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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 August 2, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod

Update 8.2.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati Supersport line has been wildly successful for the Bologna manufacturer, and it is not difficult to see why. Based more on what is NOT there than what is, the Supersport is about agility and lightness. This is a bike that reduces riding to the raw level of man and machine, as opposed to man coddled by electro-mechanical machine. This is a booming, throbbing and visceral experience that is a class all unto its own. An amazing motorcycle because of what it isn’t, the Ducati Supersport remains a standout of the era, and a reminder of how good it is to get out and ride.

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod

While the Supersport nomenclature had been around for decades in one form or another, it was the Pantah engine models that wear the “SS” designation. And rather thinking of the latter year Supersports as children of the bevel-era, old school Super Sport models, realize that this generation is much more closely related to the F1 and vaunted TT2 models – very good pedigree indeed. Out on the streets, riders quickly saw the potential for the “less is more” philosophy, and began to consider the 900 SS (especially the ’91-’98 models) as platforms to be enhanced and customized. The bare bones were very, very good…but the aftermarket could make them better. Enter today’s Featured Listing, a fantastic interpretation of the 900 SS/CR. I’ll let the seller pick it up from here:

From the seller:
I bought this girl off ebay about 4 years ago. Someone had done a crazy amount of work to her and then parked her. The family I bought it from said that the builder past away. When I got her she had the items listed below. The person who did the work did a GREAT job, everything was very well done. I also did a bunch of work over the years, see below. She basically needs nothing, she has fresh everything, ride her across the country if you’d like. She is fast, light (388 pounds with ½ tank of gas), fun and increasing in value.

More from the seller:
Build work done before I got her:
Black powder coated frame, swingarm, fairing bracket, valve covers and maybe the sides of the oil cooler.
Keihin FCR 39mm Flatslides
Hi-comp stock bore pistons
Light flywheel
Light clutch basket
Magnesium Marchesini 5 spoke wheels
Rear sets
Pi Research System 2 race dash and sensors that show, Oil Pressure, speed, voltage and RPM has a few other options not hooked up.
Modified and powder coated upper fairing bracket for dash.
Fresh brake pads.
Rare D&D Full 2 into 2 exhaust, carbon mufflers and hangers (very cool, light and plenty of clearance)
Fresh stainless lines for front and rear brakes
Custom breather filter.
Customized airbox.
Individual K&N filters
Custom inner fender
Very tiddy custom wiring for the upgrades.
Full CARBON tail (with factory seat), upper and front fender, paint is track quality, 6 out a 10

More from the seller:
What I’ve done in the last 4 years and 1200 miles of ownership:
Fresh fluids, oil changed 7/19, brake/clutch fluid changed 10/20
New plugs 7/19
Ultrasonically cleaned and rebuilt carbs
Belts changed 7/19
Replaced battery
Replaced windscreen
Replaced bar ends
Installed bar end mirrors in place of factory mirrors to keep the bike narrow
Valves adjusted 8/17
Ohlins rear shock
900SS/SP forks
Full floating Brembo iron front rotors
Lightened rear rotor

What she needs and flaws:
The race dash doesn’t have a odometer so I don’t know what the mileage is, it also has it’s own power switch so you have to turn it on and off.
The paint work has some bad touch ups and some flakey spots
That’s it, she is ready to go

More from the seller:
If I kept her I would…. Do nothing, just keep ridding her. It’s a great bike that flies between traffic, up mountains roads and commutes as well as my VFR. I’ve had over 12 900cc Ducati’s, I’m going to regret selling this one more than any other in the past.

Asking Price: $6000 obo

Today’s seller has listed several bikes on RSBFS in the past, and is a known entity. That always helps when considering a significant purchase. And from a cost standpoint, you could not build this hot rod at the price point being asked based on the parts installed and the cost of a suitable donor. That makes this a pretty good deal for a bike that has so much potential to please.

MI

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod
Ducati July 31, 2021 posted by

Up and Coming: 2001 Ducati 748S Monoposto

Hot on the heels of the original Italian supermodel, the Ducati 916, came a smaller sibling: the 748. At the time there were a lot of writers who could not understand the exorbitant cost of a 750cc sport bike that could almost run with the 600s of the day. Think of this as a slightly quieter, a little less powerful, just marginally less expensive 916 – keeping in mind that all the rest of the 916 goodness is baked right in – and you might start to see the 748 in a different light. Every bit as capable as the milestone 916 in the corners, equal on the brakes, it is really when you whack the throttle open that the differences are clear. Otherwise, the 748 is the spitting image of the bigger bike, with advantages when it comes to ownership.

2001 Ducati 748S Monoposto for sale on eBay

Let’s get it out in the open: The L-twin powering the 748s as pictured was good for just shy of 100 HP when released. It tipped the scales at 430-ish pounds dry. Compare and contrast the same year Honda CBR600 inline four, and you will find 110 HP pushing a mere 370 pounds. It’s no wonder that many folks did not understand the 748. Even the “S” model as we see here did not receive a performance gain, but rather upgraded suspension, adjustable steering geometry and snazzy wheels. But what this bike does – and it does it all day long – is look damn good. And even if you’re not reeling in your buddy on the straights, there is simply no sound like a desmoquattro hammering out to redline. It’s the kind of soundtrack that sticks with you, the experience that you remember, and the feeling that you are always going fast, even if you are not.

From the seller:
DUCATI 2001 748S MONOPOSTO RARE YELLOW!

This is a gem of a motorcycle. Great opportunity to own a very good example of ducati heritage. Very low miles. Runs fantastic with no known issues. Never been raced. Minor cosmetic defects which are all to the best of my ability listed in the photos. This is a very eye clean motorcycle and shows gentle wear for its age. Considered in very good used condition. Selling to fund another project. Starts immediately and I’ve never had mechanical issue. NO LEAKS! Maintained by Ducati Corse Portland. New Diablo Rosso III tires with 50 miles use. New OEM hand grips. New OEM Front and Rear sprockets and chain installed. All lights and signals work. Very Low miles on this bike with plenty of miles left as a daily rider or an addition to your collection. Amazing sound of the duel carbon fiber TERMIGNONI Exhaust. Small fogging to the head light lenses, very common for these bikes. Your dealer can easily remove but it will re-accumulate slowly over time. Motorcycle is sold as is. You will not be disappointed with this motorcycle. The pictures speak for the bike. The Pitbull stand IS included in the sale. The ducati garage mat IS included in the sale. Happy to answer all reasonable questions. Very reasonable reserve price.

There are some drawbacks to 748 ownership, but these should not be deal killers. If you are a street rider with a lot of stop and go during your commute, you will find that the race ready cockpit stretches you out into a neat aero package that puts a ton of weight on your wrists at slower speeds. Maintenance is a bit more involved on the 748 than on 2-valve Supersports or Japanese machinery, as there are now four valves to adjust in each head, and getting to the belts means moving more stuff out of the way first. Still, these are not as fragile or temperamental as you might expect from an Italian exotic.

The early Tamburini-designed 916 models are starting to command big money these days. It is clear that this is where the collector world is going. The 748 – a little less loved and without the ultimate performance mantle – will take a little bit longer to get there. That is good news if you are looking for one today. Find it, ride it, enjoy it, and watch it appreciate in value in the wake of the 916/996/998 series. Today’s example has fewer than 14,000 miles on the clocks, has some minor farkles which are common to the model, and otherwise looks to be in fine shape. Best of all, bidding is still below $5k with only a couple of days remaining. More rare than the bigger bikes, these 748 models are a kick to ride. And we all know that yellow Ducatis are the fastest…. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Up and Coming: 2001 Ducati 748S Monoposto
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
Honda February 28, 2021 posted by

Shiny Side Up – 2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51

Honda built the RC51 to access the displacement advantage afforded two cylinder Superbikes in the FIM World Championship, and Colin Edwards went right out and snapped it up. Here’s a lightly ridden and slightly tarted up SP2 from the mid-Atlantic area.

2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 for sale on eBay

Honda’s L-twin packed a real punch with 136hp, thanks to 10.8-to-1 compression and two fuel injectors looking down each 62mm intake.  Cooling air had an easier time getting to the engine bay since the water radiators were side-mounted, this also sent heated air out of the fairing.  HRC had a lot of design input on the twin spar alloy frame,  adjustable cartridge forks and Pro-Link monoshock.  Wheels and brakes are Honda’s own, 320mm front disks and light-looking 5-spoke alloys.  Form follows function on the bodywork, with room sculpted into the fuel tank for knees and bars, and the pillion all but forgotten.

This owner likes things clean, with not a mark on this RC51.  Almost got out of hand with the polishing, but the chainguard and heel guards are easily returned to stock , not so sure those are the factory wheels though.  No list is provided, but evident are a two-into-one exhaust, Corbin seat, adjustable levers, tinted Zero Gravity windscreen, new tires, low profile front turn signals, and rear turn signals in the tail light.  Just a comment or two from the eBay auction:

The bike has 9,317 miles on it. Runs strong with no problems.

RC51 has stock sprockets, heavy duty chain.  Also has a two into one exhaust pipe.

Hard to notice – Small crack in the plastic just under the seat on the right side.

While Honda won their first season with the RC51, Ducati answered with a new testastretta engine for the 996R in 2001, though it took the entire season for Troy Bayliss to clinch the championship.  Honda responded with the SP2 for 2002 and won nine out of the last ten races ( five events ) for the roses.  Honda sent their factory race yen in another direction for 2003, and returned to a four-cylinder, even though the RC51 stayed in production until 2006.  Some of these mods might not be to every fan’s liking, but the year, low miles and outstanding condition might make this bike worth looking into.

-donn

Shiny Side Up – 2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51
Ducati February 10, 2021 posted by

The F1 Connection: 1998 Ducati 916 Senna #214

Motorsports connections are nothing new. From Marquez and Rossi participating in F1 tryouts to Schumacher and Hamilton carving tarmac on Superbikes, racers are at their core, well, racers. The number of wheels is not necessarily an issue for those that have the talent, means and connections. But with Ayron Senna, this connection went way beyond thrill seeking and pleasure. Senna was one who used his good name and substantial fame for good. Specifically, lending his name to projects that benefitted charity foundations in his home Brazil.

1998 Ducati 916 Senna #214 for sale on eBay

Identified via the specific Senna livery, the Senna edition 916 is really a sort of bitsa bike. It is a conglomeration of the Ducati 916 catalog, but nowhere near the ultimate spec Ducati 916. The chassis and suspension were pulled from the 916 SP production line (Ohlins, naturally), while the engine is essentially a 916 Strada mill – the base motor (in 1998 that base mill was good for 114 horsepower, so we’re not exactly talking about a dog here). The connecting rods were claimed to be different/stronger, but there was no additional performance claims made. Brakes were an all-SP affair with cast iron floating rotors and adjustable levers. The black bodywork features a solo saddle tail section with the SP-spec aluminum subframe, and the three spoke Marchesini wheels are painted a vivid red. this is topped off with a specifically numbered plaque ala all Ducati limited edition models – only this one also contains the Senna logo.

From the seller:
Originally registered, serviced and ridden in Italy from new.
Brought to US through an estate move. Never titled or registered in the US therefore Bill of Sale will be provided.
VIN and Authenticity verified through Ducati North America.

European market bike:
-14 digit VIN
-Speedo in kilometers
-on/off lights switch
-several other minor differences unique to the Euro market version

Beautiful cosmetically.
Near perfect mechanically.

More from the seller:
Many critical parts replaced with NOS ones I’ve had for years. If you’re familiar with this bike, many components used were the same as the SPS version from that year. The Senna should’ve been an SPS bike but sadly Ducati opted not to offer the SPS motor and injection specs on it.

No expenses spared keeping this Senna as special as it is:
-valves adjusted 2.5K Kilometers ago
-new battery
-new belts and plugs
-new bearings throughout
-new chain and sprockets
-new Oberon clutch slave
-Ohlins forks and rear shock serviced and refurbished to new condition
-Ohlins steering dampener
-brand new (NOS) OEM brake and clutch masters
-brand new (NOS) OEM calipers (same as SPS version)
-brand new (NOS) OEM rotors (same as SPS version) (impossible to find – paid $1,100 in UK)
-fresh paint due to a small crack in tail section and tank replacement
-brand new (NOS) tank and fuel pump (old tank had some rust I chose not to repair but replace with new instead)
-all original OEM plastic
-original OEM carbon fiber air box and undertail
-all carbon fiber Ducati Performance MS Production except for air tubes (original plastic ones included)
-brand new Ducati Performance slipper clutch
-brand new Termignoni Titanium half system
-known issue: engine oil leak (1-3 drops per week) which I haven’t investigated yet.

There are 3 different eras of the Ducati 916 Senna Edition, and each is slightly different in terms of graphics. The original Senna (Gen I) was released in 1995, production then skipped a year with the Senna II release in 1997, and the final Gen III in 1998. All were extremely similar in terms of specification. And in each case, proceeds benefitted the Senna Foundation.

This particular bike looks great in the photos, but the seller notes that this has been resprayed. That doesn’t necessarily raise the red flag as many Senna owners are perfectionists, but interested parties might want to be aware and look closely. My understanding of US bikes is that all had black mirrors, however the red hue on this example could be due to the Euro market or simply painted to offset the wheels visually. The good news is that for a bike originally purchased in Italy, it is available today in sunny California. There appears to be good interest in this auction (lots of watchers) and a current bid price of $5k with reserve still in place. These Senna models may not be the top of the heap when it comes to 916 performance, but the Senna name on practically anything guarantees interest from collectors. I would expect this to fetch more than a period correct regular 916 in similar condition, with better value retention/appreciation over time as well. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

The F1 Connection: 1998 Ducati 916 Senna #214
Ducati January 28, 2021 posted by

Classic Vinyl: 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #681

The move from analog to digital in the audio world brought with it clarity, reliability and portability. Many things now became possible, including loss-less copies, sharing and remote delivery. What was lost was not immediately clear – but soon became recognized as fidelity. As rudimentary and basic as it was, analog audio had tone; it had feeling and soul. The Ducati Superlight was a LOT like analog audio – it was bested in many categories of performance, reliability and value, but delivers a tonal note and visceral feel unlike anything more modern. The Ducati 900 SS Superlight is a rare and special bike that continues to be a collector – and rider – favorite.

1993 Ducati Superlight #681 for sale on eBay

Starting out life as a plain Jane 900 Supersport, the Superlight brings a number of unique tricks to the party. First off, the SL is based on the higher spec SP model, which offers adjustable front suspension and wider rear wheel/tire combination. The Superlight adds to that by reducing weight through carbon fiber front and rear mud guards and very special composite Mavic wheels. The bodywork is different than more ordinary Supersport models as the solo tail section hints at the focused sporting intent of the model, as does the high-swept exhaust. The Superlight essentially offers more by providing less. Wrapped in an exclusive white frame/yellow bodywork livery and uniquely numbered ID plaque on the headstock, the limited edition Superlight is instantly recognizable and very bankable.

From the seller:
Almost new 900SS Superlight # 681 with 1100
Miles. I purchased this bike 9 years ago from the original owner in Colorado. One of the best part of this hobby is meeting new friends and building on relationships, networking with other collectors. Like Gary aka Utah Gary or Greg in Seattle so many more people.with that being said this bike is mint like brand new ( CA titled). I have never seen another one like it. It took me along time to hunt one down and this is the one. Thank you very much

Today’s bike is about as clean and low mileage as any Superlight we have ever seen. With just over 1,100 miles on the clock it has obviously been ridden, but the miles are low enough for this to be considered a nearly new motorcycle. And while some readers may have negative thoughts on people who don’t ride their bikes tens of thousands of miles, the seller is obviously a collector and has many, many motorcycles. It is always thrilling to discover someone who has a cache of unicorns, and if you are a regular reader you will start to see how extensive this individual’s collection might be (spoiler alert – there is more great stuff to come).

This bike looks to be very original, with the exception of the FBF carbon fiber cans. These are very period correct, and I’m sure really add to the legitimate L-twin soundtrack. The rest of the bike looks to be extremely clean and *exactly* what you would look for if you were in the market for a Superlight (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?!). Check out the pictures closely, and be sure and look at some of the other very interesting offerings from this seller. Jump to the auction for this very rare 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight right here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Classic Vinyl: 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #681
Ducati December 16, 2020 posted by

Social Media Star: 2001 Ducati MH900e

The Ducati MH900e was an internet sensation when it dropped on the Google-Tube in the magical year 2000. Designed as a futuristic homage to the Mike Hailwood replicas of the past – but devoid of the Hailwood name in order to avoid royalty payments (later paid to the family retroactively) – the Evoluzion is perhaps Pierre Terblance’s best known design. Today this bike still looks amazing and modern, despite a couple of decades having passed. This bike continues to make a statement to the riding public. Sadly, many of these bikes were not ridden, but instead hoarded away as collector machines. And while museum pieces allow future generations to adore old-new motorcycles, it subsequently robs the current generation of the pleasure of riding. It also tends to drive the prices up, which we are seeing here.

2001 Ducati MH900e for sale on eBay

In many ways, the MHe accomplishes a fine steak dinner outcome starting with cheeseburger basics. At the end of the day you might just see a plain-Jane air cooled Supersport under all of that fancy dress. But oh, such a fancy dress it is! From the gorgeous asymmetrical swingarm that is art in and of itself, to the high-rise shotgun exhaust sticking out the tail section, to the totally-unique-to-this-model bodywork that is both cutting edge and retro, the MHe screams style. And thanks to evolutionary updates to the redoubtable desmodue twin, torque is abundant and outright power is adequate. In all, you take what has already worked for the past 20 years, and make it look newer and edgier. And it works astoundingly well, even today.

From the seller:
The Ducati MH900e was produced between 2001 and 2002 as an homage to Mark Hailwood’s race at the Island of Man TT in 1978. The MH900e was designed by none other than Pierre Terblanche who made a special visit to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum shortly after the creation of this now rare, limited production motorcycle, for the landmark Art and Design of an Italian Motorcycle talk. Powered by a Supersport 904cc air-cooled L-Twin engine. Only 2,000 units were ever made and the sale of these motorcycles defied norms, selling directly to the consumer from the Ducati website, with 1,000 selling out in only 31 minutes. This particular one owner motorcycle has led a pampered existence. Clean as a whistle and in pristine condition because the bike has never ever been registered! In fact, it has only been exhibited as a fine piece of Italian sculpture in the original owner’s residence. This is not a garage queen! No, this one is essentially, for all practical purposes, new! With less than 10 miles on the odometer and showing no flaws whatsoever in the Ducati Rosso paintwork, as expected with a machine of this caliber, it is remarkable to take in.This MH900e is highly suitable for the discerning collector. Original shipping crate, with corresponding shipping markings included, as well as race stands and full documentation. A must see! All proceeds benefit the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Accepting bids beginning at $25,000. This is listed on multiple platforms and the listing may end at any time. This is a rare opportunity – don’t wait!

There is a time in nearly every collector bike’s lifetime when it can be had for sticker. Often, a few years from new, it can be had for less than sticker. Then – if the bike is desirable enough and rare enough and in demand – prices will rise. I can already hear the “I remember when you could buy one of these for $10-12k” comments in the making. Sadly those days are gone, and prices have been steadily climbing. This seller is asking for a very steep $25k minimum for this almost new (10 miles claimed, never registered) beauty. And look at the pics – it has been well taken care of in a “I’ll never ride it but just look at it” sort of way. I congratulate people that can do that. I am simply not that strong.

The collector market continues to be strong for MH900e models; these are all individually numbered, and the production run was limited to just 2000 bikes across 3 or so years. A fun fact is that Bimota was tagged to build these bikes, but thanks to the vDue implosion and subsequent Bimota bankruptcy, Ducati was forced to build it themselves. Hand-built in Bologna, the MHe was announced in late 1999 as a 2000 model, while actual production started in 2001. These are interesting, if not uncomfortable, sport bikes that have a pretty stout following and a strong based of demand. We do see them for sale from time to time, but it is rare to find such a low mileage, one owner example. If you are looking to add to your stable of bikes, this could be the blue chip investment you seek. Check out all of the details and images here. Stay safe, and good luck!!

MI

Social Media Star: 2001 Ducati  MH900e