1990 Ducati 851SP3
Introduced in 1987, the 851 range is regarded as the model that saved Ducati from extinction. Successor to the traditional air-cooled two-valve 900SS, the tiny factory’s previous dedication to technological development had become almost stagnate due to continued funding shortages from having State ownership. However, with arrival of Claudio Castiglioni, new investment from his Cagiva budget gave the green light to a significant boost to R&D, Massimo Bordi wasted no time in developing his water-cooled 4-V cylinder head project. Bordi had used the 4-V concept in 1973 for his thesis at the University of Bologna, and with Cagiva funding his updated ideas came into production as the Desmoquattro.
Based on the Pantah motor but with liquid cooling, fuel injection, and those beautiful desmodromic four valve heads, the 851 made Ducati once again competitive in motorcycle racing. First with the 1987/8 Tricolore ‘Kit’, then 1989 saw the very first SBK homologation SP model, the 851SP; 1990 was the SP2 which introduced the first 888cc engine and later that same year early examples of the SP3 entered the market & race tracks. Most SP3’s were sold during 1991 and the following year saw the SP4, and the final homologation special, the 888 SP5 were sold during 1993/4.
This particular example, VIN 000756 & engine 00550, is SP3 build number 160 and has been a regularly ridden bike. Over its life it has received a few non-original upgrades and/or improvements like Akrapovic exhaust, corbin seat, bar-end mirrors & tinted screen. Past ownership history is unknown beyond present, but the bike appears in good condition with no evidence of ever being dropped or neglected. The odometer reading of 14,000 km cannot be confirmed as accurate, but appearance and general wear & tear is not really in keeping with such low use. However, at the asking price this bike is definitely worthy of a cosmetic refurbishment. The bike is being sold with the original screen, seat and mirrors. Advertised price excludes shipping & arrival costs.
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