Posts by tag: 851

Ducati January 8, 2013 posted by

Modified and Beautiful ’91 Ducati 851

Location: Pacific Palisades, CA Mileage: 14,500 Price: Auction

'91 851

91 851

Update 1.7.2013: This 851 failed to meet reserve when first listed last month at $6900 but is now relisted and seller notes a lowered reserve. Links updated. -dc

The Ducati 851 is one beautiful bike, one of the best in the Ducati all time line up. This bike is a stunner in the looks department and seems to have upgrades galore, so should be fun in the riding department too. We don’t believe this to be a factory tri-color, but it’s very well presented anyway!

Here’s the seller’s description with the list of aftermarket goodies-

1991 ducati 851 near perfect condition with lots of hard to find parts:

Giacamoto spaghetti exhaust

high comp pistons

sps cams

light flywheel

barnett clutch

magnesium wheels

white stock wheels available for sale as well

aluminum rear subframe

brembo GP masters

ISR 6 piston calipers

floating rotors

magnesium side case

new battery

sato bars

evoluzione clutch slave cylinder

single seat tail

Approximately 14500 miles, the speedo was disconnected when the new magnesium wheel were mounted about 1000 miles ago. there is also a small scratch on the swingarm that is visible in the pics.

Otherwise the bike is in near perfect condition and remains a well cared for member of a collection of exotic italian sportbikes.

$500 deposit required upon winning the auction, remainder to be paid in person.

Pickup and delivery will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.

Please contact me with any questions that you may have.

And pics-

This thing looks pretty darn clean and depending upon what you like, the parts may or may not please you. The mileage isn’t super high and hopefully maintenance has been done along the way. Not much else to say.

So if an 851 is something you’ve been wanting under the tree, here’s a chance. And just think, after you get it you can ask for Ducati cologne as a stocking stuffer! To make your Christmas wish come true, make the jump!


Ducati November 29, 2012 posted by

Ultimate Ducati? 1991 Ducati 851/888 Corsa Raymond Roche Replica (AKA 851 Superbike Racing 91)

You know it is exotic when the engine size doesn’t match what the badge on the fairing says.  Ducati meant it when they called this the Raymond Roche Replica;  it was built for racing.  No SP with lights here.

Here is info on the Roche Replicas (from

Factory built at the end of 1990 as a close copy of Raymond Roche’s 1990 World ‘Superbike’ championship winning bike.

Ridden to Victory by Doug Polen in the 1991 and 1992 championships.

Produced in two batches of 25, 50 in total, all identical.

The front mudguard, fairing under the swingarm and the upswept exhausts were the result of post season wind tunnel testing on Roche’s 1990 bike.

No ignition key, starter motor, side stand, cooling fan, speedometer or road gear of any kind.   Frame and swingarm different to the road SP.
Weber-Morelli ECU housed in the nose cone, and not under the seat, as on the SP.
Higher compression ratio than the SP.
Each of the two 50 mm throttle bodies had a second injector added.
Ported head with higher-lift, longer-duration cams.
Intake and exhaust valves 2 mm larger than SP.

Carbon Air intakes, Airbox, Fuel tank, paper thin fairings, seat unit, front/rear mudguards and exhaust heat shield.
Black areas on the lower part of the fairings are unpainted Carbon Fibre and are not painted black like the SP.

Racing battery.

Magnesium Marvic wheels with Michelin radial slick tyres as standard.

Billet Brembo brakes, Competition radial levers

I saw on another discussion group, a  claim that 10 were imported to the United States with a $50,000 price tag.

Like a true race bike, the electronics are upfront and not nestled in the subframe.  Yes, they did come with a tail light but no bulb was intalled or wiring for that matter.

Having said that, check out the story on this bike:

This particular bike was imported and purchased brand new through Pro-Italia by a well known actor who actually used it as a road bike. I believe this bike was never raced. The original owner got a clear street title for the bike and that will be included with the sale of the bike. The bike was very well known in Southern California in the early 90s as being a Factory Superbike ridden on the road. The bike has a tail light wired with a banjo bolt with a brake light pressure switch. This can be easily removed to return the bike to original form. I have the original sales receipt as well as an extensive list of very detailed service receipts from Pro Italia and Ferracci as well as a long list of spare parts and hard to acquire Corsa bits. This bike can be used as an over the top road bike, the ultimate track day bike or as part of a pristine collection. The bike has a presence all it’s own. It has a raw factory look and feel… Carbon, Magnesium, Titanium and billet. It reminds me of a Ferrari F40 on two wheels. This is not a road bike made into a race bike. This is the real deal. Hand made in Bologna, Italy with passion and pride. The bike has only been serviced by the best certified Ducati technicians. I will gladly connect the buyer with a certified Ducati Dealer who can confirm this bike’s authenticity and pedigree prior to buyer transferring funds AFTER initial $ 1000 deposit has been made. The bike has always been kept inside the previous owner’s office or my living room. If you are having trouble finding specific information about this rare Ducati email me and I can point you in the right direction.

I don’t know if we’ve had a more interesting bike on RSBFS.

Oh yeah, there are some serious spares:

Spares Crate:
I have a very extensive spares kit still in the original Cagiva/Ducati bags that comes with the bike. This is the kit that originally came with the bike as well as the huge list of Corsa parts that the original owner was able to acquire through his connections with Ducati Corse and NCR. I will attempt to list everything although I am sure I will skip something. Feel free to contact me if there is something specific that you are have questions about…
Complete Poggipolini Titanium bolt kit still in the original bag ( rare! )
FG Special Parts paddock stand
2 sets of brand new complete Termignoni Corsa exhaust
Complete set of Corsa mapped ECU EPROMs
Spare piston jugs
6 different ratio Renthal sprockets
Spare clutch/brake levers
Spare foot pegs/rearsets
Spare Corsa pistons
Spare fuel injectors
Spare ignition wires
Spare stainless lines
Spare gastkets and seals
Spare pulleys and flywheel
Spare valves
Spare heads
Spare Ohlins rebuild kit
Spare stainless velocity intakes
Spare clutch cover
Spare filters
Spare handlebars
Spare Carbon heat shield
Spare clutch plates
Spare Champion Racing spark plugs
Spare fuel pump
Tons of small bits, clips, seals, connectors, etc. too much to list

Lets hear your opinions, what Ducati would you consider more exotic or desirable?  I think I’d put the Supermono in that category.  How about one of the 916 specials?

 Engineering art in my opinion.

Want to put your hot little hands here?  The bidding is set to start at $55,000.

Here is the auction.


Ultimate Ducati?  1991 Ducati 851/888 Corsa Raymond Roche Replica (AKA 851 Superbike Racing 91)
Ducati October 29, 2012 posted by

Classic Italian Beauty- ’90 Ducati 851

Location: Clinton, South Carolina

Mileage: 20,477

Price: Auction

The Ducati 851 may be the best looking Ducati those style savvy Italians have ever built. But it’s also a very important bike in Duc history as it was their game changing four valve, water cooled machine that allowed them to go on and win some races in World Superbike. The bike took on many other forms, including super cool SP designations and is truly an icon in the Ducati world.

Here’s the seller’s story-

I am selling my Ducati 851 that I have owned since the mid 90’s. The bike has been in storage for a couple years as I have not had time to ride. It was running perfectly when parked and has new Michelin radials on it. I charged the battery this past Spring, fuel pump ran bike turned over but would not start. I sprayed some starting fluid in intake and motor would run. I was told by my mechanic that the injectors are stuck from sitting and need to be replaced, cleaned or rebuilt. I have not taken any further action. 

Bike has Euro spec chip in it, US chip comes with it, braided brake lines, Corbin seat and stock seat included, always have used high quality synthetic fluids, timing belts were replaced once at Cycle Specialties Ducati in Athens GA which is also where bike was bought new, has new Michelin Tires front and rear. Chain and sprockets are in good shape.   

You will notice the scrape on the side which is cosmetic only. All lights and turn signals function correctly and I have both original mirrors, original rear turn signal extenders, etc. Bike is complete with all original parts from factory. I just need the space in my garage now and bike has to go.

And more pics-

According to the seller, this bike has been sitting for a while and probably needs some maintenance to get it back to strong running condition. And then there’s the cosmetic issues on the fairing. Seller doesn’t go into detail on how they got there, but has original parts so hopefully you could get it back to original condition, although the Corbin is probably a nice upgrade. It’s gonna take some work, but it may be a less expensive way to get your hands on an 851.

This bike isn’t perfect, which means you may be able to get it at a good price and finally have your dream bike. And there’s nothing wrong with an 851 as your dream bike. If you wanna make that dream come true, go get in on the action!


Ducati October 14, 2012 posted by

Featured: 851/955 Ducati Superbike racer!

For Sale: 851/955 Ducati Superbike racer!

Unlike some pristine offerings that have been modified to appear like a race bike (such as this Ducati 1080 Supersport), what we have here today is the REAL DEAL – an honest racebike. Don’t let the battle scarred exterior scare you away; at the track these are the bikes that the competition fear. The shiny bikes are for show. This is an experienced warrior with serious “go” potential – and the creds to back it up.

From the seller:
955 Superbike engine built by Fast by Ferracci
– Large Valves
– “G” Cams
– Titanium connecting rods
– Lightened and balanced crank
– Corse close ratio gear box

From the seller:
– Marvic 3 Spoke Magnesium Wheels

– Ohlins rear shock

– “LE” Front forks

– Carbon Fenders

– Brembo Cast Iron Front Rotors

– Previously owned and raced by Greg Koup

This is the kind of bike that really speaks to me. Ducati built the 851 to go racing, and previous owners have continued to modernize and enhance the basic package with some of the best knowledge and modifications avaiable. I can’t even imagine how quickly this one spins up with the lightened crank and Ti rods. If you are looking for a track bike with great handling, massive torque and that fantastic Ducati booming sound, you’d better jump on this one quickly!

The seller has this 851/955 listed at just $5,750. That is not a lot of money for a bike with these kinds of mods (have you rung up Eraldo Ferracci lately and asked him what it would cost to build you a desmoquattro motor?), and replacement skins are easy to find if you prefer the show AND go. Contact DucPond Motorsports directly for this one via EMAIL or phone: 540-667-3498


Ducati September 29, 2012 posted by

Yellow First Desmo Quattro (Switzerland)

I expect quite some debate around this post here: a Ducati 851 ….in yellow! To be honest, I had never seen one like this before and thought the yellow color was first introduced with the 916 model.

While I am not in a position to verify the condition of this bike available in Switzerland, I was so curious when I saw it that I thought collecting reactions through the blog could be an interesting journey. I even found a video of another yellow model:

The 851 itself is an obvious milestone motorbike for Ducati, representing the first 4 valve (quattro valvole in Italian) Desmo engine. Extremely successful on race tracks (capacity of the 851 SBK model was already 888cc), the 851 is still a superb handling bike with a powerful and torquey engine. Owning a 1993 888 Strada I can recommend one of this early Ducati superbikes to anybody. The styling of the 851/888 bikes is not of everybody’s taste, especially when compared to the stunning 916/996/998 forthcoming models. Nevertheless, the bike is great fun to ride and more comfortable than the latter models.

Then, if exclusivity is what you are after, how about a YELLOW 851.  This sample is on sale for about 4000$ and that’s cheap if the bike is in good condition. The seller mentions that the motorbike is in good mechanical condition and that the belts were changed recently. The bike comes with an aftermarket carbon set of mufflers (not Termi’s though) and the originals are also included. At the rear an Ohlins shock is fitted as described by the seller:

Ich verkaufe hier ein Ducati 851 mit nur 19900 Km,zum aufbereiten.Mechanisch ist in top Zustand,vor ca. 3 Monate habe ich ein Service machen lassen,die Zahnriemmen wurden auch ersetzt.Beleg vorhanden.Hat 2 Auspufftöpfe aus Carbon(originale sind vorhanden)Die Ducati ist mit ein ÖHLLINS Federbein ausgesttatet.Braucht eine neue Batterie.Besichtigung erwünscht.


He also mentions the km stand at 19900km and the bike needs a new battery. Judging from the pictures the rider’s seat seems a bit odd and the gap from the tank to the rear fairing a little too large…

Anyway, in case you’d like to find out more, please follow the link below:

1992 Ducati 851 in YELLOW


Ducati June 18, 2012 posted by

Monster Monday Mailbag!

Good morning guys!

Here are the latest reader rides and suggestions, and it’s a packed day to say the least! My apologies to those who were missed and good luck to those still available.

Anyone score any new rides or gear for Father’s Day? Drop a comment and tell us about it!


Let’s kick things off with this Honda CBR400RR Joey Dunlop tribute bike spotted by Jeremy. Located in San Francisco for $6500.

Mark spotted this unusual Suzuki RG400 available in Toronto for $8900 CAD. The seller is a dealer who states they can export to the U.S.

This 1985 Yamaha FZ750 custom cafe is being offered from Noel. Normally I’d post this on one of our sister sites, but since he’s thrown in some free advertising for us on his listing you check it out. Opening bid is $2500 reserve not met and it’s located in Minnesota.

Jay W. has been loving our GSX-R 1100 posts and sent us this listing for a 1986 Suzuki GSX-R. With about a day to go it’s at $3k reserve not met and has 21k miles.

Here’s another submission from Mark, a sweetheart 1985 Suzuki RG500 in Toronto for $9000 CAD.

Joel emails us his gorgeous 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 survivor. With a bit over 7k miles he’s asking $6200 in Detroit. Good luck with the sale!

Eric emails us this sweet spot, a 1987 Yamaha FZR1000. This is a really sharp looking ride and appears mostly original for just $4500 in Bakersfield, California. As a bonus, the seller is throwing in a parts bike!

Shaun emails us his 1992 Ducati 851 with just 11k miles in Dallas, Texas. Good luck with the sale!

Finally Tony sends us this RZ350 he spotted on San Francisco Craigslist for $6500. Just 5k miles from an older rider according to the seller.

Aprilia June 1, 2012 posted by

Monster Mailbag! 11 Bikes from our Readers!

Our schedule got a little upset with the long weekend but as a result we have a whopper of a mailbag. Enjoy the feast!


Lauren emailed to let us know of their beautiful 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R for sale on eBay. Available in Miami with a starting bid of $19k. Good luck with the sale!

And in the same vein, Ricardo forwarded this 2006 MV Agusta F4 CC, also in Florida, for $47500 buy-it-now.

Will sent us this first-year and very low miles 1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay with a buy-it-now of $7500. Sounds like a good buy with less than 2k miles.

Tom T. sent us this 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona available on eBay for $12k buy-it-now.

Reynolds shot us this Honda NR750 for sale in the UK for 110k GBP ($170k). Awesome, but man that’s high!

Steve R. forwarded this incredible 1988 Ducati 851 Superbike Tri-Colour with 0 KM’s in Australia! Could be yours for just $150,000 AUD.

Justin forwarded this Aprilia RS250 Cup that is track ready for $6k in San Francisco:

Greg spotted this 1982 Honda CBX with the fairing and luggage for $5600 in Bellevue, Washington.

Regular Chris G. spotted this Yamaha YZF750 in Ontario, Canada for just $2800 CAD.

Shaun emails us this 5000 mile Ducati 888 in Texas for $8900:

Speir emailed us this 1992 Ducati 851 for $6800 in Boston. I wish I was in the Northeast!


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.