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.
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.