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Ducati August 29, 2022 posted by

I Dream In Carbon Fiber: 1999 Ducati 996S

Ah, carbon fiber. Could there ever be anything so cool as carbon roving knitted into a bi-directional matrix and embedded in epoxy resin? Light weight and super strong, carbon fiber was the hot new “in” thing in the 1980s and 1990s. Originally developed in the late 60s and 1970s as aerospace and military grade material (although the concepts go as far back as the 1800s!), carbon fiber soon became more earth bound in the form of Formula 1 cars, and later as off the shelf components for the every day man. And while these used to be parts exclusively for performance, today one can purchase any number of items made from the stuff, including “carbon look” stickers that – I have on good authority – will automatically add 10 HP to whatever you stick them to. But to really get what is going on with today’s 1999 Ducati 996S, you have to cast your mind back to when carbon fiber was expensive and exclusive. Wrapping an expensive and exclusive bike with that stuff was just over the top and for show. Which, apparently, this bike was.

1999 Ducati 996S for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is a rare bike indeed. One of 201 Ducati 996S 1999 model year. Coveted first year! This was the Ducati factory 996 Canadian launch bike in 1999 and they did it up with a full Ducati collaboration Carbon Dream factory race kit. If you don’t know Carbon Dream, they make carbon fibre for Bugatti Hyper cars amongst others. This was a crazy expensive option you could choose when ordering your 996S. Obviously Ducati launch bikes were all done up for the shows. The bike has never been down and has been fully and regularly serviced by the previous owner’s Ducati mechanic prior to my purchase. He was a collector and had several bikes in his stable.

More from the seller:
I am the second owner and I bought the bike as a show piece for Biker Down Canada. We have been offered a show bike by a manufacturer so this one reluctantly has to be sold and the money will be used to support the purchase of a mobile booth. Check our Biker Down ca. The first owner got it from Ducati and was an avid collector. It has a clean car fax. Located in Vancouver Canada. I can help the buyer with shipping anywhere in the world. It qualifies as a full collector bike and collector plates in Canada and likely the USA. Yes it has a clean VIN and registration in Canada and it can easily be imported into most countries under the vintage collector bike rules. One of a kind! Look at the pics and message with questions. This bike is cross posted so get in a bid fast to make sure it sells on EBay! 12500 kilometres on clock. She is a true Italian beauty.

Underneath all of the super cool window dressing lies the 996. The follow on act to the mighty 916, the 996 had all the great looks of the original, but with slightly softer lines. What was not softer was the power delivery, as Ducati bumped up the displacement to keep the bike on top of the WSBK rostrum. The S model of the lineup was primarily a suspension upgrade, courtesy of Swedish brand Ohlins. The seller claims this particular bike was an official Ducati show bike for the 996S launch in Canada. I cannot confirm this (perhaps some of the RSBFS Ducati tifosi might have some knowledge on that front) but by all accounts this looks like a show bike. The carbon bits are indeed gorgeous, and the color combo is an interesting mix of old and new. With a starting bid of just under $12k, this bit of flash will be auctioned off by the end of the week. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

I Dream In Carbon Fiber: 1999 Ducati 996S
Ducati August 12, 2022 posted by

Uber Bella: 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

Today’s particular Ducati find is a true international affair. Originally born in Bologna, Italy in 1989, this bike found a home elsewhere in Europe – Germany to be exact. For the next several years this 750 rumbled up and down the autobahn, no doubt embarrassing some of the Bayerische Motoren Werke boys in the process. This bike certainly would have turned some heads against the staid R80s and even K75 and K100s of the time, given its, uh, “distinct” livery. Exported out of Germany in 1995 and officially imported into the United States, this is a titled example of a model that really turned things around for Ducati. This was a bread-and-butter Pantah machine, which while not as performant compared to some of the Japanese machines of the time, pushed Ducati and the Desmo twin concept in all corners of the world. Sure, the Limited Edition models get all the glory but the base 750 Sport was the foundation of the whole deal and the face of Ducati worldwide.

1989 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

The 750 Sport is an evolutionary bike. Based on the Pantah motor which was introduced at the beginning of the decade as a 600cc, the configuration and basic design remained save for the bump in capacity. That meant quieter valve operation thanks to toothed rubber timing belts (hence, the Pantah is known as a “rubber band” motor), gained a longer maintenance window thanks to reduced valve lash requirements, yet retained the higher RPM capability enabled by Ducati’s myopic focus on desmodromic valve operation. This arrangement eliminates valve springs, and uses the cam and followers to not only open the valve, but also close it. The result is more precise valve operation at higher RPM, and elimination of the dreaded valve float. The rest of the 750 was pure Ducati – basic trellis frame, solid, narrow, relatively light, and free from most bells and whistles that might get in the way of a spirited ride.

From the seller:
Rare 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

The Ducati 750 Sport was only in production between 1988 and 1991 and only bikes produced in 1990 models were imported to the USA. Since the bike is not as common in the USA, as in Australia and Europe, it created lots of attention and questions when I was riding it. The 750 Sport is a beautiful sports bike that has in my opinion one of the best sounds Ducati has to offer.

I purchased the bike in Germany from the Original owner in 1995 and imported and registered the bike to Minnesota in 2001. The bike was extremely reliable, and I never had any repair before I parked the bikes for a couple of years. At the end of the slumber earlier this year, I felt that the bike requires a major tune-up / overhaul, since it was standing for 10+ year. The bike received a new rear shock (original shock will ship with bike, but had a leak), new front and rear tires, new fuel pump, tank cleaned and lined, rear wheel bearing kit, new battery, oil filter, air filter, timing belt, brake pads, and more. A total of over $3,300 was put in the bike to bring it back into really great condition.

More from the seller:
The 750 Sport has run for 33674 km (20924 miles) and is powered by a 748cc V Twin engine that produces 72.0 HP (52.6 kW)) @ 8500 RPM and a top speed of 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph). The bike features it original mufflers, which again sound absolutely phenomenal. Maybe the most important thing about the bike that it is so much fun to ride. The windier the road, the more fun the bike gets.

The bike is located 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, PA. Local pick-up or buyer organized and paid for pick-up and delivery. This is a rare opportunity to own a very reliable classic that will make heads turn. While I am very sad to part with the beautiful bike, it is time to find the bike a good new home.

Today’s bike has a very bright (if not unusual) livery that really stands out – whether you might want to or not. I’m not sure what matching leathers might look like here, but you might possibly be able to find something that really fits the theme around Christmastime. Suitable helmet paint might include a white pom-pom or elf ears. Of course if standing out is your thing, then the line starts right here; shrinking violets need not apply. Still, this is a Ducati model that is not readily available in the US, as Ducati had yet to hit their stride and import new bikes in large numbers. That makes this a standout machine, unique due to the geographic history and livery, yet maintainable and rideable as only these v-twins can be. The all KM clocks show nearly 33,500, which equates to just over 20,000 miles. Check out all the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Uber Bella: 1989 Ducati 750 Sport
Ducati August 11, 2022 posted by

Bay Area Bliss: 2002 Ducati Bayliss 998S

With the introduction of the 851 in 1987, Ducati fired a shot across the bow of World SBK racing. They were in it to win it. And like biblical clockwork, the 851 begat the 888, which paved the way for the revolutionary 916. The 916 grew in capacity to 996cc, and ultimately to 998cc to fully extract the edges of the WSBK rulebook. And domination ensued. From Raymond Roche to Doug Polen, Troy Corser to the great Carl Fogarty, and Foggy’s replacement rider after injury Troy Bayliss, some of the greats have ridden – and won – for the Bologna factory. But it is the 3 championships and 52 races won by that last Ducati rider mentioned – Troy Bayliss – that are celebrated with the 998S Bayliss Limited Edition pictured here.

2002 Ducati Bayliss 998S for sale on eBay

Like all motorcycles produced for a global audience, the US-based Bayliss 998S was different than the Canadian or European deliveries. Some of this was down to components such as a speedometer calibrated in MPH instead of KPH, and different countries have different requirements in terms of headlights, taillights, turn signals and noise and emissions limits. But the BIG difference with the US model when it came to the Bayliss (as well as the same year Bostrom replica) was power output. While the US managed with the standard 998 motor rated for an estimated 125 HP, other markets received the 996R spec motor, with deep sump and approximately 10 HP more. US bikes received more carbon fiber throughout. Model runs were limited to 400 units.

From the seller:
Ducati Bayliss 988S issue 375/400 (Canadian 998R Dump Sump Engine), Full Termignoni Race System, Aluminum Water Tank, Original Ducati CORSA Carbon Fiber Air Ducks, Chain Guard, Rear Tire Shield, Cog Shield, Side panels, Front Grill Carbon and Race water pipes. Corbin Race Seat, Original bike dust cover, manuals, service books and Bayliss Plaque.

MINT CONDITION
How the totals are calculated:
Title collection fee: $60.00
Escrow fee: $244.75
Buyer price: $27,804.75

Today’s example is listed as #375 of 400, but that is difficult to see in the pictures provided. The seller does include a shot of the commemorative plaque that came with these Limited Edition model bikes. The wild part here is the reported mileage is even lower than the edition number, at 352. That puts this in rare territory indeed, as this livery/combination was already restricted in terms of units produced, making a low miles example a rare example of a rare breed. That seems to be reflected in the asking price. We know prices are edging upwards on the 916/996/998 series overall, so a special edition brings with it even more cachet and value. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Bay Area Bliss: 2002 Ducati Bayliss 998S
Ducati July 23, 2022 posted by

Tall Dark & Handsome: 1982 Ducati Supersport Desmo

Looking absolutely stunning in black and gold, this 1982 Ducati Supersport is the epitome of old-school cool. Sure, it is rocking 1970s technology and appears positively stone age on paper when compared to another 1982 model – the Honda CX500 Turbo – but the bevel-drive Desmo had some speed tricks up it’s sleeve to help combat the ravages of time and tech. Lightweight and narrow with a wide powerband and centralized mass to provide good handling, the 900 Supersport was the ultimate evolution of the bevel drive Ducatis, and exhibited all of the characteristics that made the model great. Bad habits were few, the exotic element was high, and the Desmo twin was ready to lead all comers on a chase through the canyons at a moments notice. Today, these are pinging the interest of serious collectors. But don’t take my word for it: today’s example has numerous suitors on ebay – with 23 bids and counting.

1982 Ducati Supersport Desmo for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Knee surgery dictates selling my beautiful black/gold Ducati 900 super sport .Upgrades include
:Electronik Sachse digital ignition with 9 selectable advance curves.
:Dynatek DC10-1 5 ohm ignition coils.
:Surflex Alloy clutch kit from Bevel Heaven.
Have all the original parts including the CEV turn signals.

Original Conti Mufflers
Recently rebuilt Delorto PHM 40mm Carbs.
The bike starts first kick, idles perfectly.The handling and torque of these bikes is legendary and must be experienced to be believed.
This is the last year of the 900 SS bevel drive and benefits from 10 years of refinement.
There is a small dent in the right muffler.a small crack in the plastic dash below the speedo and 2 chips in the tank paint-all minor.

At time of writing the current bid was a touch over $20k. That is with a very clean, well presented, but 26,000 mile used bike. As a counterpoint, that same 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo – with all of its high tech and relative rarity (obscurity?) – would struggle to max out at half that much. Quality and DNA matter here, and the Ducati Supersport has the bones to be a long term contender on the collector market. These are rideable machines today. Sure, there is a bit more maintenance involved in keep such a classic, but this is a dark-haired beauty that will not fail to disappoint a willing rider. Check out all of the details on this auction here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Tall Dark & Handsome: 1982 Ducati Supersport Desmo
Ducati July 7, 2022 posted by

Number 1 in our Hearts: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO

This auction ended early, before we could post – but we are sharing the the content for our avid readers. Just goes to show that the best rare bikes can go quickly! – MI

It’s red. It has low miles and in great looking condition. It has the “I’m #1” plate boldly emblazoned on the tail. And it’s a 888cc, four valve, fuel injected, liquid cooled Ducati from the era when they owned WSBK Superbike racing. Did I mention that it is rare and one of the more collectable Ducatis? Yeah, it’s all that.

1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

The mighty Ducati 888 was a serious homologation machine – on many fronts. Born of the ground breaking 851, the motive power behind the 888 was an evolution of the previous desmoquattro. In fact, the entire 888 was a subtle evolution of the world-beating 851, ensuring maximum performance on the racetrack. As such the 888 was offered as a street bike for homologation purposes – but in several different forms. The SPO that we see here today was offered specifically for the North American market, as Ducati eyed a dominance of the US in addition to owning the high-speed circuits of Europe.

From the seller:
1993 DUCATI 888 SPO, Rare limited Import, only Approx. 150 were imported into the USA, according to personnel at Ducati USA, all 1993 888 imported were SPO’s. Bike is all stock , no modifications. Bike was stored for 10 years between 2010 & 2020, with original owner putting 2786 miles on it. In Nov 2020, bike received a $2k full service at Desmo sports in SF California, including New Cam belts, oil & filters, new front and rear Rossi 2 tires, Battery, plugs, replaced coolant, new rear shock damper, front brake switch, rebuilt clutch slave cylinder, and all Misc gaskets and seals needed. Bike has since been on Display unused in San Jose California , where it is located. The bike is showing slightly over 2800 miles and is in great condition for a 27 year old bike, but has usual small marks and scratches from display and its age. It has a clear California title, and comes with original tool kit and owners Manual.

The opportunity to own a bone stock 888 SPO with fewer than 3,000 miles does not come often. This bike has seen a full maintenance refit only 2 years ago, and has been sitting idle since by way of a display model. It is based in sunny California, not that the abundance of riding days has added anything to the mileage tally. Nearly 30 years on the big triple 8 continues to impress with its classic silhouette, booming exhaust note, exceptional brakes and vaunted chassis stability. This one is not cheap (BIN is set at $22.5), but we don’t see them like this often. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Number 1 in our Hearts: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Ducati June 28, 2022 posted by

Track Day Tuesday: 1983 Ducati TT Pantah

It’s time again for another of my favorite installments: Track Day Tuesday! And today’s gem is more than just a UJM with lights removed/taped over. Today’s track day bike actually belongs on a track. Built by Ducati to chase after supersport titles, the TT2 was a fantastic race bike utilizing the new Pantah engine. This was to be the replacement of the bevel drive street bikes and racers, and toothed rubber belts to drive the Desmo valve assembly proved to be quiet, reliable and much easier to build and set up. All in all, the TT was legendary for light weight, narrow profile, and fantastic handling; in the hands of someone like Tony Rutter this was a formidable racetrack weapon.

From the seller:
1983 Ducati TT Pantah Corsa Racer.

Full restored Ducati TT Pantah/ Corsa Racer red / yellow. To many new parts to list. For the TT Corsa Pantah Racer a Ducati frame # DMK8F00084 with added a 38 mm Marzoccchi racing suspension was used. Running on 16 inch front wheel with new 120-80-16 Battlax / rear 150-60-180 Battlex / FPS wheels.

More from the seller:
The engine # DM 650 612909 rebuild to original spec’s 650 cc SOHC Desmo V-twin new 38 mm Dellortos’s engine capable of producing 75 horsepower at 10,800 rpm and mated to a five-speed transmission with dry clutch. All engine internals replaced with OEM Pantah parts.

38 mm Marzocchi front forks, 280 mm Brembo brakes and adjustable rear shocks by Ohlins are also part of the bike’s overall package.

I will cast this out to the RSBFS experts out there, as I thought that the TT1 machines were 750cc, while the TT2 examples all displaced 600cc. I am not aware of a TT in 650cc, but happy to be schooled. Ducati DID homologate the Pantah-powered 650SL specifically for the TT1, but (and I’m going out on a limb here) it could be that what we are looking at here is a TT2-inspired racer based on a 650SL – and hence not a factory TT racer. There are several companies that offer bodywork kits to do just that. Regardless, this bike looks extremely clean and well presented. There are some high dollar components on this one, and I am itching to don my leathers just looking at it.

Check out all of the details here, and any of our sharp-eyed readers please feel free to comment on what you think about this one. It is a very sano build, and looks like a tremendous amount of fun without being priced in the stupidly expensive seats. Summer is here, tracks are open, and here is one track day monster that will really turn some heads. Good Luck!!

MI

Track Day Tuesday: 1983 Ducati TT Pantah
Ducati June 15, 2022 posted by

Classified: 1986 Ducati 750 F1

In the late 1980s, the Ducati F1 was – technologically speaking – a bit of a relic. The revolutionary Kawasaki Ninja had already been in market for two years, offering cutting-edge performance based on a 4-valve per cylinder, liquid cooled platform. The mighty Suzuki GSX-R750 had already made a huge splash, using innovation to add performance and reduce weight. And Ducati? Ducati rolled out an old school, 2-valve, air cooled twin that had both feet firmly mired in the 1970s. What the F1 was missing was zoot suit technology. But the 1970s taught Ducati a LOT about racing, about balance, and about what absolutely required to be on a bike. So Ducati did that – and added nothing else. The result was an extremely narrow, lightweight, stable platform that offered good real world torque and a booming note that makes everyone sit up and take notice.

From the seller:
First introduced in 1985, This Ducati 750 F1 Desmo is one of only 1801 examples produced. Between 1985-1988, Ducati created a street performance version of their race bread machine. Offering the air cooled 748cc Desmodromic engine with the iconic Tri-Color Italian graphics to the public, Ducati’s air cooled L-twin Desmodromic engine combined with the race proven dry clutch, harmonizes with the acoustics of the mechanical parts and exhaust note, creating a machine of function and form, equally.

More from the seller:
This iteration comes with many tasteful race-ready upgrades to improve upon the already impressive machine, these upgrades include: Arkront Magnesium 2-piece wheels (Spain), Lindeman Enterprises rear suspension (aka Lindemann Engineering). Verlicchi Swing arm, Carbon Tech exhaust.

Based on the 600TT racer, the 750 F1 started out life with an impressive pedigree. Much of the DNA was retained in the form of the trellis frame, and very lightweight bodywork, the Pantah motor used as a stressed member, and the Brembo brakes. The F1 – as special as it was – spawned several even more limited editions, including the Montjuich, Laguna Seca and Santamonica, which were all based on the same platform.

These are relatively rare collector machines, and this particular bike does sport some tasty upgrades. This is being listed as a Classified ad, with the seller looking for a cool $18,900 – or reasonable offer. There does appear to be something wonky with the right rear turn signal, but the extent of damage (if it is damaged) is not clear in the photos. We do not see these come up for sale all that often, and since they were produced in limited numbers they will always be scarce and coveted. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Classified: 1986 Ducati 750 F1
Ducati April 27, 2022 posted by

Quattordici – 1990 Ducati 851 Strada

Ducati 851 for sale

Update 4.27.2022: We last saw this 851 in May of last year and now it’s back on eBay with fresh pictures as well. Current bid is $8,000 and the reserve is met. 4 days remain on the auction. Links updated. -dc

What a wild spring time we are having here at RSBFS! There appears to be a nearly inexhaustible supply of rare Ducati 851 examples in all different conditions and price points. We’ve posted so many of these lately that I’m tempted to cut and paste the historic details on the model from earlier posts, but I’ll spare you the lazy journalism. These bikes are cool enough to talk about over and over and over again. So without furthering any ado, let’s dive into this 1990 Ducati 851.

1990 Ducati 851 Strada for sale on eBay

The 851 is an iconic model simply because it began the lineage of the modern day Ducati Superbike. From the early days of the singles, through the era of the bevels, right into the Pantah era, Ducatis were defined by the 2-valve desmo actuation and for being air cooled (simple and light). The 851 threw out all off that and more by plonking a unique 4-valve desmo head (based on a 1970s University thesis, and with some help from Cosworth) atop a new barrel structure that was liquid cooled, allowing for tighter tolerances and far more heat dissipation. These two elements were maximized via the use of additional new technology – fuel injection. The result was 105 HP (power increased over the years) at higher RPMs than previous models, and with a willing chassis and good aero the 851 was born. And with it, the ground work for more than a decade of dominance in WSBK.

From the seller:
1990 851
Vin ZDM1HB6R2LB001226
Engine HB6L001286

Beautiful Ducati 851

Barely ridden since I got it a few years ago.
Idled often and kept on battery tender.
New battery
Fresh gas
Sorry no service history other than the gentleman I bought it from few years ago had his mechanic go through it thoroughly.
Most ducati folks like to do their own maintenance as it’s fairly easy so you’d probably want to do fluids, look at belts, tires, chain.
Fires right up, idles great, drives, shifts, brakes, lights work… all good! Just went for a quick ride, love this bike but downsizing and this one needs a new home with someone to ride it more!

Only thing I notice is the rear brake light does not brighten when depressing the rear brake pedal. Probably an easy fix. The front brake lever does activate the brake light.

No mirrors on this bike but I may have an extra set from a 900ss I have. Negotiable on including these.
Bike has usual nicks and scratches, but no dents or dings on tank. Note the bottom section of one fairing has a spot that is chipped/scratched. Zoom in on the pic. Not noticeable when fairing is on bike. Bike could use a good cleaning. I’ve always kept indoors.

Please look at pics and examine closely. I’m happy to chat or take closer up pics of anything.

Today’s model is the Strada – meaning street. This is the lowest spec of the 851 class, not to damn it with faint praise. It is simply the most comment variant, which includes a passenger pillion and associated hardware. In fact, all the 851 examples posted on RSBFS in the last month have been the Strada edition. This particular bike has higher mileage than its posted peers (21,000+ claimed), and like most 30 year old motorcycles it has experienced some mods and mishaps. On the mods front I spy a tinted windscreen and non-factory handgrips. More concerning is the lack of mirrors (and why). The rest of the bike looks presentable and the plastics appear to be in good shape, although there is some weathering of the black parts such as the forks, top clamp, and engine cases.

The seller notes that this bike has not been ridden much as of late, and there is a lack of service records. The oil in the sight glass does appear dark and in need of a change, but color is rarely an accurate indicator. Belts should be done as much as for time as miles, and would be high on my list of to-dos. While this is a doable chore for the home mechanic, it is a bit more involved than on your average 2-valve Ducati thanks to the extra systems in the way. Valve adjustments can also be done by the home mechanic, but you will need tools specific for retrieving and measuring the shims, as well as a way to obtain the necessary-sized shims to complete the job. This one is being offered as a Buy It Now of $12,500, with the seller open to offers. That is a strong price considering some of the others that we have seen recently, but the good news is that the healthy supply allows for some shopping around. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Quattordici – 1990 Ducati 851 Strada