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Japan was one of the biggest markets for Ducati in the 1980s but limited sport bikes to 400 cc, so smaller versions of the F1 were sold there as the F3 from 1986-88. A similar restriction in Italy was set at 350 cc, and a red and white F3 was sold there in, only available in 1986. The Japanese 400-cc F3 generated 45 horsepower, while the Italian 350 F3 made 42.5. Basic suspension was fitted to the little bikes: 35-mm Marzocchi forks and 260-mm dual discs with Brembo callipers. The two models each weighed 364 pounds, and the 350 F3 was tested at 110.8 mph, which is quite respectable.

A model of this type was auctioned with an estimated price of €4.000-€5.000. The motorcycle is a Special Edition in sound original condition, with a tasty red and white paint and a dual seat. Power comes from a 349 cc SOHC Desmo V-twin which is paired with a five speeds transmission.


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A unique Ducati 750 SS Corsa was auctioned with an estimated price of €40.000-€60.000. The bike was ridden by former Ducati test rider Carlo Saltarellie who partnered with four-time world champion Walter Villa in the Misano 12 Hour Endurance race in 1978.

The Ducati 750 SS Corsa is fitted with an Imola fairing and 1976 series NCR tank/seat unit. Power comes from a 750-cc Desmo V twin engine which remains one of the most significant two-wheeled designs ever created. The engine is mated on a five speed gearbox.

In terms of suspensions the Ducati 750 SS Corsa comes with Marzocchi special forks and Marzocchi adjustable rear shocks.

Other features include twin Dell’ Orto PHM 40-mm carburettors, a front oil cooler, endurance lights, competition exhaust, Veglia tachometer, lightweight clutch and flywheel. It has an original NCR frame steel “molibdeno.”

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The Ducati 916 was launched at the Milan Show in October 1993 and made even more of a splash than the Supermono did the year before. While the engine wasn’t significantly different from the 851, it was designed to be easier to service—which was a huge advance—and observers commented on the beautifully detailed workmanship. The engine developed 104.3 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, according to Cycle World, but improved aerodynamics made the 916 significantly faster, clocking 10.72 seconds for the quarter-mile at 130.62 mph and a top speed of 159 mph. The 916 won every magazine’s Bike of the Year award for 1994. The example on offer is a totally original and well-maintained example, in the less common and more attractive bright yellow colour, with gold wheels.

It is powered by a 916 cc liquid cooled DOHC Desmo V-twin engine which is paired with a six speed transmission and has an estimated price of 3.500-€5.000.

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With the bevel drive 900NCR losing its competitive edge, in 1980 Franco Farne developed two of the new belt-driven Pantahs for the Italian national junior championship. They were based on the standard SL frame but with Marzocchi suspension and red and yellow bodywork that looked like the 900NCR. The 583-cc Desmo twin developed 70 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, and the bike on offer here is one of those bikes, presented without its full race fairing.

Presented in good order, this particular bike has Marzocchi forks and shocks, adjustable rear shock absorber, Brembo brakes, racing exhaust and Campagnolo wheels. This bike came from Reparto Corse of Ducati and was purchased by Team Saltarelli and refitted for the 1981 race season, winning the Italian TT junior championship ridden by Amerigo Saltarelli, Carlo’s brother.

The model on offer has an estimated price of €18.000-€20.000 and is powered by a 597 cc SOHC Desmo V-twin engine paired with a five speeds transmission.

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By the early 1990s, Ducati was completely involved in building sport bikes, so the launch of the M900 Monster at the Cologne show in October 1992 was quite a surprise. Yet its pedigree was unimpeachable; it was the first “naked” bike or “street fighter,” as they are now known. The frame was adapted from the 851/888 design, with an upright seating position and no fairing. It was an immediate success, and a 600-cc version was launched in 1994 in red or yellow. Testers managed a top speed of 109 mph, with a quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds at 97 mph. This iconic design has evolved in the past 17 years, but its basic simplicity is much admired. This is a solid example of an early 600-cc Monster, few of which come to market, as owners tend to keep them and just buy a bigger one. This bike has custom paint, a fly screen and carbon-fibre mudguards.

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Ducati auctioned the famous Desmosedici GO10 CS1 which is Stoner’s Phillip Island-winning model. The motorcycle comes without the small fairing winglets as they were removed to reduce lift. The Ducati Desmosedici GP10 CS1 has won the race with an average speed of 175.100 kmph. It will be supplied with a certificate of authenticity from Ducati Corse (racing department), and the new owner will be given a VIP tour of the Ducati factory in Bologna.

At the heart of the bike lies a 200+ hp liquid-cooled, 90-degree 799 cc V-4 four-stroke, desmodromic DOHC engine with four valves per cylinder. The engine is mated on a six-speed cassette-type gearbox with alternative gear ratios available and a dry multi-plate slipper clutch.

In terms of suspension, the Ducati Desmosedici is packed with a front Öhlins upside-down 48 mm front forks and a Öhlins rear shock absorber, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping.

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A Ducati 750 200 Miglia Imola Corsa Replica was auctioned with an estimated price of €80.000-€120.000. The motorcycle has an interesting history, as it was constructed from a frame given by the Ducati racing department to Mr. Saltarelli in 1975, as prize money for his racing efforts with his private team of Ducati racing motorcycles.

Mr. Saltarelli decided to build the motorcycle as a spare racer for his team. The bike has received a complete restoration in 20000 because Mr. Saltarelli wanted to display it at his museum.

The motorcycle is currently fitted with a large endurance type racing tank, Marzocchi leading axle forks, three Lockheed disc brakes and the “left high-right low” Conti exhausts.

The 200 Mile Imola 750 Ducatis represent the pinnacle of collectible Desmo V-twins and are on the wish list of every Ducati collector. This is a unique model as none of the factory bikes are available to purchase today.

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The Ducati Desmosedici GP11 VR2 was auctioned by Ducati with an estimated price of €300.000-€350.000. The motorcycle was the second of four variations Rossi raced during the 2011 season but is ostensibly the same as the GP10 of the previous season.

The motorcycle is fitted with a 800-cc D-16 engine and the suspension was an Öhlins TRSP25 48-mm “Through Rod” front fork with a TRSP44 rear shock absorber.

The bike had also received a new carbon airbox and a new electronics package designed to soften the savage throttle response lower down. A more sophisticated traction control system was also introduced, and engine revisions included a higher inertia and crankshaft to further tame the throttle response.

As MotoGP moves into a new era in 2012, Rossi’s GP11 exemplifies the evolution of the 800-cc D16 from the world-beating GP7 through until the end of this formula in 2011. The GP11 was the ultimate development of the D16 that provided Ducati their only MotoGP World Championship.

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In 1980, Franco Farne developed two of the new belt-driven V-twin Pantahs for the Italian national junior championship. They were based on the standard SL frame but with Marzocchi suspension and red and yellow bodywork that looked like the 900 NCR. The 583-cc Desmo twin developed 70 horsepower at 9,800 rpm.

The TT2 followed in 1981, and Fabio Taglioni had designed a new trellis frame for it, which was built by Verlicchi. Weighing only 18 lbs, it foreshadowed the F1 and was bolted to the engine in four places, using it as a stressed member. The engine was bored to 597 cc and developed 76 horsepower at 10,750 rpm, and the whole bike weighed in at a svelte 287 lbs.

In an impressive debut, Sauro Pazzaglia won the opening race of the Italian TTF2 series at Misano on 29 March. Meanwhile Steve Wynne and Pat Slinn prepared a 500SL Pantah for Tony Rutter to ride in the Isle of Man F2 event in June. Lacking a promised factory bike, Wynne rebuilt a crashed Pantah, fitted a race kit and braced the frame.

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By 1973, prospects for Ducati in Formula 750 looked bleak thanks to the rise of the two-strokes. As a result, Fabio Taglioni decided to focus on endurance racing, which did not have any engine restrictions.

By fitting the 86-mm racing pistons from the 450 single to the 750 V-twin, an 864-cc engine was created and made its debut at the Barcelona 24 Hour Race in 1973. The race took place in the 2.25-mile street course at Montjuich Park in July, and riders Salvador Canellas and Benjamin Grau won at an average speed of 71 mph, completing 720 laps and beating the 2nd place Bultaco by 16 laps. Like the Imola racers, they used the early 750 round case engines, with dry clutch and centre axle Marzocchi forks and Lockheed pattern Scarab brakes.

The 750 Super Sport went into production in 1974, but Grau and Canellas returned to the Barcelona 24 Hours again, with the 860 bike now producing 90 horsepower. They led once again, but this time the gearbox failed at hour 16. Their third attempt at Montjuich occurred in 1975, when their 905-cc V-twin won at 71.74 mph, and they beat their early record by 11 laps.

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