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Ducati April 19, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1991 Ducati 851 SP2 Tribute

Update 5.3.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations buyer and seller! -dc

Legendary as the Ducati 851 was, the racing department made several updates which were offered in the guise of the SP2.  A previous owner and Northwest European’s present client honed their 851 into this sharp-edged SP2 replica, beautifully presented here.

1991 Ducati 851 SP2 Tribute

Arguably Ducati’s first superbikes, the 851 was powered by their first desmoquatro, with water cooling and fuel injection also firsts for the model.  The SP2 had well over 100 hp per liter available at 116 hp, pushing the full fairing through the speed traps north of 150 mph.  The trellis frame, single rectangular headlight and hinged fuel tank are classic now, but new then.  But it was largely the components that the SP2 was sold to homologate – a close ratio gearbox, fully adjustable inverted forks, Öhlins monoshock, and cross-drilled Brembo brakes. 

Jason at Northwest European is a friend of RSBFS, and has helped the owners of this SP2 replica preserve and maintain this excellent tribute.  Though not an 888, so many SP2 details have been up-cycled that it is a dead ringer for the unicorn.  Most evident are the monoposto tailcone and SP2 triple tree with number plate, but look underneath for the alloy seat and fairing supports, billet brake calipers, and braided lines.  The carbon rear mudguard and large diameter Ferracci exhaust are more modern upgrades.  A few of Jason’s notes from the Northwest European web page:

Visually, the overall condition of this Ducati beguiles the 30 years since original construction. Essentially every detail of this machine from the lightweight bodywork, front and rear aluminum subframe, OEM Ducati tail section, machined details, and refined mechanical features are beautifully polished, honed, and properly maintained to factory specifications. The tires, massive Brembo brake calipers, drilled disc brake surfaces, and drive chain are all in excellent condition. The engine fires off brilliantly with crisp throttle response, fantastic exhaust note, and blistering acceleration even on mild throttle. Every aspect of this SP2 tribute confirms the magic and iconic status of these original race-bred bikes.

This Ducati is accompanied by a factory owner’s manual, service manual, original tail section and subrame and a support stand dolly for the rear wheel. Also includes original exhaust. Featuring fresh fluids throughout, and less than 50 miles on the cam belts, it’s a true museum piece, or ready to ride this weekend as desired.

Please contact Jason Harris at 206-355-7727 for more information on this 1991 Ducati 851 SP2 Tribute.

Rarity for the 851 is assured, with production well under 1,500 in any of its five years, though seasons might pass between SP2 sightings.  And while not sure the 37cc difference from the 888 would be easy to discern, DMV will quickly point out that SP2’s were never intended for the street, but this replica can be ridden and not only trailered to an event.  This might be a perfect compromise for a rider / collector – skillfully conceived and executed, impeccably maintained, and ready to show and register.

Check out – Northwest European’s page –  or give Jason a call at 206-355-7727 to discuss.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1991 Ducati 851 SP2 Tribute
Ducati February 3, 2022 posted by

Something Special: 1995 Ducati 900SS SP

If you are into your air-cooled, two-valve, Pantah-based Ducatis, what we have here must certainly be considered as a high water mark. Possibly slightly less collectable than a Superlight, the 900 SS/SP line continues to be sought at for what it is: a fantastic riding platform that will continue to turn heads and age well. The unique numbered badge on the headstock helps drive the rarity factor, and other than the dual seat and less cantankerous single-piece wheels, you are really looking at a bronze framed, red Superlight.

From the seller:
95 Ducati 900ss sp excellent condition. New Tires, timing belts, valves adjusted, new fuel pump, fuel lines all work performed by a professional technician. More pics available. staintune stainless mufflers. I will help shippers.

Not much by way of pictures, but the seller indicates a willingness to send more upon request. For a 900SS SP, this looks to be in great shape. The Staintune pipes are aftermarket, but likely far better sounding than the restrictive stockers. The seller indicates maintenance has been done on the machine, which is always a good sign for a Ducati. The condition of the front and rear carbon mudguards tells me that they are likely original, as this era of factory carbon utilized an epoxy-based resin that shows discoloration over time when exposed to moderate sunlight. This is not uncommon, and should not be a deal breaker. The rest looks to be an honest bike, with an ask of only $7k Buy It Now. In 10 years time that will seem like a bargain, as these bikes are keepers. Check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Something Special: 1995 Ducati 900SS SP
Ducati January 14, 2022 posted by

Just As Super: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP

OK – so what we have here is no Superlight (reference Doug’s earlier post HERE). But in nearly all respects – other than not being yellow, not being a solo tail section, and not having those nifty, crack-prone Superlight modular wheels – this is the same. Maybe even better.

1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

By 1995, the Ducati Super Spoort line was in need of a refresher. Ducati pulled out a 1-2 punch and introduced the ultra-affordable (for a Ducati) 900 SS/CR, and then immediately made the have-nots drool with the more expensive 900 SS / SP. The SP was really what the Superlight had been – an upscale, serial number-plated exclusive version of the base ride. Differences are few, but relatively substantial. Suspension goes from adequate to multi-adjustable – with the biggest upgrade to the Showa fork up front. Out back, the SP model gets a different swing arm (aluminum vs steel) that can accommodate a wider rear tire. A carbon front mud guard was standard, as was the rear mud guard and a carbon clutch cover. Engine, brakes, electrics, bronze colored frame and most everything else remains the same as the CR model. But the refinement – and the bragging rights – are right there in the “this is really a two seater Superlight” spec designation.

From the seller:
1996 Ducati 900 SuperSport 900SS/SP17,500 miles. Third (3rd) Owner. All maintenance performed by Jim Davis at Advanced Cycle Service San Jose. Belts and Valves done in late 2017 at 17,000 miles. Runs excellent. D&D Slip-On MufflersStainless Steel Brake Lines. Number Plate on Upper Triple-Tree. Owners Manual. Carbon Fiber Front and Rear Fenders and Clutch Cover. Registered until Feb 2022. Clean CA Title in hand.

So is the 900 SS/SP really the same as a Superlight? No. It’s actually better. Whereas the aforementioned Superlight has a Buy It Now of $11,700, this pretty little 900 SS/SP – which has slightly higher miles but devoid of silly go-fast stickers – is currently sitting at only $3,450 with a couple of days to go. It is unlikely to top out above the Superlight asking price, making it the best of both worlds: numbered, rare, sought after and unique, while capable of riding two up (if that helps convince the missus) AND it’s cheaper. Score! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Just As Super: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP
Derbi November 4, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Derbi GPR with Just 9 Kilometers!

Update 11.14.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Many American riders might never have even heard of the Derbi brand, let alone ridden one. Thankfully the RSBFS faithful are not those riders, and can genuinely appreciate the rarity and fun this little 50cc bad motor scooter represents. Based in Barcelona, Spain, the Derbi inception goes way back to 1922. Like most smaller European makes of this era it all started with bicycles, leading to powered bicycles, which in turn led to fully fledged motorcycles. In fact the name Derbi is a nod to that history – Derivats de Bicycletas – meaning derivations in bicycling. While Debi is a brand name, the manufacturer is actually Nacional Motor S.A.U, which itself is now a Spanish subsidiary of Piaggio (as of the early 2000s). All clear?

From the seller:
Selling from my collection, yours to enjoy.
I sold these Derbi’s years ago, kept one of only 12 of this model imported into Canada in 2001.
Has never been registered to a buyer, original NIVIS form included.
I would think this is the only one like this in existence in private hands globally.
Youichi UI World Derbi Championship poster board included
Serious buyer only please.

Derbi has a long history of winning races and championships in the smaller classes. Outside of the Unites States, small bore racing is a real thing, and throughout the 1970s and 1980s Derbi was a dominant championship winner – until the demise of the class as a GP-sanctioned event. Therefore this little GPR has some real racing DNA under the skin. And the specs are there to prove it: A race-bred frame designed and built by Cagiva, housing a Derbi-built single cylinder, liquid cooled two stroke screamer (estimate approx 9 HP stock), a six-speed transmission, trick upside down forks, lightweight wheels and big brakes (for the displacement, anyway). Dry weight should be in the 230-ish range, with a top speed of about 70 MPH. We do not see these wonderful motorcycles often here on RSBFS, much less a never-been-registered example with a claimed NINE kilometers. Located in Canada. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2003 Derbi GPR with Just 9 Kilometers!
Ducati June 22, 2021 posted by

Mr. Omologato – 1993 Ducati 888 SPO

Ducati took accuracy to a rare height in the early 1990’s, with the 851 and 888 models reflecting their actual displacement.  Today’s SPO is a California native and looks great with just 10,654 miles.

1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

A stateside-only model, the SPO had a single fuel injector per cylinder, and met EPA regs with a nice round 100 hp.  888’s had a distinctive exhaust note, especially with Termignoni or Ferraci “silencers”.  Showa USD forks and  were fully adjustable, and the rear suspension had an interesting rocker arm arrangement which allowed ride height adjustment separate from the Öhlins monoshock.  The SPO was always a monoposto, and used a steel seat subframe instead of the alloy part used on the Euro model.

This owner states they are the third, and though not well documented, the condition is sparkling.  Cast iron rotors provide better high performance braking, though they require regular inspection.  Hopefully the timing belt service is up to date as well.  Comments from the eBay auction:

10,654 original miles. The bike is in excellent shape, always garaged and adult owned. The bike was purchased in 2007, and I am the third owner. The bike has had a recent oil and filter change. The bike is fitted with Ferracci carbon fiber exhaust and cast iron floating front disk brakes but is otherwise in stock condition. The original front disk brakes and Michelin Sport Pilot tires (unmounted) are included in the sale.

Production was very limited at around 270 copies ( and some stayed in Europe ), seemingly made for a numbered plaque but that wasn’t in the plan.  It does come with a grand number 1 on each side of the seat fairing, commemorating Doug Polen’s 1991 and 1992 Superbike crowns.  The beauty of the 888 is a little more roller derby queen than the subsequent 916’s supermodel lines, but still grabs eyeballs.

-donn

Mr. Omologato – 1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Ducati March 24, 2021 posted by

Desired Duc: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP

An affordable way into collecting exotics that you can ride, the Ducati Supersport line is an approachable (and enjoyable) platform on which to begin your journey. Long known for being robust, reliable and a heck of a lot of fun, the Pantah-powered SS models are fairly basic motorcycles that deliver decent performance, great looks and a fantastic soundtrack – without breaking the bank. Today’s example is a 1996 Ducati 900SS SP – the higher spec (and more collectable) of the two seat Supersport models.

1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

All Supersports of this era were very, very similar. While introduced with a white frame in 1991, by ’93-’94 all two seater models had a bronze-colored trellis frame, the same 900cc air-cooled, 2-valve Desmo engine with carburetion, a dry clutch and a six speed gearbox. There were a few variations in the line, including full or half fairing, factory carbon bits such as mudguard, adjustable front suspension, aluminum swing arm and wider rear tire. The bikes that had all the options were known as 900SS SP – or Sport Production models – and were affixed with a special headstock plaque indicating such. Think of these as a biposto 900 Superlight, so close are many of the specifications.

From the seller:
Make: Ducati
Model: 900 SS/ SP
Milage: 3562
VIN: ZDM1LC4N4TB021577

For sale is Ducati 900 SS/SP with 3562 miles!!

If not familiar with the SS/SP, some history.
The 1991 Supersports were produced with white chrome molybdenum steel frames and white wheels. The swingarms used needle bearings instead of bushings as in the past. Brakes from the Ducati 851 were used on the Supersport vastly improving braking performance. All new bodywork and a pivoting fuel tank were elegantly shaped.

More from the seller:
The 900 SS/SP (Sport Production) was offered to the North American market only. This model had carbon fiber fenders and clutch cover, sound damping material, adjustable Showa suspension, and an aluminum swingarm.

Displacement: 904.0 ccm
Engine type: V2, Four stroke
Power: 80.0 @ 7000 RPM
Torque: 85.0 Nm @ 6400 RPM
Top Speed 130.5 MPH
Valves per cylinder: 2
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 6 Speed
Transmission type final drive: Chain
Dry weight: 410.1 pounds

The bike listed has 3562 miles. Other than a few small issues is in excellent condition (touch up on left mirror, small chip in front fender, paint flaking on left side engine case). bike has been store in a heated room in my collection since purchased. All bodywork and paint is original. No accidents!

Bike will be sold with:
Both sport and regular seat,
Supersport 900 owners manual
(2) keys
Tool kit
Ducati VHS tape

There are few negatives to owning a Supersport. They offer a fair amount of mechanical noise, they vibrate and throb a bit, and the final gearing is very tall making for some interesting clutch work when in traffic. Clutch slave cylinders are usually the first components to fail; replacement is easy and aftermarket options are plentiful. Belt replacement and valve adjustment are probably the biggest deal – the belt change is not difficult on these air cooled motors but the need for shims might make finding a decent Ducati mechanic worthwhile. If you wish to do the work yourself, you will find these are relatively easy bikes to work on. There have been reports of the aluminum swing arm being prone to cracks; this is an area that should be carefully checked.

This very pretty 900SS SP has been housetrained and is looking for a new home. It has some minor mods (Termi cans, the solo tail section, and possibly the brake/clutch lines) but otherwise looks to be stock. It’s nice to see the complete list of what is being offered with the sale, including the original seat. The only real concern I would have is where to find a VHS player to view that Ducati tape! Check out all of the details here, as this is one the Ducati models that will be going up in value in the future. These have been on the cheap side of the market for a long time, but as the well-cared for examples are snapped up, the dwindling stock of good quality bikes will help drive the price curve. Good Luck!!

MI

Desired Duc: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP
Ducati March 18, 2021 posted by

The First Desmoquattro: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO Limited #063 for Sale

Sharp-eyed readers might be thinking, “Hey, didn’t you guys feature this bike back in February?” For a moment I thought so too, but it turns out this is another, similar bike, in very similar poses, from the same seller. And this Ducati 888 SPO Limited is also a bit rarer than the last bike we posted.

The precursor to the iconic Ducati 916, the 851 and 888 saw the introduction of Ducati’s first “Desmoquattro,” a liquid-cooled engine with four-valve heads. This engine allowed Ducati to compete on [mostly] equal footing, against Japanese superbikes since for the first time since… well, since superbikes were actually a thing. As such, they hold a special place for collectors, and values, especially for Sport Production Omologatos like this one, have been steadily increasing.

The titanium sprocket cover shown on this example is nice, but it’s not a part that came on the 888 SPO, not even on the LIMITED version: note that it’s emblazoned with the much later Ducati logo from the 2000s. And Yoyodine makes quality aftermarket clutch slave cylinders, but this bike certainly didn’t ship from the factory with one fitted, as the seller suggests. You do often see 888s with Termignoni slip-ons as well, but they are clearly branded as such. Possibly Termignoni also supplied the original parts, sans logos?

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO LIMITED #063 for Sale

Here for sale is a very well care and maintenance DUCATI SUPERBIKE 888 SPO LIMITED #063 1994 with 19,050 miles on it.

THIS IS A LIMITED SPO #063, Ducati made like 100 of those, not the regular SPO.

Nice upgrades that you can see on the pictures, BRIDGESTONE tires look good but they are old 2013 year manufacturer (last picture), TERMIGNONI carbon slip on exhaust, Yoyodine clutch slave cylinder, DP Titanium Front Sprocket cover and another nice touches that only came on the SPO LIMITED versions.

Right side bar end and lever minimal scratches.

Bike it come with a CLEAN Title ready to be transfer. Major Last service done DEC 2019, Bike is not been ridden since then. (last 2 pictures)

Check all the pictures to determine condition and ask all the questions you have,we are here to make the transaction the smoothest way possible.

Nit-picking aside, this looks like a clean, very lightly modified example of a rare and apparently fast-appreciating Ducati superbike. $24,699 is pretty serious money for 90s Ducati, but recent SPOs, including the seller’s own regular-production example with lower miles sold for $17,500, so this actually seems like it’s pretty on-the-money for an 888.

-tad

The First Desmoquattro: 1994 Ducati 888 SPO Limited #063 for Sale
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