Ducati 851 Tri Colore Kit Bike. One of about 20 imported into the US out of 207 produced
In 1988 Ducati released its all-new 851. The engine was a brand new design, inspired by the Ford Cosworth Formula One V8.
Displacing 851cc’s for compliance in World Superbike racing, it has 4 valves per cylinder, liquid cooling, desmodromic valve train, dual head cams.
Producing about 95hp, it was by far the most powerful road-going Ducati ever made until 1988. Two models were available, the 851 Strada ( street) and the 851 Kit (track). The Strada had DOT compliant lights, exhaust. 16-inch wheels and displaced 851 cc.
The Kit was intended for racing and sold to privateers. It only had a head and tail light, no mirrors, racing mufflers, Marvic magnesium wheels, no speedometer, racing slicks, aluminum fuel tank, and displaced 888cc. It had a lightweight solo seat and tails section. Braced swing arm, ram-air intake gearbox, and racing clutch with open clutch cover. This particular bike is all original with very little track time. 119 Crankshaft Horsepower and dry Weight 364 pounds.