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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

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 L Front

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)

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Pipe

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.

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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
Ducati July 16, 2015 posted by

#467 of 534: 1990 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale

1990 Ducati 851 SP3 L Front

The Ducati 851 debuted in 1987 and featured brand-new four-valve heads and liquid-cooling, revolutionary design features for the already venerable 90° L-twin. The Pantah engine, while very durable even under racing conditions, was limited in terms of outright power by its two-valve heads and air/oil cooling. Ducati wanted to compete in World Superbike racing, and this was the result.

1990 Ducati 851 SP3 R Side

The SP3 was similar in concept to Ducati’s “R” versions today and was intended to homologate the bikes for WSBK racing. The higher-compression SP bikes actually displaced 888cc’s and used a close-ratio gearbox along with Öhlins suspension components. Reports of power varied, but something north of 110hp at the crank would probably be accurate.

1990 Ducati 851 SP3 Dash

What’s interesting is that the SP3 was actually introduced in 1991, and this bike is listed as a 1990, which should have made it an SP2. It does feature the plaque on the top triple, along with the characteristic upswept pipes and black wheels appropriate to the model. The photo isn’t all that clear, so I thought maybe the “3” was really an “S,” but the SPS was a variant of the 888 and introduced much later, in 1992…

So assuming this is a genuine SP3 that is just titled incorrectly, you’re looking at a very rare motorcycle, with just 534 made.

1990 Ducati 851 SP3 L Side Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale

Out of the 500 that were made of this bike, this is stamped #467. The 851 Superbike won WSBK in 1990. This is a wonderful specimen with a unique aftermarket exhaust, which sounds absolutely amazing. This bike does run, and it runs very strong.

1990 Ducati 851 SP3 R Side Detail

There are just over 3,000 miles on the clock and, although some of the photos are less than clear, this looks like it’s in excellent condition. But even given the limited production, that $32,000 starting bid is pretty jaw-dropping. It’s been a while since I’ve seen one of these up for sale, but that price seems pretty ambitious. There is still a full week left on the auction, so I’m curious to see how much serious interest this bike generates.

-tad

1990 Ducati 851 SP3 L Side

Ducati June 29, 2015 posted by

Italian Twin for Road or Track: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

1991 Ducati 851 R Side FrontWhile Ducati’s MHE and 900SS may be collectible and iconic now, they were seriously long in the tooth by the time they were discontinued, and even the Pantah-engined SS didn’t exactly offer cutting-edge performance when new. In order to keep their racing heritage alive in any meaningful sense, Ducati needed a top-shelf sportbike like the 851 that could compete successfully on track with the best bikes from Japan.

1991 Ducati 851 L SideIn 1987, Ducati released the 851, which took the proven foundation of the air-cooled two-valve 90° v-twin motor and added liquid-cooling and brand new four-valve heads for a serious performance upgrade. With chunky styling from Pierre Terblanche, the new Desmoquattro thumped out 93hp to the rear wheel along with a wave of torque when compared to the screaming fours favored by the Japanese manufacturers.

1991 Ducati 851 Tank DetailAnd it worked: the 851 paved the way for the 916 and helped return Ducati to the spotlight in World Superbike competition and showed that the Italian brand had value beyond nostalgia and “character.”

1991 Ducati 851 L Side RearThis particular bike walks a nice middle-ground between “time-capsule original” and “race bike.” If you’re interested, the seller also includes a comprehensive list of the upgrades made to the bike. From the original eBay listing: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

Excellent Condition – Well Maintained – Ready to Ride or Vintage Race

I bought this Ducati about five years ago from a local neighbor that had taken it, and a mid seventies Corvette, in part exchange for his services, at the time it had approximately 5,800 miles.  The bike had been garaged in Westchester County, New York and had not been ridden for quite a while, but was in very nice original condition.

I had always admired the 851’s and thought it would make a great vintage road racer, so I went through the bike with that goal in mind.  The following was done to the bike: new fuel pump, had the gas tank restored (the paint is beautiful), belts replaced, valves adjusted, throttle bodies synched, Ferraci race chip installed (all work was done by Razee’s in Rhode Island), sent the forks to RaceTech for a re-valve and spring upgrade, upgraded the front wheel to the later model, larger diameter front axle, installed Pirelli Supercorsa tires, Sharkskinz solo seat.

Upon completion I rode the bike at a couple of track days, did the VRRA vintage festival at Mosport in Canada (it was a real treat to ride this Ducati on such a famous track), did the USCRA Vintage Festival at Loudon, New Hampshire and the AMA Vintage Festival at Mid-Ohio.  About a year ago, I decided to put the bike back on the street and registered it as a vintage motorcycle.  Since putting it on the street I have only ridden it less than 100 miles.  So all total, I would say I’ve really only put about 500 miles on the bike.

This Ducati is a blast to ride, looks great and always gets a lot of compliments.  The speedometer is not working as I needed to replace the metal tang in the front wheel and the front brake light is not connected.  It’s probably one of the cleanest 851’s you’ll see and will not dissappoint.  All of the original 1991 body work is included, seat, side panels etc…  The 851’s are now becoming sought after collectibles and are eligible for vintage racing with organizations such as AHRMA, VRRA, USCRA and the AMA.

There are plenty of 851’s out there, but this one is particularly appealing to me, featuring a combination of thoughtful, real-world upgrades [as well as the original parts] designed for performance, not wow-factor or the typical Ducati bling you find on more recent bikes: this one is made to run, but is well cared for as well.

1991 Ducati 851 R Side Rear With all the hype surrounding the 916, the 851 and 888 definitely have been overlooked for a long time. Although there have been some hints that might change, we’re still looking at a starting bid of $5,000 you could be looking at a collectible modern classic that offers track-day thrills for a reasonable price.

-tad

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Italian Twin for Road or Track: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale