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Ducati April 19, 2012 posted by

Collector Alert: ’95 Ducati 900 SS/SP with 811 Miles

Location: Carmel Valley, California

Mileage: 811

Price: $8,799 BIN

Okay, we’ve seen a few Ducati’s lately here on RSBFS, and that’s not unusual as they make some of the coolest bikes out there. The Superlight, 888SPO and 851 are all killer rides. In the Ducati world, the 900 SS/SP might not be the rarest of all Duc’s but when it has 811 miles, then it’s time to pay attention. Collecting is not only finding what is collected today, but also anticipating what will be collectible, if you have the vision. I’ll put this bike in the future (if not already) collectible category.

Here’s the seller’s info-

Ducati 1995 900 Super Sport SP, Fully Faired Collectable Bike

Let me be very straightforward, if you are looking for just another  “ridden hard and put away wet” Italian motorcycle you can stop reading right now.

I am a collector in Carmel California and over a period of 20 years built a very special motorcycle collection.

You may have seen the other 7 bikes from my collection that I have sold over the last 8 months… each better than the next. Many setting a new standard for sales price as they should.

This is the last of my collection to be sold, and what I consider one of the most beautiful and classical Italian machines ever designed.

The 900 Super Sport SP series was the last modern great looking Modern yet individual Italian design before all brands started looking alike.

Each one of these Ducati’s were plated and numbered, this bike being number 810. The motorcycle has been owned by only two of us since new and has only 811 original miles. This is a factory unmolested example. I have the original clutch cover but the bike has a correct period vented carbon fiber cover now. Everything else is as the Factory delivered it to the States.

The bike has been watched over by my personal mechanic Ted Porter of Santa Cruz, Ted worked on my entire collection when we were both back East and now once again on the central coast of California.

Anyone can go out and buy a 16K new Ducati that looks and feels like everything else out there in the Asian Sport market, or you can rarely find something as important as this machine for half the price.

This is a bike that can add so much to a collectors group of historic bikes, and so hard to find without be beaten to death, or all fiddled with after market stuff.

If you want to collect or ride the best of the best, you just found it.

Good luck to you and let me know if I can answer any other questions… there is not much more to be said, it is exactly what is stated.

And the photos-

I don’t know what really there is to say about this bike. It’s low mileage, and stock. And a total beauty. If you’re looking to start a collection, add to your collection, or maybe just want a basically new 900 SS/SP, then you’ll want to give this bike a look. The seller is asking $8,800 bucks. High price? Sure. But consider what that gets you in a new bike. Granted, the maintenance won’t be the same, but what a classic ride.

So it’s up to you. If you dreamt about these when they were new, now might be your shot. If so, check this thing out!



Ducati December 11, 2011 posted by

Nearly New SuperSport: 1992 Ducati 900 SS with 963 miles!

For Sale: 1992 Ducati 900 SS with only 963 miles

Up on our list today is this fantastic looking Ducati 900SS from 1992. Now this is not a traditionally rare bike (although that white frame always gets me going), but this particular example has only 963 miles on its white-faced Veglia clocks. Math majors amongst us will quickly figure out that this bike has seen a scant 50 miles per year since it left the showroom floor. No wonder it still looks so good!

While everybody loves a low mileage example, it always sets me off to wondering why this set of wheels saw less use than most. On one hand, it has enough mileage where you will not be “ruining” a zero mile bike, yet it is still low enough to ensure that there is a lot of life left. Still, somebody was really missing out on this one, as these 2 valve Ducatis are a joy to ride.

With relatively light weight thanks to a birdcage style frame, an air cooled motor and minimalist appointments, the 900SS series of the Ducati lineup has withstood the test of time (the first Pantah-based SuperSport was introduced in 1988, with the bevel drive motors reaching back to 1972). There is roughly 80 HP hiding in that package somewhere – a figure not very impressive by hypercycle standards, but with great low-end grunt and good torque these twins are genuinely forgiving to poor technique.

From the seller:
963 Original Miles
Red Body with White Frame And Matching powder coated whitewheels.
Staintune exhaust,
lower ratio sprocket
Fresh Dunlop D207’s tires
Euro light switch
New battery
and all factory updates
Bike comes with original factory exhaust as well as original sprocket and motorcycle stand

Freshly serviced and ready to ride.

While this bike is not a vaunted SuperLight model, the white frame evokes a resemblance to the more limited edition model. This was a stock color combination for a SuperSport in ’92, and comes with all the benefits of the color scheme: good luck keeping those wheels clean.

Which brings us to price. This seller is listing the bike in a NO RESERVE auction, but the opening bid is a cool $7,500. For those of you still on your chairs, that is higher than the 1992 MSRP for this bike, and places it in well-cared for SuperLight territory. Still, there are not many unmolested 900SS models around anymore so this could still push the right buttons for the right buyer. Is that you? For more information and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Ducati November 27, 2011 posted by

Your Daily (Carbon) Fiber- ’04 Ducati 749R (#196)

Location: Los Angeles, California

Mileage: 12,241

Price: Auction, starting at $11,000

Ducati makes a lot a special bikes. Probably the most prolific manufacturer of limited edition, numbered bikes of various designations, many a Ducati model comes in S and R versions, with obligatory custom paint and performance parts. Depending upon what you like, there’s a special Ducati for you. I like most all of them (the Superlight being a favorite) and the 749R is included on that list. If you happen to like carbon fiber, and who doesn’t, then this is your Duc.

The  2004 749R brings power (120 hp) and light weight to the game via the previously mentioned use of much carbon fiber along with titanium valves and connecting rods. You’ll also get fully adjustable front and rear Ohlins suspension, a slipper clutch and Marchesini rims to help handle the bike’s 423 lbs. The seller also mentions other upgrades to this already fairly upgraded bike.

Some pics for your review-

From the seller-

Up for sale is a superb and very rare 2004 Ducati 749R – arguably one of the best motorcycles ever produced by the world’s finest manufacturer. The bike is #196, and one of only 50 imported into the US for the 2004 model year, the only year where the 749R came with the FULL carbon faring, nose cone etc from the factory. Details as follows:

12,241 total miles (upon shipment)
All books/records/receipts/keys (red included)
12k service completed (GP Motorcycles – at a cost of $1,850.00)
Very, very rare Termignoni/DP 57mm titanium race exhaust package with ECU/baffles/velocity stacks (believed to be 1 of 10 kits imported, a $4800 option(!) and not to be confused with standard Termi standalone Ti exhaust)
EVR “Evo” Slipper clutch- 200 miles since new (at a cost of $1400)
Sargent seat with Carbon FX option ($450)
STM anodized frame plugs ($125)
Pazzo Annodized clutch/brake levers ($175)
Michelin Pilot Power tires – as new

Also – a Geza dust cover (top of line)

The rarity and collectibility of the 2004 model 749R will be understood by anyone with more than a passing interest in Ducatis, and superbikes in general. This bike is testament to the quality of the 749R. The farings, carbon etc are in immaculate condition – and the bike presents close to “as new”, and is mechanically perfect. With several thousand dollars of extreme quality extras, and the full 12k service completed by GP Motorcycles in San Diego, this “no stories”, 2-owner bike offers exceptional value. Please contact me via Ebay for any additional information etc. I have clear title in hand – and full honesty/disclosure assured, check my feedback. This bike is a work of art, and has been used as such. Bike has been maintained continously on battery tender, and started every 2 weeks and run to normal operating temperature. I am selling the bike to free up some space in my games room(!) – please also check my auction for a super rare 2009 Bimota DB7. NO RESERVE AUCTION – if you know the value of these bikes, in this condition, with these extras – you will also know that the starting bid is very, very reasonable! Good luck!

This bike looks to be clean and seems to have been listed on RSBFS previously here. Mileage is the same although some upgrades may have been made by the current seller and you may want to get a breakdown on that. Maintenance appears to have been done so the bike should be ready to go. The seller has the auction starting at $11,000 with no reserve in place. So that would put the price pretty close to where other 749R’s have been listed.

These are killer machines. Not much more needs to be said. If you want to give this one a new home, check this auction out!


Ducati September 6, 2011 posted by

Super Rare: 1993 Ducati Supermono

For Sale: 1993 Ducati Supermono

OK sports fans. Let’s put away our seemingly rare Superlights, ditch the Desmosedicci, park the SS/SP and various SP0,SP1,etc., and leave the 748L behind. Anything with a serialized numberplate likely has a number higher than this. Sure, there might be a few one-off Ducatis available that rival this in rarity, but when it comes to “mass” production rare Ducs, this one is it.

Designed by Ducati in between the 888 and the iconic 916, the Supermono has technology and styling cues from both bikes. The Supermono was created to race in the Supermono class – a European class of racing involving single cylinder racebikes. Ducati, drawing from their legendary history of racing, created a 550cc single with four valves per cylinder operating in desmo fashion (based off of the 888 cylinder head). To quell vibration inherent in singles, Ducati actually fitted a second connecting rod (but not connected to a piston) to fool the engine into thinking it was a twin. With fuel injection and a 12.1 compression ratio, the Supermono was good for 61 hp when initially introduced. Later versions of the bike were bumped up to 570cc, significantly increasing horsepower.

The chassis of the Supermono is typical Ducati – lightweight chrome moly tubing. As weight was such a concern, there are many carbon fiber pieces on the bike, including the fairing (check out the pre-916 styling!), rear seat section (including subframe) and fuel tank. Magnesium was the other exotic alloy used on the bike, and you will see it in the engine cases as well as coated magnesium in use for the triple clamps (look for the green coating). Ready to go the Supermono tipped the scales at 267 pounds.

Componentry is exactly what you would expect from a factory Ducati racebike. The front forks – 42mm inverted Ohlins – are textbook 888 bits. To ensure the bike stoped as well as it went, Brembos were used all around, with twin 280mm units in front. Wheels were magnesium Marchesini 3 spoke units, there was another Ohlins at the rear, and Termignoni was the standard exhaust fitted. The build sheet looks impressive, but the completed machine was a work of art.

From the seller:
Extremely rare and collectable motorcycle from a private collector. Total of 67 built world-wide; this bike is number 30.
Single cylinder, four stroke, liquid cooled, fuel injected
549 cc (100 x 70mm)
76 bhp@ 10,500rpm
Weight 267 lbs
Wheels are 17″ Cast Magnesium
Transmission 6 speed, chain final drive
Maximum speed: 145mph


To give you an idea of the capabilities of this little single, here is an onboard video of a Supermono in action. Note that the bike in the video is not the bike being offered today, but with only 67 units total in production, these are very, very similar machines. Check out the sound of that single – and the agility of this amazing machine!

So how rare is rare, and what does rare cost these days? The last Supermono we featured here on RSBFS had well-documented racing history – it was, in fact ridden by the winningest Ducati Supermono racer in history, Kiwi Robert Holden (1958-1996). That bike was bid up to $75,000 in a previous auction without meeting reserve. It wasn’t too long ago these bikes were fetching $50k. Maybe this is a better investment than that pesky 401k….

How much this one will go for is dependent upon who is interested. But as these rare machines do not come around very often, this will certainly be an interesting auction to watch. The bike started with a $20k opening bid, and action has been lively thus far. For more information and details, or just to watch the fun, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!


Ducati September 2, 2011 posted by

1995 Ducati Supersport 900 SS/SP

For Sale: 1995 Ducati Supersport 900 SS/SP

Posted today is a not-too-rare Ducati that still pushes all of the right buttons for me. The mid 1990s 900 SS/SP (Sports Production) is essentially the evolution of the Superlight from a few years earlier. Ducati introduced a lower-spec 900 SS/CR (Cafe Racer) in that year, at a bargain basement price. The SP was special, however. Consising of the full fairing from the pre-CR days, it added a new swingarm, carbon fiber fender and mudguard, and upgraded (and adustable!) front and rear suspension.

If you have been lusting after a Superlight but can live without the yellow color, white frame, and product number plate rivited to the top of the trees, a 900 SS/SP will provide you with the same or better performance for a whole lot less cash. The two valve air cooled motor is legendary for torque and longenvity (don’t forget to change those belts every 6k or 2 years!), and the Supersport platform is a solid, capable, and forgiving mount for spirited riding. Throw in the adjustable suspension and seller add-ons and you have a real winner here.

From the seller:
This 1995 Ducati 900 SS SP Rides and Looks stunning for it’s age. Pampered all it’s life, with full service records and clear title in hand.If you ever quested to ride or purchase a Ducati, these models are known to be a true classic.

It has a few upgrades: smoke windscreen, racetech springs and front end serviced by Mellilimoto ducati, DID gold chain, anodized red clutch pressure plate, ducati performance open clutch cover, upgraded clutch slave, K&N air filter with open airbox conversion, microtech exhaust, carbs rejetted by Mellilimoto for the K&N, new belts and plugs and valves checked 2500 miles ago. Carbon Fiber front fender and rear hugger, Perelli Tires have 2K on them and tread rubber looks like new. It has never been raced and the oil and filter was changed 50 miles ago, always used synthetic. email me with questions. Bike has 13K on the odometer, very slight touch up paint on the gas tank and under belly of the bike, the paint is all original so I wanted to keep the going as best as I can.

There are so many subtle nuances about this listing that just seem right to me. For example: Look at the picture of the clutch cover (right side, 3/4 rear view). Sure the cover looks natty, but its the breather above the case and behind the rear cylinder that caught my eye. Anyone who owns one of these wonderous L-twin powered beasts knows this area gets dirty very quickly. Sure – this bike was cleaned up prior to putting it up for sale, but this was not a one-time wash-n-wax; this bike was taken care of.

Superlight performance, great looks and fantastic value – that is what any collector is looking for. And with the SP variant being more rare and more sought after by knowing riders, this looks to be a good deal in the making. The current ask for this bike is $4,995, with zero bids. That might be a bit high for your average Supersport, but for a clean, well-loved SP that will take care of you for the next several decades, wise men might reconsider. Check out the auction and let us know what you think!


Ducati September 1, 2011 posted by

Stunning in Yellow: 1994 Ducati 888 LTD

For Sale: 1994 Ducati Superbike 888 LTD

With the release of the 888, Ducati once again raised the stakes in the Superbike market. Based around the last iteration of the 851 Superbike (which had already been punched out to 888cc), the 888 refined the concept and upped the ante. With more horsepower than the 851, upswept exhaust chambers for greater cornering clearance and upgraded components throughout, the 888 was raced successfully by the likes of Doug Polen.

Sharing the square headlight and vertical nose vents as the 851, the 888 did not appear outwardly changed. Under the skin, however, the upgraded motor added the go, and updated Brembos front and rear helped the bike stop. For those of you into homologation superbikes, be sure and check out this great comparison between the Ducati 888 and a the Yamaha OW01. And for more information, be sure and check out the 851 and 888 forum.

From the seller:
Here is one beautiful 888! The pictures tell no lies! Many are aware of this iconic motorcycle, what it represents for Ducati and race fans alike. Definitely a bike to lust for, as they are getting more difficult to find in such good condition.

This 888 has been custom painted to Ducati yellow, along with some nice upgrades as follows:
Carrozzeria Aluminum wheels
Michelin Pilot Power tires (have about 500 miles)
Carbon Fiber exhaust
Steel braided brake/clutch lines
Silicon hoses (Blue)
Up-graded front discs
Carbon Fiber tank protector
Carbon Fiber fenders front and rear. (stock on 94′ LTD. oops, front not pictured but will convey with bike)

Many more, as well as complete service done at 3000miles. Installed new belts, valves adjusted, all fluids flushed, along with new chain/sprockets, race brake pads.

I am 2nd owner of this bike, bought it back in 97′ with barely 1000 miles on it. Bike was always stored indoors, either in my custom built display or my garage. It has always been well maintained and cared for, having oil/filter changed more than necessary to keep it extra clean and smooth. Ridden only for pleasure at a nice “spirited pace”, and ridden at the track 3 times as well, it’s a seriously fun bike to ride. Although it gets very little use, I hate to sell it. I had listed it last year with only 3500 miles with a reserve of $12,000, It got up to 10k if I remember correctly. I am listing it with a NO reserve, and a lower BIN, so bid/buy as you like. There are other 888’s to be found, but this one stands out, and has very low miles, is in outstanding condition, and will not disappoint anyone.

I have most, if not all of the original parts. (Exhaust pipes, wheels, hoses, foot pegs, etc) These can be obtained by winning bidder at additional costs, along with a complete set of sharkskinz race bodywork if desired.

While normal livery is the traditional Ducati red, this particular bike has been repainted in stunning yellow – reminiscent of a 900 Superlight or first generation 748. The paintwork plays off well against the carbon cans (which must sound awesome), and the whole package really looks great. The seller has made a lot of additions to the bike, the result which modernizes the aging 851/888 look.

This auction is going on right now and the current bid is only $7,100. There are less than 4,000 miles on this beauty, and there is no reserve in sight. This is more than fair money for a 888, and the upgraded equipment represents a real bargain at this juncture. For your chance to view all of the pictures and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Ducati June 2, 2011 posted by

1990 Ducati 750 Supersport

For Sale: 1990 Ducati 750 Supersport

This is what one might refer to as Ducati’s “awkward years.” Between the baby-cute 1970 Supersports and the razor-sharp 916 era of the late 1990s comes the teenage stage where, when looking back in perspective, bikes evolved in some ways but not in others. In this case, the design of the bike does not look 1990, but rather closer to early 80’s, if not downright end-of-70’s. Performance of the Pantah-based engine, however, was well ahead of its earlier counterparts.

Don’t get me wrong – these are still fantastic looking bikes, and they offer classic Ducati features known and loved the world over. The cockpit looks the same as any next generation Supersport. The trellis frame is clearly evident. The “rubber band” motor, first introduced in the Pantah back in 1980, continues in evolutionary form to this day. The aesthetic look, however, reaches backwards rather than forwards (reference this older Ducati TT, which carries the same look). It is hard to believe only a couple of years separate this 750SS with the next generation such as this Superlight.

From the seller:
Here is a great opportunity to own a rare classic Ducati, my understanding is that there were less than 1300 units produced of this bike in 1990, and only a few hundred were shipped to the U.S. I purchased the bike from the second owner who claimed the bike has never been in an accident, and being a motorcyclist and Ducati mechanic I went over the bike thoroughly and found absolutely No Damage, with the exception of a missing rear blinker lens and aftermarket bar end mirrors, Amazingly the bike was is great condition except for the years of neglect. The previous owner purchased the bike from Mountain Motorsports in Ontario Ca. with 3401miles indicated on the original Ca. title. He had the bike serviced at Pro Italia and had it fitted with new tires less than 2 years ago. Unfortunately there is no service work history to back up what has been done, but in speaking with him he knew the name of the mechanic who worked on the bike, and I can confirm that it was done by a reputable service technician. I purchased the bike with 4892 original miles and proceeded to do a complete clean up, and went through everything to get her back on the road.

Now, readers might start thinking that I’m not down with this Desmo – but that would be wrong. These 750cc desmodue bikes are fantastic additions to any collection. This one just happens to be one of the last models of the previous generation Supersport – spanning the 80s and 90s – and looks a bit more dated than the “1990” model year might suggest. That is not said to take away from its performanceor desirability, but this bike is stuck between some pretty fantastic eras for Ducati and might not get the attention it deserves.

Bidding on this bike has helped prove my point. At the time of this writing, only 4 bids have come through, pushing the auction up to $3,050 with reserve not yet met. Now, this is never going to be an extremely high dollar motorcycle, but depending upon where the reserve is set this could be an extremely affordable classic. Consider this 750SS posted last year here on RSBFS: The asking price was $5,495.

For more information, more pictures, and to get yourself into the bidding for this one, . Good luck!!!


Ducati May 2, 2011 posted by

Old-skool, air-cooled love affair – 1998 Ducati 900SS FE (#42) in LA

1998 Ducati 900SS FE (#42) for sale in LA with 23,855 miles.

Always wanted to date an Italian supermodel but couldn’t deal with high maintenance and the diva attitude?  How about something slightly less sexy (to some maybe even more so), a lot easier to live with but still lots of fun to go out with? If the Ducati Superbikes are Italian divas, then the air-cooled Supersports would be the sweet girl next door:

If you are looking for a classic Ducati, This is it!
1998 Supersport 900 F.E. The F.E. stands for Final Edition. It was the last special production run of the 900SS. A limited edition of only 800 bikes were made with only 300 sold in North America. A brass plate on the triple clamp has the edition # of 042 on it. It will only go up in value not down.

It is in excellent condition with 23,855 mi. New battery, brakes, all fluids replaced, re-built carbs and a recent valve adjustment, new chain and sprockets. Extras include rear axle stand, original mufflers and Ducati tank bag included.

I am the second owner, the original owner also lives in Los Angeles. The bike was bought from Beverly Hills Ducati.  All service records are available.

As I have said many times before, the 2-valve air-cooled Ducati engine might be technologically down on the their water-cooled 4-valve brethens, but require less maintenance, pretty much bullet-proof reliability (aside from a few reports of broken engine studs on the early 90s Supersports), and still offer bags of character and old-skool charm.

The FE is basically a Superlight but with all the earlier problems sorted out and all the refinements over its 8 year model history, so its got the handling that Ducatis are famous for but without all minor issues or hiccups that Ducatis are infamous for. Limited to 800 units worldwide and only 300 in the US, the FE is truly a limited edition (heck, there are even more Desmosedicis than there are 900SS FEs!) and should holds its value in the future.

So if you are smart enough to go for the girl next door instead of fantasizing a date with a supermodel diva, And good luck!

For those who might be interested, here’s my own 900SS FE (#299) for sale in NY.

good luck!


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