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Ducati February 22, 2013 posted by

Nothing To Do With The Beach: 1988 Ducati F1 750 Santamonica

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I know I would be quickly ejected from any Ducati gathering for even considering these bikes were named after a sunny California beach town.  Maybe all those pictures of Bimota Santamonica’s bathed in California sun have influenced me.  As the Ducati faithful surely know, these bikes were named in honor of Lucchinelli’s  TT-F1 victory at the Autodromo Santamonica in 1986.  They are very similar to the F1 Laguna Seca with just wheels, brakes and passenger seat setting them apart (of course the paint is different).

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 When you think back to 1988, Cagiva had a lot going on.  It is basically stock except for the race exahust.  The seller does have the orignal for the “stock is best” crowd.


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 Although time was starting to pass the F1 design by in 1988,  the Santamonica’s are highly collectible with under 150 being produced.

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The Santamonica borrows the Muntjuich wheels and has full floating brake calipers.

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It has had some use (13,000KM’s) but looks in great overall condition.

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 If the cobblestones didn’t give it away, this one is located in Italy and listed on Ebay UK.  Bidding is ongoing and the reserve has yet to be met.  This isn’t one for the budget minded. 

Take a shot at it here.


How often do you see all these together?



Ducati February 14, 2013 posted by

Tri-Colored Twin: 1986 Ducati 750 F1


From the Pacific Northwest comes this fantastic looking Ducati 750 F1. Despite this bike’s great appearance (reportedly housebroken at an early age) this one is also a rider with some 23,500 kilometers on those white-faced Veglia dials. That works out to be about 14,500 miles or so – give or take – and proves that this beauty is more than just a living room queen.

Update 2.13.2013: Previously listed a few weeks back, this F1 is back after bids reached $16k but failed to meet reserve. Current bid is $9k with 3 days to go. Links updated. -dc


The F1 was impossibly small for its day. In the world of aircooled Japanese inline fours, the F1 was narrow and svelte. This was to be a scalpel in a world of sledgehammers; torque and agility to combat horsepower and top speed.


From the seller:


The 750 F1 utilizes a Pantah-derived L-twin. Rubber belts drive the desmo valve train opposed to the bevel gears of the earlier models. The engine breathes via a pair of Dell’Orto carbs with mesh screens to keep low flying birds out of the intake. Front forks are Forcella 40 mm units, and braking duties are handled by Brembo. While no longer modern by any stretch, the minimalist approach makes this bike a visceral experience: lots of noise, vibration and personality.


Interest has been very high on this bike, as F1s are moving into collector circles these days. The current bid on this beauty is $12,600, with reserve still in place. We have seen these offered at $20k and above, so it will be interesting to see how high this particular bike climbs before the reserve comes off. For all the details, you can check it out here. Good Luck!


Ducati November 29, 2012 posted by

Tri-colored survivor: 1985 Ducati 750 F1a

Update 11.29.2012: We first posted this F1a in early August of this year and it failed to meet reserve just shy of $10k. Back on eBay with 4 days to go, the bidding is up to $8400 with reserve not met. Links updated. -dc

This Ducati 750 F1 “a” model is a pretty rare bike. It is not rare because of some limited edition number plate riveted to the headstock. No, this Ducati gained exclusivity the old fashioned way – they just didn’t sell a whole lot of them. Fast forward 27 years and what was an interesting (albeit lowest of the F1 pecking order) bike back then becomes something a little bit more special.

We have posted several F1 models on RSBFS over the years – in varying condition. This particular bike looks to be a solid example. It is neither ratty and worn out, but nor is it overly restored to be made “like new.” I would certainly call it clean! It has pretty decent mileage on the clocks – 35000km according to the auction – which shows exactly what this bike is all about: riding.

From the seller:
here is a nice clean example of a early f1 a. bike has covered 35000km as indicated on avon tires installed. these bikes are becoming more desirable and very collectable,prices continue to rise on nice examples. dellorto carbs,brembo brakes. a nice example of a low production model bike.

The seller is right about the value. These three color wonders seem to be making more green than white or red. Values are on the rise, and bikes in top condition are snapped up quickly. As always, so much will hinge on the reserve for this particular bike. We have seen F1s in the $10-12k range in the past, but this looks more like it is headed for the $15k+ seats.

Striking good looks, relatively low production numbers, age and condition – these all determine future values. And this F1 appears to have a pretty bright future. Best part of all is that you can ride it and enjoy it today; these are still serviceable machines with a good supply of parts and mechanic knowledge. For your opportunity to be the next curator of this great looking F1, click the link and jump over to the auction. Let’s see how high she goes!


Ducati November 21, 2012 posted by

Back East Feast: 1985 Ducati 750 F1

For Sale: 1985 Ducati 750 F1

Located in iconic New York City lives this beautiful Ducati 750 F1 A series bike with only 438 miles on the clock. I mean seriously people, how do you do that??! Fortunately spared the ravages of time, modifications, terrorist attacks, earthquakes (it was originally found in California) and hurricanes, this wonderful piece of Ducati history is ready to go to a new home.

From the seller:
This is a 1985 Ducati 750 F1A with 570 Kilometers / 361 Miles
It has never been t.i.t.l.e.d. and comes with its ‘Manufacture Certificate of Origin’.

Found in California in the rear of a garage, has not been started in more than a decade and will require full servicing. The turn signals plastic mounts were dried beyond repair and have been removed since these photo’s were taken.

With the success of Ducati’s TT1, the decision was made to make a road going version and in 1985 Ducati created their first edition of the 750F1 … Know as the F1A, (593) were produced and is know as the ‘original Ducati companies’ LAST ‘NEW’ and HANDMADE MODEL prior to being sold to Cagiva in 1985 (Many thought Ducati would go out of business at this time – see below). The F1A was a (1) year model and Cagiva in 1986 introduced the 750F1B with new graphics, a steel tank (not aluminum), refined electronics and revised mechanics.

750 F1 models do not come cheap these days. If you peruse the pages and archives of RSBFS you won’t find many that have so few miles – although you will find a reasonable number of the model represented. Already a collector bike in most circles, this particular Ducati might just set a new standard for pricing as well.

This auction is on right now, and the bidding has been stalled at zero bids. Perhaps it is because the seller is looking for an opening bid of $40,000 (!). Yes, you read that right. No, I did not insert extra zeros. This is big, big money for a very recognizable model with very low miles. Is it worth that? Take a look here and then leave us a comment with your thoughts.


Cagiva May 23, 2012 posted by

Classic Duck: 1986 Ducati F1

For Sale: 1986 Ducati F1

Update 5.23.2012: We first saw this Duc in November of last year and it’s be relisted. Last time we saw bidding cross $10k with the reserve still in place. Currently at $5700 reserve not met. Links updated. -dc

From San Francisco, California comes this fantastic Ducati 750 F1 “B” model, with engine internals breathed on by the legendary Fast by Ferracci crew. While this is not a pristine example of the breed, it is in very nice condition and appears to have enjoyed considerable “experience” unknown to many garage queens. For more museum quality F1s, consider these posts HERE and HERE.

The Ducati F1 was as close to a race bike with lights that you could purchase back in the day. Patterned after the TT racers, the F1 was the base model of this stripped down series of bikes. Although the F1 is exclusive in its own right, the Montjuich, Laguna Seca and Santa Monica models were built upon the F1 base and offered more exclusivity and more performance. Still, the F1 was a strong runner for its day, and offered torque, light weight and nimble handling (thanks in part to the 16-inch front wheel).

Today’s bike has a paltry 6,000 KM on the clock – that is approximately 3,700 miles for us metric-challenged US-based riders. This is not terribly high mileage, as this bike is pushing on 25 years of age. That works out to be about 148 miles per year, or about one tankful of gas per annum. That is not much at all.

From the seller:
This is a very nice example of a Ducati F1B “survivor” in original condition. The F1 is the epitome of Ducati’s racing-bred efforts from the company’s early resugence in the 1980s. The F1 is basically a factory-made, low-production racing motorcycle with added lights and turn signals. This one has very low miles.

The F1B was an evolution of the original F1A of the late 1980s- the F1B’s have more engine development including a better combustion chamber and bigger valves that boosted performance. The earlier F1A’s were slightly anemic by comparison as the earlier bikes merely borrowed the 650 Pantah/Alazzurra motor with the same sized valves and merely a larger 88mm bore. The F1B rectified this lower performance with these noted modifications.

The motor in this F1 was built by Ducati experts Fast by Ferracci. It uses quick- responding flat slide 38mm Keihin carbs, NCR #7 cams, and significant head work to squeeze the most from the high performance cams. The bike runs very well ….especially above 5000 rpm- It’ll definitely straighten your arms, and it’s noticeably quicker than a stock F1!

On top of the built motor, this F1 is outfitted with some very nice period racing equipment. A Silentium 2-into-1 racing exhaust system, a vented clutch cover, twin 280 mm full floating Brembo rotors. Menani front brake adapters with 3034 Brembo 4 piston brakes. Forks are 40mm Forcella Italias, the best period forks available. Tires are in good shape- approximately 60% left. The motor was recently serviced with fresh oil, a valve adjust and new belts. You can jump on and ride it home if you so desire.

The paint, particularly on the fairing panels and tail section, is in very good condition with nice patina developing. I would conservatively rate the cosmetic condition as a 6.5 out of 10, well above average. There are paint dings on the frame in the area near the rear wheel, from thrown gravel and road debris. Other paint dings are shown in the photos.

Like many F1’s , this bike has some racing history. I was told that this bike was raced, when new, by an editor of an automotive magazine ( “Road and Track” is what I was told) Its racing number was #88.

F1’s are rapidly appreciating, period superbikes. With the recent interest in and support for these fine machines at Ducstock and the TT2 symposium, prices will continue to rise.

Check out the multiple photos, and video of this fine example of a great running F1B. This would be a great daily driver, cafe racer, weekend canyon carver, or Sunday morning coffee- getter. It would be equally at home on display in your garage, office, or living room. Very few bikes draw as much attention or sheer awe as the F1.

The odometer reads in kilometers, so this has 6000km, not miles.

I added the VIN number to the bike’s description per your requests. PLEASE note that the bike is a 1986 model, not a 1988.

The eBay auction lists this bike as a 1988, but the VIN checks out as a 1986. The seller has made a correction in his text which seem to indicate a simple mistake. The F1 was introduced in 1985 and ran through 1988, so this bike certainly looks to be legit. However as well caution all of our RSBFS readers: if are interested in a particular bike, do your homework and ask lots of quetions. In this particular case, I would love to know more about the racing history of this particular bike as I find vintage racers quite interesting.

The value of the 750 F1 series has been pretty solid in the $9,000 – $12,000 range as of late. Perfect bikes with no miles will go for higher (between $13k and $15k according to history) , and well used models a little less. We have seen some bikes listed for as high as $25k, but thus far I have no knowledge of one selling at that stratospherical price. This bike is up to $10,000 relatively quickly, and the reserve is still in place. The modifications and racing history may make up for the lack of “perfection” that some collectors desire. For me, this is *exactly* what I would hope to collect, as it is a bike that has been used and can be ridden. For your chance at this California beauty, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Ducati February 11, 2012 posted by

Italian Hen’s Teeth-’87 Ducati F1 Laguna Seca

Location: Ben Lomond, California

Mileage: 6,200

Price: Auction, currently $13,601

Umm, anyone out there interested in a rare Ducati? We see the F1 on RSBFS on a fairly regular basis. But a Laguna Seca? Not so much.  Fifty total brought to the United States. Hen’s teeth indeed.

The Laguna Seca model is a limited edition of the F1. Ducati did the run of this bike to honor Marco Lucchinelli and his success at Laguna in 1986. The engine had slightly different heads than the F1 and an alloy swing arm with a rear hugger. The Laguna also featured a new front fender and wider Oscam aluminum wheels. You also got a decal on the tank of Marco’s signature.

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Some info from the seller-

Rare F1 Laguna Seca – only 50 imported in to the United States. Excellent condition with a few, typical Ducati, stress cracks in the fiberglass and a minor scuff on the elephant tank decal. 100% completely original down to the tires (hard as a rock). The engine runs fine but the carbs need to be synced and idle adjusted. It is obnoxiously loud with a uniquely Ducati roar. Not much else to say – you know what this bike is if you are looking at it. Clear title. Please ask questions before bidding. 

Like I said above, not a lot of these pop up here on RSBFS. So it’s kind of difficult to say where the market is on one. A Laguna Seca model was posted three years ago here and the seller was asking $18k. I guess that’s where the auction comes in handy. This is clearly a collector bike and the seller lists it as 100% original. Good news for people looking for a bike like this. Although you’ll probably want new tires. The bike has minor cracks and scuffs, hard not to expect considering the age and mileage.

This bike is one of the rare collector bikes that many dream about. If you’ve seen one in your dreams, then make the jump!


Ducati January 31, 2012 posted by

Pickled Duc: 1988 Ducati 750 F1

Pickled Duc: 1988 Ducati 750 F1

Update 11.29.2011: Back on eBay, links updated. -dc
Update 12.30.2011: Back on eBay, still $24500. We originally posted in September 2011. Links updated, -dc

Pickling is about the only thing that hasn’t been done to preserve this Ducati. She is prepped for the solitude of a museum or perhaps your Ducati collection. This particular F1 made an appearance back in July on RSBFS while listed on Craigslist. The asking price of $24,500 has remained but the seller is open to offers. I can sum up pretty much everything else for you quickly: it is mint.

I don’t know if it could have looked any better back in 88. From what I can gather, this is an “S” model. It was a slightly updated version of the 1986 F1. Dual mufflers, passenger seat and a front fender from a Montjuich were the key differences. Only 84 were produced. I do not know if that number is for U.S. market bikes or total production.

Yes, your dad is telling the truth. Cagiva did own Ducati at one point. They basically brought it back from the dead. I know it is just a decal but that is a cool element to the bike.

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It has traveled a gingerly 3188 miles. I’m going to assume the asking price is a bit rich considering it was not snapped up during its’ Craigslist listing. Is it just overpriced or has the soft market hit Ducati prices? Maybe we really are in a recession.

If you are intrigued, >make the man an offer.


Sport Bikes For Sale November 30, 2011 posted by

Harris Gem: Harris Kawasaki Z900 F1

Harris Gem: Harris Kawasaki Z900 F1

Well, it is another day here at the plush RSBFS offices and another day I’m searching the net for info on a bike I’ve never heard of before. We’ve listed a few Harris Magnums but the F1 appears to be quite a rare beast.

Here is a brief explainer from

The Harris F1 frame kit is a pretty loose name for Harris framed bikes that were used for F1 racing, most built before the magnum road kits. Most F1 kits can be recognized straight away thanks to the extra suspension linkage on top of the swing arm that compresses the shock from the top as well as the rocker linkage at the bottom.


I saw one bit of info that said the Magnum was a response to riders getting F1 kits licensed for the road.

The story on this beauty:

A rare opportunity to buy a genuine Harris Kawasaki Endurance racer from the seventies.

Although at first it may look like a Magnum, this is one of the dozen or so endurance/F1 bikes that were built by the Harris brothers in the mid/late seventies. This pre-dates the Magnum series, of which they went on to produce thousands of chassis kits in various forms. The early endurance chassis is easily recognised by the sliding adjuster block on the rear wheel, allowing quick removal of the whole assembly. This is a very rare survivor that has by some miracle escaped unmolested over the last thirty-odd years.

The Kawasaki Z900 engine has recently been re-built and refreshed by Graham Salter at Diptune and unused since being fitted. It is in 1200cc form and in a sensible state of tune. The head is ported and uses larger valves which are now shim under bucket, bigger cams, semi close gearbox and welded crank. It is fed by a bank of 34mm Amal carbs.

It has its original Dymag 18″ wheels which have the bolt together hubs. Front discs are 280mm stainless steel, forks are 38mm Marzocchi held by cast aluminium Harris yokes. Twin front calipers are Brembo, rear caliper is period lockheed. Both front and rear master cylinders are period lockheed items. The alloy endurance tank has its original shaws aero filler. Fairing and seat are both Harris endurance items with the headlight cowl fitted to the front.

I restored the bike to use at the many classic track events that are emerging both here and round europe, but a change in circumstances now means it is for sale.

The total restoration has recently been finished so the bike is in excellent condition all round.

Anyone out there know enough about these to know the year they were produced? Since it is a kit you will see wide differences in all the other components from bike to bike. Check out this beast with a full works Suzuki engine prepared by Pops Yoshimura.

Slick as owl Sh*t! Another phrase I’ve stolen from our RSBFS readers. I think it is quite appropriate though. You will see the traction control device there on the right clip on. Things sure used to be simple.


So, what does it cost to be the guy with the coolest bike at the track? The seller is asking roughly the equivalent of $24,000 (the bike is located in the U.K.). He is open to offers though if that is a little much for a stocking stuffer.


Nothing extra here, just a bare bones racing machine. From the sellers description it sounds like that engine should have some legs. Check out the auction here.