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

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This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

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

6 Comments

  • That looks an awful lot like Showa forks and an aftermarket shock rather than the Ohlins bits I’d expect to be on this bike. It’s lovely and probably fun but decidedly not original.

  • Love the elephant under the fuel cap. So Cagiva-esque

  • In 1993 the 888 SPO (and I assume on the 100 produced in 1994?) had the Ohlins front forks replaced with Showa, but Ohlins remained on the rear.

    Same motor as the 1993 888 Strada and not the higher output European SP5, due to US DOT requirements.

    Personally, a beautiful looking bike.

  • Ithink it is just an updated spring added to the rear shock. If you are trying to setup the bike for the rider, thats the first stop.just about every trackbike i have has an outsourced spring just to accomplish that. So that is no surprise. I would want to know how heavy the rider is before buying. The spring may not be ideal for you. But the good news is changing the spring is certainly achievable even given this bikes age.

    Been in love with these since Doug Polen was the class of the field. With all due respect to Mr Daytona…

  • I truly love my 1994 888 they are a pleasure to ride. I was lucky to find number 100 which I believe is the last one.

  • Big Red Italian V Twin -nice but some questions about parts/provenance etc $25000
    Few days back another Big Red Italian V Twin went for $5500-namely a Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport
    Buy Guzzi spend $20000 on petrol?
    OK I know, apples and oranges, but serious collectors will stick a rare Duke in a glass case whereas the Guzzi at 5 grand can be enjoyed and ridden very very far.
    I guess if you want something shiny for the toy cabinet then the Duke is the thing-but for a riding bike the Guzzi has to be the better deal.
    Ive a later V11 and love the beast – also have an old Cagiva with Duke 900 motor which I also really like so theres no bias here, just maybe my natural stingy nature creeping through

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