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Ducati January 21, 2020 posted by

Back in Black: 1997 Ducati 916 Senna lll

The Ducati 916 continues to turn heads today – at a spry and sprightly 26 years of age. The design appears timeless, and has been emulated ever since it’s introduction, not the least by Ducati in follow-on models and then again later by MV Agusta. The sharp, aerodynamic fairing, the single-sided swing arm and the high exhaust create an aggressive look that is fully backed by the 55.9 cubic inch, 90 degree V-twin with desmoquattro valve activation producing in the neighborhood of 114 angry ponies at over 9,000 RPM. Four WSBK championships in a mere five years tells the performance story.

1997 Ducati 916 Senna lll for sale on eBay

But if the Ducati 916 is ice cream, the limited edition Senna offering is the whole fudge sundae. The recipe is a good one: Start with (arguably) the most iconic motorcycle ever created, but make sure you base it on the highest spec version of the model possible (SPS). Give it unique paint (plus, in this case, carbon fiber), give it star power (Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest F1 drivers of the modern era), make it exclusive (numbered editions limited to 300 units) and make it count (the net proceeds were donated to Ayrton’s charitable foundation for poor children in his native Brazil). Mix gently and you have one of the most collectible editions of one of the greatest bikes ever made.

From the seller:
Ducati Senna lll no. 224 out of only 300 made. Its never driven. it says 2 km on the clock Only for display. Everything is original on it.

First presented at the Bologna Motor Show in December 1994, the 916 Senna was a special edition to commemorate Formula 1 World Champion, Ayrton Senna, an avid Ducati enthusiast who endorsed its release shortly before his death in May 1994.[18] At the time, the project was facilitated by the fact that Claudio Castiglioni, Ducati’s owner, was a personal friend of Senna’s. In total, between 1995, 1998 and 2001, Ducati released three “Senna” editions and, in every instance, net proceeds were donated to the Instituto Ayrton Senna charity.

Today’s example is like many 916 Senna Editions – practically brand new. This particular bike shows only 2 KM on the odometer – which is barely delivery / push-around mileage. The black livery with red wheels pops in the light, and the crisp photos show a bike that has been unmolested – right down to the large number plate bracket on the tail that is so oft discarded. This bike appears to define the term “museum quality” and while it seems criminal not to ride it in anger (as Senna himself would have done), this example really does deserve an honored place to park indoors where hoards of Ducatisti can drool and dream. If you think you can provide that kind of home to this very special bike, all you need to do is pony up a minimum of $25,000 USD to get the auction going, or $33,000 USD to Buy It Now. You will also need to arrange transportation from Denmark, where the bike is currently located. Check it out here and then start spiffing up the man cave for the ultimate 916! Good Luck!!

MI

Back in Black: 1997 Ducati 916 Senna lll
Ducati January 14, 2020 posted by

One Pic Wonder: 1994 Ducati 900SS SP

Not much detail to go on with this one, but the picture shows a clean and stock looking 900SS SP. If you are in the market for a Ducati Super Sport the SP is the one you want, with adjustable suspension and a wider rear tire. These are more rare, and more exclusive than the standard offering thanks to the numbered plate mounted to the top of the triple tree. The rear fender is intact, and even the clutch cover appears stock. Mileage is listed as “25,000” but as this bike is located in Canada that *might* just be KMs. The opening bid is reasonable provided the rest of the pictures look like this one. Unfortunately, this is the only one.

From the seller:
All original good condition no road rash

Well maintained by me new sprockets/chain, belts and rebuilt carbs. Owned my an adult so not abused. Selling as my bike riding days are probably over as knees are giving me a bit of bother.

This bike has zero bids with an opening ask of approximately $3,447 USD. There are certainly a few questions to ask, but this could be a clean SP bargain for those interested in putting in the effort. There are still a few days to go, and a bike with bones this good is definitely worth the effort. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Ducati January 8, 2020 posted by

CitiSmart – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

Arguably the pick of the SportClassic litter, the 2006 Paul Smart Limited Edition sacrificed practicality for the cool of a teal-framed monoposto.  This NYC example has moderate miles but is super clean.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for sale on eBay

Ducati’s air-cooled dual spark engine was originally used in the Monster, but its relatively plumbing-free presentation made it perfect for the vintage looking SportClassics.  92 hp on tap make it more than a design exercise.  The frame color and fairing harken back to the 1972 Imola winner, and spoked wheels ping appropriately.  Appointments are first rate with big 320mm Brembo disks and Öhlins dampers all around.

Despite city life and 10K-plus miles, this PS looks undamaged and clean enough to put right in the garage.  Even the Termignoni megaphones fit the vintage look well, though a quick spritz on the header pipes would do wonders.  From the eBay auction:

The motorcycle has:
-Termignoni slip on exhaust with ECU
-new clutch pressure plate, springs, and cover
-Motobox fender eliminator and tail light
-frame sliders
– aftermarket oil fill plug
***All original parts that were taken off will come with the bike***
The bike has always been garage kept on a battery tender and a Ducati Performance dust cover.
The major Desmo Service had been done at 7,411 miles. 
The bike has had 4 oil changes since then. I used Motul 300v 15w50.

While a low or no-mile example might push the mid-twenties, this auction shows a starting bid of $18K, just above the original MSRP.  Harder to quantify is the total production of just 2,000, and then considering only 500 or so made it to our shores, a pristine example like this might be worth a second look.

-donn

CitiSmart – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE
Ducati January 1, 2020 posted by

January in Italy ! – 1998 Ducati 916 Senna #199 of 300

Happy New Year to RSBFS readers !

As the 916 era progressed, three Senna editions were issued, with changes mostly to the available colors.  In a suitably commemorative black with Ferrari red wheels, this Italian example whispers, “airline tickets”.

1998 Ducati 916 Senna ( Italy ) for sale on eBay

On its 1994 introduction, the 916 set the sportbike universe on its ear, with the poster-ready Tamburrini design and torquey fuel-injected twin.  A combination of 11:1 compression, heavily oversquare cylinders ( 94 x 66 mm ), and Weber fuel injection made 114 hp available.  Showa handled damping up front with 43mm inverted forks, and the single-sided rear swingarm had an Öhlins adjustable.  The headstock was also adjustable for a more expert rider.  320mm floating front disks provide most of the braking, with a 220mm disk at the rear.  Perhaps not the first bike with underseat exhausts, but certainly an iconic example.

In mirror black, this 916 looks almost flawless.  Without the road wear on the oil cooler, it could almost be presented as having the 27 km’s the new odometer shows.  From the eBay auction:

The Senna III final version first appeared in 1998, 916 SPS chassis and running gear, Pankl con-rods inside the engine, carbon-fiber airbox. Overall, only 300 bikes of the Senna III were built, and the present one is number 199 of the series and carries an identifying plaque on the top yoke. It underwent a complete check and restoration in Ducati Factory in Borgo Panigale in 2018, including belts, valves, seals and gaskets, new exhaust system, clutch, braking pads, filters, sprocket, chain, pulley, tyres, footpeg and so on, all on the records, see documents in attached pics. The bike is 100% original. The odometer is new, the bike had around 10,000 km.

Good that the previous owners got their kilometers in, because the rarity, condition and price of this commemorative will probably put a lot more miles out of the question.  Not quite sure whether a 916 SPS is the basis for the Senna III, as most references show the displacement to be 916cc, where 996cc’s would be expected on an SPS from that year.  Unfortunately, the location of this 916 is far north from the sunny sole of Italy, but it would be epic to van it down south for a couple of days of riding before the trip home.  Oh, and stop by the factory…  All the best for 2020!

-donn

January in Italy ! – 1998 Ducati 916 Senna #199 of 300
Ducati December 22, 2019 posted by

Just in time for Festivus: Two 2018 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Editions!

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition #461 for sale on eBay

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition #519 for sale on eBay

Scrambling for a last-second, money-is-no-object gift for two of your closest friends? Look no further! Even the colors are holiday-themed on this brace of 2018 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Editions. All joking aside, there isn’t much time left to jump on these two, and they’d make a hell of a lot cooler gift than a Mercedes with a bow on the hood.

More than just a pretty paintjob, the 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition carried the most advanced v-twin Bologna ever spat out, which was fitting as it signaled the end of Ducati’s development of its most famous asset. With bigger vales, 13.1:1 compression, titanium connecting rods and electronics that would embarrass NASA, the FE managed 209 horsepower and 104 lb-ft of torque. The new fours may be more powerful in their ultimate form, but they’re cheating with more pots. This truly will go down as one of the engines of the century.

There were scant options available, as the bikes came with every box you could check as standard. That means electronic Ohlins suspension front and rear, top-whack Brembos and a full titanium Akrapovic exhaust system. Wet weight, with almost a full tank of gas, was 419 pounds.

As you might expect, there’s little fault to find with either of these two examples. Numbers 461 and 519 of 1,299 produced, they have only done 610 and 765 miles, respectively. Number 519 entirely as it left Bologna, and is listed slightly lower than 461. Number 461 has had its wheels powdercoated white and wears the optional Akrapovic titanium racing exhaust. They’re both rolling on their stock Pirelli Diablos.

From the seller:

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Tri-Colore

Final Edition

Number 461 of 1,299

1 owner motorcycle in pristine condition with only 610 miles. 1st service and safety inspection just completed.

Options include factory upgraded Akrapovic racing exhaust with up-map and carbon fiber belly pan. Factory lightweight Marchesini forged alloys professionally powder coated in gloss white with new bearings and seals installed.

This brings the original MSRP with upgrades to $46,560.00

Ducati celebrates the twin cylinder engine that marked the history of the Superbike World Championship. From Marco Lucchinelli’s first victory with the 851 in 1988 at the first race in the history of the World Superbike Championship, to 2017 with the victories of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri on the Panigale R, the twin cylinder from Borgo Panigale has always been a top performer of the Superbike Championship. Unmistakable design and uncompromising technical choices like the Superquadro engine with a record 116 mm bore. 209 hp of pure adrenaline and 142 Nm of breathtaking torque. Cutting-edge electronics with Bosch Inertial Platform to guarantee maximum control.1299 Panigale: The object of desire of every motorcycle enthusiast.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or call (919) 834-5111 and ask for Steve or Greg at Garcia Moto in Raleigh.

Original MSRP: $39,900.00

Upgraded race exhaust with labor: $6,260.00

Powder coated alloys: $400.00

Total order: $46,560.00

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Tri-Colore

Final Edition

Number 519 of 1,299

1 owner motorcycle with only 765 miles. 1st service and safety inspection just completed. Includes all books, extra unused key and additional $850.00 in OEM Ducati accessories listed below.

Ducati celebrates the twin cylinder engine that marked the history of the Superbike World Championship. From Marco Lucchinelli’s first victory with the 851 in 1988 at the first race in the history of the World Superbike Championship, to 2017 with the victories of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri on the Panigale R, the twin cylinder from Borgo Panigale has always been a top performer of the Superbike Championship. Unmistakable design and uncompromising technical choices like the Superquadro engine with a record 116 mm bore. 209 hp of pure adrenaline and 142 Nm of breathtaking torque. Cutting-edge electronics with Bosch Inertial Platform to guarantee maximum control.1299 Panigale: The object of desire of every motorcycle enthusiast.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or call (919) 834-5111 and ask for Steve or Greg for more information at Garcia Moto in Raleigh.

Original MSRP: $39,900.00

38520961A – Unused – DDA+ 16MB CONTROL UNIT: 380.62

97180241A – Unused – CLEAR OVERSIZED HEADLIGHT FAIRING – SBK: $200.10

97380371A – Unused – MIRROR HOLE COVER KIT: $150.00

69928571A – KIT CARICABATTERIA: $120.49

Total order – $40,751.00

More than likely, two lucky riders are headed for a wonderful treat next riding season, but we think it would be cool if these two were kept as a pair in someone’s very well-appointed garage.

Just in time for Festivus: Two 2018 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Editions!
Ducati December 20, 2019 posted by

By Any Other Name – 1992 Ducati 907 I.E. “Paso”

Massimo Taburrini penned the all-encompassing Paso in 1985, for the still-in-transition Cagiva and Ducati.  Not starting from a position of strength, the model fought the good fight for several years and culminated in a fuel injected 90 hp package.  Despite 35K miles and 27 years, it still looks great.

1992 Ducati 907 I.E. for sale on eBay

The 907 I.E. incorporated the best features from the Paso, revised some basics like the engine cases, and snuck in a few niceties from the 851, like the alloy swingarm.  With fuel injection, power was up to the 100 hp/liter benchmark and tractability wasn’t forgotten.  More standard 17-inch rims were a help as were 300mm front Brembo brakes.  The soap bar fairing was chockablock with inlets and vents, all in the name of flow.

The California seller appears to be an audiophile as well as sportbike enthusiast, and though not a long term owner, this 907 looks very tidy for 35K miles.  From the eBay auction:

This is a great running classic Ducati at very nice price. 

Purchased from the original owner last year. We did the following…
New tires front and rear
New drive belts
New plugs
Oil and Filter changed
New fork seals.
Coolant flush
New battery
She runs great and comes with the original seat as well as a Corbin seat.
The eastern juggernaut was not to be denied, but the decidedly classic 907 I.E. made a statement about a wide torque band and careful tuning.  Never exactly popular, the Paso gave way to Ducati’s ST series and resides in a fandom of backroad and sport-touring riders.  The generation gap between the 907’s introduction and today might be bridged by the sensible buy-it-now and very sharp condition.
-donn
By Any Other Name – 1992 Ducati 907 I.E. “Paso”
Ducati December 19, 2019 posted by

Road and Track: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

You’d think that, for sportbike owners, homologation specials would be the ultimate ride. And they technically are, but the whole point of homologation is to meet production requirements that allow certain parts to be used on a company’s racing machines, whether or not they result in a better finished product. So it turns out a slightly steeper steering head angle will allow a bike to transition faster? That’s great, but you have to use that same design on a certain number of machines available for sale to the public. Unfortunately, the advantages for road riders may be nonexistent in many cases. Or even a step backwards: flat-slide carburetors often found on 80s homologation bikes are generally less practical than the constant velocity units that came on the standard bikes. Luckily, the Ducati 749R manages to be a fantastic road bike, in addition to providing the foundation for a first-class racebike.

The 749R was developed to compete in the World Supersport championship. Unlike World Superbike, the rules for this series are very strict and allow extremely limited modifications to keep costs for the teams competing under control. WSBK machines are based on the production bikes, but liberal changes to the bodywork, suspension, and engine are permitted. Supersport rules, on the other hand, are so strict that even the stock wheels had to be retained! In order for Ducati’s 750 v-twin to compete on equal terms with the 600cc inline fours from the Japanese manufacturers within these narrow parameters, the 749R ended up being one of the trickest machines they’d ever produced.

Available between 2003 and 2006, the 749R used larger, titanium valves, titanium rods, a lightweight crank, magnesium cam covers, and high-compression pistons with a much larger bore. The larger 94mm pistons were combined with a shorter, 56mm stroke to help it safely rev higher and gave an actual 749.5cc, unlike the 749 and 749S that had 748. Power was up from 108 to 121hp, and a slipper clutch helped keep the rear tire from locking up during hard downshifts.

The frame was modified significantly and included an adjustable steering head. Suspension was heavily revised to match, with a different rear suspension linkage, a WSBK 999-style swingarm, and top-of-the-line Öhlins components at both ends. Radial Brembos up front meant the bike shared the 999R’s stopping power, as well. The bike featured adjustable ergonomics as seen on the solo-seat 749S but actually had a smaller range of adjustment, due to the larger-diameter racing exhaust taking up some of the underseat space. Lightweight Marchesini wheels were used and the 2004 model year bikes were clad in carbon-fiber bodywork. Later years switched to a new, lightweight plastic, which works well but isn’t nearly as sexy. The lightweight bodywork was paired with a larger fuel tank with increased capacity and exclusive to the 749R.

The 749R is an excellent sports motorcycle, with pedigree and performance. It’s rare, too: supposedly just 500 originally made it to North America. But you paid a premium for that speed and rarity: in 2005, the 749S sold for $14,795 versus $21,995 for the 749R. For 99% of riders, the 749S was just as effective, for a much lower price.

From the original eBay listing: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

2005 Ducati 749R limited production #0172. Bike was meticulously maintained and needs nothing. It has a Termignoni racing pipe and exhaust, CRG quick adjust racing levers, Brembo front and rear brakes, adjustable titanium racing pegs, shifter and brake lever. Ohlins front and rear Suspension and steering dampener, forged Marchesini Forged rims and many carbon fiber parts. Please no low ball offers and no joy rides. I’m happy to answer any serious questions about the bike.

The Seller is asking for a $10,999 starting bid, with a Buy It Now of $16,892. In spite of all the high-spec bits and limited production, these are still usable roadbikes, as this example can attest: it’s no garage queen, with 17,000 miles on the odometer. Not bad for an homologation machine with race-bred Italian heritage. Buyers shouldn’t necessarily worry about a Ducati with that kind of mileage: if properly maintained, the basic components are pretty durable. The usage probably does damage the bike’s collectability a bit, since folks picking up R-spec bikes these days are most likely well-heeled Ducatisti, and low-mile bikes tend to command more interest and higher values. If you have to have the very best though, just in a smaller package, this could be an excellent dual purpose sportbike that’s even more at home on track than on the road.

-tad

Road and Track: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale
Ducati December 12, 2019 posted by

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto for Sale

Ducati’s instantly recognizable 916 series of superbikes remain surprisingly affordable, considering their pedigree and perceived rarity. But the same basic design was in production from 1994 to 2004 and Ducati made a shedload of them. Sure, the SPS and R bikes are extremely rare, but regular production bikes like this 996 Biposto aren’t too hard to find in good shape, although most have accumulated way more mileage than seen here…

The 996 debuted in 1999 as an evolution of the 916. It might look virtually identical, but featured a host of subtle upgrades to the original bike, including changes to the frame, fuel injection and, most notably, the engine. The original 916 cases started to fail under racing conditions when punched out beyond 955cc, a disadvantage when World Superbike rules allowed twins up to 1000cc. The revised engine was first seen in the 916SPS and the 996 used the same cases, although the rest of the engine was in a lower state of tune, with milder cams and injection tuning to match.

It was followed by the 998 in 2002 that saw the introduction of the “Testastretta” or “narrow-head” engine that offered significantly improved power, making the 998 the fastest version of the bike, although a torque-rich 112 horses meant that the 996 was considered to be plenty fast. An Öhlins shock is matched to a set of quality Showa forks, and I much prefer these later five-spoke wheels to the original 916’s three-spoke design.

Right now, it seems like the 996 is the value proposition of the group. The 916 is the original and desirable for that reason, and the 998 the most powerful and well-developed. It’s not the fastest, or the rarest, but if you want a 916-style bike, this 996 Biposto offers a blend of handling and power, along with marginal passenger accommodations if your significant other is both petite and brave. And yellow bodywork

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto for Sale

Yes, this bike only has 1806 original miles! Collect it or ride it? You choose. Sharp looking yellow 996 that GP Motorcycles just changed all the fluids on and just replaced the timing belts. Bike still has original tires so you would want to change those if you are going to ride the bike but other than that, this thing is ready to go. Don’t miss out on this classic Ducati Superbike.

GP Motorcycles down in San Diego is offering this very clean, very low-mileage 996 for $6,999.00. Aside from the corroded paint on the brake fluid cap and the fogged headlight lenses, it’s very clean and comes with a set of Arrow slip-ons that were a popular choice when the bike was new. They aren’t my favorite in terms of exhaust note, but easy to change if you don’t like them. If you’re looking for a very sharp collectible and can’t spring for one of the more exotic Ducatis, this would be a pretty low-priced way to pick up a pretty pristine example of Tamburini’s iconic superbike. Assuming you’re okay with yellow, instead of classic Ducati red.

-tad

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto for Sale