Ducati 851

851 Superbike
Excellent (3)

This lovely 851; the first model with a water cooled L-twin engine; has led a charmed life as you can see. Detailed inspection reveals remarkable original condition inside and out. First registered in April 1992 and acquired by the second and last but one recent owner in May 1993 it has clearly only been ridden on dry days, and it shows. The 10,406 miles on the clock is so low due to almost ten years unused, during which time the fluids were changed every two years and it’s been kept in superb condition. Just recommissioned and fully serviced; including valve clearances; by Classic Bike Workshop using new Ducati parts including cam belts and filters. New tyres too. A nice collection of paperwork with it includes the old V5, new V5C, a collection of old MOTs to support recorded mileage, handbook and service invoices, a sales receipt from 1993 and a couple of magazine articles. The overall condition is excellent, the only thing to note is a small repair to the paint only on the right side within the sticker. Tool kit is under the seat too. This bike does bear close inspection and the more you look the  more there is to like for the purist Ducatisti. That close inspection will also reveal that this machine came off the production line with America in mind, although it never made it there, the small 55mph mark on the speedo is the external giveaway and the numbers confirm this to be the case. Moto Cinelli were the importers at the time and this is not the first example of a new UK registered machine which was bound for other shores. Indeed, the rather lovely 900SS for sale is another example of what we though was an unusual occurrence but I guess they took what they could get from a factory at a time when demand exceeded supply. A very unusual example of a rare white-framed Ducati in such good original condition, fully serviced and ready to ride on new tyres.


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