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Ducati October 28, 2016 posted by

851 with extra grunt: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO


1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

Back in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, Ducati was turning things around.  The bologna-based company had developed its 851 engine back in 1987 and the fuel injected L-twin engine was powerful, reliable and had brought Ducati something it had not had for many years; racing success.  But the Ducati bosses recognized that even though their 851 machines were doing well on the track, something more powerful was needed to keep pace with the competition, especially since the big Japanese firms had decided to focus development on not only power but also improved handling and light weight.   The simplest solution for Ducati was to increase the bore size to 888 while working on their next gen bike, the epic 916, hence the Ducati 888 series was born.    This post is for a SPO version, which was the 1993 edition (the 1994 edition was designed as the 888 Limited Edition).


The 888SPO was a bit of a band-aid bike for Ducati. The company originally intended to bring its race replica SP5 bike into the US but couldn’t get them past D.O.T requirements.  So for the US market Ducati took their European 888 Strada which was basically just an 851 with an 888cc engine in it and added some top shelf SP5 components such as a single seat, up-swept exhaust system and upgraded Ohlins shock system to create the 888 SPO for 1993.  According to the Ducatiforums, approximately 290 were built for the US market

NOTE: For 1994 the 888 got even more top shelf goodies and was named the 888 Limited.  According to the Ducati forums, only 100 888 Limited editions were imported for the US market.


What was the 888 like to own/ride?  Here is a review by Visordown

“By far the best were the Öhlins-kitted SPs, culminating with the best-of-the-bunch SP5 in 1993. But like anything exotic and Italian, getting the best out of an 888 requires experience, knowledge, patience and money. The factory’s base suspension settings were all over the shop making a good 888 class-leadingly stunning and a bad one worse than a poorly rebuilt write-off with flat tyres, square wheels and a chocolate frame.

But the key to the 888s celebrity status isn’t the fact that it’s drop-dead gorgeous, vastly fast, or rewarding to ride. It can indeed be all of those things, granted, but because the factory produced so few by today’s mass-manufacturing standards, it’s the 888’s scarcity that adds volumes to its value and appeal. The 888 is the biking equivalent of a Ferrari 250GTO, and that dear reader, is why you want one.”


This particular 888 looks to be in great shape with the only non-OEM item I am seeing being the tank scratch/bump pad.  Also I think the rear license plate mount might have been cut down a bit/”profiled”.

The seller includes good information regarding maintenance in the ebay listing, which is always a good sign.  Here are the highlights of what the seller has to say:

  • For sale is my beloved 1993 Ducati 888 Sport Production (h)Omologation (SPO).  Maintained to be a daily driver but only used when sunny and dry.
  • Factory original bodywork and never been dropped or repaired, every switch and lever works as intended from the factory.
  • Belts, timing and all fluids serviced within the last 1000 miles.
  • I believe I am the third owner after purchasing from a close friend who cared for her similarly. All original with the exception of the following:
    • Fast by Ferracci carbon fiber exhaust
    • Fast by Ferracci power chip
    • Fast by Ferracci carbon fiber front fender (identical to 1994 888 SPO LTD)
    • Fast by Ferracci fuel cap
    • Fuel tank lined and sealed
    • Fuel tank pad
    • Lithium battery (Feb2016)
    • Performance silicone blue brake and clutch lines
    • Profiled rear fender
    • European high power headlight
    • Battery tender quick release plug


So what is this lovely redhead worth?   The entire 888 series is pretty rare, with slightly less than 400 brought into the USA over the two year run, so its going to be of interest to both investment-oriented collectors and fans of the period.  The near OEM condition of this will also likely impact the price.  The only concern would be that mileage is about 16,000 which can be an issue if the bike hasn’t had proper maintenance but the info provided by the seller should make this one has been taken care of.

Prices for the Ducati 888 SPO’s and Limiteds we have posted previously on RSBFS  seem to show a current market value of about $10,000 USD, more for bikes that have had some upgrades.  The current bid price on this one is at $7,300 USD and the reserve has been met so this one will definitely be moving on to a new owner after the auction ends.   Overall, this seems to be an opportunity for a relatively safe acquisition of a limited edition Ducati that will probably appreciate over time.


851 with extra grunt:  1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Ducati December 10, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO Limited for Sale

Update 12.14.15: The seller has accepted a deposit on this bike. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

1994 Ducati 888 SPO R Side Front

Located in Chicago, today’s Featured Listing is a very clean Ducati 888 SPO Limited, a rare version of Ducati’s first really modern superbike, a bike that gave them back their racing mojo and a model that has begun to steadily increase in value in recent years.

Until the advent of the rubber-cambelt Pantah, Ducati was living on borrowed time. And while the new version of their L-twin allowed them to reduce manufacturing costs, something more powerful was definitely needed to keep pace with the sportbikes from Japan, since the Big Four had finally managed to add handling and light weight to their unburstable four-cylinder sportbike formula, basically making everything from Europe look pretty antiquated.

1994 Ducati 888 SPO R Side Naked

In order to remain relevant in racing and in showrooms, Ducati developed a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, four-valve version of their rugged L-twin and stuffed it into the brand-new 851 in 1987. The new “Desmoquattro” made 93hp at the rear wheel and gave Ducati a serious weapon for superbike racing. The bored-out 888 that followed displaced, you guessed it: 888cc’s.

1994 Ducati 888 SPO L Rear

The 888 SPO Limited has a few subtle differences as compared to the SPO including more carbon fiber, frame-colored wheels instead of black, and the suspension hoop wasn’t yellow. Intended to homologate the Desmoquattro for AMA Superbike racing it made a stout 104hp at the rear wheel, not too impressive compared to the near-200hp of a modern Panigale. But combined with the wide powerband that used to be the hallmark of big v-twins, these are plenty fast in the hands of a good rider.

1994 Ducati 888 SPO L Front Naked

This example appears to have been carefully maintained, although if the seller is saying it could use a set of cam belts, I’d plan to do that immediately. Aside from a couple chips, this thing looks so clean you could practically eat off it, even the bits normally hidden under the fairing, and includes the very desirable GiaCoMoto “spaghetti” style exhaust. Basically, if your Ducati superbike isn’t running a spaghetti exhaust, you’re just not one of the cool kids. This isn’t simply a set of expensive carbon tubes, it’s a full 50mm free flow exhaust and should make a serious roar.

1994 Ducati 888 SPO Cans

From the seller: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO for Sale

The 1994 888 SPO Limiteds were the very last 888s before the 916 and very few were made. This is #61. While it has had 17,698 miles of enjoyment, the bike is in amazing condition. The last valve adjustment was 3000 miles and 4 years ago. New belts wouldn’t hurt, but the bike has been stored inside when not ridden. The original carbon fiber fenders and clutch cover have been impeccably refinished by Artistimo. The stock fasteners were all re-plated with the factory yellow Zinc oxide. It has the original Ohlins shock.

Upgrades include the Corbin seat, Speedymoto adjustable clip-ons, 18ah Shorai battery, and the rare 50mm Thunderball/GiaCaMoto “spaghetti” full exhaust system.

Splitting hairs (pictured);
1. Chip to the left side fairing near where your toe would be.
2. Small ding at the bottom right front corner of the fuel tank (from the throttle tube)
3. Small rock chip to the left of the “D” on the front fairing.
4. Tiny scratch on the right exhaust canister (which I will try to polish out). No burning/discoloring, and look at those nearly spotless headers!
5. Rearsets are OEM, but silver ’93 SPO ones instead of the black ones of ’94.

No one believes this bike is 20+ years old or has been ridden and enjoyed. Anyone who has seen any of my bikes knows the standards I keep them. The fork adjusters are spotless…even the wheels are outstanding. This bike is clean. $12,500

1994 Ducati 888 SPO L Front Naked

While the 888 isn’t as pretty as the iconic 916 that followed, it’s far more interesting. A connoisseur’s choice, a bike with real history, particularly in SPO form. Also: the more humane ergonomics mean you won’t need to visit your chiropractor after a long morning ride.

1994 Ducati 888 SPO Top Triple

If you’re looking for a bike to enjoy, this seems like an ideal machine: low-ish miles, but it’s definitely been ridden and kept in fine-fettle. Well-cared for, but with a couple minor blemishes so you wouldn’t be afraid your boots will scuff the rearsets or mark the exhausts. And that GiaCoMoto spaghetti exhaust system is the ultimate safety feature: the cagers will know you’re coming for several miles before you come into view!


1994 Ducati 888 SPO L Side

Featured Listing: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO Limited for Sale
Ducati March 17, 2015 posted by

Sport Production (h)Omologation – 1993 Ducati 888 SPO

20150315 1993 ducati 888 spo left

For the 1991 World Superbike Championship, Ducati made a small increase to the bore of the modernized 851 engine, and introduced the 888.  Capitalizing on the 4 desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, fuel injection, and water cooling in the 851, the bike brought Ducati the 1992 and ’93 WSBK championships under American Doug Polen and the AMA Superbike championship in 1994.  It was homologated for the 1993-94 model years, with around 300 SPO’s being sold in the U.S. in 1993, and only 100 in 1994.

1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

20150315 1993 ducati 888 spo right front

20150315 1993 ducati 888 spo left rear

A brilliant performer, the 888 has 104 hp and 59 ft-lbs torque available, transmitted through a 6-speed transmission.  Fully adjustable suspension front ( Showa ) and rear ( Ohlins ), and big 320mm brakes ( Brembo ) complete the controls.  The beautiful monoposto bodywork has air intakes either side of the headlight, and a large number 1 on the tailcone.  Known as the Strada overseas, these bikes were as much a WSBK as was available.

20150315 1993 ducati 888 spo binnacle

20150315 1993 ducati 888 spo front

Having been stored since 1997, not much history in the eBay auction:

Original 1993 spo …..purchased new and stored under blankets since 1997…this bike has not been started since 1997…parked and left under a set of blankets.

20150315 1993 ducati 888 spo right front wheel

20150315 1993 ducati 888 spo belly scoop

With incredibly low miles, some new seals, belts, and tires, this 888 SPO would be a rare sight street or track.


Sport Production (h)Omologation – 1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Ducati October 24, 2014 posted by

Omologato: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO


The Ducati 888 SPO is a bit of a hidden jem, no doubt due to the bike that came right after it, the 916. Only produced for two years and specific to the USA, the 888 SPO was a limited edition of the 888 – only 390 were produced.

NOTE: 1993 was the first year the bike was introduced and saw a total a total of 290 built that year for the US market. A further 100 were made in ’94 with some subtle changes. The 1993 model was known as the 888SPO, while the ’94 was technically known as the 888LTD.

Featuring the trademark desmo valve V-Twin, the 888 SPO/LTD series produced 94 horsepower and were very much suited to track time. Though road legal, the riding position is what one would call “committed”, and they weren’t friendly in traffic.


1993 Ducati 888 SPO on ebay

For a limited edition Ducati, the 888SPO seems to gets less mention as a desired collectible than the mass produced 916. Personally I think this is beautiful bike and given that it was used as the basis for bikes that won both the World Superbike and AMA Superbike championships in 1993, it should certainly be part of any Ducati fans collection.


Limited information from the seller is as follows:

For sale an amazing Ducati 888 SPO with 11000 original miles. the bike is mint and very well taking care of. Recently serviced for over $2000 by Pro Italia. NOS original Termignoni just installed as well.
for serious collector only.

So what’s it worth? Well maintenance for this bike seems to have been done but I would still try to find out info about belts and any head and/or base gasket leaks. Back in July a SPO with 712 miles was listed on RSBFS and that went for 16k USD so the asking price of this one at 15.5k is pretty much spot on . While mileage is higher, its for sale in California which tends to bump up the price a bit. All in all, this seems to be a good option for a west coast collector to acquire a 888 SPO.


Omologato: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Ducati July 15, 2014 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 SPO with 712 Miles available in British Columbia

Here is a blast from RSBFS founder Dan Crouch’s past.   Last seen in July of 2008 on the Dan Crouch Blog (a predecessor of RSBFS) this is a 1993 Ducati 888 SPO with just 713 miles since new.  The last of the 851/888 line up before the introduction of the legendary 916 platform, the 888 remains iconic to Superbike fans everywhere.

spo 1

1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

Here in the States, (road legal) 888s were sold in ’93 & ’94 with the ’93 US model known as the 888SPO. Like a 996, 888s were built with racing in mind  and so a prospective buyer would need to look for obvious stuff like head and base gasket leaks.  Also, like  any other Ducati, a prospective bike would have to have updated & fresh belts tossed in and of course, the same goes for valve adjustments, etc.

spo 3

This particular bike has some non-standard graphics but the bike looks exceptionally clean and the seller includes over 100 photos which can be accessed here.


1993 Ducati 888 SPO with 712 Miles available in British Columbia
Ducati July 9, 2013 posted by

Colorado Superbike: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO


Located in Colorado is this beautiful Ducati 888 SPO. If you know what you want, then this bike needs no introduction. The last of the 851/888 line up before the introduction of the legendary 916 platform, the 888 remains iconic to Superbike fans everywhere.


Unlike many Ducati Superbikes, this one has been ridden. It is ironic that the desmoquattro line has enjoyed supreme reliability – not exactly the hallmark of a racebike-derived street motorcycle. Yes, the maintenance intervals are a bit more frequent that than of your average UJM (and probably more expensive, too), but that is little to put up with in the face of torque, speed, and outright exclusivity.


From the seller:
Up for auction is a very nice 1994 Ducati 888SPO Superbike. Super rare with only 16,615 original miles. Bike is super clean with only a few minor flaws. One being some paint flake in the front fairing and the others being flaws in the front carbon fender. Own a peice of history with this gorgeous 888SPO!


This bike is available now – either via aution or BIN. If you have to ask, the BIN is set at $10,999 – a little high considering the miles, but not totally out of line with a triple-eight these days. Click the link to check out the auction and the TONS of pictures the seller has posted. This is a lot of bike, and probably a great example from Ducati to hang on to. Good Luck!!



Ducati January 18, 2013 posted by

Historic Ducati: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO LTD #89


Today I started out my morning on the prowl for something totally unique, totally rare and totally cool. What I found was another Ducati. Now before you sharpen your pitchforks and ignite your flamethrowers , take a deep breath. Relax. We hear you, and know what you are talking about. We are always on the lookout for great bikes – its just that sometimes multiple copies of the same “rare” bike go on the market at the same time. Such is the case with the rarest of the first generation desmoquattros, the ’94 888 LTD SPO models.


To be truthful, any of the 851 – 888 generation bikes will make big, booming Ducati noises and impress the bystanders and the curb kickers. What makes a true SPO bike special is the singular focus on performance; the solo tail removes all of the passenger grab handle hardware and weight; the high pipes aid in ground clearance and aerodymanics, all made possible by the lack of a passenger; and the liberal use of carbon fiber (racer’s bling) to shed the pounds and add some race track creds. These bikes are also reasonably rare, and offer a serialized number plate riveted to the headstock.


From the seller:
The real deal..
1994 was the last year Ducati made the 888 before introducing the 916. This SPO LTD was #89 of only 100 made (only 75 of them made it to the US) This series was brought out to commemorate the double SuperBike Championship (the AMA and the World).
Own a rare piece of Ducati history. Runs great, very good shape with only 6,146 miles.

This bike has been ridden and enjoyed and not abused! Never ridden in rain or inclement weather but in warm and dry conditions only. Kept in doors or garage.
This is not a standard 851/888, if you only want a standard Ducati there are plenty on the market, if you want a rare and collectable bike call with serious offers only.


The 888 LTD SPO bikes are pricey as far as Gen I, four-valve bikes go. The asking price on this one is $14,000 or best offer. That is pretty much in line with the going rate; neither outrageously high, nor a bargain. Still, finding one is the challenge, and at 6,200 miles this one has been ridden enough to be used, but not so much as to be used up. Check out all of the pictures and details here, and then let us know what you think. Meanwhile, we will continue to bring you the best mix of smokers, imports, one offs and survivors that we can find!


Sport Bikes For Sale January 17, 2013 posted by

Instant Riders Collection in Mississippi [82 Kat, 888 SPO, SS/SP, GSX-R 1100, VF1000R, MV F4]

Here is a seller that is thinning the heard and has a great cross section of sport bikes that our audience enjoys. Each bike is being sold individually on eBay. I think what is best about this selection for sale is that they all have some mileage in addition to appearing cosmetically taken care of. We get some shit for posting zero mile bikes that never get ridden on RSBFS but this lot looks like with some minor refreshing you’d have a great selection of modern classics that are ready to ride. Lets take a look in order of oldest first!


1982 Suzuki Katana 1000, “recent repaint and aftermarket fairing (all period correct) You will need to get some metric bolts and nuts to mount the fairing the painter lost them! Vance and Hines exhaust.”

1982 Suzuki Katana For Sale

1985 Honda VF1000R, “Selling a near mint VF 1000 R, The only flaw is a crack around the upper right mirror where the shipper strapped the bike down and a couple of factory screws missing. Over all the bike is in excellent condition, will need a carb cleaning …. idles but when you roll the throttle on……it stumbles and dies. 100% original. Stored inside climate control storage. ”

1985 Honda VF1000R For Sale

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100, “Paint is excellent except for bubbling of the decals below. Will need a carb cleaning I drained the tank and fogged the tank to preserve it. A extremely nice example of a future collectible bike. You will not be dissapointed. Vance and Hines pipe.”

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale

1994 Ducati 888 SPO, “Looks near perfect with no flaws in paint or cracked plastics. Runs perfect….pitbull stand…..if your looking at this you know what it is. No dissapointments.”

1994 Ducati 888 SPO For Sale

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP, “carbon fiber fenders and CF exhaust….sounds amazing, looks amazing, runs great. What can I say this is just a nice example of a early Ducati 900.”

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP For Sale

2006 MV Agusta F4, “.2100 miles, Arrow Exhaust and Mid-Pipe, Aftermarket windscreen and carbon fiber heel guards. This is as nice as a MV as you will find. Theres only one flaw a tiny chip in the front of the tank which you can barely see. Never ridden on the rain.”

2006 MV Agusta F4 For Sale

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