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Ducati June 20, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale

Update 6.20.2020: The seller is dropping the price of this Superlight to $11,500. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Putting a numbered plaque and some bling on your moribund sportbike is a time-tested method to generate some buzz. It works especially well if you’re a storied, but slightly skint manufacturer of moribund Italian sportbikes. But parts-bin engineering doesn’t mean the resulting product is necessarily bad, and this Ducati Superlight is proof-positive that the whole can be much more than the sum of the parts.

By 1993, well-heeled sportbike buyers knew that the 916 was right around the corner, and the then-current 888 offered much more performance potential. But that finicky, uncomfortable, and maintenance-intensive machine wasn’t necessarily practical, or all that much good on the road. Assuming you wanted to do more than bench-race or compare lap times, the long-serving two-valve Desmodue-powered 900SS made a great platform for a limited-edition sportbike, and the Superlight was just a 900SS with some bolt-on parts.

To be honest, the list of performance modifications to make a Superlight was pretty short: upswept exhaust pipes in place of passenger pegs that gave additional cornering clearance, a stylish solo tail section, and a few carbon dodads to “reduce weight.” Most significantly, the Superlight featured Marvic composite wheels: magnesium hubs and spokes bolted up to polished aluminum rims. Combined, the changes saved about 15lbs, compared to the stock bike. Considering the price then and now, a gym membership would be a cheaper and more effective way to increase performance. Of course, nobody really bought a Superlight for its performance potential anyway.

This particular bike is a bit different though, and offers a bit more than your run of the mill Desmodue: a tuned 944cc engine. 86hp might not sound like much, but the stock 904cc engine made a claimed and likely optimistic 80hp. Around 70hp at the wheel is more likely for a factory 900SS, so the big-bore kit installed in this Superlight and the corresponding 69lb-ft of torque to go with the 86rwhp is nothing to sneeze at.

Cosmetically, this is a very nice bike, as you can see from the photos in the listing. It’s not completely original, although the 944 kit and Staintune exhaust are certainly period-appropriate upgrades for the performance minded Ducatisti who plans to ride their new acquisition, rather than let it collect dust and appreciate as part of a stock portfolio. The seller is also including all the parts necessary to make the bike appear totally stock so a buyer can achieve stock show appearance if they wanted.

From the Seller: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale
1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight. Super clean exceptional performing and running correct (#789/953, Marvic magnesium/aluminum wheels, Brembo full floating iron rotors, carbon fiber front fender, rear inner fender, dash trim, countershaft cover, high pipes, solo tail) example. Excellent original paint, 2 owner bike. Built and tuned by Doug Lofgren. 86 rwhp (944ccc with big valves, headwork and Staintune exhaust – dyno sheet included). Suspension revalved and set up for 200lb rider.Freshly serviced by Ducati master tech (valve clearance check, belts, plugs, oil/filter, flush brakes and clutch). Full Staintune exhaust system, carbon fiber clutch cover, braided steel brake lines, 520 chain/sprockets, lithium battery with special charger. All original parts (except airbox lid) included, along with new belts, factory tool kit, owners manual and Haynes service manual. Tires have aged out and should be replaced, if the bike is to be ridden. ~19,700 miles. No cosmetic defects, except a few minor chips on upper,and front point of lowers behind the front wheel (touched up) and a small rash mark on the edge of the left muffler. Click here for 80 photos of the bike and scans of service and tuning, including close up photos of the mentioned defects.

Contact Dave at 715-450-5089 with questions or to arrange to see the bike in the Minneapolis area.

$12,500 $11,500

I’ve included the majority of the Seller’s photos here, but there are additional images available at the link, including close ups of some minor blemishes, dyno sheets, and other documentation. I personally prefer Termignoni exhausts on my 90s Ducatis, but Staintune makes a very high-quality product so, aside from tires, this bike is ready to go. The seller includes a video of the bike starting up and running and the asking price is $12,500 which seems very much in line with prices we’ve seen recently. If what you want is a delivery-mile museum piece, this might not be the bike you want. But the would make a terrific bike to actually ride, and it’s pretty enough to park in your living room between weekend rides embarrassing modern sportbikes in the canyons.

-tad
Featured Listing: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale
Ducati May 7, 2020 posted by

Matched Set: A Special Pair of Ducati Supersports for Sale

The Ducati Superlight I posted up a few days ago was a classic barn-find, with an incredible 300 miles on the odometer and all the dust and neglect you might expect from a bike that has barely turned a wheel in nearly 30 years. The first of today’s two Ducatis is nearly the exact opposite, a Superlight with many more miles and a shedload of upgrades and modifications that suggest passionately enthusiastic ownership. The components that went into its construction are clearly well thought out and complimentary, much more go than show. Which is fine because the blinding yellow paint, gleaming white frame, and half-fairing have all the bling you’ll ever need.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale

1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #771 25193 original miles. All original carbon fiber is in perfect condition. As she sits: custom Ducati Kamna ¼ fairings. Termignoni carbon fiber mufflers with Rob North narrowed and flowed OEM header pipe. Ducati Kamna alloy exhaust rings. Lidless airbox mod. Original Marvic/Akront magnesium/alloy 2-piece wheels. Pro-Italia billet rearsets. 11.2:1 JE/Pro-Italia pistonsHeads ported and matched by Pro-Italia. Keihin 39mm FCR carburetors. Ducati Kamna alloy clutch basket. Ducati Performance gold alloy pressure plate. Barnett kevlar-alloy clutch. Galfer stainless brake and clutch hoses. Ferodo CP911 brake pads. Original cast iron rotors. Ohlins 46PRCL fully adjustable shock. Peterson PPS revalved forks. Brembo goldline clutch and brake master cylinders (from a Ducati 996). Pro-Italia seat support. Dr. Desmo alloy clip-ons. MagKnight tank bra. Corbin seat. K&N air filter. Pro-Italia billet oil cooler relocation valve cover. Fast by Ferracci alloy sprocket cover. DID ERVX gold chain/AFAM alloy 39-tooth rear sprocket. Shorai lithium battery. Nichols jewelry (alloy fairing buttons, billet “Flying D” timing cover). Also included: Storz steering damper. Stock rear shock. Stock exhaust header. Stock mufflers. Original full fairings. Stock rearsets. Stock carburetors. Original Ducati tool kit. Spare belt covers. Spare belts from California Cycleworks. Spare ignition coils from California Cycleworks and NGK spark plugs. Evoluzione billet clutch slave cylinder. Assorted spare small parts/hardware/etc. Original owner’s manual. Lots of documentation including service records, receipts, manuals, valve adjustment instructions, etc.

Obviously, this is not completely original and purists may turn up their noses, but the finished result is absolutely true to the Superlight’s spirit, and the upgrades are of high-quality. This is the Superlight I’d want to build. The stock parts are included, including the full fairings, but I’d just put those in a box and ride it as-is. The second bike is a teeny bit scruffier from a cosmetic standpoint, but is more of a Ducati hot-rod. It’s also much more red.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP for Sale

1996 Ducati 900 SS/SPI took ownership of the bike in 2017 with the intention of keeping it for a daily driver. I now have two kids, multiple Ducatis and no time to ride. This preloved has been under my ownership since 2017. Never rode it extensively, I put approximately 900 mi on it since purchase. Current mileage is at 22,345 mi. The Dunlop Q3’s were new upon my acquisition. Frame and swingarm are perfect, no cracks. Moving beyond the normal stuff, this isn’t a run of the mill, ordinary 900 SS/SP. The following improvements have been made to the bike: 944 pistons. Keihin 41mm FCRs. Ducati cast iron rotors. Termignoni high mount CF pipes and flowed header. Ohlins 46PRCL rear shock. Ohlins 20mm cartridge kit into the stock Showa adjustable forks. Ducati Racing magnesium engine cover – clutch side. CA Cycleworks coils. Dr. Desmo alloy clip-ons. Steel braided brake lines. Ducati Superlight solo seat with correct seat supports from the ’98 FE. Pro Italia rearsets. Kamna ¼ fairings. Dyno’d (10/13/2011 – at 21,410 miles) at Ferracci at 91.97hp. The suspension was redone by Markbilt Racing in 9/2011. This included rebuilding of the Ohlins rear shock and installation of the Ohlins 20mm cartridge kit into the stock Showa adjustable forks. The oil cooler has been relocated to under the headlight for better cooling. I had the bike professionally repainted, as the fairings were unpainted, to the tune of $1500. Stunning example of a true classic. No accident damage or history of damage.

It doesn’t look like it’s an original Superlight, in spite of the graphics on the tail. It’s still a worthy replica, considering the performance on tap. There’s some surface corrosion on the heads and barrels, but the bodywork is very clean and this thing should go like a stabbed rat: 92 whp is pretty impressive for an air-cooled, two-valve Desmo engine intended for street use. The 944cc mill should have an impressive midrange and launch out of corners with impressive urge and an even more impressive bellow…

Bidding is active on both bikes, with a couple days left on the auctions and the Reserve Not Met. If air-cooled Ducatis leave you cold, the seller also has a nice 888 SPO available for sale currently.

-tad

Matched Set: A Special Pair of Ducati Supersports for Sale
Ducati May 2, 2020 posted by

Purist: 1992 Ducati Superlight for Sale

The Ducati Superlight is a far-cry from today’s “limited edition” superbikes like the Superleggera that have a performance envelope well beyond most owners’ ability to fully exploit. The Superlight isn’t a particularly fast bike, but it is very collectible, and rewarding to ride at speeds normal humans can enjoy without risking license, limb, or achieving escape velocity… Basically, the Superlight is a 900SS/SP with lightweight Marvic composite wheels with a polished aluminum rim and magnesium spokes, some carbon bits, upswept exhausts, and a solo tail. Combined, the upgrades saved about 15lbs compared to the regular 900SS. So the Superlight wasn’t super light, unless Ducati was referring to your wallet: considering the minimal performance improvements, it was priced significantly higher than a regular Supersport. You did get a nice numbered plaque, though.

They still sold like hotcakes, and Ducati increased production to meet demand far in excess of the original planned 500 bike run. Part of that is down to the usual Ducati mystique, but the basic package has long been viewed as much more than the sum of its parts. On paper, the air/oil-cooled, two-valve 904cc Desmo looks pretty anemic, but a good Desmodue makes around 75 horses at the rear wheel, which really is plenty to have fun with on the road. It’s also relatively simple to maintain, surprisingly durable, and even gets good gas mileage. Fully-adjustable Showa suspension at both ends and a stiff trellis frame meant handling was very good then and still competent now, while very reasonable ergonomics [for a sportbike anyway] means even… ahem, older gentlemen can enjoy all-day rides. It was available in the vivid yellow seen here, although some markets got red instead. Considering how few bikes look good in yellow, I think it’s a great choice, and makes the bike feel more exotic.

The carbon-fiber Ferracci cans seen here are an almost mandatory option for any air-cooled Ducati, since the stock components make the bike sound strangled, and would likely be drowned out by the unfiltered rattle of the dry clutch. Ferracci didn’t make their own exhausts to my knowledge, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing: at various points, they rebadged SilMoto and Arrow parts, so quality should be high.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati Superlight for Sale

1993 Ducati Superbike, bought new and stayed in same ownership since.

I am happy to answer any questions about the bike via messaging.

Thanks!

So is it a 1992 or a 1993? It’s also odd that the seller calls it a “Superbike” when it says “Superlight” right there on the fairing. They may not know exactly what they have here, since a 300-mile Superlight would normally go for well north of the $9,000 the seller is asking. Although in this uncertain market, maybe it’s just priced to sell? From the pictures, it looks a little dusty, but otherwise as nice as you’d expect a bike with such low miles to be. It’s hard to tell from the images just how nice this bike is.

-tad

Purist: 1992 Ducati Superlight for Sale
Ducati February 20, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Ducati MHR 900 from the Edinger Collection 

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

David Edinger has blessed us recently with a raft bikes from his gorgeous collection, and this 1985 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica is literally a shining example of David’s impeccable taste. As he notes in the description that you will read below, this one is not the coveted Mille version, but the displacement matches Hailwood’s racer.

As pretty as it is, the 1985 Ducati 900 MHR is simply a 900SS with a sexy fairing and paintwork. With about 75 horsepower on tap and plenty of torque to go around, they make punchy, pleasant street bikes, but they certainly won’t set any point-to-point records.

In ‘84, the bike got a new frame, Marzocchi forks and redesigned engine cases to accommodate an electric starter. As well as marking Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Isle of Man TT win, the 1985 MHRs marked the last bevel-drive bikes and the last Ducatis to be built without Cagiva’s influence.

This 1985 MHR 900 has been treated to a fastidious restoration in the hands of Edinger, who is its third owner. It started life in Japan, before it emigrated to New Zealand. Edinger bought it several years ago and rode it for a while before it went under the knife.

From the seller:

This is a 1985 900 Mike Hailwood Replica. This was the transitional year with some 85 models being Mille’s. However true fans of Mike the Bike know he rode the 900. The bike I believe originally was purchased in Japan and then purchased by the second owner in New Zealand. The bike has ridden for one lap on the infamous Nurburgring in Germany and later rode around the Isle of Mann in 2007 for the TT Centenary. The bike has 55,203 KM’s or 34,301 miles and has new Metzler’s.
I shipped the bike from New Zealand to Indianapolis where after I rode the bike as received for several years. After moving to Austin, I tasked Revival Cycles to do a ground up restoration.
I have every receipt that came with the bike and a clear title.
There is small paint scratch on the left hand fairing showing in the picture. The paint job alone was $6,000. VIN # is 7A857001197906193

The bike is located in Texas
Asking price is $30,000
Edinger.david@gmail.com317-908-2573
David Edinger

The results of the restoration are mesmerizing. Although this isn’t the fastest or sweetest handling Ducati ever made, it’s certainly beautiful and rare, and is emblematic of a time when the brand’s future was far from certain, but its past accomplishments could not be disputed.

Featured Listing: 1985 Ducati MHR 900 from the Edinger Collection 
Ducati February 17, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati ST3S

Update 3.30.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

Offerings from the Edinger Collection continue, and today’s example is proof that David collected a wide range of Ducatis – from rare, low mileage queens to snarling R-spec racers to some of the most iconic models offered. And while many of these models are traditionally not ridden often or long distance, today’s Featured Listing was built to eat up the miles. Originally introduced in 1997, the Ducati ST models brought Italian flair to what was originally the domain of BMW: high speed sport touring. On paper, this was the ultimate marriage of great looks, great performance and all weather comfort. The L-twin had already proven itself potent on the racetrack and reliable on the street. A move from the repli-racer to powering a long-distance cruiser was obvious, and fit the well-heeled boy racer who grew up. It was, in short, a Ducati for responsible riders.

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati ST3S for sale

The Ducati ST series was offered as the ST2, ST3 and ST4 – but not in that order. In fact, the ST3 and (highly desirable ST3S) was the last to be introduced, and in many ways encompasses everything that is great about the series. All the models were powered by a 916-derived liquid cooled L-twin (think of it as an extension of the 907 Paso), but varied greatly on capacity and head arrangement. The original ST2 offered 944cc with a two valve desmo head and was good for approximately 83 HP. The ST4 came next, originally powered by a 916cc mill with four valve desmoquattro heads and churned out 107 HP. The last of the ST4s adopted the 996 mill. The ST3 was the ultimate evolution of the line – a 3 valve desmoTre head 992cc lump that provided 102 HP at a lower RPM and offered reduced maintenance as well as the ability to meet ever more stringent US and European emissions.

From the seller:
This 2007 ST3S with 55,790 miles on it has great sport touring tires wearing Michelin Pilots, comes with the larger top case and back rest pad, both panniers have liners and reflective clear decals on the back. It’s has Ducati aftermarket slip on exhausts, and the chip. I have the stock exhaust in as new condition.Throttle Miester bar ends for adjusting the speed on the go. It has an RJ 45 connection and a mount for a passport radar detector, tinted windscreen & a spare clear one, carbon fiber key piece and tank protector. It also comes with the factory U shaped lock under the seat where the helmet cable and tool kit are stored. This is a one owner bike. It comes with a “French title” so you will have to get it registered. That is why I am only asking $2,000 for a bike worth between $3,500 & $4,500. I have every receipt, manual and 2 keys including the Red key. The “S” designation means this bike comes not only with ABS but with Ohlins suspension front and rear.there is a small crack shown in the right hand fairing, and a repair on the front of the lower chin fairing. The bike is located in Texas

Asking Price: $2,000

Compared to the ST2 and ST4, the ST3 enjoyed a face-lifted fairing. This included a larger headlight, more prominent side marker / turn signals, improved aerodynamics and a twin-nostril airbox intake echoing that of the later Multistrada. Intended to replace both the ST2 and ST4, the ST3 was further enhanced as the ST3 “S” model which updated the suspension (Ohlins front and rear) and optional ABS. Publications of the day pointed to the 3-valve motor as being smoother and more refined than the desmoquattro ST4 it replaced, and lauded the big fairing’s ability to direct weather away from the rider. Moreover, when the super slab gave way to canyon roads, the big Ducati behaved more like a Ducati than a touring bike, inspiring confidence with well sorted suspension, big brakes and plenty of grunt.

Unlike many limited edition models, the ST3 is, in fact, a pretty limited offering. With only 1,000 so odd bikes sold through 2007 and 2008, the ST series was shuttered by Ducati as no longer profitable. Instead, they concentrated on high-volume models such as sport bikes and the Monster series. That means today a touring example of the vaunted Ducati super bike can be had for far less than the same year Ducati super bike. And in the case of this example you can slash that price by another 50% – because while the bike is located in the US it is still wearing tags from France. Go through the process to “import” this bike from Texas, and you have a performance touring bargain in the making. This one has 55k on the odometer, some desirable upgrades, and some evidence of wear (check out the pics). Interested? Then get out there and ride in the comfort that only an ST model can provide. Good luck!

MI

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati ST3S
Ducati February 5, 2020 posted by

Star-spangled Duc: 2002 Ducati 998S Ben Bostrom Edition

Ducati went all in on special editions in 2003 after Troy Bayliss took home the metal in the 2001 World Superbike Championship and American teammate Ben Bostrom followed him to third. They kicked out a special edition 2002 Ducati 998S for each man, wearing special carbon fairing pieces, Ohlins suspension, colored chromoly frames and Marchesini wheels, among other little tweaks.

2002 Ducati 998S for sale on eBay

Bayliss certainly had more to celebrate, but Ducati knew American riders would eat up a Star-Spangled Banner-adorned 998, and at the time they did not shy away from the opportunity to build a special edition. Aside from the paint and carbon bodywork, there wasn’t much to the Bostrom Edition that you couldn’t find on a 998R. The Tetrastretta v-twin kicked out close to 130 horsepower, the suspension was blue-chip stuff and the Massimo Tamburini-penned looks were in full effect.

This one has its share of knocks and bruises, especially for such a low mileage and rare bike, but overall it presents nicely. It wears what appear to be aftermarket rearsets and Termignoni cans.

From the eBay listing:

2002 998s Ducati Bostrom out of my little collection

-5726 miles
-Brand new tires
-Great condition but doesn’t have some blemishes. Please see the pictures and ask any questions you may have. The right side mirror has a rub mark, left fairing has a hairline crack, tail has slight spider webbing above “Superbike” and a little crack on the inside of the right fairing. All of these appear to be from bumps and none from the bike falling.
-Two piece side fairings, carbon belly, carbon under tray.
-This bike has several added carbon parts as well as other bits to add to the appearance.
-I am an avid fan of Ducati and added this Bostrom to my collection about three years ago. I have since found one with much lower miles and since I display my bikes, I bought the lower mileage and am now selling this one.
-The pictured bike stand IS NOT INCKUDED in the sale-it is for my other Bostrom.
-Bike has a service to include belts being done prior to my purchase. I added less than two miles during my ownership. It stayed displayed in my second story “bike cave”. The tires have 100% tread and all the little nuns are still visible. The bike does start and runs. While displayed, I started it at least once a month.

The bike is now downstairs and you are welcomed to have it inspected prior to auction ending.

Bike is located in the Dallas, Texas area. I will make myself available for inspections and to meet with a shipper for transport to you. However, inspection and shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. I have had numerous cars and motorcycles shipped to me so I can help answer questions.

Whether you dig the paint scheme or not, there is no denying the desirability of 998s, as they were the swansong of the awesome 916 line. Add a little rarity and scarce mileage, and you get a bike that a collector will drool over.

Star-spangled Duc: 2002 Ducati 998S Ben Bostrom Edition
Ducati January 26, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2002 Ducati MH900e

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

A viral internet sensation, the Ducati MH900e (Mike Hailwood evoluzione) was launched online and sold online – and was an instant hit. Designed by oft-derided South African visionary Pierre Terblanche (also known for the Supermono and 888, as well as the 999 series), the MHe was intended to be a conceptual update to the original Mike Hailwood replica. By all counts Terblance knocked this one out of the park; from all angles – in photos as well as in person – the MHe is an impressive motorcycle. One can get lost all day in the details; from the tank to the abbreviated tail, the waspish waist, the huge shotgun exhausts, the intricacy of the single-sided swing arm to the simplicity of the center-dominated tach – some of the details are clever and downright devilish.

Featured Listing: 2002 Ducati MH900e

The MHe was built around a standard Pantah-based Supersport engine and transmission. The venerable air-cooled, two valve motor is well known for producing gobs of torque and the sort of wonderful noises you would expect from a Ducati. But with unique touches such as a remodeled oil sump that was designed as a nod to the older style of bevel drive Ducatis and a model-specific oil cooler, the MHe engine stands out as a unique entity and a critical design element of the motorcycle. Throw in some retro touches such as the round, chrome-ringed headlight and you have something very interesting that seems to exist both in the past as well as the present at the same time.

From the seller:
2002 Ducati MH900e
This rare collectable Ducati is 1807 of 2000 and is loaded with goodies. I purchased the bike in 2010. This bike comes with:
The owners’ plaque showing that the bike is number 1807 of 2000, pit bull stand, manual, and 2 keys.

Additionally this bike has a full Ohlins suspension including FG 845 titanium nitride forks specifically calibrated by Kyle Racing. Ohlins shock and Ohlins steering dampener. The upgraded suspension has transformed the bike and it tracks beautifully. ($4,000 + upgrade)

Full Staintune header/exhaust system. This bike was used to spearhead the header development by getting enough MH owners together with a group buy to put deposits on headers, and then a generous MH owner in Australia donated his bike for the R&D. Great improvement in throttle response, sound and looks. ($1,600 upgrade)

Ducati Performance clutch pressure plate (Red) $199
Ducati Performance clutch cover $175
Ducati Performance turn signals $175
Ducati Performance timing belt covers $350
Ducati Performance chrome valve covers $250
Ducati Performance bar end mirrors $250
Cycle Cat adjustable bar risers (way more comfortable)
California Cycleworks 5.1 gallon endurance fuel tank (not the battery tank) $899
Ducati performance bike cover $75

I also have all the original stock parts (except for the rear fender)

Asking Price: $20,000

Contact: David Edinger (Edinger.david@gmail.com) +1-317-908-2573

History clearly shows that the MHe was a success. Offered for sale just after midnight New Year’s day of the year 2000, the entire planned production line sold out before the day was even half out. Over the next couple of years, despite some ramp up and production issues, Ducati eventually built 2000 examples of the model (which was more than expected). Ducati initially planned to farm out production of this hand-built motorcycle to fellow Italian constructor Bimota, but when the Rimini firm fell into bankruptcy Ducati created a new assembly area and started to build the bike themselves. It took a couple of years for all of the MHe models to be produced, but even by late 2002 the fanfare generated by this enthralling machine had not abated.

Today’s Featured Listing is a 2002 MH900e serial number 1807. The year and number place it towards the end of production, but as there were virtually no changes throughout the model run it can be considered the same as an early bike. This particular bike has seen some very tasty upgrades, including a shift to full Ohlins suspension (original bikes had either Paioli or Sachs units in the rear). It also has a very expensive and rare Staintune exhaust, and a litany of Ducati Performance goodies. Nearly all of the stock pieces are available with the bike, so those fearing mods need not fret. Unlike some garage queens this one has been ridden, and shows 7,462 on the clock. The asking price is very much inline with current market values, and given the scarcity of these models interested parties should reach out and connect with David quickly. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2002 Ducati MH900e
Ducati January 24, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

1.31.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

The Ducati 851 is one of the all time greats; a watershed bike that defined a company, dominated a racing class, and lives on as a lust-worthy dance partner in the canyons. Everything about it screams “Ducati” from the miles of blood-red paint to the big, booming exhaust note that only a 90 degree v-twin can produce. The design silhouette is distinctive – and sexy. This is an Italian exotic at its finest, and at its most collectible. And yet this is a bike that you can buy without mortgaging your house, and you can live with day to day.

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

What makes the 851 such a big deal is the manner in which it burst onto the scene. Ducati leapfrogged the evolutionary process by simultaneously moving the Pantah-based platform from air cooling to liquid cooling, from a two-valve desmo head to a four-valve arrangement, and switching from carbs to fuel injection. That is a lot to pull off in one fell swoop, but given the performance, reliability and longevity of these motors it is obvious that Ducati cut no corners. As a result the 851 is a great choice if you are looking for a collector that you can ride. It makes usable power (but not outrageous amounts), offers strong brakes and willing suspension, and a decently upright riding position.

From the seller:
1992 Ducati 851 Strada
This model 851 was only made for two years and only 1200 were produced. This is a two owner bike with the rare Euro tail section added. The original BiPosto seat is included with the sale of the bike.

The Ducati 851 was the successor to the air-cooled two-valve Ducati 750 F1. After buying Ducati, Cagiva invested in the development of anotherV-Twin, but with liquid cooling, and four-valve Desmdromic heads. Based on the Pantah motor, but with liquid cooling, fuel injection, and desmodromic four valve heads (with an included valve angle of 40°), the 851 made Ducati once again competitive in motorcycle racing.

Bordi collaborated with Cosworth to develop the heads, but in the time they had, they were only able to reduce the included valve angle of the desmodromic engine to 40°, while less than 30° was possible with valve springs. Ducati stuck with the desmodromics. The subsequent 851 road bike had stronger crankcases, while the heads and valves remained the same; designed to fit above the 88 mm bore of a 748 cc version.

1.31.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This particular 851 is a Strada (street) model, but has been uprated with a carbon front fender, carbon mud guard, a sweet Fast by Ferracci high-sweep carbon exhaust (sounds so good!), and a solo section tail. In other words, this particular model is well-suited as a rider. The asking price is right in the ball park for a clean and cared-for example. That is the interesting thing about these models; while the SP4 and LTD models have higher resale value, clean base model Stradas continues to trade strongly. This is a testament to how great these bikes are to ride and own (author confession: my wife rides one as her commuter). Check out the pics of this extremely clean example and then drop David a line – he would love to see this beloved ride from his collection find a good home.

MI

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada