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Ducati October 24, 2014 posted by

Omologato: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO


The Ducati 888 SPO is a bit of a hidden jem, no doubt due to the bike that came right after it, the 916. Only produced for two years and specific to the USA, the 888 SPO was a limited edition of the 888 – only 390 were produced.

NOTE: 1993 was the first year the bike was introduced and saw a total a total of 290 built that year for the US market. A further 100 were made in ’94 with some subtle changes. The 1993 model was known as the 888SPO, while the ’94 was technically known as the 888LTD.

Featuring the trademark desmo valve V-Twin, the 888 SPO/LTD series produced 94 horsepower and were very much suited to track time. Though road legal, the riding position is what one would call “committed”, and they weren’t friendly in traffic.


1993 Ducati 888 SPO on ebay

For a limited edition Ducati, the 888SPO seems to gets less mention as a desired collectible than the mass produced 916. Personally I think this is beautiful bike and given that it was used as the basis for bikes that won both the World Superbike and AMA Superbike championships in 1993, it should certainly be part of any Ducati fans collection.


Limited information from the seller is as follows:

For sale an amazing Ducati 888 SPO with 11000 original miles. the bike is mint and very well taking care of. Recently serviced for over $2000 by Pro Italia. NOS original Termignoni just installed as well.
for serious collector only.

So what’s it worth? Well maintenance for this bike seems to have been done but I would still try to find out info about belts and any head and/or base gasket leaks. Back in July a SPO with 712 miles was listed on RSBFS and that went for 16k USD so the asking price of this one at 15.5k is pretty much spot on . While mileage is higher, its for sale in California which tends to bump up the price a bit. All in all, this seems to be a good option for a west coast collector to acquire a 888 SPO.


Omologato: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Ducati June 7, 2014 posted by

A Rare Opportunity in the U.S. – 1992 Ducati 888 SP4 #465

1992 Ducati 888 SP4 for sale

In the states, Ducati offered us the Ducati 888 SPO, which was very similar to the SP5 global offering. This “sport production” offering has a warmed over engine and full Ohlins suspension to name a few of the upgrades over the SPO. This particular example has been on our site before in 2012 and at the time I commented that the bidding had passed $13k with reserve not met. This time around it’s over $20k with reserve not met. Having only covered an additional 200 miles in that time, it currently reads 1521 miles in total. With only some minor storage damage, this is a very sharp example.


1992 Ducati 888 SP4 for sale on eBay


from the seller’s listing:

Selling my very rare 1992 888 SP4, #465 completely original, with a clear MN title, in perfect running order with 1,511 miles on . Short of coming out of a crate this must be the lowest mile SP4 in existence.

It is believed that there is only 4 in the US, so this is one of the rarest of Ducati’s in the country, to put it into context there are more than 150 Desmosedici’s for every single SP4!! In the USA. This is one of the rarest collector Ducati’s you can find. There were less than 600 made globally in 1992, many raced, crashed or modified, very rare to find an original one. And this is by far the lowest mileage most original SP4 I have ever seen.

The bike comes with all the original sales paperwork and toolkit, the bike was ridden for about a year by the original owner. The owner didn’t get on with the bike and dropped it off the side stand, he didnt gell with the bike so he then stored it for over 17yrs, preferring to ride his BMW.

It was then purchased by an 888 collector, who kept it for a while. I purchased it off him. The bike is in total original condition (except for new tires and front pads, still have originals), not modified and no parts missing, it even has the Db killers still tack welded into the cans!

Since buying the bike I have done the following:

1. Full service, belts, plugs, oil and air filters, fuel filter and tank gaskets.

2. Full brake service, stripped and cleaned the calipers, new pads and new fluid

3. New Dunlop Q2 tires, I still have the original fitment Michelin Hi Sports

4. Fork and shock refurb including new fork seals by Ohlins USA,

My plan was to get the bike running and then restore it to perfect OE condition, as it has a small crack and scuff on the RH fairing from the original owner topple over as noted above, and some of the engine bolts and finishes are showing some corrosion from age. I got the bike in perfect running order and rode it a little last year and really enjoyed riding it, the bike is a beauty and anyone that knows Ducati’s knows how special it is. I just don’t have time to ride it.

So it’s up for sale, I’d like it to go to someone who will care for it and keep this classic on the road. Not interested in lowball offers, don’t need a quick sale. I’ve been watching these bikes for a long time and I have not seen a more original, lower mileage SP4 anywhere in the world.

Take a look at the photo’s the bike is in perfectly original condition, it is not concurs, it shows some signs or age related patina from it’s 22 years. For true collectors this originality and patina is very desirable, as the bike is exactly as it was when it left the Bologna factory in 1992.



A Rare Opportunity in the U.S. – 1992 Ducati 888 SP4 #465
Ducati July 9, 2013 posted by

Colorado Superbike: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO


Located in Colorado is this beautiful Ducati 888 SPO. If you know what you want, then this bike needs no introduction. The last of the 851/888 line up before the introduction of the legendary 916 platform, the 888 remains iconic to Superbike fans everywhere.


Unlike many Ducati Superbikes, this one has been ridden. It is ironic that the desmoquattro line has enjoyed supreme reliability – not exactly the hallmark of a racebike-derived street motorcycle. Yes, the maintenance intervals are a bit more frequent that than of your average UJM (and probably more expensive, too), but that is little to put up with in the face of torque, speed, and outright exclusivity.


From the seller:
Up for auction is a very nice 1994 Ducati 888SPO Superbike. Super rare with only 16,615 original miles. Bike is super clean with only a few minor flaws. One being some paint flake in the front fairing and the others being flaws in the front carbon fender. Own a peice of history with this gorgeous 888SPO!


This bike is available now – either via aution or BIN. If you have to ask, the BIN is set at $10,999 – a little high considering the miles, but not totally out of line with a triple-eight these days. Click the link to check out the auction and the TONS of pictures the seller has posted. This is a lot of bike, and probably a great example from Ducati to hang on to. Good Luck!!



Ducati May 30, 2013 posted by

RC30 Contender: Ducati 888 SP4 (Italy)

Motorbike magazines of 20 years ago, often compared the Honda RC 30 and the Ducati 888 SP models. At the end, these bikes were the top of sport bikes. They represented the most exotic commercial bikes available and were also the most expensive. Both of them were real race replicas. When put at the test, the Honda didn’t deliver as much power as one would have thought and that’s why you could get plenty of HRC upgrades. Ducati on the other hand, packed really a lot into their Sport Production series. This SP4 is a great example.

888 SP4_1

The bike has 25.000 km and the seller mentions that it was only ridden on the road. It features a couple of extras like the Arrow mufflers and aftermarket mirrors, but I assume all original parts are available and included in the price. In addition the seller also offers a spare SP4 spec engine, with just 8000 km. Let’s get to some figures now:

The Ducati 888 SP4 is on sale for 17.500 EUR

888 SP4_2

This is inline with the cheapest RC30 you might find, but I guess, these won’t be in as beautiful conditions as the seller mentions.

The spare engine is on sale for 6000 EUR

888 SP4_7

That is not cheap…

If you wish to have both, then you’ll get away with 22.000 EUR.

888 SP4_4

I have an 888 myself, even though this is only a Strada.  I can only mention that these bikes still ride very nicely, they are more comfortable then the 916 series and way more exclusive. They are also very reliable. Mine hasn’t a high mileage and I have never had problems with it. More interestingly, from one of my trips in Japan, I collected a magazine dedicated to Ducati (you got the love how Japanese people can be so passionate about Italian bikes). On this magazine, there was an article about this guy who went twice through the speedometer mileage counter, and still loves his 888. Here’s a scan of that:




Well, I guess you need to be able to read Japanese…

I was told that that’s what it says up there, if instead I was fooled and anybody has a different understanding, then please comment… 🙂

Well, obviously both the Honda RC 30 and the Ducati 888 SP are amazing bikes, they have their own objective advantages and disadvantages in addition to whatever might be your personal taste. Best is to have one of each. One thing is for sure, 888s valuations have not yet reached the status of RCs and given the current Ducati misfortunes in both MotoGP and WSBK, the glorious 888 might spring back in the next years…

888 SP4_3


Ducati 888 SP 4 in Italy


Ducati March 14, 2013 posted by

Restored 1993 Ducati 888 Corse Racebike in England

1993 Ducati 888 Corse For Sale

When I first saw this ad, it shows the miles as 0 and I thought it was new. But actually this bike was campaigned for a while but then restored to new condition where it’s been a used as a display piece ever since. An 888 Corse is a rare opportunity whenever when comes up for sale, but you get to choose, again, if it’s ready for track or the ultimate 888 living room addition.


1993 Ducati 888 Corse for sale on eBay UK


from the seller:

This must surely be regarded as pure bike porn, a genuine factory 888 Corse racebike from 1993 in absolutely stunning condition, they were never this well presented when they were new! We have traced some of its history but as you can imagine information about this period is a little difficult to find. We do know she was raced in the early nineties until she was withdrawn from service and brought up to showroom condition for a private collector. After spending several years as a show piece she changed hands again to the current owner who has lavished even more care and attention on her to bring her to the gleaming example you see hear. You really cannot apreciate how good this bike is without viewing her for your self we guarantee you wont be dissapointed!!




Ducati January 18, 2013 posted by

Historic Ducati: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO LTD #89


Today I started out my morning on the prowl for something totally unique, totally rare and totally cool. What I found was another Ducati. Now before you sharpen your pitchforks and ignite your flamethrowers , take a deep breath. Relax. We hear you, and know what you are talking about. We are always on the lookout for great bikes – its just that sometimes multiple copies of the same “rare” bike go on the market at the same time. Such is the case with the rarest of the first generation desmoquattros, the ’94 888 LTD SPO models.


To be truthful, any of the 851 – 888 generation bikes will make big, booming Ducati noises and impress the bystanders and the curb kickers. What makes a true SPO bike special is the singular focus on performance; the solo tail removes all of the passenger grab handle hardware and weight; the high pipes aid in ground clearance and aerodymanics, all made possible by the lack of a passenger; and the liberal use of carbon fiber (racer’s bling) to shed the pounds and add some race track creds. These bikes are also reasonably rare, and offer a serialized number plate riveted to the headstock.


From the seller:
The real deal..
1994 was the last year Ducati made the 888 before introducing the 916. This SPO LTD was #89 of only 100 made (only 75 of them made it to the US) This series was brought out to commemorate the double SuperBike Championship (the AMA and the World).
Own a rare piece of Ducati history. Runs great, very good shape with only 6,146 miles.

This bike has been ridden and enjoyed and not abused! Never ridden in rain or inclement weather but in warm and dry conditions only. Kept in doors or garage.
This is not a standard 851/888, if you only want a standard Ducati there are plenty on the market, if you want a rare and collectable bike call with serious offers only.


The 888 LTD SPO bikes are pricey as far as Gen I, four-valve bikes go. The asking price on this one is $14,000 or best offer. That is pretty much in line with the going rate; neither outrageously high, nor a bargain. Still, finding one is the challenge, and at 6,200 miles this one has been ridden enough to be used, but not so much as to be used up. Check out all of the pictures and details here, and then let us know what you think. Meanwhile, we will continue to bring you the best mix of smokers, imports, one offs and survivors that we can find!


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 November 19, 2012 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 with 992 miles

Update 11.19.2012: We first published this post in September and the bike has been relisted a few times. Now it’s wearing a $9000 buy-it-now and a slightly updated description. Links updated. -dc

RSBFS is becoming famous. I knew that the instant I showed up to the RSBFS corporate offices and the boss showed me this Ducati 888. As I wrote in an earlier post (a Doug Polen autographed 888):

The 888 was an evolution of the ground-breaking 851, and itself became the jump-off point for the iconic 916. There is plenty of performance here to keep up with more modern machinery, and it is hard to argue with the good looks bestowed upon this series of bikes.

Yup. I wrote that. And I still believe it is true. Its just when you start to see RSBFS words showing up in other motorcycle adverts that you know your site is doing well, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all.

From the seller:
1993 Ducati 888 desmoquattro superbike with 992miles

The 888 was an evolution of the ground-breaking 851, and itself became the jump-off point for the iconic 916. There is plenty of performance here to keep up with more modern machinery, and it is hard to argue with the good looks bestowed upon this series of bikes.This is the best time to grab a piece of history, the bike has been sitting for 3 years welled maintain , the only thing that was replaced on this sweet smooth baby was the fuel tank, the reason why the tank was replaced, was because we left the tank empty without no gasoline for a whole year by the time i got to the bike to do some maintenance the tank was rusty so i had no choice but to replace the tank.the rectifier has also been replace,The condition of this back is in a great shape, just a little minor scratches on the fairings and the side mirror as you can see in the pictures. it also comes with a cabin seat, good condition tires (no need to replace), the only thing that will be needed is just a routine maintenance, because the bike has been sitting for a long time.

Hmm, the first part of that description sounds pretty familiar. Plagiarism aside, this 888 does look pretty good, although the lower resolution pictures tend to make it look orange rather than Ducati red. As noted there are some nicks and scratches, but I’d bet that a good service of oil and belts would go a long way to bringing this bike back to glory. The pipes and windscreen are not stock, making me wonder what other changes might have been made over the years. If I was in the market for an 888, I would definitely ask for a LOT more pictures, and possibly even arrange for an in-person viewing. These are rare, but there are enough around to take the time to find the right one a worthwhile endeavor; the wrong one can be an expensive proposition.

The auction has moved slowly on this one, with only a few bids amounting to just over $6,000 and reserve still in place. There are several days left to go, so it is possible that interest will build nearer to auction close. We’re getting pretty close to fair money on the bike at this point, so the reserve will be the real tell tale. For more information on this iconic 888, click the link and jump over to the auction. And make sure you tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS – twice!