Still in original crate, 'as new' condition
1989 Ducati 888cc Lucchinelli Replica Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. ZDM851S 850126
Ducati kicked off the inaugural World Superbike Championship with victory in the opening round at Donington Park in April 1988, when works rider Marco Lucchinelli took the honours aboard an over-bored and race-kitted version of the Ducati 851 Superbike. Since then the Italian company has won more WSB races and championships than any other manufacturer.
Ducati lost no time in announcing a customer version of Marco's bike for 1989 - the 'Lucchinelli Replica' - and ever since then the factory has pursued a policy of offering limited edition racers, usually based on the preceding season's works bikes, to favoured privateer teams. Like the works racer, the Replica gained its extra 37cc capacity by a 2mm overbore which, coupled to an increased compression ratio, revised Weber fuel injection and a new exhaust, helped raise crankshaft horsepower to a claimed 132bhp. Good enough for the works racers, the road bike's standard tubular-steel trellis frame was retained, though wheels went up to 17" diameter and bigger Brembo brake discs were specified. Published figures for the number of machines produced vary, most being in the 20-30 range.
This Lucchinelli Replica was purchased from the Ducati factory and imported into the UK in January 1990 by Moto Vecchia Cagiva Ducati GB Limited, the official importer at that time (invoice on file). In early 1990 it was sold to a friend of the current vendor, who intended to do track days with it. The machine was delivered to the first owner's garage where it remained for approximately 3-4 years before being purchased by the current vendor, since when it has remained in storage, unpacked in its original crate! The bike has not been worked on or tampered with, and is just as it was when it left the factory more than 20 years ago, complete with a spares/accessories package and ancillaries still in the box. It is hoped that the fortunate new owner of this very special Ducati will finish its assembly so that this glorious looking machine can finally be enjoyed. An exciting opportunity to acquire one of the 1980s' most iconic racing superbikes, presented in effectively 'as new' condition.