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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 June 13, 2022 posted by

Changing Of The Guard: 2005 Ducati 999R

The one constant in the universe is time.  It endlessly marches forward.  Some say it heals all wounds, others claim it creates new perspectives.  Time has clearly helped the 999 generation of Ducati.  Once hailed as a ugly duckling and not worthy to follow the beautiful 916, now those comments are little more then a whisper in the back of the room.  Most agree that the design has aged extremely well.   The performance and race winning heritage was never in question and now these are at an age that collectors are starting to take notice.  They offer a ticket into the exclusive Ducati R world at a value that is hard to ignore.

Any Ducati to wear the R badge is riddled with some of the best components available at the time.  Magnesium engine covers, forged wheels, Ohlins suspension, radial Brembo calipers, carbon fiber fairings and shower fuel injection round out the list.  These were not just slightly upgraded S models, these were serious machines with a focus on track performance.  There is a debate in the 999R groups over what year is the best.  The latter bikes (like this 2005) have an upgraded swing arm, a striking red frame and a few other small evolutions over the early bikes.  In the USA the early bikes were the only ones to come with a numbered triple tree, a build plaque and a few other collectable trinkets.  In the real world on the street the changes between the bikes would probably be hard to tell by most owners/riders.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Ducati Superbike. World Ducati Day is coming. Get started with the track season. Modern classic Italian designed by Pierre TerblancheCarbon fiber fairingsMonopostoEVR slipper clutchTermignoni street AND race exhaust with matched ECUs (SOS Diagnostics)Printed shop manual(second set of carbon fiber fairing available separately)Serious offers onlyLocal pickup only in Seattle WA

This example shows about 4,000 miles and had a couple of desirable and period correct upgrades.  No mention of service history, or when the last belt change was performed.  The latter is not a huge deal and often has exaggerated costs speculated, but service records do add to the appeal of any collectable.  The asking price if $18,000 might make some pause, but for anyone following the market closely on these, it is not really out of line.  These have risen sharply in value recently as reflected in some high profile auction results.  With the prices of run of the mill 916s approaching this price point it makes sense that people are turning their eyes to the next series of bikes and seeking out the highest specification examples.

Changing Of The Guard:  2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati May 19, 2022 posted by

Bargain Alert: Low Mileage 2002 Ducati 750SS

When ever having a casual conversation about anything these days the subject turns to rising prices.  Maybe that is inflation, or a spike in demand, or collectors taking notice of new eras of motorcycles.  Either way, it often leaves some enthusiasts struggling to find ways into this wonderful world of interesting rides.  Hopefully things have not gotten you down that much, and there are still a few BitCoins left in your account, because you are going to want to take a look at this Ducati 750SS.

Will get the good stuff out of the way first.  With under 4000 original miles it is safe to say this bike has been sparingly used.  The miles are low enough to appeal to collectors looking for the best examples of a bike they can find.  The miles are also high enough that the new owned should be able to put a few miles on it here and there without feeling guilty.  Perfect combination for most dynamic collectors.  The pictures show that the bike is exceptionally clean.  Being the entry level SuperSport some ended up being treated poorly, but not this one.  The other striking thing is that this bike appears to be 100% stock.  Incredible to think that someone was able to resist adding some Termignoni pipes.  But the thing to get really excited about here is the price point.  $2995

From The Seller’s Listing:

Excellent condition, super low miles (4000). Never dropped, always garage kept. Runs and rides great, Newer battery, Racing Yellow. Tires are good but may need replacing soon. Includes rear wheel stand and tank bag

The listing is light on details about service.  A perspective owner should budget some funds should the bike need belts.  Do not let the internet scare you away on this.  OEM cost for belts is less then $200 and for the average DIY’er it will take longer to get the bodywork off than it will take to change the belts.  These bikes at this price point represent an amazing opportunity for someone to dip their toe into Ducati ownership without much downside risk, or for a long time Ducati fan to have a beautiful and usable bike in the stable.

Bargain Alert:  Low Mileage 2002 Ducati 750SS
Ducati May 17, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – One Owner 2002 Ducati 748 with 3,500 Miles!

From RSBFS reader Michael comes this gorgeous, one-owner 2002 Ducati 748. It is no secret that the early Tamburini designs have hit their collector stride in the form of the 916, and the smaller 748 is following suit. Spotless in presentation, very low miles and lavished with the kind of attention these Italian exotics crave, today’s Featured Listing is a fantastic example of a rare breed.

Featured Listing – One Owner 2002 Ducati 748!

Produced alongside the 916, the 748 shares many of the same components, measurements and benefits. The bore and stroke were reduced to reach the 748cc capacity, and the shorter stroke of the 748 enables a quicker rev up the RPM range and a higher overall RPM when compared to the 916. Another similarity: the 748 was built to win races, and enjoyed its own homologation status. There were many variations of the 748 produced, including the two seat biposto as well as a single seat version. There were also SP, SPS and R variants across the years, but all were based on the same solid foundation of the trellis frame, single arm rear suspension, and nearly 100 HP desmoquattro L-twin. The last year for the 748 party was 2002, with the Terblanche-designed 749 taking the stage – however the preferred design of the 748 allowed it to share showroom space in 2003 until all the old stock was sold.

From the seller:
2002 Ducati 748
I am the original owner, and this is probably the most pristine example of a 748 you will ever find. If you desire a 748, look no further, this one is flawless.

Just 3,500 original miles. That’s only 175 miles per year based on a 20-year-old bike. Always garaged, covered, and meticulously maintained. Cam belts were last changed at 3,195 miles. Engine always run with Motul 300V Synthetic from new, and brake fluids were flushed at 3,064 miles with Motul DOT 5.1.

Ready to ride, this bike needs absolutely nothing.

Asking Price: $12,000
Contact info: michael.pacheco55@icloud.com

LOCAL PICK-UP ONLY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEAR LAGUNA BEACH (zip code 92656)

More from the seller:
Includes the following tasteful upgrades:

• Arrow Titanium Exhaust
• Power Commander Fuel Injection Module with Custom Dyno Mapping
• New Air Filters
• Ducati OEM Mono-Posto Tail & Seat Conversion
• Ducati OEM Red Mirror Conversion
• OEM Quick Release Faring Fastener Conversion
• Billet Aluminum Brake Reservoir Covers
• Hardened Aluminum Rear Sprocket
• Titanium Sprocket Bolts
• Billet Aluminum Sprocket Carrier Conversion
• RK 520 Gold Chain
• Ducati Performance Carbon Fiber Chainguard
• CNC Racing 30mm Billet Clutch Slave
• EVR Z48 Clutch Basket & Organic Plates
• Pauli Moto Billet Aluminum Clutch Cover
• Pauli Moto Billet Aluminum Clutch Pressure plate
• Pauli Moto Billet Clutch Pressure Plate Spyder
• Ducati Performance Carbon Mid-Pipe Heat Shield
• Ducati Performance Carbon Sprocket Cover
• Ducati Performance Carbon Heel Guards
• New Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 Tires
• Carbon Fiber License Plate Frame
• Ducati Performance Soft Cover Included

Asking Price: $12,000
Contact info: michael.pacheco55@icloud.com

LOCAL PICK-UP ONLY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEAR LAGUNA BEACH (zip code 92656)

As a one owner bike with meticulous maintenance highlighted by the seller, this 3,500 mile example is about the best we have seen on these pages. Check out the pictures closely – this bike is clean, clean, clean. That is the kind of clean that tells you it was taken care of, and cared for well. And while it is not fully stock, the upgrades have been carefully selected and integrated to improve the overall experience. This looks to be a bike done right, looks fantastic, and probably sounds even better through those under seat Arrow cans.

Tamburini Ducatis are THE thing to have right now. And this 748 shows you why – just look at it! And whether parked in your garage or man cave to be admired by few, parked at your local bike night to be admired by all, or hammering its way to redline on your favorite road, the 748 is a platform that makes sitting still look fast, and makes fast feel even better. Viva Italia indeed! Presented as it should be, correctly priced, and with only one owner under its belt, this 2002 Ducati 748 is ready for a new home. Interested individuals should drop Michael a note before it’s gone! Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – One Owner 2002 Ducati 748 with 3,500 Miles!
Ducati May 17, 2022 posted by

Bold Move: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

Not much needs to be said here. The purest MotoGP replica money can buy. This one is pretty well known in the RSBFS community and in galaxies far beyond. Not saying the aliens can’t make something this quick but Italian design can only be done by… you guessed it. The Italians.

Aside from the exclusivity and the performance, this bike is really significant for one reason: No manufacturer who was bold enough to enter MotoGP ever created road legal versions of their grand prix bikes. Yamaha could’ve released Rossi’s bike or Honda could’ve done up Marquez’s bike but they never did. Maybe the economics didn’t make for sense for them but the economics of bike ownership don’t make sense for me either!

Regarding the bike, the power isn’t what really stands out here. You can buy a Duc today for a quarter of the price that has more ponies. The chassis and tuning are what you can’t get from other production bikes. Anything engineered for premier class racing (forgive the headlights and tail lights) will have a different feel than pretty much anything else.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

From the listing:

The Ducati Desmosedici RR is a limited production road-legal version of the Desmosedici MotoGP8 bike used by Casey Stoner (GP8)

2 owners – 2,675 km

Ducati made a short production run of 1,500 street-legal variants. This bike is #775.

Comes with a cover, and a racing kit including a race-only exhaust system, a slip-on muffler, and complementary fuel and ignition mapping in a “race ECU”. It also included enough sponsor stickers to fill both sides of the bike. With forged magnesium wheels the Desmosedici RR was the first Ducati production bike to use them.

Modern GP bikes and their street disciples have a totally different design philosophy than their mid-2000s counterparts. Sharp edges and big wings make modern bikes look wide while the Desmo is very narrow. Hard to find the look today. Hard to find the sound too since you’ll get a full race exhaust and ECU with the bike.

She’s pricey. However, if you were going to get this, 1,662 miles is pretty low so you could wake up early and get this thing on the road to get your money’s worth. It would really be a crime to get a street legal MotoGP bike and not ride it on the street. You could probably pull up to a local show and people might think you have a regular Ducati.

-Norman

Bold Move: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR
Ducati May 13, 2022 posted by

Back To Our Regular Programing: 1996 Ducati 900SS SuperLight (In UK)

Seems as if the UK has had a couple of really interesting motorcycles come to market recently.  On the heals of a post trying to make a case for a Bimota DB2 over a standard 900SS this SuperLight really complicates the situation. Sure the DB2 is appealing, but is it too niche?  Maybe a Ducati 900SS SuperLight is a better fit.  The SuperLight was to be the ultimate version of the first generation SuperSports.  A light, simple, fun machine.  In the end Ducati created a cult classic from the start.

The single seal SuperLight was treated to more than just a unique numbered plaque on the triple tree.  The special yellow and single seat configuration make the bike pop and stand out.  Some carbon extras reduce weight and increase the visual appeal.  In some markets lighter wheels were used.  Many small details come together to create a wonderful package.  Low production numbers mean that you are unlikely to run into another at the local bike night.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Ducati 900 Superlight MK IV, 1996/N, I’m only the 3rd owner, 42438 miles, MOT 12th June 2022 (Can put full MOT on the bike for new owner), Comes with 2 x original keys, a thick stack of service history (Belts changed at 40974 miles), Carbon cans, clutch cover and front & rear mud guards, Superb to ride, sounds lovely, Great original condition for age & mileage, HPI Clear, Possible part exchange? Collection Norwich, I may be able to deliver, £5250 NO TIME WASTERS as I just don’t have the spare time!!! Genuine bike so only genuine buyers please!!!

With the rise in popularity of all things 90s it is hard to think of a more Rad way to spend 5250 Pounds Sterling.  At the current exchange that price would have buyers lined up around the block in the UK.  One would think that there could not be that much of an imbalance on opposite sides of the pond.  Would love to hear from some of our UK readers on the topic of valuation and comparisons to US based recent sales.  Mileage is a fair bit higher than others that have been listed, but these robust motors are know to last.

Back To Our Regular Programing:  1996 Ducati 900SS SuperLight (In UK)
Bimota May 12, 2022 posted by

Relative Bargain: 1993 Bimota DB2 In The UK

Less is often said to be more.  Less weight means better handling.  Less power can mean the rider can extract more from the machine and end up having more fun.  Less complications translate to lower service costs.  If someone was going to email the RSBFS crew and want a recommendation for a bike that embodies this mindset, most of the time the answer would be a first generation Ducati 900SS.  We love that bike, and for good reasons.  But today lets explore a bike that is both very similar to the 900SS and very different.  The Bimota DB2.

The Bimota DB2 is powered by the venerable air cooled L twin two valve Ducati engine.  Producing about the same horsepower as in the Ducati.  Quotes range from 82 to 86 horsepower, on average about a 2 horsepower bump over the Ducati.  Maybe that is real, maybe it is marking fluff.  The number that stands out is 30 pounds.  That is roughly how much less weight the engine in the Bimota has to lug around.  That is a hugely impressive achievement when you consider that the 900SS was not exactly a tank to start with.

The uprated suspension and Brembo calipers ensure confidence when the rider is pushing the limits either on the road or the track.  Service costs are kept in check as the Ducati is know for being a reliable and easy to live with power plant.  Components are easily sourced.  This is not a bike that is going to consume brakes and tires like a modern superbike.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

1993 Bimota DB2. Ducati Bimota 904cc
these were only produced in very small numbers using Bimota’s Lightweight trellis chassis and running gear mated with the tried and tested Ducati 904cc V twin engine
( A perfect Combination) This is a very collectible lightweight V Twin that is fantastic to ride especially on B roads, just 20309 km equating to 12,619 miles.
A total of only 408 DB2s produced worldwide, out of these only 123 came with the half fairing seen on this bike.
Fitted as standard with an Ohlins rear shock, Paioli Forks and Brembo Brakes, which make for an exceptional ride.
Worldwide and nationwide delivery available.

Was surprised to see that the But It Now was only 7,500 Pounds Sterling .  Traditionally there is a fairly even world wide demand for motorcycles like that, and with the prices of the 900SS examples ever rising, this really feels like a bargain.  Only 408 were made, and only 123 feature this split fairing bodywork.

Guess the real question is:  “Would you save a couple of bucks and buy a 900SS, or would you splurge and take the DB2?”

Relative Bargain:  1993 Bimota DB2 In The UK
Ducati May 10, 2022 posted by

Gloriously Excessive: Carbon Framed Ducati 996

Everyone knows that the Ducati superbike market is on fire right now.  Amazing low mileage examples are bringing huge numbers at auctions.  Collectors are hunting for the best of the best and paying up for the chance to add one of these beautiful machines to their garages.  As with most things collectable, originality is the primary focus.  Gurus are consulted for information on tiny details in the endless pursuit of perfection.  The bikes not snapped up by collectors are often enjoyed out on the road by owners that want to have the experience of this era motorcycle.  But the often overlooked custom market offers some really unique and interesting items.

The work custom in the collector market can be both scary and polarizing.  Many have seen poorly slapped together projects called custom builds, and rightfully shy away.  Often the modifications do not have a meaningful improvement on the performance.  They often would cost a substantial amount of money to replace with the correct OEM parts.  Those fears are not justified on a bike like this.  Today’s bike is one of those “money no object” builds that rarely trade hands.  Just take a look at the lengthy list of over the top parts that were used to build this bike.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This special Ducati is for the collector who demands perfection, and something spectacular.

Rare, one of a kind, Ducati Superbike.
Up for sale: the “You Wish” 1036CS built by Alex Ortner which took 1700 man hour to build.

The “You Wish” bike as published in the Ian Falloon’s article in Two Wheels magazine.

Quick synopsis of the bike:
-342lb wet (no gas)
– 155hp with just under 100ft-lb of torque
– Ti, Mag, and CF everything
– 1700hr of build time, many one-off parts

The bike has been gone over and completely sorted by CommonWealth Motorcycles, over the 12-years I have owned it. Also, the motor was rebuilt to a much higher spec than Alex had it by CommonWealth motorcycles and tuned by Doug Lofgren (to the tune of $12,000.00 invoices attached). The motor is now putting out 155hp and just under 100ft-lbs of torque. Also, the motor has roughly 100mi since the rebuild.

The bike has also had a certified independent appraisal done by Mark Mederski of Mederski Vintage Motorcycle Services for $205,000.00

Attached:

*Copy of “You wish” article

*Full Independent appraisal by Medershi Vintage Motorcycle Services

*copies from Common Wealth Motorcycles of the work they have done on the 1036CS since purchased.

*the 1036CS will be sold with a fresh service by Common Wealth Motorcycles for the new buyer so it is ready for the track or road upon delivery.

The trouble with this type of bike is that they are extremely challenging to value.  Do you take the cost of the build?  How do you factor into the fact that some of these period parts are no longer available?   Does the price of the underlying stock bike matter?  Or do you just pick a number that you are comfortable with and tell yourself that you only live once and that life is too short to miss out on an amazing bike like this?

Bidding is already over $15k and the seller is hinting at six figure evaluations.

Gloriously Excessive:  Carbon Framed Ducati 996