Know your 851s (and 888s)

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1987

Ducati 851 Strada

Launched with a new 851cc wa­ter-cooled, V-twin en­gine and 16in wheels. Known as the Tri­col­ore, just 300 road bikes were built, plus 200 kit machines made for WSB ho­molo­ga­tion. 1992

Ducati 888 SP4 & SPS

Two new SPS, both la­belled 888. SPS was sold as the ul­ti­mate 888 with a high spec­i­fi­ca­tion 120bhp motor. Just 100 SPS were built. 1992

Ducati 851 Strada

Re­vised body with sharper tail, new curved rad, plus a steel tank in place of the al­loy. Sus­pen­sion was now Showa front and rear. 1993

Ducati 888 Strada

1989

Ducati 851 Strada

Wheels now 17in and new mir­rors. Kit bike re­placed by the Lucchinelli Rep, the first 851 to be sold in 888cc ca­pac­ity. Strada fi­nally grows in ca­pac­ity by 37cc to be­come the 888 Strada. 1991

Ducati 851 SP3

The SP3 re­placed the SP2 with mi­nor changes in­clud­ing higher ex­hausts, high­comp pis­tons and black wheels. 1990

Ducati 851 Strada

As with much of the rest of Ducati’s range, the Ital­ian Mar­zoc­chi fork was re­placed with Ja­panese Showa item, which was also now in­verted for the first time. It also now had a dual seat. 1993

Ducati 888 SP5

Fi­nal SP is es­sen­tially an evolution of the 888 SPS but with SP4 cool­ing sys­tem, Showa fork and bronze coloured wheels. Stun­ning. 1990

Ducati 851 SP2

New WSB spe­cial with 888cc, Öh­lins, fully float­ing Brem­bos, 45mm Ter­mis, an aluminium sub­frame and a mono­posto seat.

1994 Ducati 916 re­places 888

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