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Ducati December 4, 2018 posted by

Rouge One: 1999 Ducati MH900e pre-production

Given the futuristic Star Wars appearance of the bike - as well as the innovative internet-only sales model - I thought the reference to the movie franchise fitting. But what is more amazing is that this bike is purported to be Number One of the two thousand examples created (1k each as 2000 and 2001 model years). With zero miles, a nearly zero serial number and all of the usual fanfare that goes with this rebooted homage to Mike Hailwood, this particular example is rare, special and unique. It is also predictably expensive.

1999 Ducati MH900e pre-production model for sale on eBay

The MH900e is perhaps the most recognizable of the Pierre Terblanche designs. The "e" in the nomenclature stands for evoluzion (evolution in US-speak), referring of course to the Mike Hailwood replicas built on the 900cc bevel drive platform of the 1980s. Taking the spirit of the original but updating it to the new Supersport/Monster/Sport Classic desmodue foundation, the MH900e was part replica, part homage, and part new direction for Ducati. Power was via the standard 900cc, air-cooled, two valve workhorse of the Ducati lineup. Ditto with the gearbox. Major components aside, the bodywork, fuel tank, exhaust and asymmetrical trellis swing arm were pure MH900e. So, too, was the riding position with a long reach to the low bars. But comfort was not the design goal. Creating a sensation was the goal - and on this front Ducati hit one out of the park. Nearly 20 years later these are still coveted collector machines. And what could be more coveted than the very first one produced?

From the seller:
DUCATI MH900E original and authentic factory pre-production, first one ever produced.
everything original and authentic, no fake no repro. obtained directly from Ducati.
correct frame numbers and model, serial 000001....
perfectly working. many extra unique parts included.
unique opportunity.
serious inquires and offers are welcome
bike located in modena, italy. will properly crate for shipping.

This is not the first time we have seen this particular example. I reference you to Tad's excellent write up from over a year ago, in which the seller included a significant amount of additional information. Including:

More from the seller:
The bike was acquired from Ducati with a non-production plastic body, painted flat black like the rest of the bike, including frame and swingarm. the exhaust was also custom-made, clearly an assembly try-out, yet perfectly working.

We did a "conservative" restoration on the bike, taking it completely apart, making sure every original bit and piece was kept and restored to obtain this amazing piece. we also decide to maintain the black look that sported when we got it, just upgraded it a bit with proper carbon body and custom-made graphics (Ducati made them for us).

The market for authentic, low mileage (aren't they all??) MHe models is hot. One only needs to get lost in the details for a few hours to understand why. The swing arm alone is worthy of framing. The oil sump of the Pantah-based engine is recreated to resemble the round case units from the green frame bevel days. The under tail exhaust and intricate snaking of tubes looks impossibly large, yet balances out the aesthetics of the bike nicely. Chrome accents bring light and shine to the shape. Terblanche followed his muse on this one, and the siren song is without equal. If there are whisperings from the peanut gallery they usually form around the relatively low HP of the stock desmodue engine (approximately 75 HP). Comfort is often another low point, although buyers of such exotica rarely mistake such machinery with a Gold Wing. Availability of parts is another fair comment, but such is the price of rarity, and the reason for ever escalating values.

Last November this Italian resident was offered with a starting bid of $50k USD and a reserve in place. There were no takers. One year later this same, ultra rare example of Ducati history is back on the block, but this time in a Buy It Now format. The first $49,900 takes the bike (after arranging passage from Modena), although in this round the seller is open to offers. The question remains how much of a premium a zero mile, number one serial number bike can fetch. With MHe examples in the mid to high $20k range, how long would it take for a buyer to earn this back on the investment? Perhaps we are looking at it all wrong here, as this is clearly a collector and art museum filler. At that target, a fair price is not market value but what something is worth to the buyer. Only one owner can claim first status, and this beautiful 1999 Ducati MH900e prototype is your ticket to the holy grail of Hailwood. Overpriced, over hyped or future investment of the century? Be sure and share your thoughts in our Comments section (but keep it civil - no haters please). Good Luck!!

MI

Rouge One: 1999 Ducati MH900e pre-production
Ducati December 3, 2018 posted by

The description is worth it: 1988 Ducati Paso 750ie

The seller of this 1988 Ducati Paso 750ie takes honesty in advertising in a slightly strange direction, choosing to focus less on the attributes of the bike and more on the potential impact the bike will have on your social engagements. He gives us scant details beyond how long he's owned it, how far he has ridden it in that time and the fact that it is a "great bike."

1988 Ducati Paso 750ie for sale on eBay

That's when the real fun starts. It's PG-13 at least, so proceed with caution if you have young gas monkeys around. From the eBay listing:

1988 Ducati Paso 750 ie Limited Only 3098 miles - great condition !

I'll be adding more photos tomorrow - including odometer.
It's a great bike.
I have owned it for 13yrs and rode it 10 miles on my own property the day I picked it up - stored in museum since then.

Start your collection now - good bikes have outpaced many other investments over the last decade since the recession -
and you cannot invite your friends to come drool over stocks & bonds or ride them to Sunday morning coffee....

Plus no one ever got laid because of their bond portfolio unbless it had a billion dollars in it and then they still got laid because of their 300' yacht not the bonds.

no yacht ?

Buy this bike.

Have more money , or not the most dashing gent ? Buy the Paul Smart I have for sale 🙂
WANT TO APPEAR REALLY YOUTHFUL & VIRILE ? Buy the insane aprilia factory supermoto racer I have for sale lol

The Paso isn't anywhere close to a yacht, but its acres of white bodywork are vaguely reminiscent of a luxo-barge you'd see moored in Monaco. If you squint real hard and let your imagination go. What this bike certainly represents is a decent and pretty much unmolested example of a very-1980s Ducati, built just on the cusp of the brand's return to building the wild sportbikes it's known for today.

The description is worth it: 1988 Ducati Paso 750ie
Ducati November 30, 2018 posted by

Used Well: 1991 Ducati 851

The Ducati 851 is a long-standing icon in the sport bike world. Leading the charge to Ducati's dominant run of WSBK titles, the 851 was as successful on the showroom/street as it was on the track. Simultaneously introducing liquid cooling, fuel injection and four valve desmo heads, the 851 was both the leading edge of where Ducati had been, as well as the foundation for the future. And the sound? All the booming twin noises you expect, with a very unexpected-for-a-twin high redline. Good looks never hurt either, and the 851 exhibits the classic lines of the 1990s sportbike. You gotta hand it to the Italians - they know how to build a supermodel that checks all the right boxes.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

The development of "rubber band" Pantah motor was an evolutionary design in the 2-valve, air-cooled Ducati twin. The 851 motor took the Pantah guts and revolutionized the rest. Four valve heads were actually part of Massimo Bordi's thesis at University; this project allowed him to make them a production reality with the assistance of famed engineering firm Cosworth. Liquid cooling was a no-brainer; better control of heat allowed for closer tolerances and ultimately more (and more reliable power). Fuel injection - a first for Ducati - heralded the future of electronics in motorcycles and in racing. This feature also allowed for tuning and tweaking, necessary to extract the maximum performance from the engine/exhaust combinations tested. Utilizing known techniques, the chassis was a birdcage affair of straight steel tubing. Original plans called for a 16" front wheel (1987 and 1988 model years), which was all the rage for GP machines at the time. However stability issues cropped up, and the now standard 17 incher was fitted. Later 851s received Ohlins upgrades from the original design Marzocchi units, and Brembos adorned the hubs front and rear.

From the seller:
Up for sale is my 1991 Ducati 851. It's original, it's complete, it's immaculate, well taken care of, always garaged and under cover.
All original with tons of work in last 7 years.

Work in 2011 at 15k miles. Motor refresh, new rings, hone, bearings checked, valves adjusted, belts, everything gone through. Upgraded clutch slave New SS brake lines front/rear New clutch with basket open cover New coolant hoses Rebuild rear Ohlins shock Fast by Ferracci stage 1 chip and high carbon pipes.

Work done in 2018 at 16k miles. New front upgraded 916 Brembo rotors/OE pads, Diablo Rossi III tires, OEM battery. The bike is wearing original seat, original pipes and rear pegs now.
You won't find a cleaner original condition collectible worthy 851.

When introduced, the 851 was considered a bit of a high-strung, maintenance-intensive and potentially fragile offering - providing performance at the cost of reliability and/or longevity. History has clearly shown this not to be true, however. Yes, there are some unique service aspects to owning a Pantah-based Ducati, including frequent belt changes and valve adjustment intervals (when compared to your average sewing machine). However these are not the Fiat-related, oil leaking, rust buckets than many feared. These are actually quite robust and reliable steeds that continue to churn out the sound and performance expected, and readers should not hesitate to consider a higher mileage bike. We have, in fact, seen specimens with double the mileage listed here (16,000); provided belts have been changed and services rendered, this motor is well neigh bulletproof.

Today's particular example appears to have been used well, as opposed to well used. It is a '91 851 Strada (biposto). Yes, it has had some miles under the keel. But it has also had a decent amount of service, no doubt at the behest of an owner who keeps his machines healthy and in order. As part of the maintenance there have also been some upgrades. Like the factory, this owner has replaced components with newer available items, both maintaining and enhancing performance of the bike. Being a '91 model, it wears the white frame and white wheels - a striking combination ('92 and onwards went to black hoops). Is it really the cleanest original condition 851 we have seen? I would chalk that up to a bit of poetic license as this bike is not strictly original from a purist standpoint. But it is very, very clean - and continues to evoke visceral, emotional responses you might not find in a more modern bike. Whether or not it is worth the premium asking price is another matter (seller is open to offers). Check out all of the details here, and then jump back to the Comments section and lets chat 851s and higher mileage Ducs. Good Luck!!

MI

Used Well: 1991 Ducati 851
Ducati November 26, 2018 posted by

No Excuses – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

More 2006-era Paul Smarts have been pirated away to the dining room than the garage, a shame since they are sharp-edged tools.  This example is apparently a bona fide museum piece, lightly accessorized and almost un-ridden.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for sale on eBay

South African designer Pierre Terblanche presented the SportClassic lineup in 2003, and three variants were produced over the 2006-10 model years.  All used the 992cc dual-spark desmodue, but the Paul Smart styled its way back to Ducati's 750 Imola race machine.  Modern appointments like Marelli electronic fuel injection, Öhlins dampers, and 320mm Brembo disk brakes bring the 1000LE into this century.  Faired like a 1970's endurance racer, the low clip-ons limit utility to back roads rather than cross-town traffic.

The owner of this Paul Smart professes to have 150-plus bikes and a private race track, leaving a beloved Paul Smart short on attention.  Apart from a few quality farkles, the SE is as new, as detailed in the eBay auction:

I have all the original bits, of course.  Mirrors , directionals , mini-fairing pieces if for some reason you don't love the full(ish) fairings as I do.  I made pretty clutch plate and cover and springs and keepers - but you can put the lame stock cover on if you are that fussy. I loved displaying it  as shown.  But everything about it is perfection. 
This is an absolutely-no-excuses bike that is going to continue to appreciate for SURE.

With only 2000 produced, the Paul Smart LE is only going to get rarer.  Look-alikes and conversions have already made their play.  This Ducati isn't a race replica, but rather a commemorative of a few long-past seasons.  While the eventual re-sale value may be of interest, without the experience of riding the air-cooled dual spark engine it's a paper exercise.

-donn

No Excuses – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE
Ducati November 21, 2018 posted by

Low-Mileage Superbike: 2000 Ducati 996 for Sale

If you're looking to pick up one of Tamburini's iconic Ducati superbikes, now is the time. They appear to have hit bottom a while ago, and values are on the rise. I mean, we've seen 748s for as little as $3,000 so how much lower did you expect them to go before you were planning to buy in? But while they generally cost a bit more than a 748, a Ducati 996 falls nicely in between the bikes that bookend it: the collectible 916 and the highly-developed 998.

It's not the fastest of the breed, but it looks the part and has the series' famous handling and v-twin boom. The 996 offers a pretty great balance of power and handling, along with the iconic looks and a pretty affordable pricetag right now, if you're looking to pick up a bit of classic Italian exotica. Parking a 916, 996, and 998 right next to each other, you could be forgiven for thinking the only difference between them is the graphics change between the 916 and 996 era. But Ducati's superbikes of the period represent a constant evolution of the platform.

The 996 was introduced in 1999, after the 916 engine hit its practical limits: as World Superbike displacement for v-twins increased, it was discovered that the original cases effectively maxed-out at 955cc before things started to come apart at the seams. Literally. Sure, many parts can be swapped between the different generations, but the new machine was much more than a bored-out 916 and used a more road-friendly version of the heavily revised 996cc twin that debuted in the 916 SPS.

In this case, "road-friendly" means it used the older bike's camshafts for more manageable power delivery and 112 peak hp. Proper fuel metering for big twins can be tricky, and the 996 used a pair of injectors per cylinder for improved power and response, although early mapping wasn't really ideal.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Ducati 996 for Sale

For sale 2000 model Ducati 996 with ONLY 3099 miles

One original owner, price new was $17,333 before tax and fees

  • Has full service with new belts and fluids.
  • Termignoni Titanium exhaust; original pipes included
  • Öhlins shock
  • Brembo brakes
  • Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires with Marchesini wheels
  • Carbon Fiber 996 tank cover included, never applied
  • Includes rear wheel stand; Marsee magnetic tank bag 
  • Garage kept under cover; cover included
  • Both keys; original papers and owners manual, toolkit

This motorcycle looks and runs like NEW! You will not find another iconic original Ducati 996 in this excellent condition with only 3099 miles!

I'm sure other bikes with mileage this low exist out there, but there's no arguing that, if you're looking for a 996, this one is seriously worth considering. The starting bid is $7,500 which should be right on the money for a clean example, and seems like a reasonable place to expect bidding to start. The seller refers to this as a 996, but it looks like this may be the higher-spec 996S as it has the Öhlins shock, instead of a Showa unit. I'm not clear whether or not we're looking at slip-ons, a full-system or a half-system, but if you've ever priced a Termignoni exhaust, that does sweeten the deal...

-tad

Low-Mileage Superbike: 2000 Ducati 996 for Sale
Ducati November 19, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #776

The 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight came rolling out of Bologna ready to rumble, with lightened frame rails, a single-seat tail section sporting a big, brash number plate and a production number just shy of 1,000, which meant only the most devoted Ducatisti got their hands on one. Two years before Hunter Thompson's Sausage Creature, the 900SS/SP, broke cover, this was the ultimate iteration of the machine.

By modern standards, the 900SS is kind of poky -- you could keep up with one on an SV650 without a Herculean effort -- but this 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight has been treated to a big-bore engine rebuild by Vee Two in Australia, netting 944cc. The big jugs have been augmented with a set of Keihin FCR39 flatslides from Sudco, and the stock upswept exhaust was switched out for a set of Fast by Ferraci high pipes.

On top of the engine mods, the bike has a Holeshot quick shifter, a trick swingarm that was made by JMC and is now unobtanium (JMC is no longer in business), and one-piece Marvic magnesium wheels. The original two-piece Marvics will come with it. If you are looking for an exclusive, sorted, fast-as-it-can-be 900, look no further.

From the eBay listing:

1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #776, 3 owners since new, 13,254 miles. Originally sold new by Letko Cycles in Kansas City on 8/29/1992 for $10,479.

While this motorcycle has many upgrades, the 944cc big bore motor built and installed in 2001 is hands down its best and most expensive feature. The original owner spent over $7000, most of it with Vee Two in Australia, to create a power plant that has almost endless torque and horsepower delivery. Receipts are included for nearly all of these parts:

Millenium Technologies bored and plated cylinders

Vee Two: 94mm pistons, steel connecting rods, Vee Two head featuring 43mm inlet valves, 38mm exhaust valves, intake & exhaust cams and adjustable cam pulleys, balanced crank, primary gears, clutch basket.

Keihin 39mm flat slide carburetors

Fast by Ferracci carbon fiber high pipes

California Cycleworks Dyna Coils ignition coils

Barnett Clutch kit

Pro Italia clutch slave cylinder

Holeshot quick shifter

Stainless braided clutch and brake lines

Corbin seat

Speedy Moto adjustable clip ons with 3” risers. Spare set of Pro Italia sport bars also included.

Stock and Pro Italia rear sets. (Stock rear sets currently fitted)

JMC aluminum swingarm with elliptical chain adjustment

Marvic Streamline 1-piece Magnesium wheels (6” rear) with new 120 front/180 rear Pirelli Diablo Supersports. Original Ducati Marvic 2 piece aluminum/Magnesium wheels also included.

New Renthal 39T aluminum rear sprocket

Refinished carbon fiber front and rear fenders. Carbon rear mudguard.

New Motobatt MB16AU glass mat battery

Fresh oil, belt, valve adjustment service and carburetor rebuild by Scott Waters at Motoservizio in Signal Hill, California

I am the 3rd owner of this bike and have nearly every receipt starting from the original Bill of Sale. This is my second 900 Superlight (former owner of #712) and thought I would never sell this one. But a busy work and family schedule, plus a garage with other toys gathering dust, is a clear sign that it's time for someone else to become the caretaker of #776. It is truly a magnificent vintage machine to ride, period correct with its modifications. If you love the now "vintage" Ducati sport bikes of the 1990s (916, Monster, etc) this is one you must experience. It is a joy to ride leisurely, always mindful that it's a 25 year old machine, not a modern superbike. Yet a healthy twist of the throttle rockets it forward. So now I'm testing the waters to see if there's another person immersed in their own mid-life crisis, collecting the artifacts of his youth. If so, he needs this machine.

Serious buyers can contact me by email for Q&A. M5guy at AOL dot com. Even my email address is vintage!

For $12,000, this stylish piece of Italian sportbike lore is begging to be aimed at the twistiest road you can find and let loose. Sure, you aren't gonna be slicing inside R1s at the next track day, but there is little joy like piloting such a well-built machine with no agenda but to enjoy yourself.

Featured Listing: 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #776