One of 207 homologation "kit bikes",1988 Ducati 851 TriColore Frame no. ZDM3HB6T6JB850034 Engine no. HB6J850032
Lot 337
1988 Ducati 851 TriColore
Frame no. ZDM3HB6T6JB850034 Engine no. HB6J850032
US$ 30,000 - 34,000
€26,000 - 30,000

Lot Details
One of 207 homologation "kit bikes",1988 Ducati 851 TriColore Frame no. ZDM3HB6T6JB850034 Engine no. HB6J850032 One of 207 homologation "kit bikes",1988 Ducati 851 TriColore Frame no. ZDM3HB6T6JB850034 Engine no. HB6J850032
1988 Ducati 851 TriColore

Frame no. ZDM3HB6T6JB850034
Engine no. HB6J850032

• One of 207 homologation "kit bikes"

It was the Ducati 851 which first served notice that high-performance sportbikes and World Superbike racing would no longer be Japanese-only affairs. Where before Ducatis made do with simple air-cooled motors, the 851 had liquid-cooling, four-valve desmodromic cylinder heads and electronic fuel-injection. In 1990 Raymond Roche rode a factory 851 to the World Superbike championship, the first of 13 titles to date for Ducati.

World Superbike racers were required to be based on production streetbikes. One way to get the highest-specification base model possible was to build homologation specials – expensive, limited-edition versions that needed relatively minor modification to be track-ready. Ducati took this so-called "kit bike" approach with the 851 Superbike. Just 207 of these nominally street-legal machines were hand-built, enough to satisfy World Superbike rules, with an estimated 20 examples coming to the U.S.

Differences from showroom stock include a braced swingarm, close-ratio gearbox, ventilated dry clutch and lightweight magnesium Marvic wheels. No speedometer, just a tachometer and temperature gauge. The motor was upgraded with race-grind camshafts, a hot-rodded electronic control unit, ram-air duct and free-breathing reverse-cone mufflers. It was good for about 120 horsepower.

This Tri-Colore 851 kit bike has been made fully street-legal, and is titled and registered. Globe-type turn signals mounted in the handlebar ends satisfy the DMV, as does a digital speedometer/odometer triggered by a magnet mounted on the front wheel. Having covered 2600 miles from new, this is truly a Superbike for the street.
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