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!
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:
Original Tool Kit
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.