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Ducati December 17, 2014 posted by

Classy Twin: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale

1993 Ducati Superlight R Side

In 1992, Ducati introduced a limited-edition of their air/oil-cooled 900SS called the Superlight that featured distinctive Marvic composite wheels, cast-iron front rotors, a vented clutch cover, bits of carbon fiber bodywork, a solo tail section, and high-mount pipes to increase cornering clearance. Unfortunately, there was no engine performance increase as delivered. Available in yellow or red most years, depending on what part of the world you were in.

The “manufactured rarity” and a negligible performance increase weren’t really enough to spark much interest at the time. It wasn’t even all that rare, with 861 made in 1993 alone. Later years lost some of the lightweight bits, changing to the standard wheels and regular rotors on the front brakes, making it even less special, and turning the Superlight into a solo-seat SS with high pipes.

1993 Ducati Superlight Front

The older 900cc engines certainly won’t set the world on fire in terms of performance and they do tend to run out of breath long before redline, but that midrange boom more than makes up for a lack of high-rev histrionics. And if 75-ish rear-wheel horsepower doesn’t sound like enough, Ducati’s two-valve twin does respond well to basic tuning, and there are big-bore and high-compression kits available to boost power significantly. The engine has been in production, in one form or another, since the early 1980’s and is, in spite of Ducati’s temperamental reputation, extremely durable when properly cared for.

With too many made to be particularly collectable, too little power to really impress, and later models missing the actual super-light parts, the Superlight suffered from a “manufactured collectability” that has kept values relatively low, although I’d expect prices of nice examples like this one to be next in line for a price spike among Ducati collectors.

The biggest draw of the Superlight is that many were purchased at least partly as investments and have been correspondingly well-maintained, making them some of the best-looking and best-cared-for 90’s Ducatis available.

1993 Ducati Superlight R Side Front Wheel

There are some additional pictures over at the original eBay listing: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale.

But unfortunately, there is virtually no information about the bike’s history listed, just some reprinted specifications. There are a few minor scratches and scuffs as shown in the pictures, but nothing you couldn’t live with, or easily repair if you wanted the bike to be perfect. I’d probably just fix the little tear in the seat and leave the scratches alone, since I’d plan to ride rather than show the bike. I’d certainly leave the color alone: the 900SS is one of the very few bikes that look good in yellow. In fact, I actually prefer it for this era’s style, especially with the very slick half-fairing found on the CR models.

1993 Ducati Superlight Top Triple

With just over 6,000 miles on this particular bike, mileage is low enough to be very desirable, but not so low you’d be afraid to ride it, or need to put tons of money into replacing bits that have gone south from sitting for too long. Although the Superlight isn’t quite the limited-edition that Ducati implied, they’re definitely less common than the high-mileage SS and CR’s that tend to litter eBay and Craigslist, and early bikes with genuine lightweight bits should be plenty of fun strafing back roads with your riding buddies.


1993 Ducati Superlight L Side

Classy Twin: 1993 Ducati Superlight for Sale
Ducati November 19, 2013 posted by

2 Owner Ducati 900SS Superlight #857

Ducati Superlight for sale

We’ve seen a fair number of 900SS/SL’s this year and in fact we’ve seen this particular bike as recently as November of last year. At the time of that writing it was showing a $10,900 buy-it-now. This time around it has met reserve at $9100 with a little over a day to go. The seller has updated the listing a couple times with additional details and states that this in fact a 1992 model and the wheels came with the bike, making it a MK1 version which has proven more desirable.


Ducati Superlight for sale on eBay


from the seller:

This is a very nicely-maintained 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight, #857. It is a very desirable “MK 1” first series Superlight, with the composite Marvic wheels. It has very low miles (5153) and is in very nice original condition. It has a full Fast by Ferraci exhaust and runs smoothly and flawlessly. The paint is only flawed by minor cracking around the seat mounting screws.

A Corbin seat is installed, as are after-market carbon timing belt covers, chain guard, sprocket cover and dash/instrument cover. Original seat, belt covers and sprocket cover come with the bike, as does the original exhaust. This bike came stock with a carbon front fender and rear hugger, which are in excellent condition.

MK 1 Superlights are rare, especially in this condition, with such low mileage.



2 Owner Ducati 900SS Superlight #857
Ducati October 2, 2013 posted by

Mechanical SlimFast: 1993 Ducati Superlight #678

Update 10.2.2013: This Superlight is back on eBay and has got our attention as the ad states the reserve has been set at the previous high bid of just $6099 — and the high bid is just about there! Good luck to buyers and seller, -dc


The Ducati Superlight is a bit of a rock star in the world of rare motorcycles. One of the earlier attempts by Ducati to create a special, limited edition bike, the Superlight was limited to a numbered run of only 900 bikes. With the cachet of limited numbers and some modifications to lighten the load, the Superlight brings with it the promise of both exclusivity and performance.

1993 Ducati 900 Superlight for sale on eBay


We all know that yellow paint weighs less than red paint. That is one of the secrets to the SL’s weight advantage over the standard 900SS lineup. When this model was first introduced in 1992, tasty bits included the solo saddle, upswept exhaust, fully floating brakes front and rear, carbon fiber bits, special clutch cover (vented) and special two piece magnesium spoke wheels. By 1993 the party was all over; the Superlight was essentially a solo-saddled yellow 900 SS/SP with yellow paint. The magnesium wheels were gone, the SP grew into the same SL carbon bits and floating front brakes and upgraded suspension. Besides the color, the 1992 SL retained the unique color, the floating rear brake, and the limited, numbered tag rivited to the headstock.


From the seller:
1993 Ducati Superlight #678
Yellow with White Frame
9,528 miles
90 deg V-Twin, Air Cooled, Desmo Two Valve
Includes Two Fairing front sets (one bikini 900SSCR type and one full fairing)
Carbon Tech Dual Exhaust
Ohlins Rear Shock
Carbon: Front Fender, Rear Hugger, Cam Belt Covers
Clip on risers
Adjustable Brake and Clutch Levers
Brembo Wheels and Brakes w/ floating rotors
Vinyl coated braided flex Brake Lines
Yoyodyne Clutch Slave Cylinder
Upgraded milled aluminum Crank Case Vent
Vented clutch cover
Corbin Seat with back stop
This bike has been babied it’s entire life and looks to have never been down.
The Ducati Yellow paint is unblemished and very pretty.
The bike has a new battery and the oil has been changed. Tires have a couple thousand miles left on them.


This bike is available in Greensboro, North Carolina, and bidders are turning up for the chance to be the next caretaker of this iconic machine. The bidding is up to $6,099 thus far, and the reserve is still in place. Most of the SLs we see here on RSBFS climb above the $7K mark pretty quickly, and I suspect this one will be no exception. Click the link to jump over to the auction and check it out. Good Luck!


Mechanical SlimFast: 1993 Ducati Superlight #678
Ducati August 11, 2013 posted by

1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight #680 For Sale by Nick Anglada

1993 Ducati Superlight For Sale

While many know Nick for his amazing customs, he is also a Ducati specialist. This early Superlight still has all the goodies and also has some nice upgrades that any Supersport enthusiast would appreciate. This example has less than 12k miles and looks stunning to this SS owner.


1993 Ducati Superlight for sale on eBay


from the seller:

I am offering this collector’s classic in amazing condition including the original owner’s manual and original tool kit. This bike has been extensively gone through mechanically but not restored cosmetically. This bike is #680 of 953 built between 1992 and 1993. One of only two hundred ever imported into the US. These are real numbers not something someone buddy told them over a few beers. Research Ducati Superlight registry online and this will confirm the number as will reading Ian Fallon’s book on the Ducati supersports. This model was only available in yellow in the US and only for one year. The only year superlights were ever available with a white frame, Marvic-Akront magnesium hub with aluminum hoop wheels and lightweight clutch cover. Later years (only available abroad) were only available in the gold frame. They were also downgraded to have the heavier brembo cast aluminum wheels and did not have full floating brembo cast iron rotors. Enough with the history lesson on the Superlight now on to the specifics of this bike.

This bike I purchased recently and have acquired another since then. Cosmetically is have done nothing more than to wash the bike, that’s it! Mechanically I have done the following as the bike sat for over three years from the previous owner.

1. Dissambled the engine to repaint and check neccesary maintenance items an check for deffects,
2. Clutch slave cylinder was rebuilt due to a leak that caused the paint to peel on the engine cover and left side engine case
3. New cam timing belts were installed
4. New later issue Ducati cylinder heavy duty head studs were installed due to the fact that before 1995 the studs were made of satinless and prone to breaking
5. All gaskets ,seals and filters were replaced including base gaskets
6. Valves were adjusted properly and shimmed to manufacturer’s specs
7. All bearings were checked for wear
8. Oil pump was replaced for no other eason than it is 20 years old and why take a chance??

What’s NOT original on the bike??

As I am not the first owner I can only provide you with what I have done or what you see in the pictures.

1. Smoke rear brake lense, I have a stock one That was not available to be at the time these pictures were taken
2. Windscreen was replaced by the previous owner , stock ones are still availabe from Ducati for a cool $163
3. Original Bar end weights were replaced with aftermarket bits from the previous owner
4. Original air fileter was replaced with a BMC unit
5. Crank case breather box was removed and replaced with a K&N breather. I have the originals in a box with the correct breather hoses and clamps
6. Ferracci decals on the side panels were applied by the previous owner because the bike had a ferracci exhaust which he kept to apply to another Ducati
7.Clutch and brake lines were replaced with aftermarket steel braided units by the previous owner
8. Tank breather check valve hose was replaced with a yellow unit, I also have the originals in a box and bagged so they do not dry rot
9. There is a very nice support that one of the previous owners built for the rear seat section so it would not crack. And it worked!
10. Obviously the tires are not original but I highly recommend that the new owner replaces them as they are over 5 years old

I have taken extensive picture of any of the work I have performed and I am more than willing to share those with any interested parties. I also have documentation of the previous purchase from the former owner including the following.

1. Sales order from the dealer
2. Auto Tarder ad showing teh sale price when he bought it in 2001 previous to that it was owner by the dealer who sold it as a personal bike
3. Paper tag issued at that sale
4. Original owner’s manual in good condition
5. Original tool kit

All the work was performed by me. A short history of who I am can be found on the internet by searching my ebay screen name. I have built countless custom bikes, my work has been featured in over 100 magazine articles internationally, televison as well as having guest wirtten tech articles for motorcycle magzines in the past 16 years .




1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight #680 For Sale by Nick Anglada
Ducati July 15, 2013 posted by

One Owner 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight in Kansas

1993 Ducati Superlight For Sale

Here is a very tidy Ducati 900 SS/SL for sale in Kansas that looks not only complete but tastefully upgraded as well. With only 12,500 miles it’s been ridden but sparingly for a 900SS. These look very racy but are actually quite agreeable to touring, even with the Keihin carbs. The seller is asking $10k or best offer.


1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight for sale on eBay


from the seller:

1993 Ducati 900 SL
Low mileage one owner.
944 cc,balanced crank, Bucci pistons,Bucci rods
C.R. Axtell ported heads,Vee Two cams amd valves,adjustable cam pulleys
Vee Two primary gears,clutch hub and basket,slave cylinder.
Pro Italia bars and rearsets.
Fast By Ferracci mufflers.
JMC swingarm.
39mm keihin fcr flat slides
There are lots of parts I have missed.
Stock mufflers,seat,windshield,bars,carbs,rearsets are included.



Aprilia June 20, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: May 2013 Sales Report


Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged a record 85 bikes in May and witnessed an all-time high of 29 of our picks getting sold. In fact our readers bought 23 bikes in May! Here is a review of 29 of the 85 posted, most having sold.

Lowest sale price: $1380
Highest sale price: $25099

Congratulations to May’s buyers and sellers!


In no particular order, we start with this 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP with 2000 miles that sold for $3650:

Ducati 900 SS/SP

A highlight last month is this 1986 GSX-R 750 Limited Edition with less than 900 miles that sold for $22,400!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited

This 2001 Ducati 996SPS failed to sell after being bid to nearly $12k.

Ducati 996SPS

This very tidy but tiny Aprilia RS50 sold for a pint sized $2700 to one of our readers.

Aprilia RS50

This stock 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma sold for $12,400.

1985 Suzuki RG500

This heavily modified 1986 Suzuki RG500 in Lucky Strike livery failed to sell the first time at $10,500 but sold after one relist for $16,000!

1986 Suzuki RG500 Lucky Strike

This 1990 BMW K1 with just 4200 miles sold for $13450, McDonalds colors be damned!


This very clean 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 sold for $7000, even with 30k miles!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750

This 1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750 might have been the bargain of the month selling at just $2550.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750

This amazing low mileage and stunning 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $13100.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Someone scored on this 1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R Ninja that saw just 7400 miles. Sold for only $3750!

1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R

This 1991 Yamaha TZ 250 B racebike sold for $17500 but was relisted and sold again for $15500. Hopefully for good!

This well looked after 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 sold for $8200.

Moto Guzzi Daytona

This later 1997 Daytona 1100 with less than 7k miles failed to sell with bids reaching $9100.

Moto Guzzi Daytona 1100

Another great buy was this 1982 Honda CB 900F with 205 miles for only $6655. This won’t be depreciating any time soon.

1982 Honda CB900F

Here’s a nearly new 999R with less than 1k miles that failed to sell at $16100.

Ducati 999R

This restored 1988 Suzuki GSX-R sold for a mere $6100 to one of our readers.

This 1996 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike was no reserve and sold for $7500.

Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike

Here’s a Yamaha RZ500 that sold for a scant $6500.

Yamaha RZ500 RD500LC

This 1998 Yamaha R1 failed to sell at $8500 and has been relisted for $7500.

Yamaha YZF-R1 For Sale

This cool 1985 Yamaha FZ750 survivor sold for $3850.

1985 Yamaha FZ750

Here’s a 1987 Suzuki GSX-R50 that sold to one of the RSBFS superfans for $1380.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R50

This 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo is one of several we posted recently and it sold for $5451.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

This 1994 Yamaha YZF-750R was also well bought at just $2200.

1994 Yamaha YZF-750R

This 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited sold for $12721.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited

A very striking 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE sold for $17000.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

This spotless 1998 Aprilia RS250 set a new record selling for $9950.

1998 Aprilia RS250

This 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR failed to sell the first time at $8500 buy-it-now, but was relisted twice and sold for $6500.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

The top seller this month was this 1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo for $25099.

1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo

This 1994 Bimota DB2 appears to have sold for good this time at $7400.

1994 Bimota DB2

The great pumpkin 1982 Laverda Jota sold for $20255!

1982 Laverda Jota

This 1993 Ducati Superlight failed to sell at $9499.

Ducati Superlight

This XN85 Turbo sold for just $4000.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

While we were having a little fun with this CBR1000RR trike, it did find a new home for $9900.

CBR1000RR Trike

This 1985 RZ500 failed to sell when bid to $9100 while wearing a $11800 buy-it-now.

Yamaha RZ500

Ducati May 22, 2013 posted by

More Super Lightness: 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight MK1

sl right sl tach

It’s apparently time to sell yellow Super Lights this month.  Number 827 is currently looking for a new garage to call home.  This one has a Canadian accent and has been breathed on a bit.

What’s the story you ask?

Up for sale is my Limited Edition 1993 900SS Superlight Mk1.  Bike # 827 out of 952 units produced worldwide with only 300 sent to the USA.  This is the geniune article and the most desirable of the Superlight that came to North America.  Only the Mk 1 bikes came with a full spectrum of upgrades directly from the factory that include full floating Cast Iron front disc brakes, Two piece Marvic/Akront 17″ Rims, Vented Clutch Cover, Carbon Fibre Front Mudguard and Rear Hugger, Carbon Fibre Slip-On Exhaust.  In addition to these very desirable factory exotic parts, the motor on this bike has been upgraded with High Compression 944 Big Bore Pistons fueled by a pair of Kehin flat side Smooth Bore Carbs.  Ohlin Front Fork Springs, Ohlin Steering Damper, Oberon Clutch slave Cylinder, Upgraded Master Cylinders with Aluminum Caps, Billet Aluminum Rearsets, Carbon Fibre Dash, Leather Corbin Seat, Zero Gravity Tinted Windshield, brand new Prirelli Corsa Tires and much more.

This is a bike that has been totally sorted out with an impressive array of performance upgrades and improvements over the stock bike.  This bike rewards riders who appreciates mechanical perfection; you would want to ride this one and not just admire her beauty.  The body work on the bike is a 9.5 out of 10 and the bike has been maticulously maintained and tuned.  This is the fastest air cooled 900SS I have ever ridden and she runs, sounds and handles as good as she looks.

sl left

Help me out Ducatists;  I keep reading that only the 1992 (MK1) Superlights had the cast iron brakes, vented clutch cover and two piece Marvics yet it seems every 93 (MK2) I see has them as well.  Did North America get them a year late?

sl engine

Hmm, it doesn’t weigh much at all and it has  more go compared to stock.  That should make for a lot of smiles on a twisting road.

sl right rear

Sign me up;  a limited edition, light weight, some extra go and classic Ducati styling.

Check out the auction here.


Ducati May 20, 2013 posted by

SuperClean SuperLight: 1993 Ducati 900SS/SL

Carmel Valley, CA – 5,045mi – $16,800 OBO


The Ducati 900SS/Superlight is one of my favorite Ducati’s. It not the fastest Ducati ever built, or even the lightest for that matter. It is however one of the best looking with its bright yellow paint and white frame. It is just really hard to beat that combination. And it did seem to thrown gas on the fire of the ever-unlimited limited edition craze for the Italian manufacture. The SL’s featured more carbon fiber bits, and Marvic aluminum/magnesium wheels to help bring the bikes weight down. They were also one of the first Ducati’s to be given the numbered plaque on the triple clamp.


The seller highlights everything you need to know:

If you collect and respect the history of Italian Brands and pure Italian Design you would have to say that the limited edition production of the Ducati 1993 Superlight has to been one of those watershed moments in classic Italian Motorcycle design.

Manufactured to celebrate one of their greatest sport models, only produced in 1993. There were a total of 952 units produced for worldwide sale. Only 300 were sent to the United States… This is number 669and is a perfect factory example of this icon bike.

Characterize by its competition Yellow Body Work, White Frame, Special Carbon Fiber Parts, Two-piece Marvic/Akront 17” Rims. The only period upgrade made to this perfect motorcycle is the period correct Ferracci exhaust. This high performance exhaust system adds the perfect deep and throaty sound that this bike was meant to have, verses the large oversized, heavy and bland sounding USA mandated mufflers.

Historically these bikes have been so over-ridden and modified that they have become as rare as“Hen’s Teeth” for Ducati collectors.

In my opinion, and many others enthusiasts, the last of the Classic Modern Italian Motorcycle Designs before Ducati joined the worldwide futuristic look that most motorcycles sadly look like today.

As amazing as these bikes are to look at, they do have a few weak areas that most examples and owners have not taken care of…. NOT THIS BIKE.

The Rear Tail Sections of the body work had way to much pressure on the mounting points, so the correct fix is to build a custom bracket under the seat to take that pressure off the tail section… and this tail piece is perfect.

The Swing Arms historically would crack, but this bike has had a factory replacement swing arm. And lastly the head bolts were weak and broke; this machine has the factory replacement head bolts.

The last piece of this extraordinary Ducati is the Original Injection Molded Seat and Seat Back…these stock parts are impossible to find, and rarely in good shape, as they will deteriorate just by themselves… in my case they have been kept and stored in my Show Garage and are close to perfect. I have the Corbin Period correct aftermarket Seat on the bike, and only use the original for shows.

I have a collection of motorcycles and this bike is only ridden around 100 to 400 a year, it only has 5045 miles on the odometer. The bike comes with the original Tool Kit, Manual and U.S. DOT Reflectors as well.


There you have it, a super clean example of a sought after Ducati. The last one of these I saw for sale had slightly less miles, but was in a little rougher condition. That bike sold for $9,200 and we usually see clean examples of these go for $10k-$11k. This bike is being relisted due to a buyer falling through. Asking price is very top of the range, but it is a very clean and almost stock (exhaust) example. I would say this bike could push low teens if someone wants it bad enough. Check out the ad here and make the decision for yourself.