Posts by tag: 851

Ducati May 17, 2012 posted by

Italian Superbike: 1991 Ducati 851 For Sale

Location: Hendersonville, Tennessee

Miles: 3,911

Price: $9,999 opening bit with No Reserve

Up for grabs here we have the race-proven Ducati 851. Now, it isn’t an SP model, but don’t let that deter you from taking a look. We all now that Ducati basically wiped the slate clean and when the 851 dropped, it featured a liquid cooled motor, four valves per cylinder, and electronic fuel injection. It had to do something to keep up with the Japanese bikes of the day, and it proved very effective in Superbike racing.

This 851 in particular is a one-owner example and looks to have been well taken care of in maintenance through its lifetime. If the seller is true in his owning an YB-6 and RC30 at the time of owning this, I would be inclined to say he was no stranger to up-keep of high end motorcycles. An SP clutch cover and rear sprocket with a Pro-Italia chip highlight a short list of modifications to the bike.

More from the seller:

…The clutch cover was replaced with a Ducati SP ventilated unit. The rear sprocket was also replaced with an alloy Ducati SP item. The micro chip was first replaced with a Euro chip, which was about as ennimic as theUSspec one. So a Pro-Italia +5 chip was installed. That did the trick.

The air filter was replaced with a K&N air filter, and the restrictive exhaust baffles were removed. These were just held in by one spot weld and were designed to be removed.

The side stand has been modified, so as to not retract when weight is not upon it.

I gas tank pad was placed on the tank for protection.

The bike was used until about 1994. Then it was placed into storage, with about 3500 miles on it.

In about 2006 it was taken out of storage with the aim of returning it to the road.

The oil and filter were changed. A new battery purchased. The timing belts were replaced. The brake and clutch fluids were replaced. The valve adjustments were checked.

Them were had our second child, so it went back into storage with about 3900 miles on it. I put new Metzler Z3 tires on the bikes just before storage…

That is just a section of the seller’s detailed description on the bike. Click over to the auction for the fuller ad. The opening bid is set for $10k, which is higher than most 851’s we have seen considering it is a non-SP version. However, finding a one owner and well maintained example isn’t all that common. Do you think that pre-Audi Duc’s will increase in value at a higher rate? Check out the auction here and snag this Italian stallion.


Ducati May 12, 2012 posted by

Ducati 851 SP3 For Sale in Austria

Update 5.12.2012: Back on eBay! Seller is actively commenting on this post, so hit him up with any questions. Links updated. -dc

Man this is a beauty!!

Ducati 851 SP3 for sale in Austria on eBay

Here is a truly collectable model in visually great conditions. This is number 281 of the limited produced Ducati special edition 851. In particular it is stage 3 of the SP series (the last one was the SP5):

The bike is iconic. It was the first Ducati with liquid cooled engine, 4 valves per cylinder with Desmodromic actuation developed through the thesis of a student form Bologna University. It was also one of the first serial bikes to have electronic ignition and fuel injection instead of carburetors. Basically the history of success of Ducati in World Super Bike series started all here ! The bike is in original trim and recently serviced. It will be yours with 10.600 Euros which in my language is a great price. Available in the Austrian Alps. I wish I could…

Inquiries will be replied in German or English at the phone number included on the eBay post.

P.S. if some of you will buy this one and pick it up in Austria, just drop me a bell and pass by in Switzerland for a ride together with my 888


Ducati May 8, 2012 posted by

Watershed Ducati: 1992 851

For Sale: 1992 Ducati 851 for sale

Update 5.7.2012: We first spotted this 851 in March and it’s back with a buy-it-now that is $1700 less at $10399. Links updated. -dc

Originally launched in 1987, the Ducati 851 simultaneously added liquid cooling, four valve desmo heads and fuel injection to the venerable L-twin. These changes not only launched an iconic superbike – the 851 – but paved the way for racing and commercial success for Ducati. It emerged upon the world as an exotic supermodel, and remains a significant milestone to this day.

This particular bike shows only 661 miles on its classic white-faced Veglia clocks. I do wonder how somebody (or multiple people, depending upon the ownership history) could ride such a beauty so little. The good news for the buying community is that there is a nearly new, last model year 851 available for sale. Provided that it has fresh oil and belts and valve adjustment, this is a collectable that can be ridden.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a gorgeous 1992 Ducati 851 Superbike with only 661 original miles. This bike was a part of a local Ducati collection. As nice as they come with less then a 1,000 miles.

As a ’92 model year 851, this is a Strada (street) edition. The SP4 (sport production) and SP4S variants of that year already badged as 888 models. This makes this the latest, and most updated 851 available. With a 17″ front wheel (the original 851 when introduced in 1987 had a 16″) and 5 years of evolution, this 851 is quite comparable with modern machinery.

Located in a dealership in Colorado, this low mileage 851 is looking for a new home. Nearly new does not come cheap, however. The opening ask on this auction is a cool ten grand. The BIN is set at $11,999. Those are some pretty big numbers for this bike, which might explain why there have been no takers. What is a fair price for this bike? Click the link to check it out, and then let us know what you think.


Bimota February 26, 2012 posted by

Mailbag: Reader Rides and Sightings

The mailbag is bursting at the seams this week and with it are lots of readers rides and choice spots from around the world. Without further ado:

Tom has been cruising for finds and spotted these lovely homologoation specials and very rare birds. Thanks Tom!

A brand new Honda NR750 for just 105k GBP

Or how about a brand new RC45 for 39k GBP

Or a zero mile Mondial Piega for 17500 GBP. I’d never even heard of this one but there’s a nice writeup with the listing.

Ducati F1 750 Monjuich for 17k GBP

1992 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited for 28k GBP

{I’m going to need a cold shower now after that batch!}

Several folks emailed to alert us to this very rare Honda CBR900RR Fireblade TT100 Evolution, also in the UK, for 16500 GBP with 886 miles. Thanks guys!

Let’s keep the rare bits rolling with this Yamaha FZR750R OW01 forwarded on by Jeff. This one is for sale in Ohio with 12k miles for just $17500.

Robert emailed us his original owner 1993 Honda CBR900RR that’s now available for $6k with 20k miles. Great looking ride, good luck with the sale!

Spotted in our own RSBFS Classifieds is a 1988 Ducati 851 Tri-Color. Has been in storage for some time with just 400 miles, asking $29k.

Jay just got this Ducati 916 in on trade with lots of upgrades and carbon bits.

Dan alerted us to two of his Suzuki’s last week and this week he’s got an SB6 for us priced at $9999 with under 9k miles. Refreshing to see one that’s been enjoyed a little bit!

Finally, Brian spotted this amazingly clean 1984 Honda Interceptor 500 with just 2k miles for $3900. Nice to sprinkle in something that anyone could afford!

Have a great week everyone and if you have a bike for sale or spot something of interest, shoot us an email!


Ducati January 24, 2012 posted by

Beautiful ’91 Ducati 851 Superbike- For a Good Cause

Location: Dover, Delaware

Mileage: 17,863

Price: Auction

Here we have another nice bike from our friends at Speedwerks. And the sale would help someone who’s dealing with some serious health issues and the bills that go with them.

The 851 is one of the best looking bikes Ducati has ever built. And we certainly agree the white frame takes that cool factor up another notch. The ’91 saw updates with Showa front forks and Ohlins rear shock. These upgrades went along with the twin-cylinder, liquid cooled motor and famous desmodromic valve actuation. Bottom line, this is one sexy bike.


And from the seller-

This is a very nice example of an early Ducati Superbike. 1991 model just brought to us by a long time racer/customer/friend.

This bike has never been raced or to a track day, Street ridden only.

History,, he is reported to be the second owner and purchased the bike in early 2003. At that time the bike was registered and titled with 15,752 miles, The bike received an extensive service at Fast By Feracci, including a 916 kit,head work(belts etc),power commander and exhaust system. We saw him last for service and new Pirelli’s in late 04. Tire’s are in good nick as pictured.  Stock pipes are included with sale. He put a couple thousand miles on it street riding only, shortly after,, he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

The bike was kept in climate controlled storage and shows no signs of rust or oxidation. the photos with the body off are as we received it.

The assembled pics are after a quick clean up and safety inspection. He’s not dead (-: (I know your wondering) but he is unable to ride/balance.

He also needed the money for enormous medical bill’s.(apparently chemotherapy is a non-deductible option for BCBS,unless you wanna live) So the money is going to a good cause, helping keep the top of Rob’s head and the roof of his mouth in place.

The bike is ready to ride and needs nothing, *except a new windscreen*,,he lost his balance pushing it up into the truck. We are sourcing a replacement windscreen and it will be included in the sale. The bike is for sale on the showroom here and locally so we reserve the right to terminate the auction any time.Inspections in person are welcome 10-7 mon-sat by appt. 

No buy it now! No Reserve! email any offers to steve at speedwerks dot com.   High Resolution images are avail. copy,paste and GO!

This is a pretty rare model and in fantastic condition for it’s age. It’s ready to ride or show off in your home/office.

Personally I think all old white framed Duc’s are cool. Kinda factory racebikeish. 

Shipping is your responsibility but we use Keyboard carriers with great results,fee’s are on their site but figure $400-600 depending where you are, we are east coast 19904. They ship door to door with no prep or crate required. We can crate it for an additional charge if you choose another carrier. Reasonably distance deliver is available for .50 cents per mile plus tolls/service charge. In one the enclosed climate controled Speedwerks Molester vans pictured. Molester not included but they do have candy in the console if you want a snack…….Good Luck! and keep an eye on our auctions for a kick ass Kenny Roberts RZ350 all original coming up soon.

As described by the seller, the bike seems to be in good shape and ready to ride except for the mentioned windscreen. The seller is going to take care of that, so not a big worry. Mileage isn’t bad, especially considering the age. Also, it should be noted, this is being sold for someone who certainly has fell on some difficult times. So you actually have a chance to buy a beautiful bike and help out someone who needs it.

So if you’ve been looking, here’s a chance for a great bike and a chance to do some good. Win/win in my book. So go check this auction out!


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale December 4, 2011 posted by and RSBFS Facebook Weekly Recap!

Can’t get enough sport bikes? Then have a look at what has shown up on ClassicSportBikesForSale this week! Also, if you haven’t checked out the RSBFS Facebook page, then take a peek at what’s been being posted there. Enjoy!

1975 Indian with Velocette Engine on CSBFS!

2011 KTM 1190 RC8R on eBay now

1990 Ducati 851 Superbike up for Auction!

2001 Ducati 996 Tri-Color from the Facebook page


Ducati November 16, 2011 posted by

Save this bike! 1991 Ducati 851 to be parted out….

For Sale: 1991 Ducati 851

Trolling around eBay this morning, something about the ad copy caught my eye:

If the bike does not sell, look for it on Ebay over Thanksgiving in parts.

Visions of one of Bologna’s iconic machines being hacked up during the Turkey Day long weekend made me a big queasy. I’m not sure I will be able to enjoy my holiday of wretched excess knowning that the future of this desmoquattro is in peril.

A RSBFS reader commented on this post that “ANY white framed Ducati is COOL.” I couldn’t agree with Philip more on that point. That’s why I believe this bike is worth saving. After all, the 851 was the bike of the future for Ducati, simultaneously introducing liquid cooling, four valve per cylinder desmoquattro valvetrain, and fuel injection.

This bike has a fair bit of pricey add-ons to consider. The seller lists them all out below, and they are worth reading. Sharp eyes might note the non-standard mirrors, the interesting rear turn signal treatment, the conversion to a 888 solo tail (this is most likely a base 851 Strada model which had the biposto seat with color matched cover), and the additional carbon.

From the seller:
This motorcycle has an interesting history and amazing parts … Parked at Amols Ducati when it closed in the late 1990’s, the original owner had trouble getting it back and when he finally did it was returned to him without a fuel pump. Happy to have his almost new bike back, but not running he put it in his garage and never again got it running. There it sat for more than a decade. I have owned it for a few years and got it running this year. In the beginning of the season I put new rubber on it and in August spent $1,800 tuning it with BCM’s Leslie Grossman.


– Aluminum Rear & Front sub-frames
– 888 Solo Seat mounted on Air Tech 888 solo tail section
– Titanium Axles and Brake Mounting Bolts
– 851 SPO – Brembo Gold Line Floating Iron Rotors and Billet Calipers
– Full Floating low mount rear brake kit from Pro Italia, moves the caliper to the bottom of the rotor for better center of gravity
– Fast By Ferracci stainless steel and carbon fiber complete exhaust system, which is their copy of the famous Termignoni ‘Farne’ exhaust
– AP Lockheed variable ratio racing front brake and clutch master cylinders
– Billet aluminum foot pegs, brackets, and pedals from Pro Italia – (Corsa Pegs are on Ebay for $1,300)
– Steering Damper from Storz
– Oil cooler with stainless braided lines from Earls
– Ferracci Stage 1 computer chip
– Billet muffler clamps from Pro Italia
– Hi-Rise clip ons from Storz (raised the hand grips for comfort)
– Carbon Fiber fenders, exhaust hangers, clutch and sprocket covers

If the bike does not sell, look for it on Ebay over Thanksgiving in parts. The parts alone are worth more than the asking price, buy the parts and get the bike for free. I love this bike, mileage is true and it shows. One of the fairings does have a crack that was done when I was unloading it. I am going to miss this bike, but its going to fund another Ducati.

Another viewpoint is to look at this as an interesting selling technique, appealing to the collector in each of us; after all, who wouldn’t want to protect and preserve this great piece of Ducati Superbike history? It is clear that the cost of adding the various parts to the bike was substantial, but is the reverse really true? I don’t think that the pieces add *that* much to the base price of a used 851, which makes me think this is unlikely to sell.

If you sign up to the “seller holding the bike hostage” theory, the price might just seal the deal: the BIN is set at $8,750 OBO. That is more than most 851s that have passed through the pages of RSBFS, but not really out of line with what the bike has to offer. After all, it has only 3,025 miles! All in all this is not a bad deal, and the seller appears to be willing to entertain offers.

For more information on this (still whole) 851, click the link and check out the listing. Good luck to the seller, the buyer, and the bike!


Ducati September 3, 2011 posted by

Italian exotic that started it all – 1990 Ducati 851 SP2

The Ducati 851 was the bike that started the modern era of racing success.  It was the first water-cooled 4 valve twin that has been the foundation of all the engines through to the current 1198 in the Superbikes. While the bike has 851 as its designation the engine actually displaced 888cc which by 1993 became the foundation for the 888 Superbike.  Over the years Ducati have frequently bumped the capacity for the racing homoligation bikes over the rest of the bikes in the model range.  Most recently we saw the 1098R displacing 1198cc as it continued the tradition.  The SP2 has a number of improvements over the SP of the prior year with full Ohlins suspension an increase in valve size and more serious Brembo brakes.  The engine also gain two injectors per cylinder from the previous year’s single injector while the gearbox was a close ratio version previously seen on the 851 Superbike Kit. By 1990 standards this was an exceptional bike and it was $23,000 new all those years ago.  A total of 380 were made worldwide.

The owner gives quite a detailed account:

The 1990 Ducati 851 SP2 is the homologation bike built by Ducati to qualify to race the 1990 World Superbike series.  With eight victories in the 1990 season, Raymond Roche won the first World Superbike Championship title for Ducati. It soon turned out that Ducati would turn out to be the team to beat in the SBK of 1991 too as Doug Polen was winning the championship on his Ducati 888.  This is the bike that started it all.

This bike is a little bit of Ducati History.

#245 is in wonderful condition as it has only 8900 Km on it (~5600 miles).

Cosmetics :
Body work is all original, complete, no blemishes or cracks, and no scratches.
The Frame is nearly perfect with no dents, bends or structural issues.  There is one small scratch less than a 1/3 inch.
Seat, tank, controls are all perfect.
Mirrors are NOT original and I don’t have the original.

Mechanical :
Engine is perfect.  No leaks or sepage.  As far as I know the engine has never been out or disassembled.  That would be normal at 8900Km.
Cooling system is perfect.  No leaks or repairs.
Suspension is perfect.  No seal leaks or damage.  One side fork slider is mission the Ohlins sticker.
Wheels are perfect. No scratches or dents (Tires are Michelin and should probably be replaced despite have ample tread – simply old rubber)

Clear Title
This bike is NOT registered in CA and is NOT street legal in CA.
Exhaust is NOT original.  A pair of Fast by Ferracci carbon cans attached to stock exhaust
Reat Sets are NOT original.  A pair of Fast by Ferracci rear sets are installed.  I do not have the originals.
As previously mentioned the mirrors are not stock.

I will assist (but not pay for shipping) in shipping this bike anywhere in the world.  My only requirement will be payment in full and cleared prior to shipping.

I will consider other 888 (non SP) with clear title and CA registration as partial payment.

Please Note :  If you are unfamiliar with the Ducati SP bikes you may not like the price or understand why the SP bikes command such a price.  I understand, but please do your research before being critical.  The SP2 was sold in 1990 for a MSRP of around $23,000 and only to qualified racers.  This is not your ordinary ’90 851.


The auction can be found here on eBay.

While the bike as noted is not 100% original it is still one hell of a bike and should command a decent price.  It as always tough to try and see where it will sell at but my guess would be the $10k to $15k mark.  Any other opinions out there?