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Ducati October 21, 2022 posted by

Weather-Wise – 1993 Ducati 750SS Supersport

A boatload of RSBFS ink has been spilled on Ducati’s 900SS, but the 750 version might be the rarer bird.  The seller of this 750SS opted for the half fairing, perhaps due to the sunny Fla. location, and though the auction could be described as skewed with every picture on edge, the SuperSport itself looks excellent.

1993 Ducati 750SS Supersport for sale on eBay

Some have said the early 750SS saved Ducati from extinction, and the 90’s Supersports were the company’s best sellers.  The 750SS from this era used the same engine block as the 900, with both bore and stroke a bit less.  66 hp and 53 ft.-lbs are claimed, not class-leading numbers but not bad for a two-valver.  Better Showa inverted forks are up front, with an alloy monoshock swingarm at the rear.  Five forward speeds, a low maintenance wet clutch and single front disk keep the bottom line under control, and though the rider’s perch is roomy, the dry weight is well under 400 lbs.

Not seeming like the most motivated seller, allowing the eBay app to get sideways and nary a helpful tidbit about the bike.  But what can be seen is nice, with 10.5K miles, no apparent damage or mods except the 2-into-1 Staintune exhaust.  Tires look recent if not fresh, and that faded carbon key guard should be easy to replace.  Some isolated corrosion is noted, almost to be expected on the Atlantic coast.

The 750SS had a small price advantage over most 750 sportbikes, but wasn’t exactly comparable to say a GSX-R750.  The torque, handling and low mass made it competitive with other middleweights, and looked great – especially with the half-fairing that would become the CR.  Its nemesis was right across the showroom, with most buyers finding the extra motivation to select the 900SS.  This one looks like it will go reasonably, maybe to a collector with room for an interesting Supersport.

-donn 

 

Weather-Wise – 1993 Ducati 750SS Supersport
Ducati October 12, 2022 posted by

End Of The Line: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore

In the early 90s Ducati stunned the motorcycle community with the launch of the Monster.  The combination of sporty frame and simple engine was an instant hit.  It became to define the naked segment for years.  Latter in the production run Ducati added the four valve, liquid cooled superbike powerplant to the mix and kicked off the idea of the super naked bike.  When talking about the original silhouette the S4RS was the pinnacle of specifications.

130 horsepower was plenty to motivate the 390 pounds of machine.  Radially mounted Brembo calipers ensured the bike would stop as well as it could.  Light weight wheels were controlled by Ohlins superbike suspension.  If one was just to read the technical details they might be confused into thinking they were reading about a full fledged homologation race bike, and not an upright two seat naked bike.

These S4RS came with a plate representing the limited production of the model.  The Internet has debated if that is 400 bikes for the USA, the world, or if it was more of a marketing stunt by the Italian manufacture.  Either way the numbered edition is really just icing on what is unquestionably a desirable cake.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore. Only 400 of these were made…250 US models and 150 Euro models. This one is #224 with only 6350 miles.
Has some aftermarket parts but pretty much stock.
*Upgraded Rotors
*Ohlins Frame mounted Damper
*CRG Levers
*CNC handlebar Rear Mirrors
*Gel Grips
*Zero Gravity Windscreen
*Cox Radiator Screen
*CNC Clutch Cover
*Billet Pressure Plate and new Springs
*Frame Sliders
Tires have less than 400 miles on them.

As of writing the opening bid of $6500 has not been made, but surely there will be interested parties.  At the end of the day this is as good as it got for the early Monsters.  Largest and most powerful engine, best suspension specs and all wrapped up in the most desirable color combination.  These will no doubt continue to be sought after bikes, and the most money will be with 100% units.  This has some typical and period correct modifications, but nothing that the next owner can not easily correct should they choose.  There is no mention of the last belt service, and new owners should budget a couple of hundred bucks for this if it has not been done.  Pictures show the proper manuals as well as the infamous red key are included.

End Of The Line:  2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore
Ducati October 10, 2022 posted by

And Still Champion – 1997 Ducati 916

For a model that was in production for just four years, the 916 casts a long shadow on the street and track.  Today’s 916 has been in the same family since new, but amassed barely 7K miles in 25 years.

1997 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

Luck was on the 916’s side when engineer Massimo Bordi and designer Massimo Tamburini agreed to the project.  The now-classic L-twin was an evolution of the four-valve 888 engine, and used Weber fuel injection to develop 114 hp.  The lightweight steel trellis held fully adjustable Showa forks and monoshock, with a separate seat subframe.  Racy touches like underseat exhaust made the tach almost redundant, and the single-sided swingarm was built for quick wheel changes.  The unmistakable knife-edged fairing held dual headlights, and got the oncoming air started around the clip-ons and over the rider.

Evidently in Florida since new, this 916 seems very good, with a fairly significant crack near the left headlight and a broken fairing mount on the right lower.  Looks quite stock as well, with just the license plate mount looking like a cut down Euro part.  Lots of relatively recent service work, though it sounds like a new set of coolant hoses is in order. Serious bidders might want to start a conversation about that set of factory fairings. Notes from the eBay auction –

Always been in Florida, only 7,136 miles, major service in 2018 with 6,812 miles, by Ducati dealer in Pompano Beach Florida – over $4k in service, including new Pirelli Diablo Rosso III front and back.

Motorcycle always kept in a temperature controlled garage. Original fairing in super very good condition, has some small cracks in the belly and in one side of the bike due to age. The bike came with the additional biposto seat brand new in box (never used), also selling the motorcycle with an optional aftermarket BRAND NEW red fairing.

Success followed the 916 to the racetrack, where Carl Fogarty won three superbike world championships on his 916, Troy Corser won one and the follow-on 996 won two.  On the road, the cooling system required some extra attention, but not if the velocity could be kept up.  Highway speeds or better helped the rider unweight their wrists as well.  Recent sales indicate low-to-mid teens for this example, and we’ll be keeping an eye on it.

-donn

 

And Still Champion – 1997 Ducati 916
Ducati September 27, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100S

Feature Listing – 2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100s

Our featured listing today comes from a part of the sportbike niche that has been largely overlooked but is responsible for some of the highest smiles/gallon metrics out there. The supermotard category was pioneered by KTM way back in the early 2000s. First with the release of the bug-like KTM 640 and then with the more relevant KTM 950 Supermoto. Unlike supermotos, supermotards are for the well-heeled, sophisticated hooligan whose main focus isn’t Instagram wheelies. They have street powertrains and suspension so they are little more versatile than their dirtbike-derived sumo counterparts. Up until the Hypermotard’s debut at EICMA in 2005, the world was happy they got a oversized motor in a supermoto-esque chassis by way of the KTM 950. When there’s no competition, it’s hard to realize how good or bad what you have is. When the 1100 debuted, people realized what they could have and boy did they let Ducati know. This bike wasn’t even planned for production when it was first shown to the public but it earned a spot on the production line purely from the initial market response. Journalists and customers were drooling for the release and the competition got a nice wake up call but are still asleep to this day.

While the idea for a Ducati supermotard was likely inspired by the KTM 950 SM, there are a few key differences to note that make the Duc a much more sophisticated ride. The Duc has much more of a street oriented setup. It’s not sitting on soft, long stroke suspension and it doesn’t have a dirt seat or footpegs. It started as a Multistrada and was stripped of every part that doesn’t further enable high lean angles and wheelies. The Bologna nerds were able come in ~21 lbs under the unchallenged KTM 950 as well. In order to give the rider proper authority in the unlikely event they wanted to engage in hooligan activities, Ducati straightened up the riding position, narrowed the seat, and added wider handlebars. You don’t even have to be moving on this bike to know you can wring it’s neck…if that’s something you’re into. One thing that’s overlooked with these flickable and powerful bikes is that they truly make regular, around town riding so much more engaging. You can brake aggressively, move around on the seat, and throw it into corners all while being near the speed limit. The sensation of speed is not one dimensional and the Hypermotard allows you to feel it in more than one way. In a canyon setting, the versatility of the bike caters to all thrill-seeking riding styles. You can trailbrake hard, step out the rear, lift up the front, carry lots of corner speed, use aggressive steering inputs and the Hypermotard will never be out of it’s element.

Our example today is Ducati’s upscale Hypermotard. The “S” version came with forged Marchesini wheels that dropped 5 pounds of unsprung weight, fully adjustable Marzocchi front forks, and a remote-adjustable Ohlins rear shock. Furthermore, you get Brembo Monoblocs which bite down on upgraded 320mm Brembo rotors. In short, it’s fair to think of the “S” version as the track edition. Duc has addressed all the weak points here that typically bubble up to the surface when you start to hustle a bike.

The most important part about hustling any bike is the motor and that’s one of this bike’s main strengths. The air-cooled twin found in the Monster and Multistrada of the period puts out 95hp and 76lb of torque. Usually, that type of big low-end torque is found on Bimmers or KTMs but rarely in a performance motard chassis.

From the seller:

Extremely Fun Bike to Ride, Very Fast, Very Raw, For Real Riders, No ABS , No Traction Control, Endless Torque !!!
All Stock except for the front Brakes
Oversized Front Brake Rotors BREMBO 320 mm
New Brake Pads Front and Back
New Tires + New Battery
Service all up to date, nothing wrong with the bike, had my fun with it now moving on to a more 2up friendly bike for longer rides.

Price: $8,000
Contact: carlobatt85@gmail.com or cell: 773-747-2326

As manufacturers have started to require you to submit a service ticket to IT just to change a bike’s settings, enthusiasts grew up in the analog eras have started long for that simple hooligan formula.  The current Hypermotard is the closest you can get to this today but it has all sorts of electronic aids and a price tag to match. Our featured listing takes a few steps back and is a true, barebones performance machine. The gauges show you the two most important things and don’t obscure your field of vision allowing you to simply focus on the inputs for what’s ahead.

As far as appreciating classics and long-term performance, it’s tough to say what will happen here. We’re still relatively early in the value curve. The market has been surprised more than a few times on which way the wind will blow but there is definitely something to be said about the simplicity and versatile riding experience the Hypermotard brings to the table. Having the performance bits of the “S” model won’t hurt either. Our seller is looking for $8,000 on this low-mile example. The bike needs nothing and the service is all up to date. Reach out to our seller at carlobatt85@gmail.com or cell: 773-747-2326 with any questions! Check out the startup video below:

Thanks for reading!

-Norm

Featured Listing – 2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
Ducati September 19, 2022 posted by

Polyphemus – 2005 Ducati 999R

Before its recent resurgence as a classic, even a 999R could come under the customizer’s gaze.  The air and eye flow more easily over this ultimate Ducati offering from 2005, beautifully presented by a leading northwest dealer.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

Quite a bit more than the sum of its parts, the 999R was a portfolio of red and carbon, exquisite drivetrain engineering and special components.  The R is set apart from the rest of the line by the even more oversquare engine, with titanium rods and valves plus knife-edged crank.  The chassis has an adjustable headstock, and the beside hand and foot control adjustments, the seat console can be moved a little closer or further from the bars.  Glitter from Öhlins, Brembo and Marchesini were ti-coated, radially mounted, and forged.  2005 brought a revised swingarm but deleted the number plate on the triple tree.

No info on ownership history, maintenance, or how the modified nose came about, but the rest of the bike looks excellent for its reported 11,135 miles.  The fairings and other carbon bits appear complete and undamaged, with other mods including a bar-end mirror, streamlined turn signals, fuel filler and stripes that are somewhere between the Xerox or Desmosedici.  The exhaust looks to have been coated, and the tail-ectomy deserves a closer look since the brake light can be a tricky detail.  Evidently paying by the word in the eBay auction –

Superbike with solo headlight fairing, Termignoni exhaust, and just 11K miles on the odometer.

Most collectors would take off points ( and dollars ) for almost every change from the factory original, but this 999R is asking over $20K so we’ll have to see how it goes.  The overall condition doesn’t seem like a totaled bike could’ve been the catalyst for the nose job, but that question is going to come up eventually.  The single headlight solution holds together well, and might lead the next owner to blast out even more miles.

-donn

Polyphemus – 2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati September 15, 2022 posted by

Hail Mary – 2008 Ducati 1098R

In late 2006 Ducati had a conundrum. The Pierre Terblanche designed 999 was a massive hit on the racetrack in the hands of the WSBK team, with 3 WSBK championships to show for it. In the showroom, the 999 received critical acclaim. Well, let’s just say it earned more critics than acclaim. The fact was, when compared to the 916/996/998 the 999 was butt-ugly, and the buying public LOVED the earlier Tamburini design. What they wanted and expected was an evolution of that design. What they got was something completely different. Clearly, the 999 was a step up in performance from the earlier series, but it lacked the flowing, sensuous lines. That was resolved in 2007 with the introduction of the 999 replacement, the Giandrea Fabbro designed 1098. Today’s example is a 2008 model R spec machine, the top of the line of the day.

2008 Ducati 1098R for sale on eBay

You’d be forgiven if you put the Ducati superbikes in a lineup and slotted the 1098 after the 998 – because it really jumps back to the original language of Tamburini when it comes to the design. Iconic elements that helped define the 916 from the start have returned, including the dual side by side headlights which help accentuate the sharp nose of the bike. Back also was the single sided swing arm, allowing the big, fat rear rubber to hang out for all to see. This is highlighted by the tail pipes and silencers returning under the tail in organ pipe fashion. To be fair, Terblanche retained the high exhaust on the 999, but integrated the pipes with sharper angles and more cladding; the 1098 goes back to hanging the cans way up high and in the open. The 1098 did have changes from the earlier 916 series of bikes, with the sharper beak of the nose and the angled bodywork nicely melding the sensuous and rounder 916 with the all-straight-lines 999. Popularity returned to the Bologna brand and the new design was a hit.

From the seller:
If you’re viewing this ad, you probably already know how special these bikes are. But in case you don’t, the 1098R is a homogulation bike meaning they are limited production bikes that must be sold to the public in order for Ducati to enter them into World Superbike Championship racing. Only 450 are made/sold annually for the US. This number 188 of 450. It came stock with top tier equipment to maximize performance and adjustability, and minimize weight, including a bunch of carbon fiber body parts. It’s still one the most beautiful, best handling, and incredible sounding bikes ever made, and an absolute blast to ride. This bike is completely stock with no mods, other than the Zero Gravity windscreen.

More from the seller:
I found this bike sitting in a friends motorcycle shop where it sat for 10 years hung up in a divorce proceeding and is in near perfect shape. It was started regularly, but rarely ridden. It had 499mi on it when I bought it in Feb 2022. I trailered it to the local Ducati dealer to have them go through it and replace a number of things due to it’s age.
Rebuilt fuel pump assembly with new pump, filters and hoses
New timing belt (which is a periodic maintenance items)
New fluids
New Perelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires front and back

I put 475 miles on it to make sure everything was working properly, and just because it’s so fun to ride. I’ve only run non-ethanol gas in it. There is no tank swelling (see photo of steering damper spacing from tank)

I bought this because I’ve always wanted one, and it needed rescuing. I’m selling it because I’m in my 60’s, and it’s more bike than I need.

By some accounts, the 1098 was a step backwards for Ducati – not only in design but also in performance. Reports were that the 999 was more comfortable and faster right out of the box, and that the 1098 needed a bit more setup time especially at the track. That didn’t stop the Ducati WSBK winning ways however, as the 1098 proved to be a multi-time championship winning machine for the Italian brand. Today these are coveted bikes in the R specification, as not only are they festooned with top level components (think Brembo, Termi and Ohlins as a start) and lots of carbon, they were also built in limited numbers. And while collectors continue to be focused on the earliest series of these bikes, the follow-on examples are enjoying a rise in valuation of their own.

This particular 2008 Ducati 1098R looks to be in fantastic condition. It has been beautifully photographed, is stated to be in completely stock condition with fewer that 1,000 miles. That is rare indeed for these models, making this one a potential long term acquisition. It has been well cared for, both cosmetically as well as mechanically, and is looking for a new home. There appear to be lots of interest here, as bidding has climbed above $17k quickly, with many days remaining. The bike is located in Maryland, which is appropriate considering this was Ducati’s Hail Mary back in 2007. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Hail Mary – 2008 Ducati 1098R
Ducati August 29, 2022 posted by

I Dream In Carbon Fiber: 1999 Ducati 996S

Ah, carbon fiber. Could there ever be anything so cool as carbon roving knitted into a bi-directional matrix and embedded in epoxy resin? Light weight and super strong, carbon fiber was the hot new “in” thing in the 1980s and 1990s. Originally developed in the late 60s and 1970s as aerospace and military grade material (although the concepts go as far back as the 1800s!), carbon fiber soon became more earth bound in the form of Formula 1 cars, and later as off the shelf components for the every day man. And while these used to be parts exclusively for performance, today one can purchase any number of items made from the stuff, including “carbon look” stickers that – I have on good authority – will automatically add 10 HP to whatever you stick them to. But to really get what is going on with today’s 1999 Ducati 996S, you have to cast your mind back to when carbon fiber was expensive and exclusive. Wrapping an expensive and exclusive bike with that stuff was just over the top and for show. Which, apparently, this bike was.

1999 Ducati 996S for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is a rare bike indeed. One of 201 Ducati 996S 1999 model year. Coveted first year! This was the Ducati factory 996 Canadian launch bike in 1999 and they did it up with a full Ducati collaboration Carbon Dream factory race kit. If you don’t know Carbon Dream, they make carbon fibre for Bugatti Hyper cars amongst others. This was a crazy expensive option you could choose when ordering your 996S. Obviously Ducati launch bikes were all done up for the shows. The bike has never been down and has been fully and regularly serviced by the previous owner’s Ducati mechanic prior to my purchase. He was a collector and had several bikes in his stable.

More from the seller:
I am the second owner and I bought the bike as a show piece for Biker Down Canada. We have been offered a show bike by a manufacturer so this one reluctantly has to be sold and the money will be used to support the purchase of a mobile booth. Check our Biker Down ca. The first owner got it from Ducati and was an avid collector. It has a clean car fax. Located in Vancouver Canada. I can help the buyer with shipping anywhere in the world. It qualifies as a full collector bike and collector plates in Canada and likely the USA. Yes it has a clean VIN and registration in Canada and it can easily be imported into most countries under the vintage collector bike rules. One of a kind! Look at the pics and message with questions. This bike is cross posted so get in a bid fast to make sure it sells on EBay! 12500 kilometres on clock. She is a true Italian beauty.

Underneath all of the super cool window dressing lies the 996. The follow on act to the mighty 916, the 996 had all the great looks of the original, but with slightly softer lines. What was not softer was the power delivery, as Ducati bumped up the displacement to keep the bike on top of the WSBK rostrum. The S model of the lineup was primarily a suspension upgrade, courtesy of Swedish brand Ohlins. The seller claims this particular bike was an official Ducati show bike for the 996S launch in Canada. I cannot confirm this (perhaps some of the RSBFS Ducati tifosi might have some knowledge on that front) but by all accounts this looks like a show bike. The carbon bits are indeed gorgeous, and the color combo is an interesting mix of old and new. With a starting bid of just under $12k, this bit of flash will be auctioned off by the end of the week. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

I Dream In Carbon Fiber: 1999 Ducati 996S
Ducati August 16, 2022 posted by

Pandemic Puppy – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP Supersport with 3,886 Miles !

Seems like quite a few Supersports changed hands over the past few years, but today’s might have some of the lowest miles and best condition around – plus the number 131 SP badge.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP Supersport for sale on eBay

Ducati was able to put some Cagiva development lira into the 900SS, and presented a pretty together 84 hp package.  Targeting the North American market, the SP had the aluminum swingarm and carbon mudguards, plus adjustable Showa suspension.  The trellis frame and cast wheels were dusted in gold, and the lightweight fairing kept the weight from getting too much over 400 lbs. ready to ride.

This SP looks to be part of a larger collection, and is more stock than usual with original exhaust.  What seem to be aftermarket brake lines caught my eye, and hopefully the carbon trim on the triple tree is preventing rather than covering keychain patina.  The owner might have been too busy shampooing carpet to write more notes for the eBay auction:

All Original. Fluids just done. Belts and carbs done in November of 2019. Runs and looks great. 

Ducati took their eyes off the Supersport segment to bring the Monster to life, and yearly sales waned to just a few hundred in the late 90’s.  Pierre Terblanche penned a 1999 update, but the complex bodywork couldn’t claim the race-derived style of the earlier model.  This collector might have missed the peak of the market, but this example should still do well.

-donn

Pandemic Puppy – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP Supersport with 3,886 Miles !