Posts by tag: 851

Ducati September 1, 2011 posted by

Stunning in Yellow: 1994 Ducati 888 LTD

For Sale: 1994 Ducati Superbike 888 LTD

With the release of the 888, Ducati once again raised the stakes in the Superbike market. Based around the last iteration of the 851 Superbike (which had already been punched out to 888cc), the 888 refined the concept and upped the ante. With more horsepower than the 851, upswept exhaust chambers for greater cornering clearance and upgraded components throughout, the 888 was raced successfully by the likes of Doug Polen.

Sharing the square headlight and vertical nose vents as the 851, the 888 did not appear outwardly changed. Under the skin, however, the upgraded motor added the go, and updated Brembos front and rear helped the bike stop. For those of you into homologation superbikes, be sure and check out this great comparison between the Ducati 888 and a the Yamaha OW01. And for more information, be sure and check out the 851 and 888 forum.

From the seller:
Here is one beautiful 888! The pictures tell no lies! Many are aware of this iconic motorcycle, what it represents for Ducati and race fans alike. Definitely a bike to lust for, as they are getting more difficult to find in such good condition.

This 888 has been custom painted to Ducati yellow, along with some nice upgrades as follows:
Carrozzeria Aluminum wheels
Michelin Pilot Power tires (have about 500 miles)
Carbon Fiber exhaust
Steel braided brake/clutch lines
Silicon hoses (Blue)
Up-graded front discs
Carbon Fiber tank protector
Carbon Fiber fenders front and rear. (stock on 94′ LTD. oops, front not pictured but will convey with bike)

Many more, as well as complete service done at 3000miles. Installed new belts, valves adjusted, all fluids flushed, along with new chain/sprockets, race brake pads.

I am 2nd owner of this bike, bought it back in 97′ with barely 1000 miles on it. Bike was always stored indoors, either in my custom built display or my garage. It has always been well maintained and cared for, having oil/filter changed more than necessary to keep it extra clean and smooth. Ridden only for pleasure at a nice “spirited pace”, and ridden at the track 3 times as well, it’s a seriously fun bike to ride. Although it gets very little use, I hate to sell it. I had listed it last year with only 3500 miles with a reserve of $12,000, It got up to 10k if I remember correctly. I am listing it with a NO reserve, and a lower BIN, so bid/buy as you like. There are other 888’s to be found, but this one stands out, and has very low miles, is in outstanding condition, and will not disappoint anyone.

I have most, if not all of the original parts. (Exhaust pipes, wheels, hoses, foot pegs, etc) These can be obtained by winning bidder at additional costs, along with a complete set of sharkskinz race bodywork if desired.

While normal livery is the traditional Ducati red, this particular bike has been repainted in stunning yellow – reminiscent of a 900 Superlight or first generation 748. The paintwork plays off well against the carbon cans (which must sound awesome), and the whole package really looks great. The seller has made a lot of additions to the bike, the result which modernizes the aging 851/888 look.

This auction is going on right now and the current bid is only $7,100. There are less than 4,000 miles on this beauty, and there is no reserve in sight. This is more than fair money for a 888, and the upgraded equipment represents a real bargain at this juncture. For your chance to view all of the pictures and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Ducati August 10, 2011 posted by

1992 Ducati 851 Strada

For Sale: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada with only 715 miles!

In the early 1990s, the sport bike world was changing fast. All of the Japanese manufacturers had re-energized their fleet through liquid cooling, fuel injection and four valve per cylinder technology. Ducati had none of these in the line up, instead continuing to rely on the ubiquitous air cooled, two valve L-twin. In one fell swoop, however, the 851 changed all of that.

Simultaneously adding liquid cooling, a four valve per cylinder head (with desmo activation, natch), AND fuel injection, Ducati propelled itself back to the top tier of the world’s stage – and created an iconic machine that became the foundation for all Ducati superbikes to follow. With a racing pedigree, sharp looks and limited numbers, the 851 continues to be one of the high water mark machines created by the Bologna firm.

From the seller:


This 1992 Ducati 851 BiPosto is in very good – excellent condition. This bike has been in a collection for the last 20 years and has always been stored in a climate controlled garage. LOOK at the bolts on the bike, these are original Ducati bolts, and if you know Ducati’s, you know the bolts are the first items to oxidize.

This bike has never been crashed or damaged in any way. It has always been garage kept and is extremely clean. The only faults I can see: Please check pictures, are a few stone chips, a small scratch on the tank from a belt (hard to photograph, but you can barely see it), some scuffs on the rear cover (can probably buff out), and a mark on the left mirror. I would also give the bike a good buff / wax. Also, please check the decals. The tank decal blemish is under the clear (probably came from Ducati this way). The Agip decal is not cleared and still can be replaced.

The Strada model is the most lowly of all 851 variants. Designed as a bi-posto two seater, the rear seat is covered by a color coded piece that mimics the bodywork. Once removed, a passenger pillion is revealed. To add to the two-up usefulness, grab handles can be rotated out of the storage area, and then retracted when not in use (see picture below). There is even a fair bit of room under the passenger seat for toolkit storage and sundry items. In all, it is a very useable superbike.

The four valve motor revs quickly and willingly to a redline of 10k. Where the two valve mills run out of breath, the 851 is really just getting started. Add in the booming exhaust, Brembo brakes and great handling, and you have a potent package on your weekend rides – even if the bike is nearing 20 years old.

These bikes are also fairly bulletproof, provided that they have the standard services done at regular intervals (oil changes, belts and valve adjustment). With only 715 reported miles, this bike is really brand new from a mechanical standpoint. You simply do not see many in this condition, and it would be a fantastic addition to any collection.

If you have been lusting after an 851 but just haven’t found the right one – this could be it! This auction is going on right now, and the opening ask is $11k. That may sound a bit steep when you compare this to some of the more ratty, tired 851s that come up for auction, but at the end of the day it is actually well within reason for such a well-preserved bike. For more information, pictures and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Don’t forget to tell ’em that you found it on RSBFS!


Ducati August 2, 2011 posted by

Italian Collectible: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 For Sale!

Location: Boyne City, Michigan
Miles: 2,357mi (3,794km)
Price: $25,000 with no reserve in place!

Up for grabs here we have a beautiful example of the Ducati that changed it all  in terms of Superbike. It is clear to see that the 851 revolutionized Ducati superbikes with its L-Twin engine design, Desmo four-valve heads, liquid cooled engine, and electronic fuel injection. Check out this recent post of an 851SP1 that was featured here on RSBFS for an idea of the original. The SP3 featured all of the same goodies and housed an 888cc engine that cranked out 116hp. Also for the SP3, a stronger crankcase and newer clutch were added, as well as the higher sitting exhaust.

This particular 851SP3 for sale appears to be in exceptional condition with virtually no
modifications. The seller does state that the exhaust has been changed, but the original is included. Also, upgraded brake lines and some added aluminum sub frame are also changed from stock. Check out this 1995 Bimota that from the looks of the garage, was also for sale by this seller.

More from the seller:

Up for auction is a 1991 Ducati SP3 851 /888 Superbike. This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. It has 3,794 kilometers on the odometer (2,357 Miles). It does come with a free and clear title (owners manual and original warranty info as well).

The condition of the bike is fantastic. It has a spaghetti exhaust with verlicchi megaphones (comes with original exhaust too). It has upgraded brake lines and an added aluminum subframe around the front by the instruments (all upgrades came from Jimmy Adamo).The cylinder studs have also been upgraded. Also included with the bike are the original mirrors whih have been removed (parts shown in pictures).

Please take a look at the large pictures to get a better idea of condition and email me if you have any questions.

** Visit this link to see higher resolution larger pictures **

A 20 year old bike with less than 2,500 miles on the clock in the condition of this one is
amazing in its own right. But if you add the fact that the 851 was such a game changer for WSB and the development of Ducati’s for years to come, and you truly have something special here. Bidding for the bike is very active with 24 bids at the time of writing this and the price already up to $25k with the reserve gone. Make the jump to the acution for this 851SP3 here!


Ducati July 17, 2011 posted by

The Duc That Changed Everything: ’89 Ducati 851 SP1

Location: Canada
Mileage: 1,561 Km (roughly 969 miles)
Price: Auction, starting at $18,793.06

Okay Ducati fans, time to pay attention. There are many Ducati’s in the superbike, limited-edition, race-bike world. And they are all cool in their own right. But I think this deserves a little more attention because this is where the current era of Ducati superbike got started. The 851 was a bit of a revolution for Ducati with the development of a four valve per cylinder L-twin, electronic fuel injection, liquid cooled engine cranking out 93bhp. And from that effort, it was an 851 that won the first ever World Superbike race. That’s some history right there.

Another interesting note about the 851 SP is that they were not 851 cc engines (like the Strada), but 888 cc’s. This is similar to the 996 cc engine on the 916SPS. Go figure.

Here’s some more photos. The auction has a link to additional hi-res photos.

Here’s what the seller has to say-

Don’t mind the low feedback – I trade commercially as loudbikesteve on eBay and enjoy an excellent reputation.  I set this account up to keep my personal stuff separate from my business stuff.. 

I’m listing this 1989 Ducati 851 SP1 for a very good friend who’s not very computer savvy. The listing photos for this machine were taken a few years ago, but the machine has resided in a climate-controlled facility since then and is essentially unchanged. Famed Ducati tuner Reno Leoni brought this bike (one of 100 made) in from the factory and took it directly from LaGuardia airport to the World Superbike event at the Mosport circuit in Ontario, Canada where noted Canadian journalist and motorcycle enthusiast, George Jonas and a friend talked him into selling it to them. The current owner was able to acquire the machine about 10 years ago. This machine is a gorgeous and rare (possibly the only one in North America) unmolested or modified example of Ducati’s first limited edition 851 ‘Sport Production’ bike. Very low (1,561km) use with most of its life spent on display in a climate controlled facility, this machine comes with the original brochure, a stack of reference material and the original exhaust silencers   Detailed hi-resolution pics are HERE.

Please check out my other listings for more vintage machines for sale!

If you have zero feedback, please contact me before submitting a bid. Any questions, feel free to email me (I’ll gladly give you my phone number if you need to chat).

USA Shipping:

We’ve sent quite a few machines south of the border. For shipment to the USA, there are two companies I know of: 

4600 N. 124th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53225
Phone: (414) 464-7576
haulbikes dot com and 

TFX International
Specialized Vehicle Transport,
11 City View Drive, Etobicoke, ON.
Canada. M9W 5A5
Phone: 416.243.8531

International Shipping & Crating:
Inter-Par Logistics Inc. 
3845 Nashua Drive
Mississauga, ON L4V 1R3
Tel.: 905-678-1288
Fax: 905-678-1289

Good luck with your bid!

Looking at the seller’s post, this particular bike seems to have in interesting story behind it. Not being super familiar with Canadian writers and racing, this may be more interesting to Canadians than people in the US. But a cool story is a cool story. Information on shipping outside Canada is also included, which may be handy if you’re new to this type of purchase.

This bike certainly has to be one of the more important bikes in the Ducati lineage. Throw in the history about WSB and the impact it had on Ducati’s that came afterwords and there is no doubt it’s a winner. It also happens to be one gorgeous bike in my opinion. If you agree with all of this, then make the jump!


Bimota May 7, 2011 posted by

Funny Front End? 1995 Bimota Tesi 1Dsr

For Sale: 1995 Bimota Tesi 1Dsr

Nobody has consistently astounded the motorcycle world quite like Bimota. The small boutique builder based in Rimini, Italy continues to impress with a flair for artful style and technical innovation. This is as true today as it was back in 1991, when the first Tesi 1D was introduced to the world. Today’s bike, a stunning 1995 Tesi 1D-SR model, looks as radical today as it did back then.

The original Tesi 1D was powered by a Ducati 851 engine – a watershed powerplant from Ducati, with desmoquattro four valve heads, fuel injection and liquid cooling. The Tesi 1D-SR was powered by a 904cc evolution of that motor; the bigger bore creating even more motive power and torque. Am I the only one that sees a little Ducati Paso in that bodywork?

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1995 Bimota Tesi 1D SR. This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. My dad is the second owner. The bike has 115 miles on the odometer. This was a special order through the Bimota distributor and only 2 were ordered this way. It has the latest chasis but the older body style. The condition of the bike is fantastic and it does come with a free and clear title.

With hub center steering, digital instrumentation, top-shelf Brembo stoppers, fantastic enclosed bodywork, trick composite three-spoke wheels, proven Ducati v-twin power, and the exclusivity of a limited production work of art, the Bimota Tesi 1D-SR is a true collector target.

This particular bike has travelled only 115 miles in its pampered lifetime. The seller claims this is a custom order direct from Bimota, one of only two models with this frame/engine bodywork combination. I don’t know how to verify this (perhaps some of you RSBFS Bimota experts can chime in here), but the VIN number supplied ends in a very, very low 002.

This bike comes from the same unbelievable collection that brought us the KB2, DB1, DB4, as well as assorted rare and desireable Ducatis (green frame 750ss, 750 Sport, 900ss). Most have been very low mile bikes, some no miles at all. This one has travelled enough that you know it works, but not so much for it to incur damage and wear.

As for pricing, these bikes are rare enough to make an estimate difficult at best. It is immaculate, desireable, exclusive and titled. The auction is currently in the $10k range, with reserve not met. This one will definitely eclipse the $20k mark before it is done, but it remains to be seen how high the reserve is set. To check out more pictures of this amazing motorcycle, click the link and . Good Luck!


Ducati March 14, 2011 posted by

Affordable Exotica: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

For Sale: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

If there was any question that RSBFS is THE resource on the ‘net for finding cool bikes and information, then this must surely be proof. Here is a pretty cool looking bike, a relatively rare model, all at a decent price. And Hey! The seller has thoughtfully used an earlier RSBFS post (copied verbatim) to describe this bike. For amusement, check out the seller’s text (use the jump link below) with this post of a totally different 851.

That’s right, folks. This one has 50 large on the clockface; somebody really rode this beauty. In all, that is not too surprising – these 4-valve Ducs are reliable, offer crisp throttle response via fuel injection, and put out pretty decent power. Handling is right up there with anything your buddies will bring to a street ride, and the Strada variant of the bike offers cozy seating for two – perfect for date night!

Normally we would include a few words from the seller here, but since the seller simply used our words for his bike, we’ll skip that bit. Instead, let’s take a look at some quick thoughts around this particular example. The wheels on an 851 were not red (the 1992 wheels on a Strada were black, if I recall), so these have been painted. The mirrors were color coded on this model year, so these look to have been replaced at some time. The windscreen has also been replaced with a smoked unit. The brake lines have been upgraded, and the remote resevoirs have niftly little leg warmers on them . The seat has been updated to a Corbin unit, and somebody hacked off the rear fender at some point to give it a DIY license plate relocate look. The rear hugger is also missing.

Rebuilds on a desmoquattro don’t come cheap. That said, it is not uncommon for these to go well beyond that mileage. It’s not likely that this bike has been babied, but if it was proprely maintained then it could be a candidate for inexpensive Italian status. If interested, I would contact the seller for more information and ask some tough questions. The price is set at $5250 which is not bad money provided the bike holds up to closer inspection. Good luck, and tell them that RSBFS sent you… and wrote the ad copy!


Ducati February 19, 2011 posted by

Today We Have 500 Facebook Fans! Check Out What You May Be Missing…

Thanks to all our Facebook friends for helping us pass 500 ‘likes’ today! If you’re not checking us out there, you’re missing out on dozens of bikes that we post there. In addition to our regular posts, we also put solid used bikes and projects on our Facebook page that don’t make it to the website.

Here are some recent entries from this month:

1991 Ducati 851

1991 Ducati 851 For Sale in Nashville

Yamaha RZ Hybrid Racebike

1996 Honda CBR600F3 For Sale in New Jersey

1969 Kawasaki H3 For Sale in Orange County

1986 Honda NS400R For Sale in Canada

1992 Yamaha FZR1000 For Sale in Los Angeles

Thanks again for everyone’s support!


Ducati January 21, 2011 posted by

1992 Ducati 851

For Sale: 1992 Ducati 851

When it comes to the current crop of Ducati v-twin Superbikes, they all have this model to thank. Concurrently introducing liquid cooling, four-valves per cylinder (with desmo, of course), and fuel injection, the 851 was a watershed bike for Ducati. Sporting top-level componentry and offering exceptional performance for the day (and still quite respectable today), the 851 remains a desirable collector model of the Superbike family.

From the seller:
2nd owner from 2004, no mechanical issues whatsoever, new battery, recent valve set, new belts, new steering head bearings, new chain and sprockets, original tool kit in original case, original owners manual, service manual, magnesium 3spoke Dymag wheels, Staintune exhaust. Bike tuned my Marvin Jensen of 851 list. You may contact him regarding the bike’s condition. He has ridden it quite a bit as well.

This is a Strada model bike, and contains a passenger pillion under the faux single seat cover (although the passenger pegs have been removed to accommodate the aftermarket exhaust). While it has covered a quite a few miles for this type of bike, it appears to be in great condition with some quality upgrades. These motors are very durable, provided they are fed quality service with a frequent side of timing belts. I wouldn’t be concerned about the mileage, although it could have an impact on the resale value.

The auction for the beauty is on right now, and the price for a collectable Ducati icon is looking pretty affordable. The current bid is at $4500, with the reserve still in place. The BIN is set for $7500, which is right in line with the going rate for this model. The upgrades are in good taste, and enhance the performance of this period piece. For your chance at this key Ducati, .