Owners say: ‘It’s all magic over 70mph’
Stuart Metcalfe Buckinghamshire 1990 Ducati 851 Why an 851? ‘I wanted one when they first came out but, at £10,400, couldn’t afford one. ’
Best features? ‘The looks, the sound, the handling, the smile it brings. Oh, did I say the looks?’
And the worst? ‘The belts need changing before they snap as they can do serious damage. As I don’t use mine very much I end up doing the belts anyway just for the peace of mind.’
Peter Stonehouse Ely, Cambs 1990 Ducati 851 SP3
Why an 851? ‘I couldn’t resist when I heard it fire up. A throughbred.’
Best features? ‘It’s light and agile, powers through turns as if on rails, is rare, red and beautiful.’
Worst features? ‘It sets off vehicle alarms and can be expensive to maintain. It also requires a top quality battery and good earth connections, and the regulator can give problems.’
Travis Birdsall Macclesfield 1989 Ducati 851 Strada Why an 851?
‘I wanted a project bike as old as me. My dad picked up an 888 and it got me looking at the earlier model. For me it’s a restomod project to create a special bike.
Best features? ‘I just love the experience. It’s very precise with a fantastic soundtrack.
Worst features? ‘I’ll let you know when I’ve finished it and put some more miles on it!’
Peter Curzon Shrewsbury 1992 Ducati 851 Biposto Why an 851?
‘Growing up watching Superbikes I just loved the sound, colours, and ridden by Foggy the way they took on the Jap bikes’
Best features? ‘The engine, sound, low-down grunt and dry clutch – it’s raw and mechanical. Plus the trellis frame and pin-point handling.’
Worst features? ‘The riding position. It makes you feel like your wrists will explode.’
Romeo Armone Sydney, Australia, 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Why an 851? ‘I said to myself that one day I would own an 851. That day came in 2013.’
Best features? ‘The sound and its smooth, linear power. You need to really ride it to appreciate it – it was ahead of its time. Either you’re ‘on it’ or you’re not on it at all…
Worst features? ‘The Öhlins gives such a firm ride and you need an Italian Stallion’s forearms.’