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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 June 6, 2011 posted by

1993 Ducati 888SPO

To me this is one very special bike, why you may ask.  Is it because only 290 of these bikes were made? Nope. Is it because they were homologation bikes for AMA racing? Nope.  It is because I am lucky enough to own one of these beauties.  My wife insists I keep it in the garage as I would rather keep it in the living room to display as a work of art.  To me this is one of the all time classic sports bikes.  The engine was rated at 100hp but with a new chip set and a bit more air that goes up, mine has been dyno’ed at 105 at the wheel.  

In the sellers own words:

Good day, everyone!

Up for auction is my 1993 Ducati 888 SPO. Only a very few of these bikes still exist today as they were only imported to the USA in 1993 (SPO) and 1994 (LTD).  Here’s your opportunity to own a hand-built classic Ducati…

The bike has been meticulously maintained:

– Brand new AGM sealed battery- no more filling and lasts longer than the OE Yuasa battery

– All valves were checked: all 8 valves still in tolerance

– 2 Timing belts replaced (11,182 miles)

– 2 Injectors synchronized (11,182 miles)

– Oil and filter changed

– No leaks anywhere and the bike runs flawlessly

The bike has the following amenities:

– Corbin seat

– Brembo GP front master brake cylinder

– Kevlar brake lines in the front and rear

– Dark smoke windscreen

– 2 brand new Michelin Pilot Power tires

– Ferracci Carbon Fiber exhaust

– Ohlins rear adjustable shock

– Billet vented clutch cover

– Pro Italia upgraded clutch Master Slave Cylinder

– Carbon fiber front and rear fenders

Cosmetically, the bike has few paint chips that have been touch-up painted.  The very bottom of the side fairings have been coated w/ Hercules truckbed epoxy black liner to be more resistant to damaging road debris.  There is one slight dime ding (which I pointed to in the pics, but really hard to detect).

This 888 SPO is one fantastic motorbike.  In a sea of 748/916/996/998 and Monsters…it’s quite refreshing and unique to stand out amongst the Ducatisti with this immaculate hand-built World Champion.

Good luck bidding!  Please keep in mind that this bike comes with no written or implied warranties.  This bike is for sale locally and could stop the auction before its posted end time.  A $500 NON REFUNDABLE deposit is required at auction’s end.

Pick up and shipping will be the sole responsibility of the winning bidder.  I’ll help where I can though.

Feel confident in my 100% positive feedback rating; it doesn’t come without being upfront and honest in every transaction…Thanks for looking at my auction.  Have a great day!…

One thing about these bikes is the fact that the service interval is 3000 miles and the valves need doing at that interval.  So if you want to do high mileage there will be costs! Having said that, they are a very rewarding ride and you will get a lot of attention wherever you go as they are beautiful.  So as to price, well I would be surprised if he doesn’t get at least $8,000 for the bike, any less than that and it is a great buy.  There are a couple of non standard mods, such as the master cylinder, but nothing that really detracts from the bike.  There is no mention of whether an FIM or FBF chip has gone in the bike, along with the FBF exhausts but that was a common mod.

Of course you should always hear one of these:


Ducati April 29, 2011 posted by

Heck With The Wedding: 1995 Ducati 888 SP5 In The UK

Heck With The Wedding:  1995 Ducati 888 SP5 In The UK

Now this is something to pay attention to in the UK, not some silly wedding.  Didn’t we politely ask the Brits to leave years ago so we wouldn’t have to witness such events?  Lets talk Ducati history though not American history!  They still look good don’t they?  More than good, they just look “right”.  There is nothing extra there, just a bare bones racing motorcycle disguised as a street bike.


Exclude the Supermono and former race bikes; are the 888 SP’s the most collectible Ducati’s?  How about this one: if offered a 2011 1098 Tri Color or a 888 SP4 or 5, which would you take?  I’d take the classic in a heart beat.

While looking up info on the SP5, I came across a good discussionon the SP4 vs. the SP5.  Guys were arguing the case for both bikes and then someone tossed in the info that the SP2 was the last of the SP’s to be built in Ducati’s race shop. Does that give it more points to Ducati purists?  Interesting stuff to say the least.

This particular example has traveled 8852 miles.  It is relatively stock with a Termignoni exhaust and White Power shock added to the mix.

Ah, the music that must come from there (see below).  It can be yours, .

This isn’t the bike for sale but it would be a crime to have no audio with this post.


Ducati April 26, 2011 posted by

1993 Ducati Superbike 888 in PA!

For Sale: 1993 Ducati Superbike 888

The mighty Ducati 888 grew from the foundation of the 851 – which itself introduced liquid cooling, fuel injection and desmoquattro heads to the Ducati lineup. With increased displacement and greatly enhanced performance, Ducati used the 888 successfully at the racetrack – and in the showroom. The ’93 888 was the final model of this style before the introduction of the iconic 916.

This is really my favorite kind of motorcycle: High performance, relative rarity, booming sound, great Italian looks, conservatively modified, low miles (1,163) and still the original owner. That really says a lot, when you know the bike has not been handed down from owner to owner, each making more changes. I could wish for more detailed pictures, but that would be the first request on my list when contacting the seller.

From the seller:
This is my 1993 Ducati 888,I have owned this bike since new (original owner) . This bike is in near immaculate condition,w/very low miles… Marchesini wheels,carbon fiber bits (fenders,exhaust,clutch cover) some safety wiring done as well (axles,brake calipers,oil filter) runs like it did when it was new,last service done by Feracci 2-3 yrs ago. Just put a brand new battery in it. Included in the sale are whatever original parts I can find,plus both front and rear stands.

These desmoquattro series of bikes are very robust provided that maintenance is done regularly and on a schedule (both time and miles). In this case it would appear that the maintenance matches the miles, however cam belts are due on a regular basis regardless of use; a wize buyer would have these replaced before running the bike in anger. This is not a negative on this bike or seller at all; Ducatis have maintenance needs that are different than many Japanese machines.

This bike is available via auction right now. The current bid is up to $7,875 with reserve not met. There is a BIN on the bike for $11k. The latter might be a bit high in today’s market, but if the bike is as clean as the mileage might suggest (again, I would ask for updated pics first), this could still be a bargain Superbike when all is said and done. To see more info, view the pictures and get in on the bidding, . Good luck!


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale March 10, 2011 posted by

Italian Connection: Rare bike collection for sale in Italy!

For Sale: Ducati TT1 F1 NCR 900ss 998R NCR Evoluzione 888 916 Honda 250GP CBX RC45 Lambretta

RSBFS was recently contacted by an Italian entreprenuer who was putting his collection of rare racebikes and streetbikes up for sale. And what a collection! Above witness a Honda 250 GP racer (left) as prepped by HRC and ridden by Stefano Caracchi, a Ducati 888 NCR Superbike (middle) also raced by Stefano Caracchi, and a Ducati 916 that won the 1995 San Marino GP in Monza with Pier Francesco Chili aboard! And that is just the start of this amazing private museum.

If you like the racebike them but are more intereseted in street legal machinery, then how about this flawless Honda RC45 – better known as a RVF750R to some. Developed by Honda as a homologation bike to qualify for the Superbike World Championship, the European versions were good for a reported 118 horsepower!

If Ducati is more your speed (pun intended), how about this NCR Ducati 998R. According to the seller, this bike was the number 1 996R. It was used by Ducati for internal testing and media events. It was then sent to NCR, and was transformed into the original and unique 998R NCR Evoluzione.

What collection would be complete without the iconic Ducati 900ss? This particular bevel twin was prepped by NCR specifically for endurance racing and includes bigger valves, bigger carbs, a Conti silencer and Campagnolo alloy wheels.

According to the seller, only 7 of these Ducati TT1 F1 NCR exist! These were first produced for Mike Hailwood, and the initial 2 bikes were delivered directly to Hailwood (to commemorate his Isle of Man TT victory and the World title). This particular bike is the third one built by NCR.

In a collection of this caliber, this CBX looks positively pedestrian – although it is certainly a rare and desirable bike. This bike just does not quite have the same racing history as the others in the collection. It is in fully original condition and looks perfect.

And if all of the above beasts are too much bike for you, then here is a wonderful little Lambretta Innocenti Li125. This 4-speed scooter was introduced as a 1959 model.

From the seller:
My business activities require my full commitment and I have very little time to dedicate to my passion and to take care of my unique collection. In addition, my family does not share my same passion for motorsports and has other interests. Therefore, in order to avoid the risk of having to witness the slow but inexorable decline of my “creatures”, I have decided to sell my collection. I hope that you will take care of my “precious” masterpieces.

Tel. +39 0731 245999
Mobile +39 348 3962712 (only in italian)

For more information and tons of pictures of these fabulous bikes, please visit the seller’s website (available in both Italian and English). Good luck to the seller – these beautiful bikes certainly deserve a good home. If you are interested in any of the bikes you see here, please contact the seller at the above address and tell him you saw it on RSBFS!


Ducati November 29, 2010 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 Superbike

For sale: 1993 Ducati 888 Desmoquattro Superbike!

In the early 1990’s, Ducati created these second-generation desmoquattro superbikes by bumping the displacement of the old 851 mill to a magic 888cc. This new bike inherited other 851 hallmarks, including liquid cooling, computerized fuel injection and four-valve heads. With plenty of torque inherent in the v-twin configuration and a 10,000 RPM redline, the triple-eight was a potent performer.

From the seller:
1993 Ducati 888 for sale with only 14,212 miles! This superbike features the Termignoni exhaust, and liquid cooled computerized fuel injection four-valve desmodromic 888cc engine. This beauty has been enthusiast owned and in storage for past 3+ years as owner suffered a stroke and could no longer ride.

Features and Options:
Raw carbon fiber fenders
Termignoni exhaust system
New battery

This is an amazing collectible bike, you will have no disappointments. Leasing and finance options are available – trades are gladly considered.

With 14,000 miles on the clock this bike is priced a little higher than other 888 samples seen on RSBFS – the BIN price is a cool $10,000. The bike is very clean, however, and the seller has included many hi-res pictures to drool over.

for your chance to own this beauty – or to troll over all of the pics. 888 Superbikes are not very common, and one in this kind of condition is well worth a look!


Ducati November 1, 2010 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 SPO Superbike!

For Sale: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO Superbike

Are you impressed by the current crop of 1198 Superbikes? How about the 1098? 999? 996 or 916? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you have this bike to thank. That’s right: The performance and success of this desmoquattro, fuel-injected Ducati 888 SPO made future Ducati Superbikes possible. It didn’t hurt that that bike was gorgeous:

The 888 SPO (Sport Production Omologato) was only available in limited numbers. It is estimated that only 400 Homologated street units sold between 1993 and 1994. These homologation units qualified the 888 for competition in World Superbike for production-based machines. Only 300 units were 888SPO, with the final 100 units receiving the “888LTD” designation. Any way you cut it, the 888 is one rare machine.

This particular bike appears to be in great shape. It has slightly higher mileage than a lot of bikes of this eschelon with 16,236 miles, but at least the new owner will not have to fret about putting time on a zero-miles bike.

From the seller:
I am proud to offer one of my all time favorite motorcycles for sale. I am a factory certified Ducati mechanic and have performed an extensive service including but not limited to: Belts, Valve adjustment, throttle body sync, fuel filter, Engine oil and filter, steering head bearing lube and adjustment, swingarrm and all critical fastener torques, forks. Bike performs like new!!!!!!!!! New ohlins steering damper, carbon hugger, carbon front fender, carbon guage surround, spiegler s/s brake and clutch lines, throttle meister, carbon slip ons with Ferrachi chip, 101 rwhp on our Dynojet Dyno!

Are you drooling yet? If not, perhaps you should check your pulse!

This bike is for sale right now, and the auction time is running out. This is your chance to not only own a significant piece of Ducati history, but a fantastic work of art as well.


Ducati April 15, 2010 posted by

1994 DUCATI 888 SPO LTD #61 OF #200

You know in Club racing that “guy” with all the money, I mean he pulls in with his badass trailer and Range Rover, has a pit set up that mimic’s the 2009 Honda Repsol MotoGP Team and then pulls out some insane $100k race bike. Well in 1994 we had a guy like that, nice guy though but one day he shows up and pulls out an ex Doug Polan Ferracci 888(955) AMA bike. We were all like “WTF”??? I remember  just how rare it was to see such a bike so we all just stood around while someone wheeled the electric cart over to start it. “Ching, ching, ching, ching…BaBAM!!” as it fires up. The rumor was it had 150hp and in 1994 that was huge, so in the spirit of “my wanker’s bigger than yours” this guy pleasantly dices around all day for last place.

Well I’m back again talking about 888’s, seems like these things come in cycles, when you want to buy one there never around, then when you don’t, there everywhere. It’s one of my favorite Ducati’s and their best performer until the 916 came out. LTD’s or “Limited” were the last 888’s produced for the street but not a whole lot different from the regular 888 SPO ‘s other than some carbon bits and a few other misc cosmetic items. In ’93/’94 you could also buy for racing their SP4 and SP5 versions which were basically copies of the bike they raced in World Superbike. Ducati offered so many “trick” bits for these bikes and at the time Fast By Ferracci Ducati was at the top of their game for racing and tuning  here in the US. Their presence at each AMA Superbike event was just about on par with Ferrari’s F1 efforts.  Located in Frankfort IL, here’s a pretty nice example on EBay, click to view.

From the ad: 

#61 of 200 made & only 75 sold in the US. Original wheels, Ohlins shock.

12,000 mile service done 4/30/08, including valve adjustment & timing belts.

I believe I am the 3rd owner.  The only mods I am aware of are the rear sets & a Corbin seat.

There are small areas of chipped paint on the lips of the fairings where your toes would hit when feet are on the footpegs. These were present when bought & I have added a couple.  There is also a crack on the underside of the right fairing which has been repaired & is not visible on the outside, also on pics.  Always garaged & never dropped while in my posession.

There are no mechanical issues whatsoever.  I am selling the bike because my back arthritis cannot tolerate the riding position.

The bike is for sale locally so I reserve the right to end the auction at any time.

Will deliver within 100 miles of the Chicago Metro area in an enclosed trailer

Conclusion;  these things give me major “wood”. This one seems to be a really nice clean example for the miles and maybe with a bit of paintwork, a set of stock rear sets, the bike would really shine in my opinion. If you wanted major “Starbuck” posing points try to locate a set of Termignoni carbon cans to finish it off. Keep checking this sale and see where the price goes, it could be one hell of a deal.

Ciao for now, Jay