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Ducati June 2, 2021 posted by

Like a Weed: 1990 Ducati 851

The year 2021 has declared open season on the Ducati 851! I can remember few times when so many of these Bologna beasts have come to market – and all in such clean and low mileage condition. This is really a buyer’s market as we have seen a windfall of these liquid cooled, fuel injected, Desmoquattro Superbikes. Check it out yourself by searching the RSBFS archives on the model.

1990 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

The 851 was Ducati’s entry into the true Superbike category. It was to cement the company as a full-fledged player in the sport bike game, and catapult them atop the rostrum in WSBK. It was really the trifecta of liquid cooling, fuel injection and the 4-valve heads – each a first for the company – that created the big bang event that was to become the 851. But often overlooked was the evolutionary aspect; the base motor was created on Pantah DNA, the trellis chassis has roots into the 1970s, and the bodywork and style was very iterative of the MH machines. All together, this was much more the sum of its parts. The 851 began a new era for Ducati that continues to this day.

From the seller:
I am selling a few bikes from my private collection. This is nearly showroom museum quality, Low mile, clean, and in perfect running order. All original all the way down to the took kit. I Drive this bike once a week about 10 miles for a leisurely cruise to keep things fresh. This bike remains at one of my studios and gets cleaned weekly. I have several Ducati’s and have enjoyed the visual beauty of this classic in my sight almost daily. This specific bike and year was a major turning point for the brand and a must have for any Ducati enthusiast.

More from the seller:
It does have a few minor imperfections shown. It does have the original tires on it , and work well for the driving i do with it. The only mod i have done is the exhaust , which i ordered from Italy 🇮🇹. Fluids and all maintenance has been performed. This bike is registered and insured with a clean CA title in my name. This bike will deliver with the original chrome exhaust that came with it in almost perfect condition if you prefer that it can easily be changed in 15 min. Please feel free to ask any questions as I love motorcycles and am happy to talk about them. Thank you and good luck:)

This particular bike is from a private seller in CA – and shows only 6125 miles on the clocks! That is pretty darn “near new” when it comes to a thirty-something hypercycle. And better yet, it is mostly stock and not heavily modified as some we have seen. There is some minor damage noted, but otherwise appears to be a well-loved and pampered example of the breed. The white frame and white wheels really pop on these earlier 851s, and this appears to be a good find for anyone in the market for one of these amazing machines. There are zero bids on an opening ask of $12k, so there is still all to play for here. The ask is not outrageous for the bike, but the higher starting price might be scaring off potential bidders. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Like a Weed: 1990 Ducati 851
Ducati May 30, 2021 posted by

Instant Café – 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000

Ducati stylists must’ve had a poster of the 1973 750 Sport on the wall when they were preparing the Sport Classic 1000 for production.  Today’s example shares the 1973 color, low bars, unfaired monoposto formula, but with a generation’s newer engine and components.

2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 for sale on eBay

Though the bevel driven cams of the ’73 were iconic, the new dual-spark 992cc engine has been called one of Ducati’s best ever.  The two-valver has electronic fuel injection and claims 91 hp, plus 67 ft.-lbs. torque.  Ducati classic designs like the trellis frame and dry clutch are only natural, but current suspension and brake technologies were safety-related.  Spokes hold the 17-inch alloy rims, and truncated single seat fairing ends way before the long dual exhausts and fender.

This Canadian auction has just a few pictures and a short comment, but luckily the Sport Classic itself carries the day.  Bar risers are a nice addition, and the stainless pipes look great.  Belts are new and it’s hard to imagine a mechanic-owner not setting the valve clearances.  Tires might need to be addressed before the end of the season.  From the eBay auction:

Excellent condition and owned since new by adult mechanic –

Ducati bar risers (20mm) and Keihan exhaust (sounds amazing).

The three Sport Classic varieties had a limited run, and actually came to be better appreciated after it ended in 2010.  Not sure there’s much support for this starting bid, but a seller has to start someplace.  Somewhere in between the Paul Smart commemorative and the two-up GT1000, the Sport Classic 1000 had the makings of a  perfect Sunday morning.  Some would say the stratosphere is no place for a Sport Classic but it’s another thing they’re not making any more of.

-donn

Instant Café – 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000
Ducati May 29, 2021 posted by

Plated in Place -2002 Ducati MH900e #552

-Editors pointed out this MH900e had been on RSBFS back in 2019, with new location and new pictures, worth a new post.  – donn

Polished in places most bikes don’t give a second thought, Ducati’s Mike Hailwood tribute was way more show than go. Except for aftermarket grips, this D.C. example is startlingly original.

2002 Ducati MH900e for sale on eBay

Looking futuristic and retro at the same time, Pierre Terblanche’s late 20th century design used Ducati’s 904cc air-cooled engine, tuned for 75 hp.  The cam belt covers have a passing resemblance to the bevel-drive shaft covers on Hailwood’s race bike, and perforated chrome guards the exhaust on its way by.  It was only natural to design a red trellis frame, with modern forks and one of the most sculptural single-sided swingarms ever.  No sense messing with anything but up-to-date Brembo brakes, inside the bespoke cast rims.  The monoposto cockpit is protected by a generously sized fairing which flows to the tank cover almost seamlessly.

Like so many MH900e’s this one is barely broken and for being almost 20 years old, is in breathtaking condition.  It has the rarely seen factory clutch cover plus stock exhaust.  The mirror delete makes sense for display and grips are of course the at rider’s discretion.  Some belts and tires might be in order in the unlikely event this was to be ridden extensively.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Dated July 2001 and number 552 of 2,000 built during the two-year production run. It shows approximately 1,100 miles. Designed by Pierre Terblanche as a tribute to Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Isle of Man TT-winning NCR 900, the Evoluzione is powered by a fuel-injected 904cc L-twin paired with a six-speed gearbox. It features a steel trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, Brembo brakes, and Marchesini wheels. This one-owner example was sold new at a major DC area Ducati dealer. Recent service includes fluid change and new batteries in preparation for the sale.   Reversible Mods:   The original mirrors and handgrips are removed, and are included in the sale.   The license plate carrier has been tailored to fit the smaller US size plate.    This MH900e is now being offered with an owner’s manual, seat housing tool kit, and a clean Maine title.   There are no scrapes, dents, or cracks, only the slightest evidence of wear based on the very low mileage.  The plexiglass fairing screen has two half inch long surface abrasion marks from road sand or similar.   

Maybe Ducati’s corporate overlords weren’t impressed with the MH900e, but riders and collectors were.  Evidently Terblanche did some of the test riding since it helped to be tall to reach over the long tank.  The edition of 1,000 was extended to 2,000 after the first grouping sold out in hours, on the internet of all things.  Since then, they’ve led a private life, on display, ridden only occasionally, as part of a larger stable.

-donn

Plated in Place -2002 Ducati MH900e #552
Ducati May 21, 2021 posted by

MidiTwin – 2003 Ducati 800SS SuperSport

It’s rare to see an 800SS, though it had a thoughtful group of compromises, the Terblanche design took many years to be accepted.  Here’s an Iowan example which is a good year, in understated Senna colors, with several carbon updates.

2003 Ducati 800SS SuperSport

Ducati’s new 800cc L-twin was a desmodue, but engineered for a higher rev limit and made 74 hp at 8,250 rpm.  A six-speed was specified to capitalize on the peakier torque curve, and a wet clutch is behind that unusual closed cover.  The ’03 has an alloy swingarm, as well as multi-adjustable suspension, both of which fell to the auditor’s eraser the next year.  Expected Brembo brakes and Termignoni exhaust fill the bill, and the cast alloy wheels are nicely sized if not the lightest.  Full or upper-only fairings were available, and the tank came from the factory with a rubber belt buckle guard.

This seller doesn’t flesh out the maintenance history, but says it’s ready for cam belts.  The tires don’t look bad, but might have outlasted their use-by date.  The Sargent seat is a nice addition, and the carbon mudguards look great ( better than the carbon tank protector ).  Quite clean with just one scuff apparent under the near side grip.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Ducati Supersport in great condition.  It has a Termignoni exhaust, Sargent seat and plenty of CF added.  It is due for belts and the black key was bent at one point so is a little finicky.  Comes with the red master key which works without issue.

The 800 got high marks for its handling and braking, and had plenty of power if not supertwin torque.  The build quality was a high point for Ducati and the wet clutch proved easy to love.  With 620, 800 and 1000cc variants, there might have been too many choices in the SuperSport department, and most riders willing to spend $9k on the mid-size could spring for the liter.  But for someone wanting that happy-to-rev 800, this example looks very tidy and might be a perfect entrée into the air-cooled Ducati experience.

-donn

MidiTwin – 2003 Ducati 800SS SuperSport
Ducati May 19, 2021 posted by

Quail Grail – 2001 Ducati 748R #839

One benefit of the tighter World SuperSport rule book was that since less could be modified for racing, the showroom specials sometimes came better equipped than their WSBK stablemates.  Here’s a Bay Area Ducati 748R whose great looks stretch the truth about its twenty years since new.

2001 Ducati 748R #839 for sale on eBay

Most of the 748R’s differences aren’t visible, like the titanium connecting rods and valves, allowing 12,000 rpm and 105 hp.  Lifting the tank and opening the carbon airbox will let you see the shower injectors and spacious trellis to accommodate.  More accessible are the Öhlins dampers, 320mm Brembo brakes, and light 5-spoke alloys.  The close-ratio gearbox helps you take advantage of that higher revving engine.  The fairing is a close match for the 996, though 748’s are often seen in speed yellow.

None of this 748R’s cosmetic defects are shown in the pictures, but they sound pretty minor.  The Micron exhaust is unusual with its blue-red fade design, but not seeing any other mods.  The interest is there as bids are over $9,000 but haven’t crossed the reserve threshold yet.  The owner reviews recent maintenance in the eBay auction:

Only 2,610 Produced of which 185 U.S. Models
Year 2001 only 100 shipped to U.S.
Only 5,168 miles
 
The Ducati 748R was produced from 2000 through 2002 as a homologation to compete in the World Superbike Championship Series.  This 748R is not only registered in California, has a clear Title.
 
Some may argue this is the holy grail of the 748 series because of the limited production, larger frame, overhead shower-injector arrangement.  This Race Homologation Model also has titanium rods, valves, crank and high compression pistons.
 
Bike has a 1.25 inch scuff mark located on the right side fairing and 1.5″ scratch on the on the right side of the headlight.  Rear wheel has brake fluid splatter on right side.  Aside from those flaws, the vehicle is very clean for being 20 years old.
 
This bike runs and rides excellent.  
4/11/21 Clutch fluid flush and oil change done myself
5/15/21 Serviced and inspected at Nichols Sportsbike in Milpitas, CA
-New set of Dunlop tires installed
-New timing belt  
-Brake fluid flush

The eminent Quail Motorcycle Gathering and Ride would have this been this month, just an hour or so ride for this 748R, but was cancelled again this year and will re-boot in 2022.  Perhaps more classic oriented than this 2001 race prep machine, there still might be room for a rare R-model with the venerable 916 nose.

-donn

Quail Grail – 2001 Ducati 748R #839
Ducati May 4, 2021 posted by

Smartly Dressed: 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 Paul Smart

Ducati started the new century on a roll. The internet sensation that was the MH900e parlayed very well into the new line of Sport Classic models. And like the MHe, which was a nod to the earlier Mike Hailwood replicas of the 1980s, the Paul Smart edition was a definitive bow to the green framed 750SS that won in Imola way back in the early 1970s. Stylistically the Sport Classic 1000 Paul Smart was a success, but that was dwarfed by the collector interest in the new Limited Edition models. Today the Paul Smart Sport Classic remains highly collectable, and is likely to be more of a show piece than a hard core rider.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart for sale on eBay

Based around the Sport Classic engine, the air cooled, dual spark desmo unit is good for about 91 HP – if you want to wring it out that much. Max torque comes at a lower RPM – around 6,000 revs – which is really what this engine is all about; riding the torque curve from one corner to the next. The chassis is about as solid as any of the trellis designs that have come out of Bologna, and the top-shelf Ohlins suspension front and rear ensure road-tire compliance. The brakes are naturally Brembo units with large, 320 mm disks up front. The rider position is perfectly suited to aggressive canyon riding – which is perhaps where these limited edition examples come up short. The reach to the bars is very long, making the Paul Smart a great looking torture rack. Between the collector status and the lack of civilian comfort, it’s no wonder that most of these bike have few miles on them.

From the seller:
Flawless limited edition 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Sport Classic.

This limited edition series was built by Ducati in 2006 to commemorate Paul Smart’s win at the Imola 200 race in 1972. With only 2,250 built, this is a true collectors piece to be ridden and enjoyed.

Installed performance parts:
Ducati performance ECU
Termignoni Exhaust
Rizoma clear belt gazer
Rizoma mirrors
Rizoma see through clutch cover
Adjustable levers

Original parts:
original tool kit
original ECU
original levers
original exhaust and bracket
additional countershaft sprocket
original clutch and belt covers
original mirrors
original clutch outer pressure plate

The seller has included a video of this particular bike. Enjoy!

This bike has a few interesting add-ons, which is a common trait for the model. Somehow a limited edition, special livery motorcycle is not unique enough without a few mods. The Termi exhaust is a standard (and welcome) add, and the ECU is somewhat required to wake up the performance and aid in fueling with the new pipes. The rest of the items are a bit of lipstick and eyeshadow, to be honest, although I’m not one to judge a rider’s preference. Thankfully the seller has included the stock items as part of the sale, which is a bonus.

At only 5,988 miles this super clean 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 10000 Paul Smart is looking for a new home. Prices have varied wildly on asks related to this model, and this one has a Buy It Now price of $25,000. Looking at recent RSBFS postings, there has been a lower miles example listed for a higher-priced $30k, but failed to sell. Yes, these are collector motorcycles and buyers are interested – however the market does not appear to be 30 grand hot. Is $25k more of the magic number? The seller is open to offers, so this one might go to a new home yet. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Smartly Dressed: 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 Paul Smart
Ducati May 1, 2021 posted by

Take Two: 2005 Ducati 999R

Spring has sprung in a magical way here at RSBFS. Not only did we find three low-mileage Ducati 851 examples in the past two weeks, we now have our second super-clean Ducati 999R in a single week (see the first one here). If you are in the market for something to collect, now is definitely the season; the market is rife with the rare and exotic.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

For Ducati fans, there are a few things to know about the 999 series. Firstly, it was designed by Pierre Terblanche, whose credits include the unicorn Supermono racer and the MH900e. Secondly, note that pictures do not do these bikes justice. In person the 999/749 series actually work well, standing out visually without being overbearing. Thirdly, this next-generation Ducati superbike is fast – faster than the 996/998 series it replaced. And finally, it is multi-configurable from an ergonomic perspective, and can be made to be relatively comfortable (try that on a 916).

From the seller:
I have owned this bike for the past 4 years and truly enjoyed it. I am switching to only track racing and I do not ride on the road anymore.In 2018 oil, belts and spark plugs (very expensive) have been replaced. I have receipt.New tires also – Bridgestone in 2018.Engine oil was also replaced in 2019 although very little mileage was put on the bike since (500 miles maybe).The 999R comes with one key, the key card, OEM manual.Some tasty options:Full Titanium “race only” exhaustAdjustable LeversClutch CoverShorty leversQuick remove gas capThe bike is a joy to ride, the sound of the titanium Termignoni is intoxicating.

The 999R is a bit of a “love it or hate it” design. But there are so many intricate elements to the bike that one really needs to spend some time on the details to fully appreciate what it brings to the table. Check out the peek-a-boo “999R” logo on the fairing, with the carbon fiber showing through the paintwork. How about the skeletonized triple trees with the fully adjustable front suspension components? The analog / digital dash which keeps the important items (i.e. tach) front and center? How about the way the rear cylinder head just peeks through the bodywork on the side view, hinting at the mechanical violence underneath? It’s easy to get lost in the 999 design once you look beyond the stacked headlights.

The 999 series is also on the rise from a monetary perspective. Like always, the higher spec R bikes will lead the way, as these are the most rare and the most potent. But with Ducati quick to revert back to the 916/996/998 design language for the subsequent 1098, the 999R becomes a bit of a unicorn in the R bike world. These are magnificent motorcycles that have real (and growing) collector value. This particular example looks great, is well photographed, and is currently in the value basement at $12,500. There are several days to go and more than a few watchers, so I would expect it to follow the price path of the 999R posted on these pages earlier (that one is at $15k and still climbing). Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Take Two: 2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati April 28, 2021 posted by

Lights and Mirrors – 2005 Ducati 999R

With everything that wasn’t cast or welded made of carbon fiber, Ducati’s 999R was almost ready to race right out of the crate. Here’s a Sacramento example that has 6,000 miles and a fresh major service.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

Introduced in 2003, the 999 was a new design which has taken its share of lumps, but is more appreciated as time goes on.  The EVO testastretta aboard the 2005 R has incremental improvements with more titanium parts and revised Marelli fuel injection, and calls out 150 horses at 9,750 rpm.  The trellis chassis is visibly more robust at the transmission mounts, which hold the massive double-sided swingarm.  Headstock angle and Öhlins dampers are adjustable though a race tech and trackside data system might be part of the equation.  Even with the high compression twin, a slipper clutch isn’t factory installed, since they were “free” ( unrestricted ) under WSBK rules, it was assumed any race team would just install their favorite.  A slightly taller windscreen above the full carbon fairing and Termignoni canister muffler occupy the ends, above forged Marchesini alloys shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso gumballs.

The close-ups show just how many carbon parts Ducati made for the -R, and how built everything is.  Not seeing much to quibble over.  Just wish the photos were as high resolution as the comments from the eBay auction:

Only 200 of these bike were built in 2005. The R bike is almost identical to the factory prepped race bikes, save for the lights.  The motor is identical to the factory race bikes.  I’m assuming if you’re looking at this ad, you know what an R bike is and how rare they are. This is very much a collector / track enthusiast bike. I’ve never tracked this bike, and to my knowledge it has not been tracked.

Designed by Pierre Terblanche, this bike was absolutely the cutting edge Super Bike from 2003-2006. The 2005-2006 bikes had many engine improvements, making them the ultimate of the 999R run.

The R bikes have a larger bore and shorter stoke than the 999 or 999S. Therefore they rev much quicker than the standard 999 engine. Rated at 150 hp in stock trim, but add the Termi exhaust and race ECM that come in the crate with the bike, and it’s rated at 165 hp. All in a bike that officially weighs in at 399 lbs! 0-60 in less than 3 seconds.

The R bike is absolutely dripping with carbon fiber.  All the body work, belt covers, clutch cover, exhaust shroud, heel guards…. almost everything.  The motor has titanium valves, titanium connecting rods, and sand cast cases, magnesium valve covers and headlight bucket.  All these super lightweight and technical parts are what add up to its amazing sub-400 lbs weight.

I bought this bike in January 2013, and it’s lived in my home with my collection of bikes since then.  I just completed the extensive 6,500 mile maintenance on the bike when re-commissioning it. The bike is 100% and in amazing, like new condition. 

We did all the standard maintenance and a more extensive tear down for the 6,500.  Obviously as part of the maintenance it got new belts, fuel pump, spark plugs, tires, battery, brake fluid, etc.  All engine internals looked great and are completely within specification. All Ducati parts purchased at a Ducati dealer.  All the work completed by a 30 year Ducati master tech. I’ve ridden this bike a few times since we completed the work, and it’s absolutely amazing.

I’ve got the books and manuals that came with the bike as well as two keys, a cover and stand.  If you can arrange pickup I’ll be happy to include the stand.  I’ll help with shipping / pickup on my end, and can deliver to a forward air terminal within reason.

Not part of Ducati’s plan, but the short run of the 999 design makes it almost a guaranteed rarity, particularly in -R form.  However in the four years of production, the 999 won three WSBK mantles.  Really wanting for track time and a knowledgeable team manager, a 999R adjusted mid-range would still be a blast on a good back road.  Carefully.

-donn

Lights and Mirrors – 2005 Ducati 999R