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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.


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.


1991 Ducati 851 L Front - Copy

Italian Twin for Road or Track: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale
Ducati May 21, 2015 posted by

Four-Valve Founding Father: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

1991 Ducati 851 R Front

Introduced in 1987, the 851 was a huge leap forward for Ducati, adding four-valve heads, liquid-cooling, and fuel-injection to their 90° v-twin. The resulting engine was good for a claimed 93hp at the rear wheel and was dubbed the “Desmoquattro” for obvious reasons. The new bike allowed Ducati to again be competitive in racing, and was followed by a bored-out 888cc version known, shockingly as the “888.” 1991 Ducati 851 Tank

Interestingly, the new superbike was styled by Pierre Terblanche. For all of the controversy surrounding his tenure at Ducati, people often forget that he also designed the Supermono and the restyled Pantah-engined 900SS as well as the 999/749. The 851 isn’t pretty in the same way as the 916, or as aggressive as the new Panigale, but it looks simple and purposeful in a way that some of his other designs were not, and has definitely aged well. 1991 Ducati 851 Dash

It’s not completely clear, but I’m assuming this bike is based on the Strada version of the bike, not the higher-spec SP. Those front calipers, while not original, should provide plenty of stopping power. And the Giacomoto Spagetti exhaust is more than just a pair of slip-ons and should provide enough boom to annoy neighbors two towns over and help produce some legitimate power gains.

1991 Ducati 851 Front Brake

The add doesn’t mention if he has the original parts, other than the pictured original wheels, but that information would just be a quick email away.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

The bike is 24 years old, I have had it almost 24 years. It has a few scratches and the front of the forks have some marks from the salt air [I live and ride on the coast] it is a beautiful bike and it shows very well. The registration shows it as a 90 sold in 91, I believe it to be a 91.

  1. 903cc
  2. high compression pistons
  3. SPS cams
  4. light flywheel
  5. Barnett Clutch
  6. magnesium side case
  7. single seat tail [aluminum subframe]
  8. ISR Calipers
  9. Brembo GP brake and clutch masters
  10. floating rotors
  11. Brembo 4 piston rear caliper [probably from a small cc gp bike]
  12. Giacomoto spagetti exhaust
  13. magnesium wheels [original white wheels included]
  14. Sato adjustable clip ons
  15. tool kit and steering damper [not shown]  

I have had the bike for about 20 years, I believe I am the third owner. Engine work done by Evoluzione, runs great, do not ride much,I am 72. I will be selling my other Italian bikes. If this add seems a little lame, its my first attempt on Ebay Motors. Any questions please ask. $1000.00 to my paypal account on completion of sale, the rest wire transfer to my bank. The mileage is approximate, the magnesium wheels do not have a speedo pickup. Once again, clear title, registration is current.   

1991 Ducati 851 R Side

This isn’t completely perfect, low mileage, or original, but that shouldn’t deter buyers: the updates are all appropriate, although the ISR brakes might cause some controversy, and the bike has obviously been owned by an enthusiast.

1991 Ducati 851 Rear Brake

19,000 miles shouldn’t scare anyone off: Ducati engines are generally very durable when properly maintained and this one appears to have been shown plenty of love. It’s hard to see the exact condition of the paint from the photos, but it looks very clean and well looked-after.


1991 Ducati 851 Wheels


Four-Valve Founding Father: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale
Ducati March 31, 2015 posted by

Cared-for Classic – 1992 Ducati 851 Superbike

The first Ducati with 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injection, and water cooling, the Desmoquattro 851 was introduced in 1987.  Along with winning a lot of races and national series, continued development brought home the World Superbike Championship in 1990.  Handling improvements paved the way to subsequent wins with the 888 and 916 models.

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1992 Ducati 851 Superbike for sale on eBay

20150331 1992 Ducati 851 left front

The seriously oversquare 92 x 64mm pistons deliver 105-odd horsepower ( a lot of different figures are quoted ) at 9000 rpm, with 53 ft-lbs. torque.  Showa forks at a 24-degree rake and 94mm trail make the 851 happier in high-speed sweepers than snapping through the esses, more stable than maneuverable.  Brembo 320mm dual disks are up front, with single 240mm rear.  Showa suspension front and rear, along with 17-inch wheels from Marvic.

20150331 1992 Ducati 851 front 20150331 1992 Ducati 851 binnacle

20150331 1992 Ducati 851 right front  20150331 1992 Ducati 851 right rear

This one has seen almost 15,000 miles, but a lot of TLC also, from the eBay auction:

It’s time to sell the weekend morning time machine. I’ve owned this Ducati for several years now and have really enjoyed it. This bike really captures the spirit of the early 90’s superbike era when racers like Roche and Polen were racking up race wins on similar bikes. No stories with this motorcycle sale.  I’m simply looking to find another great home for this classic Ducati and move on to other endeavors.

Low miles  – only 14,877

Clear title

Very nice condition – not a museum piece, but shows only minor wear

Full service October 2013 (Valves and belts, clutch inspected and cleaned clutch bearing replaced, grease and adjust steering head & swing arm bearings, electrical system check, compression leak down less than 10%)

Less than 500 miles since last service

Michelin Pilot Power tires installed recently

Motorcycle runs and rides great.

Termignoni carbon high mount exhaust

Passenger pegs and low mount Gio Ca Moto exhaust included

Please feel free to ask any questions or request additional photos before bidding

Additional parts:

Ohlins steering damper

Carbon vented clutch cover

Original owners manual & Service manual

20150331 1992 Ducati 851 left tank 20150331 1992 Ducati 851 left seat cowl

20150331 1992 Ducati 851 spare mufflers 20150331 1992 Ducati 851 spares

The body is all business and in great shape, I love the intakes on either side of the headlight.  Some years had part of the lowers painted black, extending the angle of the exhausts forward.  Owner’s and shop manuals, as well as a few spares.  Along with recent tires and service, the condition indicates many happy miles for the next owner.

20150331 1992 Ducati 851 owners manual 20150331 1992 Ducati 851 shop manual


Cared-for Classic – 1992 Ducati 851 Superbike
Ducati January 10, 2015 posted by

Tipping Point: 1991 Ducati 851 Strada


The Ducati 851 was the evolution of the Pantah-based “rubber band” motor series that paid out most handsomely for Ducati. Simultaneously adding liquid cooling, a 4-valve desmo head and fuel injection, the 851 significantly raised the performance game for the Italian brand and launched a new all-out attack into Superbike racing. This evolutionary series laid the core foundational roots for the bikes to follow: 916/996/998/999/1098/1198. Only the Panigale (with its all new “superquadro” powerplant) breaks with the formula started by this iconic machine, the 851.


1991 Ducati 851 with 3,526 miles for sale on eBay


From the seller:
only 3,526 miles. virtually spotless original bike. looks factory/showroom brand new. never raced, dropped or ridden in the rain. new tires, tune up, belts, and all fluids changed.

Ferracci slip-on pipes
Ferracci Chip
Ferracci Airbox Mod
Zero Gravity Windshield
Corbin Seat

included are the original pipes, seat and windshield, plus a new rear side panel, shop manuals, box of oil and filters

wicked fast, adult owned. needs a home where it can be appreciated.
none nicer, this is a near perfect bike.


Ducati 851 models are booming L-twins with a rev range much higher than the air-cooled desmo-due mills that came before. Torque is plentiful, but real power is pushed higher up the power band. Yet for all the performance, these are still very tractable and reliable machines. Taller riders might want to try the cramped cockpit on for size – all others would likely find this to be a comfortable ride. The Strada model is the base, and offers two-up capability under the faux single seater tail cover. While the least collectible of the models, there is plenty of performance and good looks to go around (not to mention the Strada examples are far less expensive than homologation examples). This 851 has but some 3,500 miles on the odometer – barely broken in by Ducati standards – and has enjoyed a recent service including belts. The seller is asking a pretty high $11,500 BIN, but appears open to reasonable offers. Check it out here. Good Luck!


Tipping Point: 1991 Ducati 851 Strada
Ducati December 28, 2014 posted by

Something Special: 1989 Ducati 851 Factory Superbike Prototype for Sale

1989 Ducati 851 Race Bike R Side Front

1987 saw the introduction of a new four-valve, water-cooled L-twin engine in Ducati’s new 851. While the air/oil cooled two-valve motor was and continues to be a motor with impressive tuning potential and durability, it had hit its performance limit in racing, and something new was needed to compete against the four-cylinder bikes from Japan. The liquid-cooled twin was based generally on the air/oil cooled motors: the clutch covers are even interchangeable. But the new engine could rev higher and breathe better, and this meant that Ducati could once again compete on the world stage. Displacing, strangely enough, 851cc’s and producing nearly 100hp in roadgoing trim, the bike challenged the high-winding fury of the fours with a thundering midrange, while the narrow engine allowed for slipperier aerodynamics.

1989 Ducati 851 Race Bike R Side Rear

Some bikes look great, no matter what paint scheme, like Ducati’s 916: in nearly any color or race-rep scheme, it always looks terrific. Some are best as roadbikes, like the Triumph Daytona 675: the missing headlights on track bodywork give the bike a sort of blank look to replace the smirking catlike face of the stock machine. Other bikes look much cooler in track bodywork: I really dislike the design of recent GSX-R’s in roadbike trim, but somehow that bulging fairing center that replaces the headlight on an aftermarket fairing gives the bike an aggressive, shark-like aspect.

With slab-sided bodywork and rectangular headlight, I always feel like the 851 just looks dated as a road bike. As a race bike though, it looks brutal and purposeful and this example is much, much more than just some battered privateer 851 racer…

1989 Ducati 851 Race Bike L Side Stripped

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Ducati 851 Factory Superbike Prototype for Sale

Fresh from over 20 years of ownership by Mario Calonaci is this Ducati 851 works SBK 1990 prototype. He was a works Ducati mechanic for Giancarlo Falappa, season 1990, 1991, 1992 (and later in SuperSport with Gia.Ca. Moto Ducati 748 with Casoli) but his experience is impressive! He was partner of Segoni and was the mechanic for all his bikes through all the Endurance competitions in the 70’s, then 2 years in Formula One, etc… Unbelievable…

The bike is amazing even if conditions are a little scruffy (stored since 1991, untouched!) as from every detail you see it is a real prototype- hand built!

It has many AMAZING details…such as the casting of the engine cases is marked 1987!!! Please note that production of 851 started in 1988, these are proper early prototype cases (you see also from other details).

Very rare front brake calipers like only the 1990 works (the 1989 were same shape but more gold)-magnesium Marchesini wheels-only works 1989/1990 magnesium yokes made by Marchesini forged (this one marked 20) the following ones were production made by Ohlins-MagnetiMarelli/Weber elettronics with Raychem (f1 silver cables) wiring with position of the CPU on the back, from 1991 they were in front close to the dashboard-all bottom of engine cases machinered for lightning reasons (!!!)-engine cases casting 1987 as only the first racing serie bikes had-amazing unique prototype swingarm!-rear metal subframe, only 1989/1990 works, from 1991 was alluminium-alluminium Termignoni silencers, from 1991 works were carbonfibre- 1989 works clutch -handstamped VIN (with also the homologation code, SBK rules!) as only the first Racing had, later ones were different stamping-as you can see the heads inside are machinered and unused-spring on the rear brake master cylinder as i the works 1989

1989 Ducati 851 Race Bike Brake Detail

There are plenty of other quality photos at the original listing, and are well worth a look. The listing also includes a letter from previous owner Mario Calonaci that describes a bit of the bike’s history. The starting bid is $27,500 so you’re looking at a hefty chunk of change for an 851, although even bone-stock examples are steadily increasing in value. This is a very cool machine, although it will probably need a bit of [expensive] love before it’s ready to terrorize your local race track, as it’s been sitting for a while. So buy it and leave it as-is to display it, or get it ready to go as well as it shows and expect to answer a whole lot of questions when you arrive at the track.


1989 Ducati 851 Race Bike L Side

Something Special: 1989 Ducati 851 Factory Superbike Prototype for Sale
Ducati December 15, 2014 posted by

1989 Ducati 851 with Just 4 Miles!


While the 851 is generally looked down upon compared to the later evolution of the 888, there’s no denying that one that has existed for 25 years without ever being fired is something to take note of. This example is in Australia and according to the description has been recently uncrated for photographs and is suitable for a museum. Buy it now price is $33k.


1989 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay


From the seller:




this bike has never been fired, turned over for oil to be kept were needed

has never had a battery!

this bike will suit museum/private collector or investor

sold with Aus compliance for registration

original crate is available for shipping worldwide

1989 Ducati 851 with Just 4 Miles!
Ducati September 21, 2014 posted by

Attn Collectors! 1990 Ducati 851 Time capsule

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The Ducati 851 is literally the bike that saved Ducati from the scrapheap. Prior to the 851 Ducati was in serious financial difficulty and was producing odd bikes like the Paso. In 1985, Ducati was purchased by Claudio Castiglioni’s Cagiva group and shortly thereafter began making world class performance bikes, including the 851 and then the 888. That plus racing success re-established the brand as a top manufacturer and opened the door for injections of capital by investment group TPG which set Ducati up for growth into the 21st century.  Most recently Ducati was sold to the Audi group for slightly over 1 Billion dollars, so to say the 851 was a significant bike in the success, growth and continuation of the Ducati brand is putting it mildly.

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1990 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

This particular 851 is listed as having an astonishingly low 590 miles since new.  The seller states that the bike has been in two collections for its entire life and has been kept in a conditioned environment the entire time.  While this statement is usually taken with a grain of salt, from the numerous hi-res pictures on the auction, it does appear to be owned by a serious collector (check out some of the other bikes and cars in the pics!) so this time the statement may be true.

Here are the pluses (+) and minuses (-) according to the auction.

+ Still has the delivery stickers in place and they are on great condition.
+ Outside of the Pipes and the brake lines are 100% stock and original condition.
+ The bike has never been buffed, paint looks great and is in excellent original condition.

– The tires are original, hence they are 25 years old.
– The tank has a small 10mm surface scuff above the Ducati sticker.
– The front faring at the bottom leading edge behind the front tire has a very small crack.
– Both aluminum Termignoni cans have small scuffs and scratches.
– The triangular plate at the rear axle bolt is the only part that has picked up a little patina.

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Interestingly, the seller indicates this particular bike is the 851 Ducati was on displayed as part of the “History of the Superbike” at the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis Moto GP

So essentially you are biding on a time capsule bike. While its not a zero miles bike its about as perfect an 851 you are likely to find.  This bike would appear to be fairly valued at 9000 USD, especially if you are a collector looking to add one of the most important Ducati models to your collection.


Attn Collectors!  1990 Ducati 851 Time capsule