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Ducati July 12, 2022 posted by

Like A Fine Aged Wine: 2005 Ducati 999R

Top tier Ducati R models have always been in high demand.  The connection to the factory race bikes means collectors and riders alike lust after them.  It is unlikely that these rare beasts ever fall into the hands of owners that would treat them as basic used motorcycles, meaning they are often well cared for and loved.  Often all of this doting translates into stratospheric pricing.  Many are left on the sidelines only to watch desirable machines endlessly bringing eye watering results at sales and auctions.  Well there is a glimmer of hope in the 999R.  In the last couple of years there has been a large shift in pricing for the once cast aside 999 generation and it might time to grab a 999R at the bottom of the depreciation curve.

Full carbon fiber fairings, shower fuel injection, forged light weight wheels, radial Brembo calipers, magnesium castings for the headlights and engine covers as well as fully adjustable Ohlins suspension round out the amazing list of performance parts that go into creating the 999R

The piece to take note of is the relative movement of the R versions.  The example today has a Buy It Now price of $15,000 and when the S models are routinely cresting the five figure mark it seems that the premium to step up to the R is money well spent.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This is the very rare, very fast, homologation-built Ducati 999R – The last of the breed of serious max performance liter bikes.

– This bike produces over 150HP easily, with upgraded exhaust,
– a Power Commander should the next owner want even MORE HP. (this bike currently has the OE tune on the CPU).
– The forks seals have been replaced recently by a certified Ducati dealership service department.
– The sprockets and chain are brand new
– Comes with a new, OE tail, should the next owner prefer total originality versus the rear signals removed.
– has aftermarket clutch basket cover as well.
When the Ducati 999 was released in 2003 the world wasn’t ready for the huge design change from the superbike’s predecessors.

However, now the 999 is being viewed as the leap in V twin Ducati superbike design that it really was.

The all new Ducati 999 featured a different new line from the 916 which was largely created by a double sided swingarm and boxy, bulkier bodywork.

Powered by the revered 90° V Twin Testastretta Desmodromic engine, by 2005 all 3 models received upgrades with the 999R in particular benefiting from an additional 11 horses and 6lb more torque. – That’s 145 HP and 88 lb/ft in BASE TRIM. This bike is easily upward of that to the wheel.

The homologation Ducati 999R was released in 2004 and was Ducati’s premium offering of the model. It was equipped with carbon fiber parts and the engine was remapped to offer the most power possible. At the time it was the closest race-like machine you could get without forking out for a custom built bike.

Technically the machine was exceptional and the detail incorporated is really what makes the Ducati 999 stand out. Built and designed for both excellent technical performance and riding position comfort.

Here are some of the key design features:

Super aerodynamic fairing
Ellipsoidal headlamps
Turn signals into mirrors which were also quick release
Adjustable ergonomics
Adjustable levers and controls
Turbulence reducing forward air vents
The rider ergonomics of the Ducati 999 were later incorporated into the GP bikes as they proved superior over previous designs. The steering angle was also increased which made low speed manoeuvres easier.

On top of all this Terblanche knew the importance of improving the new motorcycle over and above the Ducati 916 so he sought to improve the ease of maintenance, increase maintenance intervals, and improve power and torque curves.

Terblanche and his team used CAD and extensive computer technology to test the bikes design, leading to a simplified machine layout and simplified electrical system. The Ducati 999 was a bike built for function over form, styling came second. Ducati knew the performance of the bike was second to none and therefore felt the risk on the aesthetics was worth it.

The Ducati 999 only remained in production until 2006.

However, the bike made its mark on both the track and the street.

The Ducati 999 won three Superbike titles with riders Neil Hodgson, James Toseland and Troy Bayliss riding to victory in 2003, 2004 and 2006 respectively.

The new Ducati split enthusiasts with its styling but there was no denying its improved riding performance over the 916. While it was a slow burn for the Ducati 999, its wins on the track led the way for the masses to appreciate the superbike.

When it comes to buying a Ducati 999 buyers need to be aware that there is a significant difference in price between the various models with the standard 999 sitting at around $7,000 in the US and the 999R going for upwards of $17000 on average, and climbing! Hagerty valuations confirm this.

This seller’s listing does have a few inaccuracies from a historic prospective, and they even might be accused of embellishing some of the folklore surrounding the bike, but that does not take away from what appears to be a very clean example of a great bike.  The 2005 came with an upgraded swing arm when compared to the first year bikes.  They also have the striking red frame and revised front nose bodywork.  Would be nice to know if the bike has a service history, or some details on when the belts were last changed, but truth be told these are not major issues.  Service costs are not as inflated as some on the internet would have you think.  These bikes are undervalued in the market and really offer a great opportunity for someone to jump into the world of R Ducati at an affordable price point.

Like A Fine Aged Wine:  2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati July 8, 2022 posted by

Sold By Original Owner: 2008 Ducati 1098R

If there is one line of motorcycles that needs no introduction, it is the R models from Ducati.  All of our loyal RSBFS readers will know all about how there are the homologation versions of the era and represent the best that was available.  Their massive performance envelops also came with high prices and production numbers that often did not keep up with demand.  The 1098R is rather interesting because it uses an 1198cc engine and produces over 180 horsepower.  This was a massive jump over the 999R in terms of power.  The styling was also a return to form for Ducati and harked back to the beautiful 916.

Collectable motorcycles often focus on the first or last of something.  In this case the 1098 was towards the end of the line for the steel trellis framed Ducatis.  There was a 1198R, but those are extremely rare in the US, and truth be told are not all that different in terms of engine spec to the 1098R.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This is a pristine 1098R with 6000miles all serviced kept with all Carbon.

There is not a single scratch on the fairings. Clear bra installed from brand new.

It has all original parts also original indoor dust cover.

It has the BST Carbon wheels

Clean title in hand.

Bike located in Chandler Arizona

Listed with a Buy It Now price of just under $21,000 the bike should sell quickly.  Relatively low miles and some tasteful, and expensive upgrades makes for an attractive package.  Buying from the original owner is a amazing perk.  The listing claims to have all the service records and original parts.  Only thing to note on any 1098 is that these are from the era when Ducati had issues with the fuel tanks swelling.  Most have been resolved by the point, but it is worth noting and confirming the issue was addressed by the seller at some point.

Sold By Original Owner: 2008 Ducati 1098R
Ducati July 7, 2022 posted by

Number 1 in our Hearts: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO

This auction ended early, before we could post – but we are sharing the the content for our avid readers. Just goes to show that the best rare bikes can go quickly! – MI

It’s red. It has low miles and in great looking condition. It has the “I’m #1” plate boldly emblazoned on the tail. And it’s a 888cc, four valve, fuel injected, liquid cooled Ducati from the era when they owned WSBK Superbike racing. Did I mention that it is rare and one of the more collectable Ducatis? Yeah, it’s all that.

1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

The mighty Ducati 888 was a serious homologation machine – on many fronts. Born of the ground breaking 851, the motive power behind the 888 was an evolution of the previous desmoquattro. In fact, the entire 888 was a subtle evolution of the world-beating 851, ensuring maximum performance on the racetrack. As such the 888 was offered as a street bike for homologation purposes – but in several different forms. The SPO that we see here today was offered specifically for the North American market, as Ducati eyed a dominance of the US in addition to owning the high-speed circuits of Europe.

From the seller:
1993 DUCATI 888 SPO, Rare limited Import, only Approx. 150 were imported into the USA, according to personnel at Ducati USA, all 1993 888 imported were SPO’s. Bike is all stock , no modifications. Bike was stored for 10 years between 2010 & 2020, with original owner putting 2786 miles on it. In Nov 2020, bike received a $2k full service at Desmo sports in SF California, including New Cam belts, oil & filters, new front and rear Rossi 2 tires, Battery, plugs, replaced coolant, new rear shock damper, front brake switch, rebuilt clutch slave cylinder, and all Misc gaskets and seals needed. Bike has since been on Display unused in San Jose California , where it is located. The bike is showing slightly over 2800 miles and is in great condition for a 27 year old bike, but has usual small marks and scratches from display and its age. It has a clear California title, and comes with original tool kit and owners Manual.

The opportunity to own a bone stock 888 SPO with fewer than 3,000 miles does not come often. This bike has seen a full maintenance refit only 2 years ago, and has been sitting idle since by way of a display model. It is based in sunny California, not that the abundance of riding days has added anything to the mileage tally. Nearly 30 years on the big triple 8 continues to impress with its classic silhouette, booming exhaust note, exceptional brakes and vaunted chassis stability. This one is not cheap (BIN is set at $22.5), but we don’t see them like this often. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Number 1 in our Hearts: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Ducati July 6, 2022 posted by

High End Hoon – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore #382/400

Stir the throttle and brakes a bit too thoroughly and a knowledgeable gendarme might just pull you over to check out the S4RS.  Today’s is a single-year special, all the best components and the national livery to boot.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for sale on eBay

10 years into the Monster, Ducati fit a desmoquattro to the naked, and the market considered it worth overdoing.  S4 with a 916, S4R with a 996, and S4RS with the testastretta 998.  130 hp without a fairing was pretty out there in 2008, with a light gold trellis struggling to find enough places to attach plumbing and electrical.  As a flagship, components on the S4RS were top shelf – Öhlins front and rear, 320mm Brembo radial mounts, and Marchesini Y-spoke wheels.  The seat fairing might look like a hideaway pillion, but the S4RS is a mono.

Apparently the seller has an eBay business selling petroliana, but knows their way around a testastretta as well.  Nice mods but more importantly, maintenance is current including a new battery.  Tires aren’t mentioned in the eBay auction, but look good –

S4RS Tricolore.  Only 400 produced total.  Bike is very very nice. Mechanicals up to date and had a few tasteful mods.  Full Arrow exhaust system. Number 382 of 400. Every stock part (except the original tires) is included. I bought this from the second owner with 2,700 miles. I have all the paperwork and all keys (2 black, 1 red). Timing belts changed and valves adjusted less than 500 miles ago. Brand new battery, oil and filter, and coolant flush, tires are in good shape. Bike runs great and needs nothing.  Let me know if you would like more or specific pictures. Bike has an Oberon slave cylinder (previous owner) CRG mirrors and levers, Cox Racing screens on the radiator and oil cooler, open clutch cover, plate, springs from EVR.

Not really at home on the highway, the water-cooled four valve Monsters are more comfortable around town, and often add a tooth out back to help rideability.  Lack of fairings helps the engine stay cool(er), and the exposed works have their own beauty.  Quite collectible at this level, the Make Offer button is there if the ask seems a stretch.

-donn

High End Hoon – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore #382/400
Ducati July 4, 2022 posted by

Orange from Orange – 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 Monoposto

Ducati simplified their SportClassic offerings after the initial year, making the 2006 model the one to look for.  Today’s monoposto looks very good even parked on a dusty shoulder.

2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 for sale on eBay

Ducati wowed fans when the 2006 SC’s were introduced, with three specific knods to a past classic.  The monoposto had a café racer’s vibe, and one of Panigale’s best engines, the 91 hp dual-spark air cooled 992cc.  Plenty of designer attention was given to keep the SportClassic’s message focused, with two-into-two exhaust and spoked aluminum wheels.  Up-to-date brakes and suspension are hiding in plain sight but offer welcome performance, and Marelli fuel injection brought emissions down to the new Euro-3 standard.

This Sport Classic shows nicely, seeming undamaged and with a few updates.  The separate Termi’s are a regular choice for this model, though most owners opt for an open clutch cover.  The tail has of course been tidied, and the factory chrome bar-end mirrors and tank filler replaced with black anodized components.  Valve train service was recently completed and tires are fresh.  The handlebars appear to have the later, higher risers, though maybe a reader could verify.  Like helmets in the new Top Gun movie, front turn signals might be optional these days.  Owner’s notes from the eBay auction –

2006 was the only year for the Sport Classic to have a dry clutch, single swing arm/shock/spring, single seat, etc. and then Ducati switched to wet clutch, double swing arm, etc. from 2007 onwards. I’m selling because I simply don’t ride enough these days. The 2006’s are extremely hard to find and are increasing in value, but I need to make the space. The bike is well cared for, lightly ridden, and always garaged. It has the Termignoni exhaust and the Pirelli tires have less than 500 miles on them. It also has a brand new battery. Mechanically sound, rides strong and clutch engages solidly. Aesthetically all looks good overall. The turn signals, as they do for every Sport Classic, break off far too easily and should be replaced. Major service was completed about 1000 miles ago or so at Rider Revolution in Costa Mesa. The bike is ready to be ridden. I have 2 keys, the manual and some service history/records as well.

After the splash, Sport Classics languished in the showrooms, but have more than made up their popularity in recent years.  The 1000DS’s revered torque band and sound is still available on the Scrambler page, the 800 or 1100’s being Ducati’s only air-cooled models.  Now a classic in their own right, these retro tributes appear to have been ahead of their time.

-donn

Orange from Orange – 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 Monoposto
Ducati July 2, 2022 posted by

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

Update 7.2.2022: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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

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

LOCAL PICK-UP ONLY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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.

MI

Featured Listing – One Owner 2002 Ducati 748 with 3,500 Miles!
Ducati June 28, 2022 posted by

Get ’em While The Gettin’s Good: 2005 Ducati 749

Not that long ago the 999/749 era was not looked on fondly.  People repeated an endless stream of disparaging comments, all revolving around aesthetics.  They literally were looking past a machine that was better in every functional way to the previous generations.  They failed to acknowledge the amazing racing success and usable road manors.  Today we have seen collectors turn their eyes to the 999/749, partly because of massive price increases to the 996/748 bikes but also because the newest collectors are at an age to have a stronger connection to the 999/749.  It was the bike they grew up lusting after.

As with most Ducati lines ups there is a “standard” bike, an upgraded S model and the range topping homologation specials with and R branding.  Obviously the higher specification bikes come with a premium both in appeal and pricing.   For many years enthusiasts quietly purchased and  enjoyed the 750cc versions of Ducati sport bikes.  The idea was that you got all the looks and curb appeal for a fraction of the cost.  Some were even opened an honest about riding style and skill so they admitted that for most the open class bikes were overkill.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Excellent condition cosmetically and mechanically. Bike needs nothing. Really rare and collectible with really low miles. Mint condition. 6700 miles. Recently serviced including belts, oil, oil filter, spark plugs etc…more pics and videos on demand. This is a classic Ducati only raising in value. Bike comes with Biposto seat and biposto frame. Past are the days that this model was considered ugly and only people started appreciating this a few years ago. Clean title on hand. Only cash. No trades. Thanks for watching

This standard 749 might not be a top tier version but that does not mean it should be dismissed.  The bike is listed as being well serviced and in nice shape.  Images show a desirable Tergi exhaust and a complete suite of books and keys.  As more and more people start looking to add a bike from this generation it will be come harder and harder to find a clean and well sorted example.  The $8,999 Buy It Now price might initially shock some, but that does appear to be reasonable pricing right now.  Worst one could say is it might be slightly “future pricing”.  These are well beyond the timeframe to be depreciating.

Get ’em While The Gettin’s Good:  2005 Ducati 749
Ducati June 28, 2022 posted by

Track Day Tuesday: 1983 Ducati TT Pantah

It’s time again for another of my favorite installments: Track Day Tuesday! And today’s gem is more than just a UJM with lights removed/taped over. Today’s track day bike actually belongs on a track. Built by Ducati to chase after supersport titles, the TT2 was a fantastic race bike utilizing the new Pantah engine. This was to be the replacement of the bevel drive street bikes and racers, and toothed rubber belts to drive the Desmo valve assembly proved to be quiet, reliable and much easier to build and set up. All in all, the TT was legendary for light weight, narrow profile, and fantastic handling; in the hands of someone like Tony Rutter this was a formidable racetrack weapon.

From the seller:
1983 Ducati TT Pantah Corsa Racer.

Full restored Ducati TT Pantah/ Corsa Racer red / yellow. To many new parts to list. For the TT Corsa Pantah Racer a Ducati frame # DMK8F00084 with added a 38 mm Marzoccchi racing suspension was used. Running on 16 inch front wheel with new 120-80-16 Battlax / rear 150-60-180 Battlex / FPS wheels.

More from the seller:
The engine # DM 650 612909 rebuild to original spec’s 650 cc SOHC Desmo V-twin new 38 mm Dellortos’s engine capable of producing 75 horsepower at 10,800 rpm and mated to a five-speed transmission with dry clutch. All engine internals replaced with OEM Pantah parts.

38 mm Marzocchi front forks, 280 mm Brembo brakes and adjustable rear shocks by Ohlins are also part of the bike’s overall package.

I will cast this out to the RSBFS experts out there, as I thought that the TT1 machines were 750cc, while the TT2 examples all displaced 600cc. I am not aware of a TT in 650cc, but happy to be schooled. Ducati DID homologate the Pantah-powered 650SL specifically for the TT1, but (and I’m going out on a limb here) it could be that what we are looking at here is a TT2-inspired racer based on a 650SL – and hence not a factory TT racer. There are several companies that offer bodywork kits to do just that. Regardless, this bike looks extremely clean and well presented. There are some high dollar components on this one, and I am itching to don my leathers just looking at it.

Check out all of the details here, and any of our sharp-eyed readers please feel free to comment on what you think about this one. It is a very sano build, and looks like a tremendous amount of fun without being priced in the stupidly expensive seats. Summer is here, tracks are open, and here is one track day monster that will really turn some heads. Good Luck!!

MI

Track Day Tuesday: 1983 Ducati TT Pantah