Posts by tag: Massimo Tamburini

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
Cagiva April 3, 2021 posted by

1/2 Pint Performer – 2000 Cagiva Mito 125

This Mito sold while we were preparing the post, but might be a good warm-up for a Featured Listing next week !  -donn

If all you had was a 3/4 front view from across the street, it would be easy to mistake Cagiva’s Mito for a lovely red 916.  Quite a bit rarer than it’s full-sized inspiration, this 125 has had some serious attention, just a handful of miles, and boasts California reg.

2000 Cagiva Mito for sale on eBay

Introduced in 1989 for the European junior market, Cagiva had great competition success with the Mito, which had 34 hp on tap in the 2000 model year.  Legendary designer Massimo Tamburrini re-styled the bike in 1994, giving it a knife-edge fairing, winged tank and monoposto seat fairing reminiscent of the Ducati superbike.  Sales of the Evo II generation weren’t hurt by the 6-speed transmission, 17-inch Marchesini lookalike wheels, asymmetrical alloy swingarm, and 40mm usd Marzocchi forks.  Even the brakes are adult-sized at 320mm, but just a single front disk.

This collector bought his Mito new and didn’t leave well enough alone, but made some significant upgrades to the powertrain.  Condition is immaculate and shows just over 1,200 miles.  A great explanation of the engine work from the eBay auction-

This 916 Ducati look alike is a Cagiva Mito 125 2-stroke, the same type of motorcycle that Valentino Rossi started his racing career on at a young age. Back in the day they had a 125cc class of highly modified 2 stroke street bikes for upstart racers in Europe. Cagiva was the bike. Cagiva even sold an entire massive hop up race kit to convert these little rockets into race bikes. I was able to obtain many of these upgrades and incorporate them into this bike and maintain its street legal style. First thing I did was update the cylinder. I purchased a Polini 160cc kit. Now the Italian company Polini is famous for their products, but there 160cc Cagiva kit lacked a little quality. I sent the cylinder to England to my old friend Stan Stephens. He stripped and re-plated the cylinder with a more quality ceramic plating using the proper tolerances that Polini seem to lack. He then lightly cleaned up all the porting and milled the head for the larger displacement. I added a larger manifold to install a 34mm Dellorto flat side carburetor with carbon reeds. Stock Carburetor was a 28mm. Installed the Cagiva racing kit pipe along with the fork conversion, racing kit clutch springs, Carbon carrier disk with Titanium bolts, 415 chain conversion, aluminum sprockets, racing wind screen, Steel braided brake lines, Tail Tidy, Carbon Front Fender, and kick starter. This bike came with electric starting but I removed it to save a massive amount of weight of the starter and the big metal gear attached to the flywheel. The race kit comes with a kick start shaft and gear with a removal kick starter. But to sell it I put the electric starter back on, but still have the backup kick starter installed. I then powder coated the rims white from their original ugly colour. Added Michelin pilot tires.

Performance wise the 160 Polini kit didn’t really give it much more top end but a lot more torque. I’ve had it to around 115 mph with maybe a few RPM’s to go. Depends on the gearing, weight of the rider, outside temperature, wind, etc.. It will get up to 100 mph remarkably fast for a bike its size, and corner like you’re on a rail.

This bike only has 2,000 original kilometers or 1,200 miles on it and is 21 years old !  Maybe half of that since all the upgrades. The bodywork, cases and metal look like brand new. Bike never been in harsh weather. Stored in a climate controlled garage in sunny California. All the electrical such as lights, turn signals, horn, work without an issue. Oil injection is still intact. Just put in a new battery and did a fluid flush. Included with the bike is a new Polini 160cc top end, additional gearing and the stock exhaust.

Not many riders can keep the Mito on the boil to make the pace it’s capable of, and less might be inclined to sink the slighty-used-superbike ask into a 125.  But it’s a collector’s joy, a total rarity, impeccably prepared and ready to rock.  If that collector is you, we’d like to hear about it.

-donn

1/2 Pint Performer – 2000 Cagiva Mito 125
Ducati March 11, 2021 posted by

Bleautiful: 1988 Ducati Paso 750

Welcome to one of the most polarizing models in Ducati history. Perhaps second to only the 749/999 series, the Paso was a little bit like the un-Ducati. With full bodywork resembling more of a a monolithic, monochromatic sport tourer, the Paso took styling in an entirely new direction. Thankfully under the covers the DNA and performance of the F1 Pantah series remained, ensuring lots of lumpy, torquey goodness.

1988 Ducati Paso 750 for sale on eBay

Strip away the Paso’s fully enclosed bodywork (purported to vent away engine heat in a controlled manner) and you would essentially be looking at a Ducati 750 F1 mill with a reversed rear (upright) cylinder head to allow for both barrels to breathe through an automotive-styled carb between the vee. This also simplified the rear exhaust routing somewhat, although the collector is a work of art. The chassis is not quite what you would expect from a company that built round-tube trellis frames for decades, but all covered up in bodywork you would never know the Paso is based on a square tubing cantilever arrangement utilizing the engine as a stressed member. And speaking of bodywork, you may note similarities between the Paso and the Bimota DB1 – after all, they were both the brain child of designer Massimo Tamburini. All in all, the package worked well, yet was a significant departure from the classic lines of pervious Ducatis. The Paso was loved fervently by some, while hated by others.

From the seller:
Excellent example of the Ducati that is credited for saving the brand from disappearing, desinged by Massimo Tamburini, the legend behind Bimota, Ducati and MV Agusta. Paso 750 is powered by 748 cc Desmodue engine, the same Pantah motor from the Ducati 750 F1. Engine starts easy, runs great without overheating or smoking. Originally powered by a Weber carburator which was often the cause of high engine temps especially in traffic, this Paso has been upgraded to a Keihin 39mm flat slide. It currently retains OEM exhaust but an upgrade to an aftermarket system will allow for much better breathing motor.

The heads have been upgraded to M750 which increase the valve adjustment intervals while offering improved valve guides as the originals had a tendency to wear out rather quickly. The cam belts were replaced approximately 3 years ago and the valves were adjusted at the same time. There is around 2600 miles on the oil and filter. All lights and signals as well as the horn work perfect. Even the clock!

The front forks with anti-dive technology were very advanced for their time. Swing arm is lightweight alloy with concentric chain adjuster. This Paso rides on factory original Marvic aluminum wheels, tires have around 3500 miles but still have plenty of thread and perform fine in the canyons.

More from the seller:
Factory blue color is a rare find for a Paso, with some sources claiming only 50 or so were painted in this color. This Paso has been completely refinished by previous owner with correct decals applied and cleared over to prevent them from fading or pealing. Bike looks like new!

Keep in mind this is a 33 year old bike and it will have few quirks and needs. The fuel gauge works but it tends to bounce a bit, especially if the fuel level is at or below half mark. There is a very minor oil leak coming from what appears to be an oil pan gasket. Due to the conversion to Keihin flat slide, the choke has been disconnected.

Sold with a clean California title. Registration is expiring on 3/10/21 and was changed to non-operational to avoid any back fees. The Paso is sold “as is, where is”. In case of shipping, it will be responsibility of the buyer. I will work with the shipper to accomodate their time schedule. Please make arrangements and ask questions before buying.

The Paso offered here is a great combination of updated pricey mechanical components and cosmetic refresh. The motor is a very desireable Pantah mill that is gaining traction with the collectors. It is rare, it is cool and its very fun bike to ride. Overall this motorcycle is an inexpensive entry into vintage Ducati world!

The Paso lineup has yet to see the light of day when it comes to collectors and appreciating values. With 35 years gone since introduction, there are signs that some of that reticence is beginning to change. To find an exceptionally clean and original anything 33 years later makes it more rare than the day it rolled off the showroom floor. And sadly many of these models – after dropping in value – fell into the hands of those who could not (or would not) give them the care and maintenance they deserved.

To be clear, this particular Paso is not strictly a bone-stock example. The seller does a good job outlining the mods made, and the switch from the stock Weber carb is a popular one (Ducati eventually introduced fuel injection in later models), although pictures of the carb throat sans filter make me nervous. The rest of the bike looks used but clean, and readers should note that it has travelled nearly 24,000 miles. Mileage is not an issue with these models provided proper maintenance has been adhered to, but if you are seeking a zero mile bike look elsewhere. There are lots of good photos provided by the seller, so check out all of the details here. On which side of the Paso debate do you fall? Unloved, or unloveable? Let us know in the comments. Good Luck!!

MI

Bleautiful: 1988 Ducati Paso 750
Ducati February 24, 2021 posted by

Righteous: 2005 Ducati 749R

The Ducati 749/999 series is often seen as the red-headed step child of the Italian world. Following the mega-successful Massimo Tamburini design of the 916/996/998 family, designer Pierre Terblanche was to pen the follow-on act. With big shoes to fill and great expectations to achieve, Terblanche offered the world the stunning – if not the somewhat acutely ugly – 999 and 749. With sharper, more angular lines than the more flowing 916 DNA, the 999 & 749 were characterized by a stacked headlight arrangement that did little to pacify the religious zealots of the early design. Judged solely by the cover, this was a book not worth reading.

2005 Ducati 749R for sale on eBay

Lo and behold, the 999 and 749 series today offers a stunning departure from the “me too” look of the wide-eyed, high tail repli-racers from any number of manufacturers. And time has been very kind to the overall design, making this bike look even better today than when it was introduced. This is *especially* true in person; the pictures fail to do justice to the myriad details that festoon these machines. And while earlier series bikes were quasi torture racks, the 749/999 brothers were multi-adjustable and downright comfortable – in addition to being very, very fast. Today’s 2005 Ducati 749R is being sold by an enthusiast (after all, it has fewer than 800 miles on the clock!), and I will let him pick up the story on this amazing machine.

From the seller:
2005 Ducati 749R
Milage: 774 Miles
VIN#: ZDM1UB3T35B009303

If not familiar with the 749R, this was Ducati’s upgraded performance version of the base 749 model. This particular 749R is 774 miles from new!!! Ducati 749R upgrades included titanium connecting rods, magnesium alloy valve covers, a shorter stroke, increased bore, larger valves, super lightweight crankshaft, high strength aluminum alloy pistons and remapped fuel injection all which allowed the 749R to produce more power and torque at higher RPM.

The stock 749 was rated at 108HP, while the 749R was rated at 121HP in 2005.

More from the seller:
Other features include carbon fiber covers designed for better cooling, larger fuel tank and slipper clutch standard! The chassis has an adjustable steering head and stated over 20mm of longitudinal adjustment of the seat to tank distance. The suspension featured the latest model of the Ohlins front forks and Ohlin rear shock available at the time. Finishing things off Ducati added an Ohlin steering damper.

All of this added up to a precise, nimble and very well handling Ducati! This bike is number 74 of at least 500 produced to meet FIM homologation regulations. A suggested retail price at the time of $21,995 made the 749R unobtainable for most.

More from the seller:
Upgrades from stock include a set of Sato Rear Sets, and a Paulimoto vented clutch cover. All other components are stock, even the exhaust! No accidents and all body work and paint is original!

Sold with:
Owners manual
Motor Holding booklet
Owners Club booklet
(2) Keys
Red key
Code card
Touch up paint stick
Assorted brochures

Ride it, put it in a collection, you decide!!

The world was not necessarily ready for the polarizing looks of the 749 and 999. Neither, it would appear, was the WSBK competition; the 999R won championships in 2003 (Hodgson), 2004 (Toleand) and 2006 (Bayliss). Such was the performance of this new platform in competition. The 749R – while a baby brother to the literbike – was no slouch itself. While down on capacity and therefore HP from the bigger bike, the 749 enjoyed the same chassis dynamics but added lightness to the equation. In environments where outright horsepower did not rule, the 749 could hold its own and then some due to an extremely stable chassis, fantastic brakes, Ohlins suspension, and a comfortable (and configurable) cockpit.

The seller correctly states that these R bikes were near unobtanium when new due to the high price and the relative scarcity. Today they remain rare. Thankfully most of the Terblanche-era bikes we see have been well maintained, and this one is no exception. In fact, I believe it raises the bar a bit. Stored indoors as per the photographs, this bike has very few miles and looks to be ready to offer a “choose your own adventure” scenario for the next owner. With a $14k opening ask the starting line to this auction is not outrageous, but there have been no bidders as of yet. There are several days to go, so click, drool and decide if you need this carbon fiber wonder to fill that hole in your garage or man cave. Then jump over to the auction here to check out all of the pics and specs, and show off your Terblanche love. Good Luck!

MI

Righteous: 2005 Ducati 749R
Ducati February 17, 2021 posted by

Superbly Photographed Superbike: 2001 Ducati 996 SPS

Ducati is well known to crank out “Limited Edition” bikes that consist of some graphics and a unique number plate to try to create a scarce supply / high demand situation. But alongside the marketing LEs, there are also some truly rare and special offerings that remind us what Ducati is capable of. The 996 SPS – the final edition of the 916-era design to wear the designation before it was replaced with the simple “R” logo – is one such motorcycle.

2001 Ducati 996 SPS for sale on eBay

Rather than consider the SPS just a slightly higher spec 996 or 996S, consider the 996 SPS as a whole new motorcycle that looks like your average 996. There are some visual telltale cues, but there is also a whole lot of work that went on in the places you cannot see to make the SPS a reality. Intended to be a race bike from the onset, the 996 SPS has a different frame, a different engine with special internals, different suspension, special carbon fiber bits and a whole lot of weight loss when compared to other 996 models. The seller is obviously passionate about this particular Duc, and I will let him take it from here:

From the seller:
2001 Ducati 996 Sport Production Special SPS Rare Titled

Serial # 899
VIN – ZDM3H99S91B003813
Engine # ZDM996W4*010700*

21,015 km ( 13,058 miles)

A limited edition of one of the prettiest motorcycles ever made with a clear title. The Ducati 996SPS (Sport Production Special) was an upgraded version that featured a modified engine and chassis. Nearly all these bikes were produced for track use only. This rare motorcycle was titled for street use. The factory outfitted this bike with Ohlins rear shock and front forks, as it was designed to be the ultimate 916. The factory also worked the engine with titanium connecting rods, upgraded camshafts, a lightened flywheel, and Termignoni pipes (without catalytic converters). The engine produced 12 more horsepower over a standard 996 engine, with a stated 134HP on the MCO (manufacturer’s certificate of origin). Sold to customers around the world as a “track-only” bike with a close-ratio transmission, this was unlike any other Ducati sold at the time.

Pros
Limited production run motorcycle
EU bike (headlights are switchable)
Very well documented maintenance and ownership history
Maintained with an open checkbook
99% OEM
Mechanically sound with no leaks/issues
Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires date code (0618)

Bike has the following upgrades
Aluminum coolant reservoir
EVR 48t sintered clutch
525 ZVMX DID chain
EMS valve shims and kit
Rockers replated (@ 2,050 km)

Cons
Red mirrors (instead of matte black oem)
Few rock chips in headlights
Few scuffs on paint
Scratches on fuel tank from jacket zippers
Throttle plastic retainer chipped

More from the seller:
Items Included
749/999 rear stand with adapter shaft
Custom leather tool pouch
USB drive of digital files (photos, records, receipts, bill of sales)
Ducati Performance felt cover
C-tek charger MUS 4.3
Original SPS clutch and basket
EMS shim kit
New Ducati oil filter
New Ducati Tensioner bearings
New Champion QA55V spark plugs
Single Key

More from the seller:
Almost all of these bikes were sold for track use only. This motorcycle is one of the very rare that has a clear AZ title listed as 996S, which was the closest model the DMV would distinguish. It’s for those enthusiasts who want something timeless and enjoy an era of man + machine with limited electronics. This 996 SPS is not like many out there as it was the last run of the SPS series, notably being titled as a 2001. It is a numbers matching motorcycle with chassis and engine/transmission, verified with Ducati.

The options on this motorcycle are also rare and sought after, with the full Ohlins suspension, the titanium connecting rods, camshafts, and Termignoni exhaust create a sensation of harmony and balance unique to the SPS branded motorcycles. You can see in the Maintenance History with all the records that the motorcycle had regular belt services with any wear parts addressed any time needed. The condition of the motorcycle both aesthetically and mechanically is outstanding. The motorcycles driven regularly have less problems with everything working as it should. This one was never abused and it shows all over….

The seller has more to say – much more – and I suggest you jump over to the auction to see it all. Notes include a very detailed maintenance history of the bike as well as a fully documented history of owners and mileage. There is a lot of interesting reading in the auction description, as would be warranted by such a special motorcycle. But I also want to call attention to the qualify of the photography. Unlike sellers who could not be bothered to push a bike out of the garage in order to take pics, this particular SPS seems to have enjoyed a private photography session that rivals prom night.

All of this exclusivity, documentation and presentation comes at a price: a Buy It Now tag of a lofty $21,000 USD. That is a pile of cash, but then again this is a very rare spec 996 and still within the very desirable era of the 916/996/998 models. That and the passage of time all help bolster the bottom line on these bikes. Check out all of the details and beautiful photography here, and then make the man an offer. A bike this rare and good looking deserves a great new home. Good Luck!!

MI

Superbly Photographed Superbike: 2001 Ducati 996 SPS
Ducati November 2, 2020 posted by

Tacit Blue – 1988 Ducati Paso 750 with Just 1,538 Miles !

Rare though they are, the 1986-88 Paso 750’s have their loyal fans, and there have been a half-dozen blue examples profiled on RSBFS.  This one hasn’t but a half an oil change’s worth of miles, and has been beautifully stored and cared for since its return to duty.

1988 Ducati Paso 750 for sale on eBay

Design legend Massimo Tamburini’s first Ducati was the Paso, where he proposed a square-tube chassis enveloped by the soap bar.  Other innovations on board included the belt-driven cams on the 748cc twin, with a single Weber carburetor servicing both cylinders from between them.  A rather forward weight bias steers easily on the 16-inch front radial tire, and the 42mm Marzocchi fork was robust at the time.  Mid-sized 280mm brakes, 5-speed transmission and long alloy swingarm complete the running gear.  Even with its opaque windscreen, the very full fairing provides a generous pocket for the rider.

The seller took a leap of faith several years ago, and went for a NOS twenty-five year old.  No word on how the re-commissioning went or what’s been needed since then.  The condition is hard to believe, in a good way.  Likely the cam belts are again due, but also factor the unobtanium exhaust and slick tail-light mod into the equation.  From the eBay auction:

When I bought the bike it had 154 miles on it and it was 25 years old. A brand new, unrestored antique made in limited numbers and even more rare, it’s blue.

Now the bike has 1,538 miles on it and it’s 32 years old, in like new condition.
 
I bought the new Conti slip-ons out of Australia. These are hard to find. The original exhaust to be included. I removed the old saggy rear blinkers and incorporated the signals into the tail light as was done on models sold in Europe. The only non-factory part is the ring on the tank that the fuel cap installs into. This was made by by hand at Ducati Austin as a replacement.

Before being assigned the Paso, Tamburini had already come and gone from Bimota, and joined Cagiva ( who had just acquired control of Ducati ).  Though it was great on a more open road and handled better than the 904cc models, even when tuned right the Weber was temperature sensitive and made the Paso 750 a finicky commuter.  Either way it never really caught on, and they’re rare without any special editions.  The buy-it-now seems realistic in light of the season and a downright bargain for an afficionado.

-donn

Tacit Blue – 1988 Ducati Paso 750 with Just 1,538 Miles !
MV Agusta August 21, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: No Reserve 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for Sale!

Update 8.21.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

It’s still amazing to me that bikes like this MV Agusta F4 1000R can be had for so little money. Sure, modern bikes blow them into the weeds, especially in terms of their usability: a 200hp motorcycle would have been considered terrifying and nearly unridable not too long ago. Today, it’s pretty much par for the course. But the F4 still offers something special and the bike has no rider aids whatsoever, so the experience is pretty visceral and raw.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for Sale on eBay

After the release of the extremely limited-production F4 750 Serie Oro that was dripping in exotic materials, MV Agusta beat the odds and managed to get their stunning superbike into series production. Unfortunately the production 750 was, unfortunately, outclassed by much more affordable 750s that cost half as much. Then the whole 750 class was made basically redundant by the burgeoning 1000cc superbike class. Enter the MV Agusta F4 1000S designed to compete on level playing field with bikes like the GSX-R1000. The F4 1000S was followed by the 1000R in 2007 and it included a few tasty upgrades. Today’s example is one of the best you’re likely to find.

The R included a revised frame, new Brembo wheels that updated the style a bit, and Brembo Monobloc calipers, although the Nissin brake and cluth master cylinders were retained. A fully-adjustable Marzocchi fork and a Sachs shock out back gave the bike incredibly stable handling. Most notably, it included an improved version of the radial-valved, 998cc inline four that produced a claimed 174hp. The F4 wasn’t as agile, lightweight, or as user-friendly as inline-four competitors from Japan, but that boost in power was enough to push the bike to 180mph.

From the Seller: 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for Sale

I am selling my rather immaculate 2007 F4R. It has less than 1000 miles on the clock, completely original and has been with me for the last five years. “As new” is an understatement – the previous owner had a Ferrari dealership in Scottsdale and put the bike from new sitting on a plinth in the dealership entrance. He also threw the OEM carbon fiber options book at it. The only thing I have changed is the battery. Unfortunately it is time to sell as I have spent more time polishing than riding it!

Overall, the F4 1000R offered evolutionary improvements to MV’s flagship superbike. It wasn’t as exclusive as the extremely limited-production CC or Tamburini, but no version of the F4 is actually very common, and they never fail to draw a crowd when parked up. The seller is offering this basically perfect bike at NO RESERVE. You can find an F4 for less money, but if you’re a collector looking for a pristine example, this one deserves your consideration.

-tad

Featured Listing: No Reserve 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for Sale!
Ducati August 3, 2020 posted by

Nice Surprise – 1988 Ducati Paso 750

Arguably the first modern Ducati, the Paso used an innovative design, and new belt-driven cams for its desmodue engine.  This Pennsylvania example has been beautifully restored, using at least a gallon of arrest-me red.

1988 Ducati Paso 750 for sale on eBay

Underneath Tamburini’s ground-breaking package was a familiar Pantah 748cc twin, this time with a single Weber carburetor and 73 hp.  A 5-speed was all the torque curve required, and Marzocchi suspension and 16-inch tires are found at both ends.  Triple Brembo disk brakes are nearly the same size all around, 280mm fronts and 270mm rear.  The soap-bar bodywork freed the designers to build the square tube frame strong and economical, and Tamburini honed the geometry and balance to make the Paso a sweet handling package.

The owner has a short eBay history but picked a lower-mileage Paso as a project, and made a beauty out of it.  Right down to the exhausts, it’s hard to find a modification to the factory’s ideal.  Alloy re-finishing came out better than new.  Pictures without the fairing might require some enhancement to really see the details.  From the eBay auction:

Purchased this classic Paso to perform a full restoration, but when we removed the body work, the chassis and componentry were in such excellent condition, we opted to focus on a cosmetic overhaul. The engine and chassis have been gone through and everything is in order. Valve adjustment and belts replaced within the last 1,500 miles. New tires, new battery, new oil pressure sending unit, new leather seat cover. All bodywork (fiberglass and ABS) was repaired prior to very high quality lacquer repaint. There is a blemish on the left side panel where the mounting point caused a crack after reinstallation (picture shown). Decals replaced and cleared over. Original Oscam wheels were stripped of the delaminated clearcoat and machine polished. There is likely not a Paso this clean outside of the Ducati museum.

The Paso’s styling wasn’t enough of a sure thing to generate more than a couple of thousand sales each year, though Honda came up with a very similar package for the late -80’s CBR600F.  The Weber struggled with heat in traffic, and an upgrade to fuel injection came with the last-of-the-line 907 i.e.  Paso’s do have their fan base though, who appreciate their moderately sporty riding position and protective aero.  Hopefully a RSBFS reader will meet the reserve on this cherry and let us know how it goes.

-donn

Nice Surprise – 1988 Ducati Paso 750