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Ducati April 25, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1995 Ducati 916

Update 4.27.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Some of the most collectible bikes at the moment have only recently come into their own. You see there is a direct link to a bike’s age and how hot it might be for collectors. Only the rarest of the rare bikes appreciate in value on the showroom floor; elements such as original public reaction, total number of units produced, in-country availability when originally released, current condition, age and mileage all complicate the formula. Nostalgia is a pretty reliable condition, and if all other criteria are met then you can bet somewhere between 20 and 25 years on a motorcycle that was hot when introduced and still in good condition will pique the interest of fans and collectors again. Such is the case with the Ducati 916 – a bombshell of a motorcycle if there ever was one. As potent and fast as it was beautiful and unapologetic, the 916 was more of an assault than a revolution. Accolades from the press followed – as did the WSBK trophies.

Featured Listing: 1995 Ducati 916

Introduced in 1994, the bikes imported into the US were officially 1995 model year units. And if launching a groundbreaking new model is not stressful enough for a small company, imagine if your Bologna-based manufacturing line caught fire and burned to the ground just as you were getting up and running. That is exactly what happened to Ducati – right as demand for their gorgeous new powerhouse was at its peak. Ducati was forced to set up a new temporary production line for the 916, basing it on the grounds of MV Agusta’s plant in Varese, Italy. Bikes from this production line – while technically identical to those of later production back at home in the Bologna factory – are interesting and rare artifacts and known as “Varese” bikes. How can you tell? The year is the first clue. The second is in the VIN number. If you look at the VIN, the character 11th from left (or 7th from right) is the manufacturing plant code. Most Ducatis have a “B” in this space, for Bologna. The early models built in the MV Agusta factory have a “V” for Varese.

From the seller:
1995 Ducati 916
VIN Number: ZDM1SB8S2SV000849

This iconic Ducati 916 was purchased new in October 1994 from the Brother’s Powersports in Bremerton, WA and has only had one owner. The 916 in original condition, paint is in fantastic condition, no fading, no corrosion or oxidation to be found anywhere. Some popular upgrades include Fast By Ferracci carbon exhaust with upgraded fuel chip, Cycle Cat adjustable rear sets and handlebars The original clip on’s and foot pegs were provided. This 916 is in excellent cosmetic condition it has absolutely shows no signs of ever been dropped or tipped over. It has been loved since it came out if it’s crate Always stored in temperature controlled garage when not in use and often serviced with new fluids and belts for good measure and joy of ownership. We have it scheduled for complete safety inspection and a 2-year service which will include oil, filter, hydraulics, coolant along with new timing belts. The owner has kindly provided some service records as well. It does have a clear WA title, all original keys and manuals included.

Only 2,266 original miles!

Price: $17,999.00
Contact: dave@seattleusedbikes.com

It is estimated that approximately 2,663 Ducati 916s were assembled at the Varese factory, before full-scale production was renewed in Bologna. And while there is no technical difference in Varese bikes, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that these bikes received greater attention in that they were assembled more by hand as the production line in Varese was temporary. Regardless, Varese bikes are the most rare of the base model 916, and provides a further interesting story into this exotic and hyper twin.

This particular 916 Varese is a one owner machine, having traveled fewer than 2,300 miles in its 24 years of existence. It is being offered by well-known friend of RSBFS, Dave of Seattle’s Used Bikes. This example is not totally stock, yet many of the stock bits come with the sale, allowing collectors to return it back to original glory if desired. The Fast by Ferracci pipes are nearly a requisite change over stock, and with a fuel chip, rear sets and handlebar upgrade, this is a bike that is made for riding. The bike has been serviced throughout its life, and the seller is offering up a 2-year service to ensure that this bike is up to snuff for whatever lies ahead; be it straightaway, decreasing radius left hander, or just a parking place on a pedestal somewhere indoors with an audience. Check out the pics, and then drop Dave a line. This is one good looking and authentic bike – and early 916s are riding the wave of interest and appreciation. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1995 Ducati 916
Ducati January 22, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 build!

Ducati has always been known as a performance company. But one of the key elements that stands them apart is that Ducati has always been a styling company as well. Not content with just performance, Ducati has consistently set the standard when it comes to defining a new trend. This was always the case with sport bikes, but Ducati was able to successfully transcend the performance game into the naked cruiser segment with the ultra-popular Monster line. Popular in a non-threatening way, the Monster lineup attracted riders of all types and ages. Ducati was quick to draw the line as wide as possible, incorporating a spread of displacements and even utilizing the liquid-cooled, 4 valve Superbike motors. But the mainstay of the line was always the air-cooled Desmodue, such as today’s featured listing S2R 1000.

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000!

Based on the dual-spark 1000c SuperSport motor, the S2R incorporates all of the go-fast goodies you would expect, but in an artfully simplistic manner. Instead of yards of carbon fiber / plastic bodywork, the Monster leaves it all out in the open. As a result, these bikes appear muscular and solid. Check out the single sided swing arm. Pull straight off the sport bikes, the Monster sports a slightly relaxed geometry more suited to the streets and boulevards. Fuel injection simplifies cold starting, and gearing is set a bit lower. Seating position is more upright, with good leverage with the wider, flatter bars. Optimized for normal speeds but quite capable of rapid transit, the S2R has all of the goodness you would expect from a SuperSport Ducati – with a fashion Barbie outfit change.

From the seller:
2006 Ducati monster S2R1000 with only 3,987 miles. Runs perfect (ridden regularly even though short highway distances).

Mivv carbon-fiber exhaust, Cycle Cat open clutch cover, Rizoma brake/clutch reservoirs/grips. Ducati Performance carbon-fiber front wheel fender/belly pan/chain guard, and lastly fender eliminator with LED taillight including front/rear turn signals. Only imperfection is a tiny paint bubble the size of a green pea (as shown/circled) on left side of tank.

I have the original mirrors, front faring, rear pegs, clutch cover, chain guard, and all keys including RED key and key card (as shown in pic). Also NO dreaded “tank swell” as some of these have (can be seen in the picture where the clip is that holds the tank in place).

Price: $5,999
Contact: Mike – (305) 318-3499 NO TEXTS

The Monster platform is so solid that it makes an excellent basis for modification. All the requisite Ducati performance parts apply here and work well. The cafe racer look is easily obtainable. Ducati themselves took it so far as to create a Carl Fogarty Limited Edition Monster. That’s right, Foggy is immortalized not with a R spec Superbike, but rather a R spec Monster. RSBFS reader Mike has done something similar here, with his S2R model. With a pile of carbon fiber goodies and gorgeous exhaust, Mike has managed to build a very clean Monster – even tighter and more clipped than the original. And not only do you get the output of the build, but there are many OE takeoff parts included as part of the sale. What a bargain!

The Monster is quite possibly the most approachable of the Ducati offerings. It looks right, it sounds right and it goes like you would expect a 2-valve Desmo to go – with torque everywhere. This is not anecdotal, as I have one in the stable (although my wife utilizes it nearly exclusively as her commuter). The S2R is a fantastic riding platform, and promises all of the longevity of every other Pantah-based powered Ducati. This one has fewer than 4,000 miles on it, meaning that it has a LOT of life yet to give. It looks fantastic and is sure to stand out in a crowd. That ask on this is $5,999. For the price you get a lot of performance parts and the stock parts too. Win! If you are interested, give a shout out to Mike: (305) 318-3499 NO TEXTS . Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 build!