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Ducati May 19, 2022 posted by

Bargain Alert: Low Mileage 2002 Ducati 750SS

When ever having a casual conversation about anything these days the subject turns to rising prices.  Maybe that is inflation, or a spike in demand, or collectors taking notice of new eras of motorcycles.  Either way, it often leaves some enthusiasts struggling to find ways into this wonderful world of interesting rides.  Hopefully things have not gotten you down that much, and there are still a few BitCoins left in your account, because you are going to want to take a look at this Ducati 750SS.

Will get the good stuff out of the way first.  With under 4000 original miles it is safe to say this bike has been sparingly used.  The miles are low enough to appeal to collectors looking for the best examples of a bike they can find.  The miles are also high enough that the new owned should be able to put a few miles on it here and there without feeling guilty.  Perfect combination for most dynamic collectors.  The pictures show that the bike is exceptionally clean.  Being the entry level SuperSport some ended up being treated poorly, but not this one.  The other striking thing is that this bike appears to be 100% stock.  Incredible to think that someone was able to resist adding some Termignoni pipes.  But the thing to get really excited about here is the price point.  $2995

From The Seller’s Listing:

Excellent condition, super low miles (4000). Never dropped, always garage kept. Runs and rides great, Newer battery, Racing Yellow. Tires are good but may need replacing soon. Includes rear wheel stand and tank bag

The listing is light on details about service.  A perspective owner should budget some funds should the bike need belts.  Do not let the internet scare you away on this.  OEM cost for belts is less then $200 and for the average DIY’er it will take longer to get the bodywork off than it will take to change the belts.  These bikes at this price point represent an amazing opportunity for someone to dip their toe into Ducati ownership without much downside risk, or for a long time Ducati fan to have a beautiful and usable bike in the stable.

Bargain Alert:  Low Mileage 2002 Ducati 750SS
Ducati May 17, 2022 posted by

Bold Move: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

Not much needs to be said here. The purest MotoGP replica money can buy. This one is pretty well known in the RSBFS community and in galaxies far beyond. Not saying the aliens can’t make something this quick but Italian design can only be done by… you guessed it. The Italians.

Aside from the exclusivity and the performance, this bike is really significant for one reason: No manufacturer who was bold enough to enter MotoGP ever created road legal versions of their grand prix bikes. Yamaha could’ve released Rossi’s bike or Honda could’ve done up Marquez’s bike but they never did. Maybe the economics didn’t make for sense for them but the economics of bike ownership don’t make sense for me either!

Regarding the bike, the power isn’t what really stands out here. You can buy a Duc today for a quarter of the price that has more ponies. The chassis and tuning are what you can’t get from other production bikes. Anything engineered for premier class racing (forgive the headlights and tail lights) will have a different feel than pretty much anything else.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

From the listing:

The Ducati Desmosedici RR is a limited production road-legal version of the Desmosedici MotoGP8 bike used by Casey Stoner (GP8)

2 owners – 2,675 km

Ducati made a short production run of 1,500 street-legal variants. This bike is #775.

Comes with a cover, and a racing kit including a race-only exhaust system, a slip-on muffler, and complementary fuel and ignition mapping in a “race ECU”. It also included enough sponsor stickers to fill both sides of the bike. With forged magnesium wheels the Desmosedici RR was the first Ducati production bike to use them.

Modern GP bikes and their street disciples have a totally different design philosophy than their mid-2000s counterparts. Sharp edges and big wings make modern bikes look wide while the Desmo is very narrow. Hard to find the look today. Hard to find the sound too since you’ll get a full race exhaust and ECU with the bike.

She’s pricey. However, if you were going to get this, 1,662 miles is pretty low so you could wake up early and get this thing on the road to get your money’s worth. It would really be a crime to get a street legal MotoGP bike and not ride it on the street. You could probably pull up to a local show and people might think you have a regular Ducati.

-Norman

Bold Move: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR
Ducati May 13, 2022 posted by

Back To Our Regular Programing: 1996 Ducati 900SS SuperLight (In UK)

Seems as if the UK has had a couple of really interesting motorcycles come to market recently.  On the heals of a post trying to make a case for a Bimota DB2 over a standard 900SS this SuperLight really complicates the situation. Sure the DB2 is appealing, but is it too niche?  Maybe a Ducati 900SS SuperLight is a better fit.  The SuperLight was to be the ultimate version of the first generation SuperSports.  A light, simple, fun machine.  In the end Ducati created a cult classic from the start.

The single seal SuperLight was treated to more than just a unique numbered plaque on the triple tree.  The special yellow and single seat configuration make the bike pop and stand out.  Some carbon extras reduce weight and increase the visual appeal.  In some markets lighter wheels were used.  Many small details come together to create a wonderful package.  Low production numbers mean that you are unlikely to run into another at the local bike night.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Ducati 900 Superlight MK IV, 1996/N, I’m only the 3rd owner, 42438 miles, MOT 12th June 2022 (Can put full MOT on the bike for new owner), Comes with 2 x original keys, a thick stack of service history (Belts changed at 40974 miles), Carbon cans, clutch cover and front & rear mud guards, Superb to ride, sounds lovely, Great original condition for age & mileage, HPI Clear, Possible part exchange? Collection Norwich, I may be able to deliver, £5250 NO TIME WASTERS as I just don’t have the spare time!!! Genuine bike so only genuine buyers please!!!

With the rise in popularity of all things 90s it is hard to think of a more Rad way to spend 5250 Pounds Sterling.  At the current exchange that price would have buyers lined up around the block in the UK.  One would think that there could not be that much of an imbalance on opposite sides of the pond.  Would love to hear from some of our UK readers on the topic of valuation and comparisons to US based recent sales.  Mileage is a fair bit higher than others that have been listed, but these robust motors are know to last.

Back To Our Regular Programing:  1996 Ducati 900SS SuperLight (In UK)
Ducati May 10, 2022 posted by

Gloriously Excessive: Carbon Framed Ducati 996

Everyone knows that the Ducati superbike market is on fire right now.  Amazing low mileage examples are bringing huge numbers at auctions.  Collectors are hunting for the best of the best and paying up for the chance to add one of these beautiful machines to their garages.  As with most things collectable, originality is the primary focus.  Gurus are consulted for information on tiny details in the endless pursuit of perfection.  The bikes not snapped up by collectors are often enjoyed out on the road by owners that want to have the experience of this era motorcycle.  But the often overlooked custom market offers some really unique and interesting items.

The work custom in the collector market can be both scary and polarizing.  Many have seen poorly slapped together projects called custom builds, and rightfully shy away.  Often the modifications do not have a meaningful improvement on the performance.  They often would cost a substantial amount of money to replace with the correct OEM parts.  Those fears are not justified on a bike like this.  Today’s bike is one of those “money no object” builds that rarely trade hands.  Just take a look at the lengthy list of over the top parts that were used to build this bike.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This special Ducati is for the collector who demands perfection, and something spectacular.

Rare, one of a kind, Ducati Superbike.
Up for sale: the “You Wish” 1036CS built by Alex Ortner which took 1700 man hour to build.

The “You Wish” bike as published in the Ian Falloon’s article in Two Wheels magazine.

Quick synopsis of the bike:
-342lb wet (no gas)
– 155hp with just under 100ft-lb of torque
– Ti, Mag, and CF everything
– 1700hr of build time, many one-off parts

The bike has been gone over and completely sorted by CommonWealth Motorcycles, over the 12-years I have owned it. Also, the motor was rebuilt to a much higher spec than Alex had it by CommonWealth motorcycles and tuned by Doug Lofgren (to the tune of $12,000.00 invoices attached). The motor is now putting out 155hp and just under 100ft-lbs of torque. Also, the motor has roughly 100mi since the rebuild.

The bike has also had a certified independent appraisal done by Mark Mederski of Mederski Vintage Motorcycle Services for $205,000.00

Attached:

*Copy of “You wish” article

*Full Independent appraisal by Medershi Vintage Motorcycle Services

*copies from Common Wealth Motorcycles of the work they have done on the 1036CS since purchased.

*the 1036CS will be sold with a fresh service by Common Wealth Motorcycles for the new buyer so it is ready for the track or road upon delivery.

The trouble with this type of bike is that they are extremely challenging to value.  Do you take the cost of the build?  How do you factor into the fact that some of these period parts are no longer available?   Does the price of the underlying stock bike matter?  Or do you just pick a number that you are comfortable with and tell yourself that you only live once and that life is too short to miss out on an amazing bike like this?

Bidding is already over $15k and the seller is hinting at six figure evaluations.

Gloriously Excessive:  Carbon Framed Ducati 996
Ducati April 27, 2022 posted by

Quattordici – 1990 Ducati 851 Strada

Ducati 851 for sale

Update 4.27.2022: We last saw this 851 in May of last year and now it’s back on eBay with fresh pictures as well. Current bid is $8,000 and the reserve is met. 4 days remain on the auction. Links updated. -dc

What a wild spring time we are having here at RSBFS! There appears to be a nearly inexhaustible supply of rare Ducati 851 examples in all different conditions and price points. We’ve posted so many of these lately that I’m tempted to cut and paste the historic details on the model from earlier posts, but I’ll spare you the lazy journalism. These bikes are cool enough to talk about over and over and over again. So without furthering any ado, let’s dive into this 1990 Ducati 851.

1990 Ducati 851 Strada for sale on eBay

The 851 is an iconic model simply because it began the lineage of the modern day Ducati Superbike. From the early days of the singles, through the era of the bevels, right into the Pantah era, Ducatis were defined by the 2-valve desmo actuation and for being air cooled (simple and light). The 851 threw out all off that and more by plonking a unique 4-valve desmo head (based on a 1970s University thesis, and with some help from Cosworth) atop a new barrel structure that was liquid cooled, allowing for tighter tolerances and far more heat dissipation. These two elements were maximized via the use of additional new technology – fuel injection. The result was 105 HP (power increased over the years) at higher RPMs than previous models, and with a willing chassis and good aero the 851 was born. And with it, the ground work for more than a decade of dominance in WSBK.

From the seller:
1990 851
Vin ZDM1HB6R2LB001226
Engine HB6L001286

Beautiful Ducati 851

Barely ridden since I got it a few years ago.
Idled often and kept on battery tender.
New battery
Fresh gas
Sorry no service history other than the gentleman I bought it from few years ago had his mechanic go through it thoroughly.
Most ducati folks like to do their own maintenance as it’s fairly easy so you’d probably want to do fluids, look at belts, tires, chain.
Fires right up, idles great, drives, shifts, brakes, lights work… all good! Just went for a quick ride, love this bike but downsizing and this one needs a new home with someone to ride it more!

Only thing I notice is the rear brake light does not brighten when depressing the rear brake pedal. Probably an easy fix. The front brake lever does activate the brake light.

No mirrors on this bike but I may have an extra set from a 900ss I have. Negotiable on including these.
Bike has usual nicks and scratches, but no dents or dings on tank. Note the bottom section of one fairing has a spot that is chipped/scratched. Zoom in on the pic. Not noticeable when fairing is on bike. Bike could use a good cleaning. I’ve always kept indoors.

Please look at pics and examine closely. I’m happy to chat or take closer up pics of anything.

Today’s model is the Strada – meaning street. This is the lowest spec of the 851 class, not to damn it with faint praise. It is simply the most comment variant, which includes a passenger pillion and associated hardware. In fact, all the 851 examples posted on RSBFS in the last month have been the Strada edition. This particular bike has higher mileage than its posted peers (21,000+ claimed), and like most 30 year old motorcycles it has experienced some mods and mishaps. On the mods front I spy a tinted windscreen and non-factory handgrips. More concerning is the lack of mirrors (and why). The rest of the bike looks presentable and the plastics appear to be in good shape, although there is some weathering of the black parts such as the forks, top clamp, and engine cases.

The seller notes that this bike has not been ridden much as of late, and there is a lack of service records. The oil in the sight glass does appear dark and in need of a change, but color is rarely an accurate indicator. Belts should be done as much as for time as miles, and would be high on my list of to-dos. While this is a doable chore for the home mechanic, it is a bit more involved than on your average 2-valve Ducati thanks to the extra systems in the way. Valve adjustments can also be done by the home mechanic, but you will need tools specific for retrieving and measuring the shims, as well as a way to obtain the necessary-sized shims to complete the job. This one is being offered as a Buy It Now of $12,500, with the seller open to offers. That is a strong price considering some of the others that we have seen recently, but the good news is that the healthy supply allows for some shopping around. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Quattordici – 1990 Ducati 851 Strada
Ducati April 23, 2022 posted by

Surely Worth A Look: 2003 Ducati 749S

If you are a Rare Sports Bike enthusiast that finds yourself angry at the ever rising prices of your beloved machines, perhaps it is time to start thinking slightly outside of the box.  There are gems out there in the market if you are willing to dig.  Take this 2003 Ducati 749S for example.  It has all style, sound and appeal of an Italian sport bike of the era with just a slight dilution in performance.  The key is that the small reduction in absolute speed is coupled with a large reduction in purchase price.  Most buyers of a semi vintage superbike are less concerned with performance and more concerned with the overall experience anyway.

More commonly seen in the traditional red, it is nice to see an example in yellow.  Bike should stand out any any local ride in or cars and coffee event.  The 749 came in a couple of different flavors over the year.  The stripped down Dark, the base, an S and the top of the line R.  The R was known to be a strict homologation special, and many in period reviews spoke highly of the 749S street manors.   This generation was also praised for being far more comfortable when compared to the 748.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

03 Ducati 749 S for sale – 16,500 miles, clean title in hand, runs/rides great, fresh Dunlop Q3+ tires, overall good shape. Mostly stock other than a Termignoni exhaust, rearsets, clutch cover etc. This is the factory S model with hotter cams and lots of carbon fiber. Beautiful motorcycle – the 749 and 999 Terblanche-styled bikes are coming into their own! Pricing is going up on these rare bikes.

Located in LA’s South Bay.

The Buy It Now price is listed at $7,000 and the seller indicates that they are opened to offers as well.  The just over 16k miles means this will not appeal to a static collection, but there are still plenty of miles left in it for the new owner to enjoy.  The open clutch cover, rearsets and exhaust are all choice modifications that most owners will desire.  In many markets the focus is on 100% factory original, but in the Ducati world a pass is often given for specific components being installed.  The elephant in the room is the lack of mention of service history.  A set of cam belts might be needed.  Luckily these are not expensive from Ducati (Also aftermarket options for about half the cost) and well with in the scope of a DIY owner to install.

Surely Worth A Look:  2003 Ducati 749S
Ducati April 19, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1991 Ducati 851 SP2 Tribute

Update 5.3.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations buyer and seller! -dc

Legendary as the Ducati 851 was, the racing department made several updates which were offered in the guise of the SP2.  A previous owner and Northwest European’s present client honed their 851 into this sharp-edged SP2 replica, beautifully presented here.

1991 Ducati 851 SP2 Tribute

Arguably Ducati’s first superbikes, the 851 was powered by their first desmoquatro, with water cooling and fuel injection also firsts for the model.  The SP2 had well over 100 hp per liter available at 116 hp, pushing the full fairing through the speed traps north of 150 mph.  The trellis frame, single rectangular headlight and hinged fuel tank are classic now, but new then.  But it was largely the components that the SP2 was sold to homologate – a close ratio gearbox, fully adjustable inverted forks, Öhlins monoshock, and cross-drilled Brembo brakes. 

Jason at Northwest European is a friend of RSBFS, and has helped the owners of this SP2 replica preserve and maintain this excellent tribute.  Though not an 888, so many SP2 details have been up-cycled that it is a dead ringer for the unicorn.  Most evident are the monoposto tailcone and SP2 triple tree with number plate, but look underneath for the alloy seat and fairing supports, billet brake calipers, and braided lines.  The carbon rear mudguard and large diameter Ferracci exhaust are more modern upgrades.  A few of Jason’s notes from the Northwest European web page:

Visually, the overall condition of this Ducati beguiles the 30 years since original construction. Essentially every detail of this machine from the lightweight bodywork, front and rear aluminum subframe, OEM Ducati tail section, machined details, and refined mechanical features are beautifully polished, honed, and properly maintained to factory specifications. The tires, massive Brembo brake calipers, drilled disc brake surfaces, and drive chain are all in excellent condition. The engine fires off brilliantly with crisp throttle response, fantastic exhaust note, and blistering acceleration even on mild throttle. Every aspect of this SP2 tribute confirms the magic and iconic status of these original race-bred bikes.

This Ducati is accompanied by a factory owner’s manual, service manual, original tail section and subrame and a support stand dolly for the rear wheel. Also includes original exhaust. Featuring fresh fluids throughout, and less than 50 miles on the cam belts, it’s a true museum piece, or ready to ride this weekend as desired.

Please contact Jason Harris at 206-355-7727 for more information on this 1991 Ducati 851 SP2 Tribute.

Rarity for the 851 is assured, with production well under 1,500 in any of its five years, though seasons might pass between SP2 sightings.  And while not sure the 37cc difference from the 888 would be easy to discern, DMV will quickly point out that SP2’s were never intended for the street, but this replica can be ridden and not only trailered to an event.  This might be a perfect compromise for a rider / collector – skillfully conceived and executed, impeccably maintained, and ready to show and register.

Check out – Northwest European’s page –  or give Jason a call at 206-355-7727 to discuss.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1991 Ducati 851 SP2 Tribute
Ducati April 12, 2022 posted by

The Long & Short of It: 2000 Ducati 996 Monoposto

The Ducati 996 was the follow-on act to the stunning 916. Instead of a sophomore slump so often seen after a runaway hit, the 996 was a tasteful evolution – both more elegant and more ferocious than the original. The bump in displacement helped the 996 make better headway in WSBK, with Troy Bayliss winning yet another Ducati championship. At the dealership, the 996 was a flagship bike drawing in the crowds – and their wallets. The 916 might have been a hard act to follow, but the 996 was right on target.

2000 Ducati 996 Monoposto for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Model Year 2000 Ducati 996 Monoposto. Well cared for. Red with only 26,600 miles. Pirelli Diablo Rosso II front 120/70 ZR17 and 180/55 ZR17 rear tires at 24,943 miles. Ohlins fully adjustable rear shock and Ohlins adjustable steering damper. Arrow carbon fiber mufflers with Ducati Performance Eprom. 520 chain & sprockets, 14/39 ratio with AFAM quick change rear sprocket carrier. New cam belts at 24,376 miles. Electraeon start in neutral with sidestand down modification. Shorai lithium battery. BMC in-airbox air filters.

Original owner’s manual, shop manual, Ducati certification of authenticity, Pit Bull rear stand, and spare key come with the bike.

More from the seller:
Bike is lowered approximately 24 mm front and rear due to my short (28”) inseam. Rear strut length can be adjusted to restore stock ride height. Adjustable side stand to accommodate lowered ride height. Rear adjuster strut and adjustable side stand by Soupy’s Performance. Stock rear strut and side stand come with the bike.

Great iconic bike in remarkable condition.

This beautiful example of the 996 has some miles under the oil pan (26k+), and has seen some slight modifications. I spy with my little eye a smoked windscreen, Arrow carbon exhaust, vented clutch cover, and Ducati performance Eprom. Some of the other mods are practical for those shorter of stature. The 916/996/998 model series can be a bit taller than some riders expect. That leads to some tippy-toe moments in parking lots and at stop lights. The seller has made some non-destructive mods to help alleviate the seat height issue through a shorter rear strut rod – which also necessitated a shortened side stand. Both stock units are included in the sale to bring that aspect of the bike back to showroom fresh.

With Ducati 916s reaching skyward in terms of value, the obvious next candidate for potential investing is the 996. These are still relatively undervalued for what they offer, and draped in the super-sexy Massimo Tamburini-designed bodywork there is no other silhouette like it (except maybe for the 916 and 998). Time is running down on this auction, and with the latest bid at a low $5,480 USD, you can be sure this will see some more action before auction close. Which is your favorite of the 916/996/998 trifecta? Be sure and let us know. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

The Long & Short of It: 2000 Ducati 996 Monoposto