Posts by tag: Superlight

Ducati October 3, 2011 posted by

One Owner, Low Mileage ’93 Ducati Superlight (#942)

Location: Brookfield, WI

Mileage: 2,637

Price: Auction, starting $7,599

There’s many a special Ducati that has been built over the years, and many get featured here at RSBFS. While they are all cool in there own way, I’m a fan of the Superlight. First, I like efforts in cars and bikes where builders are actually shedding pounds instead of adding them. It seems that with performance machines (especially cars), there’s usually one direction to go in the weight department, and that’s more. So when a company goes the other direction, I pay attention. Next, I love the yellow fairing, white frame and the weight-saving pieces (Mavic’s, carbon fiber goodness). Maybe it’s not traditional Ducati colors, but I just dig it.

Here’s what the seller has to say about this machine-

Offered for sale is this fine example of a rare 1993 Ducati 900 SL (SuperLight) 

I am the original owner of this motorcycle which has only 2637 miles on the odometer. This is actual mileage. 

The bike has never been crashed, raced, abused or been at a “track day” event. 

It has been a part of my collection since new and now it is being sold to make room for new interests.

Though it has been lightly modified, all the original parts will be included in this sale. Please see the pictures to view the included parts.

This SuperLight is being offered with the following modifications:

– Fresh Tires ( originals will be included per the request of the winning bidder ).

– 39 tooth rear sprocket.

– Braided stainless steel brake lines.

– steering damper

– Fast by Ferracci 11.5 : 1 pistons ( runs just fine on pump gas )

– DynoJet kit

– K&N air filter ( airbox lid has been modified to fit )

– Ferrodo brake pads

– Tank Guard

Again,  the original parts will be included in this sale.



The carburetors have been gone through by a professional and they meter and idle perfectly. The interior fuel tank, lines and fuel pump are all new and the interior of the fuel tank is shiny and rust free. 

I have ridden the bike for a few miles, it idles and runs with no issues. Everything on the bike works. The bike will likely need some miles put on to re-seat the brakes.

I have only lightly washed when it was taken out of storage ( as seen in the pictures – still wet ) . It has not been detailed- I will leave that labor of love to the new owner. It should clean up beautifully and show to a high level.

This is not a show bike, but rather, a very well preserved example of one of the last great two-valve, air cooled Ducati superbikes – with a pedigree , low production number, and desireable rarity.

The following is a list of some flaws:

– Corrosion to the banjo fittings and interior crimped ends of the external oil return lines ( likely stemming from an unnoticed battery spill ). This is hidden inside the fairing.

– A crack in the rear left turn signal lens. ( see picture )

– A repaired cracked tail lamp lens ( see picture )

– Some tiny nicks to the paint on the right side of the fairing ( see picture )

– Some typical haziness to some aluminum parts. This will all polish very easily.

– Typical age-related blemishes, only noted for descriptive accuracy .

 This bike, when detailed properly, should display at a very high level. It IS after all an 18 year old motorcycle – however having seen very little road use.

I will assist in the crating of the bike for shipment, and careful packaging of the parts, however:

All costs and logistics related to shipping will primarily be the responsibility of  the successful bidder. I WILL NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR TAXES, DUTIES, VAT, CUSTOMS, EXPENSES OR ANY OTHER EXPENSES BESTOWED UPON THE NEW OWNER, OUTSIDE OF THIS TRANSACTION.  This is a non – returnable vehicle so I will work closely with the winning bidder to assure safe packaging and crating to assure a mutually beneficial experience. 

Questions? Ask.

And photos-

The seller highlights all the modifications and maintenance that have been done to the bike and says all original parts will come with it. It’s also a bonus that this is a one-owner bike. All the history rests with one person. The mileage is low and the seller highlights the cosmetic and maintenance issues that exist with the bike.

Starting bid is $7,599, which is right in there for one of these beauties. Who knows where it will go from there. But if you have been looking for one, I think you owe it to yourself to check this bike out.


Ducati August 23, 2011 posted by

1993 Ducati 900 Superlight #916

Do a quick search for previously listed Ducati 900SS/SL’s (Superlight) on this website and you’d swear they’re more common than SP’s! We’ve seen quite a few listed in the last 18 months but here’s another beauty. This one isn’t concours quality and has some miles on it at nearly 32k, but the seller is honest about the condition and has pictures to show what you’re dealing with. For $5500 buy-it-now, it’s right in the realm of a good quality SP or FE, but with the added cache of being a Superlight.

1993 Ducati 900SL #916 on eBay

The cliff notes on the Superlight include: high swept pipes, thinner frame tubes, lightweight and exotic Marvic rims, and the solo seat with numberplate. This one has lots of upgrades and maintenance history. From the seller’s listing:

1993 Ducati 900SL Superlight, s/n 916. This is the second Superlight that I have had the privilege to own; time for this bike to be enjoyed by another enthusiast. I purchased this bike in December 2009 from its third owner in Phoenix, Arizona. The bike was given a good cleaning (any reason to camp out in the garage for a few days with the new machine, cleaning out accumulated dirt on the lower triple clamps with a Q-Tip and replacing all of the zip ties with new white pieces….), and then taken to Renaissance Motorcycles (Tucson, AZ) in January 2010 for Belt Replacement, Valve Adjustment, and a good look-over. The bike moved with me from Arizona to New Jersey where I quickly discovered there were not as many twisty mountain roads as in Arizona, go figure. The bike lived in my office in NJ for the past year. This bike has been ridden and enjoyed since 1993. The motorcycle looks excellent but is not what you are looking for if you require a machine in “concours” condition. I have included pictures of the small defects in the paintwork that have occurred over the miles and years. As you can see from the photos, this is a very clean motorcycle. It takes a close eye (and Macro Setting on my camera) to illustrate the signs of use and age.

While I owned this motorcycle, I replaced the front and rear c/f fenders with new Ducati units (originals were looking tired), installed c/f belt covers, added a c/f tank “bra” from Geelong Carbon Craft of Australia, and installed some nice bar end mirrors (not seen in all of the pictures, the original mirrors were droopy). Other goodies installed on the bike include: Termignoni C/F High Mount silencers, Fren Tubo brake and clutch lines (not certain if these are stainless steel or kevlar), and K&N air filter. Battery was replaced in July with a new unit. Tires are Pirelli Diablo Strada and are in good condition.

The engine on this bike runs very strong. I have owned many Supersports over the years and was very pleased when I rode this machine. While I have done nothing to the power plant other than changed the oil and have the belts replaced and valves adjusted (600 miles ago), I have many receipts (going all the way back to the original Bill of Sale) that show the purchase of and installation of high compression pistons, Barnett Clutch, and Nichols Clutch Basket. I cannot confirm these are in the bike, but I can tell you she is a strong runner.

The Marvic wheels are in excellent condition. No signs of the bolts between the spokes and the rim ever being loose or elongating. Full floater Brembo disks rattle nicely when backing up. Not certain if the seat pad is original or not but it is in good condition and looks right.

This is a very nice example of the Superlight. I bought it because it was not so perfect that I would feel guilty riding it; even so, when on display in my office, many people were amazed by its condition that it was a bike built in 1993. If you are looking for a Superlight, this is a great opportunity to put one in your garage for less than a premium price (and actually ride it vs. dust it).

While this on has a tiny bit of patina, it looks pretty well presented for the asking price. Not to mention you wouldn’t be afraid to ride it as such!


Ducati July 10, 2011 posted by

On the lighter side: 1993 Ducati Superlight

For Sale: 1993 Ducati Superlight

From one of our favorite collectors comes one of our favorite bikes – a 1993 Ducati Superlight. Comprised of the air-cooled, two valve, 900cc Supersport engine and chassis but shaving weight with lighter composite Marvic wheels, fully floating Brembo brakes, lighter carbon fiber bodywork bits, a vented clutch cover, and an exclusive numbered serial plate, the original SL was introduced in 1992. By 1993, the wheels, clutch cover and fully floating front brakes were lost from the lineup. The gap between the Supersport and Superlight continued to narrow as the Supersport improved, although the Superlight will always be a coveted model.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1993 Ducati Superlight. I am selling this motorcycle for my Dad who is selling his collection. He is the third owner of this bike and it comes with all of the original documentation (sales receipt, warranty papers, owners card, owners manual and letter from Cagiva) It has been fully serviced about 200 miles ago including new belts and valve adjustments. It has a Verlicchi megaphone exhaust which sounds great.

The Vin# is ZDM1LC4N2PB006629 and the odometer shows 9,574 Miles. It comes with a free and clear title.

The condition of the bike is great and is very clean, but it does show some wear from riding. It has stone chips on the bottom of the front fairing which can been seen in some of the photos. This bike runs great and is ready to ride.

Unlike many of the bikes from this collection, this particular Ducati has seen some decent usage. There are some minor mods to the bike, including the Verlicchi exhaust (check out the video below for some great sounds!). Interestingly, the VIN checks out as a 1993 bike, but it contains all of the choice bits (i.e. wheels, brakes, clutch cover) from the 1992 model run. If any of our RSBFS readers know more about which bikes had the Marvic magnesium wheels, etc., please leave a comment!

Video from the seller:

Even though the pedigree is Supersport, the Superlight has always generated a strong following. The weight difference between the SS and SL is negligible, and as such the performance is very similar. The biggest difference between the SS and the SL is the exclusivity offered by the numbered badge attached to the top of the trees. Ducati excels at “limited edition” marketing, and the SL was one of the first bikes to receive the numbered treatment.

This auction is on right now – with a starting bid of $8,499.99. As we have seen from this seller, prices and reserves are often set on the high side and many previous bikes did not sell as a result. A Superlight is a $6,500 – $9,000 machine when found in good condition. An exceptional example might pull $11,000 in today’s dollars. This bike is clean and has many of the right parts, so the opening ask may not be that out of line. To check it out yourself, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Don’t forget to let us know what you think!


Ducati May 4, 2011 posted by

1993 Ducati Superlight #827 of 1000

Update 5.4.2011: This bike is back a year and a half later, but now on eBay. Links updated. -dc

Looks as if it will be a Ducati kind of week for me as I have several to post for your viewing pleasure.

1993 Ducati 900 Superlight located on the Raleigh- 🙂 Durham 🙂 Craigslist. This one, unlike the other one I posted, has been enjoyed and has several tasteful upgrades. Termi’s, Corbin Saddle, and some engine work are a few of the highlighted upgrades. Owner says it has 17,000 miles and was part of his dads collection at one time or another.

It’s a small picture, but you can to contact the seller for a larger, more detailed one if you’re interested.

With an asking price of $9,500 this one seems to be more in line with 900 Superlight posts of the past.

Bike stats:

Rare 900SL “Superlight” only 300 1993 brought into the USA this is #827 of 1000 manufactured in 1993. , This was part of my Dads bike collection in So Cal. This bike has never been raced or laid-down. Looks good as new. 17K miles. More Photo’s upon request

$9,500.00 OBO
Termignoni exhaust(sounds killer)
Lidless air box mod
Original Marvic-Akront mag/alloy 2 piece wheels.
Pro-Italia billet rear sets (up 1″ and back 1″
All original carbon fiber perfect (fenders, gauge cover, pipes)
11.2:1 JE/Pro-Italia pistons
Keihin 39mm FCR race carbs
Pro-Italia brake/clutch lines
Ohlins fully adjustable Rear shock
Ohlins steering damper
DiD ERVX gold chain/AFAM alloy 37 tooth rear sprocket
Corbin seat
Adjustable forks
Ducati Kamna alloy exhaust rings
Brembno brakes
SS Brake and clutch lines

Also included:
Full stock exhaust
Stock Mirrors
Stock Rear turn signals
Stock pistons
Stock rearsets
Stock 39 tooth rear sprocket
Stock gearing
Stock carbs
Stock airbox lid
Original Ducati tool kit and Owners Manual

Consider all of the up-grades Ducati put on the SL’s to make them special and then the ones this owner added and it sounds like a great bike. With 17k on the clock it’s definitely not a garage queen and would make a great weekend warrior.



Ducati April 7, 2011 posted by

Duck on a Diet: 1992 Ducati Superlight

For Sale: 1992 Ducati Superlight

In 1992, Ducati took a base 900 Supersport and detracted some needless things. Out went the 2 passenger seat and the passenger pegs. In their place was fitted a solo seat tail section reminiscent of the racers. Upswept exhaust pipes filled the space left by the pegs, and upgraded brakes, forks and wheels (Marvic composite magnesium) were added. The bike was topped off by a carbon front fender and a limited edition plate rivited to the triple clamps. All told, the SL tipped the scales at a reported 3kg weight savings over the standard 900SS. For those precious pounds buyers paid a dear premium.

Nice picture highlighting the upswept exhaust, tires complete with little nubs, and the magnesium wheels. All told, this was a very tidy package by Ducati – and later made redundant by the improvements to the 900SS line. In the end, what the Superlight really offered was numbered exclusivity.

From the seller:
Ducati 900 SL Superlight
year of construction 1992
*** NEW ***
the latter in the world
0 miles
tank no rust
engine never run.
rare magnesium wheels

Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, this particular bike leaves many questions unanswered. Right off the top: Why own a beatiful bike like this and not ride it? Next, if you are going to sell such a valuable museum piece, why can’t you take a few good pictures of it?

Now that I got my rant on, let’s keep it going: Why list the bike as a zero mile example when the odo and trip clearly shows mileage? And since the mileage is significant (have you ever tried to push a motorcycle four miles?), do we really believe that the motor was never started? It would have had to have been to go through the dealer prep process, right?

Maybe I’m just jealous and quick to find nits because I have always lusted after a SL. But when you are asking $28 large (which is a flat absurd sum for the average SL), I would expect a little more scrutiny from the buying community.

OK RSBFS experts: you tell me. and tell me what you think.


Ducati March 21, 2011 posted by

1993 Ducati Supersport Superlight

1993 Ducati Supersport Superlight

Location: Seattle, WA
Mileage: 5,175
Price: $6,200 with reserve still in place

Found this one laying low on eBay this morning and as usual it put a smile on my face. No, no, I’m not turning to the dark side, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the SuperLights. Not exactly sure why, but it may have something to do with the Cagiva style lettering 🙂 and the cool Magnesium/Aluminum hybrid rims.

Pretty darned nice looking if I do say so myself! Yes, those are anodized gold fairing bolts you are seeing. For me they would be the first to go, but I don’t own it so I’m not going to pass my judgment on someone’s bike.

The 900 Super Light appeared in 1992 (93 models in US) as a limited edition model Super Sport – up swept exhaust pipes, vented clutch cover, fully floating front discs, carbon fiber fenders, and lightweight Marvic/Akront 2-piece wheels (magnesium hub and spokes which then bolts on to an alloy outer rim). Ducati made 1,250-1,350 MK1 Superlights worldwide with only 300 coming to the US.

This is a very collectible, low mileage specimen that is mostly stock and in excellent condition. Modifications from OE are oil temp gauge and required dash to hold it, European 3 position light switch, throttle lock, auto-retracting side stand defeat, braided brake lines, gold headed fairing screws.

If you’ve never seen the oil temp gauge and required mounting dash you’ll need to check it out because it’s a slick piece. It looks like factory equipment and no one would ever know it wasn’t.

#667 appears to be as nice as any that we’ve featured on

Spring time is here and whoever picks this one up will be lov’n it!



Ducati September 16, 2010 posted by

Modded 1994 Ducati 900 SS/SP-#158 Of 1000

Modded 1994 Ducati 900 SS/SP-#158 Of 1000

It has some miles on it but boy this thing is clean.  It sounds like this bike has had quite a few modifications as well so keep moving if you are looking for a bone stock example.  The seller does state he has almost all the stock parts.  The bike has had engine and chassis mods so be sure to read the details to know all the changes.  The good news is it sounds like the mods weren’t done in someones backyard but at a Ducati dealership. 

Grab a drink and read on:

 This is a very special 1994 Ducati 900 SP Sport Production Model # 158 of 1000. True Ducatisti will appreciate the modifications to this motorcycle and understand the benefits she brings. I have clear title. Second owner of this bike and I can honestly say that she is my “Baby”, next to my daughter. I’m selling this motorcycle not because I want to but because I have to. I assure you I would not be selling this bike. This economy sucks.

This is not a stock motorcycle, although I do have the stock parts for it and included, except the stock exhaust. This bike has many modifications that make it a rare find. All of these modifications have increased the beauty, performance and handling of this bike. The bike has 32,218 miles, however the modifications were completed within the last two years. The engine is new because of all the modifications completed approximately 2000 miles ago. The engine produces 89.21 horse power at 93 degrees temperature. It’s produced more at cooler temps. I have a dyno test to prove this fact.

The engine modifications were conducted by a local Ducati specialist performance center to the Atlanta market. This bike has the 944 kit with a balanced crank, new ST2 cams and larger valves. The heads are ported and flat slide carbs are utilized. The motor is blue printed and all seals, bearing and gaskets have been replaced. There is approximately 2000 miles on the new motor since the modifications occurred, and she runs sweet. The Barnett clutch has about 4500 miles and is actuated by an Italian STM slave cylinder. It has Arrow carbon fiber exhaust system. There is a brand new Bridgestone BT21 front tire and a slightly used BT21 rear tire.

New sprockets have about 4000 miles including the chain. The rear shock is a White Brothers Racing shock with multiple adjustments. The front forks have the Ohlin’s racing springs, valves and seals installed. EBC brake pads were installed 5400 miles ago. The entire bike was recently repainted and looks and rides better than new. The bike has the Superlight rear cowling with a Corbin seat. Braided cooling line, brake lines and clutch line.

This bike has always been my baby, keep in my garage and ridden on occasions. Never taken to the track, never crashed, never wrecked, and always taken cared. This is a once in a life time deal for the right person. I know I can’t get back the money I’ve put into it, but I hope someone will appreciate my efforts and take care of this bike. Enjoy, and ask any questions you would like. I have more pictures for the interested party.

It sure sounds like it has most of the bells and whistles you would want on a modified bike.  A fresh coat of paint is never a bad thing either.  I think the pictures speak for themselves on how the bike has been cared for even with the relatively high mileage.  The auction is up and rolling and the bike has a buy it now price of $5,500.  If it has caught your eye .


Ducati April 26, 2010 posted by

1993 Ducati 900 Supersport/Superlight

1993 Ducati 900 Supersport/Superlight with 944 Big Bore kit and that classic Cagiva lettering 🙂

UPDATE: bidding stalled at $5,600 with the reserve still on.

We’ve had a few SS/SL listed on RSBFS lately, but it’s never to late to show another one eh? and a reserve firmly in place is this latest offering. This one is showing a mere 5,598 miles on the clock and has had a 944 big bore kit installed at some point. It also looks as though it has some tasty upgrades that include Arrow carbon fiber exhausts and a snazy yellow pin-striped Corbin seat. This one though has a very unique problem that doesn’t include the swing arm. Yes, the seller states that the swing arm has been replaced due to the classic swing arm crack. Apparently, the magnesium spokes wiggled their way loose and caused an oblong hole where they attach to the aluminum rim. There was an attempt to repair it, but from the sound of it, it wasn’t the correct fix. Have a look at the pictures and look closely at the rear rim and the alignment of the spokes on the rim. You can see that the spokes aren’t in the middle of the two depressions in the rim (not sure how else to describe it).


The only issue with this motorcycle is the rear wheel. Please see the picture. The motorcycle came to me with the bolts that hold the composite spoke assembly to the aluminum wheel loose. The holes in the wheel had elongated. I had the holes welded shut and the wheel centered and re-drilled a few inches away. I was told the weld was not structurally sound and could not be re-drilled in the same location. Later I was told they could have been electron beam welded and would have been sound enough to re-drill in the same location. They also said it could still be done and the new holes welded shut so the wheel would be as new. I have not pursued this and cannot say it is correct.

Okay, so it’s the only issue, but it’s a pretty major one in my book. It’s such an issue that for me it significantly discounts the bike. I may be wrong, but I can’t imagine it’s going to be easy or cheap to find a 1993 superlight magnesium wheel lying around. I’m sure they’re out there, just not easily found.

Will be interesting to see if and what this one sells for.