However, as far as I know from my experience, is not the best bike for street riding, well maybe for short distances on the twisties devoid of any stop lights and/or traffic. Hence the reason for sale as the models seller is listing are much more practical.
uhhhh, i thought this was a Ducati Forum not a sport touring forum? Same can be said about pretty much all of the Ducati Superbikes of the same vintage. Not really the reason for the sale. This bike has over 26K miles and rising, that's a lot of short distances I guess..
The clip on controls are all but blocked out of view by the ram air tubes which feed air to the massive 59mm Morelli shower type injectors. Ergos are for someone with long arms/upper torso and very short legs. Very aggressive handling, an unforgiving bike. Its definitely an exclusive ride and draws a crowd but at the end of the day when you realize that most of the CF fairings are unobtanium any small rock bouncing off the fairings makes you shudder.
I've put plenty of seat time on this bike, the Ram air tubes only block the proximal third of the clip on's so you can't see your brake fluid level at all times, which is kinda not an issue. As far as the fairings,yeah, pretty much the same for a 916 SPS, etc.
Curious what trimmer you have? Factory one allowed for 8 (?) presets and was not nearly as effective as infinite adjusting unit, the name escapes my memory but it was rare as hens teeth from day one. I am not sure the lower fairing is stock, I do belie the RS came all black and the lower fairing was painted CF. SB8R had the red lower fairing.
Bike has the factory trimmer, ~8 settings. Bike runs fine here at ~7400 feet here in Santa Fe. Lower fairing is from an 8R, good Eye. Original owner (I am the 2nd) had 3 SB8RS's and a stockpile of parts, turned one into a Nuda, etc. He liked to mix and match more than i. I go back and forth on whether or not I like it. All black is a bit monotonous sometimes. I have unpainted Bimota non CF fairing panels and I'm thinking of painting a set back to match the original.
The front Brembo can and should be upgraded to something more massive and effective, ISR 6 pot calipers come to mind. It make the bike not only stop on a dime but pick it up as well
However, if you are going to pamper the throttle and don't ride it in anger, the stock set up will suffice.
I upgraded the brake and clutch master's to Brembo's which increased the feel and stopping power immensely. Bike has no trouble stopping or going!
Bikes in 2001 didn't come with radial monoblocks...
SB8RS is much rarer than the SB8R of which only 50 were officially imported into US. If you are looking for something super rare and are ok with an elevated level of attention at every bike show you attend then this bike is worth considering.
Thanks for the comments, hope you don't mind me tossing some back! It's a great bike. This example is not a great choice if you just want a collector, though if you're looking for something to park in your living room or art gallery for wow factor, Boom! Better as a runner though. It's not a stock unmolested low mileage example. It's a rare visceral example of italian exotica that appeals to some, not to others. There is no traction control, no ABS, no nanny. The TLR engine will go forever and if it doesn't parts are easy to find.