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Ducati February 26, 2019 posted by

Doing the math: 2002 Ducati 998R

Sold before we could post it! This immaculate 998R is going to a new home after someone committed to the $26k BIN. -MI

In the game of "there's no substitute for cubic inches" the Ducati 998 was a step above that which came before. The last of the 916 lineage, the 998R model was everything that a 916 enthusiast could hope for. More engine, with more torque and power. More suspension and more adjustment. More championships, and unfortunately, more price. Visually, the 998 (as well as the 996 that preceded it) resemble the fabled 916. But the 998 was everything that the 916 strove to be in the initial version. And the 998R? It was even more.

2002 Ducati 998R for sale on eBay

As is Ducati custom, the "R" bikes are something just a bit more special. Ignoring the limited edition numbered plaque on the headstock for a moment, the R bikes have always been equipped with the best of the best - from suspension to brakes. But even more so, the power plant of the R model has been one step ahead of current year Ducatis. The 996R model foreshadowed the 998 in displacement. And the 998R, with a revised bore/stroke combo, a model-specific oil pan, cams, and more, really displaced 999cc. That's right folks - this is really a 999R in Tamburini clothing (for those that prefer it to the Terblance design that followed). From an engine perspective, it is mechanically closer to the 999 than the 996 (and not just numerically). Easily the most recognizable form in the motorcycling world, the 998 utilized the general bodywork, single sided swing arm and high exhaust of the 916 to create a beautiful - and terrifically potent - road missile.

From the seller:
For Sale is my 2002 Ducati 998R, #461 of 700. I have owned the bike since August, 2006. It currently has less than 6600 miles and is in excellent shape. It has always been titled and licensed in California, since new and the current registration (in my name) is good through Jan 2020. It has been stored in a climate controlled garage since I bought it 12 years ago. There is no evidence that it was ever abused or raced. I have many receipts from the previous owners dating back to early 2003.

This bike is in very original condition as a street legal model. The paint is beautiful with one noticeable scratch on the lower portion of the fairing. Everything works properly (gauges, lights, controls, horn, etc). It has Marchesini Magnesium wheels with older Pirelli tires. Ohlins suspension front and rear with an Ohlins steering damper. I have added the wiring mod to allow the bike to idle in neutral while on the side stand. Also, a new Yuasa battery (May 2018). It comes with all the additional goodies. I will include the front and rear stands, a factory 998R shop manual, a complete factory tool kit, the 998R owner’s manual, and the factory Plaque of Authenticity.

More from the seller:
The most current service to the bike (June/July, 2018) was performed by Scott Watters, owner of Motoservizio in Signal Hill, Ca. Prior to starting his business in 2002, Scott worked at Ducati dealerships as a factory trained mechanic. He also was a Fast by Ferracci mechanic for Doug Polen (AMA 1994), Vance and Hines mechanic for Thomas Stevens and Anthony Gobert (AMA 1997-98), Doug Polen (FUSA 2000), Dean Mizdal AMA 2001. All were racing Ducati MCs.

The recent servicing included:
4 valve service
New cam belts
All fluids fully changed (oil/filter, coolant, fork oil/seals/bushings, and brake fluid)
New air filters
R&R fuel pump, new filter, new hoses, and cleaned tank interior
Clean the headlight shells inside and out

Again, the bike is in excellent condition and is ready to be ridden hard or put on display.

The final model in the original 916-based line, the 998R stands out as the pinnacle example of that model. It shares all of its good looks and characteristics with the legend, yet boasts more power and better *erverything* across the line. If you are in it for the collection, this is a must-have bike. If you are in it to ride like Troy Bayliss (but undercover, without the polarizing graphics of the Bayliss Edition), this is still a must-have bike. This is a bike you can ride today and it will still be appreciated by the people you pass. Not bad for a design that reaches so far back; it is really that timeless. Check it out here, and don't wait long. It is not cheap, but we do not see 998Rs of this caliber often. Two more than a 996, 82 more than a 916, and one less than a 999 - you do the math. Good Luck!!

MI

Doing the math: 2002 Ducati 998R
Ducati February 23, 2019 posted by

Putting the R in Race Replica: 2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss for Sale

Created to celebrate his 2008 WSBK title win for Ducati, this Troy Bayliss Replica 1098R features the Aussie’s racing number, along with livery matching the bike he rode during the very last race of his career, sans sponsor logos. Ducati’s status as a sort of “Ferrari of Motorcycles” puts them in a tricky position. MV Agusta might be the much more appropriate bearer of that title for all the reasons obvious to the enthusiast community, but if you say “Ferrari” to anyone, even a non-enthusiast, they know exactly what you mean. They know it’s Italian, they know it’s fast, they know it’s expensive. And probably red. The same holds true for Ducati. If you say “MV Agusta” to your average non-rider, and all you’ll likely get are blank looks.

That sort of association is great for marketing and image, but it means the bike are under a lot of pressure, not only to perform, but to look the part. It’s a tough balance to manage, and Ducati has learned the hard way that sometimes form needs to take precedence over function. That was clearly the case with the Ducati 999 that was introduced to replace the 998. It was a radically new bike, and threw every design cue, aside from a transverse v-twin’s natural wasp-waisted silhouette and Ducati’s signature trellis frame, out the window. The style was aggressively modern, with a futuristic stacked projector beam face, fairing winglets to guide air around the bodywork, adjustable ergonomics and, horror of horror: a double-sided swingarm!

And it backfired.

So Ducati took a stylistic step backwards and introduced the 1098, a bike that continued to develop the Desmoquattro engine and their superbike platform, but incorporated a style more familiar to fans of the brand. Out went the stacked, cyclopean headlights and in came a slit-eyed face that still reminds me of a great white shark. It remains my favorite element of the design. Out went the odd, technical, unequal-length two-into-one undertail exhaust and in came twin exhaust cans clearly meant to evoke the 916. I still hate them, especially the stock parts. And back, much to the relief of the Ducatisti, was the iconic single-sided swingarm.

The homologation 1098R offers up prodigious performance and specs that are still eye-opening today: almost 190hp and 99ft-lbs of torque with the included race ECU and exhaust. That’d be terrifying without some form of safety net, and the 1098R was revolutionary for offering eight-level traction control in the form of DTC, or Ducati Traction Control. Assuming of course that you had the above-mentioned race ECU and exhaust installed, since they were required for the DTC to function. The traction control was crude by today’s standards, but was the first of its kind, a system designed to improve lap times, not provide all-weather safety, and a DDA Ducati Data Analyzer meant you could do a detailed trackday postmortem on your home computer, something of a revelation for sportbike pilots.

The R’s Testastretta Evoluzione was larger than the stock bike’s, displacing 1198.4cc, right on the WSBK limit for v-twins, and had titanium internals, twin injectors per cylinder, along with a slipper clutch to keep the rear tire under control during hard downshifts. Suspension was state-of-the-art with an Öhlins TTX36 twin-tube shock out back and a 43mm Öhlins fork up front. Brembo Monobloc calipers were the best available at the time.

From the original eBay listing: 2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss Replica for Sale

Up for auction (or trade for collector cars) is a very rare 2009 Ducati 1098R Troy Bayliss bike. These bikes are limited production, only 500 made in total and 150 imported to the United States. This bike is unmolested, and it has 450 actual miles. I bought it because I love Ducatis and this example, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful bikes they have made. I do not have any of the original take-off parts, t-shirt, placard, etc. This bike is actually an 1198 engine, putting out 180hp@9750rpm and 99.1ft-lbs of torque. The bike has no issues, is ready for a collection or ready for use. I don’t need to sell the bike but would like to free the $ up. It is located in Sarasota, FL.

"Unmolested"? Well, let's be honest here: it has been molested. Luckily, the farkles [except for the red swingarm] can be removed and original parts sourced, but it says something about the previous owner that he'd add those godawful grips and multi-color bits, and Ducati collectors can be snobs about stuff like that... I get it: you were trying to replicate the bike's multicolor style, but just because there's blue in the design doesn't mean you can just use any color blue to... nevermind. Otherwise, this might be a great bike for collectors, with just 450 miles on the odometer. But that's a double-edged sword, since neglect is the worst thing for any Ducati. Interestingly, a bunch of these Ducati 1098R Troy Bayliss Replicas have cropped up for sale recently, which is odd, since just 500 were made, and the seller is asking $23,198.00 for this example. Obviously, if you plan to ride the bike, you'll need to go through it completely and do all the services, unless the seller can provide documentation. And then you might want to do them anyway, just to be safe.

-tad

Ducati February 22, 2019 posted by

Dirty Duc: 2005 Ducati 999R

What you're looking at here is certainly not the nicest 2005 Ducati 999R that I have ever seen, but it is still a 2005 Ducati 999R, and that gives it a couple free passes and a trump card or two. Knicked though parts of it may be, it is still every bit the 135-horsepower carbon-clad repliracer that it was 14 years ago. Built to be the barrel-chested alpha male of superbike racing, the 999 series was quick to prove its mettle. It carried off three World Superbike Titles and a British Superbike title between 2004 and 2006, spawning a raft of special editions in the process. The wins also helped make up for its, uh, controversial visage.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

The 999R separated itself from the base bike and the 999S with an engine that not only had sexier internals -- titanium connecting rods and a knife-edged crankshaft among them -- it had a different bore and stroke in sandcast cases. Wear items and big-ticket repairs on this bike will be a real thing when the time comes, but will be worth it.

As I said earlier, this one has some blemishes and its fair share of dirt, but does appear to be a real-deal 2005 Ducati 999R. It looks like it has aftermarket footpegs, and there is a weird rub mark on the stamped VIN. Despite the dirt, the seller says it has only covered 1,324 miles, and it appears to be in ready-to-ride shape.

From the eBay listing:

You are purchasing a

DUCATI 2005 999R MOTORCYCLE

SOME SCRATCHES AND BLEMISHES GREAT CONDITION. ONLY HAS 1324 MILES. BUY AS IS.

ALSO HAVE MATCHING BIKE 2005 DUCATI 749

VIN# ZDM1UB5W15B013308

WE CAN HELP YOU ARRANGE FREIGHT TO ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD. (MUST ADHERE TO AND COMPLY WITH E BAY RULES)

WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF SHIPPING CONTACTS, SHIPPING CRATES AND PACKAGING MATERIALS TO PROPERLY PACK YOUR MOTORCYCLE FOR SAFE DELIVERY

BIKE IS BEING SOLD WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR CUSTOMER TO PICK-UP. BUT FOR EXTRA CHARGE WE CAN HELP YOU SHIP IT ANYWHERE.

WE DO HAVE CRATES IN STOCK, CALL US TO GET A QUOTE. WE SHIP ALL OVER THE WORLD.

M. VANN’S COLLECTION

At $28,000, the price is tied for the highest ask I have seen for one of these with a zero-mile FILA Edition bike from  a few weeks back. Low-mileage non-special-editions have recently been changing hands in the high teens, but there's always exceptions.

Dirty Duc: 2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati February 21, 2019 posted by

Think SS/SPring – 1997 Ducati 900 SS/SP #59

Might be time to peak over the horizon and make ready for the riding season we know is out there.  This U.S. - only 900SS/SP has been on display but with excellent cosmetics, it's just a service visit away from opening day.

1997 Ducati 900SS/SP #59 for sale on eBay

The Supersport might just have an extra helping of Ducati DNA, with the trellis frame, air-cooled desmodue, and lightweight full fairing.  The SP had a few extra niceties, adjustable Showa forks and monoshock, aluminum swingarm, and carbon mudguards and clutch cover.  The yellow was added to the line-up for 1997, and the pillion masquerades as a monoposto with its painted cover.

With pretty near 24,000 miles, the cosmetics had me thinking re-paint, but showing so factory, it must've been a very careful and/or lucky owner.  The owner states the valves were adjusted recently, and says tires and a carb-cleaning would make it a runner.  Depending on the amount of time on display, some seals and minor work might beckon.  From the eBay auction:

This is one of the last 900cc Super Sports made, and only 80 900cc Super Sport  S/P'es were made in that last year world wide, this is number 59 of 80 SP's,  {Special Performance}, see plaque on top of triple clamp. Very few were made in this color either, Ferrari called it Fly Yellow in the day.  The valves were just done as well as the cam belts. It has been only used as a display item and needs carbs cleaned, it does run but not well. The tires look fine but if it's going to be ridden get new rubber. The paint is flawless, the bike is a work of art and that's what I have used it for, displayed with a Ferrari Testarossa. I have the OEM tool kit, owners manual, OEM mufflers, spare air box, one OEM and the other cut to provide more air, shop manual , pit stand, and the bra seen in the pictures, also a good book all about belt drive Ducati's. This is rolling art as much as a wonderful motorcycle.

Without too much wiz-bang stuff and not much in the way of creature comforts, an SS/SP might only demand what would be the down payment on a new superbike.  The starting bid seems reasonable here, especially if you could re-commission her as an early spring project.  The SP gave way to the Final Edition which was only available in silver, so if you wanted a classic Ducati Supersport with Mikuni carbs and in yellow, 1997 might be your year.  After a quick going-over, this example might be a total gem.

-donn

Think SS/SPring – 1997 Ducati 900 SS/SP #59
Ducati February 19, 2019 posted by

Top Gun: 1991 Ducati 851

I'm not sure you can overstate the importance of the Ducati 851 to the Italian brand's position at the top of motorcycling's desirability food chain. Get past the literally and figuratively square headlight -- the steel-framed 1983 dad glasses of illumination -- and everything else is focused, lithe Italic sin. The 851 took a pokey, dated bottom end, stuck big pistons, four-valve heads and water cooling on and paved the way for the next 20 years of Ducati twins. Bologna shoved the resulting 100-horse mill into a chassis that only just nudged past 460 pounds wet and set about gathering up the 1990 World Superbike Championship.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

Though the family resemblance is under the skin, there would be no Ducati 916 if it weren't for the 851. As you might expect, the Ducati 851 is known for laser-precise handling, and the prodigious and immediate shove that big L-twins are known for. The beast makes its peak horsepower shy of 10,000 rpm, but that doesn't mean it's a lazy or ponderous engine. It's every bit as racy as the chassis and suspension that support it.

The 1991 Ducati 851 you see here appears to be in near-perfect shape, with just a small hole in the seat marring an otherwise flawless preservation. In the grand scheme of things, 1991 wasn't that long ago, yet the 851 is simple in a way that no modern machine can match. The dashboard is three dials. The body work is a thin carbon fiber skirt around a steel trellis. The paint on the front fender is so thin the weave is threatening to break through. It's perfect.

From the eBay listing:

Very nice condition 1991 Ducati 851, runs fine, had new belts a year ago, mostly stock except exhaust and rear fender hugger. Excellent paint, no damage. Tires new. All over very good +
condition. I bought it to ride but I'm 60 and cant take the riding position..otherwise I'd never sell.
Please E mail or call w questions..6193158428 Stu Thanks Have title ( clean ) in hand.

The bike has definitely seen some miles, with the clock showing 33,000 racked up in 28 years, but who can fault a guy for riding his Ducati? It does not appear to be too much worse for wear, and at $6,900 buy-it-now, it's a damn-near no-brainer.

Top Gun: 1991 Ducati 851
Ducati February 15, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 2006 SportClassic 1000 with Paul Smart Fairing

Update 2.15.2019: Curtis has relisted his SportClassic on eBay and is no reserve. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Ducati was comfortably ahead of the game when they introduced the SportClassic series, which had great vintage appeal but modern mechanicals.  This owner has updated his first-year monoposto with suspension and fairings from the Paul Smart limited edition, and continued the look with the front fairing in burnt yellow as well.

2006 SportClassic 1000 with Paul Smart Fairing for sale on eBay

Using the air-cooled dual-spark 992 across the range, the SportClassics had a healthy 92 hp available, fuel injected for better rideability and more modern emissions.  Around the fully visible powerplant, the black trellis frame makes its way from triple tree to asymmetrical swingarm, which was used for 2006 only.  Inside the vintage-looking spoked alloys are up-to-date 320mm Brembo brakes.  The plastic four gallon ( plus one in reserve ) fuel tank is rust proof and the owner had this one lined for ethanol resistance.

The Paul Smart was only offered in commemorative silver, and though the later 1000S was available in the much faster yellow, the biposto lacked the Öhlins suspension and banana monoshock rear.  The overdone factory exhaust has given way to a purposeful Zard stainless, and the list of nice touches continues around the bike.  Maintenance is spot-on, with just over 11,000 miles, it's halfway to its second valve adjustment, as the owner states in the eBay listing:

Zard Stainless Exhaust
Lithium lightweight Battery
Watson LED Front Turn Signals
Motobox LED Rear Turn Signals
Near New Michelin Pilot Sport Tires w/ 1,200 miles
New OEM Ducati Tank Replacement that has been professionally Caswell lined
PS1000LE Paul Smart Ohlins Forks
PS1000LE Paul Smart Rear Shock
LED headlight
Autoclave Carbon front tire fairing
NCR Titanium dry clutch cover
Strata fab fairing conversion hardware
7,500 Mile Valve service completed
Regular Oil Changes with Motul Racing Oil
Regular Chain lube and cleaning
Ceramic coated paint
Rear shock was recently serviced w/ new seals and oil

The SportClassics continue to appreciate, especially the limited editions and single year models.  This 2006 is hard to distinguish from a factory effort, except for the premium details added.  Though the SC's didn't break new technical ground, they have a look any Ducatisti will enjoy, with the excellent DS1000 reliability.  Curtis requests questions and offers via eBay - here - or contact by email: howdycurtis@gmail.com

-donn

Featured Listing – 2006 SportClassic 1000 with Paul Smart Fairing