Posts by tag: supersport

Ducati September 5, 2012 posted by

Light and Super: 1993 Ducati Superlight

For Sale: 1993 Ducati Supersport Superlight

Update 9.4.2012: Originally listed in April this year with an opening bid of $7500, this Superlight is back with an opening of $6250. Links updated. Thanks for the heads up Mike! -dc

Back in 1993 this was one of the more rare Ducatis that collectors were buying up to complete their stables. With its limited number appeal, the Ducati 900 SS SL really opened the doors for the serial numbered bikes from Bologna; while they may have started this with some earlier bikes, the SL really sparked the Ducati numbered bike dynasty that continues to this day.

The Superlight differed from the standard 900 Supersport in minor ways: some additional carbon, full floating front rotors, and (on the earliest models) modular magnesium wheels. All told the weight savings were modest, but with the striking white frame and bright yellow bodywork – and the exclusivity of a numbered tag rivited to the top trees – a legend was born. Don’t expect any more HP from the SL variant, as the same air-cooled, two-valve desmo L-twin from the 900 SS series was utilized with no changes.

From the seller:
Ducati Superlight #932 with 15496 miles in near perfect condition. Bike was sold new in Tulsa Oklahoma to a friend who later became a Ducati dealer in Oklahoma City. I am th 5th owner and knowing the other 4 owners (4th owner owned the bike over 15 years) I have all service records including org owners manual, warranty card and copy of org paper tag.I have the stock mufflers in perfect condition, stock seat, stock airbox lid, sprockets and stock rear brake parts (I installed a floating rear setup)5 years ago FBF high compresson pistons and new cyl studs were replaced,valves adjusted, new Michelin Pilots installed, forks gone through, steering stem bearings cleaned and repacked and then was parked until last summer when I bought it, since then the carbs were rebuilt, tank cleaned new fuel pump and oil change done.Bike has never fell over crashed or been abused. Only flaws worth mentioning is the carbon fiber front fender is faded and the tail section near some of the mounting screws there is some very very minor cracking that I could not get to show in the photos .

This particular Superlight shows some mileage, but really looks good for the age. Most of these bikes have been through multiple owners at this point, but the good news it that they are still collectable enough to be taken care of. This bike is a good example of that – despite the miles and the change of ownership it retains much of what it started with. Top dollars are still collected by stone stock, low mileage specimens, but the market remains bullish on SL models in general.

This auction is on right now, with zero bids against a $7,500 opening ask. There are still several days to play on this one, so time will tell us if the opening bid is simply too high, or if folks have not yet discovered the auction for this yellow gem. Seven and a half large is right about the lower range of the ballpark for a SL, so my guess is that the former might prove to be correct.

For more information and a chance to bid on this beauty, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!!


Bimota April 21, 2012 posted by

Brand New Bimota – 2004 DB4

Update 4.21.2012: Originally posted by Andrew in October last year, this DB4 is back on eBay. The listing has new pictures after you click through. Links updated. -dc

Here we have a chance to pick up a rather special Bimota. The DB4 (the ‘D’ designates this as a Ducati engined bike) has always been regarded as a special bike, even though it only had an aircooled motor it is light and has beautiful handling. This particular bike has a mileage of only 21 miles all of which were put on by the factory, one assumes by the test riders. The engine is a fuel injected 900cc unit out of the SuperSport.

The owner doesn’t say a great deal:

Up for auction is a 2000 Bimota DB4 (fuel injected). This is a Brand New Zero Mile motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. Technically it has 21 miles on the odometer but that is how it came from the factory.
The condition of the bike is fantastic and is like new. It does come with the original tool kit and literature. It also has a free and clear title in the sellers name.
The auction can be found here on eBay.

We have featured this bike previously back in May where the asking price was $16900. The bike didn’t sell and I cannot help but think the price is too high for this bike even with such a low mileage.


Ducati April 2, 2012 posted by

1977 Ducati 900SS Exclusively at CSBFS

Here is a fantastic 1977 Ducati 900SS sent to us by long time reader Rory who asked us to list his bike exclusively. Being prior to 1985 we put it up over at but wanted to share with all the RSBFS readers as well.

1977 Ducati 900SS For Sale

Good luck with the sale Rory!


Ducati March 27, 2012 posted by

A Lovely Ducati 900SS in Switzerland

Our man in Switzerland is back with a new guest post for those who may be shopping in Europe. -dc

Here’s a beautiful Ducati Super Sport 900 otherwise known as the 900SS. The bike seems in great shape and this is not often the case for these models which sold quite well prior to the release of the Ducati myth model 916. As all the SS models, this has an air cooled 2 valves per cylinder engine. On the road these bikes are great fun enjoying good brakes, an excellent chassis and a torquey engine. Don’t expect much peak power (a “simple” Suzuki SV650 will have similar output) but with these Ducati’s the excitement comes from a mix of low frequency noise, smooth power delivery from low rpm and refined handling. In the right hands, driven smoothly and trying to keep momentum it will still earn its respect on a twisty road. Add to this a very reasonable comfort given by the high clip ons and there is fun and affordable Italian red.

The owner says that the aftermarket mufflers are Termignoni (as it should be on any Ducati). It has an open dry clutch cover for the pleasure of the rattle noise. The single seat is not original but I think it looks great together with the white frame….such a reminder of the much more exclusive and highly expensive at that time (1990) 851 model. The original seat, rear cowls and mufflers are obviously included in the package.


Ducati December 11, 2011 posted by

Nearly New SuperSport: 1992 Ducati 900 SS with 963 miles!

For Sale: 1992 Ducati 900 SS with only 963 miles

Up on our list today is this fantastic looking Ducati 900SS from 1992. Now this is not a traditionally rare bike (although that white frame always gets me going), but this particular example has only 963 miles on its white-faced Veglia clocks. Math majors amongst us will quickly figure out that this bike has seen a scant 50 miles per year since it left the showroom floor. No wonder it still looks so good!

While everybody loves a low mileage example, it always sets me off to wondering why this set of wheels saw less use than most. On one hand, it has enough mileage where you will not be “ruining” a zero mile bike, yet it is still low enough to ensure that there is a lot of life left. Still, somebody was really missing out on this one, as these 2 valve Ducatis are a joy to ride.

With relatively light weight thanks to a birdcage style frame, an air cooled motor and minimalist appointments, the 900SS series of the Ducati lineup has withstood the test of time (the first Pantah-based SuperSport was introduced in 1988, with the bevel drive motors reaching back to 1972). There is roughly 80 HP hiding in that package somewhere – a figure not very impressive by hypercycle standards, but with great low-end grunt and good torque these twins are genuinely forgiving to poor technique.

From the seller:
963 Original Miles
Red Body with White Frame And Matching powder coated whitewheels.
Staintune exhaust,
lower ratio sprocket
Fresh Dunlop D207’s tires
Euro light switch
New battery
and all factory updates
Bike comes with original factory exhaust as well as original sprocket and motorcycle stand

Freshly serviced and ready to ride.

While this bike is not a vaunted SuperLight model, the white frame evokes a resemblance to the more limited edition model. This was a stock color combination for a SuperSport in ’92, and comes with all the benefits of the color scheme: good luck keeping those wheels clean.

Which brings us to price. This seller is listing the bike in a NO RESERVE auction, but the opening bid is a cool $7,500. For those of you still on your chairs, that is higher than the 1992 MSRP for this bike, and places it in well-cared for SuperLight territory. Still, there are not many unmolested 900SS models around anymore so this could still push the right buttons for the right buyer. Is that you? For more information and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Cagiva September 13, 2011 posted by

Simple 2 valve twin – 1987 Cagiva SS650

OK so I am sure some of you are wondering why this is up as a rare sports bike well it was priced under the era when Cagiva owned Ducati and this used the 650 Ducati engine. In fact only 500 of these bikes ever made it to the US..  It was from a time when Ducati was in transition having had huge financial problem and been saved by the Cagiva purchase.  The Pantah engine which is used here was getting tired and not long after these venture Cagiva went back to using the Ducati name and the company introduced the 851.  The reset as they say its history.  However this part of the Ducati heritage should not be overlooked.  The parts used were high quality and you have to love the Silentium exhausts which were anything but!

650cc…..5 speed…..Brembo brakes…..

On the block:1987 Ducati/Cagiva Aluzzurra SS 650……..Made by Ducati for the parent company Cagiva.Ducati engine,Ducati frame,Ducati decals,etc……..

In 1985 Ducati was purchased by the Castiglioni brothers (Cagiva),which was already the largest manufacturer in Italy(mainly small street bikes and mopeds),with the intention of entering into the sport bike market.The Aluzzurra SS650 was an upgrade of the defunct Pantah.

“Gone are the swoopy paint, flashy lines and radical seating position of the Pantah,” Rider said in its March 1985 review. “Instead, the Alazzurra has been designed to appeal to a far broader spectrum of riders … Whereas the Pantah was an outrageous Italian flashbike, a mini machomobile, the Alazzurra is a sensuous rolling sculpture of tasteful and graceful proportions.”

Thankfully Cagiva realized the importance of the Ducati name,and restored the mark in 1987 with only the Elephant retaining the Cagiva name.

When I got this bike it hadn`t been riden much. The spark plugs were old,and the carbs were dirty,and not adjusted properly. I took it to my mechanic who removed/cleaned/adjusted both Dellorto carbs. Installed new NGK plugs,and a new battery. Charging system works excellent.

I drove it about 40 miles.The more I drove it the better it ran.Fast and nimble.Trans/clutch are like they should be.Lots of fun for a cheap price!

Note:Sold as-is.This is a 25 yr old bike so expect wear. Look at all the BIG pictures. I`m sure I missed a ding-scratch-crack-blem or whatever so ask questions. Will need tires soon.Good tread but old. Smokes SOMETIMES when first started. The more I drive it the less it happens. No extra parts. There are e-bay listing for lots of Cagiva parts.

The eBay action is here.

This might just be a cracking bargain for someone with it no doubt going for a small sum.





Ducati September 2, 2011 posted by

1995 Ducati Supersport 900 SS/SP

For Sale: 1995 Ducati Supersport 900 SS/SP

Posted today is a not-too-rare Ducati that still pushes all of the right buttons for me. The mid 1990s 900 SS/SP (Sports Production) is essentially the evolution of the Superlight from a few years earlier. Ducati introduced a lower-spec 900 SS/CR (Cafe Racer) in that year, at a bargain basement price. The SP was special, however. Consising of the full fairing from the pre-CR days, it added a new swingarm, carbon fiber fender and mudguard, and upgraded (and adustable!) front and rear suspension.

If you have been lusting after a Superlight but can live without the yellow color, white frame, and product number plate rivited to the top of the trees, a 900 SS/SP will provide you with the same or better performance for a whole lot less cash. The two valve air cooled motor is legendary for torque and longenvity (don’t forget to change those belts every 6k or 2 years!), and the Supersport platform is a solid, capable, and forgiving mount for spirited riding. Throw in the adjustable suspension and seller add-ons and you have a real winner here.

From the seller:
This 1995 Ducati 900 SS SP Rides and Looks stunning for it’s age. Pampered all it’s life, with full service records and clear title in hand.If you ever quested to ride or purchase a Ducati, these models are known to be a true classic.

It has a few upgrades: smoke windscreen, racetech springs and front end serviced by Mellilimoto ducati, DID gold chain, anodized red clutch pressure plate, ducati performance open clutch cover, upgraded clutch slave, K&N air filter with open airbox conversion, microtech exhaust, carbs rejetted by Mellilimoto for the K&N, new belts and plugs and valves checked 2500 miles ago. Carbon Fiber front fender and rear hugger, Perelli Tires have 2K on them and tread rubber looks like new. It has never been raced and the oil and filter was changed 50 miles ago, always used synthetic. email me with questions. Bike has 13K on the odometer, very slight touch up paint on the gas tank and under belly of the bike, the paint is all original so I wanted to keep the going as best as I can.

There are so many subtle nuances about this listing that just seem right to me. For example: Look at the picture of the clutch cover (right side, 3/4 rear view). Sure the cover looks natty, but its the breather above the case and behind the rear cylinder that caught my eye. Anyone who owns one of these wonderous L-twin powered beasts knows this area gets dirty very quickly. Sure – this bike was cleaned up prior to putting it up for sale, but this was not a one-time wash-n-wax; this bike was taken care of.

Superlight performance, great looks and fantastic value – that is what any collector is looking for. And with the SP variant being more rare and more sought after by knowing riders, this looks to be a good deal in the making. The current ask for this bike is $4,995, with zero bids. That might be a bit high for your average Supersport, but for a clean, well-loved SP that will take care of you for the next several decades, wise men might reconsider. Check out the auction and let us know what you think!


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!