4/17 Update: thanks to commenter rikyo, who pointed out that this bike is missing the rear turn signals. The originals were lost and are not included.
Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 1993 Ducati 888 SPO. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
By 1992, when Pierre Terblanche gave the 851 a facelift, Ducati had firmly established a line of SP (Sport Production) homologation specials based on the line. The Italian firm debuted the SP5 for 1993, however they were not able to get it to pass US Department of Transportation regulations, so they created the SPO (Sport Production Omologato) for Americans that year.
The 888 produced 94 horsepower thanks to the iconic desmo valve V-Twin. Slight improvements contributed to a quarter mile time of 10.81 seconds on the way to a top speed of 157 miles per hour.
The SPO blended the Strada engine with several upgrades from the SP5, such as the single seat, upswept exhaust, and Ohlins shock with ride height adjustment.
In a 1993 comparison story, Cycle World summed up the 888 SPO as “a Superbike racer traveling incognito, with a headlight and turn signals included to keep the Department of Transportation happy. It is among the very best sportbikes in the world, regardless of engine type, regardless of country of origin…the 888 is one of those rare motorcycles whose limits are so high that you’d be foolish to try to get near them on the street.” Ducati backed that up on the track, winning the 1993 World Superbike Manufacturer’s Championship. Doug Polen would also win the AMA Superbike Championship that year on a Ducati as well.
This example is VIN: ZDM1HB7R0PB000693. The seller purchased the bike from a private party four years ago.
During his ownership, the seller has covered approximately 200 miles. The odometer shows 14,154 miles.
Documented Maintenance Included In Sale:
December 2019, Moto Republic: new chain/sprockets, new brake pads, deglaze rotors, new Pirelli SC V3 tires.
May 2020, Moto Republic: electrical diagnosis, fix wiring harness (reg/rec to stator)
April 2022, Cycle Depot: repair fuel hose
The seller notes that the belts were done in 2019 so they will need to be replaced if the next owner would like to ride this bike.
Marvic Streamline magnesium wheels – the rear is 6″ wide. They have less than 100 miles of use.
Full Termignoni exhaust, exhaust wrap.
Custom under-tail tray, rear turn signal delete.
It is riding on Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires with date codes of 0219 and 3919.
The sale also includes the stock wheels, rear sprocket, and a Pit Bull stand.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Ducati is offered on a clean Texas title. Have any 888 SPO stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!