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Ducati June 11, 2014 posted by

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 with under 300 Miles!

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for sale

Ducati has produced scores of “limited editions” in the last 10-15 years that consisted of little more than unique paint schemes and limited equipment upgrades. But in the past few days we’ve been treated to some legitimately rare and noteworthy special edition motorcycles, like the 888 SP4 and even a Supermono. This SP3 definitely stands with the latter as a very special opportunity here in the U.S and abroad. The SP3 was another homologation special bristling with the best parts available, such as the 888cc engine, close ration gearbox, Ohlins suspension, upswept exhaust, and exotic materials throughout. Though the $55k buy-it-now suggests it will be headed for another collection, with 285 miles showing you wouldn’t be out of line to ride it a little more for the rest of the summer!


1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for sale on eBay


from the seller’s listing:

This is a 2 owner bike. I purchased this bike in 2006, it was brand new. I serviced the bike completely upon receiving it, removed the spot welded baffles and rode the bike a total of 4-5 times. It currently has 472 Kilometers and that will not change. The bike is titled which is very difficult as these early SP bikes came with a MSO that said FOR RACING USE ONLY across the bottom and had incomplete VIN numbers with Asterisks taking up 2 of the digits. The actual VIN of this bike is ZDM888S*000551* The VIN area would not allow this to be entered so i entered teh number as it appears on the title. Bike is 888 displacement with Racing Transmission. Racing Pistons, Racing Cases, Racing Rods ect. This was the best you could get in 1991 and is in my opinion the best and the last of the true handmade Ducatis. This bike has lived in my house or in my shop since I got it in 2006. It has never gotten wet, damaged, scratched ect. It is perfect.

The bike comes with the following:

Owners Manual
Original Tool Kit
2 Keys
Cagiva Limited Warranty Paperwork
Ducati Owners ID Card ( Green/White Card)
Ducati Purchase and Warranty Registration ( Original Paperwork that tech filled out before delivery to customer. Selling Dealer was Cycle Specialties Athens GA )
Photo Copy of MSO

The bike currently has the following modifications: 41T rear sprocket with Gold DID ERV Chain as the 39 is way to tall for street riding with the racing transmission. Carbon Fiber Ducati Corse Swingarm End Caps and a 48T Slipper Clutch.

I can supply the original parts with the bike as I believe I still have the original chain, rear sprocket and stock clutch and the gold unused swingarm end caps.

There are no known defects on the bike. When I rode the bike I had removed the original wheels so they are now back on with 0 miles. The tires and brake rotors show only the wear of the bike being pushed around the shop they have never been on the road. This is probably the most collectible of the 888 / 851 series bikes and is absolutely beautiful.



1991 Ducati 851 SP3 with under 300 Miles!
Ducati April 21, 2014 posted by

Take Your Pick: 1990 or 1991 Ducati 851

The 851 often gets the short end of the stick in terms of popularity in the market. The 888 that followed was generally considered the stronger evolution and better looking of the family. The 916 after that had a similar motor but of course was wrapped in super model good looks and even better components. But these two seller’s present great looking Ducati superbikes for not a lot of scratch. And you won’t be afraid to ride them because they both have some miles. While many consider them porky and slow steering, the 851/888 models have their own charm with their own brand of thumping and booming that make their sound distinct. Not to mention they’re close to becoming legitimate classics at nearly 25 years of age!


1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

This bike’s subtle improvements make it a very attractive rider in my mind. At just $6300 buy-it-now and with recent documented service, it’s hard to think you could do worse for the money.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale

1990 Ducati 851 for sale

This example is closer to stock but does have some light modifications. I especially like the videos included in the seller’s description with the auction. It just adds another layer of perspective when considering a purchase online that I find very appealing.

1990 Ducati 851 for sale

Good luck to both sellers!


Take Your Pick:  1990 or 1991 Ducati 851
Ducati November 4, 2013 posted by

Another Autumn’s Best Find: Ducati 851 (Switzerland)

This 1990 beauty from Borgo Panigale, carries only 16.500 km on its tacho. It looks 100% stock. How much does it cost ? How about, less than 4500 EUR ? Now, if this isn’t a great deal…well, let us know what you think.


As an owner of an 888 Strada, I obviously love the first 4 valve Desmo and fuel injected engine produced by Ducati. This motor was the the thesis work of a student who was doing his apprenticeship at Ducati. While the 851 came with a standard front fork as opposed to the USD on the 888, I do like better the classic colour scheme with the white frame and rims. When pushing the bike around during an inspection, if you hear a scary metal rattle coming from the front axis, don’t panic, this is normal. The 851 and 888, came with full floating discs at the front, which means that when the wheel isn’t spinning fast enough, the disc moves up and down on the circular springs it is mounted on.


These Ducati bikes are obviously of huge historical importance as they opened the way to what is now the modern Ducati. The 888cc powered race version of the 851 came as a storm in the first years of the World Superbike Championship. Some of us, refer to the 90s WSBK era as the Golden Era of this category. While the successor model, the 916, is undoubtedly more sexy, it is also an easy find on the market. This 851 in these conditions and for this price is for sure an investment. And then, there is the noise…The low frequency smooth and torquey characteristic of this bike’s motor is one of the best representative of the L twin from Emilia-Romagna.

I love this bike, if you think likewise, check it out yourself here:

Low Mileage 1990 Ducati 851 in Switzerland



Another Autumn’s Best Find: Ducati 851 (Switzerland)
Ducati October 25, 2013 posted by

Modern Classic: 1990 Ducati 851 Superbike


When it comes to sport bikes, few manufacturers generate the kind of response as Ducati. For some, these machines are the mecca for the knee-dragging faithful. For others they are over-hyped, over-priced and over-represented on the pages of RSBFS. To be fair, both sides have merit. Ducati has made an indelible mark on the motorcycling world through performance and competition. They have also cheapened the “rare” motorcycle experience through endless marketing campaigns and gimmicky Limited Edition numbered bikes. Whatever side of that coin you fall, the 851 stands out as an iconic example of Ducati engineering.

1990 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

Ducati made their name through a narrow, light-weight racebike, using a two valve desmo L-twin to produce good low end torque. But with advances in Japanese four cylinder machinery, famed Ducati handling was no longer enough to keep these air cooled machines competitive. The 851 was born out of competitive desperation, simultaneously adding liquid cooling, fuel injection and four valves per cylinder to produce a quantum leap in performance. Wrapped in flowing bodywork that looks current 23 years on, the 851 was a watershed bike for Ducati, and for sport bike fans.


From the seller:
I have a highly collectible, show-winning superbike for sale. I am the 4th owner of this fully documented bike with detailed maintenance logs. When I purchased this bike it had 1,800 original miles. Upon purchasing the bike, I took it to Ted’s BMW and the bike was given a complete maintenance check under the supervision of Adam Cecchini from Cecchini MotorSports. All maintenance recommendations by Ducati were competed at that time. Cecchini MortorSports did the most recent safety/maintenance check in Sept. 2013. The price reflects the care and maintenance lavished upon this bike as well as its collect-ability. You may find a cheaper 851 but you will not find a better 851.

All Original with the exception of added Staintune High Rise exhaust and Penske rear shock. I have all original parts to include Maintenance Manuals.


Ducati created a few different variants of the 851. There are the true homologation units (known as the SP series) that allowed Ducati to compete on the World Superbike stage, and then there are the more common Strada (literally “street”) models. This particular bike is the latter. Beneath the solo seat cover is a passenger pillion – although I note that the high-mounted Staintune pipes have necessitated the removal of the passenger pegs.


The 851 series has preserved value reasonably well. Mint bikes run the range from $7k – $10k, with an SP fetching a few grand higher. You can also find these bikes for much less if you are willing to look, willing to put up with a few more miles, and willing to take a risk on incomplete maintenance records. This looks to be a well-kept example of the breed, and the seller has a $9,500 BIN in addition to the auction. Check it out here and let us know what you think!


Modern Classic: 1990 Ducati 851 Superbike
Ducati October 9, 2013 posted by

Well Preserved 1992 Ducati 851 For Sale in California

1992 Ducati 851 for sale

Today’s 1992 Ducati 851 might show 22k miles on the clock, but that’s about the only place she reveals her miles. The seller notes plenty of thoughtful maintenance and subtle upgrades, and the only blem is a tiny crack in the lower fairing. It’s a no reserve auction and the opening bid is waiting at just $6500.


Ducati 851 For Sale on eBay


from the seller:

I bought this bike a little over a year ago, with the intent of never selling. I searched for about 5 months to find the right bike. I have four other Ducatis, and now have my eye on an airplane – so now one or two of the bikes must be sold.

Overall this bike is in excellent condition. I am extremely fastidious about maintenance on all my machines and keep them spotless and waxed. That said, it is a “rider”, not a showroom queen. It gets ridden regularly – about twice a month, and has always been kept in my garage under a cover. The bike is insured and I have the Title in my hand.

The bodywork is superb – all paint is shiny but has a few nicks in various places – but no scratches. Far above average for a 20 year old motorcycle. There is one crack in the bodywork – see foto – on the bottom of the right fairing. It was there before purchase, and the previous owner bought that way as well. There is no evidence of going down anywhere on the bike. The bike has never been down or raced to my knowledge – and I asked before buying…
All fluids are fresh and or bled. New filters, new clutch, new O-ring chain and sprockets.
Since purchasing, I have gone completely through the bike either to correct small items or adding aftermarket upgrades – listed below. All upgrades were to enhance appearance and/or function without detracting from the character of the bike. All items function correctly, all bulbs light. Bike is not perfect, but it is very, very close.

Metzler Sportec tires, less than 1000 mi
Shiny Carbon Fiber – Front Fender, Belt covers, countershaft Sprocket cover, Rear “Hugger”
Stainless front brake lines
Brand new Barnett Clutch – just installed
Speedy Moto Clutch cover
Speedy Moto pressure plate with stronger springs (Stock items included)
Lightweight aluminum clutch Hub
Nichols Motorsports Engine Bolts
Ferraci slip Ons, Ferraci Chip, K&N AirFilter (Don’t have Airbox lid) – starts excellent, runs clean to redline
New Grips and Bar Ends
Front / Rear Brake lines / Clutch bled with new DOT 4 fluid
Clear Zero Gravity Windscreen
Odyssey dry cell battery
New 520 racing Chain conversion – DID O-ring chain, hardened sprockets
Forks were just re-built due to leaking seal. Full slider polish / new fluid. Stock internals.

Note: With the airbox lid gone, the hoses from the front “ducts” are gone as well. The engine breathes better with the open top airbox and the sound is really superb.

The rear stand comes with the bike, but if you are out of the area, you must consider the shipping method / cost(s).
The rear has aftermarket turn signals that I never liked, but the stock ones look worse, and I haven’t found anything I like better…

This is a NO RESRVE Auction. I list at slightly below fair market, and let bidders dictate price. Your Bid is a Contract – decide before you bid.

The bike is avail for viewing in Irvine, CA. Contact me for a time. You can even ride it – with a $7000.00 cash deposit resting in my pocket.




Well Preserved 1992 Ducati 851 For Sale in California
Bimota April 11, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: March 2013, 27 Bikes in Total

Here is the latest round up of bike sales or bikes that saw high bid activity. We’re starting with Feb 25th and moving forward as they hadn’t been reported on in the last Month in Review as they were still open at the time of publishing. Each picture is linked to eBay as they haven’t been archived yet.

We blogged over 60 bikes in March and these are the ones we have sale values on. A great read for savvy buyers and sellers alike!


Katana 1000 for sale

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000 Sold for $7000

Suzuki TL1000R For Sale

2002 Suzuki TL1000R Sold for just $4100

1987 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1987 Yamaha FZR750R Sold to one of our readers!

2008 Bimota DB5R For Sale

2008 Bimota DB5R Sold for $21500

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Bike For Sale

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Sold for $8215

1996 Honda VFR750 For Sale

1996 Honda VFR750 Sold for just $3223

1985 Honda VF1000R For Sale

1985 Honda VF1000R Sold for just $4500

1974 Yamaha TZ750 For Sale

1974 Yamaha TZ750 Factory Racer Sold for $42500

Honda CBR600 F2 For Sale

1993 Honda CBR600 F2 Sold for just $2750

1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America For Sale

1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America sold for $10401

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $4800

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 For Sale

1990 FZR750R OW01 sold via Craigslist, owner reported bike as sold.

1988 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1988 Yamaha FZR750R sold for $5200

1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage For Sale

1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage sold for $10300

2001 Honda NSR150 SP For Sale

2001 Honda NSR150SP sold for $3550

1986 Honda RS250 For Sale

1986 Honda RS250 sold for $3750

1988 Ducati F1 750 For Sale

1988 Ducati F1 750 sold for $13700 to one of our readers

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 sold for $5500 to one of our readers

1993 Honda CBR900RR For Sale

1993 Honda CBR900RR sold for $5000

1991 Ducati 851 For Sale

1991 Ducati 851 sold for $8700 to one of our readers!

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield For Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield had met reserve at $8500 but was pulled from eBay. The seller’s website indicates it as available for $8950.

Ducati 999R For Sale

2006 Ducati 999R with 6 miles sold for $23000!

Honda NS400R For Sale

1986 Honda NS400R sold to one of our readers for $7500!

2000 Aprilia RS250 For Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 sold for $7200

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S sold for just $5000

1983 Laverda RGS1000 For Sale

1983 Laverda RGS1000 sold for $8250

Ducati March 23, 2013 posted by

1991 Ducati 851 Superbike with just 8200 Miles


“2 experienced adult owners” + “Never down, raced or abused” + “Always stored indoors” = the 851 you want. Plus I’ll bet that Staintune exhaust sounds absolutely awesome. I usually prefer the later body work on the 851/888, but this really looks tight to me.

1991 Ducati 851 For Sale on eBay


from the seller:

Please be patient for 19 pictures pictures to load.

Always stored indoors. 2 experienced adult owners.

Clear and clean California title and current DMV.

Street driven. Never down, raced or abused. No damage or excessive wear.

Excellent paint and frame. Current on maintenance. Runs and rides great.

Almost completely stock except for upgraded brake lines and exhaust pipes.

Ducati owners will be proud to add this bike to their collection.



Ducati January 25, 2013 posted by

1990 Ducati 851 SP2 For Sale in New York

1990 Ducati 851 SP2 For Sale

Now here’s a Ducati that is legitimately rare, the 851 SP2. The second version of Sport Production model produced for Superbike racing was upgraded further with a second injector added, larger intake and exhaust valves, larger 45mm Termi exhaust, 42mm USD Ohlins front fork, and power upped to 116hp.

1990 Ducati 851 SP2 For Sale on eBay


The eBay listing has a $20k buy-it-now and has 15 days remaining. Hat tip to Adam on Facebook for the heads up!



from the seller:

1990 DUCATI 851/SP2
5500 MILES