Feast your eyes on one of the most coveted Ducati Superbikes of all time: This very rare, and in the U.S., 1992 Ducati 888 SP4 for sale on the ducati851and888.com forum:
quote from the forum listing:
Due to health reasons, I am having to sell both my Ducati motorcycles. My 996 SPS has now sold, but I have decided to list my 1992 888 SP4 for sale on this forum first in the hope that a fellow forum member will purchase it before going to other usual routes. It has covered 40,220 kms (25,000 miles). I am the fifth owner since brand new. It has a complete documented service history dating back to the first owner. It had a major service carried out by JHP Ducati at a cost of £1400 in April 2008. It was first owned by the service manager at NCR, Italy back in ’92. The original owner’s manual, warranty booklet and service booklet have always followed the bike. Over the years, the following tasteful modifications have been carried out by the various owners:
– 5 Spoke black Marchesini magnesium wheels
– Brembo billet brake & clutch master cylinders
– Gia Co Moto billet rear sets
– 888 SPS rear brake set-up
– Ohlins steering damper
– CF exhaust hangers
The bike is in beautiful shape and has not been in any accidents. Currently runs on a 14/39 sprocket setup. I want to say that it’s one of only three, maybe four SP4’s in the United States. I guess that makes it pretty rare. Also provided with the bike are the original black three spoke wheels, a brand new SP4 gas tank (rare), if I can find them, the OEM rearsets and last, but not least, an 1993 888 frame from a US 888 SPO that has been powder-coated white but with the 17 digit VIN number still visible which comes on a clear title. Knowing how rare these bikes are in the US, the overall condition of the bike, the proper adult Ducati mods carried out and the service history provenance, the selling price of $31,000 obo reflects all of this.
By now you know I’m Ducati Superbike fan boy, and porn like this really gets me going! Naturally only serious collectors need apply, and for the rest of us, enjoy the pictures!
And here’s some more SP4 goodness from other spots around the web (not the bike in the listing):
Here’s a great dialog on the Ducatisti.co.uk forums on the difference between the SP4 and SP5
And here are some books at Amazon that are relevant to the Ducati Superbikes of this vintage:
Our thoughts are with the current owner and hope his health conditions improve.