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Old August 24th, 2012, 09:22 PM   #1
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How many 888's are there in Australia?

Hi all, my first ever Ducati was/is a 1993 (compliance plated 09/93) 888 Strada. The original owner, from whom I purchased the bike (from Phillip Island) said that it was the very last 888 uncrated and sold in Australia. It came from a dealer in Perth. I don't know whether that's true or not, but he seemed genuine.

He originally wanted a 916, but there was a hell of a wait on those so he got the 888 instead.

I have had it for about 7 years, it's got 12,000K's on it, it's pristine and unmolested except for a SP5 ductail, alloy subframe and Corbin seat.

Questions: how many 888's (as distinct from 851's) were sold in Australia?

Do we reckon they are currently collectors items or more of a 'nice to have for enthusiasts' kind of bike?

I will not sell it, but I don't ride it either. I have an, '02 748 as my daily, and a 998 race bike, so the 888 only comes out for the occasional start and polish. I've also had a 916 and a '97 900SS. The 888 is my favourite, though the 748 is a close second.

Just thought I'd put it out there, for interst's sake.
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Old August 31st, 2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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according to Ian Falloon's "standard catalogue of ducati motorcycles"there were 30 888 imported officially into australia out of a worldwide total of 1467, all in 1993 with 27 being stradas and 3 SP5's. there were 300 1994 models made, all for europe. The americans didn't get stradas or SP's they got a SPO in 93 and a LTD in '94 and were counted separately.
Not sure how many have been "grey" imported or personally imported but it wouldn't be many, also not sure how many have been written off or fallen victim to being parted out, either way, there's bugger all of them around, and i'm not parting with mine either.

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Old September 2nd, 2012, 08:20 AM   #3
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cockduster is right , I spoke to Warren Fraser a few years ago and he told me there was very few 888's brought here( around the 30 or so mark ) , he was pissed about the 851 series and did not want to shell the coin for the 888's to sitting around a lot so you had to order one and wait for it.

shame cause even the strada is sexy bike
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I was actually thankful for the information . I was worried about my artice.
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