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Ducati October 27, 2019 posted by

Don’t call it a comeback: 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah

After the resounding sales flop of the Ducati 860GT, the Bolognese brand was in financial ruin and needed a Hail Mary to get back on its feet. The moonshot came in the by mass producing the extremely popular 900SS, which helped the marque pull out of its nosedive. The 900SS Darmah had a few internal updates to the square-case bevel engine, including the shift drums and the crank pins. That, and a really cool tiger graphic aping the Darmah’s namesake.

1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah for sale on eBay

The 900SS had originally been intended for low-production like the 750SS, but its ability to move off dealers’ inventory lists scuttled that plan. Isle of Man TT wins by Mike Hailwood aboard the 75-horsepower L-twin did not hurt the bike’s sales prospects, and a star was born.

This 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah appears to be in beautiful condition, though the seller is light on details. It certainly has not spent its life as a garage queen, racking up 35,000 miles over the last 39 years. Still, that’s less than 1,000 miles a year, and the clean cases and solid paintwork make the case that this bike has been loved.

From the eBay listing:

1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport Desmo Darmah

A total of 1,440 SSD motorcycles produced from 1978 to 1981, this is one of the 705 produced in 1980.

From 1979 DM900SD frame numbers where from 950001 – 951000, and this is one of the last one produced in 1980.

Everything works as it should. In perfect running conditions.

Great piece to add to your collection. You will not be disappointed.

Prices for big classic Ducatis are strong, so we suspect someone will jump quickly on this one at $17,900 buy-it-now.

 

Don’t call it a comeback: 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah
Ducati October 26, 2019 posted by

Delayed Gratification – 2000 Ducati MH900e #552

Almost twenty years on, every one of the 2,000 MH900e’s has a story to tell.  This one evidently took a long delay before being ridden just 1,200 miles, and with only a couple of mods, looks excellent.

2000 Ducati MH900e #552 for sale on eBay

Pierre Terblanche designed the showy desmodue in the late 1990’s, the air-cooled 75hp piped through a six-speed transmission.  Almost every bit of the trellis frame and bodywork are sculptural, even the single-sided swingarm being a work of fabrication art.  Crowd response to the show bike was such that a short production run was arranged, glossing over issues like non-adjustable forks and almost-waterproof instrumentation.  Still it reviewed well for a special model, the fuel-injected drivetrain providing a nice torque curve and the long wheelbase lending stability to the situation.

As most MH900e’s have been, this one appears babied, with a bar-end mirror replacing the frail wing mirrors.  Finishes are in top shape, and often-replaced items like the chrome clutch cover and tube mufflers are still stock.  Comments from the eBay auction:

  • I bought this MH 900e Hailwood new in 2002, and did not have a chance to commission and ride it for several years.   It is now ridden sparingly and kept indoors.
  • I am the original owner. The bike currently has a little over 1,100 miles on the clock (mileage may change as I do still take it out occasionally)  and is in almost perfect condition.  There are no scrapes, dings, dents, cracks, only the slightest and usual evidence of wear commensurate with the low mileage.  The clear plexi fairing has two tiny shallow scratches from road grit or similar.
  • Mods:  I removed the original mirrors and handgrips  ( all are included in the sale), and the license plate carrier has been tailored to take the American size license plate versus the larger European one.   All regular maintenance was done by the regional Ducati dealer.
  • The machine, number 552 of 2000, comes with a clear title, the original handbook, and other literature, the original keys, and a factory commemorative plaque.  It is fast, light, perfectly balanced, and looks wild, even after 20 years.

The 2000 examples sold out within hours of the start of the web-only introduction, but production couldn’t be arranged until mid-2001 for a 2002 model.  Most reside indoors, and not even in the garage – hallway and dining room displays abound.  Namesake Mike Hailwood’s family took issue with Ducati’s appropriation of the name, and arrived at a settlement some years later.  Now finding their way to another generation of collectors, an MH900e never fails to transmit the excitement of two wheels.

-donn

 

Delayed Gratification – 2000 Ducati MH900e #552
Ducati October 9, 2019 posted by

Well Presented: 1983 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica

There is nothing quite like finding a rare and totally collection-worthy bike to post for RSBFS. This is made all the better when the seller actually takes the time to give a detailed account of the bike in question – in both words and photos. This is one such example which I think readers will enjoy. Originally released in 1979 as a commemoration of Mike Hailwood’s miracle win at the Isle of Man TT in 1978, the MHR would play to the tune of an estimated 7,000 units before production was shut down in early 1986. This beautiful 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica is the last and the best of the bevel-drive Ducatis of the era, and a wonderful collector piece. Read on!

1983 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1983 Ducati 900 Desmo Mike Hailwood Replica
Frame Number: 900R1 906468
Engine Number: 905728
905 Original Miles
DGM Homologation Number: 51147OM
Production: 687 MHR Electric Start Machines

When the great road racer Mike Hailwood came out of semi-retirement at the age of 38 to win the 1978 Isle of Man Formula One race on an NCR Ducati, Ducati was presented with another opportunity to market a race replica. Although it was more than 12 months before a production Mike Hailwood Replica appeared, when it did so, it was basically a cosmetic alteration of a 900 Super Sport. But the MHR had a certain appeal. It was very distinctive machine and was destined to become Ducati’s most popular model in the early 1980s.

More from the seller:
Everything on this motorcycle is original, with exception of the tires. The paint, finishes, and chrome are totally original, as is the seat, with all of the factory stitching intact.

As you can see from the photos in the photo section as well as the body of the description, the machine has had absolutely no restoration performed to any part of it. The condition is exactly what it looks like in the photos.

The fairings have no cracks or damage and have had no paint work. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time.

More from the seller:
The Hailwood runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes. The carburetors have also been re-built and function perfectly.

If you’d like any additional photos of any particular part of the motorcycle, please let me know. I’m happy to email or text it to you. And if you would like to inspect the bike or ask any questions, please email or contact me by phone or text at 630-430-3855 anytime.

I have a motorcycle collection made up of Italian, American, German, and Japanese big bore motorcycles some of which I will be selling soon. If you have specific questions, just want to learn more, or are looking for something in particular, please let me know. I’m also always looking for other vintage motorcycles to add to my collection, so if you have something interesting to share, please contact me at 630-430-3855.

This bike is looking pretty nice for going on 36 years – and the design has certainly held up well. The bodywork looks to be in better than fair condition, and there are no wild mods or other tomfoolery going on here. There are fewer than 1,000 miles on the Nippon Denso speedo / odo (yes, that was a stock item on this Italian steed), and as a result damage is not really to be found in the photos. Speaking of photos, there are a ton of pics to drool over (even more in the advert), and they all pop with the vivid red color of the frame and fairing. There appears to be some oil or other fluid staining on the right side swing arm, but other than that everything looks as it should. This is a beautiful bevel, and if historic prices are correct, should fetch many times over the current bid of $6k. There is a reserve in place, so this one will be a fun one to watch. Check it out here, and let your inner bevel geek fly. Good Luck!!

MI

Well Presented:  1983 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica
Ducati October 4, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – Early Production 1994 M900 Monster

Update 10.04.2019: This Monster is now on eBay. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Up for grabs is a tidy, near-stock 1993/4 Ducati Monster in classic Ducati Red.  The owner has traced the VIN to production in July of 1993, making this part of the first 6 months of Monster production.  Largely credited as the bike that saved Ducati, this Monster remains almost exactly as designer Miguel Galuzzi intended.

1994 M900 Monster with 7,600 Miles!

Even Ducati couldn’t have foreseen the long legs of the Monster, but all agree that this 1st generation Monster is a classic, as it represents the purest of the line. It was set up at the factory with off-the-shelf parts, but they built an honest, well appointed bike when Ducati needed it.

These early 900c “L-twin” (or a 90 degree V-Twin) breathe through a pair of Mikuni carburetors, and put out near 70hp at the rear wheel.  Even at the price point, they included inverted front forks, dual disks up front with 4-piston Brembos, and a lot of other nice touches that remain on this mostly stock example.  The same cost-saving mandate also dictated the now-iconic trellis frame, which defines the line of the bike.

While the Monster is the most numerous bike Ducati has ever produced, less than 2,000 of the first year were imported to the U.S., making this a very collectible motorcycle for the real Ducati lover.

This specific example looks very clean, with only 7,600 miles on the clock.  The bike is 100% stock, except for tasteful low-mount slip-ons.  The owner notes a small knick on the left side of the tank from a handlebar lock-up, but other than that things seem excellent all around.

Though it looks great without them, the stock mirrors will be included in the transaction. The owner states the bike has clean Illinois title. Bike will come with original manual, paperwork detailing 6,000 mile service completed in 2017. RSBFS reader Daniel is asking $9,499 for his chapter in Ducati history, and requests replies via text on (212) 256-8475. Shipping to the lower 48 states is included in the purchase price; bike is currently located in Central Florida.

If the spirit of the early Monsters moves you, it would make sense to act now, before scarcity and nostalgia for these now 25 year-old bikes kicks in and drives prices up.

-donn

Featured Listing – Early Production 1994 M900 Monster
Ducati September 30, 2019 posted by

99% Super – 2002 Ducati 900 Sport

Early Oughties, Ducati’s new Supersport was struggling in the showrooms, and the company introduced a budget-conscious 900 to generate interest.  Not often seen, this Sport model shows just over 5,000 miles and looks great.

2002 Ducati 900 Sport for sale on eBay

Reading the specs, the down-rated Sport has just a few differences with the Supersport.  The 904cc air cooler puts out a reliable 80 hp, with Marelli fuel injection for the new century.  Trellis and forks were from the SS, though the monoshock was Showa rather than Sachs.  A bit finicky to find brake specs but likely the same 320mm Brembos are aboard.  Saving on finishing costs, most Sports arrived in semi-gloss black with an integral tank protector and dual seat, though this one’s tail has been changed to a monoposto with bespoke seat.

Despite three custodians, this Sport has low miles and niceties like a Silmoto exhaust, clear signal lenses, double bubble Zero Gravity screen, plus gold anodized frame caps and clutch cover.  From the eBay auction:

1992 Ducati 900 Sport…NOT Super Sport. Condition is Used.  Third owner, purchased in 2012.  Open clutch cover.  Lots of nice $$ bits.  Small ding on the tank where the bars must have hit it.  You really can’t see it…The timing belts have been done.  Completely gone through.  Almost new tires.  I’ve ridden only 65 miles.  Currently shaving down the fleet.  Starts easy…thunderous.  I have the owners manual.

While not nothing, the $1,400 MSRP difference between the 2002 Sport and Supersport beg the question of which model was intended to subsidize the other.  Of course, list price is just an ask and a lot of the Terblanche Sport ( and SS ) facelifts left the showroom on sale.  At this point though, a lot of water has passed under the bridge, the rounded turn-of-the-century design has aged well, and even the Sport can be appreciated as an air-cooled classic whose sole compromise to modernity is fuel injection.  Even with its sensible starting amount, this no-reserve auction hasn’t yet garnered a bid, but this could be a bunch of SS for mere Sport money.

-donn

99% Super – 2002 Ducati 900 Sport
Ducati September 26, 2019 posted by

Street Creds: 1991 Ducati 851

If you are of a certain age and into sport bikes from the 1980s and 1990s, the Ducati 851 has to be a standout. Bred for World Superbike racing, the 851 (and the 888 and 916 that followed) proved the performance of a well-engineered twin – even against the Japanese multis. With liquid cooling, fuel injection and revolutionary 4-valve heads operated via desmo, the 851 rev’ed impossibly fast and high for a twin. With a narrow waist, light weight and aerodynamic bodywork, the 851 took the fight to the conventional fours… and won.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

Today’s example is a 1991 851 Strada – or “street” version. This is the base model of the 851, and includes features such as a passenger pillion, passenger pegs and hidden grab rails that fold out from under the seat. In stock form the exhaust cans sit relatively low to accommodate passenger legs, and the pillion is otherwise covered by color-coded bodywork. When fully assembled, the tail looks like a solo unit. Components are as you might expect: Suspension by Showa, braking by Brembo. Horsepower is in the 95 HP range stock, making peak power at about 9,500 RPM.

From the seller:
Ducati 851,1991 model.Bike has had a full service including valve adjustment,new timing belts,new steering head bearings,upgraded clutch slave cylinder,fren tubo brake and clutch lines,gio ca moto carbon mufflers with fim adjustable ecu chip,period ferrachi decals,oil cooler from 1198,bike in good cond,some storage marks on left fairing from garage parking.

There is a note on the title stating mileage has exceeded mechanical limits,which is an error from the title office application form,they inform me it can not be removed.If this is an issue please bid on someone elses bike.

This particular example has some tasty mods. The Gia.Co.Mo carbon cans are lightweight and sound marvelous – however the high placement pretty much eliminates the passenger pegs. The FI chip is necessary to tune the bike to the new exhaust, and generally wake up throttle response. The other bits are what you might expect a bike of this age to accumulate over time; some performance parts, and some maintenance items. The rear pillion cover is missing, and the plastic over the taillight should be red, not black. But otherwise this looks to be complete. Thumbs up for all of the service details, as that is a critical element to these bikes. I’m not familiar with upgrading the oil cooler to something later/larger, but these engines do utilize oil as a cooling medium in addition to being water cooled, so there may be a performance gain. Not sure what to make of the odo reading on the title; that might take some investigation. Lots of people watching this one, but with the price way down in the $3,500 range at time of writing (reserve in place), this one still has some runway. Check it out here as this one could be a bargain in the making. Good Luck!!

MI

Street Creds: 1991 Ducati 851
Ducati September 19, 2019 posted by

NIH – 1993 Ducati 350 SS

RSFBS readers might not care about the National Institutes of Health or the Not Invented Here corporate posture – but a small sporty Ducati that was Never Imported Here might raise a few eyebrows.  This 350cc twin is built on the early 1990’s engineering and shows nicely with just under 10,000 miles.

1993 Ducati 350SS for sale on eBay

Built for the progressive license markets in Japan and Italy, the 350SS ( and sibling 400SS ) used the frame from the 750SS and were variously equipped with 2-into-1 or dual exhausts.  Just like its big brother, a 6-speed, Showa inverted forks and Brembo brakes were part of the package.  Equipped for a passenger, but gently with 36 hp.  From thirty feet it’s almost indistinguishable from the bigger bikes.

Over a generation old, this 350SS won’t need to conform to EPA regulations, but the owner is selling on a bill of sale so title will be required for street reg.  Looks very stock and quite nice, evidently kept out of harm’s way.  From the eBay auction:

BE THE ONLY ONE TO SHOW UP ON A 350, NEVER SEEN IN USA !!!!!!
VERY RARE AND UNIQUE 350 CC DUCATI SPORT, MADE ONLY FOR THE EUROPEAN MARKET, ALSO SOLD IN JAPAN.
SPEEDO SHOW IN KILOMETERS WHICH EQUAL 9994 MILES. RUNS WELL, VERY CLEAN ALL OVER.

Seeing the full-sized Supersport with a junior engine, some riders ask why.  But it might be the perfect bike for an adult fan to take to the track, with roomy cockpit and sensible power.  Add in the parts availability and the fact that any indie Ducati mechanic can work on it, and it’s got a lot going for it.  Relatively budget-minded, certainly a special interest machine, the little SS allows ( forces ? ) a rider to work on technique.

– donn

NIH – 1993 Ducati 350 SS
Ducati September 17, 2019 posted by

Limited Time Offer – 2008 Ducati 1098R #115

Unless you are a collector who enjoys storing and presenting your favorite two wheelers, the window when you have the resources and ability to have fun with something like a Ducati 1098R make it kind of a short-term purchase.  This original owner -R returns to the market in very cherry shape and barely broken in.

2008 Ducati 1098R #115 for sale on eBay

Meant to homologate the next generation of Ducati for the Superbike World Championship, the 1098R actually uses an 1198cc testastretta.  The EVO design along with a host of titanium engine parts allow the L-twin to push 180hp at 9,750 rpm.  Outside the sand-cast crankcase, carbon is the material of choice, making up cam belt covers, fenders, and fairings.  Öhlins dampers are found front, rear and at the steering head, forks with Ti-nitrided sliders and the twin-tube monoshock helps set-up by allowing ride height adjustment independent of damping settings.  Brembo monoblock calipers put their grip on 330mm rotors when electronic traction control and hydraulic slipper clutch are done.  As one might expect on the flagship, design and execution are to drool for.

Though the owner relies on the “too much to list” timesaver, but every corner of this -R has been personalized.  The cockpit has an updated windscreen, reservoirs, grips and rearsets.  Carbon occupies usual parts like the fuel filler and places the factory hadn’t thought of, like the frame cover.  From the eBay auction:

Pristine, pampered, one-owner, kept in a climate-controlled environment, no children, no pets.

NEVER rained on. NEVER tracked. NEVER raced.

ORIGINALLY $42,000+, plus MANY extras.
If you know what you’re looking at, you will appreciate all of the extras and attention to detail that has been invested into this super machine.

 

The 1098 returned the Ducati superbike to a more 916 side-by-side look, and excised the canister exhaust in favor of Termi’s.  In the case of the -R, it might be the first Ducati where traction control was basically a requirement, and many owners found throttle tamers part of their solution.  Not sure how much more depreciation can be expected of a race-prep Ducati with so little use – if you are still in the sweet convergence of time, money, and physical fitness, this might be the moment.

-donn

Limited Time Offer – 2008 Ducati 1098R #115