Ducati motorcycles

The Ducati 1000 SS Corsa is an evolution from the Italian bike maker’s 900 SS, resulting in a bike that came powered with a 992 cc fuel-injected two-valve engine. This bike was capable of producing 84 horsepower with a top speed of 134 mph. Quite a quick runner, isn’t it?

The bike that was on bid at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco carried a simpler fairing, one that was based on the Supersport that ran from 1990 to 1997. It may look like a throwback to the 851/888, but the tank and seat are from an earlier SS.

The mileage on the bike is unknown, but this racing motorcycle, prepared by Carlo Saltarelli, was intended for privateers and is presented in good original condition with a Conti exhaust and presentable paintwork.

It would make for an exciting track day racer despite not carrying any racing history. The bid price for the bike was at €5,000 - €7,000, which is around $6,300 to $8,800 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $3,030.

The Ducati 98 Moto Giro ran for a pretty long time in the 50’s and the early part of the 60’s, and was more than just a standard road-going bike. The model that was sitting at the RM Auctions in Monaco, in particular, appeared to have been a period race bike, with some evidence of race-preparation, including a straight-through pipe and a 98 cc OHV single cylinder engine that produced 6.8 horsepower with a top speed of 68 mph. It was mated to a four-speed transmission.

Some quarters even believe that this 98 Moto Giro was a participant at the Motogiro d’Italia, a race that we can safely say is one of the toughest in the sport of bike racing.

With all this history attached to it, it’s no surprise that the bike had an estimated bid price of €8,000 - €12,000, which is around $10,000 - $15,000 based on current exchange rates. What is surprising is that it only sold for $4,545.

The Ducati 125 Cadet/4 was one of the last Ducati bikes to carry the pushrod overhead-valve single cylinder engine. Making it even more attractive as a collector’s piece is that the bike only lasted two years because Berliner, the U.S. distributor of Ducati, decided they were not suitable for the American market.

The 125 Cadet/4 also shared many cycle parts with the two-stroke engine, although the engine was still based on the aforementioned overhead-valve unit. Nonetheless, a number of items on the list were changed, particularly the bore and stroke and the cylinder head design. Likewise, the spark plug was moved to the right, and the two overhead valves were set parallel.

The double cradle tubular steel frame was also similar to another Ducati bike, the 125 Bronco. Finally, the 125 Cadet/4’s 121 cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine was mated to a four-speed transmission. It didn’t have the kind of power that would win races, but it sure did carry enough for a bike made by Ducati.

There aren’t a lot of 125 Cadet/4 bikes on the market today and the bike offered at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco was in unrestored condition. The expected bidding price was €2,000 - €3,000, which is around $2,500 - $3,800 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $758. Ouch!

The Ducati 350 GTL first broke into the scene in 1975 when designer Tumidei decided that an update of his 1965 design was in order. But at that time, Ducati’s line-up of bikes only concentrated on small singles and those big, bad, and powerful V-Twins.

Undaunted, the Italian bike maker pushed forward with the release of the 350 GTL in ’75. The surprising success of the bike pushed Ducati to introduce the 500 Sport Desmo two years later in 1977, followed by the 500 Super Sport, and finally, the GTV model in 1978.

As far as the bike that was being offered at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, the 350 GTL - CN: DM350B/035718 - it came in original condition, complete with a two-tone red and black paint finish, alloy rims, and a 350 cc SOHC parallel-twin engine mated to a five-speed transmission.

Expected bidding price for the Ducati 350 GTL was expected to hit anywhere from €3,000 - €4,000, which is about $3,800 - $5,200 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $2,273.

Back in the late 50’s and the early 60’s, Ducati had the 125 Aurea, considered one of the best push-rod models in the Italian bike maker’s line-up. Carrying a 125 cc OHV single-cylinder engine that produced 6.5 horsepower and mated to a four-speed transmission, the 125 Aurea was capable of hitting a top speed of 53.3 mph.

Back in those days, 53.3 mph wasn’t something you could just scoff at.

As for this 1958 Ducati 125 Aurea, the final series model was being offered at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco. An original example with CN: DM125A/87831, this particular 125 Aurea is finished in a two-tone blue and gold paint finish and could be a candidate for a nice restoration program. It’s the kind of bike that’s going to look completely sick once the restoration job is done.

Interested bidders for this 1958 Ducati 125 Aurea were expected to keep around €2,500 - €3,500 handy, which is around $3,200 - $4,500 based on current exchange rates. Turns out, they didn’t need that much as it was auctioned off for $1,136.

There was a point in Ducati’s history when everything wasn’t so hunky-dory for the Italian automaker. Back in the 70’s, Ducati was in the middle of one of the worst stretches in its history, having failed to catch on to the 250-, 350-, and 450-cc markets.

Nevertheless, Ducati soldiered on, and from 1975-1977, they were able to build a bike - the 125 Regolarita Six Days - that ended up being one of the rarest Ducati models in history.

The scarcity of this bike doesn’t have anything to do with the modest power train - a 124 cc two-stroke single engine that’s mated to a six-speed transmission - nor does it have anything to do with the relatively heavy frame either (it weighs 238 lbs!).

People are going crazy for this model today because the bike was cancelled relatively early in its production cycle, making it one of the most difficult bikes to get a hold of.

The bike had an expected auction price of €3,500 - €4,500, which is around $4,500 - $5,800 based on current exchange rates, when it went up for auction at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco. Actual selling price was $8,333.

Ducati’s racing heritage is unrivaled in the industry. Back in the 50’s, the Italian bike maker was already blazing trails and winning championships, including the 1955 and 1956 Motogiro d’Italia and Milan-Taranto races.

We’re mentioning those two races in particular because the engines used there ended up being used in a number of production bikes, including the Ducati 175 TS.

The 175 TS was an evolution model from the bevel-drive 175 Sport, which made its debut at the Milan Bike Show in 1956. Despite being a "de-tuned" version of the 175 Sport, the 175 TS still carried a 175 cc SOHC single engine that could produce 12 horsepower, manage a top speed of 68 mph, and do so while mated to a four-speed transmission.

This particular 175 TS also holds special acclaim as it is an early example made a round-the-world trip in 1957 and 1958, ridden by Giorgio Monetti and Leo Tartarini, who later became chief of Italjet. It’s a restored bike that was estimated to hit bid prices of €4,000 - €6,000, which is around $5,000 - $7,500 based on current exchange rates, when it hit the 2012 RM Auction in Monaco. Actual selling price was $3,030.

Every successful business understands that in order to be successful, the ultimate thing you look at is the bottom line. It’s no different for an esteemed brand like Ducati , who at one point in time, decided to produce a range of moped and lightweight two-stroke motorcycles that were all designed to expand their sales volume.

In 1961, Ducati decided to release the 48 Piuma, a relatively simple bike that was catered to students and young adults alike. It came with a 48 cc single-cylinder, two-stoker engine that was mated to a single three-speed unit gearbox, with a hand gear change incorporated in the throttle grip.

Compared to the other models released at that time, the Brisk, the Piuma has larger section tires, which really doesn’t count for a whole lot in the bigger scheme of things.

The particular 48 Piuma that was at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco was in original and unrestored condition with an estimated bid price of €1,000 - €2,000, which is around $1,200 - $2,500 based on current exchange rates. Actualy selling price was $1,136.

To say that the Ducati 175 Sport wasn’t an important bike in its time could be considered a huge understatement. Unbeknownst to those that didn’t live through those years, the 175 Sport formed the basis for all the Ducati singles through 1974, with some of the the earliest examples carrying the manufacturer’s most whimsical and elegant quirks.

Dressed in colorful and flamboyant paint colors and fitted with a "jelly mould" fuel tank, the 175 Sport was the picture of unique bike back in the 60’s. But more than just being a picture of uniqueness, the 175 Sport also packed a wallop for a powertrain.

There’s not a whole lot to be said about a bike that comes with a 175 cc SOHC single-cylinder engine that develops 14 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and is mated to a four-speed transmission. It has a top speed of 81 mph and weighs only 229 lbs.

One of those earlier models was auctioned at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco. The bike, CN: DM165/08165, is an excellent older restoration with a colorful red and gold finish. It has the correct hard-rubber SAFA battery, and the chrome is in excellent condition. Expected price range for this 175 Sport was around €5,000 - €7,000, which is about $6,500 - $9,000 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $6,061.

For a change, here’s one Ducati that’s went on auction at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco with less than 20 years of existence.

The Ducati 996 Biposto was first developed in 1999 from the 916 model, which also spurned the 955, the bike that Carl Fogarty rode on his way to World Superbike dominance in the mid 90’s.

Unlike some of the other Ducati models that were up for auction, the 996 Biposto came with relatively modern technology, beginning with a 996 cc fuel-injected, water-cooled DOHC Desmo V-twin engine that develops a powerful 122 horsepower with a top speed of 161 mph. Power from the engine courses through a six-speed transmission.

In addition to its ridiculous engine capabilities, the 996 Biposto also had the distinctive under-seat exhaust that set off a trend and is now being copied by almost every other manufacturer. The forks are upside-down Showa while the suspension - both front and rear - are adjustable. Likewise, the bike also comes with Brembo disc brakes, a single-sided rear swing-arm, and Marchesini five-spoke wheels.

The model that was auctioned off was the base 996 Biposto with CN: ZDMH200AAXB005641. The bike was expected to carry a bid price of about €3,500 - €5,000, which is around $4,500 - $6,500 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $5,152.

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