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Ducati November 1, 2010 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 SPO Superbike!

For Sale: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO Superbike

Are you impressed by the current crop of 1198 Superbikes? How about the 1098? 999? 996 or 916? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you have this bike to thank. That’s right: The performance and success of this desmoquattro, fuel-injected Ducati 888 SPO made future Ducati Superbikes possible. It didn’t hurt that that bike was gorgeous:

The 888 SPO (Sport Production Omologato) was only available in limited numbers. It is estimated that only 400 Homologated street units sold between 1993 and 1994. These homologation units qualified the 888 for competition in World Superbike for production-based machines. Only 300 units were 888SPO, with the final 100 units receiving the “888LTD” designation. Any way you cut it, the 888 is one rare machine.

This particular bike appears to be in great shape. It has slightly higher mileage than a lot of bikes of this eschelon with 16,236 miles, but at least the new owner will not have to fret about putting time on a zero-miles bike.

From the seller:
I am proud to offer one of my all time favorite motorcycles for sale. I am a factory certified Ducati mechanic and have performed an extensive service including but not limited to: Belts, Valve adjustment, throttle body sync, fuel filter, Engine oil and filter, steering head bearing lube and adjustment, swingarrm and all critical fastener torques, forks. Bike performs like new!!!!!!!!! New ohlins steering damper, carbon hugger, carbon front fender, carbon guage surround, spiegler s/s brake and clutch lines, throttle meister, carbon slip ons with Ferrachi chip, 101 rwhp on our Dynojet Dyno!

Are you drooling yet? If not, perhaps you should check your pulse!

This bike is for sale right now, and the auction time is running out. This is your chance to not only own a significant piece of Ducati history, but a fantastic work of art as well.

MI

Ducati April 15, 2010 posted by

1994 DUCATI 888 SPO LTD #61 OF #200

You know in Club racing that “guy” with all the money, I mean he pulls in with his badass trailer and Range Rover, has a pit set up that mimic’s the 2009 Honda Repsol MotoGP Team and then pulls out some insane $100k race bike. Well in 1994 we had a guy like that, nice guy though but one day he shows up and pulls out an ex Doug Polan Ferracci 888(955) AMA bike. We were all like “WTF”??? I remember  just how rare it was to see such a bike so we all just stood around while someone wheeled the electric cart over to start it. “Ching, ching, ching, ching…BaBAM!!” as it fires up. The rumor was it had 150hp and in 1994 that was huge, so in the spirit of “my wanker’s bigger than yours” this guy pleasantly dices around all day for last place.

Well I’m back again talking about 888’s, seems like these things come in cycles, when you want to buy one there never around, then when you don’t, there everywhere. It’s one of my favorite Ducati’s and their best performer until the 916 came out. LTD’s or “Limited” were the last 888’s produced for the street but not a whole lot different from the regular 888 SPO ‘s other than some carbon bits and a few other misc cosmetic items. In ’93/’94 you could also buy for racing their SP4 and SP5 versions which were basically copies of the bike they raced in World Superbike. Ducati offered so many “trick” bits for these bikes and at the time Fast By Ferracci Ducati was at the top of their game for racing and tuning  here in the US. Their presence at each AMA Superbike event was just about on par with Ferrari’s F1 efforts.  Located in Frankfort IL, here’s a pretty nice example on EBay, click to view.

From the ad: 

#61 of 200 made & only 75 sold in the US. Original wheels, Ohlins shock.

12,000 mile service done 4/30/08, including valve adjustment & timing belts.

I believe I am the 3rd owner.  The only mods I am aware of are the rear sets & a Corbin seat.

There are small areas of chipped paint on the lips of the fairings where your toes would hit when feet are on the footpegs. These were present when bought & I have added a couple.  There is also a crack on the underside of the right fairing which has been repaired & is not visible on the outside, also on pics.  Always garaged & never dropped while in my posession.

There are no mechanical issues whatsoever.  I am selling the bike because my back arthritis cannot tolerate the riding position.

The bike is for sale locally so I reserve the right to end the auction at any time.

Will deliver within 100 miles of the Chicago Metro area in an enclosed trailer

Conclusion;  these things give me major “wood”. This one seems to be a really nice clean example for the miles and maybe with a bit of paintwork, a set of stock rear sets, the bike would really shine in my opinion. If you wanted major “Starbuck” posing points try to locate a set of Termignoni carbon cans to finish it off. Keep checking this sale and see where the price goes, it could be one hell of a deal.

Ciao for now, Jay

Ducati April 14, 2010 posted by

1993 DUCATI 888 SPO CLEAN AND PRETTY DAMN ORIGINAL

I remember back in 1994 I was at my local Ducati dealer looking at bikes. He had a new ’93 SPO there and he said because the bike was like $13,500 at the time they were slow to sell. I was at the 1994 AMA Superbike round at Loudon and watched Fast by Ferracci pilot Troy Corser on the 888 kill the competition and ended up winning the AMA Superbike Championship that year. Also at that race they displayed the NEW 1995 Ducati 916 street bike and my whole  life changed in a matter of minutes. In 1995 I had a new 916 and an 888 SPO, life was good.

This one seems pretty nice but the mileage is a bit steep for any collector. It looks good via the pictures and what’s better is that it hasn’t been heavily “molested”.  The carbon bits look okay until you get to the Lockhart Phillips carbon triple clamp protector (I just hate those things). The rear license plate holder has been cut up and that’s a complete under tray you’ll be buying to make it more original, but all in all the bike could clean up. Located in NY it’s on EBay with a “Buy It Now” of $11,495  click

So where does this leave us? Well, again, from the pictures the bike looks to be pretty nice and taken care of, it’s serviced up and ready to go which is a plus. The “Buy It Now” is  $11,495 which isn’t too far off, I think the bike would be well priced at  the $9000 range. These bikes really seem to hold a decent value, I mean I bought mine in 1995 used with 500 miles on it, Termignoni slip-ons, for $9500. Sold it about a year or so later for $10,500 with 1500 miles, I guess I just rode the 916 too much but given the choice again these 888’s sound like no other, the 916 is “so 5 min ago”. With their specific bore and stroke, you get  a true badass V8 muscle car tone like no other.

Jay

Ducati March 18, 2010 posted by

1994 Ducati 888 SPO #31 Of 100 On Ebay

This SPO has some use but it looks to be in very nice condition!  Located in Wrentham, Massachusetts is a 1994 Ducati 888 SPO with 20,700mi.  The seller has owned this bike since 2002, says that it’s always been garaged, and has received regular servicing. 

Ducati 888 SPO Limited For Sale

The modifications are:

1. Fast by Ferracci (FBF) light flywheel

2. FBF alloy vented clutch cover

3. FBF carbon fiber silencers and hangers

4. FBF kevlar brake lines

5. FBF Smoked windscreen

6. Carbon fiber counter shaft sprocket cover

7. Upgraded battery and voltage regulator

8. Upgraded chip

9. 45mm Farne exhaust

10. White Brothers steering dampener

11. AFAM 39 tooth rear sprocket

12. Race Tech fork springs woth gold valves

13. Cast iron full floating front rotors

14. Fresh Michelin Pilot Powers with only 450 miles

15. Trimmed undertail

The bike has three spider cracks in the tail, scratches on the shifter & foot peg from a tip over, dent in the exhaust pipe from the same tip over and the wheels have been powder coated black–I also believe the front number plate isn’t correct.  This looks to be a pretty straight forward, used, Ducati with plenty of life and enjoyment left in it.  The condition of this bike allows you to actually enjoy an 888 SPO without the nagging feeling of the odometer approaching another millennium–or it’s first. 

If you’d like to enjoy the last of the

AG

Ducati March 15, 2010 posted by

1994 Ducati 888 SPO In California

Just in is another 888 SPO for sale!  Located in Mountain View, California is a 1994 Ducati 888 SPO.  The wording in this ad is a little odd but, as with any rare bike, contact info is all that is really needed which this ad has.  The seller states that this example has 2,500mi on it since the motor was built by a local Ducati dealer.  Built as in built to the hilt or, rebuilt?  Anyway, this bike also has new tires, brakes, chain and some new paint.  The seller also states that this bike has some small blemishes from a tip over during an earthquake.  Stock exhaust and an aftermarket system are included in the sale.  The asking price is $8,500.  This SPO dosen’t have a perfect history, or the best price, but it’s still a–possibly–very nice SPO in California!  See this bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Ducati March 4, 2010 posted by

1994 Ducati 888 SPO #61 of 100

1994 Ducati 888 SPO #61 of 100 is for sale and located in Chicago, IL.

#61 is said to have 13,000 on the clock, is 99% Red-n-Ready and priced at $8,800.00. Since I started authoring on RSBFS.com I have been exposed to a whole lot of bikes that in the past I would have ignored. The 916 used to rank at the top of my personal Ducati fav’s list, but has since been replaced by the 888. That’s right I like the 888 SPO’s better than any other Ducati that has ever been offered. I assume that I am not alone in my thoughts on this one and the odd thing about it is that I can’t even tell you why I like them. Maybe it’s the old school thought of something being labored over by craftsmen or the thoughts of Doug Polen winning races. Whatever the case may be for me it shouldn’t distract you from this one.

The seller didn’t have much to say about his special production Ducati, but I found a nice article where someone was quoting Ian Falloon

The 1994 version differed in details only with the change of color to the colors mentioned above and it got a carbon fiber front fender and the larger diameter front axle. It also got a number plaque.
The SPO was an amalgam of the Strada and the SP5 and was made because the SP5 could not meet US DOT requirements mostly the noise regulations. The motor was identical to the Strada but it shared many chassis components with the SP5. It had the stainless steel, round hole, front brake rotors and Showa forks from the Strada but the Monoposto seat, Ohlins rear shock with eccentric ride height adjuster and the up swept pipes. It did not have the aluminum sub frame for the seat. Numbers of bikes made was a little bit of a surprise for me, there are a lot more of these bikes out there than I envisioned, still relatively limited but more than I expected. I will not separate out the US models with 49 state versus the California models and the same for the rest of the world I will not separate out the different countries.

1993 SPO 290

1994 SPO 100

I just love guys like Ian who are so passionate about bikes. Can you imagine the research time that was put into his book? For me it’s a staggering thought….

You can contact the owner of #61 here.

Cheers!

dd

Ducati February 23, 2010 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 SPO In Virginia

This is a very nice looking 888 SPO located on the East Coast.  Located in Varina, Virginia is a 1993 Ducati 888 SPO with 17,500mi.  The ’93 SPO is what was offered in the U.S. because the SP5 couldn’t pass U.S. regulations and they needed something to Homologate the 888 for AMA Superbike.  These are more closely related to the 888 Strada than the SP5 bikes.  Some more information about the SPO:

The SPO engine was identical to that of the 888 Strada, but many chassis components were shared with the SP5.The stainless-steel front discs and Showa fork were shared with the 888 Strada, but the SPO had a single seat, upswept exhaust pipes, and an Ohlins shock absorber with eccentric ride height adjustment. Even though it was a Monoposto, there wasn’t an aluminum rear subframe as on other Sport Production models.

Doug posted one of these SPO’s with 13,696mi for $8,900 just less than two weeks ago and it can be seen here.  The asking price for this example seems to be a very fair $7,000 in comparison.  This bike looks to be in perfect, original and unmodified condition.  If you’re looking for art that you can take out on the town and into the back-roads, see this SPO on Craigslist here.

AG

Ducati February 16, 2010 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 SPO

1993 Ducati 888 SPO located in Atherton, CA and listed on the San Francisco, CA Craigslist. Priced at $8,900 with 13,696 miles this one doesn’t look to be too bad.

We haven’t posted one of these in a while and since these are a favorite of The Big Boss Man I thought I would throw it up for him and everyone else to enjoy. The seller doesn’t say a whole lot about the bike other than it being professionally maintained. The bike looks clean, appears to be all stock and with the decent mileage it should make for a great weekend warrior.

From the CL post:

This is a very clean and well running 1993 Ducati 888 SPO. It has 13,696 professionally maintained miles on it.

Pretty skinny on the details, but there is a phone number listed for any would be buyers. Hop on over to the San Fran CL and give it another look.

Cheers!

dd

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