If Tamburini was just getting his feet wet at Ducati with the Paso, then the 851/888 cemented his arrival. Like the Paso before it, Tamburini was more involved with the styling of the 851 rather than the design of the whole motorcycle. With that said, the 851 perfected the fully enclosed motif of the Paso, making it look less bulbous while still leaving the bystander – and competition – wondering what lies beneath that bodywork.
The 851/888 also deserves special recognition, as Marco Lucchinelli took it to victory in the newly developed World Superbike series’ first weekend.
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