Produced from 1987 to 1992 and while winning three World Superbike Championships, the Ducati 851 was one of the most advanced high-performance motorcycles in the world featuring an 851cc L-twin engine with liquid cooling, four-valve Desmodromic cylinder heads, and electronic fuel injection. This European-spec 1990 example is said to have been imported to the United States for display in 1990 and remained under the care of the same owner up until the seller’s purchase about 2 years ago. It was recently on display as part of an exhibit in a major automotive and aviation museum. Impeccably preserved with only 726 kilometers (451 miles) on the odometer, the legendary Italian superbike is now being offered for auction by its seller out of California.
This Ducati features a white steel tube trellis frame overlaid by red bodywork. Equipment includes clip-on handlebars, a removable tail cowl, integrated front turn signals, a clear windscreen, a single black seat, dual mirrors, a black plastic rear fender, a side stand, and Veglia instrumentation. The bike rides on factory white-painted 17” Brembo wheels dressed in original ZR-rated Michelin tires. The seller notes that the exterior remains in excellent condition apart from a very small touch-up on the top of the right-side bodywork. The seller adds that the only modification on the motorcycle is a replacement Cagiva/Ducati stainless-steel bolt that holds the kickstand, and the original aluminum bolt is included in the factory bag.
This Ducati is equipped with a liquid-cooled four-stroke 851cc L-twin engine with four-valve Desmodromic cylinder heads, dual 50mm throttle bodies, electronic fuel injection, and a dual exhaust system. Up to 95 HP and 53 lb.-ft of torque is fed to the rear wheel by a 6-speed manual transmission with a drive chain and a dry multi-plate clutch. The adjustable suspension features a Marzocchi M1R inverted front fork and a double-sided rear wing arm with a Marzocchi Supermono shock. Stopping power comes from Brembo brakes with dual floating discs and 4-piston calipers in front and a single disc with a 2-piston caliper in the rear. The seller notes the fuel pump and filter were replaced in June 2016 and the battery was replaced along with a fuel line in September 2020.
This sale is accompanied by a complete collection of documentation including the original sales invoice and letters direct from Cagiva as well as a handwritten detailed service history, a toolkit, a battery charger, a registration, and a bill of sale.
The seller would like you to know: “This Ducati 851 Superbike is by far one of the cleanest examples in the world. Through extensive research, we have not found a lower mileage example anywhere in the world. It is a correct European market bike that is 100% dead stock and has only seen 726km/449 miles from new in 1990. The 851 was a single-owner bike from new until 2021. The motorcycle was immaculate when delivered but an additional 50+ hours have gone into cleaning every single part. Unlike most "new old stock" Ducati motorcycles, this bike has always been kept in running condition. The 851 needs nothing and runs as if it was built yesterday. From the factory 1990 tires to the inside of the fuel tank, everything is perfect. This 851 Superbike is so immaculate that it lives inside one of my homes, not in the garage. It is surrounded by other historically important Italian motorcycles. This 851 Superbike will function as a historical piece of art from the Ducati history, or it could be used as an actual motorcycle.”