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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 2018, 6:36 pm Thread Starter
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Interesting input ray916mn

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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 2018, 4:23 am
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I've got a 92 900 SS and a 91 851 SP3. Haven't ridden the PS3 nearly as much as the 900, and it's been a while, but I find them pretty similar in the riding position. To me the 851 feels like a hotted-up 900 SS. Haven't ridden a 916 / 996 or newer bike, but had a 2004 CBR1000RR death machine for quite a while, that wasn't comfortable after about 30 minutes , but jeez it moved

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The remarkable thing is how similar an 851/888 feels to a 748. I sold my 851 to get a 748 back in the day. In hindsight, it was a dumb move. If you want collectibility cred, get the older bike. If you want to ride, buy a 748 for half price and enjoy.

The SS is a lighter bike that's fun to ride. Superbikes are heavier, harder to ride, more serious...but also more rewarding when you get it right.

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I'd snap up an 851 in a heartbeat for $7500, was so close to buying the first year Tricolore a couple of years back...

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I own a 92 that I have owned since 93 and put 40,000 miles on . It was my sport tourer and I have done 800 mile days in the saddle. I stopped riding it because I started work in the industry and lost time to ride long trips, I track days became more frequent. I dropped in on the track around 2000 and decided parts were too sparse at that time that I would prefer a track bike. I built a monster to be my 851 and found I preferred a light bike for track use over Hp.

I do see the 851/88 as becoming collectible as they are pretty rare, even the 92 which was the largest sales year are nothing by today's standards. If it is in good condition and you do not mess that up I doubt you would lose any money if you owned it long enough to see if you like it.

When the 748 came out I loved the look and compared to my stock (at the time) 851 the 748 did have a slight hp edge. When I test rode one I was floored at the difference, the 748 was much less powerful. Midrange on the 748 was missing and until you put it back via a 853 kit I would take a 851 powerplant over a 748 any day. Now I have both a 748/853 and the 851 became a 905 I am quite happy with both of them.

900 vs 851 my .00002$

900 +
air cooled= lighter
long stroke= midrange and torque
cantilever suspension= lighter
2-valve easier maintenance for owners to do.
classic styling and that just right feeling riding it.
small size that people have toured cross country,raced,commuted and Sunday rode.

851 +
comfortable for a superbike, more 999 seating position than 916 perched on top.
more linear power, 900 hits harder down low and then drops off the 851 is a diagonal line . More revs= more hp.
classic style
rarer.
MOST have been kept in better condition than the average 900ss.
sound, still one of my favorite Ducati's.

900ss -
chrome studs
cracked frames on certain years
early aluminum swingarms that cracked.
crank plugs fall out some times.
carburetors for some.
regulator rectifiers.

851 -
weight, not a light bike.
parts are getting harder to find.
regulator rectifier
crank plug can fall out
fuel injection for some.
regulator rectifiers.

I am not the one to ask but I will say if it is in good shape and you can afford to buy it do so and then figure it out.
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Well, I've decided against it. Thanks everyone for all your great input. I've learned a lot about the 851. In the end the deciding factors were the weight and similarity to the SS. My Darmah is a similar weight it turns out, and I find it awkward to manhandle when not running, while the SS is somehow fairly easy. I'll just throw the money at the other bikes: god knows they could soak up a few thou in parts and upgrades.

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