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Ducati February 24, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: Very Early Production 1995 Ducati 916 Monoposto “Varese”

Seller reports that this bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Ducati 916 Varese For Sale

It’s no secret that for many visitors (and contributors) of this website, the Ducati 916 is a bedroom wall icon that holds a special place in our virtual or actual collections. However the 916 has been a relative collector’s bargain and only recently has the market shown signs of an uptick in value. While the later evolution models of the 996 and 998 still command a bit of a premium, especially with the limited edition SPS and R variants, there is also a cult following surrounding the very early production 916 units for the 1995 model year.


Just as the 916 was set to debut for the 1995 model year, there was a fire at the Ducati Bologna factory. Rather than miss the launch, construction of these very first 916’s was done in the city of Varese. Because this wasn’t the planned production facility, the units manufactured at this factory were largely hand assembled, adding to their panache and folklore today.


It could be argued that being hand built, especially in Italy, they could actually posses more human error than would be found in normal assembly line construction. Then again, that just adds to the character of these earliest bikes as well.


This particular example looks like a carefully ridden rider that has been well looked after, and is just about to start appreciating – significantly. It’s nearly all stock and the few modifications that are in place are tasteful and period correct.

From the seller:

I am offering this Iconic classic in amazing condition including the original owner’s manual, rear stand and original tool kit. This bike has been extensively gone through mechanically. This bike is one of only 793 total monoposto units built between 1994 and 1995 to be imported into the US… The only years these were available with the Magnetti P8 computer and the billboard graphics was 94-97. Later years went to lesser graphics and the 1.5 ECU.

This bike I purchased last October and have acquired interest in other bikes since then. Cosmetically I have done nothing more than to wash the bike and correct minor flaws! This 916 VARESE Model is harder to find than the Bologna models. This bike has a Production date of 11/94 more detailed pics can be sent by email. Mechanically I have done the following as the bike sat for over for almost a year from the previous owner.

1. All filters were replaced and oil was changed
2. Most of the hardware was replaced with new yellow zinc plated hardware as they were from the factory
3. Injectors were replaced. tank was drained and treated before fresh fuel just added on 1/15/15.
4. New Battery also added 1/15/15

What’s NOT original on the bike??

As I am not the first owner I can only provide you with what I have done or what you see in the pictures.

1. Original clutch slave cylinder was replaced with an aftermarket unit
2.Original exhaust slip-ons were replaced with Termignoni carbon fiber half system
3. Windscreen is an Original Ducati part but not the correct one for this year
4. Complete SAMCO hose kit (yellow)
5. Obviously the tires are not original but I highly recommend that the new owner replaces them as they are over 2 years old

I have additional pictures and I am more than willing to share those with any interested parties. I also have the following.

1. Original owner’s manual in good condition
2. Original tool kit
3. Original rear stand

All the work was performed by me or the local dealer. A short history of who I am can be found on the internet by searching my name (Nick Anglada) . I have built countless custom bikes, my work has been featured in over 100 magazine articles internationally, televison as well as having guest wirtten tech articles for motorcycle magzines in the past 16 years .


For what it may be lacking in total originality, it certainly makes up for in asking price. At just $8,250 buy-it-now on eBay, this represents what we have seen in recent months for any exceptional and original 916. Being an early Varese model only ensures that this example should continue to receive attention for years to come.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Nick Anglada and UsedDucatiParts for supporting the site with another Featured Listing. Good luck to buyers and seller.


Featured Listing:  Very Early Production 1995 Ducati 916 Monoposto “Varese”
Ducati February 15, 2015 posted by

Still Stock: 1995 Ducati 916 Strada with 8160 miles

Here is an opportunity for someone to get what looks like a nearly bone stock Ducati 916.  The most pristine versions of these bike only seem to come up for sale at this time of the year so if you want to obtain one of these, it might be now or wait till next year.

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1995 Ducati 916 for sale on ebay

In case you have been living under a rock/in a cave, the 916 was probably “the” bike that introduced Ducati to an entire generation of motorcycle riders.   It won pretty much every magazine’s Bike of the Year award for 1994 and Ducati sold out its entire US production before any actually arrived in the country.

Even though its been 20 years since its introduction it still appears in the top lists of important designs in motorcycle history by authorities like the Guggenheim Museum.  In a retrospective on the 1990s, Motorcyclist magazine simply stated, “1994: Ducati 916 debuts. Did anything else happen that year?

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According to the seller, this one was traded in by an older gentleman.   The 916 had a pretty aggressive riding position so if this one was owned by someone a bit more mature this may explain why the mileage is so low.  It would also help explain how the owner resisted the temptation to modify the bike (such as this example also for sale on ebay).

Here is what the seller has to say about the bike:

Acquired the bike last year from an older gentleman who decided it was time to sell as he was getting a bit to old to handle the sporting characteristics of the Motorcycle.

He had owned the bike for many years and had spent a lot of money on upgrades including a reverse shift pattern, different exhaust as well as suspension.

I had the bike fully serviced last summer with all fluids, plugs and the battery changed.

916 2

Aside from the sellers comments, this one looks to be pretty much stock except for the heat wrapping on the exhausts and a few pics of what looks like replaced parts (bonus points to the seller for including pics of the “extra bits”).

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So whats this 916 worth?  Well this version was the base version (I think also known as the Strada but I’m not sure about that).  A lot of collectors prefer the SP/SPS or RS versions of the 916 or perhaps the later 996/998 which looked pretty much the same.  From what I was able to find out these “base” 916’s seem to be a little less desirable but still look stunning, a tribute to designers Massimo Tamburini and Sergio Robbiano and their team at the Cagiva Research Centre.

Prices for these seem to be hovering around the 7,000 USD mark so the asking price of 6900 USD is right on but it would likely need some new rubber and perhaps a belt service.  Perhaps this is an opportunity for someone who always wanted a 916 to pick one up and just enjoy it without having to worry about resale value.


Still Stock:  1995 Ducati 916 Strada with 8160 miles
Ducati September 11, 2014 posted by

Gilding the Lily: 1999 Ducati 996SPS

1999 Ducati 996SPS R Side

Look, they made a lot of Ducati 916/996/998’s over the years, and while they’re truly iconic machines, they’re also kind of cliché, especially in stock form. Not that I don’t love them to pieces. I have every intention of owning one at some point.

Part of the reason for their ubiquity is the fact that they adorned the walls of every adolescent petrol-head and had a spot in the fantasy garage of every adult biker, so images of them are pretty much everywhere, often with naked models draped over them in suggestive poses. But as many as they made, the entire production of Tamburini’s masterpiece is still just a drop in the bucket, compared to all the GSX-R’s and Ninjas that were built. So while the 916/996/998 may seem cliché, they’re still quite rare in actual fact.

1999 Ducati 996SPS L Rear

Unleashed onto a completely stunned world in 1994, the 916 redefined sex on wheels for a generation of bike-enthusiasts. With an uncompromising ass-up, head-down riding position that made absolutely zero sense unless you were hanging off at more than 50° lean, nearly graphics-free flanks not quite hiding the signature trellis frame that flew in the face of beam-framed homogeny, and tucked-under-the-tail exhausts that roasted your ass, but provided nearly infinite cornering clearance, the blood-red 916 looked like nothing else on the road.

It was, in fact, so iconic, that it completely doomed the 749/999 bikes that followed, in spite of their being completely excellent motorcycles, and far more comfortable than their predecessors. The follow up 1098 took a step backwards in terms of design, looking like a softened and modernized 916. Basically, it was Ducati ripping itself off.

1999 Ducati 996SPS Front

While standard 996’s are currently the bargain of the 916 range, this is much more than a standard bike. Short of the homologation “R”, the SPS was the highest-spec bike in Ducati’s stable at the time, with lightweight wheels, an uprated engine, improved suspension, and an adjustable steering head. The 996 featured the same engine as the earlier 916SPS that actually displaced 996cc’s [are you still with me?] but with less weight, it generally feels [and is] much faster than the listed power would suggest. In typical Italian style, power quotes vary a bit, but let’s say “more than 120hp with a fat wedge of torque.”

1999 Ducati 996SPS Front and Dash

This particular example is probably making even more than that…

From the original eBay listing that reads like a Ducatisti Christmas wish-list: 1999 Ducati 996 SPS for Sale

Up for sale is a super clean and un abused 996 with only 45 original miles most of which are from dyno tuning. However, this is no ordinary 996, this bike has been fully modified with all of the best parts money could buy. Bike was purchased and immediately transported to Fast by Ferracci to have the engine blueprinted and all of the best parts installed. below is a list of what is done to the bike (take note there will be a different auction resembling this one for its sister bike, do not confuse when bidding)

Engine was blueprinted and below parts were installed
Ducati performance RS camshafts
custom head gaskets to set squish
5angle valve job with ported and polished heads
Ducati performance Titanium valves
titanium connecting rods
Pistal racing high compression piston kit with matched nicosil coated cylinders
lightweight flywheel
micro polished lightened and balanced crankshaft
custom tuned chip for ECU/ignition advancer and retarder and performance plugs and wires
fast by ferracci full stainless exhaust
STM EVOLUZIONE slipper clutch
titanium bolt kit

carbon fiber parts include,
full airbox and intake velocity stacks (ducati performance MS Productions) very expensive.
intake runners
dash cover
key guard
air dam
undertail and plate hanger
swingarm cover
rear extended hugger/chainguard
front vented RS type fender
bike also has Ducati Performance Marchesini Magnesium wheels

title is free and clear and fuel pump and filter were just replaced with new belts and oil change.

this bike screams and is built by the best to run for a long time, engine build was the best mixture of performance and long life that could be bought.

1999 Ducati 996SPS Pipes

Starting bid for this is $15,000, with no takers as yet. Given the level of investment, this bike is probably worth it, although that price is more in line with the far rarer and more exotic “R”. This should be more than a mere “parts hanger” because, while Fast by Ferracci may have a somewhat spotty reputation as a dealer, their ability to build a race bike is unquestioned: it’s right there in the name! They’ve been racing Ducatis in various levels of competition for many years with quite a bit of success.

1999 Ducati 996SPS Airbox

What’s just a shame is the 45 miles the bike has covered since being built. Why spend the money to put something like this together, then let it sit and collect dust? But while the current owner may be missing out, you can throw a bid out there and get a seriously trick Italian superbike for the price of a new R1.


1999 Ducati 996SPS L Side

Gilding the Lily: 1999 Ducati 996SPS
Cagiva September 6, 2014 posted by

Unicorn Sighting: 1995 Cagiva Mito with Cali Title for Sale

Introduced in 1989, the Cagiva Mito was restyled in 1994 by… Well you get three guesses. If, after a quick look at that front fairing and headlight arrangement, you guessed “Massimo Tamburini”, you win a cookie! Either that or you’re quick with a Google search…

1995 Cagiva Mito R Front Rear

Looking for all the world like a miniature, aluminum beam-framed Ducati 916, the Cagiva Mito was powered by a water-cooled 125cc two-stroke single that put 34hp through a 7-speed transmission. So it was a genuine miniature sportbike, not some feeble learner’s tool: this baby 916 actually gave Valentino Rossi his very first title, in the Italian 125cc championship.

1995 Cagiva Mito R Side Bar

With no power to mention below 8,000 rpm and a redline at 11,400, it needs all seven gears to keep the power flowing. The bike is extremely narrow and your knees can nearly touch. Like riding a very angry mountain bike…

With the typical American aversion to anything two-stroke or under 1000cc’s, these are exceedingly rare on these shores. In fact, the seller claims that only 25 were imported to the US, although I assume he’s referring to this specific model year.

1995 Cagiva Mito Front Wheel

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Cagiva Mito for Sale

Designed by the late Massimo Tamburini is a pearl white 125 Cagiva Mito with an Evo1 motor (7 speed). It’s powered by a 2 stroke racing engine that makes it a light, fast and a extremely nimble bike with a California pink slip and registered with custom CA plates. The mito was rebuilt from the ground up, every bolt, nut, and part is either brand new or professionally refurbished to better than new.

1 of 25 imported to America!
CA plated and current registration
Italian made using the best European race parts available.
Digital dash
Aluminium frame
Steering damper or dampener
Upside-down Marzocchi forks
Four-piston Brembo front brake caliper
Super light race fiber glass bodywork
updated Evo 2 wheels
De-restricted from Europe
Engine has been tuned and serviced by CN racing

As the seller mentions, he’s updated this bike with Evo II wheels. This is a very cool little motorcycle, although why a bike from 1995 needed a “ground up” rebuild is something to ponder. These aren’t the sort of bikes one does big miles on… The pearl-white bodywork with minimal graphics looks great: the original featured a good bit more badging and racy sponsor-decals. And that Vapor digital dash is very slick-looking.

1995 Cagiva Mito Brake

But it does beg the question: why? Was it crashed? The title is listed as being “Clear” so that increases confidence somewhat, and the bike does feature a California title and registration, also big marks in the “Plus” column.

There’s a nice start-up video as well:

Bidding is active, although remains a bit low, and the Reserve Has Not Yet Been Met. There’s a couple days left on this, so jump in if you’ve had a hankering to wind through seven gears and aren’t put off bit a bit of cosmetic updates to your miniature masterpiece!


1995 Cagiva Mito R Side

Unicorn Sighting: 1995 Cagiva Mito with Cali Title for Sale
Ducati August 27, 2014 posted by

The Price of Fame: 1998 Ducati 916 Senna Edition


The Ducati 916 is often hailed as the most beautiful motorcycle ever produced. It certainly was a game changer for Ducati, as well as World Superbike. With performance well beyond the existing 851/888 series and a sharper, more focused look, the 916 won the accolades of the press, the trophies on the track, and set new sales records for Ducati. Despite its success, it was not immune to the Ducati “limited edition” way. The 916 was offered in SP and SPS variants, as well as specialty livery. This Senna Edition is just such a bike. Limited to 300 units and built with carbon fiber panels, the Senna Edition celebrated Ayrton’s life and his charity for underprivileged children in his home country of Brazil. This was a very expensive 916 (which itself was far more expensive than any contemporary sportbike). Today, there are Senna Editions of both Ducati and MV Agusta machines, and their resale value is somewhat spotty. It is a good looking color scheme to be sure – but comes with a premium price tag.


1998 Ducati 916 Senna Edition for sale on eBay


From the seller:
Exceptional motorcycle being a part of a series limited to 300 copies in the world. It’s a masterpiece of unique and rare beauty. This motorcycle is the last Senna built by the factory in 1998 with the n° 300, has been signed by Troy Bayliss (Superbike Worldchampion). First swiss road registration made in may 2000.

Irreproachable state, with only 5923 km, maintained by enthusiast. Runs like new and always parked in closed garage. Comes with all documentation, double of keys and all original accessories: cover, back stand bike and slip on carbon Termignoni.
Last Ducati dealer inspection and service done in january 2014.

Estimation made by Bonhams Europe between 15,000.- and 18,000.- euros that’s 19,000.- 23,000 USD. The motorcycle is in Geneva – Switzerland(Swiss).


We have seen quite a few Senna Edition Ducatis and MV Agustas on the pages of RSBFS. In fact, we have seen this exact bike before, right down to the Troy Bayliss signature on the side cover (click here for the post from last year). It still claims the same number of miles: 5,923. Back then the BIN was set at a very high $23,000. Today this bike is at auction with a BIN of $20k. Worth it? Time – and the market – will decide. The latest auction is right here, and contains new pictures and details. Good Luck!



The Price of Fame: 1998 Ducati 916 Senna Edition
Ducati May 18, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: Highly Original 1995 Ducati 916 available in San Francisco

1995 Ducati 916 for sale

Today’s Featured Listing is this stunning and original 95 Ducati 916. What I’m especially impressed with in this example is that it’s still original, even after 20k miles have been put on. How the owner avoided the temptation to start modifying is evidence of great self control! It has also been taken care of correctly in the maintenance department with all scheduled service completed and documented. While there is very faint panel damage from a stand still tip over, the pictures clearly illustrate a very tidy, early 916.

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay


I’d like to thank Michael again for supporting the site with the purchase of a Featured Listing. Stay tuned for another great Ducati from his collection, a MH900e with less than 3k miles!



from the seller:

The VIN is ZDM1SB8S9Sv001123, which makes it a Bologna produced unit. It has 19,5k miles now.

The majority of the miles went on the bike in the first 5 years of ownership .

It’s always been garaged and well maintained, and is in very well preserved condition. It was mostly used for day trips to the canyons, It has never been crashed or damaged, other than tipping it over while stationary in a parking lot once about 6 years ago. That resulted in a few scratches on the right side fairing, and the right side mirror broke. I decided not to repair or replace the fairing panel, because the scratches are small and didn’t really bother me, and I wanted to keep the paint original. You can see the scratches in the detailed photos. Overall, the cosmetic condition is very clean.

I’ve got records back to when I bought it documenting service (done by myself or the dealer), warranty work,

I have detailed notes of the work I did when I took it out of storage and refreshed things 2 years ago. . It is in great mechanical condition with no problems whatsoever, but it is due for a valve adjustment and timing belt change soon if the next owner plans on riding it rather than keeping it in a collection.

I have a rear stand and a fitted Ducati Superbike dust cover that will go with it.

Featured Listing:  Highly Original 1995 Ducati 916 available in San Francisco
Ducati May 3, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: One Owner 1995 Ducati 916 available in California

Update 5.4.2014: This bike is now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 5.3.2014: Price reduced to $5750 from $6500 firm. -dc


Today’s Featured Listing is this enthusiast owned, and thoughtfully improved, 1995 Ducati 916 Monoposto. It has 17.5k miles and from the seller’s description, was ridden as it was intended in the hills and at the occasional track day. Since this wasn’t a living room display piece it’s entire life, the owner upgraded several components to make the experience all the better and more reliable (many stock parts included as well). It has a couple of minor marks but overall looks well cared for, and with the Arrow pipes it will sound the part as well. The seller has priced this bike for just $6500 firm.


We’d like to thank Ruben for supporting the site with a Featured Listing and good luck with the sale!



from the seller:

I purchased the bike from El Cajon Ducati in 10/95.  The VIN is ZDM1SB8S8SB004812, which makes it a Bologna produced unit.  It has 17.5k miles now.  The majority of the miles went on the bike in the first 6 years I owned it.  There was a period from ’03 to ’11 that I was focused on roadracing, supermoto racing, and off road riding, during which I stopped street riding completely and filed non-op status with DMV on the bike.  It was mostly stored as a display piece in my office during that time, except for pulling it out for occasional track days or bike shows.  In June/11, I took it out of the office, gave it a mechanical refreshing and put it back on the road.  It’s done a few thousand miles since then.

It’s always been garaged and well maintained, and is in very well preserved condition.  It was mostly used for day trips to the canyons, but I also did a few casual track days with it.  It has never been crashed or damaged, other than tipping it over while stationary in a parking lot once about 12 years ago.  That resulted in a few scratches on the right side fairing, and the right side mirror broke.  I decided not to repair or replace the fairing panel, because the scratches are small and didn’t really bother me, and I wanted to keep the paint original.  You can see the scratches in the detailed photos.  Overall, the cosmetic condition is very clean.

Here is an album with a bunch of photos:

The photos are all high res.  When you view each one, you can click on the bottom right corner of the photo to zoom to the original image size to see in serious detail.  You’ll be able to see any and all scratches.

I’ve got records back to when I bought it documenting service (done by myself or the dealer), warranty work, and the rear spindle recall.  I have detailed notes of the work I did when I took it out of storage and refreshed things 2 years ago.  It currently has a set of Dunlop Q2s on it, which have been used for a track day last June at Laguna Seca (which is really mild on tires) and then a few hundred street miles after that, so they have a lot of life left in them.  It is in great mechanical condition with no problems whatsoever, but it is due for a valve adjustment and timing belt change soon if the next owner plans on riding it rather than keeping it in a collection.

The bike is mostly original.  Here is a complete list of everything that is not original, and why…

  • Arrow Ti exhaust (1/2 system) and chip.  The brackets on the stock exhaust started cracking at the welds in a few locations many years ago.  Rather than get the stock ones re-welded, I used that as an opportunity to put on some lighter and better sounding silencers. I don’t have the original silencers any more (gave them to a friend for a 748 project he was working on).
  • Goodridge kelvar brake/clutch lines.  The motivation here was to improve front brake feel (rigidity) by switching to a dedicated 2 line set up (one line to each caliper).  Also added a banjo bolt with a bleed nipple to allow bleeding at the master cylinder end of the lines.  Not sure if I have the original lines.
  • Yoyodyne titanium clutch slave cylinder.  The stock one failed about 10 years ago, which is pretty common.  Fitting a better aftermarket slave cylinder is the typical solution.
  • Cycle Cat titanium clutch cover.  Vented covers help the clutch run a bit cooler, and of course they liberate the unique dry clutch sound.  I still have the original cover.
  • CDT carbon fiber rear hugger.  The rear shock is completely unprotected from stones coming off the rear tire as original.  For years I just had a shock guard on the bike, but recently added the rear hugger because it looks nicer.
  • Rear fender removed.  I relocated the plate to fit between the exhaust tips, and mounted some turn signals behind the rear facing screens on the tail section.  I still have the original parts.
  • Front signals removed, and changed to aftermarket mirrors with integrated LED signals.  After breaking the right side mirror when I tipped it over in the parking lot, I was able to get a pair of these mirrors for less than the price of replacing just the broken right mirror with the OEM part.  I still have the OEM left mirror and signals.
  • Pipercross air filters installed. The original OEM foam filters eventually deteriorate into dust and need replacing.
  • Added a digital voltmeter, wired to the battery and switched.  The charging systems on the 916 were not the best, and keeping an eye on the charge voltage is a good way to notice any problems before it is too late.  Other than the normal problem of the wiring from the alternator to the voltage regulator going bad (which I replaced with high quality 10 guage Teflon insulated wire), and the also normal problem of the original voltage regulator failing many years ago (which was replaced under warranty by the dealer), I’ve not had problems with the charging system.  The voltmeter is wired directly to the battery with no spliced wires, so could be easily removed.
  • Shorai LiFe battery installed.  Once the 3rd stock lead acid battery was dying, I decided to go with a lithium battery, which weighs a fraction of the stock battery, is much smaller, and has a very slow self discharge rate (compared to a stock battery) which works better for how infrequently I ride it.  I’ve since put these batteries in most of my other bikes.
  • Oil cooler screen.
  • Carbon fiber key guard.
  • Ohlins adjustable steering damper added.  I did this before taking it to the track.  I still have the original non-adjustable damper somewhere.  The stock damper doesn’t do much really.
  • 14 tooth countershaft sprocket.  These bikes are geared too tall from the factory for street riding.  I probably have the original OEM sprocket somewhere.

I have a rear stand and a fitted Ducati Superbike dust cover that will go with it.  It currently has a personalized registration, DSMO.  Most Ducati owners are jealous of this.  Of course you could transfer over that plate if you want, although as you can see in the photos, the plate is trimmed to fit between the exhaust tips, so if you went back to the stock rear fender setup, you’d want to get a new plate.

Featured Listing:  One Owner 1995 Ducati 916 available in California
Ducati December 16, 2013 posted by

1997 Ducati 916 Senna II #158

1997 Ducati 916 Senna for sale in silver

Another love it or hate it Ducati special edition, the 916 Senna. These are controversial as they did receive some upgrades from the higher spec SP models but the motor is standard Strada fare. Otherwise it’s just the bodywork and red wheels that set it apart. That said I’m finding lots of conflicting information on production numbers for the various 916 Senna flavors. And we’ve never posted a silver Senna before. Were these only available in Europe? Please help me fill in the details in the comments below.


1997 Ducati 916 Senna for sale on eBay


from the seller:



1997 Ducati 916 Senna II #158