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OMG Which one do I want

I think I have lost my mind, I have a 91 907ie & a 91 900ss, Now I am thinking of another older Ducati, this time a bit sportier -Here are the ones I am thinking of---an F1, an 851 or an 888. Part of me is leaning more toward a 91 851, That way all would be the same year--weird maybe but consistent They would all have white wheels lol. Being that I dont know that much about these 3 bikes I am asking for you guys to chime in and tell me --The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly about all 3. These would be street bikes only never on the track but would be ridden a bit aggressively. any help and or advice will be appreciated. I realize it may take years to find the right one but first I must decide which one is the right fit

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Not at all sure what to tell you that you probably don't already know. Of the 3 you mentioned, the 851 is probably the most accessible if you can find one. The F1.....I've seen one in the last 20 years. The same one, every year on Cannery Row during WSBK/MotoGP weekend in Monterey. Seen just one for sale in the Bay Area in the last 5 to 6 years.

I've seen probably 12-15 851s pop up for sale on Craigslist in the Bay Area over the last 15 years or so. The one's I've seen haven't gone for silly money and anywhere from $4500-$8000 is what I've seen, depending on condition, records and mileage.

888? Forget it. Prices are what I'd call stratospheric for the most part. I've seen a handful come up for sale over the last few years. 3 last year alone. $10K is probably the lowest I've seen for one to upwards of $15K for more pristine ones.


Thing is, they were only made for a short time, and not many were made before the 916 showed up and few gave thought to the 888 for a number of years. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have one....but I can't justify the money required to own one...not with all the bikes I already have.

As for mechanical issues with them, I don't have a clue. There are others here with much more experience in that regard though. I'm sure one or two will chime in with info on that...as well as availability and prices in their parts of the world.........sean

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I have owned a '90 851 for 23+ years now. If you already own older Ducs you know what to expect as far as OEM build quality and the semi-handbuilt nature of these things. Not to mention parts availability.

Owning one of these older bikes is easier now than it used to be in the pre-internet days. There are now plenty of online resources for maintenance, tools, and upgraded parts. Back in the day it was the FBF catalog and the dealer parts counter.

I would agree the 888 seems a little bit overvalued (F1 too) compared to the 851. There were 500 851 brought into the US from '89-92 including the handful of SP examples. The 888 is not that much more rare (200 in '93 & 100 in '94 IIRC). The 888 looks very cool, doesn't seem to offer that much more in performance, not enough to justify a 50% premium IMO. Maybe the 851 is undervalued in actuality.

Anyway, point is all of these bikes are quite rare and special. Bike night most places you will be almost assured to be the only F1/851/888 in attendance. I get way more questions and comments on my old bike than anything else I have ever had.

I see the appeal of having three of the same year. As you probably know '90-91 models are mechanically identical except for the forks, triple clamp, and shock (EDIT: mirrors are rectangular on '91 as well). The '90 M1R forks and shock can be made to work "good enough" when setup for your weight.

Power-wise, don't expect a dramatic upgrade over your current bikes except on the top end. 7k-10k has a nice pop in power for the early desmoquattros. But it is nothing compared to the bikes that have came since (my 1299 has as much power as my 851 and 999...combined). My 851 feels like a toy, almost a beginner bike with respect to power. Funny how times change.

Comfort: there isn't any. Depending on your build and age, an 851/888 can be anywhere from OK to horrible. I rarely ride it these days (only 500 miles this year) so after owning it for half my life I am contemplating selling it next spring. We will see.
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lot of info in books,

https://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-D...der_0946627355 and good deals on used; https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sea...n=ducati&isbn= there's a nice '92 851 180 miles S. of you maybe worth a test drive;https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/...851-5007920722

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If you want a project, I've got an '88 Tricolore frame with swingarm and corse hoop/rocker...
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Just a few days late.

There was a mint 888 SPO for sale in Dallas these last few weeks.

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Nice 851 Listed in San Francisco.
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I'm rather biased, and while the F1 is the Ducati that made me a fan to begin with, the '91 851 is my favorite of all of them. I finally bought one a few years back.



The earlier bikes don't look as good to me, and while the later bikes are arguable better functionally, I don't like how they look as much. Which isn't to say I don't like them! I have a buddy with a '94 SPsomething and it's pretty nice... but the white frame and wheels was the high point for me.
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