is up to date as well.  Comments from the eBay auction:

10,654 original miles. The bike is in excellent shape, always garaged and adult owned. The bike was purchased in 2007, and I am the third owner. The bike has had a recent oil and filter change. The bike is fitted with Ferracci carbon fiber exhaust and cast iron floating front disk brakes but is otherwise in stock condition. The original front disk brakes and Michelin Sport Pilot tires (unmounted) are included in the sale.

Production was very limited at around 270 copies ( and some stayed in Europe ), seemingly made for a numbered plaque but that wasn’t in the plan.  It does come with a grand number 1 on each side of the seat fairing, commemorating Doug Polen’s 1991 and 1992 Superbike crowns.  The beauty of the 888 is a little more roller derby queen than the subsequent 916’s supermodel lines, but still grabs eyeballs.

-donn

Mr. Omologato – 1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Ducati June 18, 2021 posted by

Dressed to the Nines: 2004 Ducati 749R

The pinnacle of the Terblanche designed Superbikes, the 749/999 series departed wildly from the realm of design that was the 916-based silhouette. And as many journalists and RSBFS readers have pointed out, this series departed from any sort of good taste as well. Such was the polarizing nature of the new look, where even today there is a strong opinion from camps that hate it, as well as love it. Say what you will about the looks, the 749 as pictured here was built to perform; it has all the wizardry and tech you would expect in an R-spec machine, and is undeniably rare and collectable.

2004 Ducati 749R for sale on eBay

Take everything you knew about the 748/916 era bikes and throw it out the window. If you can get past the front end of the 749, you will find a lighter, more powerful, faster AND more comfortable steed to guide you on your canyon runs. The specs are pretty impressive: 121 HP pushing 425 pounds of carbon fiber shrouded madness. Fully adjustable Ohlins front and rear. Huge Brembo binders – a pair of 320mm disks squeezed by 4 piston radial mount calipers up front, and a 245mm disk mounted to a conventional (not single sided) rear swing arm. Did I mention the full carbon fiber bodywork? It may be in a form that only a mother (and a few others) could love, but close up it is beautiful stuff indeed.

From the seller:
2004 749R. 1447 Miles. #249.
2004 is the only year of 749/999 bikes with full carbon fairings. Bike is flawless, not a single imperfection. Stock with the addition of Ducati Performance Clutch Cover, Ducati Performance Clutch Plate, and full 57MM Termignoni Exhaust. I purchased it from the original owner in Scottsdale in 2015. He had two 749Rs, one as a track bike and one in his collection. This was the collection bike. I’ve kept it in my “toy room” alongside a Panigale R, KTMs, and a few Husqvarnas. Everything is here: 2 Black keys, 1 Red Key, Ducati 749R Manual, Ducati tools, and a Clear Montana title will be provided upon sale. No leaks, no issues, no stories, excellent condition. I have started it, warmed it up, ridden it a few miles, etc. a few times each year. It has had the belts replaced at the dealer as well as a few Ducati Shell Advance Oil Changes along the way. Selling to downsize my toy collection as I just returned to Washington State from Colorado and I’m trying to navigate the crazy housing market amongst other things. I have been a Ducatisti since 2008 and have owned 15 or 20 bikes over the years. I will miss the bike dearly, it’s what I believe to be one of the last truly analog bikes out there. Feel free to reach out with any questions.

This is a low mileage, well loved beauty that deserves to be admired, coveted, and ridden. The interweb denizens have yet to fully agree, with a mere 2 bids at time of writing and a reserve firmly in place. A cool $17,500 will park it in your garage right now, but thus far nobody has ponied up. I know many of you disagree with the overall style of the Terblanche years, but this is one rare Desmo that is bound to be something special in the future. Check out all of the details here, and good luck!!

MI

Dressed to the Nines: 2004 Ducati 749R
Ducati June 4, 2021 posted by

Sport of Kings: 1991 Ducati 900 Supersport

The Pantah-powered Ducati 900SS is a stalwart icon in the sport bike world. Devoid of the sewing machine, turbine-like windup of the Japanese inline four competition, the air-cooled, two valve L-twin grunts and booms to a relatively low RPM redline, riding a wave of torque. The trellis chassis is stiff, aiding in handling. Ducati took a page from the dominant 851 and used some of the same components on the Supersport, such as the massive Brembo brakes. The riding position is not too extreme, and the whole package looks timeless. That is a good thing, given that by appearances the 900SS remained relatively unchanged over the model run from 1988 – 2000, even though some tech did change under the covers.

1991 Ducati 900 Supersport for sale on eBay

By the 1990s the Supersport had been solidly supplanted by the mighty 851, however the SS remained true to its original form and intent, providing a lightweight, torquey and simplified (read: raw) riding experience. There is not much in the way of creature comforts on these machines, and while the 80-ish HP is plenty of motivation, it is the lower RPM torque that really shines when riding. Gear selection becomes much less critical than on a two stroke or even a high-strung inline four, and driving off the corners is the Supersport’s forte.

From the seller:
I am relisting this due to an error in the listing on my part. 1991 Ducati 900 SS. This is the first yr for this bodystyle 900, and only yr w/white frame and wheels. It has all the features of the later model 900ss SP model. (Aluminum swingarm, 5.5″ rear wheel and adjustable forks). I bought it 10 yrs ago from the original owner and have put about 500 miles on it only riding to bike nights and shows. In my opinion, this was almost too nice to ride so I bought another and started gathering parts for this one.

More from the seller:
Bike has never been down, painted on or damaged in any way. Upgrades include: Carbon fiber upswept exhaust, K&N air filter, Other Carbon Fiber parts include: Inner rear fender, Clutch cover, Belt covers, Dash surround and front fender. Also added preload adjusters for the forks, steering dampner and tinted windscreen. BIke has been rejetted for filter/pipes and runs perfectly. Also 41t rear sprocket. I also have a Corbin seat for it as well as a solo tail section that has been painted but never mounted and all removed stock bits. Valves adjusted <500 miles ago as well as replacing belts. They still look good but would recommend replacing them before riding much because of their age.

The seller claims a scant 4,960 miles on this beauty, which is a bit of shame. These are great bikes to ride, and as with most things mechanical regular usage helps to keep everything in working order. The seller does note some maintenance that has been completed, but readers should understand that cam belts on Ducatis are a time-based item just as much as miles. This bike does have some performance related farkles added on, which are all reasonably correct mods for the model. The rear sprocket is an especially beneficial upgrade; the factory gearing is way too tall to be useful on the street.

This listing was open for a period of time, and then it was pulled and relisted with the text noting corrections. There are double-digit bids already at the time of writing, and pricing is in the bargain basement territory. There is a reserve in place, so let’s see where this one takes us. The Ducati 900SS has the bones to be one of the all-time greats. It may not be as fast as later Superbikes, it may not be as exclusive as homologation machines, but it remains a fantastic platform and a capable dancing partner. This one looks great and needs a new home. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI