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Watershed Ducati: 1992 851

For Sale: 1992 Ducati 851 for sale

Update 5.7.2012: We first spotted this 851 in March and it’s back with a buy-it-now that is $1700 less at $10399. Links updated. -dc

Originally launched in 1987, the Ducati 851 simultaneously added liquid cooling, four valve desmo heads and fuel injection to the venerable L-twin. These changes not only launched an iconic superbike – the 851 – but paved the way for racing and commercial success for Ducati. It emerged upon the world as an exotic supermodel, and remains a significant milestone to this day.

This particular bike shows only 661 miles on its classic white-faced Veglia clocks. I do wonder how somebody (or multiple people, depending upon the ownership history) could ride such a beauty so little. The good news for the buying community is that there is a nearly new, last model year 851 available for sale. Provided that it has fresh oil and belts and valve adjustment, this is a collectable that can be ridden.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a gorgeous 1992 Ducati 851 Superbike with only 661 original miles. This bike was a part of a local Ducati collection. As nice as they come with less then a 1,000 miles.

As a ’92 model year 851, this is a Strada (street) edition. The SP4 (sport production) and SP4S variants of that year already badged as 888 models. This makes this the latest, and most updated 851 available. With a 17″ front wheel (the original 851 when introduced in 1987 had a 16″) and 5 years of evolution, this 851 is quite comparable with modern machinery.

Located in a dealership in Colorado, this low mileage 851 is looking for a new home. Nearly new does not come cheap, however. The opening ask on this auction is a cool ten grand. The BIN is set at $11,999. Those are some pretty big numbers for this bike, which might explain why there have been no takers. What is a fair price for this bike? Click the link to check it out, and then let us know what you think.



  • I have been trying to find more info about this bike. It has the mono seat, high pipes, and carbon fiber fenders, same as the SP and SPS models. It does not have the number “1” with a white background on the fairing. Does anyone know if the SP and/or the SPS came without the number?

  • God I love these old Ducs. My 98 SS was a load of fun and I love the body style,if I had 12 grand I would have no problem buying this. No ABS, no slipper clutch or traction control,just raw v twin powaa!

  • Scott: This bike may be an 851 Strada that was converted to the solo seat (a fairly easy and common mod). According to my records the SP and SPS models for this year were all triple eights.

  • Mike: Thanks for the information. I believe you are correct.

  • Is that an RC-45 in the background in the last shot? Up on that elevated display. If I find out where this dealership is, I will make a point of dropping in next time I tour through CO. Looks like a fun shop.

  • Good eye, Michael – it does indeed look like one. Be sure and fill us in if you find the shop!

  • I recognized that showroom. It’s at Fay Meyers in Denver.

  • Ducati SP4 had the number one on the side fairings.

    888 SPO and LTD’s had them on the tail

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