1990 Ducati 851 Tricolore


  • Limited Edition 851
  • Dry stored last 12 years
  • Rare and desirable race-bred Ducati

The Appeal

Featuring the red, white and green paint scheme in homage to the Italian flag, the Tricolore (three colour) 851 was made in limited numbers, with only just over 200 being produced. Released in 1988 in celebration of Ducati’s racing success in the World Superbike Series, it featured some unique upgraded components such as an Ohlins rear shock, a Marvic magnesium rear wheel and a full titanium exhaust system, all of which improved the bike’s performance and added to its exclusivity.

This appears to be a recreation of that special edition, finished to a high standard. Fully serviced and running well, this Ducati was dry stored over 12 years ago, having had all fuel and the battery removed, and it is now available for auction.


The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1990
  • Mileage believed genuine
  • One key
  • No current MOT
  • New V5c applied for
  • Bike may require some re-commissioning and set-up prior to riding

The Condition

  • Three colour paint scheme echoing the Italian flag in good condition on all fairing, tank and panels
  • Single seat
  • Some light signs of use but no damage anywhere
  • Slight crack in the rear light lens
  • Tyres look good but are over 12 years old
  • Bodywork and decals all present and correct
  • Switchgear shows signs of light use
  • Overall very clean and original looking bike
  • Surface corrosion here and there that will be easily polished away

The Mechanics

  • 851cc 4-valve, liquid cooled V-twin with Desmodromic valve system
  • Developed for racing
  • Brembo disc brakes
  • 6-speed gearbox
  • Fully serviced and running well prior to its storage, the 851 should fire up when a new battery and fuel are added

The Summary

Developed for racing the Ducati 851 is now an increasingly rare and sought-after motorcycle that, with its upgraded components and racing pedigree makes it a very desirable motorcycle for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1990
  • Make Ducati
  • Model 851 Tricolore
  • Colour White / Red
  • Odometer 27,885 Miles
  • Engine size 851
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Edinburgh
  • Location Scotland
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 8 bidders
  • La•••• £6,900 30/03/23
  • ev•••• £6,800 30/03/23
  • La•••• £6,500 30/03/23
  • ev•••• £6,200 30/03/23
  • La•••• £6,000 30/03/23
  • ev•••• £5,200 30/03/23
  • lu•••• £5,000 30/03/23
  • ev•••• £4,700 30/03/23
  • La•••• £4,500 30/03/23
  • Ca•••• £3,600 29/03/23

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