Posts by tag: 851

Ducati July 1, 2009 posted by

1991 Ducati 851 Superbike SP3 Replica

Sometimes it seems like the coveted 888 gets more attention than the 851; especially on this blog! But it’s important to remember that the 851 itself was still a big step up from the 900SS in terms of technology and performance, and that the 888 is an evolution of this series. The SP3 version fits somewhere in between being a special edition 851, but having never been imported to this country, it’s a rare sight, replica or not! Check out this cool Ducati 851 SP3 replica on eBay ($6100/reserve not met currently, 5 days remain):

quote from seller’s eBay listing:

I am offering my 1991 Ducati 851 built as an SP3 Replica in hopes that it goes to another loving home. I bought this bike three years ago and put only 2.8 miles on it since then and have decided to sell it to fund my next Porsche street car. I bought this 851 from an authorized Ducati dealer and this was his personal bike. Before I picked it up he did a full service on it including valve adjustment, timing belts, fuel & oil filters, throttle body sync & Co EFI adjustment, fluids & coolant. I just put a new battery and fresh gas in it last week and took it for a ride around our neighboorhood. The sound of the (very expensive) Termignioni “Spaghetti” exhaust brought about every neighboor kid & teen waiting for me to get back in the garage with this bike.

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In addition to the rare and expensive exhaust it also has full floating cast iron rotors on billet aluminum carriers, Ohlins shock, Ducati SP3 fiberglass solo race tail section, Billet Brembo brake calipers, Front matching white # plate with painted silver & black clearcoated pinstripes (to match period correct Ducati logo), Period correct Ducati vented clutch cover, Black Brembo 5.5 & 3.5″ wheels and probably some other things I have forgot. The 1991 851 has a lightweight aluminum fuel tank which also makes this a desireable year.

As I proofread my opening paragraph writing this post, I had to laugh out loud at myself because I’m actually trying to suggest there’s enough difference in the 851/888 series of models such that it requires some debate. I have no doubt the 888 SPO is the tops and ‘the one to have’. But as they say, I wouldn’t kick an 851 out of bed either. And this one in particular is loaded and good miles.

A couple questions for the readers: How big a difference is the 851 compared to the 888 to you? And is all out rarity and top spec the most important thing to you, or is all out performance — like if we introduced 748/916 variants in the mix for similar money?

Can of worms

Can of worms

Resources:

The 851/888 Yahoo Group is a must. I subscribe and lurk just to learn from their expertise.
The Ducati851and888.com forums
Official Ducati Heritage Page on the 851 SBK

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Ducati June 28, 2009 posted by

A Brand New Ducati 851 SP3 For Sale in Italy

You read that correctly: There is a nearly new Ducati 851 SP3 with 8 miles on the clock on eBay in Italy right now:

Ducati 851 SP3 For Sale in ItalyDucati 851 SP3 with only 7 kilometers For Sale in ItalyDucati 851 SP3 with only 7 kilometers For Sale in Italy

quote from seller’s listing:

QUESTA MOTO, OLTRE AD ESSERE MOLTO RARA (PRODOTTA IN 700 ESEMPLARI) CREDO SIA UN PEZZO UNICO!!!!

LA MOTO INFATTI, E’ NUOVA DI FABBRICA E NON E’ MAI STATA USATA, NE IMMATRICOLATA

L’HO ACQUISTATA VENT’ANNI ORSONO E DA ALLORA E’ RIMASTA ESPOSTA NELLA MIA CONCESSIONARIA

NON ESITATE A CONTATTARMI ALLO 030-711335 PER QUALSIASI ULTERIORE CHIARIMENTO

RITIRO MOTO IN CONCESSIONARIA

Google Translate tells me that this bike has never even been registered. Currently the auction has 3 days to go and is at 10,000 Euros currently.

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Ducati January 9, 2009 posted by

1990 Ducati 851 Loaded With Expensive Upgrades

I sometimes forget about the Ducati 851 because Ducatisti stop in their tracks over an 888. But the 851 is a fantastic bike in it’s own right, and this example is really packed with thoughtful upgrades. Check out this 1990 Ducati 851 For Sale in California for $5k:

1990 Ducati 851 For Sale

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

There is nothing like the sound of a 90 degree Italian V-twin. I have for sale a beautiful red 1990 851.This bike has been meticulously kept in running order by Nichols Manufacturing in Milpitas and Moto Forza in Escondido. While being serviced by Nichols, I had them install their CNC Machined 6061-T6, lightened flywheel which removed approximately 3lbs 5oz of rotating mass which greatly enhanced its ability to rev quickly and to take advantage of engine braking. I also had them install their motor mount bolts, which go through the engine block and are tightened at each end which significantly stiffened the chassis. I added the Technomagnesio Rims front and back which shaved off a few pounds of un-sprung weight which made it accelerate harder, stop quicker, and turn into corners with minimal effort. I also added Steel braided brake lines and Ferrado brake pads to assist in slowing this Duc down. I moved to Southern California in 2003 and had the bike serviced by Moto Forza. At that time I added the Nichols Mfg, CNC Machined, 6061-T6, lightened clutch basket and Barnett racing clutch which removed 3.5 pounds of rotating mass. What a difference! coupled with the lightened flywheel this thing revs quickly and accelerates hard with plenty of torque. Other enhancements on the bike include the front forks which are Storz GCB racking forks and clip on’s, Storz steering damper, Ohlins Rear shock, K&N Air Filter, Gio-Ca-Moto high pipes, vented clutch cover, Billet foot pegs, bar end mirror, carbon fiber front and rear fenders, and a carbon fiber gas cap. This beauty has never been crashed or on the track and all of the paint is original. There are some small scratches on the left hand side, but for a bike with only 17,000 miles, this is truly a gem and surely to be a collectors item. I will also throw in the original white Brembo wheels and rear stand for free!
You will not be disappointed in the attention this bike receives. There are thousands of repli-racers all over the place, but when you show up at Alice’s Restaurant, the Duck pond at Laguna Seca, Mt Wilson, or Palomar Mountain, watch how this bike draws a crowd.

It’s sacrilege to even suggest it, but parting this bike could probably turn a tidy profit. Of course that would be a shame because this bike looks so well sorted, and for $5k it’d be a real pleasure to the ride balls off of it!

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