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Ducati November 2, 2018 posted by

Hero Worship – 1995 Ducati 916 Corsa

An order of magnitude rarer than any road-going Ducati, bona fide Corsa machines appear just every few years, while merely special 916's check in almost monthly.  Returned to its original as-delivered livery, this is a California privateer's Fast-by-Ferracci 916/955 racer.

1995 Ducati 916 Corsa for sale on eBay

Carl Fogarty had won the 1994 WSBK Championship ( and would repeat in 1995 ) and a basically 1994-spec Corsa was available to purchase for 1995.  The twin was bored to displace 955cc and forged pistons pushed the compression ratio to 12:1 and made 155 hp.  The all Öhlins suspension was also oversized, with 46mm forks and a 10mm longer swingarm than the road bike.  A 5.8 gallon fuel tank went race distance and the rear rim was 6 inches wide.  In a valiant effort to challenge the 320 lbs. minimum weight, fairings and covers were carbon fiber.

My usual yardsticks of mileage and maintenance are no use here.  The owner does offer a short monograph of the very bike by Ian Falloon - here -.  It's a never-titled racer which might turn a lap or two in the future, but more likely will be toward the end of an aisle of other red bikes.  From the eBay auction:

Bike built in February of 1995 and initially sold by Eraldo Ferracci.  This Corsa was retired from competitive racing in 1997.
Retrospeed of Belgium, Wisconsin was previously commissioned to fully repaint bike, install a new fuel pump, prove that the bike was mechanically sound, change fluids and set up for long term storage.
New slicks would need to be fit prior to track use.
The owner, an Italian collector, is thinning his motorcycle collection to make room for a car purchase.
The 955 Corsa is not titled-none were-as they were produced for the sole purpose of racing.

After a late season crash that saw him recovering in 1996, owner-rider Greg Prinze painted the 916 in Pro Italia's tricolore for 1997 and took the California-based American Federation of Motorcyclists 8-race championship that year.  Both retired after that, and the bike was at some point restored for display.  The starting bid set accordingly, the FBF provenance and race history serve this Corsa well.  Discussing the performance is like the occasional "how would you spend the Powerball ?" discussion, it sure would be nice to try...

-donn

Hero Worship – 1995 Ducati 916 Corsa
Ducati October 29, 2018 posted by

Darkwing Duc – 1999 Ducati 900SS

Though the Supersport has been a Ducati staple through thick and thin, the late 90's re-design by Pierre Terblanche was met with either a cheer or a wrinkled nose.  Having mostly been riders, not many have been nicely modified and barely ridden like the one here.

1999 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Not just a facelift, the Supersport re-design brought a host of mechanical improvements, like fuel injection, an improved charging system, and a wider rear tire.  The 904cc desmodue has revised cam profiles to help bring 80 hp at 7,500 rpm, and mid-range has a healthy 57 ft.-lbs. torque.  As on Supersports past, the suspension was supplied by Showa, and brakes by Brembo, who also cast the hollow-spoke wheels for this generation.

This 900SS is owned by a N.J.-based parts re-seller, and has just 2,772 miles despite some premium upgrades.  An act of faith to tear down a factory new engine, the 944 upgrade is a piston and cylinder swap for 40 more cc's, but higher compression results in what should be 85-90 hp.  Seems only right to fit an Arrow "spaghetti" exhaust and re-flash the ECU.  Hard to argue with new cam belts and battery.  From the eBay auction:

Very nice low mileage injected Supersport.  944 kit and ecu flash by Certified Ducati Dealer when bike was brand new.  Full Stainless Arrow 45mm big tube exhaust, Ohlins rear shock, Yoyodyne clutch slave, Custom matched seat, Billet gas cap.

Bike is in very nice condition and it would cost you $4500 to build the motor, buy the exhaust and flash the ECU.  Ohlins shock is another $1200.  You are well over that price I am asking for just these few items.
New timing belts, New battery.

The revamped SS had slightly raised bars but the ergonomics were still unfriendly until you were moving well, and the love-it / hate-it design didn't help matters.  Sculpted fairings have since come back into fashion, and the upper-only set are few and far between.  I'm with the owner that the value is there, but since I'm not in the market, someone else will have to push Make Offer.  Not being very suitable for collateral duties like touring or commuting, the late Supersport is just for a nice weekend afternoon, but for that it is perfect...

-donn

Darkwing Duc – 1999 Ducati 900SS
Ducati October 26, 2018 posted by

Reserve Met: 565-mile 2000 Ducati MH900e

Sixteen years after Ducati's original run of bikes celebrating Mike Hailwood's return to form at the 1978 Isle of Man TT, Bologna kicked out a Pierre Terblanche-penned update to the much-lauded MHR900. The MH900e, where 'e' stands for evoluzione, was a much more exclusive machine than the original MHR900, with just 2,000 rolling off the line between 2000 and 2002. Though the bike had a relatively sedate 75-horsepower air-cooled v-twin, the frame, suspension and bodywork were all one-offs, from the gorgeously sculpted bikini fairing, tank, tail and exhaust to the steel trellis frame and swingarm.

2000 Ducati MH900e for sale on eBay

To up the exclusivity, Ducati sold the bikes directly to customers over an Internet order form which opened at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2000. The first 1,000 sold in 31 minutes. By 2000 standards, the idea was dazzlingly futuristic. Especially since half the world still thought the stroke of midnight would mean the world's computers would meltdown and send us back to the Stone Age.

This 2000 Ducati MH900e has been ridden enough to prove that it does actually run, and just barely enough to have been enjoyed a couple times. Aside from that, it has been a display piece, and has the pristine bodywork to prove it. The seller gives precious few details beyond the pictures.

From the eBay listing:

This motorcycle is For Sale only!!
Its in perfect condition only has 565 miles just serviced all original. Museum Quality and one of a 2,000 made. for more info just leave a message and i will get back to you.

The reserve appears to be met at $15,000, which is what Ducati commanded for the bikes originally. We're sure that won't be the end of the line for this rare and special Duc.

Reserve Met: 565-mile 2000 Ducati MH900e
Ducati October 22, 2018 posted by

Textbook Case – 2005 Ducati 749R #172

Ducati took the SuperSport rule book back to Bologna and tailored the 749R to fit, and while it didn't achieve a championship, regular AMA SuperSport points and podiums were a  great achievement.  Better still is this homologation special from 2005, a smashing middleweight and well appointed roadable edition.

2005 Ducati 749R #172 for sale on eBay

One of SuperSports' paradigms is to contain costs by limiting allowable race preparation, allowing non-factory teams to be more competitive.  Ducati's rulebook analysis made the 749R ready and adjustable for the racetrack.  The engine was developed for the R-model only, and liberal use of advanced materials like titanium valve train, magnesium head covers, and high-strength aluminum pistons allowed the 749cc engine to be tuned for a whopping 121 hp.  Similarly, the chassis shares a lot with the 999S, and has a linear monoshock linkage to improve high speed handling.  Headstock, seat position, and footpegs are all adjustable within a tight race-derived focus.  Premium components like Öhlins dampers, Brembo monoblock brakes, carbon accessories, and factory slipper clutch are all standard on the 749R.

Offered by a Florida tuner and parts dealer, not much info is given about this -R's history, but looks excellent for it 17,000 miles.  Go-Pro mounts seem out of place but are easily corrected.  A few nice farkles are listed in the eBay auction:

Gilles Rear Sets
CRG Levers
Swing Arm Spools
Carbon Rear Hugger
Carbon Clutch Cover
Carbon Timing Belt Cover

Not quite sure why the 749S did pretty well in AMA SuperSport but had less luck in Europe.  Depending on your point of view, the 749's roomy fairing  can be a plus or leave you wanting a more classic looking Ducati.  The starting bid is right up there for a mid-size with mid-life miles, but the condition warrants a second look.  If the maintenance history is great and the damage history is minimal, it could be a nice buy...

-donn

Textbook Case – 2005 Ducati 749R #172
Ducati October 21, 2018 posted by

The Good Stuff: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale

Well, it's finally starting to happen: the days of dirt cheap Tamburini Ducati superbikes are coming to an end. Yeah, 748s and 996s still offer some pretty great bang for your buck but, if you were planning to pick up a first-generation 916 like this nicely-upgraded bike for peanuts, you'd better get cracking. What, you thought it'd be possible to find low-mile examples of the most iconic motorcycle of the modern era would last forever?

Under the skin, it was just an evolution of Ducati's four-valve, liquid-cooled 851/888. But that skin... It made the bike a star whose appeal reached far beyond the hard-core biking community, and the 916 appeared as an aspirational object in film and print media, in music videos, and on posters that adorned the walls of a million teenagers who didn't own a bike, maybe never ended up owning a bike. Even if you're not into motorcycles at all, you'll probably recognize the 916.

The original 916's 114 claimed horses sounds pretty paltry, compared to today's superbikes, or even today's supersports. But while its performance has been surpassed by modern sportbikes, the 916 still handles beautifully, sounds amazing, and parts are still available to keep them on the road. There are also a wealth of parts to upgrade them, and there is pretty good parts-interchangeability between the different models. Make all the snarky comments you like about Latin reliability, but at least the 916 was designed to be serviced: every bike will need to come apart at some point, and those quarter-turn Dzus fasteners make removing the bodywork a five-minute affair.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale

AP Racing full race 6-pot titanium brakes, titanium hardware, and master cylinder. These were race team-only in ‘95. Marchesini magnesium wheels, the race wheel (RARE). Carbon fiber air box, air tubes, in-box filer, under tray, swingarm cover, chain cover, chin lower, fender front with air vents. Nichols billet clutch basket. Ferracci stator/starter/ EPROM chip/Öhlins damper. Termignoni carbon ovals. Bike has been well cared for from the time I got it in ’98 bike still draws crowds. It’s a great ride: runs strong, starts every time. You won’t find a better ’95 916. Will meet shipper at the curb. Payment to be sent next day mail, you will have 3 days to pay in full by check. As soon as funds clear the bank, bike will ship. No BS.

The seller is asking $16,000 for this bike and that's pretty high for a 916, but we all know they're headed that way. Miles aren't especially low, but the bike has, as the seller indicates, had some very nice parts thrown at it, especially those trick front brakes. And with Ducatis, a bit of mileage is a good thing: it means the bike's been used and likely maintained. Which is great if you plan to ride, instead of display it. I'd normally consider a claim like "you won't find a better '95 916" to be hyperbole but, unless you're looking for a display bike with single-digit miles, I don't think he's wrong.

-tad

The Good Stuff: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale
Ducati October 17, 2018 posted by

Big money: Virgin 1985 Ducati MHR Mille

To celebrate Mike Hailwood's stunning 1978 win at the Isle of Man TT, Ducati wrapped special tricolore bodywork around a bevel-head 900SS and cranked out one of the first true race replicas, and inadvertently launched a machine that would carry them more than halfway through the 1980s.

1985 Ducati MHR Mille for sale on eBay

This 1985 Ducati MHR Mille is a very late 1,000 cc example, from the final run of bikes that Cagiva authorized. It is available in Australia, and has accumulated just two kilometers in its 33 years. The sellers say the battery has never been connected and the bike has never been fired, so we have to assume that those miles are from moving it from display to display.

As you'd expect, the paint and bodywork are immaculate, and some of the rubber pieces that avoided direct exposure even look brand new. Its only major flaw appears to be turn signals that have been taped on after the original rubber mounts bit the dust.

From the eBay listing:

Ducati MHR 1000 1985

New condition

As per photos

Ducati Mark Hailwood Replica Mile 1985

Last and arguably the best of the legendary bevels. This motorcycle is in immaculate condition, new from a private museum collection. Never has been started nor has the battery ever been connected.

An extremely hard motorbike to find in this condition. The bike has 2km on the odometer, same as our Brand new Ducati F1. (See other ad)

All original from rolling out of the shop in 1985, original tyres, oil filter, battery ect.

The rubber in the indicators has perished and some of the indicators are taped onto the bike.

Motorbike turns over, we have not started the motorbike. Will be sold how we got it.

Will suit a collector

Can and will transport overseas. So please don't hesitate to contact me with freight inquiries.

We are open to package deals with the new Ducati F1 as well

Will probably never see the same bike in
this condition. Don't miss out with this investment

Can assist with freight/finance if needed

LOCATED IN AUSTRALIA BUT CAN FREIGHT TO WHERE EVER

Please note that we will need to be payed in AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS

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Despite its age by 1985, the bike produced an impressive 75 horsepower and knocked on 140 mph. Its performance numbers soon would be eclipsed by Ducati's Desmoquattro bikes, which were to break cover two years after the MHRs went out of production.

The sellers have tailored their $60,000 U.S. asking price to the rarity of the bike and the fact that it has never been moved under its own power. The engine turns over, they say, but they have made no attempt to start it. By this point, that likely relegates the bike to permanent museum piece status.

Big money: Virgin 1985 Ducati MHR Mille