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Ducati August 17, 2019 posted by

Venti­quattro: 1993 Ducati 888

The follow-on evolution of the wildly successful 851, the Ducati 888 had a short, but equally productive life span. Championed by Doug Polen on the world’s SBK stage Ducati was victorious in both 1991 and 1992 campaigns. As a street bike, the 888 continued on through 1994. However by 1993 the SPO models in the lineup were already powered by the next revolution in Ducati firepower, the 916cc desmoquattro engine (as was the SBK racer). However the 888 was still a very stout street bike, and the overall update to the 851 made this an outstanding platform in its own right. Often overlooked as simply the bridge to the 916, the 888 is worth a serious look if you are a riding enthusiast.

1993 Ducati 888 for sale on eBay

Born from the punched out sports production (i.e. homologation) 851 model, the 888 featured the larger displacement engine that the nomenclature on the fairing might suggest. And the engine was not the only updates piece of the 888 puzzle. Notable designer Pierre Terblanche (yes, of the 999 infamy), reworked the styling of the 851 to lengthen the lines and produce an evolved shape. In many ways, this makes the 888 look physically bigger than the 851, yet it is equal or smaller in the most significant dimensions (wheelbase, overall length, height, etc). These longer lines are echoed in some of Terblanche’s other designs, including the Supermono. Overall, the 888 is a visually striking machine. Aurally, the fuel injected, liquid cooled, 4-valve per cylinder with desmodronic action L-twin remained a booming beast, offering low down torque and an intoxicating higher RPM rush. Formidable on the racetrack as well as the street, the 888 was the middle child that never seemed to get the accolades of the younger or older siblings. It is, on the whole, the rarest of the 851/888/916 trio.

From the seller:
This is a nice 888 with 14026 miles. It needs nothing and was just serviced. It starts and runs good with everything in good working order.

The 888 that Ducati imported into the US was an SP0 model. Note that this was during a tumultuous period in Ducati’s history, before they hit it big and really made strides in consistent manufacturing. Record keeping was marginal, and many models changed mid-year simply due to parts on hand. That being said, the 888 came to America to go racing – in AMA Superbike. Thus, all of the US imported (i.e. federalized) 888s are homologation machines. You can check the VIN number in positions 4-6: “1” for street bike (versus race only), “H” for homologation (versus super sport, super bike, monster, etc), and letters for variation on street bike (i.e. A,B,C), or numbers for the racers. A reported 200 units were imported in 1993, and about half that number in 1994. Of course by the end of 1994, nobody wanted a 888 anymore. The 916 had arrived. That makes the SP0 a rare example – and one to hold on to.

There is not much info about this particular bike, nor too many pictures. It has apparently just had a service (good), and seems to have been thoroughly enjoyed given the mileage (14026). The 851/888 models are far more comfortable than the 916 series that followed, and the engines have proven to be extremely durable provided that the usual belt/valve/oil change services have been completed regularly. Parts are still available, and performance is more than adequate for any para-legal street activities. Best of all, the bidding starts at a reasonable $7k. You get the sound and the status of Ducati ownership, along with the visceral presence of the bike and the rarity of the US homologation model. Win win win. Check it out here and Good Luck!!

MI

Ducati August 9, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Ducati 851 Strada for Sale

Update 8.24.2019: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Ducatis tend to evolve gradually, rather than in sudden leaps, and the 916 was no exception. Sure, the wasp-waisted styling was a shocking change but, underneath, much of it had been seen before, in one form or another. Significantly, the four-valve, liquid-cooled Desmoquattro engine had been increasing in size and improving since it was introduced in today’s Featured Listing Ducati 851, and the trellis frame was a development of the 888 that followed.

Introduced in 1987, the 851 was the first production four-valve Ducati sportbike, their first bike in years able to compete on relatively level terms against the Japanese manufacturers in top-level classes, and Ducati had their eye on the new World Superbike series where the new bike would go head-to-head against a host of inline fours. It weighed in at around 405lbs dry, and the new v-twin was good for 105hp and a top speed of 155mph. And while the switch from carburetors to fuel injection was a tricky one for many manufacturers, Ducati’s Weber-Marelli set up was very refined and responsive.

Early 851s came with a 16″ front wheel that pretty much ruined the handling, but that was quickly rectified and subsequent versions were considered some of the best handling bikes of the period. The aluminum tank replaced by steel in 1992, a curved radiator replaced the standard unit, and the styling was revised slightly. But visually, differences are pretty subtle, even between the 851 and 888, so it helps that they have “851” or “888” emblazoned proudly on the sides of the bike to help differentiate them.

Today’s Featured Listing is a very nice example of what appears to be an 851 Strada. As always, the Italian lack of imagination is visible here, as the 851 obviously describes exactly the engine’s displacement and this “Strada” version simply means it’s in roadgoing or “street” specification, as opposed to the “Kit” or “Corsa” models intended for racing. or conversion into race bikes. The bike is also listed on Craigslist and the seller is asking $10,000 for this very clean example of one of Ducati’s most significant sportbikes, with just over 5,500 miles on the odometer.

From the Seller: 1990 Ducati 851 Strada for Sale

This is a highly collectible, modern classic, show-winning super bike. I purchased this bike 14 years ago with 1,800 original miles. Upon purchasing the bike I took it to Ted’s BMW in Scotts Valley and the bike was given a complete maintenance service under the supervision of Adam Cecchini. All maintenance recommendations by Ducati were completed at that time. Cecchini MotorSports also did the most recent safety/maintenance check. The price reflects the care and maintenance lavished upon this bike as well as its collectibility. According to Ducati expert Michael Cecchini, the 1990 white frame and white wheels with the contrasting Anniversary Russo red paint give the 1990 the freshest look of any Ducati. Michael has also stated that he feels that the 1990 is the most appealing. You may find a cheaper 851 but you will not find a better 851.

This bike is original with the exception of after market Staintune High Rise exhaust, Penske rear shock and mirrors. I have all original parts to revert back to stock. I also have detailed maintenance logs. Included in the sale are 4 numbered limited addition Ducati prints.

The Staintune exhaust is a quality, period-correct upgrade with a bit more bling than traditional Termignoni carbon tubes. The frame sliders should be good for protecting the bodywork in tipovers, and appear to use existing mounting points to avoid needing holes cut. It also looks like there is a headlight modulator installed, as you can see the light sensor mounted in the cockpit. If one is installed, removal should be very easy if you want to return the bike to a more stock configuration. Certainly, white frames and wheels are a total pain to keep clean, but they do look very classy and I doubt any new owner will be riding it often enough to make dust and grime a problem. With all the evolution going on, there’s a good bit of parts-interchangeability between Ducati models, so it should be relatively simple to maintain your superbike in the years to come, in some cases with updated or improved parts! Or as long as gasoline is still available, in any case… It’s not one of the rarer SP or Tricolore bikes, but is in very nice, collectible condition, the perfect thing to complete your Ducati superbike portfolio!

-tad

Featured Listing: 1990 Ducati 851 Strada for Sale
Ducati May 5, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1990 Ducati 851 SP3

Update 8.25.2019: This bike has sold to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Our luck that Ducati was compelled to prove that their WSBK race machines weren’t too special, and a few hundred were made as homologation specials and offered to the cogniscenti.  This 1990 851 SP3 can be displayed immediately, and shows just over 2,500 miles.

New owners Cagiva opened their checkbook wide for development of a 4-valve desmo engine, nicely oversquare with 11:1 compression, it claimed 111 hp from 888cc’s.  Weber injection sprayed down 50mm intakes, and the fairing hides an oil cooler and water radiator.  The classic white trellis frame shows Öhlins front and rear, and black wheels are a departure, but go well with the carbon mudguards.

Owned by a collector, this rare bird has been on the dais from early on.  A previous owner selected a more vintage-looking exhaust, but otherwise it appears as delivered.  It has been selected by RSBFS contributors as early as 2011, and sold at a Bonham’s auction in 2014, looking museum ready whenever it’s seen.  With only 500 made, demand from insiders with connections to the brand makes one wonder if this might be the only stateside example.

From the seller:

1990 Ducati 851 SP3

Up for sale from my collection is a rare 1991 Ducati 851/888 SP3 #467 of 534!

The 851 is an iconic bike not only for Ducati, but World Superbike! The 851 helped to start the modern history of Ducati in World Superbike!

The 851 SP3 appeared in 1991. In addition to an increased motor capacity to 888cc and close ratio gearbox, it featured higher compression pistons, a forced air intake, which contributed to a slight power increase, Desmo 4 valve cylinder heads, fuel injection and water cooled, which amounted to 111hp at 10,500 rpm. The 1991 SP3 also featured stronger crankcases and updated clutch.

The Brembo wheels were painted black and the brake and clutch master cylinders included remotely mounted fluid reservoirs. Front and rear suspension feature Ohlins race proven technology.

Upgrades are minimal, brake lines, aluminum sub frame (around front by instruments by Jimmy Adamo), spaghetti exhaust with RARE Verlicchi megaphones and updated cylinder head studs.

This SP3 has been ridden very little with just 3823km (2375 miles) on the odometer. This is a rare low mileage investment piece!

Overall cosmetic condition is excellent, with work performed by Advanced Motorsports before I purchased it.

If this bike looks familiar, it was featured with a number of rare Ducati’s and sold at the 2014 Bonhams Las Vegas auction for $25,300.
Values continue to climb!

https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21389/lot/377/
The bike was previously part of the Silverman Museum Collection.

Although a video was taken after delivery of the SP3 after I purchased it, it has been sitting in my collection. If interested in riding the bike, I would recommend preventative service before riding.

Bike is complete with original owners manual and clear Colorado title!

If looking for a desirable, investment quality Ducati SP3, this is one to consider!

Lee offers two videos of number 467, a walk around and a one with the engine running:

The 851 was the beginning of Ducati’s long-running appreciation for the proving ground and advertising venue that the Superbike World Championship provides.  Two series wins with 888 power followed the 851, and then the 916 entered the picture.  This SP3 is testimony to that great era, and though it likely won’t get the chance, could provide proof on the tarmac. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 1990 Ducati 851 SP3
Ducati January 22, 2019 posted by

Your Mileage May Varese: 1995 Ducati 916

The Ducati 916 is a bike that should need no introduction on these pages. The immortal, evolutionary offspring of the 851/888, the 916 offers every bit of performance that the evocative design implies. And while time has a tendency to mute the claims and hyperboles of an era, this model continues to represent itself well. Simultaneously recognized as a performance benchmark (with 5 WSBK titles to its name thanks to Fogarty and Corser) and a styling icon (Guggenheim’s “The Art of Motorcycle”), the 916 was a quantum leap ahead of anything available when it was originally released in 1994. And while sharper and even more focused models were to follow (SP, SPS, SP2, SP3, SPA, Senna Edition), the base model obliterated everything in it’s 1994-1995 era path.

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

While the 916 has little resemblance to the previous generation 851/888, the family DNA becomes more obvious when the bodywork is removed. From the trademark trellis frame to the liquid-cooled, fuel injected, four valve per cylinder desmoquattro power plant, there are subtle changes but pretty much everything is in the same place. That makes a lot of sense given the history of how Ducati introduces new models. The 851 and 888 SP models were actually test beds for the next generation engine. The 888 SP4, for example, was already a 916 in displacement, just like the 851 SP3 actually displaced 888cc. From there is where the revolution took over. Chassis geometry was sharpened, a unique single-sided swing arm fitted, the high exhaust introduced to increase cornering clearance, packaging was tightened up and the marvelous, angular bodywork was shrink-wrapped over the top. Fast, gorgeous, expensive and uncompromising, the 916 cemented Ducati as THE performance player in the sport bike world.

From the seller:
Here we go Boys and Girls, not to many clean ones on the market, this bike has being storage for a few years, second owner selling it, no used for any more never on the track, never down.

It May need service, the bike start easy. Ask questions, very motivated to sell it, Im shrinking my collection of 20 years. Ask questions and bid with confidence

The Ducati 916 lineup has an interesting sub-version history as well. Just as the bike was introduced, just as the press was going mad and the orders were starting to come in, a fire at the Bologna factory shut the party down. Desperate to get product back up and running, Ducati temporarily relocated production to a Cagiva facility located in Varese, Italy. And while the 916s assembled in Varese are identical to those that rolled off of the Bologna factory floor, there is still a mystique about them. Because the Varese location did not initially have a full production line, the contention is that Varese bikes were more “hand built” making them more special. Realistically you can only tell a Varese bike from the VIN number, but the story propogates the mysterious and the magic behind this very special motorcycle. Today’s example appears to be a Varese model by the numbers.

The seller has not provided a lot of text or back history in the advert, but there are a few decent pictures here. With 22k on the clock there are more miles that we normally see on these models (long-range comfort was never a priority). Time has been kind to the 916, and longevity should not be a question like it was nearly 25 years ago. Parts availability continues to be good, and this is as collectible a classic as you are likely to find. Even if you are not looking for an investment, the 916 has great performance and will continue to look striking and purposeful for decades to come. Check it out here, and then jump back to the Comments section and share your thoughts. Do you buy into the Varese nostalgia, and are those bikes better? Good Luck!!

MI

Your Mileage May Varese: 1995 Ducati 916
Ducati July 13, 2018 posted by

Little SPO: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO for Sale

To me, the very names for cars and bikes are simple, to the point. Leganza? What the hell’s a Leganza? Or a Spectra? But a GTO, or… a GTO? That just sounds cool. Thunderace sounds kind of silly, but R1M? That just exudes confidence. Even with a naturally cool-sounding language at their disposal, the Italians know that simpler is usually better, and that the sexiest motorcycles don’t need silly, made-up names: simple, blunt, alpha-numeric designations suggest a no-need-to-brag confidence. It’s like a special code, and Ducati 888 SPO is basically shorthand for speed.

An evolution of the earlier 851, the liquid-cooled, four-valve 888 was the epitome of “truth in advertising.” Displacing 888cc, Ducati’s big v-twin was meant to take the fight to the Japanese Big Four in production-based racing, move them into the modern era, and allow them to compete at top levels of the sport. Sure, the Pantah provided the foundation four the new liquid-cooled engine, but there’s no way a two-valve, air-cooled v-twin was going to have a ghost of a chance against the inline fours in World Superbike and AMA racing, and Ducati’s success in those series brought them back to prominence on the world stage.

Over in Europe, they got the standard 888 Strada and the higher-performance 888 SP5. But the SP5 wasn’t road-legal here, so we got a sort of halfway step between the two that was dubbed the SPO or Sport Production Omologato. It was distinguished by the solo tail, high-mount exhaust, and an Öhlins shock with adjustable ride-height. Unlike the SP5, the SPO used a steel subframe instead of a lightweight aluminum one.

Look, if you’ve been waiting since my first paragraph to tell me how I’m wrong and that some cool bike names exist, go right ahead. It’s not like I’m going to disagree that exceptions exist: Superleggera springs immediately to mind. But I still say that 888 SPO is a name that is aging better than Fireblade. On that note, it is kind of odd that here in the USA, land of the Vortec V6 and the Blue Flame Six, we got the CBR instead of the Fireblade and the YZF1000R instead of the Thunderace… So I guess we like our car-related names silly but our bike names [mostly] serious.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO for Sale

This is a near mint 888 SPO 1993 model. Needs nothing, belts and service were done, starts and rides wonderfully, new battery, just downsizing my collection. One flaw on the number one decal. Runs like new, good tires, needs nothing. It needs to go to a 888 lover. Pics say everything. About 13,000 miles which may change if I decide to take a hop. I reserve the right to cancel the auction the bike is for sale locally in the Fort Worth, TX area.

Cash sale, no endless emails or pen pal questions… This is the real deal and a great bike!

Thanks for looking

Aside from that first image, the photos are uniformly terrible, and the usual top triple shot showing the Limited Edition plaque is missing, as is any verification of the mileage. But that doesn’t seem to be deterring bidders. Previous SPOs we’ve featured have sold for right around $10,000 but it appears values have risen in the past year: bidding on this example is up to $12,000 with several days left on the auction. That’s not really a surprise: the 851 and 888 were pretty undervalued for a while, but collectors have definitely started to notice them and recognize their significance as the original modern Ducati superbike.

-tad

Little SPO: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO for Sale
Ducati June 29, 2018 posted by

Trick Track Single: 1995 Ducati Supermono for Sale

Some bikes take time to find their audience, but the Ducati Supermono was always going to be a classic. Created to compete in the Sound of Singles race series that supported World Superbike in the mid 1990s, the Supermono was a bit of a throwback to Ducati’s past: a pure racebike with exotic components, quality suspension, some very innovative technology and, as the name suggests, just one cylinder.

Single-cylinder engines are lightweight, torquey, and mechanically simple, which makes them ideal for offroad applications and economic commuters. But they aren’t all that suited for modern sports motorcycles, since vibrations caused by one cylinder limit maximum revs and therefore horsepower, and can be more than a little unpleasant for the rider at sustained high rpm, unless numb hands and blurry vision are your thing.

Ducati had a solution and, as is typical of companies with limited resources, it made use of as much existing hardware as possible but with an interesting twist. The new engine used most of the liquid-cooled, four valve v-twin engine from the 888 and 916, but with the rear cylinder blanked off, which seems simple enough. But here’s the twist: a dummy connecting rod was fitted to approximate the force of a second piston and connecting rod of the missing vertical cylinder.

Ducati ended up with a 549cc single that could rev to 11,000rpm happily and made 65hp with a dry weight of 267lbs, although a larger, 572cc version came along in 1995. Brakes were the same as the much heavier 916,  so stopping power could be considered adequate and the bike handled as well as you’d expect. The bike was liberally sprinkled with carbon fiber: the gauge cluster, fuel tank, rearset brackets, and the self-supporting rear subframe were all made from the material. Engine cases, triple clamps, and wheels were all lightweight magnesium.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati Supermono for Sale

Probably one of the most collectible sport bikes of this generation, enter the Ducati Supermono racer. This 1995 model is one of only 25 produced in 1995. Total production from 1993-1995 was 67, rare. The most unique attribute is the way Ducati did the motor, using an 888 Corsa motor and counterbalancing system consisting of a second attached to a lever pivoting on a pin fixed in the crankcase, hence the name “doppia bielletta” [double con rod].

This is a one-owner bike out of a 60+ bike private collection. Original bill of sale, docs, etc. The bike is in stellar condition.

Approximately 67 were made between 1993 and 1995 and, as you’d expect from the mission statement, most were raced, and quite successfully: it pretty much dominated any class where it was allowed to compete. Styling was by Pierre Terblanche and is pretty much perfect: lean and efficient and spartan. You can clearly see the influence this design had on the revised 900SS, but the style doesn’t quite translate: on the Supermono it looks clean and technical and light, but on the Super Sport it looks fussy and contrived. So what price perfection? Well this one has an eye-watering $149,000 starting bid, which shockingly seems a pretty fair place to start, considering what other examples have sold for.

-tad

Trick Track Single: 1995 Ducati Supermono for Sale
Ducati May 19, 2018 posted by

In The Beginning: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

Ducati’s modern era really started here, with the 851. The air-cooled Pantah engine, with its rubber cam belts, was a step forward, compared to the bevel-drive twins and set the stage for Ducati’s move into the future. But it was the liquid-cooled, four-valve version of their classic L-twin that finally brought them fully into the modern era and allowed them to compete against the very best sportbikes from Japan in the newly-formed World Superbike Championship.

Sure, their throbbing, torquey v-twin was down on power, compared to a screaming inline four. But a fat, useable midrange helped make up for some of the theoretical horsepower gap, and a bit of additional displacement took care of the rest. The 851 wasn’t as reliable or as affordable as the Japanese competition, but it could handle with the best of them.

The new liquid-cooled, four-valve engine was dubbed, naturally, the Desmoquattro and displaced 851cc. Truth in advertising! The bike was fed by very effective Weber-Marelli fuel injection for a claimed 104hp. The original bikes look a little bit awkward and old-school, rolling on 16″ wheels, but those were quickly changed to 17″ hoops and, by the time this 1992 version rolled around, it looked very modern and exotic, although not nearly as elegant as the 916 that followed. The upside is slightly more comfortable ergonomics that work better on a bike far more likely to be used for 7/10th canyon rides than 10/10ths race track sorties these days.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

BEAUTIFUL 1992 Ducati 851 

*PERFECT CONDITION* 7k miles

Well maintained! 

Never dropped/crashed!

VERY light signs of (normal) use! 

Magnesium Marchesini wheels

Spaghetti exhaust

Obviously not as beautiful as the 916 that followed, but it is very purposeful and aggressive, with the white frame adding a classic touch. I do wish the seller had removed some of the bodywork so we can see the condition, along with some better shots of the “spaghetti exhaust,” a reference to the system’s smooth tangle of large diameter piping that was based around equal-length headers and replaces the ugly crossover junction with actual tubes. Sure, a set of carbon-fiber cans will help your red stallion sound more Ducati-y but if you really want it to sound like the real deal, you need an expensive full system. This set is likely a Silmotor system to match the end cans, since I believe they’re still in production. Otherwise, this is a clean, low-mileage example of an appreciating classic sportbike, and has a couple of pricey aftermarket bits that should genuinely enhance performance.

-tad

In The Beginning: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale
Ducati March 16, 2018 posted by

Fresh Street Racer: 1993 Ducati 888 SP05

The Ducati 888 filled the gap between the brand-redefining 851 and the legendary 916, bumping the 851’s fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, four-valve L-twin to 888cc. The inbetweener status didn’t phase the bike much, though, as it was enough for Doug Polen to net back-to-back World Superbike championships in ’91 and ’92. Production ended in ’94 as the world geared up for the Tamburini-penned 916. Ducati sent fewer than 300 to the States.

1993 Ducati 888 SPO5 for sale on eBay

This 1993 Ducati 888 SP05 is number 270 of 500, and has covered just 125 miles since its original UK delivery. The SP versions of the 888 never made it to our roads, as they couldn’t get past American DOT laws. Now that the bike has reached the magic 25-year mark, it might be possible to bring it in and secure registration, though it probably should be ridden sparingly.

From the eBay listing:

THE BIKE SPECIALISTS,
TRADING STANDARD AWARD WINNERS.

We are pleased to present the opportunity to own a very rare collectable Ducati 888 SP5. This example is number 270 of just 500 made. A beautiful 1993 model having covered just 125 miles from new. This is the ultimate concourse example and the best we have ever seen

This bike is supplied with the original handbook, and will have a full belt service and MOT prior to the new owner taking possession.

The 888 was a motorcycle manufactured as an upgrade to the 851. The earlier 851 had introduced liquid cooling, computerised fuel injection and four-valve heads to Ducati’s two cylinder motors. After increasing the capacity of the 851 to 888 cc they then released the iconic 888 SP5 in 1993.

A small deposit will secure this Ducati and we offer finance packages to suit and can also arrange delivery both UK and worldwide.

The bike is listed with a classified ad, meaning that the price — about $55,000 USD — won’t change over the course of the listing.

Fresh Street Racer: 1993 Ducati 888 SP05