Update 2.14.2017: The seller has confirmed this bike has sold via RSBFS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc
To the Ducati faithful, the 1990s 900 series Supersports are the bikes that saved the company from ruin. Based around the Pantah "rubber band" motor, the desmodue (two-valve) mill is a torquey, lumpy motivator full of character and good manners. Fitted with evolutionary parts sourced from earlier Ducati superbikes (i.e. 851/888), The Supersport utilized a chrome-moly frame and a mixture of components depending upon the variant. There were three basic levels of the 900 offered during these years: The base model was the SS/CR, or cafe racer. The mid level was the SS/SP, or Sport Production. The top tier was the SS/SL, known as the Superlight. All were based on the same platform and engine, with some minor component and aesthetic upgrades between them.
What you are looking at is the CR version of the SS lineup - and while many will point out that this is the lowest spec bike, it shares a tremendous amount of DNA with the others in the lineup - and carries itself well. Being a CR, this bike lacks the carbon fiber accents and makes due with a color-coded mud guard. The swingarm is steel - and blissfully safe from cracking (unlike the SP and SL models). The rear tire is a bit smaller (160), and the owner of a CR doesn't have to worry about tweaking the Showa suspension - other than rear preload, no adjustments are available. All the rest is the same as the other models. Being a 1997 - the penultimate year of this model - this bike wears the rare color of yellow. Previously reserved for the SL models only, yellow CRs are very hard to find. Even more rare: the overall condition of this bike. This could have just rolled out of a showroom.
From the seller:
1997 Ducati 900SS CR Supersport
• 714 Miles
• Only had 2 owners
• All original except for clutch cable
• Additional seat covered in Tan leather included
• Asking $8000 US
• Located in Florida
Ducati 900 SS/CR models are like Porsche 911s: There are always more specialty models in the lineup that have more stuff or less weight - but overall, it does not necessarily make them better. If you care about just getting out there, the CR is every bit as capable as the SP and SS models for a lot less scratch and a lot less fear of loss. And it looks JUST as good getting you there, while making the same booming L-twin noises that Ducatis are known for. This era Supersport is truly a great bike - which is why many of the RSBFS staff own one or have owned one.
This bike is just about the best 900 SSCR we have seen. The low miles ensure that it was not thrashed and trashed. No mention of belt service, but given the time it has been sitting that would be a low-cost insurance policy. The asking price for this beauty is higher than we normally see for a CR model, but then again we rarely see a yellow example in this kind of pristine condition. This bike is a stunner, is a rider, and has the bones to carry you for many, many miles. Check out the seller's ad here, and good luck!