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Ducati January 2, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2002 Ducati MH900e

Update 1.3.2019: Our first confirmed sale of the season -- this bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Like most of its 1,999 brethren, this 2002 Ducati MH900e has spent its life being absolutely babied by two fastidious owners. The second owner has had the bike for not quite three years, and in that time has added a scant 20 miles. As with most of these Pierre Terblanche-designed machines, its value has been as a show piece, rather than a rider. The care shows, one very small scratch on the lower bodywork (which won't be noticeable unless you're on your knees) to show for its 3,500 miles and 16 years.

Though the bikes were designed to be as satisfying to ride as to look at, their scarcity and plethora of hand-built unobtanium bits make them a slightly sketchy proposition on the street, unless you're a true gambler. Take the gamble, though, and you'll be rewarded by a torquey v-twin suspended by a combination of adjustable Marzocchi forks and a remote reservoir Paoli shock. This example has been started regularly and had a belt a fluid service in 2015, but will needs its original tires replaced if the new owner plans to ride it.

From the seller:

I purchased the bike in spring of 2016 from the original owner and rode the bike approximately 20 miles, I bought the bike to display. Original owner did all the tasteful modifications and kept all original parts. Including: owner's manual, tool kit, plaque in case, bike stand, and front of shipping crate. Tires are original and show no wear or age. If new owner plans on riding bike fresh tires should be installed. Also have a Ducati bike cover. Bike is in excellent shape and has no problems or issues. There is an extremely small nick next to the lower front turn signal (photo enclosed). Original owner also put Cycle Cat bar risers on the bike, and longer bars to accommodate the Rizoma bar end mirrors. Have factory bars, clamps and mirrors. Able to return to the stock appearance if new owner desires.

Original owner had the bike serviced on 10/11/15. At that time belts were replaced, all fluids changed, replaced spark plugs and installed two new batteries. Work was performed by Donald Bell of Modesto Ducati. Batteries are always on a maintenance charge. Bike is fired up a few times a month and brought to operating temperature. Bike is in excellent shape. Both respective owners have babied this bike.

2002 MH900e 761/2000 3548 miles

Two-owner bike
Staintune Exhaust
Carbon Fiber Rear Hugger
Rizoma mirrors and turn signals
Open clutch cover
And the rims have been professionally polished, which makes the bike look amazing and so much better than the drab gray rims that came from the factory.

Have all factory parts that were removed (except for emissions canister). Which includes:
Mirrors
Turn signals
Bars
Clamps
Exhaust
Clutch cover

Also:
Both keys
Ducati tool kit/tools
Owner's Manual
Bike stand
Plaque in case
Front panel of shipping crate (see photo)
Ducati bike cover
Bike was just registered in California for 2019 (expires Jan 2020)

If you're in the market for an MH900e, the bike that kicked off Ducati's celebrated Sport Classic line and celebrated a historic Isle of Man win, you aren't likely to find one nicer or better sorted than this one. The seller is asking $25,000.

Featured Listing: 2002 Ducati MH900e
Ducati January 2, 2019 posted by

Up Close and Personal – 2005 Ducati 749R

RSBFS readers are accustomed to spotless 749R's with very few miles, and this example does not disappoint, even though it was owned by a race team.  This rare homologation special has been barely broken in, displayed, protected from damage, maintained, and even autographed by its designer Pierre Terblanche.

2005 Ducati 749R for sale on eBay

Ducati viewed World Super Sport as a good fit for their 749, having been updated in 2003 with the 999.  WSSP rules encouraged manufacturers to load their middle-weights for bear, and Ducati obliged, equipping the 749R with a special oversquare engine tested to 121 hp and happier at the upper end of the rev range thanks to titanium internals.  An adjustable headstock was at the front of the trellis frame, with race-derived flat rate swingarm at the back.  Tunable forks and rear monoshock were by Ohlins, with radially-mounted Brembo brakes.  Adjustments are also available for the seat and footpeg positions.  The monoposto-only fairing was initially carbon, but de-rated to polymer after the initial year.

Hidden in the back of the  - Tech46 - shop in Birmingham, AL, this 749R has been witness to their preparations for AMA, endurance and rally events.  From the eBay auction:

749R with only 1780 original street miles. This motorcycle is in immaculate condition, runs perfectly, and has been hand-signed the bike’s designer - the world renowned Pierre Terblanche.

This bike has never been on the racetrack. No leaks, no smoke, shifts like new bike, rides like new, everything works just as it did when sold new. Paint is flawless. Full synthetic Maxima Ultra 4 10-40 engine oil. Front and rear brake system and hydraulic clutch have been flushed with Brembo 600 RBF. This bike needs nothing other than a new home.

This motorcycle is badged by Ducati on the upper triple clamp as example #0104 of approximately 1500 749R motorcycles produced for worldwide distribution between 2004 and 2006.

Includes both factory keys and the red programming key along with all owners manuals that were issued by Ducati at time of purchase. This gem has been stored in a climate controlled environment since new. Brand new Yuasa AGM battery installed a month ago. Michelin tires are in excellent (basically brand new) condition with 2011 date codes.

The 749R really belongs on the track, the riding position, cooling and electrical systems never really compromised for the road.  This example is more pristine than many, ready for many more miles it probably will never see.  Right out front, it's labelled a PIERRE machine ( his usual autograph ) and though some owners would put it inside or under the seat, this 749R wears it proudly...

-donn

Up Close and Personal – 2005 Ducati 749R
Ducati December 22, 2018 posted by

Suit That’s Red – 1992 Ducati Paso 907 I.E.

- Sold on the buy-it-now while this post was being scheduled, hopefully to a sharp RSBFS reader !

Like a back-lit tinsel tree in its hometown Santa Monica, this rather red Paso is all dressed up for Xmas.  The last-generation desmodue was a fuel-injected 9th inning home run, which unfortunately couldn't extend the Tamburini model into extra innings.

1992 Ducati Paso 907 I.E. for sale on eBay

The all-enclosed Paso was one of the first Ducatis under Castiglioni stewardship, intially as a 750cc and later a 904, both with a single Weber.  More linear electronic fuel injection and 90 hp came in 1991, transforming the ride.  Hiding under the soap-bar is a peculiar square-tube frame, and Marzocchi suspension peeks out.  Brembo made both the four-piston calipers and wide 17-inch wheels.  Intakes and vents are arrayed over the fairing with the aim of funneling cold air to the airbox and radiator, and warm air out and away from the rider.

With nearly 48,000 miles, a full rebuild and restoration is likely in this Paso's past, and though there's no mention of it in the auction, the buy-it-now is in the upper end of the range.  No evident damage and it's spotless all around.  Nothing out of the ordinary except for a missing turn signal lense and a nicer seat cover.  From the eBay auction:

This final year example of the 907ie is offered in the classic Ducati red livery. Showing an astonishing 47,926 miles, the bike looks like it has a fraction of that. Regular servicing by a local independent shop has kept the bike in fine riding condition. A recent trip to the shop ensured that the bike was ready for sale.

The 907 I.E. got high marks for its torquey delivery, spot-on fuel injection, hydraulic clutch and 17-inch wheels.  The all-encompassing body was an acquired taste though, and production never really got much over 1,000 per year, ensuring its rarity.  This Paso would have some stories to tell, about some long sporty tours and that season getting a makeover.  And a super previous owner...

-donn

Suit That’s Red – 1992 Ducati Paso 907 I.E.
Ducati December 20, 2018 posted by

Christmas Sled: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

'Tis the season to find a really interesting mix of clean, high value bikes, as well as a sell-off of older, less cared for equipment. For those that have been following RSBFS on a regular basis, you know how hit and miss the collecting world can be. Some months there is no inventory worth writing about, while other months there is a flood of one particular make/model. You take what you can get, and when the temps starts to get cold, the supply of the best stuff often withers up as if waiting for warmer temps. And if you are looking for warmer temperatures as much of the US embarks upon a winter wonderland, the deserts of Arizona look to be about as good as any. And that is where you will find this immaculate 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Edition: In Phoenix, AZ.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

Phoenix is an apt locale for this collectible beauty, with both the green frame and the 1972 glory of the Paul Smart victory rising from the ashes of Ducati past. And like the bevel 750, the PS1000LE evokes memories of the race bike - although in the modern version this is primarily homage and graphics related. That is not to throw stones at the Sport Classic platform: the dual spark variant of the venerable Pantah bones has been reliably motivating riders with its booming sound and waves of torque for decades. There are those that claim Sport Classic models are poseurs and not race bikes. And while it is true that Ducati has not homologated any air-cooled bike for quite some time, there is racing DNA hovering just below the surface (as evidenced by this amazing build). With a lightweight trellis-style tube frame, minimalist components, top shelf binders and bouncers (Brembo and Ohlins, respectively) the big L-twin with six speed gearbox, and more character and visceral impact than practically anything else out there, the PS1000LE is a rightful update to the original green frame and a great nod to Mr. Smart himself. It was also wildly successful from a marketing perspective. With Ducati offering a few different variants of the Sport Classic line, the PS1000LE was the most rare - and continues to hold (and gain) value today. You've heard of blue chip stocks? This is a green chip - but just as reliable. Offered one year only and limited to a mere 2000 examples, this is Ducati, The Brand at its finest.

From the seller:
Beautiful and collectible Ducati Paul Smart Limited Edition FOR SALE. 1000cc Dual Spark engine, asymetric swingarm, and Ohlins suspension front and rear are just a few features of this amazing motorcycle.

Mileage on this adult-ridden bike is a mere 3007!

This motorcycle has been equipped with the following custom parts:

OZ Racing Gold forged aluminum wheels
Termignoni pipes with Ducati Performance ECU
NCR Schedoni leather seat
Geelong Carbon Craft rear fender/chainguard
Knurled aluminum footpegs
EVR billet clutch cover
Seal Savers
Sato Racing gold frame caps
Super lite 520 drive train
Shorai Li battery

Original spoke wheels, ECU, footpegs, license plate light/harness and muffler bracket are included.

Given the relative rarity of these particular models, it is interesting that so many of them have been modified by Ducati hot rod parts. Mostly these are bolt on bits - uprated exhaust, ECU mods, clutch covers, etc. - and are easily reversible. For those of you who haven't shopped for a new outfit or accessories for a Ducati lately, please note that them there parts are *expensive*. Name brand parts specifically fitted for a Ducati carry a premium, making this particular example a serious investment for the original owner. But stand back and look at what was created. The gold OZ wheels and clutch cover offset the Ohlins forks perfectly. Better yet, fire up that big twin and feel the ground shake beneath your feet. If you can't hear yourself think, blame the Termis.

Sport Classic prices are very strong at the moment, and leading the charge is the PS1000LE. These bikes are in the same territory as MH900e examples, which is really saying something. For all the haters of the 999 and what Pierre Terblanche did after Massimo Tamburini left, one need only view the Supermono, the MH900e and the Paul Smart Limited Edition to see his genius. Today's example of a PS1000LE - with only 3,000 miles on the clocks - ticks all the right collector boxes. Period correct and lightly modified (with original parts in tow), low miles and pristine presentation from a collector I think we have seen on these pages before, this PS1000LE is worth a look. If you are in the market and have the wherewithal to consider the model, this might be a good time to make the jump. You can still believe in Santa Claus, but since that thing ain't going down no chimney you best step in and help yourself. Check it out here. Is this the best design of the Terblanche era? Jump to the comments and share your thoughts. Good Luck!!

MI

Christmas Sled:  2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition
Ducati December 12, 2018 posted by

#becauseracebike: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Race Bike for Sale

Ducati's two-valve engine variants have long been seen as the affordable, low-performance option for novice or "mature" riders and bikes far from the leading edge of performance. Which makes the choice of an air and oil-cooled Ducati Sport Classic as the foundation for a high-performance racing machine like this highly-developed example pretty surprising.

When the liquid-cooled, four-valve Desmoquattro engine was introduced, it instantly relegated the original Pantah engine and its descendants to second-tier status. But in the early 1980s, the oil and air-cooled two-valve v-twin, newly updated with toothed rubber belts to drive the single overhead cams instead of the classic tower shafts and bevel gears, it was their only engine and, as such, it was developed with competition in mind. The main point here being that you shouldn't dismiss it as a racing powerplant simply because its been surpassed in terms of outright performance.

The Ducati's Sport Classic line might not have offered up Superbike power-to-weight ratios, but the engine's durability and the frame's inherent rightness mean that you can build a pretty competitive machine out of one, assuming you find the right class in which to participate.

The 992cc original engine might be torque-rich and involving, but in order to be competitive, this one has been punched out to a little over 1200cc with a raft of NCR components. The result is a claimed 140hp at the rear wheel, up from 92 in the original.

If you're not interested in competing on the bleeding edge, either because of the exorbitant costs involved, or simply lack the talent possessed by only a handful of riders worldwide able to to compete at the highest levels and win , this might provide you with a more budget-friendly option, although it's still pretty far from cheap, at $54,000.

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Race Bike for Sale

Ducati NCR Paul Smart Road Race Bike

Used in Excellent Condition

Perfect for CCS/ASRA, WERA, AHRMA Racing

140 RWHP

This is a well known national championship winning Ducati NCR Road Race bike created by Chris Boy of Motocorse Performance, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was a no expense spared build with all the best internals from NCR; fresh rebuild of the motor in 2017 with 80 km on the clock since; Engine with top performance parts, fully revised and ready to race; Ducati 1100 evo built to 1215cc ; 140 RWHP ; NCR engine, custom MCP throttle bodies, NCR custom heads, NCR lightweight gears, NCR carbon valve covers, NCR oil cooler, Nemesis traction control, fairings in carbon and many other special parts; This is a rare occasion to purchase fresh well sorted championship winning bike; 

auction includes pit bull front and rear track stands & battery charger

Goodies List:  Carbon Fiber Front Fairing, Seat, Belly Pan, Front/Rear Fenders, Fuel Cell Carbon/Kevlar; NCR Front Fairing Bracket,  NCR Adjustable Triple Clamps , Ohlins Steering Damper, Brembo GP Master, Quick Turn Throttle Kit Electric Brake Fade Lever Adjuster, Woodcraft Rear Sets w/ MCP Lowering kit, Ohlins Road and Track Forks with 30mm Kit; Brembo HP Rotors, Brembo Radial Monoblock Calipers, Aluminum Front Axe Kit, BST Carbon Fiber Wheels, NCR Titanium Bolt Kit, MCP Titanium Rear brake Rotor, Ohlins Rear Shock, Quick Change Rear Axle, Titanium front sprocket, EVR3 Chain, PitBull Front/Rear Stand, AIM MXL Dash with GPS, Full Telemetry, LCU, and Smarty  Cam (mounted through front fairing), Nemesis Traction Control, SP Quick Shifter, Hard Wired MyLaps X2 Transponder; 24 volt starter, 2 Lithium batteries, billet Kill Switch, Custom Engine Build by MCP with NCR 1215 Kit, Custom MCP Throttle Bodies Velocity Stack  KN Filters, MCP Stage 7 Heads, Lightweight Gears, NCR Carbon Valve Covers, Zullo Racing Custom Lightweight Wire Harness, Nichols Motor Mount Bolts, NCR Oil Cooler – Oversized, Oversized crank Case Breather Box, Custom Titanium exhaust; MRX-02 Fuel Mapping 140+RWHP SuperFlo Dyno

Extensive spares package is available for addition charge.

VIN number listed is arbitrary; VIN number area has been painted over; sale is without title; eBay requires listing title information otherwise unable to post sale; there is no title offered with this race bike, just bill of sale.

Should you be also interested in the sister bike listed in my other auction, a "race team" deal with spares package can be arranged.

I can arrange free pickup to regional CCS/ASRA, WERA and AHRMA events on the East Coast; I will assist with shipping domestic and foreign.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, adjustments in the auction, etc. I pride myself in telling it like it is. If for any reason my description of this item isn't correct, I will gladly refund your money. Having a perfect feedback rating is very important to me and I plan on keeping it, so I don't play games.

Looking at that list of go-fast goodies, it's pretty clear that no expense was spared in building this thundering v-twin racebike. 140 rwhp is nothing to scoff at, especially given the bike's probable weight: a new Paul Smart weighed in at around 414lbs dry so this one should be a good chunk less without all the lighting and other road gear. And that's before you even get into lightweight parts that decorate this machine. It's all top-shelf, and a ridiculous amount of money to throw at an obsolete v-twin sportbike, but if I were a rich guy, it's exactly the kind of track day toy I'd want in my garage. Liquid-cooled Ducatis might be faster, but I still think that the air-cooled two-valve engines sound much better, and the punchy midrange, here amplified to epic levels, should provide plenty of entertainment for experienced track day riders and racers alike.

-tad

#becauseracebike: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Race Bike for Sale
Ducati December 10, 2018 posted by

New In Box: Zero Mile 2004 Ducati 998S FE for Sale

Examples of the Ducati 998S with zero miles have been popping up recently. No surprise that a few folks mothballed them in their original shipping crates, since Ducati kind of telegraphed their intent to discontinue the Tamburini-designed superbike with the whole "Final Edition" thing... I sometimes wonder just how long they could have continued to sell the bike without significant stylistic updates: it had certainly become familiar by the time the 998 was replaced in 2003 by the Terblanche-styled 999, but it's not like it's ever really looked all that dated. It's one of those few designs that skipped right from "cutting-edge" to "classic."

Under the wild new skin and ergonomic changes that made it almost luxurious by Italian superbike standards, the 999 that followed was more evolutionary than revolutionary. Aside from being pretty uncomfortable, there really wasn't anything inherently wrong with the 998, and most of the 999's performance improvements could have been applied to the earlier bike. Powered by the updated narrow-head "Testastretta" v-twin, the 998S produced a claimed 136hp, which sounds pretty tame by today's standards, but this was a very serious sportbike in the early 2000s. Keep in mind that traction-control on roadbikes wouldn't arrive even in its crudest form until the 2009 1098R.

The seller [famed Southern California Ducati dealer ProItalia] refers to it "considered to be the best of the bike that started with the 916" and that's an awkwardly-phrased, but accurate statement. The 916 was the original, but a gradual evolution meant that the 998 was the Ducati Superbike in its most powerful, most highly-developed form, and it's generally considered to be the best of the bunch from a rider's standpoint. Which makes this one's zero miles kind of tragic, really.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Ducati 998S FE for Sale

2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition. New. On MSO, never registered or prepped. Never has never had gasoline in the tank or a battery installed. Purchased originally by a collector in 2005 from Motobella in Coopersburg PA. It was left in the crate until last year when it was purchased by the Indy Car driver Graham Rahal as part of his changing collection. 

Factory Ohlins forks, steering damper, and rear shock. Considered the best of the bike that started with the 916 in 1994.

Comes with MSO, keys, tool kit, 2004 parts catalog. Unique. Came out of the crate only a year ago. We'll assist with shipping to your door. Trades welcomed. If buyer wants the motorcycle prepped for road use, our certified Ducati tech will make it happen.

Pro Italia has been serving Italian motorcycle enthusiasts since 1987 and has a reputation of honesty and transparency with our customers.  

Okay, so I'll admit my headline is a bit clickbait-y: this 998S is no longer New In Box, since it was recently removed from the shipping crate, but has never seen the road. Still, $25,000 is pretty huge money for any 916 variant, so anyone considering this had better either really want a box-fresh example of the breed or have a long-view of its investment potential. Sure, values will eventually get there, but it may be a while until the new owner can actually turn around and sell it for a profit...

-tad

New In Box: Zero Mile 2004 Ducati 998S FE for Sale