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Ducati February 11, 2019 posted by

BOZSBK – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition

Ducati had hopes for a long successful WSBK career for Ben Bostrom, and rewarded his 6-win 2001 season with a splashy limited edition replica.  #133 of 155 is offered by a Miami dealer and has 5,875 miles.

2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom for sale on eBay

The Bostrom was graced with the 998S engine, the new testastretta with 104.0 mm bore and 58.8 mm stroke making way for 123 hp.  An Öhlins front fork and steering damper were added, as well as racier Brembo brakes with thinner ( lighter ) 320mm rotors.  Carbon was the major material for the bodywork, and since the Bayliss LE had scooped the race graphics, designers used Bostrom's helmet graphics as the inspiration for the love-it-or-hate-it livery.

No information about ownership, maintenance or damage history from the Florida dealer, but they do have a pretty high-end selection, not mention a polished white floor.  Miles are low, under 6,000, and while the FBF mufflers suggest a dyno tune, it appears factory otherwise.

2001 was a singular year for Ducati WSBK, beside Boz's 6 wins, Troy Bayliss had six, plus six 2nds to take the championship.  Beside the limited edition Bayliss and Bostrom 998's, there were also the R's, the Matrix, and the Final Edition.  Rarest of all might be a plain vanilla 998 !  Seriously though, loud ( graphics ) and fast for the road, the 998S Bostrom is eager to please a fan of the 916-era, pre-electronic wizardry superbikes.

-donn

BOZSBK – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition
Ducati November 30, 2018 posted by

Used Well: 1991 Ducati 851

The Ducati 851 is a long-standing icon in the sport bike world. Leading the charge to Ducati's dominant run of WSBK titles, the 851 was as successful on the showroom/street as it was on the track. Simultaneously introducing liquid cooling, fuel injection and four valve desmo heads, the 851 was both the leading edge of where Ducati had been, as well as the foundation for the future. And the sound? All the booming twin noises you expect, with a very unexpected-for-a-twin high redline. Good looks never hurt either, and the 851 exhibits the classic lines of the 1990s sportbike. You gotta hand it to the Italians - they know how to build a supermodel that checks all the right boxes.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

The development of "rubber band" Pantah motor was an evolutionary design in the 2-valve, air-cooled Ducati twin. The 851 motor took the Pantah guts and revolutionized the rest. Four valve heads were actually part of Massimo Bordi's thesis at University; this project allowed him to make them a production reality with the assistance of famed engineering firm Cosworth. Liquid cooling was a no-brainer; better control of heat allowed for closer tolerances and ultimately more (and more reliable power). Fuel injection - a first for Ducati - heralded the future of electronics in motorcycles and in racing. This feature also allowed for tuning and tweaking, necessary to extract the maximum performance from the engine/exhaust combinations tested. Utilizing known techniques, the chassis was a birdcage affair of straight steel tubing. Original plans called for a 16" front wheel (1987 and 1988 model years), which was all the rage for GP machines at the time. However stability issues cropped up, and the now standard 17 incher was fitted. Later 851s received Ohlins upgrades from the original design Marzocchi units, and Brembos adorned the hubs front and rear.

From the seller:
Up for sale is my 1991 Ducati 851. It's original, it's complete, it's immaculate, well taken care of, always garaged and under cover.
All original with tons of work in last 7 years.

Work in 2011 at 15k miles. Motor refresh, new rings, hone, bearings checked, valves adjusted, belts, everything gone through. Upgraded clutch slave New SS brake lines front/rear New clutch with basket open cover New coolant hoses Rebuild rear Ohlins shock Fast by Ferracci stage 1 chip and high carbon pipes.

Work done in 2018 at 16k miles. New front upgraded 916 Brembo rotors/OE pads, Diablo Rossi III tires, OEM battery. The bike is wearing original seat, original pipes and rear pegs now.
You won't find a cleaner original condition collectible worthy 851.

When introduced, the 851 was considered a bit of a high-strung, maintenance-intensive and potentially fragile offering - providing performance at the cost of reliability and/or longevity. History has clearly shown this not to be true, however. Yes, there are some unique service aspects to owning a Pantah-based Ducati, including frequent belt changes and valve adjustment intervals (when compared to your average sewing machine). However these are not the Fiat-related, oil leaking, rust buckets than many feared. These are actually quite robust and reliable steeds that continue to churn out the sound and performance expected, and readers should not hesitate to consider a higher mileage bike. We have, in fact, seen specimens with double the mileage listed here (16,000); provided belts have been changed and services rendered, this motor is well neigh bulletproof.

Today's particular example appears to have been used well, as opposed to well used. It is a '91 851 Strada (biposto). Yes, it has had some miles under the keel. But it has also had a decent amount of service, no doubt at the behest of an owner who keeps his machines healthy and in order. As part of the maintenance there have also been some upgrades. Like the factory, this owner has replaced components with newer available items, both maintaining and enhancing performance of the bike. Being a '91 model, it wears the white frame and white wheels - a striking combination ('92 and onwards went to black hoops). Is it really the cleanest original condition 851 we have seen? I would chalk that up to a bit of poetic license as this bike is not strictly original from a purist standpoint. But it is very, very clean - and continues to evoke visceral, emotional responses you might not find in a more modern bike. Whether or not it is worth the premium asking price is another matter (seller is open to offers). Check out all of the details here, and then jump back to the Comments section and lets chat 851s and higher mileage Ducs. Good Luck!!

MI

Used Well: 1991 Ducati 851
Ducati September 19, 2018 posted by

Walks like a Duck: 1991 Ducati 851 Strada

Ducati is responsible for some of the most iconic motorcycles in the world. They are also purveyors of more marketing ploys than any other manufacturer, as evidenced by the endless parade of Limited Edition models. Therefore, words like "special" and "rare" are used so often as to appear meaningless. But limited numbers aside, Ducati has made some revolutionary leaps along its long history, cementing their place in motorcycling history with truly milestone machines. Not content to simply evolve one step at a time, at certain points in history Ducati doubled down on a new idea, catapulting forward along the performance curve. The introduction of the 851 was just such a moment. Today's bike, a 1991 851 Strada, is a good example of that revolution.

1991 Ducati 851 Strada for sale on eBay

If you think about the major technological jumps prior to the late 1980s, Ducati went from being a small bore, single cylinder manufacturer to producing twins. The L-twin configuration evolved over time, but was invariably a small step forward along the same route. The introduction of the Pantah could be seen as a leap, but in reality that move was more towards efficient production than outright performance. The Pantah was essentially the same air-cooled, two valve desmo twin as the bevel drive that came before, with only mild steps in go-power. With the 851, however, Ducati turned their own ideas of performance on its head. Simultaneously introducing liquid cooling, fuel injection AND a four valve, desmo actuated head, the 851 was a massive step forward from a technology perspective and performance. Did it work? Raymond Roche, participating in World SBK, took 3rd overall in 1989, was champion in 1990 and came in second in the two years to follow.

From the seller:
Ducati 1991 851 Strada, mostly original condition 14,600 miles.

Stored in Las Vegas Nevada for 8-12 years by the 2nd owner. Condition was not damaged or crashed.

Work that's been done since Nov 2017:
Major service including valve and shim adjust, new cam belts installed, degree the cams and clean and adjust throttle bodies by a qualified Ducati service tech.

New parts include:
fuel pump
fuel filter (Mahle)
Air Filter (BCM)
all fuel lines, inside the tank and out, plus clamps
cam belts (Exactfit)
radiator hoses and water pump hoses (Samco)
clutch master cylinder (Brembo)
front brake master cylinder (Brembo)
stainless steel clutch line (Galfer) and slave cylinder
chain (DID)
sprockets
Dunlop Q3+ tires
oil (15/50) full synthetic and Ducati filter,
tinted windscreen (Zero Gravity)
lithium battery (Shorai LFX18A1-BS12)
new voltage regulator

Plus, brakes have been flushed and radiator has been flushed. Left and right fairings have been painted.

Also I chose the very rare, period correct carbon Termignoni high mount exhaust and they sound beautiful. There is also a header modification, see pics. Other special parts included are rear Ohlins shock with remote adjuster. Ohlins steering damper.
Included with the bike are the original mufflers, passenger footpegs, owner's manual, one key and original windscreen.

Like many Ducatis, the 851 was released in a few different flavors. What you see here - the Strada or street edition - was the base model. This is not a homologation bike, although the basic platform is the same to the SP series. The Strada was the most streetable, complete with a passenger pillion hiding under the color coded tail cover, and nifty passenger grab handles that pivot out from beneath the seat. 1991 and 1992 were the last years of the 851 - the 1992 SP versions of this model actually contained a 888 motor, although the Strada remained an 851. But this speaks to the robustness and longevity of the basic mill, as even the 888 eventually became a 916 while still being badged as an 888. This is a milestone bike for Ducati, and the platform that won SBK victories and birthed the 888 and legendary 916.

Today's 851 Strada example looks to be in great shape - with wonderful photos. Mileage is reasonable considering you are looking at a 27 year old performance bike. There are a few added farkles in the manner of tinted windscreen and carbon bits, and the high-mount carbon Termis which look great. They interfere with the passenger pegs, however, so those have been removed (but are available with the sale). The Ohlins upgrades are choice, to be sure. The add ons and upgrades do not cause concern. The seller notes that both sides of the fairing have been painted - with no comment as to why. It may have been simply cosmetic, as there is no real evidence of the bike being down. Either way, it looks great in the pictures, appears to be very clean and cared for, and with those Termi cans I'm sure it sounds incredible. A big plus is that all services have been recently completed.

Well-preserved 851 examples have held up in value reasonably well. This was a watershed bike for Ducati, and it continues to be a sought-after model. This particular bike sits below $6k at time of writing, with reserve not met. No telling how high the reserve is set, but I would estimate somewhere around $7-8k would be in the money. We have definitely seen these cross the auction block for less, but the market can be a funny thing. Just check out some of the comments on the more rare examples of Ducati exotica featured in the pages of RSBFS to read comments such as "I remember when you could pick up one of those for just $xxx..." Check out the auction here, as this bike is currently a bargain. Will it close that way? What is the current market temperature for a beloved Ducati model (albeit non-homologation base model)? Watch on, and good luck!!

MI

Walks like a Duck:  1991 Ducati 851 Strada
Ducati September 6, 2018 posted by

An Original: 1995 Ducati 916 Monoposto

If "916" were the punchline, the joke would surely start out with: "These two Italians walk into a bar...." And while it is true that the 916 was the love child of Massimo Tamburini's striking design and Massimo Bordi's shrieking new v-twin, the 916 was no joke. This was a watershed bike for Ducati - catapulting it into overnight fame (the world conveniently forgetting that Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and sons had been in business since the mid-1920s, and successfully selling motorcycles since the 1950s). The world's press organizations ran out of superlatives to describe the visual impact of this revolutionary motorcycle - backed up by a string of World Superbike championships for Carl Fogarty. Pricey and rare, the 916 reset the sporting motorcycling performance bar - far higher than any other motorcycle available in the day.

1995 Ducati 916 with 1,300 miles for sale on eBay

Utilizing components and approaches that are commonplace today, the Ducati 916 broke new ground 24 years ago. Mass centralization and packaging resulted in an impossibly narrow frame, tight cockpit and ideal weight distribution. The single-sided rear swingarm - a nod to racing and speedy tire changes - dominated the right side view. Exhausts were tucked up high and tight under the seat, an arrangement that enhanced ground clearance (introduced by Honda's revolutionary NR750). Ohlins suspenders were fitted front and rear, as were top-notch Brembo binders. The motive power was courtesy of an updated/uprated 851/888 mill, liquid-cooled with 4-valves per cylinder (desmo actuated, naturally) and fuel injected. Peak power (114 HP) was at a stratospheric 9,000 RPM - very impressive numbers for a twin.

From the seller:
11 months, 609 miles since the following:

- Cam belts
- Battery
- (2) Michelin 4-GT
- Fuel pump
- Slave cylinder upgrade (Yoyodyne)
- Battery cable upgrade
- Brake\Clutch fluid and coolant flush
- Coolant hoses
- Front\Rear suspension complete rebuild
- Spark plugs and air filter
- Oil change (synthetic) and filter

Adult owned and ridden. Maintenance above has been performed by a very reputable shop in Hudson Valley, NY. All Ducati quirks have been replaced and/or upgraded. Only OEM or better parts and materials used. I will provide all documentation and associated costs. Bike runs beautifully, is set up for a 212lbs rider and has Kakimoto carbon slip-ons. Mileage is not a typo..1,300. Bike needs nothing.
Serious inquires only.

Early gen 916s are certainly on the collector list. This was such a revolutionary machine that it continues to stand out nearly a quarter of a century later. Follow on releases widened the focus by offering models with two-up seating (bi-posto), as well as even sharper offerings in the form of SP and SPS (precursors to the R model). But it is the original model - the standard issue, monoposto format - that started the fire that continues to burn so brightly to this day. So successful was this design that Ducati continued to evolve this silhouette through the 996/998/1098/1198 series. Even the Panigale contains elements common to the 916, as does the MV Agusta F4, thanks to Tamburini's influence.

This particular 916 is a 1995 model. Mileage is listed as 1,300 with pictures to prove it. For such an iconic motorcycle, that seems tantamount to sportbike treason. Apparently half of the miles listed were put on the bike in the last 11 months, back when the last major service was done. Props to the seller for having a complete service completed. Speaking of service, the 916 was more service-intensive than contemporary Japanese bikes, but time has proven that the shorter maintenance window is not really problematic. With original vivid red livery, gold frame and matching wheels and swingarm, this is a neo classic that will turn heads for decades to come. This is the bike that started a new revolution in design and performance. The $10,250 opening ask has yet to be answered, but for a clean bike in this type of condition with this few miles it's not a bad place to start. Check it out here, as we don't see too many original 916 models come our way. This is a good looking example of the bike that dropped a hand grenade into the Japanese-dominated market place - is that enough to make you want to pull the pin? Good Luck!!

MI

An Original: 1995 Ducati 916 Monoposto
Ducati August 24, 2018 posted by

R Favorite – 2008 Ducati 1098R #70/300

In -R trim, the Ducati 1098 was actually a homologation special with the new 1198cc engine.  In a win-win for the dealerships' best customers, Ducati ceded some trackside modifications to get increased displacement, meaning that the showroom -R came with equipment that the racers would need, and street riders normally could just dream about.

2008 Ducati 1098R for sale on eBay

After the 999 styling debacle, the 1098 returned to classic Ducati superbike design, and a revised cooling system took some of the urgency out of escaping stop-and-go traffic.  180hp made for an instantaneous exit when conditions allowed, and though factory traction control kept the rear wheel under the bike, as the suffix implies the -R is really better suited to the track.  Suspension, brakes and wheels are very high spec, with Ohlins twin-tube monoshock, Brembo 330mm monoblock brakes, and forged Marchesini alloys.

Offered by a specialty auto dealer in St. Louis, this 1098R looks excellent for its 11,000-plus miles.  Normally a few high-end farkles would be expected, but they're really not needed on an -R.  From the eBay listing:

This example is in phenomenal condition. Never having been laid down, all fairings, handlebars, and and levers are original. This bike is still completely in stock form. It runs and rides perfectly. While we are not a motorcycle dealer, the previous owner is a long term local client who owns a buys only top-notch merchandise. This 1098R is said to never have been tracked, and it shows. The condition is as good as it gets.

This -R has been ridden though not on the track, and likely dealer-maintenance could easily be verified.  Presuming this will make a rider happy, some riding and shop visits are probably better for the bike than a long time in the foyer and yearly oil change.  The 1098R offers massive performance in a now-classic trellis frame and carbon fairing, and the race dash offers timing and analysis.  The ask looks right up there until you look at the MSRP, which was double that just ten years ago.  Worth a close look if you have ready access to some fast roads...

-donn

 

R Favorite – 2008 Ducati 1098R #70/300
Ducati May 19, 2018 posted by

In The Beginning: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

Ducati's modern era really started here, with the 851. The air-cooled Pantah engine, with its rubber cam belts, was a step forward, compared to the bevel-drive twins and set the stage for Ducati's move into the future. But it was the liquid-cooled, four-valve version of their classic L-twin that finally brought them fully into the modern era and allowed them to compete against the very best sportbikes from Japan in the newly-formed World Superbike Championship.

Sure, their throbbing, torquey v-twin was down on power, compared to a screaming inline four. But a fat, useable midrange helped make up for some of the theoretical horsepower gap, and a bit of additional displacement took care of the rest. The 851 wasn't as reliable or as affordable as the Japanese competition, but it could handle with the best of them.

The new liquid-cooled, four-valve engine was dubbed, naturally, the Desmoquattro and displaced 851cc. Truth in advertising! The bike was fed by very effective Weber-Marelli fuel injection for a claimed 104hp. The original bikes look a little bit awkward and old-school, rolling on 16" wheels, but those were quickly changed to 17" hoops and, by the time this 1992 version rolled around, it looked very modern and exotic, although not nearly as elegant as the 916 that followed. The upside is slightly more comfortable ergonomics that work better on a bike far more likely to be used for 7/10th canyon rides than 10/10ths race track sorties these days.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

BEAUTIFUL 1992 Ducati 851 

*PERFECT CONDITION* 7k miles

Well maintained! 

Never dropped/crashed!

VERY light signs of (normal) use! 

Magnesium Marchesini wheels

Spaghetti exhaust

Obviously not as beautiful as the 916 that followed, but it is very purposeful and aggressive, with the white frame adding a classic touch. I do wish the seller had removed some of the bodywork so we can see the condition, along with some better shots of the "spaghetti exhaust," a reference to the system's smooth tangle of large diameter piping that was based around equal-length headers and replaces the ugly crossover junction with actual tubes. Sure, a set of carbon-fiber cans will help your red stallion sound more Ducati-y but if you really want it to sound like the real deal, you need an expensive full system. This set is likely a Silmotor system to match the end cans, since I believe they're still in production. Otherwise, this is a clean, low-mileage example of an appreciating classic sportbike, and has a couple of pricey aftermarket bits that should genuinely enhance performance.

-tad

In The Beginning: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale