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Ducati D2-492-88-01
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8801

Capacity : 900
Model : 888
Production : 1992 - 1994
Category : (R) Route
   

Ducati 900 type 888 Superbike

"When the Cagiva conglomerate took over Ducati, dedicated Ducatisti feared that the marque would fade away. Little did they know that Cagiva would bring to market new Ducati models that embodied bold technology and styling. In 1988, the 851 Strada appeared as a competition model only in the U.S. The new twins proved that Ducati was back!

A Place to Race

Some experienced tuners found the complications imposed by the electronic fuel injection and the mechanical complexity of the valve train to be more than they could handle. Eraldo Ferracci and the Fast By Ferracci team quickly adapted and soon established their 851 as the one to beat in the AMA Battle of the Twins. World and AMA Superbike competition were dominated by the multi- cylinder Japanese manufacturers but rules were adopted that gave the twins a displacement and weight advantage.

World Champions

Although Ducati fields a "factory" team in World Superbike, Fast By Ferracci quickly established their supremacy in the 1991 series with Doug Polen riding. The FBF team, which enjoys a friendly relationship with the factory, literally dominated the field. Even a casual examination of the machine reveals the effort that must be put into making a world class racer. Meticulous preparation is in evidence throughout. The result is a masterpiece on the racetrack.

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine: 888cc (94x64mm) two-cylinder fourstroke, liquid cooled

Power output: 135hp

Valves: four valves per cylinder belt driven OHC desmodromic valve actuation

Fuel system: Weber electronic fuel injection, 2- 50mm throttle bodies

Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive, dry clutch

Suspension (front) upside-down Ohlin; (rear) Ohlin remote-reservoir

Brakes: (front) dual floating disc. (rear) single disc

Wheels: (front) 3.50x17; (rear) 6.25x17

Weight: approx. 340 1.

Maximum speed: approx. 185


888, sold to the public in 1992, was almost identical to the version used by Raymond Roche in the Superbike championship.


Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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