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Ducati January 3, 2022 posted by

First Year Monster: 1994 Ducati M900

Ducati invites thoughts of MotoGP and race winning performance.  An exotic machine to tickle the senses, and ignite passion.  Their superbikes have long been lust worthy machines.  But for many the most iconic modern offering from Ducati has been their Monster line.  This bike started the naked bike category and has offered many riders a very usable and enjoyable package for decades.

This example appears to be well taken care of over the years and regularly used.  A purest might want to revert a few small details to stock, such as the mirrors, but few would toss a red flag at the addition of aftermarket carbon exhausts as the sound will justify the change.  Pictures show that the bike could benefit from a proper wash and detail.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

1994 Ducati M900. This is the first generation Monster and was manufactured in July 1993. I am the second owner and purchased this bike from the original owner in the fall of 2009. This has been an incredibly reliable bike for me and has been a joy to own and ride. The dry clutch discs were replaced within the last 500 miles, tires were replaced around 500 miles ago and I would estimate still have most of their life left. Belts were replaced last year and have almost no miles on them. Front and rear brake pad were also replaced last year and have almost no miles on them as well. Oil was changed two years ago but less than 250 miles currently on it. Carbon exhaust is D&D, rear fender and master cylinder covers are Ferracci. Bike was apparently maintained at Ferracci by the last owner; I have since maintained on my own utilizing the Desmo Times 2V service and maintenance book. Bike is due for a dealer valve service, but does still run near perfect and has significant power; last owner had the valves checked and no adjustments were needed at the time (circa 2008). Slight adjustment may be needed now, but I’d be surprised. The engine does smoke slightly, which could be due to the limited miles put on it over the last ~8 years (<1000). The head was pulled from the horizontal cylinder in 2010 to replace leaky seals (no leaks since) and the vertical cylinder now shows a similar leak between the head and the cylinder (likely from the 28yo o-rings degrading). The rear seat cover has a small crack in it, as shown in the pictures, and the tank has a small chip as well, also shown in the picture. Tank is in otherwise near perfect condition and does not have the typical “Monster dent” that the older metal Monster’s are generally found with. Overall, this Monster is a head turner as it’s in excellent condition, has the excellent deep Ducati rumble, and the classic Ducati dry clutch sound. Feel free to reach out with questions prior to bidding.

As with any first year example, there are little details that make all the difference.  These seemingly small details are what make the bike special.  Stuff like the yellow swingarm bar, and rectangle master cylinders.  A true Ducati fan could nerd out for a while with all the subtle differences over the years.  It is wonderful to see an example preserved and not cut up, modified or left unloved.

The opening bid of $3,999 is sure to be placed in the near future.  One could expect the bidding to climb over time as this is a really unique and desirable motorcycle.  Presented well with few unwanted modifications.  Mileage will mean this will not appeal to a static collector, but should offer many more worry free miles to the next owner.

First Year Monster:  1994 Ducati M900
Ducati January 2, 2022 posted by

High Horsepower and Mileage: 2014 Ducati Panigale 1199R

To say that the Ducati Panigale made a splash when it entered the market would be an understatement.  Ducati fans have a strange aversion to change.   They like what they like, and want to keep it that way.  There are a few core tenements that define a Ducati to many.  The sound the dry clutch makes, the marvelous desmo valve train, and the iconic steel trellis frame.

Well with the introduction of the Panigale Ducati decided to ditch the traditional trellis frame in favor of a lighter and more radical approach.  The over 200hp engine is now a fully stressed member of the machine.  This allowed for a reduction in weight to 362 pounds.  The cams are no longer driven by belts that need to be changed every couple of years, in their place are modern gears and chains.  Alloy tank so no expansion issues.  This package was a huge step for the Italian brand.

Electronically adjustable suspension was added to an already impressive electronics package.  It was clear that Ducati wanted to showcase their vast catalog of technology.  Often times writers talk about “Slow Bike Fast” or how you can not fully utilize the performance of the top tier bikes on the road.  Well sometimes it is just fun to have the fastest and best thing that money can buy.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Hello, for sale is my pristine Ducati Panigale 1199R. This motorcycle has been owned since brand new by my father and I have owned it for the past 3 years. Although it has 29,800 miles on the odometer it is in excellent cosmetic condition and runs like brand new.

Tremendous attention to detail was invested to make sure the motorcycle was perfectly maintained.

Whoever wins this motorcycle will love this bike! Happy bidding and feel free to send me a message for any questions.

Thanks.

If the past has shown us anything about collecting, we know that the first of a kind is always something special.  The 1199R may have been controversial when new, but the years have shown us that it was the way of the future.  Ducati still continues to refine the platform.  Other little interesting bits are that this was the last R to feature the Termignoni exhaust, latter R models came with an Akrapovic.  This is also the only generation of R Ducati Superbike that gets the semi active electronic suspension as homologation rules changed.

This specific example is rather interesting.  It remains in remarkably standard trim, and while the listing does not offer details on what has been done over the years, it does claim to have always been properly maintained.  What really makes this one stand out is the opportunity it could offer a buyer.  This listing is being used as a straight auction, a refreshing use of eBay.  The reserve price is unknown at this time.  The one thing that will hold this bike back in terms of price is the mileage.  With the better part of 30,000 miles on the clock there will obviously be a reduction in value, the question is how much.  Personally of all the things that could detract from a bikes value, damage, poor service history, mechanical issues, aftermarket changes or something more serious, mileage always stands out as being the least worrisome.  This could be a great buy for something that is looking to score a deal on an epic bike.  If the miles really are a deal breaker for you, there is This Bike.  Two thousand miles, but a $21,500 asking price.

High Horsepower and Mileage: 2014 Ducati Panigale 1199R
Ducati December 29, 2021 posted by

Giallo Auge – 2008 Ducati 1098

Not as popular as red or black superbikes, Ducati’s yellow looks great with black, grey, or carbon accessories, and is a dead ringer for Lamborghini’s – sunbeam yellow –.  Today’s 1098 has more miles than usual, recent valve clearance inspection, and just a few aftermarket upgrades.

2008 Ducati 1098 for sale on eBay

Outwardly, the 1098 looks like more of an evolution of the 998, with its lower side-by-side headlights and individual underseat mufflers.  Even deep down, the EVO 1098 engine made long strides from the 999, with the revised testastretta heads came extended valve service intervals, a big improvement in the cooling system, and beaucoup power at 160hp.  Showa dampers were on the non-S, along with the WSBK-derived single sided swingarm.  Brembo monobloc calipers were a first for the 1098, and though there is a factory data analyzing dash, the 1098 pre-dates the multiple electronic nannies that were just over the horizon. 

With the tell-tale puddle on the driveway, this 1098 might have been in the back of the garage for a bit before washing.  Seems like this might be the third owner, and had maintenance earlier on.  Either way it is a nice piece of kit, as they say, well equipped from the factory, and upgraded with the Termignoni exhaust.  The lowers could be re-painted and/or wrapped with not much trouble.  The smaller front sprocket isn’t a bad compromise for the street.  Notes from the eBay auction:

The bike is in good mechanical shape and does not have any leaks or smoking. The bike fires up first try every time, and has had some recent bigger maintenance including belt tensioning and valves checked. Additionally, it’s modded perfectly with a full Termi exhaust, the corresponding Race ECU, and a 14t front sprocket so the gearing isn’t insanely long. 

The bike is a beautiful piece of Italian engineering and a huge value compared to today’s electronic superbikes. However, the exterior condition on this bike is not perfect, this would be a great canyon carver or track bike. The front fairing has a chip above the right headlight which has been touched up. The front fender has some rock chips. The middle pieces of the fairing on both sides show some wear which has been touched up. The lower piece of the fairing on the right side has some scratches which have been touched up. The good news is, it still looks amazing from a few feet away and there is no concern about dropping it or scratching it up using it!

This bike is 100% turn key ready. I would not hesitate to ride it 1000 miles tomorrow if I wanted to.

Modifications:

  • Full 70mm Termignoni Exhaust

  • Ducati/Termignoni Race ECU

  • 14t Front Sprocket

  • Dark Smoke Double Bubble Windscreen

  • 6k LED Headlight Bulbs

Maintenance:

  • Previous Owner: Ducati Certified Tech

  • Previous Owner: Enthusiast

  • April 2021 – 13,000 Miles

      • Belts Tensioned

      • Checked Valves (In Spec)

      • Oil and Filter

      • Front Fork Seals

      • New Rear Tire

  • September 2021 – 13,300 Miles
      • New Front Tire

Partly because WSBK was changing their formulas lickety-split, the 1098 was soon replaced by the 1198, even less suited to mere mortal road riding.  Rather than a limited edition showpiece, a 1098 with a few memories might be a better choice for a more regular rider.  The ask for this one might put it into a garage without a matching Gallardo.

-donn

Giallo Auge – 2008 Ducati 1098
Ducati December 11, 2021 posted by

Black and Gold Tiger – 1979 Ducati 900SD Darmah

Ducati called in stylist Leopoldo Tartarini to help them back from the 860GT mis-step, and beside the 900SS bevel, and he penned most of the sporty SS attributes into the unfaired SD Darmah.  Here’s a very original SD with a recent powertrain rebuild, and very presentable survivor cosmetics.

1979 Ducati SD900 Darmah for sale on eBay

Ducati wasn’t ready to abandon their 864cc L-twin, which laid down a torquey 65 hp, featuring 32mm Dell’Orto carbs with individual airboxes and single overhead cams.  The 5-speed and frame were fairly conventional, though the transmission got good marks for smooth shifting.  Marzocchi forks and monoshock provided a firm but not harsh ride, tailored well to the centrist performance.  Triple 280mm disks put a hurting on the 18-inch tires, but got the job done.  The factory seat was way over on the sporty side, but easily upgraded.  Nippondenso instruments and controls eyebrows some eyebrows, but worked every time.

The seller delves into patina issues when the survivor condition is really quite good.  Darmah’s pre-date all the age-proof paints and finishes we almost take for granted, but the originals here look great.  Longer stalk mirrors have been fitted and the factory seat re-stuffed.  The drivetrain rebuild is more of a story than the odometer change, and probably will account for quite a bit of the strike price.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The last affordable Bevel Head. Prior owner acquired the bike in 2012 and the speedo was inoperable and replaced with a NOS unit. By 2015 the prior owner had put 2,600 miles on the engine and that’s when the motor was rebuilt. Odometer shows less than 5,000 miles now. What’s wrong with it? 

It’s a great original bike with with patina that comes with something that has always been cared for rather than something fixed up from a wreck. Clear coat by the gas cap peeled when the PO purchased the bike and has not progressed (maybe US gas ?), There is also clear coat peeling right side under brake fluid reservoir – maybe spills/ leaks at some time. Clear coat peel near rear seat lock. Hasn’t been run by me in nearly 9 months.  Mirrors aren’t original although they are Ducati. PO had replaced originals with little “racy” ones. The ball end on front brake lever is snapped off. (I have replacement and haven’t installed yet.)  Seat has been recovered and padded.  Anyone who has ridden on one without this “mod” will know why this was done.  This was going to be my “forever bike” but plans changed…as they do.
 
Complete engine rebuild in winter of 2015 by Karl Engelenner (MMS – Sacramento CA).
      • New rods and crank pin

      • New 88mm pistons and rings

      • New valves and seats

      • New bearings, all of them in the motor and trans

      • New Surflex clutch

      • Vee Two high flow oil pump

      • All rocker arms reconditioned

      • All transmission shafts and gears reconditioned

      • New 36mm Dell’orto carbs/Originals available 

      • Original Paint

      • Campagnolo wheels

      • Braided steel brake lines

      • New Rubber brake lines 

      • New Avon  Roadrider tires 

      • Tomaselli 2C throttle

      • K&N filters

        Serviced 90 days ago  by the Zen House of Point Arena

        new Starter Sprag Fitted 

The Darmah has a page or two in Msgr’s Tartarini and Taglioni’s history, but Ducati is still not done with the desmodue.  The stately black and gold had a European sophistication, and the saddle’s relationship with the tank may have advertised a different sportiness than the chassis wanted to deliver.  But the torque and stability made the Darmah a signature Ducati.  Just one day to go and plenty of bids, but none satisfying the reserve.

-donn

Black and Gold Tiger – 1979 Ducati 900SD Darmah
Ducati December 9, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748

Update 12.9.2021: Sold in less than a week! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a bike for sale that would benefit from this kind of exposure, contact us for a Featured Listing. -dc

Our friends at Seattle Used Bikes have asked us to feature their beautiful Ducati 748.

It does not take any reader of RSBFS a long time to figure out that all of us are huge fans of the Ducati 748/916.  It is also not hard to figure out why it is one of the few universally adored motorcycle.  They are achingly beautiful, offer amazing performance and produce a wonderful sound.  For many they are dream bikes and something that has been lusted after for many years.

In the words of the Seller:

It seems to be harder and harder to find a good condition older Ducati Superbike. This 2001 Ducati 748 Superbike arrived last week and we have been asked to help find a new home for it. It has had a couple of local owners, most of its services were performed by the former Eastside dealer so no paper trail of service was provided. It started life as a base “E” model, not an “S” model, but has a few of the “S” upgrades like quick disconnect dzus fasteners on the fairing and nicer wheels. We were told it did have timing belts and basic service performed just last year and our guys gave it a good look over and made a few tweaks as well. It has some nice upgrades like the 10 spoke Forged Marchesini wheels and a Termignoni 3/4 exhaust system as well. There are a few other items like the SpeedyMoto open clutch cover and gold EVR pressure plate and springs. Out back we spot a nice carbon rear fender and chain guard, up front there is a smoke wind screen and adjustable brake and clutch levers. This particular 748 was originally sold from Ducati as a Mono seat model, that can be verified from the matching VIN under the seat. These did come with the steel Biposto sub frame so it could converted to a 2 seater if needed. We have our service records, 1 key, PitBull rear stand, Haynes workshop manual and a clean WA title

Ducati has never been shy about marketing and creating desire around their products and for years the focus was on the plethora of special and limited editions.  Over the years many have been so concerned with the R, SPS and Race Replica versions, they have forgotten how good the standard bikes are.

Traditionally if you had asked a collector what the least expensive way to own one of these gorgeous machines they would have advised you to fine a 748 Biposto.  This was due to the perception that it was the least desirable specification.  Think about that last sentence and be honest about how it makes you feel today.  Did it seem wrong? Well it should as clearly we now know all of these Ducati are desirable in some way.  That is rather evident when you see auction results like this $16,000 748 Biposto.

As time has marched on, and the markets move we are forced to accept that more and more people are entering the hobby and every day there are less and less of our beloved 748/916 available on the market.  None of these are simply used bikes any more, they are collectables and purchased with emotions, not spec sheets.  Will be interesting to look back on posts like this in a few years, willing to bet many will be kicking themselves for not picking up a clean example when they had the chance.

This example from Seattle Used Bikes offers a great opportunity to enter an ever rising market at an appealing price point of $7,999.  There are a few choice modifications that should appeal to someone that is going to get this bike out on the road and use it.  The upgraded exhaust will please the ears, and the open clutch cover will make sure everyone hears that unique dry clutch sound.  The images show that this bike is an original Monoposta.  Normally seen in yellow, the red will appeal to someone that values having something slightly different to the norm.

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748
Ducati December 3, 2021 posted by

Duc Season – 1982 Ducati 900SS with 1,622 Miles !

Most our early 1980’s Ducati’s tend toward the fully-faired MHR, but the Supersport with bevel driven cams has its own following.  Here’s a collector with almost impossibly low miles, and requisite cosmetics for its mid-five figure ask.

1982 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Though a bit more civilized than the mid-1970’s Supersports, the last year 900SS had enough gumption and the stable high speed handling that brought its early renown.  32mm Dell’Orto carbs had replaced the 40’s, and fairly quiet mufflers were DOT requirements.  But 65 hp was still brought to bear, and could get the semi-adjustable Marzocchi suspension into trouble, and challenge the 280mm brakes, at least temporarily.  Recent cast alloy wheels wore 18-inch skins, and the bullet fairing cut a nice pocket in the windstream, beautifully rounded though the engine cases had the angles of the previous stylist, Giorgetto Guigiaro.

Offered by a recently opened workshop in Miami, the condition of this 900SS is at the higher end of the collector range.  No history provided, but the bevel drive desmo is an all metal affair, so however unlikely, it might be ridden home.  Unrestored condition is downright inspirational.  Short notes from the eBay auction:

Unrestored all original 1982 Ducati 900SS in very nice condition. Was recently recommissioned. Inside of tank is rust free. The bike runs flawlessly as a new bike should.

900SS production numbers started out strong but dwindled to an unsustainable low, with just a few hundred rolling out each year.  Managers took the brand another step away from sport the next year, with the more domestic S2.  Luckily the belt driven cam desmodue, Castiglioni brothers, and revival of the Supersports were just around the corner.  This reference quality example might be more at home in a live arena auction, but hopefully the new owner will be a RSBFS reader and drop us a comment.

-donn

Duc Season – 1982 Ducati 900SS with 1,622 Miles !
Ducati November 17, 2021 posted by

Shiney Side Up – 1999 Ducati Monster M900 Cromo with 3,640 Miles !

Ducati took a page from the UJM chronicles and came away with a do-it-all smash.  Today’s Monster was the top of the range in 1999, and has been farkled to a fare-thee-well, but barely used.

1999 Ducati Monster M900 Cromo for sale on eBay

Il Mostro was a bit of a parts bin affair, saving on development costs compared to an all-new machine.  The 904cc desmodue was tried and true, the last year for Mikuni carbs and 80 hp.  The overhead trellis frame shared the company DNA, with a snappy wheelbase and popular low seat height.  The Cromo got better Showa forks and an Öhlins monoshock, along with 320mm dual puck brakes.  Compromises are part of the multi-purpose design, and with the enjoyable upright ride, there wasn’t much to deflect the wind.

One of the Monster paradigms was to provide owners some blank canvas to paint their own way, and the aftermarket provided inspiration galore.  Cromo’s came with carbon fenders, sidecovers, and seat cowl, but a sharp exhaust system has been added here, along with clutch cover, air scoops, and tail tidy.  Condition looks impeccable and recent heavy maintenance is listed in the eBay auction:

Only 101 were brought into the US
The last of the true and original Ducati monsters.

You will never find another like this. I purchased this from the original owner. 
When he purchased it new he added at the Ducati dealer all the extra 
Ducati Performance upgrades: 
Carbon performance gauges
Carbon high exhaust system,
Carbon air runners
Carbon front fender
Carbon clutch cover
Carbon fiber sprocket cover
Carbon mirrors 
CORBIN seat 
Only 3,640 miles !!!
Everything is Perfect.
Just had full inspection done at Cheshire Motorsports. Everything is new:
Tires, Belts, fluids, battery, services, carbs tuned and jetted.
All keys and books

Monsters have come a ways since 1999, with four valves, fuel injection, even racy limited editions.  But the carburetted 900 still has that certain something.  Carbs don’t call for a fuel nanny, and the 1999 charging system was a big improvement.  If the reflective tank doesn’t suit, it would be easy enough to source a carbon model and change the M900’s personality, outwardly at least.  If displayed indoors though, that chrome could never do such a number on the blue sky.

-donn

Shiney Side Up – 1999 Ducati Monster M900 Cromo with 3,640 Miles !
Ducati November 15, 2021 posted by

Aging Gracefully: 1988 Ducati 750 Paso

From the archives of relatively recent history comes the curious story of the Ducati Paso. Utterly polarizing, the Paso was unlike anything that could be found on the roads at the time, and seemed to be either absolutely loved, or completely hated by the public; middle ground was not to be found. The fully-faired machine was a bit of a rarity at the time, as only Honda had a similarly enclosed model in the Hurricane of the same year. But the Honda was liquid cooled, while Ducati engineers managed to hide the mechanicals from prying eyes while still retaining the air-cooled Pantah motor. Other highlights included a square tubing steel frame, aluminum swing arm, 16″ wheels front AND back, and the use of a Weber 2-barrel automotive carburetor.

1988 Ducati 750 Paso for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1988 Ducati desmo 750 paso
Excellent condition
7000 miles
Clean title
Including 2 seats
Runs excellent

From a performance perspective, the Paso failed to take the fight to the Japanese. The unique styling did help it garner some acclaim which did help a bit with sales, but the Paso was not really a cut-and-thrust sport bike in the same vein as the Big Four middleweights of the day. Rather, the Paso gained favor with the sporting tour set, placing more emphasis on “sport” than tour, but capable of doing both with style and grace. Not back for a bike named after a racer (Renzo “Paso” Pasolini) and meant to save the flagging fortunes of a proud Italian brand recently taken over by Cagiva.

The financial reality of the Paso is that these tend not to be collector bikes…yet. That time may yet come when people look back fondly on where Italian style and unbridled enthusiasm produced a distinct period piece, but for now these represent a relatively frugal way to own Italian v-twin exotic that continues to turn heads. Today’s example has but 7,000 miles and looks as clean as you might expect. Check out all of the pictures, and consider the future of the striking silhouette that is the Paso. Do you dream of a Paso in your garage? Check out all of the details here, and then jump to the comments and let us know your thoughts. Good Luck!!

MI