Own­ers say: ‘It’s all magic over 70mph’

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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.’

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