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Ducati May 19, 2022 posted by

Bargain Alert: Low Mileage 2002 Ducati 750SS

When ever having a casual conversation about anything these days the subject turns to rising prices.  Maybe that is inflation, or a spike in demand, or collectors taking notice of new eras of motorcycles.  Either way, it often leaves some enthusiasts struggling to find ways into this wonderful world of interesting rides.  Hopefully things have not gotten you down that much, and there are still a few BitCoins left in your account, because you are going to want to take a look at this Ducati 750SS.

Will get the good stuff out of the way first.  With under 4000 original miles it is safe to say this bike has been sparingly used.  The miles are low enough to appeal to collectors looking for the best examples of a bike they can find.  The miles are also high enough that the new owned should be able to put a few miles on it here and there without feeling guilty.  Perfect combination for most dynamic collectors.  The pictures show that the bike is exceptionally clean.  Being the entry level SuperSport some ended up being treated poorly, but not this one.  The other striking thing is that this bike appears to be 100% stock.  Incredible to think that someone was able to resist adding some Termignoni pipes.  But the thing to get really excited about here is the price point.  $2995

From The Seller’s Listing:

Excellent condition, super low miles (4000). Never dropped, always garage kept. Runs and rides great, Newer battery, Racing Yellow. Tires are good but may need replacing soon. Includes rear wheel stand and tank bag

The listing is light on details about service.  A perspective owner should budget some funds should the bike need belts.  Do not let the internet scare you away on this.  OEM cost for belts is less then $200 and for the average DIY’er it will take longer to get the bodywork off than it will take to change the belts.  These bikes at this price point represent an amazing opportunity for someone to dip their toe into Ducati ownership without much downside risk, or for a long time Ducati fan to have a beautiful and usable bike in the stable.

Bargain Alert:  Low Mileage 2002 Ducati 750SS
Ducati May 17, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – One Owner 2002 Ducati 748 with 3,500 Miles!

From RSBFS reader Michael comes this gorgeous, one-owner 2002 Ducati 748. It is no secret that the early Tamburini designs have hit their collector stride in the form of the 916, and the smaller 748 is following suit. Spotless in presentation, very low miles and lavished with the kind of attention these Italian exotics crave, today’s Featured Listing is a fantastic example of a rare breed.

Featured Listing – One Owner 2002 Ducati 748!

Produced alongside the 916, the 748 shares many of the same components, measurements and benefits. The bore and stroke were reduced to reach the 748cc capacity, and the shorter stroke of the 748 enables a quicker rev up the RPM range and a higher overall RPM when compared to the 916. Another similarity: the 748 was built to win races, and enjoyed its own homologation status. There were many variations of the 748 produced, including the two seat biposto as well as a single seat version. There were also SP, SPS and R variants across the years, but all were based on the same solid foundation of the trellis frame, single arm rear suspension, and nearly 100 HP desmoquattro L-twin. The last year for the 748 party was 2002, with the Terblanche-designed 749 taking the stage – however the preferred design of the 748 allowed it to share showroom space in 2003 until all the old stock was sold.

From the seller:
2002 Ducati 748
I am the original owner, and this is probably the most pristine example of a 748 you will ever find. If you desire a 748, look no further, this one is flawless.

Just 3,500 original miles. That’s only 175 miles per year based on a 20-year-old bike. Always garaged, covered, and meticulously maintained. Cam belts were last changed at 3,195 miles. Engine always run with Motul 300V Synthetic from new, and brake fluids were flushed at 3,064 miles with Motul DOT 5.1.

Ready to ride, this bike needs absolutely nothing.

Asking Price: $12,000
Contact info: michael.pacheco55@icloud.com

LOCAL PICK-UP ONLY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEAR LAGUNA BEACH (zip code 92656)

More from the seller:
Includes the following tasteful upgrades:

• Arrow Titanium Exhaust
• Power Commander Fuel Injection Module with Custom Dyno Mapping
• New Air Filters
• Ducati OEM Mono-Posto Tail & Seat Conversion
• Ducati OEM Red Mirror Conversion
• OEM Quick Release Faring Fastener Conversion
• Billet Aluminum Brake Reservoir Covers
• Hardened Aluminum Rear Sprocket
• Titanium Sprocket Bolts
• Billet Aluminum Sprocket Carrier Conversion
• RK 520 Gold Chain
• Ducati Performance Carbon Fiber Chainguard
• CNC Racing 30mm Billet Clutch Slave
• EVR Z48 Clutch Basket & Organic Plates
• Pauli Moto Billet Aluminum Clutch Cover
• Pauli Moto Billet Aluminum Clutch Pressure plate
• Pauli Moto Billet Clutch Pressure Plate Spyder
• Ducati Performance Carbon Mid-Pipe Heat Shield
• Ducati Performance Carbon Sprocket Cover
• Ducati Performance Carbon Heel Guards
• New Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 Tires
• Carbon Fiber License Plate Frame
• Ducati Performance Soft Cover Included

Asking Price: $12,000
Contact info: michael.pacheco55@icloud.com

LOCAL PICK-UP ONLY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEAR LAGUNA BEACH (zip code 92656)

As a one owner bike with meticulous maintenance highlighted by the seller, this 3,500 mile example is about the best we have seen on these pages. Check out the pictures closely – this bike is clean, clean, clean. That is the kind of clean that tells you it was taken care of, and cared for well. And while it is not fully stock, the upgrades have been carefully selected and integrated to improve the overall experience. This looks to be a bike done right, looks fantastic, and probably sounds even better through those under seat Arrow cans.

Tamburini Ducatis are THE thing to have right now. And this 748 shows you why – just look at it! And whether parked in your garage or man cave to be admired by few, parked at your local bike night to be admired by all, or hammering its way to redline on your favorite road, the 748 is a platform that makes sitting still look fast, and makes fast feel even better. Viva Italia indeed! Presented as it should be, correctly priced, and with only one owner under its belt, this 2002 Ducati 748 is ready for a new home. Interested individuals should drop Michael a note before it’s gone! Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – One Owner 2002 Ducati 748 with 3,500 Miles!
Ducati May 17, 2022 posted by

Bold Move: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

Not much needs to be said here. The purest MotoGP replica money can buy. This one is pretty well known in the RSBFS community and in galaxies far beyond. Not saying the aliens can’t make something this quick but Italian design can only be done by… you guessed it. The Italians.

Aside from the exclusivity and the performance, this bike is really significant for one reason: No manufacturer who was bold enough to enter MotoGP ever created road legal versions of their grand prix bikes. Yamaha could’ve released Rossi’s bike or Honda could’ve done up Marquez’s bike but they never did. Maybe the economics didn’t make for sense for them but the economics of bike ownership don’t make sense for me either!

Regarding the bike, the power isn’t what really stands out here. You can buy a Duc today for a quarter of the price that has more ponies. The chassis and tuning are what you can’t get from other production bikes. Anything engineered for premier class racing (forgive the headlights and tail lights) will have a different feel than pretty much anything else.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

From the listing:

The Ducati Desmosedici RR is a limited production road-legal version of the Desmosedici MotoGP8 bike used by Casey Stoner (GP8)

2 owners – 2,675 km

Ducati made a short production run of 1,500 street-legal variants. This bike is #775.

Comes with a cover, and a racing kit including a race-only exhaust system, a slip-on muffler, and complementary fuel and ignition mapping in a “race ECU”. It also included enough sponsor stickers to fill both sides of the bike. With forged magnesium wheels the Desmosedici RR was the first Ducati production bike to use them.

Modern GP bikes and their street disciples have a totally different design philosophy than their mid-2000s counterparts. Sharp edges and big wings make modern bikes look wide while the Desmo is very narrow. Hard to find the look today. Hard to find the sound too since you’ll get a full race exhaust and ECU with the bike.

She’s pricey. However, if you were going to get this, 1,662 miles is pretty low so you could wake up early and get this thing on the road to get your money’s worth. It would really be a crime to get a street legal MotoGP bike and not ride it on the street. You could probably pull up to a local show and people might think you have a regular Ducati.

-Norman

Bold Move: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR
Ducati May 13, 2022 posted by

Back To Our Regular Programing: 1996 Ducati 900SS SuperLight (In UK)

Seems as if the UK has had a couple of really interesting motorcycles come to market recently.  On the heals of a post trying to make a case for a Bimota DB2 over a standard 900SS this SuperLight really complicates the situation. Sure the DB2 is appealing, but is it too niche?  Maybe a Ducati 900SS SuperLight is a better fit.  The SuperLight was to be the ultimate version of the first generation SuperSports.  A light, simple, fun machine.  In the end Ducati created a cult classic from the start.

The single seal SuperLight was treated to more than just a unique numbered plaque on the triple tree.  The special yellow and single seat configuration make the bike pop and stand out.  Some carbon extras reduce weight and increase the visual appeal.  In some markets lighter wheels were used.  Many small details come together to create a wonderful package.  Low production numbers mean that you are unlikely to run into another at the local bike night.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Ducati 900 Superlight MK IV, 1996/N, I’m only the 3rd owner, 42438 miles, MOT 12th June 2022 (Can put full MOT on the bike for new owner), Comes with 2 x original keys, a thick stack of service history (Belts changed at 40974 miles), Carbon cans, clutch cover and front & rear mud guards, Superb to ride, sounds lovely, Great original condition for age & mileage, HPI Clear, Possible part exchange? Collection Norwich, I may be able to deliver, £5250 NO TIME WASTERS as I just don’t have the spare time!!! Genuine bike so only genuine buyers please!!!

With the rise in popularity of all things 90s it is hard to think of a more Rad way to spend 5250 Pounds Sterling.  At the current exchange that price would have buyers lined up around the block in the UK.  One would think that there could not be that much of an imbalance on opposite sides of the pond.  Would love to hear from some of our UK readers on the topic of valuation and comparisons to US based recent sales.  Mileage is a fair bit higher than others that have been listed, but these robust motors are know to last.

Back To Our Regular Programing:  1996 Ducati 900SS SuperLight (In UK)
Ducati May 10, 2022 posted by

Gloriously Excessive: Carbon Framed Ducati 996

Everyone knows that the Ducati superbike market is on fire right now.  Amazing low mileage examples are bringing huge numbers at auctions.  Collectors are hunting for the best of the best and paying up for the chance to add one of these beautiful machines to their garages.  As with most things collectable, originality is the primary focus.  Gurus are consulted for information on tiny details in the endless pursuit of perfection.  The bikes not snapped up by collectors are often enjoyed out on the road by owners that want to have the experience of this era motorcycle.  But the often overlooked custom market offers some really unique and interesting items.

The work custom in the collector market can be both scary and polarizing.  Many have seen poorly slapped together projects called custom builds, and rightfully shy away.  Often the modifications do not have a meaningful improvement on the performance.  They often would cost a substantial amount of money to replace with the correct OEM parts.  Those fears are not justified on a bike like this.  Today’s bike is one of those “money no object” builds that rarely trade hands.  Just take a look at the lengthy list of over the top parts that were used to build this bike.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This special Ducati is for the collector who demands perfection, and something spectacular.

Rare, one of a kind, Ducati Superbike.
Up for sale: the “You Wish” 1036CS built by Alex Ortner which took 1700 man hour to build.

The “You Wish” bike as published in the Ian Falloon’s article in Two Wheels magazine.

Quick synopsis of the bike:
-342lb wet (no gas)
– 155hp with just under 100ft-lb of torque
– Ti, Mag, and CF everything
– 1700hr of build time, many one-off parts

The bike has been gone over and completely sorted by CommonWealth Motorcycles, over the 12-years I have owned it. Also, the motor was rebuilt to a much higher spec than Alex had it by CommonWealth motorcycles and tuned by Doug Lofgren (to the tune of $12,000.00 invoices attached). The motor is now putting out 155hp and just under 100ft-lbs of torque. Also, the motor has roughly 100mi since the rebuild.

The bike has also had a certified independent appraisal done by Mark Mederski of Mederski Vintage Motorcycle Services for $205,000.00

Attached:

*Copy of “You wish” article

*Full Independent appraisal by Medershi Vintage Motorcycle Services

*copies from Common Wealth Motorcycles of the work they have done on the 1036CS since purchased.

*the 1036CS will be sold with a fresh service by Common Wealth Motorcycles for the new buyer so it is ready for the track or road upon delivery.

The trouble with this type of bike is that they are extremely challenging to value.  Do you take the cost of the build?  How do you factor into the fact that some of these period parts are no longer available?   Does the price of the underlying stock bike matter?  Or do you just pick a number that you are comfortable with and tell yourself that you only live once and that life is too short to miss out on an amazing bike like this?

Bidding is already over $15k and the seller is hinting at six figure evaluations.

Gloriously Excessive:  Carbon Framed Ducati 996
Ducati May 6, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2009 Ducati 848 with 1,996 miles!

So much Superbike goodness is aboard Ducati supersports, that in their more street-friendly package they can be the smarter purchase.  Our friends at Northwest European offer their most recent arrival, a 2009 848 with just under 2,000 miles.

2009 Ducati 848 asking $8,950

With its neo-classic Giandrea Fabbro design, the 848 shares its red trellis and bodywork with the 1198 superbike, along with the magnesium headlight subframe.  The engine was an all-new design and used vacuum casting to help it weigh less than the previous supersport mill.  134 hp would’ve been in the superbike arena just a few years earlier, but the torque curve is such that the shifter and wet clutch don’t require continuous attention.  Brembo monoblock brakes are same as the superbike, suspension geometries are identical, and Showa fully adjustable forks and monoshock are specified.  The single sided swingarm only looks massive, with room for a theoretical pillion above.  Marchesini Y-spoke wheels are forged and finished in black to match the mudguards and side covers.

Northwest European’s 848 shows beautifully and all original.  There has been just one owner, and having been victim of a tipover, the new owner can ride without the dread about that first imperfection.  Jason at Northwest European has these notes –

The Ducati 848 shares a frame and all body work with it’s big brother the 1098. Penned by designer Giandrea Fabbro, the new Ducatis were cutting edge both in terms of style and technical innovations at the time. Today they provide tremendous value for Ducati ownership – modern super bike looks and performance, and the pride of ownership of a modern collectible. Something to ride and use today, and be part of a growing collection long term, the best of both worlds.

Our latest arrival – An all original, clean, one owner, Ducati 848 with only 1,996 miles showing. Comes with all the original manuals/books, two keys, factory toolkit, and original sales and warranty paperwork. A new battery was fitted along with an engine oil and filter change in May 2022.

Northwest European asks $8,950 for their 848 and you can contact Jason with questions at 206-355-7727 or by email – jason@nweuro.com

In its classic Ducati rosso, the 848 also isn’t a stickered special edition – just a small laurel wreath on the tank celebrates Troy Bayliss’ 2008 championship.  And since most 1198 accessories will fit, there’s ample room for customization.  The 848 reviewed as one of the more riderly Ducati sportbikes – fun without automatic jail time, a modern dash without the distraction of electronic nannies, and lower on the maintenance scale.  Plus the superbike looks can’t be beat.

Check the full listing at nweuro.com and contact Jason with questions at 206-355-7727 or by email – jason@nweuro.com

Featured Listing – 2009 Ducati 848 with 1,996 miles!
Ducati April 27, 2022 posted by

Quattordici – 1990 Ducati 851 Strada

Ducati 851 for sale

Update 4.27.2022: We last saw this 851 in May of last year and now it’s back on eBay with fresh pictures as well. Current bid is $8,000 and the reserve is met. 4 days remain on the auction. Links updated. -dc

What a wild spring time we are having here at RSBFS! There appears to be a nearly inexhaustible supply of rare Ducati 851 examples in all different conditions and price points. We’ve posted so many of these lately that I’m tempted to cut and paste the historic details on the model from earlier posts, but I’ll spare you the lazy journalism. These bikes are cool enough to talk about over and over and over again. So without furthering any ado, let’s dive into this 1990 Ducati 851.

1990 Ducati 851 Strada for sale on eBay

The 851 is an iconic model simply because it began the lineage of the modern day Ducati Superbike. From the early days of the singles, through the era of the bevels, right into the Pantah era, Ducatis were defined by the 2-valve desmo actuation and for being air cooled (simple and light). The 851 threw out all off that and more by plonking a unique 4-valve desmo head (based on a 1970s University thesis, and with some help from Cosworth) atop a new barrel structure that was liquid cooled, allowing for tighter tolerances and far more heat dissipation. These two elements were maximized via the use of additional new technology – fuel injection. The result was 105 HP (power increased over the years) at higher RPMs than previous models, and with a willing chassis and good aero the 851 was born. And with it, the ground work for more than a decade of dominance in WSBK.

From the seller:
1990 851
Vin ZDM1HB6R2LB001226
Engine HB6L001286

Beautiful Ducati 851

Barely ridden since I got it a few years ago.
Idled often and kept on battery tender.
New battery
Fresh gas
Sorry no service history other than the gentleman I bought it from few years ago had his mechanic go through it thoroughly.
Most ducati folks like to do their own maintenance as it’s fairly easy so you’d probably want to do fluids, look at belts, tires, chain.
Fires right up, idles great, drives, shifts, brakes, lights work… all good! Just went for a quick ride, love this bike but downsizing and this one needs a new home with someone to ride it more!

Only thing I notice is the rear brake light does not brighten when depressing the rear brake pedal. Probably an easy fix. The front brake lever does activate the brake light.

No mirrors on this bike but I may have an extra set from a 900ss I have. Negotiable on including these.
Bike has usual nicks and scratches, but no dents or dings on tank. Note the bottom section of one fairing has a spot that is chipped/scratched. Zoom in on the pic. Not noticeable when fairing is on bike. Bike could use a good cleaning. I’ve always kept indoors.

Please look at pics and examine closely. I’m happy to chat or take closer up pics of anything.

Today’s model is the Strada – meaning street. This is the lowest spec of the 851 class, not to damn it with faint praise. It is simply the most comment variant, which includes a passenger pillion and associated hardware. In fact, all the 851 examples posted on RSBFS in the last month have been the Strada edition. This particular bike has higher mileage than its posted peers (21,000+ claimed), and like most 30 year old motorcycles it has experienced some mods and mishaps. On the mods front I spy a tinted windscreen and non-factory handgrips. More concerning is the lack of mirrors (and why). The rest of the bike looks presentable and the plastics appear to be in good shape, although there is some weathering of the black parts such as the forks, top clamp, and engine cases.

The seller notes that this bike has not been ridden much as of late, and there is a lack of service records. The oil in the sight glass does appear dark and in need of a change, but color is rarely an accurate indicator. Belts should be done as much as for time as miles, and would be high on my list of to-dos. While this is a doable chore for the home mechanic, it is a bit more involved than on your average 2-valve Ducati thanks to the extra systems in the way. Valve adjustments can also be done by the home mechanic, but you will need tools specific for retrieving and measuring the shims, as well as a way to obtain the necessary-sized shims to complete the job. This one is being offered as a Buy It Now of $12,500, with the seller open to offers. That is a strong price considering some of the others that we have seen recently, but the good news is that the healthy supply allows for some shopping around. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Quattordici – 1990 Ducati 851 Strada
Ducati April 23, 2022 posted by

Surely Worth A Look: 2003 Ducati 749S

If you are a Rare Sports Bike enthusiast that finds yourself angry at the ever rising prices of your beloved machines, perhaps it is time to start thinking slightly outside of the box.  There are gems out there in the market if you are willing to dig.  Take this 2003 Ducati 749S for example.  It has all style, sound and appeal of an Italian sport bike of the era with just a slight dilution in performance.  The key is that the small reduction in absolute speed is coupled with a large reduction in purchase price.  Most buyers of a semi vintage superbike are less concerned with performance and more concerned with the overall experience anyway.

More commonly seen in the traditional red, it is nice to see an example in yellow.  Bike should stand out any any local ride in or cars and coffee event.  The 749 came in a couple of different flavors over the year.  The stripped down Dark, the base, an S and the top of the line R.  The R was known to be a strict homologation special, and many in period reviews spoke highly of the 749S street manors.   This generation was also praised for being far more comfortable when compared to the 748.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

03 Ducati 749 S for sale – 16,500 miles, clean title in hand, runs/rides great, fresh Dunlop Q3+ tires, overall good shape. Mostly stock other than a Termignoni exhaust, rearsets, clutch cover etc. This is the factory S model with hotter cams and lots of carbon fiber. Beautiful motorcycle – the 749 and 999 Terblanche-styled bikes are coming into their own! Pricing is going up on these rare bikes.

Located in LA’s South Bay.

The Buy It Now price is listed at $7,000 and the seller indicates that they are opened to offers as well.  The just over 16k miles means this will not appeal to a static collection, but there are still plenty of miles left in it for the new owner to enjoy.  The open clutch cover, rearsets and exhaust are all choice modifications that most owners will desire.  In many markets the focus is on 100% factory original, but in the Ducati world a pass is often given for specific components being installed.  The elephant in the room is the lack of mention of service history.  A set of cam belts might be needed.  Luckily these are not expensive from Ducati (Also aftermarket options for about half the cost) and well with in the scope of a DIY owner to install.

Surely Worth A Look:  2003 Ducati 749S