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Ducati June 12, 2019 posted by

Rider Quality: 1990 Ducati 851

If Hunter S. Thompson, whose vocation was more or less using heavy drugs and shooting things, was so scared of the Ducati 900SS/SP that he wrote more of a cautionary tale than a review, it is truly hard to imagine the bone-deep terror a Ducati 851 must inspire on the street. With 15 or so more horsepower, a decidedly livelier engine and the distinct aim of winning superbike races, the 1990 Ducati 851 is a much more potent weapon than its stabelmate, even if it is slightly heavier.

1990 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

This 1990 Ducati 851 looks like a really good chance to get your hands on the bike Ducati built to re-establish itself as a force on the racetrack. It’s an honest, rider-quality machine with blemishes to show it was used and service records to show it was loved. It is clean enough to be proud of, but not so spotless that riding it comes at the expense of its value. It’s the perfect candidate to ride for a few years before setting in on a decent restoration.

From the eBay listing:

Nice example of an original Ducati 851 Superbike. Starts, runs and rides good. Valves serviced, New Cam Belts, Oil, oil filter and coolant . Does not appear to have been raced or wrecked. Does have minor paint chips, nicks and scratches.No major body work damage or repairs (see pictures of body work off bike inside and outside).
We are a small Ohio used motorcycle dealer and will provide you a title in your name. As a Ohio motorcycle dealer we are required to collect sales tax from Ohio residents and residents of AZ,CA,FL,IN,MA,MI and SC. There is a $15 title fee collected from all buyers. We can not quote or provide shipping, but will assist loading.
The bike is being sold as is, so send questions or call Al 740-928-1000

This 851 isn’t the cleanest or the lowest mileage one out there, and it’s just the standard Strada model, but it’s still a 100-horsepower weapon packed with all the tech that Ducati could muster at the time.

Rider Quality: 1990 Ducati 851
Ducati April 25, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

Update 4.27.2019: Sold in just two days to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati 851 is the father of modern Ducatis, from the world-changing 916 to the astonishing Panigale V4R. Without this boxy, lithe very red machine, those bikes would not be. The 851 arrived in 1987, with a very hopped up version of Ducati’s venerated Pantah engine. The air-cooled 90-degree, two-valve twin in the Pantah was updated with liquid cooling, four-valve heads and fuel injection for the 851, and Ducati shot back to the top of racing leaderboards.

Spitting out 93 horsepower and gobs of torque in a 430-pound chassis, the 851 was a statement that Ducati could use its agricultural engine tech to devastating effect. In 1990, the bike took home the World Superbike title, among a raft of other accolades over its five-year run.

This 1992 Ducati 851 Strada is from the last year before the 888 broke cover, and it has been kept largely unridden in a climate-controlled storage facility. Though it hasn’t crossed 3,000 miles since it was purchased as a leftover in 1995, all the major services have been done on a strict interval. Aside from the Fast by Feracci carbon cans, it is a stock machine.

From the seller:

This is a rare find, super low miles, Ducati 851 Superbike. This bike was purchased used from Bellevue Suzuki Ducati in 1995, at the time it was under 1000 miles on the clock. It has not seen much more use by its current owner as it was purchased to round out the collection of Ducati Superbikes, the 851/888/916. All three bikes have remained in owners collection until recently when he let the 888 go up for sale. Now we have been asked to find proper homes for the 851 and 916 still in his possession. Both the 851 and 916 have been kept serviced and stored in a heated shop/garage space. Run from time to time, oil changed and belts replaced at regular intervals. Other than the ever popular Fast by Ferracci carbon exhaust and a tank protector this beauty is all original. Ducati 851’s rarely come up for sale as it is, let alone one as clean as this one. Hurry, it will not last long. We have it scheduled for complete safety inspection and a 2-year service which will include oil, filter, hydraulics, coolant along with new timing belts. The owner has kindly provided some service records as well. It does have a clear WA title, all original keys and manuals included.

Here is some of the early press about these;

Ducati came of age in the late 80s, using ideas that the Far East thought as antiquated and as such not worth pursuing, the Italians enjoyed staggering race successes, and with it many sales to the public, motorcycling hasn’t been quite the same since. Chris Pearson samples the bike at the beginning of it all

Based upon the 1978 Pantah bottom end, the design was the first real modern day Ducati Superbike and successfully bridged the gap until the arrival of the 916 some seven years later. The first sight of the all-new Ducati road bike was caught at the Milan show in the autumn of 1987 although the prototype race bikes had provided more than their fair share of clues and insights into what was waiting just around the corner. Developed as a direct descendant of the Daytona winning twin from 1987, the production version of the 851 differed little from that prototype race machine. Ducati’s intentions for the new model were clear from the outset being offered in both Strada (road going) and Kit (race track) specification, for those wishing to put their 851’s directly on to the track. 200 examples of the latter were hurriedly assembled to satisfy the homologation required for the inaugural 1988 World Superbike championship, a roadster based race series that Ducati were more than keen to be a part of.

The basis of the 1987 spec Ducati 851 lived on until the end of 1993, gradually growing in capacity up to the 888cc model of 1992, proving so dominant on the rack that the planned update, the iconic 916 series, was held over for more than a year finally making its debut towards the end of 93 ready for its full onslaught in 1994.

Credits cards accepted, up to $150.00 documentation charge may be added.

You’d be hard pressed to find another 1992 Ducati 851 in this kind of shape anywhere for any price. At $9,200, we have a low-mileage perfectly-preserved example of the superbike that put Ducati back in the conversation.

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada
Ducati February 19, 2019 posted by

Top Gun: 1991 Ducati 851

I’m not sure you can overstate the importance of the Ducati 851 to the Italian brand’s position at the top of motorcycling’s desirability food chain. Get past the literally and figuratively square headlight — the steel-framed 1983 dad glasses of illumination — and everything else is focused, lithe Italic sin. The 851 took a pokey, dated bottom end, stuck big pistons, four-valve heads and water cooling on and paved the way for the next 20 years of Ducati twins. Bologna shoved the resulting 100-horse mill into a chassis that only just nudged past 460 pounds wet and set about gathering up the 1990 World Superbike Championship.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

Though the family resemblance is under the skin, there would be no Ducati 916 if it weren’t for the 851. As you might expect, the Ducati 851 is known for laser-precise handling, and the prodigious and immediate shove that big L-twins are known for. The beast makes its peak horsepower shy of 10,000 rpm, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lazy or ponderous engine. It’s every bit as racy as the chassis and suspension that support it.

The 1991 Ducati 851 you see here appears to be in near-perfect shape, with just a small hole in the seat marring an otherwise flawless preservation. In the grand scheme of things, 1991 wasn’t that long ago, yet the 851 is simple in a way that no modern machine can match. The dashboard is three dials. The body work is a thin carbon fiber skirt around a steel trellis. The paint on the front fender is so thin the weave is threatening to break through. It’s perfect.

From the eBay listing:

Very nice condition 1991 Ducati 851, runs fine, had new belts a year ago, mostly stock except exhaust and rear fender hugger. Excellent paint, no damage. Tires new. All over very good +
condition. I bought it to ride but I’m 60 and cant take the riding position..otherwise I’d never sell.
Please E mail or call w questions..6193158428 Stu Thanks Have title ( clean ) in hand.

The bike has definitely seen some miles, with the clock showing 33,000 racked up in 28 years, but who can fault a guy for riding his Ducati? It does not appear to be too much worse for wear, and at $6,900 buy-it-now, it’s a damn-near no-brainer.

Top Gun: 1991 Ducati 851
Ducati January 22, 2019 posted by

Your Mileage May Varese: 1995 Ducati 916

The Ducati 916 is a bike that should need no introduction on these pages. The immortal, evolutionary offspring of the 851/888, the 916 offers every bit of performance that the evocative design implies. And while time has a tendency to mute the claims and hyperboles of an era, this model continues to represent itself well. Simultaneously recognized as a performance benchmark (with 5 WSBK titles to its name thanks to Fogarty and Corser) and a styling icon (Guggenheim’s “The Art of Motorcycle”), the 916 was a quantum leap ahead of anything available when it was originally released in 1994. And while sharper and even more focused models were to follow (SP, SPS, SP2, SP3, SPA, Senna Edition), the base model obliterated everything in it’s 1994-1995 era path.

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

While the 916 has little resemblance to the previous generation 851/888, the family DNA becomes more obvious when the bodywork is removed. From the trademark trellis frame to the liquid-cooled, fuel injected, four valve per cylinder desmoquattro power plant, there are subtle changes but pretty much everything is in the same place. That makes a lot of sense given the history of how Ducati introduces new models. The 851 and 888 SP models were actually test beds for the next generation engine. The 888 SP4, for example, was already a 916 in displacement, just like the 851 SP3 actually displaced 888cc. From there is where the revolution took over. Chassis geometry was sharpened, a unique single-sided swing arm fitted, the high exhaust introduced to increase cornering clearance, packaging was tightened up and the marvelous, angular bodywork was shrink-wrapped over the top. Fast, gorgeous, expensive and uncompromising, the 916 cemented Ducati as THE performance player in the sport bike world.

From the seller:
Here we go Boys and Girls, not to many clean ones on the market, this bike has being storage for a few years, second owner selling it, no used for any more never on the track, never down.

It May need service, the bike start easy. Ask questions, very motivated to sell it, Im shrinking my collection of 20 years. Ask questions and bid with confidence

The Ducati 916 lineup has an interesting sub-version history as well. Just as the bike was introduced, just as the press was going mad and the orders were starting to come in, a fire at the Bologna factory shut the party down. Desperate to get product back up and running, Ducati temporarily relocated production to a Cagiva facility located in Varese, Italy. And while the 916s assembled in Varese are identical to those that rolled off of the Bologna factory floor, there is still a mystique about them. Because the Varese location did not initially have a full production line, the contention is that Varese bikes were more “hand built” making them more special. Realistically you can only tell a Varese bike from the VIN number, but the story propogates the mysterious and the magic behind this very special motorcycle. Today’s example appears to be a Varese model by the numbers.

The seller has not provided a lot of text or back history in the advert, but there are a few decent pictures here. With 22k on the clock there are more miles that we normally see on these models (long-range comfort was never a priority). Time has been kind to the 916, and longevity should not be a question like it was nearly 25 years ago. Parts availability continues to be good, and this is as collectible a classic as you are likely to find. Even if you are not looking for an investment, the 916 has great performance and will continue to look striking and purposeful for decades to come. Check it out here, and then jump back to the Comments section and share your thoughts. Do you buy into the Varese nostalgia, and are those bikes better? Good Luck!!

MI

Your Mileage May Varese: 1995 Ducati 916
Ducati November 30, 2018 posted by

Used Well: 1991 Ducati 851

The Ducati 851 is a long-standing icon in the sport bike world. Leading the charge to Ducati’s dominant run of WSBK titles, the 851 was as successful on the showroom/street as it was on the track. Simultaneously introducing liquid cooling, fuel injection and four valve desmo heads, the 851 was both the leading edge of where Ducati had been, as well as the foundation for the future. And the sound? All the booming twin noises you expect, with a very unexpected-for-a-twin high redline. Good looks never hurt either, and the 851 exhibits the classic lines of the 1990s sportbike. You gotta hand it to the Italians – they know how to build a supermodel that checks all the right boxes.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

The development of “rubber band” Pantah motor was an evolutionary design in the 2-valve, air-cooled Ducati twin. The 851 motor took the Pantah guts and revolutionized the rest. Four valve heads were actually part of Massimo Bordi’s thesis at University; this project allowed him to make them a production reality with the assistance of famed engineering firm Cosworth. Liquid cooling was a no-brainer; better control of heat allowed for closer tolerances and ultimately more (and more reliable power). Fuel injection – a first for Ducati – heralded the future of electronics in motorcycles and in racing. This feature also allowed for tuning and tweaking, necessary to extract the maximum performance from the engine/exhaust combinations tested. Utilizing known techniques, the chassis was a birdcage affair of straight steel tubing. Original plans called for a 16″ front wheel (1987 and 1988 model years), which was all the rage for GP machines at the time. However stability issues cropped up, and the now standard 17 incher was fitted. Later 851s received Ohlins upgrades from the original design Marzocchi units, and Brembos adorned the hubs front and rear.

From the seller:
Up for sale is my 1991 Ducati 851. It’s original, it’s complete, it’s immaculate, well taken care of, always garaged and under cover.
All original with tons of work in last 7 years.

Work in 2011 at 15k miles. Motor refresh, new rings, hone, bearings checked, valves adjusted, belts, everything gone through. Upgraded clutch slave New SS brake lines front/rear New clutch with basket open cover New coolant hoses Rebuild rear Ohlins shock Fast by Ferracci stage 1 chip and high carbon pipes.

Work done in 2018 at 16k miles. New front upgraded 916 Brembo rotors/OE pads, Diablo Rossi III tires, OEM battery. The bike is wearing original seat, original pipes and rear pegs now.
You won’t find a cleaner original condition collectible worthy 851.

When introduced, the 851 was considered a bit of a high-strung, maintenance-intensive and potentially fragile offering – providing performance at the cost of reliability and/or longevity. History has clearly shown this not to be true, however. Yes, there are some unique service aspects to owning a Pantah-based Ducati, including frequent belt changes and valve adjustment intervals (when compared to your average sewing machine). However these are not the Fiat-related, oil leaking, rust buckets than many feared. These are actually quite robust and reliable steeds that continue to churn out the sound and performance expected, and readers should not hesitate to consider a higher mileage bike. We have, in fact, seen specimens with double the mileage listed here (16,000); provided belts have been changed and services rendered, this motor is well neigh bulletproof.

Today’s particular example appears to have been used well, as opposed to well used. It is a ’91 851 Strada (biposto). Yes, it has had some miles under the keel. But it has also had a decent amount of service, no doubt at the behest of an owner who keeps his machines healthy and in order. As part of the maintenance there have also been some upgrades. Like the factory, this owner has replaced components with newer available items, both maintaining and enhancing performance of the bike. Being a ’91 model, it wears the white frame and white wheels – a striking combination (’92 and onwards went to black hoops). Is it really the cleanest original condition 851 we have seen? I would chalk that up to a bit of poetic license as this bike is not strictly original from a purist standpoint. But it is very, very clean – and continues to evoke visceral, emotional responses you might not find in a more modern bike. Whether or not it is worth the premium asking price is another matter (seller is open to offers). Check out all of the details here, and then jump back to the Comments section and lets chat 851s and higher mileage Ducs. Good Luck!!

MI

Used Well: 1991 Ducati 851
Bimota October 10, 2018 posted by

Master’s Thesis: 1992 Bimota Tesi for Sale

Throughout the history of the motorcycle, there have been many attempts to develop a superior suspension system, and the hub-center steered Tesi or “Thesis” was Bimota’s attempt to radically alter the sportbike landscape and do something completely new, a shocking move for such a tiny company. The ubiquitous telescopic forks have a number of disadvantages, chief among them geometry changes caused by “dive” under braking: the fork tubes compress, steepening the steering. This can theoretically be used to your advantage, but the “stiction” or friction between the sets of sliding tubes certainly can’t. But so far, telescopic forks have proved the best compromise and engineers clearly understand their limits, so they persist as the most common way to suspend the front end of a motorcycle.

The only manufacturer to really buck that trend recently, at least in significant volume, has been BMW. But their Telelever front end is being used less and less, owing to a different concern: radiator placement, since the front “A-arm” of the Telelever system takes up the space where one would normally reside. Bimota got around this issue by using an “Omega” frame that allowed the front swingarm pivot to be very low to the ground,  so a pair of radiators could sit easily above. The frame gets its name from the two Ω-shaped machined aluminum side plates that sandwich Ducati’s liquid-cooled v-twin. Originally a stock 851 motor, it was eventually stroked to 904cc after the first batch of bikes was built.

Unfortunately, the Tesi’s steering linkage was complicated and expensive to produce, and any improper adjustment or slop in those joints caused steering feel to suffer, something that seems to be an issue with alternative front ends in general. BMW’s Telelever front is famously stable on the brakes, but has often been criticized for a lack of front-end feel, although a set of Öhlins shocks at both ends supposedly improves things. The Tesi had the same reputation: it was wild and exotic, and test riders could brake deeply into corners with confidence, but the bike lacked a bit of feel, even when everything was working as designed. Which took some doing, given the relatively complex system connecting the clip-on bars to the front wheel.

The other issue with the Tesi is a bit more theoretical: a swingarm front end should be much easier on front tires than a bike with a telescopic fork , allowing the Tesi to run a much softer compound tire without experiencing the same wear. But manufacturers design their tires to work with telescopic forks, so one hypothetical advantage is lost there as well, unless systems like this become more common.

But the biggest issue with the Tesi was its high cost: for practical purposes, it was just a Ducati 851 with cool bodywork. All that engineering had very little impact on performance, making it more of a stylish statement of intent than an actual improvement. The Tesi name is very apt: the original bike literally was a graduate thesis project, and was built around a Kawasaki GPz 550 engine. Bimota’s prototype was built around a V4 Honda, but that proved to be too wide, so the production model went to the narrow and powerful Ducati v-twin.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Bimota Tesi for Sale

Somewhat challenging personal circumstances are forcing us to undertake this unusual listing and one-of-a kind sale, so we are now offering this, our lovely NOS 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D904SR starting at $1 without any reserve.

To be absolutely clear, THE HIGHEST BID will purchase this very rare and exceptional motorcycle, no matter the final value.

We had hoped to hold onto this gem for a few more years and wait until the worldwide Bimota market has improved and collectors and enthusiasts alike have come to realize how rare and exceptional some of these bikes and specifically the Tesi really is. Sadly health related problems and financial issues force us to take this step now and sell his rare and unusual motorcycle, hopefully to a likeminded enthusiast.

So there is no misunderstanding, please be so kind to have your finances in order and be able to pay for this motorcycle when the auction is finished, however high or low the final value amount may be. An immediate $500 deposit is expected from the winning bidder upon winning this auction, the remaining outstanding amount due upon pickup or prior to leaving our possession no later than 14 days from end of auction. Please prepare for this request by having your paypal account balance reflect the needed amount beforehand and be ready to complete purchase of the bike in a timely manner. Thanks so much for understanding…..

There will be a flat fee charged to have this motorcycle crated professionally and shipped fully insured to any location, worldwide. Of course: If you prefer to pick this motorcycle up in person, or have it picked up by any professional service or freight forwarder of your choice at our location here in Basel, in Switzerland, the entire packing and shipping fee will be waved.

Please look at the shipping details for more information. All else is explained in the description below in detail.

NOS motorcycle, never ridden, never run and properly prepared for long term storage on a pedestal when new in 1992. Specifically ordered and delivered from the factory in this condition. Original in every way as it was in 1992.

Pictured with and without bodywork mounted to show that the exceptional condition throughout is not just skin-deep.

All 3 cast iron Brembo rotors still have the yellow zink plating on the rotor-surfaces to protect the rotors from oxidation while sitting. This coating wears off on the first mile ridden and when the first contact of the rotor with the brake pads occurs.

Hydraulic system, cooling system and the original battery have never been filled with any fluids. The engine is filled with a light oil to preserve internals, seals and bearings. This motorcycle was kept in a climate controlled environment without UV light exposure its entire life, so there has been no deterioration of any rubber pieces nor any age related discoloration of any other parts

This Bimota comes with the original owners manual, warranty booklet, copies of the parts manual and workshop manual and 2 sets of the complete and original Tesi 1D toolkit. This Tesi also comes with both the mph dashboard and the km/h dashboard, both were ordered with the bike in 1992. The original early Bimota Tesi rear stand is also included with the bike

Please only bid if you are serious in your intent to purchase this motorcycle at the end of the 7 day bidding period. Obviously any taxes or duties the buyer has to pay upon importing this vehicle into the country of their choice is solely the responsibility of said buyer

This motorcycle is over 25 years old and hence is fully legal to import into most countries including the USA (EPA and DOT excemptions apply to vehicles over 25 years of age) as of last year!

The bike is currently located in Switzerland, but I’d guess anyone buying this is looking to collect and display, not actually ride this Tesi: it’s a museum-piece, but what a museum-piece! Happily, the seller has provided plenty of pics of the bike for us to drool over, since most of us won’t be owning or riding one of these anytime soon: less than 200 of the 1D model seen here were built before the updated SR version was introduced. Even better, the bike is shown sans the fully-enclosed fairing that really only allows hints of the weirdness within to peek out, something rectified on the minimalist styling of the current bike.

-tad

Master’s Thesis: 1992 Bimota Tesi for Sale
Ducati September 20, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for Sale

Update 1.22.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati Monster was aptly named: it was the ultimate parts-bin special, with a frame from the 888, and the air and oil-cooled two-valve engine from the 900SS, along with some non-adjustable suspension and other bits Ducati had lying around: aside from the dash, tank, and seat, just about every part of the Monster was already sitting on a shelf. In fact, Ducati’s intent was to use their liquid-cooled four-valve engine, but a warehouse full of unused 900SS engines and additional profit they promised sealed the deal. Which means that, when they finally slotted their superbike engine into the frame, everything had come full-circle for the Monster, and this Featured Listing S4RS can be seen as the ultimate incarnation of Galluzzi’s original vision, which was sketched over a photo of an 888 sans bodywork.

The two-valve Monster worked great at a time when there really was nothing else on the road like it, other than the retro-styled Triumph Speed Triple. Sure, there had been sporty nakeds previously, but in the era of the sportbike, the Ducati was something fresh and new from the Italian company, a practical exotic.

But by the 2000s, plenty of other manufacturers had jumped on the bandwagon and were making much faster, more modern bikes. So in went Ducati’s liquid-cooled four-valve, in this case, the 998cc Testastretta version, distinguished at a glance by the triangular oil-cooler beneath the radiator that adds a bespoke touch to a bike that otherwise remained true to its parts-bin roots.

The result was a huge bump in power: the original two-valve engine is rich in torque, but you’re really looking at 75hp at the wheel from a healthy example. In this application, the Testastretta made a honking 130 claimed horses, kept vaguely in check by the Öhlins suspension. Unfortunately, although the later Monsters actually used the frame from Ducati’s ST bikes that offered more stability than the original 888 part, the power really overwhelmed the chassis, and the riding position was not ideal for controlling what really was a pretty wild ride. It ended up being a bit less refined than bikes from Aprilia and KTM, but it’s really no contest in terms of curb appeal and, while the dynamics are ultimately limited, it’s great fun to hoon around on!

The bike is currently in Canada, and the listed 18,500 kilometers equates to 11,495 miles, so it’s certainly no garage queen, but has obviously been well cared-for. And while it’s not hard to find Ducatis with far fewer miles, the big question is, “would you want to?” If you plan to simply display your bike and wait for it to increase in value, sure, a 900 mile bike makes sense. But sitting or occasionally running doesn’t really count as exercise, and a bike with a few more miles under its belt might be better for those looking to ride as well as collect.

From the Seller: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for Sale

Showroom condition. Needs nothing. Collector owned. Runs perfectly. #130 of 400. Eligible for BC Collector Plates in about 4 years. Arrow Full Carbon Fiber Exhaust (personal opinion- it sounds a million times better than the Termi that is more common. A fairly representative video link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md6dLOdTR0U ). Power Commander III Ohlins suspension Brembo brakes CRG levers tail tidy and bar end mirrors

OEM parts (exhaust, levers, etc) included in sale.

Originally a USA bike. I imported it 4 years ago. Currently plated in BC and bike is located in Victoria, BC.

No trades. If ad is up it’s still available. Low balls will be ignored.

Thank you for looking.

The $15,500 CAD asking price equates to just a shade over $12,000 USD and occupies a bit of a middle-ground in terms of S4RS Tricolore pricing. Certainly you’d also have to consider shipping and all that if you plan to bring the bike back to the US, but I think it’s a good bet that, down the road, this will be one of the most collectible Monsters.
-tad

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for Sale
Ducati September 19, 2018 posted by

Walks like a Duck: 1991 Ducati 851 Strada

Ducati is responsible for some of the most iconic motorcycles in the world. They are also purveyors of more marketing ploys than any other manufacturer, as evidenced by the endless parade of Limited Edition models. Therefore, words like “special” and “rare” are used so often as to appear meaningless. But limited numbers aside, Ducati has made some revolutionary leaps along its long history, cementing their place in motorcycling history with truly milestone machines. Not content to simply evolve one step at a time, at certain points in history Ducati doubled down on a new idea, catapulting forward along the performance curve. The introduction of the 851 was just such a moment. Today’s bike, a 1991 851 Strada, is a good example of that revolution.

1991 Ducati 851 Strada for sale on eBay

If you think about the major technological jumps prior to the late 1980s, Ducati went from being a small bore, single cylinder manufacturer to producing twins. The L-twin configuration evolved over time, but was invariably a small step forward along the same route. The introduction of the Pantah could be seen as a leap, but in reality that move was more towards efficient production than outright performance. The Pantah was essentially the same air-cooled, two valve desmo twin as the bevel drive that came before, with only mild steps in go-power. With the 851, however, Ducati turned their own ideas of performance on its head. Simultaneously introducing liquid cooling, fuel injection AND a four valve, desmo actuated head, the 851 was a massive step forward from a technology perspective and performance. Did it work? Raymond Roche, participating in World SBK, took 3rd overall in 1989, was champion in 1990 and came in second in the two years to follow.

From the seller:
Ducati 1991 851 Strada, mostly original condition 14,600 miles.

Stored in Las Vegas Nevada for 8-12 years by the 2nd owner. Condition was not damaged or crashed.

Work that’s been done since Nov 2017:
Major service including valve and shim adjust, new cam belts installed, degree the cams and clean and adjust throttle bodies by a qualified Ducati service tech.

New parts include:
fuel pump
fuel filter (Mahle)
Air Filter (BCM)
all fuel lines, inside the tank and out, plus clamps
cam belts (Exactfit)
radiator hoses and water pump hoses (Samco)
clutch master cylinder (Brembo)
front brake master cylinder (Brembo)
stainless steel clutch line (Galfer) and slave cylinder
chain (DID)
sprockets
Dunlop Q3+ tires
oil (15/50) full synthetic and Ducati filter,
tinted windscreen (Zero Gravity)
lithium battery (Shorai LFX18A1-BS12)
new voltage regulator

Plus, brakes have been flushed and radiator has been flushed. Left and right fairings have been painted.

Also I chose the very rare, period correct carbon Termignoni high mount exhaust and they sound beautiful. There is also a header modification, see pics. Other special parts included are rear Ohlins shock with remote adjuster. Ohlins steering damper.
Included with the bike are the original mufflers, passenger footpegs, owner’s manual, one key and original windscreen.

Like many Ducatis, the 851 was released in a few different flavors. What you see here – the Strada or street edition – was the base model. This is not a homologation bike, although the basic platform is the same to the SP series. The Strada was the most streetable, complete with a passenger pillion hiding under the color coded tail cover, and nifty passenger grab handles that pivot out from beneath the seat. 1991 and 1992 were the last years of the 851 – the 1992 SP versions of this model actually contained a 888 motor, although the Strada remained an 851. But this speaks to the robustness and longevity of the basic mill, as even the 888 eventually became a 916 while still being badged as an 888. This is a milestone bike for Ducati, and the platform that won SBK victories and birthed the 888 and legendary 916.

Today’s 851 Strada example looks to be in great shape – with wonderful photos. Mileage is reasonable considering you are looking at a 27 year old performance bike. There are a few added farkles in the manner of tinted windscreen and carbon bits, and the high-mount carbon Termis which look great. They interfere with the passenger pegs, however, so those have been removed (but are available with the sale). The Ohlins upgrades are choice, to be sure. The add ons and upgrades do not cause concern. The seller notes that both sides of the fairing have been painted – with no comment as to why. It may have been simply cosmetic, as there is no real evidence of the bike being down. Either way, it looks great in the pictures, appears to be very clean and cared for, and with those Termi cans I’m sure it sounds incredible. A big plus is that all services have been recently completed.

Well-preserved 851 examples have held up in value reasonably well. This was a watershed bike for Ducati, and it continues to be a sought-after model. This particular bike sits below $6k at time of writing, with reserve not met. No telling how high the reserve is set, but I would estimate somewhere around $7-8k would be in the money. We have definitely seen these cross the auction block for less, but the market can be a funny thing. Just check out some of the comments on the more rare examples of Ducati exotica featured in the pages of RSBFS to read comments such as “I remember when you could pick up one of those for just $xxx…” Check out the auction here, as this bike is currently a bargain. Will it close that way? What is the current market temperature for a beloved Ducati model (albeit non-homologation base model)? Watch on, and good luck!!

MI

Walks like a Duck:  1991 Ducati 851 Strada
Ducati July 30, 2018 posted by

Featured listing: 1988 Ducati 851 Tricolore!

Update 10.8.2018: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati 851 is rare and special enough in Ducati’s classic blood red livery, but it’s worlds more special in the Italian flag tricolore paint scheme. The 851 was Ducati’s first real foray into the gem-like speedfreaks we know today. Before there were Panigales, there were these. Only there were fewer of them. Way fewer.

This example has been used as intended, which is to say: it has been ridden. It’s in show-quality condition, and wears Ferracci pipes, though the originals are included, along with a bunch of paperwork, the factory rear stand and the original windscreen.

From the seller:

I believe its a 851 Strada 1/304 from what I’ve seen online. It has 18,734 KM (11,640 miles) with Vin# ZDM851S1850158 Engine # ZDM851W4850621. I believe I am the 2nd owner of this incredible machine. 1 being the person who purchased this from Cagiva directly in Spain and who had it imported here to the states, which I have paper work from and will include the original letter from Cagiva regarding the transport to him when it was imported which can be seen in one of the pics. I got it on consignment through this gentleman out of Munroe Motorcycles in San Francisco about 8 years ago and have taken care of any bugs and gremlins it had while in my care. I mostly dealt with electrical issues from the time I bought it but thought they were all taken care of till I had swapped it over to a LiPo battery a couple years ago where the bike almost caught fire due to the battery almost blowing up. It has since had the stator and the voltage regulator replaced and I do think now everything on the bike is in great working order with no issues of any kind. I bought it with the Ferraci slip on pipes already installed, thank you Julio, and they sound amazing and are deep and throaty. Since Im a rider I had the original Marvic wheels from my SuperLight fitted to this bike from the beginning of my time with her. That way it looked stock but was on 17″ wheels and I could replace tires easily and proceed to log miles without concern. I just had the original 16” wheels put back on to sell it but am including the brake carrier/caliper set up with spacers and hardware so if the new owner wants to put 17” wheels back on it should be easy for them to do so.

So along with the hardware for 17” wheels I am also including with it the original letter and paperwork from Cagiva along with its original stand, official Ducati 851 workshop manual, original tool kit, paperwork form previous owner along with all records, original exhaust pipes which do show some slight scuffing but I got it them that way so not sure of when that occurred as I have never dropped or scratched it, original used wind screen with slight scuffing which again came that way so not sure the story there, custom Geza motorcycle cover, 3 keys and a clear California title with registration good till August of 2019. I rode it to Laguna Seca the last year Moto GP was held there and had it on Ducati Island and was even approached by Ducati and they borrowed it for an official photo shoot where they parked it under the Ducati banner and got some nice shots of it. I only say this because it was a cool little moment for me having this bike and it was quite neat to see the attention it got from the Ducati higher ups.

If the bike were mine (dream on), I’d follow the seller’s advice and stick on a set of 17s and call it good. If you keep it on two wheels, the 851 is a blue-chip collector ride and should gather value even if it isn’t a garage queen.

Featured listing: 1988 Ducati 851 Tricolore!