Posts by tag: 851

Ducati October 28, 2016 posted by

851 with extra grunt: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO

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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).

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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.

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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.”

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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

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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.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

851 with extra grunt:  1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Ducati August 25, 2016 posted by

Low-Mileage Parts-Bin Exotic: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale

1995 Ducati M900 R Side

Ducati’s Monster was a wonder of parts-bin engineering and basically saved the company from financial ruin, becoming the company’s best-selling model of all time by a healthy margin and bringing Ducati’s mystique to the masses. The four-valve superbikes may have won the glory but they were highly impractical for daily use, expensive to maintain, and far too expensive for the average motorcycle enthusiast. But the Monster, introduced in 1993, used off-the-shelf components almost exclusively: just the tank, dash, seat, and a couple minimal body panels were exclusive to the model. The frame was from the 851 with some minor modifications to the tubing to allow a different airbox: apparently, the remote-reservoir shock from that model is a nice upgrade, if you can find one on eBay. The engine was the Pantah-derived 904cc L-twin from the air/oil-cooled 900SS, and the suspension and brakes were from the lower-spec SS-CR.

1995 Ducati M900 Dash

It was relatively cheap to manufacture, the standard bars and low seat height made it practical for a wide variety of users, and the handling good enough for its given purpose: urban riding, posing, and wheelies. Best of all, it was an Authentic Ducati and made Authentic Ducati Noises. Aside from your average Harley, you won’t likely find a bike with better aftermarket support than a Ducati Monster.

1995 Ducati M900 L Side Tank

You can throw money at the motor, stick on the suspension from a 748, fit a high-mount exhaust and go trackday riding. Replace everything on the bike with carbon fiber for a sleek custom show bike. Fit higher bars, a bikini fairing, some soft bags, and take it touring. That was almost the whole point: the Monster provided Ducati fans with a blank canvas so they could build whatever they wanted. Sure the limited steering lock sucked for city riding, and you have to deal with old-school Ducati service intervals: 6,000 valve checks and 12,000 timing belt changes can get a bit expensive if you pile on the miles and don’t do the work yourself.

1995 Ducati M900 R Side Tank

But the entry costs are incredibly cheap, with well-used examples available for as little as $3,000. Parts are easily sourced and these bikes are relatively simple machines, with only the unfamiliar desmodromic heads a barrier to your average home mechanic. This 11,000 mile example looks to be in very clean condition, with a ton of aftermarket parts and a Buy It Now price of just $4,500.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale

Third year of production of the original carbureted, air & oil cooled, 2-valve per cylinder L-twin in OEM Grey livery with Bronze frame and wheels, (the same as the bike featured in the Guggenheims “Art Of The Motorcycle” show and book in the late ’90s.)  I am the second owner, since 2000.  This is a beautiful, low-mileage example; difficult to find in this condition.  It is a Cagiva-era bike so sports the elephant logos on many parts.  It has never been crashed, down or dropped.  Tank is clean, shiny metal inside; steering head bearings are smooth, swingarm bushings tight.  It has the desirable “V-2” cylinder heads.  The bike starts easily, idles properly and pulls strong through all 6 gears.  It features a number of aftermarket parts including:

  • Ducati C/F Bikini Fairing
  • ROADRACING billet aluminum mirrors
  • Corbin C/F cover seat w/Grey piping
  • C/F tailsection with integrated turn signals
  • Ventilated alloy clutch cover
  • Beringer clutch slave cylinder
  • C/F slip on exhausts
  • Airbox mod with K&N filter
  • Mikuni carbs jetted for intake/exhaust mods

The bike is current on service and is approaching it’s 12K-mile belt/valve inspection.  Tires are older and, while showing plenty of tread, could stand to be freshened.

Included with the bike will be the OEM seat; factory toolkit and owner’s manual, an additional period OEM instrument cluster with Tachometer, (the existing speedo will transfer into this unit.) A pair of C/F timing belt covers.

1995 Ducati M900 L Side Engine

Obviously, the new owner should be prepared to shell out some money for the upcoming service. The valve check is important, but the belt change is absolutely critical: a blown engine will turn your affordable exotic into an expensive garage decoration very quickly. Some of the carbon bits on this bike are from the lower end of the spectrum: you’d never mistake those DanMoto carbon cans for Termignonis, but they probably sound great and look much better than the stock items. And I’m familiar with that ugly War of the Worlds rear turn signal unit but I’d never actually seen on installed before, probably for good reason. Most kits used to clean up the rear of the bike require cutting a couple extended tubes off the end of the frame and many are worried that removing them will reduce the value of their bike. This kit kept the frame intact and incorporated more modern indicator lights into the sides. Definitely not to my taste, but easy to change if you don’t like it.

Overall, the Ducati Monster remains what it was always meant to be: an affordable entry to Ducati ownership. But that means that many examples have been thrashed and abused, making clean, low-mileage examples like this one increasingly hard to come by.

-tad

1995 Ducati M900 L Side

Low-Mileage Parts-Bin Exotic: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale
Ducati August 16, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

Update 8.26.2016: Sold! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Far less common and cliché than the 916, the Ducati 851 represents the connoisseur’s choice for Ducati fans looking for a classic superbike. Although it’s hard to argue with the significance of the 916, it’s almost a victim of its own success. I mean, nearly the same bodywork for twenty years, in two different sizes, for three generations… there’s just too dang many of them. So while the SPS and R models certainly qualify as “rare” and low-mileage examples are quickly increasing in value, it’s not too hard to pick up decent 916s and especially 748s for under $5,000 if you look around.

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But the 851 and 888 were made in much smaller numbers for a much shorter period of time. The 916 may have perfected the formula, but the 851 is the founder of Ducati’s superbike feast. It was the first roadgoing Ducati to feature the four-valve, liquid-cooled Desmoquattro. The bike came about because of the company’s need for a more powerful engine to compete in World Superbike racing. Their air/oil-cooled engines were certainly competitive in smaller classes in the early 1980s but Ducati needed something far more potent to compete against the 750cc four-cylinder machines from Japan.

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Introduced in 1987, the bike was a success both on track and in the showroom, and helped establish Ducati as the sportbike player it is today. The heavily-revised engine kept the fat midrange of a twin, but coupled it with more revs and a 93hp top end that helped it keep up with the screaming four-cylinder competition. Styling is chunky and less sexual than a 916, but it looks purposeful and distinctive, with a pair of traditionally-mounted exhausts announcing the bike’s v-twin-ness.

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Today’s example appears to be very clean and well-maintained, with a number of tasteful and functional updates, and that very reasonable $6,400 asking price just sweetens the deal.
From the seller: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

This is a great bike that has had a few appreciative owners. Don’t worry this girl has been well cared for. In the last 2 weeks and 50 miles the oil, brake/clutch fluid, and belts have been changed. When the Tech changed the belts he went over the bike and feels it needs nothing. I’ve had it for the last 18 months and I’ve ridden it about 1500 care free miles. This girl is ready to ride, needs nothing. 
I bought this bike about 18 months ago, I planned to keep it for a while but I recently lost my storage so I should sell a few bikes.

Metzler Sportec tires, less than 2500 miles
Shiny Carbon Fiber – Front Fender, Belt covers, Clutch cover, Countershaft Sprocket cover, Rear “Hugger”
Stainless front brake lines
Barnett Clutch – installed 1500 miles ago
Lightweight aluminum clutch Hub
Evoluzione clutch slave
Nichols Motorsports Engine Bolts
Classic Carbon Ferraci High pipes, these are the good ones with badge not the cheesy sticker. Ferraci Chip, K&N AirFilter (Don’t have Airbox lid)
520 racing Chain conversion — DID O-ring chain, hardened sprockets – Installed 1500 miles ago
Forks were re-built with stock internals, 1500 miles ago.
23,300 miles
$6400

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Miles on this particular bike are higher than on some of the top-dollar collectibles and it’s not one of the rarer versions of the 851, but maintenance appears to have been pretty meticulous and the bike has obviously been owned by enthusiasts. “Low miles” is an appealing quality in theory but, when you’re looking at a 24-year-old motorcycle, “high-mileage with regular use and careful maintenance” is a far better prospect than “low-mileage and has been sitting in my living room for the past fifteen years.” Motorcycles, particularly Ducatis, do not do well with extended periods of inactivity but the basic mechanicals are, in fact, pretty robust and this example is just what you want if you intend to ride your collectible. Certainly, a 916 has the more iconic looks, but an 851 is rarer, has humane ergonomics, and offers up similar performance, making it the less-obvious choice.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale
Ducati July 9, 2016 posted by

The Real Thing: 1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Racebike for Sale

1990 Ducati 851 Corsa R Side

The term “race replica” can mean different things: a stock bike with a graphics design that mimics a famous competition machine, or an homologation machine that will be used in part or nearly whole in some form of production racing. But all that goes out the window here: this is a genuine World Superbike Ducati 851, as raced by Davide Tardozzi in 1990 and 1991.

1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Clutch

Tardozzi was a rider and later team manager. He raced in the very first World Superbike event on a Bimota YB4 in 1988 and then had some success in both 1990 and 1991 riding for Ducati, with enough points to earn him a 10th place finish overall in 1991. Tardozzi won the European Superbike championship in 1991 as well. While he had some success as a rider, he was a far better team manager: under his leadership, Ducati flourished in the early days of WSBK and Fogarty, Corser, Toseland, and Bayless all rode for for him. Later, he worked for Ducati’s MotoGP team.

1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Shock

Often overshadowed by the later 916, the 851 was a hugely significant bike for Ducati. Participation in the fledgling World Superbike series signaled their return to top-level production racing and brought them into the modern era. It was the first Ducati to feature their new Desmoquattro four-valve, liquid-cooled engine and showed that the company was ready to compete against the Japanese sportbikes on equal footing with no excuses, other than the displacement bump available to twins competing against 750cc four-cylinder machines.

1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Termi

It’s a truly historic racing motorcycle, bathed in the glow of success at the top levels of the sport.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Superbike for Sale

Ducati 851 Corsa WSBK

Model year 1990 VIN ZDM888S*000155*

AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A PIECE OF DUCATI HISTORY!

This bike was raced in the 1990 World SBK Championship and later in 1991 used by Tardozzi (works rider and then Ducati Corse director) to WIN the European SBK Championship.

Amazing bike, preserved conditions, full known history, part of my private collection for 10 years then sold to UK collector.

It comes with original GPM certification document.

Race, parade and collect! Bulletproof investment.

1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Dash

This is another bike from our favorite poster Gianluca, who appears to have access to the coolest bikes ever. There’s plenty of time left on the auction and bidding is just getting started. This bike is obviously not cosmetically perfect and probably never was: it’s a racing machine, designed to go very fast and look good from the grandstands as it flashes by at 180mph. It’s scuffed and dented and used, in the best possible way, with legitimate racing success woven into its DNA. And, as a bonus, it has a slightly anachronistic vintage white Veglia tachometer, with a literal red line painted on somewhere near 11,000rpm…

-tad

1990 Ducati 851 Corsa L Side

The Real Thing: 1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Racebike for Sale
Ducati February 24, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: Brand New Tricolore Ducati 851 Superbike Kit Bike

Update 2.24.2016: Back on eBay and ready for spring fever! Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Ducati 851 Superbike Kit Tricolore

While we’ve seen the occasional Tricolore Ducati here at RSBFS, we’ve only seen one other 851 Superbike Kit offered before and that was 5 years ago! This example is our latest Featured Listing and it has never been started.

1988 Ducati 851 Superbike Kit for sale on eBay

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From Ian Falloons book, Ducati Desmoquattro Sportbikes:

As Ducati was a manufacturer producing fewer than 50,000 motorcycles a year, the homologation requirements for World Superbike required 200 units of the 851 to be built for 1988. This homologation machine was known as the 851 Superbike Kit […] Known as the “Tricolore” because of the distinctive red, white and green color scheme, 207 Superbike Kits were produced; 54 going to the United States so that the 851 could be homologated for Superbike racing.

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From the seller’s eBay listing:

Brand New bike stored since new. As Homologated in “Race form” with headlight, tail light and no speedo or turn signals. Factory Conti Black Chrome slip ons, Marzocchi M1R Forks, Braced Swing Arm, Marvic Magnesium wheels,Pankl Ti Rods & other parts that set it apart from the 851 Strada.

Absolutely original throughout including all panels and paint, decals, Michelin Radial Slicks- Original battery never filled. No Kit spares come with the bike. 2 Dealer owners & 2nd private owner.

Minor flaws or age affected areas are:
Stress crack in right upper fairing just into paint, no damage to upper
Paint on MC reservoir caps bubbled around edges
Engine paint lifted in 1-2 spots on upper surface
Rear shock travel bumper gone from dry rotting

Bike was at some point previously stored with intake velocity stacks open and exposed as there is no air filter element, so we took the top end apart for a peek and re-assembled with new timing belts and gaskets. Oil was changed for inspection as well but original filter left in place. A 26 year old never started bike would not be something you just dump gas in and fire up without some further overall inspection. It is still dry of fuel, coolant and clutch fluid. Clutch was disassembled and plates glass beaded being plain steel and having some rust on the surface. There is nothing to hide and bike presents excellent for age.
International buyers welcome with proper export quality crating & help available with shipping arrangements. Bike is available for inspection in Eastern PA.

Note: MSO is from original dealer and was reassigned to second dealer. Kept that way for proof that it has never been titled. Bill of sale will accompany original MSO.

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With a buy-it-now showing a $41k asking price, only serious Ducatisti collectors need apply. But with so few of these produced worldwide, and even fewer kept in near-new condition, this is indeed a special opportunity. Good luck to buyers and seller, and Happy Thanksgiving!

dc

Featured Listing:  Brand New Tricolore Ducati 851 Superbike Kit Bike
Ducati October 6, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale in the USA!

Update 2.22.2106: Now listed with AMS Ducati Dallas. -dc

Update 10.6.2015: Price dropped from $32,000 to $27,500. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

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If you’re an 851 fetishist, today’s Featured Listing Ducati 851 SP3 is a rare sight here in the USA. We first saw this particular example back in July from the same owner, but the bike is back now with seriously improved photography. Even if you have no interest in buying, it’s worth a few right-clicks on the images to add to your dream garage…

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 R Front Detail

At the time it was last posted, the RSBFS commentariat was pretty critical of both the pricing and the photography, but with the photography issue sorted, I think it’s clear why the seller has ambitious goals in terms of pricing: it’s a beautiful example of a very rare bike that is likely to become very valuable. The 916 is perhaps the most iconic modern Ducati, but the 851 laid the groundwork and although the 851 certainly isn’t as pretty or as elegant as its descendant, it has a brutal simplicity that is every bit as purposeful and effective.

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Originally introduced in 1987, the 851 was most significant for its introduction of four-valve heads, liquid-cooling, and fuel injection to the venerable L-twin engine, changes required to make the bike competitive in the then-new World Superbike series. It worked, and Ducati returned to the world performance stage in a big way.

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Front Suspension

Good for a claimed 93hp and the usual fat midrange and lazy power delivery compared to four-cylinder rivals, the 851 was eventually superseded by the bored-out 888 that displaced, surprise surprise, 888cc.

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That bigger motor also powered the homologation SP3 and put out 111hp. Other changes to the SP3 included Öhlins suspension at both ends, a close-ratio gearbox, reinforced cases, and a few cosmetic carbon bits. The original bikes did have a set of Termignoni upswept pipes, although this bike features what appear to be Verlicchi megaphone exhausts. It’s a shame the originals are missing*, but I’ve seen a number of earlier 851’s with similar exhausts so they’re not completely inappropriate.

(*Note: I’ve discussed with the seller and he notes that he has identified a source for the originals but that it would require a trade for the current exhaust. Please contact the seller for further details. -dc)

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From the seller: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale

I purchased this bike from The Silverman Museum Collection. It was serviced extensively prior to me purchasing it. I then had the fork seals replaced and the clutch and brake lines replaced along with a few other odds and ends (oil change, battery, etc.) I only rode the bike once (it scared me), I thought it was just beautiful to look at. I would put new tires on it if i planned on riding it a lot, but other than that, it’s in great shape.

I believe these pictures do the bike justice. I can provide a video of a cold start for anyone who is interested: it likes a little throttle when cold but after it’s warm it will idle without issue. It sounds phenomenal.

Keep in mind while the seller is asking some big money for an 851, this is an extremely rare homologation-special SP3 and even cooking 851’s are finally beginning to appreciate in value. While the Ducati Monster can be credited with saving Ducati in terms of sales, it was the 851 that gave the brand back the street cred on which the parts-bin Monster traded, and paved the way for the stunning 916 that graced a million bedroom walls.

-tad

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 L Side

Featured Listing: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale in the USA!
Ducati August 19, 2015 posted by

Collectible 4V: Low-Mileage 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

1992 Ducati 851 R Side Front

If you’re looking for an affordable classic that will set you apart from all those 916’s people have been squirreling away, look no further than the Ducati 851. Far less pretty than the 916, it’s also much less obvious, with chunky, aggressive styling and a much more humane riding position to boot.

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It’s also just as significant a model as the 916. While that model catapulted Ducati into supermodel stardom that found it on the bedroom walls of teenagers formerly unfamiliar with Ducati, it was the 851 that made that model possible in the first place.

1992 Ducati 851 Clocks

Introduced in 1987, the 851 was the first model to feature Ducati’s new four-valve, liquid-cooled motor based on the proven two-valve, air/oil cooled L-twin. It was successful in racing and gave Ducati a machine that could compete in World Superbike racing on an even footing with screaming fours from Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki.

1992 Ducati 851 Front

I’m actually passingly familiar with the shop selling this bike, a small enthusiast-run motorcycle service and consignment showroom in Santa Monica. It’s a cool joint, with one of my favorite motorcycle shop logos of recent memory. The staff is small, but have been friendly when I’ve popped in to browse, and last time I was in, they had a BMW HP2, a track-ready Aprilia RSV4, and several Ducati Sport Classics, along with this machine.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

Rare find.  Not a scratch on this bike. 

Recently serviced (belts, fluids, battery, tires, etc.)

1,281 Miles

Very straight forward.  

Clear California title. 

Thanks for looking.  Good luck…

This bike looks very, very clean and with such low mileage, this would be ideal for someone looking to complete a collection of modern Ducatis. Bidding is up to $7,000 with several days left on the auction. This time-capsule bike seems destined to end up in a collection instead of being ridden: there should be plenty of cheaper, well-used machines out there if your tastes run to riding versus hoarding.

-tad

1992 Ducati 851 R Side

Collectible 4V: Low-Mileage 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale
Ducati August 4, 2015 posted by

Four-Valve Genesis: Pristine 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

1991 Ducati 851 Front

Long forgotten in the wake of the 916, the Ducati 851 and 888 have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, likely because they are seen as the genesis of Ducati’s four-valve, liquid-cooled v-twin superbikes that may have reached its apex with the Panigale: Ducati is struggling in WSBK and there is talk of a move to a V4 format in the future, which would likely mean a V4 roadgoing superbike as well…

1991 Ducati 851 Tail

Ducati L-twins have always been fundamentally tough machines. Designed to handle the rigors of the track, the roadbikes were always relatively understressed, and while the air/oil-cooled two-valve engines can be tuned to make significantly more power for the track, they’re still unable to compete against liquid-cooled, four-valve four cylinder engines.

1991 Ducati 851 Fairing

In order to stay relevant in racing and, by extension, in showrooms, Ducati needed a new bike to compete in the fledgling World Superbike Championship. The 1987 Ducati 851 was the result and while the skin was all-new and modern, it was what lay beneath that was most important. Based on the existing air/oil cooled engine, but now with four-valve heads and a radiator strapped to the front, the newly-dubbed “Desmoquattro” put out 93hp at the rear wheel along with the healthy midrange you’d expect from an Italian twin.

1991 Ducati 851 Clocks

The bike was successful and quite literally put Ducati on the modern performance map, going toe-to-toe with the best Japan had to offer on track and on the road. It was followed by the similarly-styled 888 that featured, surprise-surprise, an 888cc engine, before being replaced by the significantly redesigned and restyled 916.

1991 Ducati 851 Seat

This 851 is one of the nicest and definitely one of the best-photographed bikes we’ve featured recently. It’s a stunning, low-mileage, one-owner bike that’s largely stock, other than the slick, vintage Fast By Ferracci cans, making it perfect for collectors.

1991 Ducati 851 Pipe

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

One owner! Brand new condition!
NO Dings, NO Dents, NO Scratches, NEVER Put Down!
Fast By Ferracci Exhaust!
Corbin Seat!
Bike is new… Nothing more to say!

1991 Ducati 851 Tank

With just two days left on the auction, bidding has been active so far, although well below the $11,999 Buy It Now price. That’s certainly big money for an 851, buy you’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer, lower-mileage example: at just 3,500 miles, this thing hasn’t even seen its first valve-check yet. And you’d easily spend that much to get a shoddy example into this kind of shape. If you’re looking for a nearly perfect 851 to complete your four-valve collection, this is your bike.

-tad

1991 Ducati 851 R Side

Four-Valve Genesis: Pristine 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale