Ducati 916 fuel tank

Flogged it Friday! Ducati 916 fuel tank.

Flogged it Friday! Ducati 916 fuel tank.

“Just because it’s manky doesn’t mean it’s unsellable”

Tatty tanks really let the look of any motorcycle down. Also it indicates to any potential buyer when you come to sell your bike, that you might not have looked after, not just the tank, but also the rest of the bike. This Ducati 916 tank came along with the entire contents of a south London garage clear out that included a ZXR750J, Thunderace 1000 and a Chinese scooter. Quite an impressive mixed bag there!

At first glance the Ducati tank looked to be one for the autojumble pile. When back at base though, a closer look revealed why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

“Who wants a manky tank anyway?”Ducati 916 fuel tank

Despite being dirty and tatty on the outside, the inside is super clean! This is a major advantage when it comes to selling it on. Too many old tanks have been lost to being left with fuel inside, it creates no end of nastiness when you do that!

Having been dry stored with no cap or fuel pump, it’s been able to avoid eating itself from the inside out. Which is a bonus.

It would cost a few hundred quid to repaint this tank and sort out the annoying dents, which that no doubt got added to when it came back on a 130 mile trip from SW19 to Peterborough. My target buyer would ideally be a track day Herbert, someone who will possibly end up adding a few more marks along the way.

Ducati 916 fuel tank“Hit me up Buttercup, how much did it make?”

I went in at £150 to start, after all an asking price can always come down, but it is funny how potential buyers moan when the ‘buy it now’ price gets put up! We all love a deal, so going in bold and then trimming the price until a punter comes forward, is the best way to get a good outcome for both parties.

I chopped it down to £100 and a buyer hit the buy it now button. Another masterclass in shit sells.


Article provided by Scottie Redmond

of NTS Bike Breakers.