This 851 for sale is a Strada model with all genuine original parts up to the last screws and bolts. Frame number ZDM851S185026x. It is in an excellent shape including painting both fairing and tank.
It was first owned and acquired in Italy on April 17, 1988. Then sold in the Netherlands on 30.06.1999 with 1114 km. Since then, a renowned Netherland Ducati Dealer has serviced this motorcycle regularly up to 6555 km. Copy of former owners’ title and service invoices are available. It was last acquired in Germany in spring of 2014. At that time, the 851 underwent a full service again, including replacement of crank belt, new tires and new Lithium Ion battery all with German TÜV. The motorcycle comes with owner manual and very rare workshop manual.
1988 Ducati 851 Tricolore the first ever 4 valve Ducati Superbike.
Ducati stunned the motorcycle world 21 years ago by unveiling a new liquid-cooled, four-valve, fuel-injected twin. Ducati's great engineer Fabio Taglioni had favoured building a V-twin engine exceeded 100 horsepower on the factory dyno in 748cc form. The Desmoquattro soon grew to 851cc then 888cc before evolving into the 916 and 996 versions and eventually the Testastretta. Over its twenty-one year history this has been one of the most successful motorcycle designs ever, both on and off the race track. Alongside the 851 Superbike kit was the first street series of 851, the 851 Strada. These were limited production machines, with only 304 manufactured in April 1988.
Compared to any other twin on the market in 1988 the 851 Strada was groundbreaking. It was the only motorcycle with an open-loop fully-mapped electronic fuel injection system. The Weber Marelli IAW system was originally developed for the Ferrari F40 sports car. This contained a map of fuel and ignition requirements derived from dyno tests. Although the first 851 Strada only produced a modest 102 horsepower at 9,000 rpm this was considerably more than any other twin available in 1988. When it came to the frame and suspension Ducati continued its tradition of evolution of existing designs. The frame was based on the 750 F1, but with a rising-rate rear end and the 16-inch Marvic/Akront composite wheels. As it was a limited production item many of the components were individually crafted, including the 20-litre aluminium fuel tank and rear-suspension rocker linkage. The 851 Strada is where the Desmoquattro story began. At the first World Superbike race at Donington on April 3, 1988 Marco Lucchinelli rode the factory 851 to overall victory. It was the beginning of nearly twenty years of desmo domination that shows no sign of abating.
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