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Ducati June 10, 2016 posted by

Piece of History: 1984 Ducati TT2/TT1 Race Bike for Sale

1984 Ducati TT1 Race Bike L Front2

Although the mid-1980s 750 F1 may not have represented the very best from Ducati, the TT2 and later TT1 race bikes that inspired them certainly did. Lightweight, perfectly formed, and highly effective, they epitomize Ducati’s racing ethos of the period. The original TT2 displaced 587cc and used the belt-drive Pantah motor, with the later TT1 punched out to something closer to 750cc. Both bikes did well in competition, although the earlier 600 was far more successful.

1984 Ducati TT1 Race Bike R Side

The beautiful and very lightweight [at a claimed 16lbs] frame by Verlicchi and the bodywork with perforations to allow airflow to a front-mounted oil-cooler are distinctive characteristics of the TT, and those huge headlights speak to the bike’s obvious endurance-racing intent. The front three-quarter view also highlights the 16” front and 18” rear wheel/tire combo that contributed to the bike’s agility.

1984 Ducati TT1 Race Bike R Side Engine
Although this one may have racing provenance and should probably be on display somewhere in a collection or museum, but it’s battle-ready and scuffed appearance almost demand that it be put into track-ready condition and campaigned in vintage events.

From the original eBay listing: 1984 Ducati TT2/TT1 Race Bike for Sale

Ducati TT2/TT1 750, model year 1984, VIN 22

This is a GENUINE TT2 factory bike, VIN 22 upgraded to TT1 750cc specs to compete in that class in the Endurance series. Jean Moto Team was a small but very “aggressive” team competing in endurance racing and TT’s during the 1980’s

A real piece of mid 80’s Ducati history this bike finished 6th overall at the 1984 Bol d’Or, first of all Ducatis so in front of works Ducati machines! It’s totally preserved as it finished the last race but the engine was completely overhauled by factory ex-mechanic Giorgio Grimandi.

Forget stocks and shares invest in a true piece of motorcycling history! It comes with documentation (original period magazine etc). Race, parade and collect! Bulletproof investment.

1984 Ducati TT1 Race Bike L Side

Bidding is up to around $6,500 with the reserve not met and several days left on the auction. That’s no surprise, considering that real TT race bike should be at least a $30,000 machine. I’m not sure why there hasn’t been more interest. Perhaps the bike’s mongrel TT1/TT2 history? That seems very much in keeping with a racebike’s mission, and only bikes that have spent their lives on display would be lacking period upgrades to keep them competitive…

-tad

1984 Ducati TT1 Race Bike L Front

Piece of History: 1984 Ducati TT2/TT1 Race Bike for Sale
Bimota May 10, 2016 posted by

Deliriously Naked: 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio for Sale

2007 Ducati DB6 L Front

A practical, naked standard, the DB6 Delirio is a pretty far cry from Bimota’s roots. The company made its name building barely streetable racebikes with lightweight trellis frames, wild styling, improved suspension, and a raft of racebike details. The DB6 definitely has top-shelf suspension and innovative details, but it was designed as Bimota’s “entry-level” model. Of course, lowest-priced doesn’t necessarily mean cheap and if you’re looking for $30,000 of performance from what was originally a $30,000 motorcycle, you won’t really find it here. But if you want something practical and very exotic, this might be your ride.

2007 Ducati DB6 R Rear

Powered by Ducati’s highly-evolved but relatively simple air-cooled L-twin engine, here in “Dual-Spark” [twin-plug] form, the bike is an ideal road machine: 90hp and 70lb-ft of torque with tons of midrange are perfect for motivating the claimed 390lb wet weight…

2007 Ducati DB6 Tank

The Delirio really isn’t all that pretty when you’re standing twenty feet away: it’s certainly striking and exotic-looking, but the overall design is a bit too busy, too angular to rank among Bimota’s best. However the closer you get, the better it looks and the devil truly is in the details: a hybrid frame made up of traditional trellis sections and aluminum side-plates and a swingarm that uses similar construction. Up close, the bike is absolutely stunning and you can really get lost just taking in all the clever bits and all the amazing components.

2007 Ducati DB6 L Rear Suspension

From the original eBay listing: 2007 Bimota DB6 for Sale

Up for Auction is my beautiful hand built Bimota DB6. This bike is powered by a Ducati DS1000 dry clutch motor. It has been meticulously maintained and is in perfect condition. Many upgrades include: Carbon belly, Carbon front fender, Carbon Belt Covers, Carbon side panels, DB6R Steering damper, Brembo RCS brake and clutch master cylinders, Carbon Clutch Cover, Zard Exhaust and more. Comes with all books records, both factory keys, and diagnostic CD with “mini tune” software and cable. The bike currently has just over 10K miles . Do your research on this bike, it is incredible to ride. I’ve had a lot of fun on it.

2007 Ducati DB6 L Rear

There has been some interest in the bike, and bidding is up north of $9,000 with very little time left on the auction. This example comes with a set of Zard exhausts that would have cost a pretty penny new. Zard exhausts can be a bit overstyled, but compliment the looks of the Delirio very well and should sound even better. It’s also had the usual Rizoma bling thrown at it, although those grips seem like they’d be pretty uncomfortable after more than a few minutes. Miles are relatively low, and given the air-cooled Ducati engine’s general reliability, at least you don’t have to worry too much about the powertrain letting you down.

-tad

2007 Ducati DB6 R Side

Deliriously Naked: 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio for Sale
Ducati April 22, 2016 posted by

Silver Bullet: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Side

The 90s iteration of Ducati’s famous SuperSport wasn’t exactly a fast bike, even by standards of the day. And by the time the Ducati 900SS “Final Edition” rolled around, it likely appealed mostly to die-hard Ducati fans and collectors. Which is a shame because, although the 900SS didn’t offer cutting-edge performance, it did offer plenty of charisma, great handling, and accessible real-world performance.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE R Side Fairing

The chase for abstract performance numbers has always obsessed the world of motorcycles and cars. But the truth is that peak horsepower numbers are often pointless. Since these machines are only fully exploited by .01% of riders, and what works in ad copy isn’t always all that useful on the road, it’s not always the most powerful bikes that make the most rewarding bikes to ride, especially on the road. Look at the endless praise heaped on the K5 GSX-R1000 by modern reviewers and see how this year’s Brutale 800 actually produces less horsepower than the previous version to make it a better roadbike, and it becomes easier to see why this Ducati might win your heart, even if it won’t win any bench-racing sessions…

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Side Fairing

Powered by Ducati’s long-lived two-valve Pantah engine, the FE featured a solo-seat tail that allowed upswept pipes for increased cornering clearance and some carbon-fiber parts ostensibly because of their light weight, although the savings on a front fender are probably negligible… With a claimed 80hp on tap and a big fat midrange these are very rewarding to ride stock and a huge range of aftermarket support means you can modify the bike to suit if that’s more your thing.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

Here we have a 1998 Ducati 900ss FE.  #246 of 300 imported to North America.  The FE stands for ‘Final Edition’,  Based on the 900SS SP, the FE comes dressed in elegant silver bodywork and black wheels, with carbon fiber rear fender, dashboard cover, and countershaft drive cover. A solo (monoposto) seat completes the stunning visual impression.

But there’s more than just skin deep beauty in the FE.

To back up the race-bred look, a few additional changes were made as well. The exhaust pipes have been raised to provide improved cornering clearances. New cast iron floating brake rotors have been fitted with remote reservoirs and adjustable levers. New cylinders, alternator, and voltage regulator have been added. The resulting combination will assure that the thrill of the ride matches the beauty of the machine. Limited to just 300 bikes in North America, the 900SS FE is the last of the 2nd generation SuperSports to be produced by the Bologna factory. To further secure it’s place in the DUCATI legacy, the top triple clamp of each FE is fitted with a consecutively numbered commemorative plaque. There is no doubt as to the special position the FE will assume in the heritage of the most sought after sport motorcycles in the world.

 

1998 Ducati 900SS FE Plaque

The 900SS was certainly dated when new, a nearly retro-performance machine before that was really even a thing. Certainly, it was intended to appeal to collectors and designed to shift the moribund hardware while a replacement was being prepared, but the package can provide plenty of smiles if you’re more of a back-road rider than a track-day warrior. The seller is asking $8,999.00 for this sub-10,000 mile example which, although premium money for a 90s 900SS, seems pretty much on-par for an FE these days.

-tad

1998 Ducati 900SS FE R Side

Silver Bullet: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale
Ducati August 26, 2015 posted by

End of the Line: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

1998 Ducati 900SS FE R Side Front

At some point, you may get to thinking, “These modern sport bikes are going to kill me.” It’s a pretty logical conclusion. It’s bad enough we have to dodge car drivers on cell phones, off-leash dogs, deer, moose, apparently coyotes… We have to watch out for road debris, sand, rocks, wet leaves, and sometimes discarded tracksuit pants… But even the bikes themselves are trying to do us in, with insane horsepower figures available at screaming rpm and handling that doesn’t feel right unless you’re hanging off the bike at 80mph as you leave the Dairy Queen parking lot. But the Ducati 900SS is a bike that you can appreciate at any speed, regardless of what Hunter Thompson says.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Side

Of course, the FE model was only the “Final Edition” of the first-generation belt-drive SS and there was a whole bit of shark-gilled weirdness to follow, although some would like to pretend Pierre Terblanche’s 1999 version doesn’t exist, like sci-fi film buffs who like to pretend “Alien 3” doesn’t exist.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE Cockpit

And let’s be real here: the FE was basically a 900SS with a Superlight-style solo-seat and upswept pipes, with very nice, very subtle silver paint and some carbon bits. And like the Superlight, it isn’t particularly light, or all that super. But what it is an honest, good-handling sports motorcycle with a torquey, charismatic engine and classic looks. 80hp is plenty for most riding, and more is available if you want to swap in a set of flat-slide carbs or a big-bore kit. Handling isn’t cutting-edge sharp, but there’s plenty of grip and stability on tap if you want to hit the canyons on Sunday morning. The ergonomics are humane but still sporty, so you can stave off the purchase of a Barcalounger Harley or Goldwing.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Side Tail

So this is a motorcycle for aging gracefully out of knee-dragging cornering antics, one you can enjoy while taking it easy, but a bike that can still show the kids a thing or two when the situation demands. Or you come around the corner and find a deer standing in the middle of the road.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

The FE Stands for ‘Final Edition’, and the 900SS FE was a last special production run of the old carburetor-equipped SS before it was replaced in 1998. Based around the 900SS Superlight, the FE had special cosmetics, a tuned engine, and elegant chassis changes. The special silver single-seat bodywork was wrapped around a modified engine, with race-style high-level exhaust pipes. The front brakes have cast-iron racing discs and the black wheels are lightweight. A carbon-fibre clock surround, chainguard, mudguard and body panels complete the high spec. The FE’s performance was only slightly improved over the standard bike, and it was really intended as a special celebration of the old model. Only 800 were produced. Limited to just 300 bikes in North America, the 900SS FE is the last of the 2nd generation SuperSports to be produced by the Bologna factory.Based on the 900SS SP, the FE comes dressed in elegant silver bodywork and black wheels, with carbon fiber rear fender, dashboard cover, and countershaft drive cover. A solo (monoposto) seat completes the stunning visual impression.

But there’s more than just skin deep beauty in the FE.

To back up the race-bred look, a few additional changes have been made as well. The exhaust pipes have been raised to provide improved cornering clearances. New cast iron floating brake rotors have been fitted with remote reservoirs and adjustable levers. New cylinders, alternator, and voltage regulator have been added. The resulting combination will assure that the thrill of the ride matches the beauty of the machine. To further secure it’s place in the DUCATI legacy, the top triple clamp of each FE will be fitted with a consecutively numbered commemorative plaque. There will be no doubt as to the special position the FE will assume in the heritage of the most sought after sport motorcycles in the world.

While most of the Pantah-engined 900’s are very undervalued right now, the Superlight and FE represent a definite investment opportunity, at least in the short term. At some point, all those $3,500 900SS will go up in value, but for now, they’re the dirt cheap way into Ducati sportbike ownership. But because they’re so cheap, some have high miles or have been a bit abused. Although keep in mind that the Pantah engine is good for some serious mileage when properly maintained, so 10,000 miles on the engine means it’s just nicely run-in.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Engine

The more exclusive models were pitched as collectibles from new, and many have been lovingly maintained. This example has reasonable mileage and looks very clean, with just that faded carbon and a bit of a tear in the seat, all of which could be easily fixed without destroying the originality or patina. Strangely enough though, while I’ve always thought the early Monsters look very classy in silver, the SS looks a bit bland. Purely an issue of personal taste, but I’ll stick with a nice, yellow, half-faired SS-SP, thanks.

-tad

1998 Ducati 900SS FE R Side

End of the Line: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale
Ducati July 10, 2015 posted by

Bridging the Gap: 1990 Ducati 750 Sport for Sale

1990 Ducati 750 Sport L Side FrontThe Ducati 750 Sport was an interim model introduced in 1988 that followed on the heels of the F1. Ducati owners Cagiva hoped to capture the spirit and style of the vaunted 750SS, but buyers weren’t having it, and the bike was replaced by the long-running 900SS of the early 1990’s. 1990 Ducati 750 Sport R SideThe F1 was relatively expensive to produce and the 750 Sport was a definite attempt to cut costs. Lower-spec suspension, along with brakes and 16” wheels came straight over from the Paso and were a step backwards: by 1990, manufacturers were moving away from the 16” wheels towards 17” and this made it difficult to get the latest and stickiest rubber for serious riding. 1990 Ducati 750 Sport Tank1988 was the first year Ducatis featured the rear cylinder flipped around to locate both intakes in the center of the “vee” and allowed the use of the automotive-style carburetor arrangement that plagued the Paso. This required some revisions to the F1’s frame to accommodate the larger airbox and bulky carburetor. As with the Paso, this set up was not ideal and the conversion to a dual-carb set up as seen on this example is definitely a very desirable modification that should improve both rideability and power. 1990 Ducati 750 Sport CarbsThe bike does have a dry clutch with a vented cover, and it’s interesting to note the earlier location of the clutch slave on the right side of the engine.

Only 153 750 Sports were made in 1990 before the bike was replaced by the heavily revised 900SS the followed and remained in production until 1998.

1990 Ducati 750 Sport R Side Rear

There’s not all that much information over at the original eBay listing: 1990 Ducati 750 Sport for Sale

 A 1990 Ducati 750 Sport it’s a rare bike  great condition

$6,500 with just a couple days left and no bidders as yet. That’s no surprise, as this really isn’t the most desirable Ducati, but it is very rare and is in excellent condition. Parts should be relatively easy to source and the belt-drive Ducati twin is endlessly tuneable. If you want a relatively modern motorcycle that combines reliability with a more classic look and relative rarity, this might be the Ducati for you.

-tad

1990 Ducati 750 Sport L Side

Bridging the Gap: 1990 Ducati 750 Sport for Sale
Ducati May 28, 2015 posted by

Pre-Poggipolini – 1982 Scuderia NCR 600 TT

Around the corner from the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, NCR founders Nepoti, Caracchi, and Rizzi began to modify and race Ducatis in 1967.  Their lightweight chassis and race team became a presence in endurance racing, winning the Isle of Man TT in 1978 with Mike Hailwood aboard.  Early in the trellis-frame’s development, Pantah-based 600cc bikes were built to Tourist Trophy specifications ( by more than one tuner ), and this NCR 600 ready for the road may be more rare than a factory TT2.

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1982 Scuderia NCR 600 TT for sale on eBay

20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt left front

Most of the Ducati V-twin 600cc engines have 80mm bore and 58mm stroke, displacing 583cc, though there was an 81mm bore update, displacing 597cc and using 40mm rather than 36mm Dell-Orto carburetors.  In the neighborhood of 60 hp is available mostly north of 6000 rpm, with two-into one exhaust, dry clutch and 5-speed transmission.  Three 260mm Brembo disk brakes provide the stoppage, very light looking 18-inch wheels suspended by 35mm forks and monoshock rear.  At a weight which should be just over 300 lbs, handling this bike will be a joy.

20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt left grip  20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt left tank

20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt left engine detail  20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt right rear wheel

Though one might want to fit air filters for the road, the discretely lighted 600 TT displayed appears ready for a ride.  The owner’s comments mention a 2005 restoration, and the bike looks at least excellent, though there is no odometer, it’s nearly 35 years old.  The alloy tank, half-fairing and monoposto seat fairing look unblemished, as does the frame.

20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt right front wheel  20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt frame

20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt right engine  20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt right rear wheel

From the eBay auction:

Believed to be one of only two 600cc street bikes made by the legendary Ducati race team. The 600 TT is purely a NCR design, where the better known TT2 is more a Ducati product. Approximately seven NCR 600 TT race bikes and two street bikes were built. This bike was most likely built in Germany from a kit.

Unable to pass the ultra strict type certification the bike was placed into storage. It resurfaced in 2005 and was restored and rebuilt and serviced. Still unable to be used in Germany it was advertised for sale in 2012. I purchased it, and imported it into the United States. The bike has barely been used since being built.I have ridden it a few times, where it performed flawlessly.

It has a clean correct Tennessee title. The condition is excellent. The only non standard parts are the turn signals. The only fault is a small dent in the exhaust system.

20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt right front  20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt left tank

20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt right peg  20150527 1982 ncr 600 tt binnacle

Pedigree would seem critical for a bike with this kind of buy-it-now, and perhaps the previous owner, restorer, or NCR can provide a paper trail.  Unrecognizable on the road, a vintage Italian track day would be a good day out for this machine, hopefully it will not be relegated solely to display.

– donn

p.s. – After being purchased in 2001 by Poggipolini, an aerospace and motorsports titanium concern,  NCR continues to thrive hand-crafting exotic parts and Ducati-based bikes.

Pre-Poggipolini – 1982 Scuderia NCR 600 TT
Ducati April 15, 2015 posted by

Emerging Classic: 1981 Ducati 500SL

500SL_3

The Pantah is a watershed moment in the long and storied history of Ducati. Designed as a replacement to the bevel-gear model, the new “rubber-band” motor utilized toothed rubber belts to drive the valve action – a feature that lives on to the current day. The Pantah, as a replacement to the older round case and bevel-driven valve train motors, was built to be faster: faster to manufacture and assemble, faster to adjust and maintain, faster RPMs, and generally more performance. This is the foundation for everything from the 750 F1 to the modern day Monster (super-quadro Panigale models excepted). Not too bad for 1979 when the new motor was introduced.

1981 Ducati 500SL Pantah for sale on eBay

500SL_14

Today’s bike is a 500SL – the first model to be blessed with the new motor. This bike also features the customary trellis frame, and uses the engine as a stressed member in the arrangement (another feature that persists to this day). This was the bike and motor combo that started a new chapter for Ducati, and this particular example looks to be a true survivor. The seller has noted some minor non-stock items, but the majority is as Fabio Taglioni originally intended – right down to the original paint.

500SL_1

From the seller:
Condition wise, this is an unrestored survivor bike that is probably as stock as you will find. The only non stock items are the tires, battery, fuel lines, and mirrors. The cosmetic parts I did install were either new old stock or good used parts from the era. The original Verlicchi handgrips that I installed are a good example, I was quite excited to find them! The bike is even running an original airbox. I have the tool kit and all three keys for the ignition, steering lock, and gas cap. All of the appropriate frame tags are in place including the Berliner neck tag. The bodywork fit and finish are typical Ducati from the early 80’s. There are some spider cracks in the paint on the fairing, you can see some of the lines where 2 pieces of fiberglass were joined together, there are some rock chips here and there, etc, but it is ORIGINAL PAINT. My point is, this is a bike that has been ridden but taken care of and has all of the right patina and character you would hope for in an original machine. I am sure some will notice that the right hand muffler has a few dents, fear not, I have a nice original set of dent free Conti mufflers that will go with the bike. The seat has some cracks in the vinyl, but I would rather have a couple of cracks in the original seat cover than recover it and lose the originality. The gas tank has a light amount of corrosion, but I have decided to live with it rather that try to have it cleaned and risk damaging the original paint and stickers. Original and stock were very important to me with this bike. The speedometer is in kilometers and shows almost 19k, which translates to roughly 11.7k miles.

500SL_8

Located in Illinois, this 500SL shows 19,000 kilometers on the clock (slightly less than 12k in miles). The bidding has not been particularly strong at the time of this writing, and the bike has not met reserve. Check it out here, as there are not many 500SL models around the US in this kind of shape. While not the more vaunted F1 model, this first generation Pantah could be a great classic bike experience in the making.

MI

Emerging Classic: 1981 Ducati 500SL
Ducati April 4, 2015 posted by

Perfect Balance: 1983 Ducati TT2 Racer for Sale

1983 Ducati TT2 R Side

A bike with skinny tires and a wide powerband, the Fabio Taglioni-designed Ducati TT2 bears a passing resemblance to the roadgoing F1, but was tuned to perfection, utilizing a philosophy that resulted in a lightweight, very nimble package with a broad spread of useable power that made it ideal for roadcourses.

1983 Ducati TT2 Fairing

Displacement was up slightly compared to the stock Pantah to 597cc and the carefully-prepared engine put 78hp through a 5-speed and dry clutch.

1983 Ducati TT2 Tank

The Verlicchi frame that surrounded the fuel tank weighed a featherweight 15 pounds and the entire bike weighed in at just 326 pounds dry, including a starter and battery. Wheels were generally 18″ although quick-turning 16″ could be specified if the rider preferred and a fully-adjustable Marzocchi fork was up front with a Paoli shock at the rear of the monoshock frame and the resulting package was very competitive.

1983 Ducati TT2 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Ducati TT2 for Sale

A fantastic period-built private rider TT2, fitted with LS F1’s engine cases, dry clutch, 41mm Malossi/Dellorto carbs, ported heads, race cams , very very rare Marzocchi adjust forks, Campagnolo magnesium wheels, Verlicchi frame, Verlicchi swinging arm this bike’s loaded with many good bits so much of which is of course unobtainable today

Super deal!

Race, parade and collect!

1983 Ducati TT2 Rear Suspension

This example is a bit rough around the edges, but that’s pretty par for the course with a race bike: they generally weren’t finished to a high standard in the first place, and racetrack use isn’t exactly kind to cosmetics.

According to the seller, this bike is currently in the UK, but that shouldn’t present any difficulties for a determined buyer interested in a piece of racing history.

-tad

1983 Ducati TT2 L Side

Perfect Balance: 1983 Ducati TT2 Racer for Sale