1989 Ducati 851 Strada 'Tricolore' Frame no. 850056 Engine no. 850536
Lot 374
1989 Ducati 851 Strada 'Tricolore'
Registration no. G974 CPR Frame no. 850056 Engine no. 850536
Sold for £6,900 (US$ 9,222) inc. premium

Lot Details
1989 Ducati 851 Strada 'Tricolore' Frame no. 850056 Engine no. 850536 1989 Ducati 851 Strada 'Tricolore' Frame no. 850056 Engine no. 850536 1989 Ducati 851 Strada 'Tricolore' Frame no. 850056 Engine no. 850536 1989 Ducati 851 Strada 'Tricolore' Frame no. 850056 Engine no. 850536 1989 Ducati 851 Strada 'Tricolore' Frame no. 850056 Engine no. 850536 1989 Ducati 851 Strada 'Tricolore' Frame no. 850056 Engine no. 850536 1989 Ducati 851 Strada 'Tricolore' Frame no. 850056 Engine no. 850536 1989 Ducati 851 Strada 'Tricolore' Frame no. 850056 Engine no. 850536
1989 Ducati 851 Strada 'Tricolore'
Registration no. G974 CPR
Frame no. 850056
Engine no. 850536
One of the most influential motorcycles of recent times, the Ducati '851' restored the fortunes of the Italian company and paved the way for a highly successful family of superbikes, the final (pre-Panigale) example being the '1098' of 2007. In developing the original 851, engineer Massimo Bordi created one of the finest motorcycle power plants ever. By the mid-1980s, Ducati's existing air-cooled 4-valve twins were approaching the end of their development, so Bordi started with a clean sheet in creating their water-cooled, 8-valve, fuel-injected successor. Ducati's trademark desmodromic valve actuation system, which closes the valves mechanically rather than relying on springs, was retained, as was the 90-degree angle between the cylinders. Wrapped around this outstanding 'Desmoquattro' engine was a frame, consisting of an intricate trellis of straight tubes, whose design would become a Ducati trademark. Two models were available initially: the 851 Strada and 851 Superbike Kit, the latter being the first of many limited edition 'homologation specials' produced to satisfy World Superbike Championship requirements.

This 'Tricolore' example was acquired by the current (second) owner in May 1997 and has covered only 11,733 miles from new. The machine incorporates desirable upgrades in the form of Kit bodywork, Maxton fork conversion, Maxton Koni rear shock absorber conversion and Marvic 17" wheels, all of which were fitted in 1992 (see documentation and bills on file). 'G974 CPR' has been featured in Superbike magazine (June 1997) and Ride magazine (date unknown). Copies of these articles are on file together with comprehensive service records, sales invoices and a V5C registration document. Garage stored for the last ten years, the machine will require re-commissioning and the customary safety checks before returning to the road. The owner's manual, original Cagiva Ducati tool kit and a set of Kit reverse-cone race pipes are included in the sale.

Saleroom notices

  • The Frame Number is ZDM85151*850056. The Engine Number is ZDM851W4850536.
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