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Ducati June 30, 2021 posted by

Year of the Duc: 1991 Ducati 851

The year of 2021 needs to officially be renamed as the Year of the 851. I cannot recall ever seeing such an inventory of these milestone machines (check out a search of the RSBFS archives here). So what is so special about the 851? In a nutshell, the 851 contains 3 separate technologies that were a first for the Bologna manufacturer: 4-valve heads, fuel injection and liquid cooling. This combo kicked off a winning spree in WSBK and solidified Ducati’s approach of being a race team that occasionally builds street bikes. Today’s find is an exceptional 1991 model, which includes the popular white frame and wheel combination. I won’t go into the gory details of the model – check out the link above for that – but will simply remark that this is a well-represented version of this model and year.

1991 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Beautiful and well-maintained 1991 Ducati 851 Superbike for sale by owner. Have all of the original paperwork and maintenance records, as well as 2 original keys. Iconic and classic motorcycle in mint condition. The bike is all original parts and works flawlessly. Timing belt replacement and valve adjustment have both been done in the past few months. New tires were also fitted 6 months. Always kept indoors in a temperature controlled space. It hurts me to let go of this beautiful piece, but it is time to sell to someone who has the time to care for this motorcycle.

Today’s bike shows a few more miles than some of the museum want to be machines that we have seen previously, but it is obvious it has enjoyed some care and feeding deserving of the breed. Belts and valves are critical for this model, and both have been addressed recently. That means that this beauty is ready to ride off into the sunset right now. Both seat and windscreen look to be aftermarket, but neither should be considered deal killers. The rest looks to be completely stock, right down to the stock cans and stock clutch cover. The asking price on this one is a seemingly high $17,000, but the seller is open to offers. Check out all of the details here, and let us know what you think: Is 2021 the Year of the 851? Good Luck!!

MI

Year of the Duc: 1991 Ducati 851
Ducati June 22, 2021 posted by

Mr. Omologato – 1993 Ducati 888 SPO

Ducati took accuracy to a rare height in the early 1990’s, with the 851 and 888 models reflecting their actual displacement.  Today’s SPO is a California native and looks great with just 10,654 miles.

1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

A stateside-only model, the SPO had a single fuel injector per cylinder, and met EPA regs with a nice round 100 hp.  888’s had a distinctive exhaust note, especially with Termignoni or Ferraci “silencers”.  Showa USD forks and  were fully adjustable, and the rear suspension had an interesting rocker arm arrangement which allowed ride height adjustment separate from the Öhlins monoshock.  The SPO was always a monoposto, and used a steel seat subframe instead of the alloy part used on the Euro model.

This owner states they are the third, and though not well documented, the condition is sparkling.  Cast iron rotors provide better high performance braking, though they require regular inspection.  Hopefully the timing belt service is up to date as well.  Comments from the eBay auction:

10,654 original miles. The bike is in excellent shape, always garaged and adult owned. The bike was purchased in 2007, and I am the third owner. The bike has had a recent oil and filter change. The bike is fitted with Ferracci carbon fiber exhaust and cast iron floating front disk brakes but is otherwise in stock condition. The original front disk brakes and Michelin Sport Pilot tires (unmounted) are included in the sale.

Production was very limited at around 270 copies ( and some stayed in Europe ), seemingly made for a numbered plaque but that wasn’t in the plan.  It does come with a grand number 1 on each side of the seat fairing, commemorating Doug Polen’s 1991 and 1992 Superbike crowns.  The beauty of the 888 is a little more roller derby queen than the subsequent 916’s supermodel lines, but still grabs eyeballs.

-donn

Mr. Omologato – 1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Ducati June 2, 2021 posted by

Like a Weed: 1990 Ducati 851

The year 2021 has declared open season on the Ducati 851! I can remember few times when so many of these Bologna beasts have come to market – and all in such clean and low mileage condition. This is really a buyer’s market as we have seen a windfall of these liquid cooled, fuel injected, Desmoquattro Superbikes. Check it out yourself by searching the RSBFS archives on the model.

1990 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

The 851 was Ducati’s entry into the true Superbike category. It was to cement the company as a full-fledged player in the sport bike game, and catapult them atop the rostrum in WSBK. It was really the trifecta of liquid cooling, fuel injection and the 4-valve heads – each a first for the company – that created the big bang event that was to become the 851. But often overlooked was the evolutionary aspect; the base motor was created on Pantah DNA, the trellis chassis has roots into the 1970s, and the bodywork and style was very iterative of the MH machines. All together, this was much more the sum of its parts. The 851 began a new era for Ducati that continues to this day.

From the seller:
I am selling a few bikes from my private collection. This is nearly showroom museum quality, Low mile, clean, and in perfect running order. All original all the way down to the took kit. I Drive this bike once a week about 10 miles for a leisurely cruise to keep things fresh. This bike remains at one of my studios and gets cleaned weekly. I have several Ducati’s and have enjoyed the visual beauty of this classic in my sight almost daily. This specific bike and year was a major turning point for the brand and a must have for any Ducati enthusiast.

More from the seller:
It does have a few minor imperfections shown. It does have the original tires on it , and work well for the driving i do with it. The only mod i have done is the exhaust , which i ordered from Italy 🇮🇹. Fluids and all maintenance has been performed. This bike is registered and insured with a clean CA title in my name. This bike will deliver with the original chrome exhaust that came with it in almost perfect condition if you prefer that it can easily be changed in 15 min. Please feel free to ask any questions as I love motorcycles and am happy to talk about them. Thank you and good luck:)

This particular bike is from a private seller in CA – and shows only 6125 miles on the clocks! That is pretty darn “near new” when it comes to a thirty-something hypercycle. And better yet, it is mostly stock and not heavily modified as some we have seen. There is some minor damage noted, but otherwise appears to be a well-loved and pampered example of the breed. The white frame and white wheels really pop on these earlier 851s, and this appears to be a good find for anyone in the market for one of these amazing machines. There are zero bids on an opening ask of $12k, so there is still all to play for here. The ask is not outrageous for the bike, but the higher starting price might be scaring off potential bidders. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Like a Weed: 1990 Ducati 851
Ducati May 10, 2021 posted by

Quattordici – 1990 Ducati 851 Strada

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
Ducati May 1, 2021 posted by

Take Two: 2005 Ducati 999R

Spring has sprung in a magical way here at RSBFS. Not only did we find three low-mileage Ducati 851 examples in the past two weeks, we now have our second super-clean Ducati 999R in a single week (see the first one here). If you are in the market for something to collect, now is definitely the season; the market is rife with the rare and exotic.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

For Ducati fans, there are a few things to know about the 999 series. Firstly, it was designed by Pierre Terblanche, whose credits include the unicorn Supermono racer and the MH900e. Secondly, note that pictures do not do these bikes justice. In person the 999/749 series actually work well, standing out visually without being overbearing. Thirdly, this next-generation Ducati superbike is fast – faster than the 996/998 series it replaced. And finally, it is multi-configurable from an ergonomic perspective, and can be made to be relatively comfortable (try that on a 916).

From the seller:
I have owned this bike for the past 4 years and truly enjoyed it. I am switching to only track racing and I do not ride on the road anymore.In 2018 oil, belts and spark plugs (very expensive) have been replaced. I have receipt.New tires also – Bridgestone in 2018.Engine oil was also replaced in 2019 although very little mileage was put on the bike since (500 miles maybe).The 999R comes with one key, the key card, OEM manual.Some tasty options:Full Titanium “race only” exhaustAdjustable LeversClutch CoverShorty leversQuick remove gas capThe bike is a joy to ride, the sound of the titanium Termignoni is intoxicating.

The 999R is a bit of a “love it or hate it” design. But there are so many intricate elements to the bike that one really needs to spend some time on the details to fully appreciate what it brings to the table. Check out the peek-a-boo “999R” logo on the fairing, with the carbon fiber showing through the paintwork. How about the skeletonized triple trees with the fully adjustable front suspension components? The analog / digital dash which keeps the important items (i.e. tach) front and center? How about the way the rear cylinder head just peeks through the bodywork on the side view, hinting at the mechanical violence underneath? It’s easy to get lost in the 999 design once you look beyond the stacked headlights.

The 999 series is also on the rise from a monetary perspective. Like always, the higher spec R bikes will lead the way, as these are the most rare and the most potent. But with Ducati quick to revert back to the 916/996/998 design language for the subsequent 1098, the 999R becomes a bit of a unicorn in the R bike world. These are magnificent motorcycles that have real (and growing) collector value. This particular example looks great, is well photographed, and is currently in the value basement at $12,500. There are several days to go and more than a few watchers, so I would expect it to follow the price path of the 999R posted on these pages earlier (that one is at $15k and still climbing). Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Take Two: 2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati April 27, 2021 posted by

Officially A Triple: 1992 Ducati 851

In the highly unlikely case that RSBFS readers are not aware, the Ducati 851 is a mere twin, not a triple. However in the “when it rains it pours” environment of rare motorcycles, today’s 1992 Ducati 851 is the third low mileage Strada we have seen (see HERE and HERE). This is certainly the feast part of “feast or famine” and means that if you are in the market for one of these iconic machines, then you have a surprising choice of available examples.

1992 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

As oft recounted on these pages and elsewhere, the Ducati 851 was a triple threat of liquid cooling, four valve desmo heads and fuel injection. The result was a powerplant that paved the way to the legendary 916, and progressed Ducati further along winning ways at the racetrack. With 110HP above 9,000 RPM, the new 851 could rev like no other twin. And with Brembo brakes and Showa suspension connected to Bolgna’s best trellis frame to date, the 851 could handle like no other as well. The Strada was the the lowest spec 851 made available, yet was head and shoulders above anything Ducati had released to date.

From the seller:
9/25/2011 – Purchase from Moto Corse Performance via EBay with 715 mi. on the odometer. Since then…

[06/2012] Refinished by Ducati specialist (to correct 17 years of storage wear and tear…)

[12/2012] Full top end service + replaced radiator + generator cover (due to corrosion from improper storage, by previous owner…)

[05/2013] Replaced mirrors > to correct typical Vitaloni floppy mirror syndrome.

[04/2014] Serviced fuel system incl. tank. [01/2015] Serviced Coolant system > incl. new hoses.

[11/2019] Serviced Front suspension + new battery.

All service during my ownership has been performed by Northern Ohio Ducati & Triumph and Pro Italia.

Of Note: 100% stock – absolutely no modifications! // Bike delivered with (2011) Pirelli Diablo Corsa tires with a reported 559 miles. // IMG_0005 intended to show condition of underneath of bike + inside fairing… // IMG_0003 is of current odometer reading. / Headlight does have some of the typical fogging on lower half. // Reflector on RH front fork is missing.

Bike comes with: Original toolkit // Owner’s manual // NOS dashboard foam // Original tires // EU mufflers (never installed) // All parts replaced during service // Bike Cover // Track-stand.

Bike is ready to ride or show. Happy to provide additional images and/or answer questions.

Today’s example is a Strada – meaning the bi-posto or two-seater example. The seat cover removes via the ignition key, and passenger grab handles deploy from beneath. In all, a very trick setup for two-up riding on an otherwise solo looking tail section. The pipes are upswept in order to facilitate ground clearance, and it is unlikely you will be touching down hard parts unless shod with race rubber and in possession of superhuman talent.

With a claimed mere 1,601 miles on the triple Veglia white-faced gauge cluster, this is one of the cleanest, most stock examples of the 851 we have seen on these pages. It appears to be about as perfect as one could hope, and promises the next own a riding experience as if it was purchased new off of the showroom floor. The opening ask for this auction is $9,000. And while that is a fair amount of cash to start an auction, it is most certainly in line with the low end of what this bike is worth. That tells me that this isn’t a low dollar click bait to get people to bid, but rather a straightforward approach to selling the bike. Check out the other 851 models we have posted in the last week or so, and then jump over to this auction – there is lots of 851 goodness to see! Good Luck!!

MI

Officially A Triple: 1992 Ducati 851
Ducati April 24, 2021 posted by

Signed, Sealed & Delivered: 1992 Ducati 851

If not for the Fast By Ferracci sticker on this 1992 Ducati 851, you might believe that this is the bike we posted just earlier this week (see here). But no, it is definitely 851 season here on RSBFS, and I’m pretty happy about that! After all, the 851 is the model that really supercharged Ducati’s ride up the competitive – and consumer – ladder being their first liquid cooled engine, their first 4-valve desmo head, and their first use of fuel injection. And while that might sound like throwing technology and parts at a bike, these pieces integrated so well as to make for a stunner of a runner that also looks great just standing still. The seller has a lot to say, so I will let him pick up the story here.

1992 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
i have decided to list my ducati 851,it,s a rare bike and has an interesting history.it only has 2577 miles and was purchased from the original owner.the original owner was a race fan who followed the factory race team who decided to sign the bike.i have included pictures to verify this.i have two posters given to me by the previuos owner.rider #19 &rider #21.these posters are not signed.they just show the riders and the factory team in the upper left hand corner.after the bike was autographed the owner put it in storage to preserve it.unfortunately it remained there for twenty years.he finally decided to sell it and brought it to the blackhawk swap meet in davenport iowa where i came across it.it was love at first site.i purchased it and brought it home.

More from the seller:
after looking it over good i decided to get some help getting it going again.i took it to moto europa in st. louis.they had it for almost a year and went thru everything front to back.timing belts,fuel system,brakes,cooling system,new tires,battery,all of it.the final piece of the puzzle which took so long was the radiator which could not be repaired.one was sourced in europe and it wasn,t cheap.i have the original radiator and it will be included in the sale.i have the paperwork to verify all work that was done.it now runs,sounds,and rides amazing.i have also included pictures of some items that are included in the sale.i have a clean and clear title in my name so no nightmare paperwork to deal with.this is a hard sell but i don,t want it to go back to sleep for another twenty years.but with that being said i know what it,s worth.this isn,t american pickers and i,m not going to leave a little meat on the bone.if your looking for a little fun and a flip,this isn,t it.this isn,t wheeler dealer either.there will be no test rides or joy rides trying to pick it apart.i will take no chances on something happening to it and someone just wanting to walk away.

More from the seller:
i will start it so you can here it run.after you pay for it you can do what you like.if you wait till the listing is over and make an insulting offer i will not respond.i will not end the auction early unless the buy it now is tapped.i will not release the bike or the title until the full purchase price is in my hand in cash or the funds have cleared and in my bank account.if you bid and win that means you have agreed to these terms and the price.there will be no renegotiation on anything afterwards.there will be a non-refundable deposit due within 48 hours of the auction close.you are purchasing the bike as is.no warrenties or garrenties of anykind.will not ship overseas,us only.after all that,on a lighter note.i will answer all questions as honestly as i can.i want you to know what you are getting and have nothing to hide.

This 1992 Ducati 851 is a Strada (two seater) edition. It looks to be fairly stock, with the exception of FBF carbon cans (a wonderful, non-destructive mod), a tinted windscreen and lots of signatures and stickers. The seller doesn’t note who actually signed the bike, but some close up viewing and some research nets the John Hancocks of none other than Canadia Pascal Picotte, and Aussie – and 1994 AMA Superbike champ – Troy Corser. There are other names scribbled on the fairing, and I invite sharp-eyed readers to help with the identification.

This particular 851 has been sitting for a long time, which resulted in some very low miles – just 2,577 according to the seller. Thankfully the bike has been gone through, which should remove worry regarding belts, valves, coolant and the like. It is uncertain how much value can be attributed to the signatures, however the rest of the bike appears to be in decent shape for the age. There is no doubt that the 851 is a model that is increasing in valuation, but it remains to be seen if there are any takers of the $18,000 opening ask (with a $21k BIN). Time will tell as this auction has approximately a week remaining. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Signed, Sealed & Delivered: 1992 Ducati 851
Ducati April 20, 2021 posted by

Turn the world on its ear – 1992 Ducati 851

Ducati has quite the history of producing iconic, revolutionary models that were really large leaps in evolution. From the 1970s and the 750 SS with its stunning use of desmodromic valve actuation via a bevel drive arrangement, to the Pantah-engined bikes of the early 1980s with a new toothed rubber belt (which nobody thought would last), to the 851 of the late ’80s and early 90s. Each brought with it great steps in terms of design and efficiency, and each was a milestone in its own right. And each contributed to the rich racing heritage that surrounds the Ducati legend. Today we find a pristine 1992 851 Strada – a bike right before the cusp of the 888 refresh – that should tick all the boxes for anyone looking for one of these astounding beasts.

1992 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

The magic of the 851 was a 1-2-3 abracadabra affair. Up to this point, all racing (and street going) bikes of the Bologna brand had the same basic engine characteristics: air cooling, two valve heads, and carbs. Ducati engineering (as funded by new owners, Cagiva) implemented Massimo Bordi’s university thesis of a 4-valve desmodromic head. The effort was aided by noted cylinder head specialist Cosworth, but retained Bordi’s basic design. The new head was affixed to an all new block which included liquid cooled cylinders to allow for tighter tolerances and more sustained high power and high RPM running. Fueling was provided by an all-new (and novel for the time) fuel injection system developed by Weber. The result was 110 HP at 9,500 RPM – figures unachievable by the earlier technology.

From the seller:
Selling my 1992 Ducati 851 Superbike. You don’t see them like this very often anymore. Almost 100% stock with the exception of Sil Moto 50mm full race exhaust, Ferracci chip and K&N filter. Everything else is there and stock. OEM Stickers on Mirrors!! Original Cagiva windscreen as well. Took kit included, and all fluids and belts were done last week prior to listing. Tires are new with nubs still on tires and zero miles on them. Starts up if you just look at the start button. Only ethanol free gas used and has been in my collection for many years. Needs nothing, and is ready to ride or put in your office. Stand, owners manual and Ducati soft indoor cover comes with sale. I reserve the right to pull listing should I sell it locally, but feel as though this will get proper exposure. No disappointments with this bike. This is a classic and those who know them, know that they just don’t come up like this very often. Time for a new home that will take care of her the way I did. All the old school Ducati grunt with this Classic. Please feel free to message me with questions. I know every inch of this bike and it needs for nothing.

For a next-generation Superbike – one that was very successfully campaigned in WSBK – the 851 Strada is actually a pretty sensible motorcycle suitable for daily use. The cockpit is tidy and comfortable, if not a little cramped for bigger riders. The stretch to the clip-ons is modest, and the fuel injection ensures easy starts and idling. These models ride relatively easily in traffic, and even have a hidden passenger pillion, pegs and grab handles that emerge from under the seat – perfect for those two-up encounters! Maintenance is a little more involved than your average Japanese sewing machine, in that belts require regular replacement and valve adjustment is a bit more of a chore. If you can live with that, then the 851 is a bike that can fit into your life – and bring some raucous excitement to it as well.

today’s 1992 Ducati 851 example looks to be clean, clean, clean. It is an extremely low miles specimen, and appears to be in fully stock condition save for the beautiful carbon cans (I would guess that those things really give that desmoquattro a deep, biting sound) and the requisite upstream enhancements. The internets seem to agree with the assessment of this one, as the price is getting up there: a hair under $10k as of this writing, and the reserve still in place. It is not often that we see such a great example of this model, and with vaccinations and spring all showing up it would appear that the world wants to ride. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Turn the world on its ear – 1992 Ducati 851