Posts by tag: 900SS

Ducati October 28, 2017 posted by

Simple, Clean, Classic: 1995 Ducati 900SS/SP

There are exactly no words I can type that will more accurately or adequately describe the bike before you than Hunter S. Thompson's legendary CycleWorld review. So, before you go any further with me, please give it a read.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

Keep in mind, readers, that dear Dr. Gonzo was scared silly by a bike that pumps out a paltry-by-today's-standards 80 horsepower. That isn't cause he didn't have the stones; think of it as a testament to what you really need, and where the line that delineates normal from excessive actually is.

The Ducati 900SS/SP you see before you, number 321 of the production run, is in excellent shape and has been very well kept over its 22-year, 18,000-mile life. The sellers give scant details, but says the bike  recently was serviced and wears a brand-new set of Dunlop Q3s. They do not mention the all-important timing belts.

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From the eBay listing:

Super Clean and well maintained 1995 Ducati 900 SuperSport SP #321, Termignoni Slip On Exhaust, Carbon Fiber Front Fender, Rear Fender Hugger, Belt Covers and Clutch Cover, New Dunlop Sportmax Q3's, frsh oil and Brake and Clutch Flush all services are current. This is an 8.5 out of 10.

With a Buy-It-Now just north of $7,500, this bike cannot be called inexpensive, but already is an icon, and its rarity and desirability will climb in equal measure.

 

Simple, Clean, Classic: 1995 Ducati 900SS/SP
Ducati October 16, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1980 Ducati 900 SS

The last and one of the fastest of the bevel drive Ducatis, this 1980 Ducati 900SS is yet another throwback to the time before Japan dominated the sportbike scene. The bevel Ducatis, named and famous for their unique gear-drive cam setup, came to prominence in the '70s as British makers faded from relevance and the big four in Japan were making the switch from commuters to race-bred machines.

1980 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

This example is being sold by brand specialist Moto Borgotaro in Brooklyn, who purchased the bike from its fastidious original owner  and treated it to a good freshening. The bike is largely original, with a few key but reversible changes made, and all the original parts included.

Moto Borgotaro says the first owner had the engine torn down and gone through in the '90s to maintain it and increase reliability, though even the original piston rings will come with the bike. It also wears updated petcocks, a gear-gazer bevel cover and new fork springs and rear shocks. The original fork springs, petcocks and bevel cover are included, though it sounds like the shocks are gone.

From the eBay listing:

1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport For Sale

1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport bought from the original owner and spruced up at Moto Borgotaro inc. Moto Borgotaro specializes in Vintage european motorcycles. Moto Borgotaro website: https://motoborgotaro.com/

The previous (original) owner had many bikes, and he liked then all to run correctly and ride correctly. The 900SS here is no exception, the former owner did not want any issues so he had the motor redone at some point in the 90's to make sure he never had any issues with running or riding. The box of goodies that comes with the bike, the original piston rings, extra valve half rings, spare cables, original petcocks, original manual, original tool pouch, original bevel cover (gear gazer currently installed) -- he also had the front fairing mount reinforced as they can be prone to breaking.

Overall this is a great rider with restored paint and redone motor, and terrific suspension... Not a show pony, bike starts runs and rides sweetly and is ready to go. Any questions please call the shop directly 929-264-7212

MANY OTHER BIKES AVAILABLE !! Ducati, Mv Agusta, Laverda, Moto Guzzi -- Buy, sell, trade-- look at last picture.... your NEW SS is coming from a good home!

Will ship worldwide!! -

· Excellent Restored paint

· Dyna coils (original coil pack included)

· Works Billet tracker shocks (from Bevel Heaven)

· Works fork springs (from Bevel Heaven) (original fork springs included)

· New gel battery

· Stainless brake lines

· Fresh oil

· Good tires

· Newer clutch - (original included)

· Original wheels-- VGC

· Original paint on frame—VGC

· Extended clutch arm (original included) -- much better clutch feel

---Other

· Spare cables

· Original petcocks

· Original tool pouch

· Original manual

· Original bevel cover (gear gazer currently installed)

The restored paint and original frame paint are in fantastic shape. There is some paint chipping and oxidation on the fork legs and the pipes and engine cases look like those of a bike that has been ridden properly. The asking price indicates that the value of these bikes is continuing to grow, and this example is one you should not be afraid to display and ride.

Featured Listing: 1980 Ducati 900 SS
Ducati October 16, 2017 posted by

Featured listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition

To say commemorate its wildly popular, fast and cantankerous carbureted 900SS as fuel injection approached in the late '90s, Ducati put the old beast out to pasture with a worldwide run of 800 bikes with special paint and graphics and a few trick parts.

The 1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition carried upswept dual exhausts for cornering clearance, lighter wheels, bigger floating disc brakes, and a solo seat tail section. Bologna didn't exactly throw the racing parts catalogue at the bike, and its performance was just slightly better than the standard version, but the changes were enough to tip you off that this is not an ordinary SS.

Today's featured 900SS has been tweaked even further by its current owner, with an Ohlins shock and a brand-new set of Keihin FCR 41 flatslide carbs. The big carbs won't make the big Duc's famous starting ritual any simpler, but will definitely sweeten the ride once everything gets up to temperature.

The bike is number 118 of 300, and reportedly has had $4,000 worth of work in the last 50 miles, which includes the aforementioned Keihins as well as a new chain, tires, stem bearings, timing belts and a valve adjustment.Though it has been very well looked after, its 10,894 miles show that neither of its previous owners have been afraid to ride the bike.

Early in seller Joe's nine-year ownership, the bike was repainted to a very high standard by Ferrari of Houston, as it had been scratched in the original owner's garage.

From the seller:

1998 Ducati 900 Supersport Finala Edition, VIN ZDM1LC4M5WB027187. Rare and immaculate 1998 Ducati 900 Supersport Final Edition. #118 of only 300 of the last of the carbureted series of classic Ducati Supersports, considered one of the most iconic and beautiful motorcycles ever made. I purchased this bike approximately 9 years ago, and it had a scratch on one of the fairing panels due to something falling against it in the prior owner's garage. I elected to acquire the correct graphics from Ducati and have the entire bike professionally repainted at the Ferrari of Houston award-winning paint facility, and it is stunning.

The bike has had almost $4,000 in service and upgrades performed in the last 50 miles, including a Keihin 41mm flat-slide carb conversion, new tires, full service including valve adjustment and timing belts, chain, new steering head bearings, and much more. It has an Ohlins rear shock and Corbin custom seat. Brand new Vitaloni Baby Turbo mirrors included with sale. All original parts included. It is realistically priced at $9,900. I don't believe you will find an example in better cosmetic/mechanical condition than this one. This is an appreciating classic that's as great to ride as it is to look at.

As mentioned, it has been fitted with a Corbin seat and a set of Fast by Ferracci exhausts to round out the package. The bike is listed at $9,900 and is located in Houston, TX. Joe can be reached at jvmaniaci@hotmail.com

Featured listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition
Ducati October 7, 2017 posted by

Dusty Project: 1982 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica

This 1982 Ducati 900 MHR has certainly seen better days, but if the seller is to believed, it comes with an interesting international history and has met the family and friends of its iconic namesake.

1982 Ducati 900 MHR for sale on eBay

Let's swing back to the whole "better days" thing right quick before we go much further. The engine appears to be in pieces, though the bottom end is in the frame. Apparently, a noisy gearbox bearing prompted a teardown, but a fly-by-night mechanic seems to have halted progress immediately thereafter. The seller says all the parts are safely stored, but they'll need a thorough inspection before they get stuck back together.

Still, if the layer of dust is indeed just a layer of dust, and the parts have been stored properly, there is no reason to shy too far from this project. It is still pretty far from being a basket case, and in good condition these bikes are truly glorious.

The engine is the 863-cc unit from the contemporary 900SS, in this guise fed by two 40-mm Dellortos. The 1982 bikes were the second iteration of the MHR series, which was born in 1979 to commemorate Hailwood's 1978 win at the Isle of Man TT.

From the eBay listing:

Here is your chance to buy an extremely rare Ducati that simply does not come up for sale very often. I have owned this bike for over 25 years including back in Australia and brought it to the USA over 15 years ago. I never bothered to title it here as it was in my personal Ducati collection and I rode it very rarely, it had a noisy gearbox bearing on 5th gear so I gave it to a friend who was starting his own European bike repair shop and he was going to take his time and replace the bearing and freshen it up a bit...5 years later I had to take it back in the condition you see it here, I have all the parts safely stored in a plastic tote and it is complete, and the engine covers etc have all been polished. This motorcycle was invited to a special event of hailwoods held at daytona speedway where I got to meet nobby Clarke, Pauline and David hailwood and they all signed my tank, sadly those signatures have all faded but there is pics on the internet somewhere of the meeting and then signing my tank, I also got to ride this bike in the procession lap on the banked track where I got to open her up..I always swore I would never sell this bike and if I don’t get the money I’m asking I doubt I will.this is a matching numbers bike.. I have taken pics of the bike before I cleaned it...it has been in my air conditioned warehouse for the last 10years and will need a good going over, new Tyres etc...cleans up extremely well..

With a $30,000 starting bid, this machine demands the attention of a well-heeled and very dedicated collector, but should be worth a thought if the sale price stays fairly close to that mark. Let us know in the comments if you think we're taking crazy pills.

Dusty Project: 1982 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica
Bimota August 13, 2017 posted by

Italian Charm: 1999 Bimota DB4

Bimotas are not exactly known for their scary antics and cartoonish horsepower. They are instead renowned for being rolling exhibitions in balance, handling and craft mastery. The brand has had it share of screamers -- the 1100cc SB6R and the Suzuki TL-1000R-powered SB8 come to mind -- but it isn't their stock and trade.

1999 Bimota DB4 for sale on eBay

This 1999 Bimota DB4 is right in the brand's wheelhouse: a pretty, handmade frame, boutique suspension pieces and hand-laid bodywork wrapping a character-rich and adequately powerful engine.

Sporting the mill from a 1990s Ducati 900SS, which had its fuel injection jettisoned for a set of carbs, the DB4 claimed a modest 80-odd horses when new. Even with the torque available from the big twin, this thing won't make you a light-to-light hero.

Those ponies, though, must only haul around about 365 pounds, and a fully-adjustable Paioli fork works in concert with an Ohlins shock to allow the bike to carry what speed it can muster with little drama and maximum efficiency.

The low-mileage example here looks to be in excellent condition, albeit with signs of use and a few marks that show its age. The seller notes some changes from stock, but provides little detail.

From the eBay listing:

SPECIALIZED MOTORS and SPECIALIZED MOTORCYCLES
Specialized is offering another limited collectible Motorcycle out of our Museum. This Bimota DB4 is a ART as well as PERFORMANCE . Please feel free to call with any questions thanks specializedmotors.com anthony -954-540-8495 cell

900cc V Twin
Very Limited Production Motorcycle
Ducati Powered
Keihin Carb Conversion
Billet Adapters To Raise Handlebars
Brembo Brakes Front And Rear

Buy-It-Now is set at $10,500, which is right in line for these bikes. It's a stack to pay for a nearly 20-year-old bike, but the rarity and artistry are second-to-none, and certainly could not be replicated for that money. The sale concludes in 18 days, giving you plenty of time to arrange the funds and shipping.

Italian Charm: 1999 Bimota DB4
Ducati July 4, 2017 posted by

First Year Legend Alert: 1975 Ducati 900 SS

The 1975 Ducati 900SS is something every serious collector has on their list and given that 1975 production was less than 250 units, today's post is quite an occasion.  This nice but not pristine version is located in Manhattan Beach, California USA but I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see it go to an international sale.

1975 Ducati 900SS For Sale on eBay

To understand the significance of this bike and why it is so prized, you need to look back to 1970 when the top level GP racing class was pretty much a battle between MV Agusta (with legendary rider Agostini) and Japanese two-strokes.  Ducati had left racing over 10 years earlier due to budget constraints but was now flush with new backing and had a new series of larger displacement machines under development.  In 1970 the company decided it would be going back to the track, in part to help increase visibility to their new machines but also to help in development.

Ducati hit the track in 1970 with a new 500cc L-twin engine with two-valve desmo heads but the new machines were still no match for the then dominant Agostini and MV Agusta.   In 1972 Ducati announced a new 750cc machine that incorporated the lessons learned over the last 2 seasons along with special racetrack-oriented cams, twin spark plugs, 40mm Dell’Orto carbs and billet connecting rods.  Other top shelf bits included Marzocchi forks and triple-disc brakes.

The new 750cc machine was set to debut at Imola on April 23, 1972.   Did it work?  Well, here is what happened when GP rider Paul Smart (yes, THAT Paul Smart) took the new Ducati out for qualifying:

"On the last lap I wound it up as fast as I felt comfortable.  I wasn't going completely flat out because it was basically just a safety-wired street bike..it still had the Dunlop TT100 street tires and even still had the centerstand lugs in place.   When I brought the bike back to the pits all the Ducati mechanics were jumping up and down...it turns out I had just broken Ago's track record.”

 

The new Duc actually finished 1-2 at Imola and the public immediately clamored for a 750ss for the street.  At the end of the 1972 season Ducati promised to make replicas of the Imola winning machine available to the public but  Ducati was still a small manufacturer so this didn't actually happen until 1974.  During this 2 year period the Japanese were undergoing a crash course in development and quickly catching up to its European rivals so when Ducati finally delivered the promised Imola replica 750cc machines they also introduced a new 860cc machine, the 900 SuperSport/SS.   The new "big" Duc was essentially the 750 series machine with more power and fortunately for Ducati, this wasn't a case where more power upset the balance of the bike. The new 900ss was able to continue the performance success of the 750 for several years.  Consider this - it was on a 1978 900SS that a just-out-of-retirement 38 year old Mike Hailwood would ride to a legendary victory at the Isle of Mann TT.

Okay, we have covered the history and ties to famous racers like  Paul Smart and Mike Hailwood, but you may still be wondering why this bike is so high on so many collectors lists.  The answer is that not only is it a first year bike but it also had some unique to the year components    The 1975 edition actually had many of the same components as the the 750cc Imola race replicas.  These components were offered on the 900ss for the 1975 year only.

A quick comparison of the components for the 900ss model years is below as an example:

1975 900ss  1976 900ss
 Gas Tank  Fiberglass  Steel
 Carbs  40mm  32mm
 Exhausts  Conti Lafranconi
 Turn signals  No  Yes
 Shift  Right side  Left side

 

Simply put, for many Ducati fans and collectors the 1975 900ss is considered to be the closest you can get to the race bikes ridden by people like Smart and Hailwood.

One final factor to consider regarding the why the Ducati is so highly prized by collectors is the generally acceptance that the 750/900ss Ducati along with the Laverda 750SFC and the Norton Commando were the first modern "GP-bikes-with-lights and a horn."  You could even think of the Ducati as the progenitor of bikes such as the Ducati 888SP3 and Desmosedici.

Now as for this specific example, here is a summary of what the seller has to say

  • #214 of 246 produced in 1974
  • Has only 12,000 kilometers/roughly 7,500 original miles in its 42 year lifespan.
  • Brembo disc brakes front and rear with all new brake pads, front forks were rebuilt and new seals added.
  • DMC electronic ignition installed as well as new voltage regulator.
  • It is a 42 year old survivor and it has some imperfections. At some point in the past Ethanol cause the gas tank to leak. It also caused a "bubble like" line at the base of the gas tank. It has since been treated by GTL of Los Angeles and DOES NOT LEAK anymore. The leaks caused paint to come off the swingarm, and some other areas of the frame.  There are also, "blemishes" on both side covers and gas tank.  
  • Also, the right underside of the muffler is scraped and the left has some light scratches.

So then, what's this first year bit of Italian goodness going to cost?  A quick search of Classic Sport Bikes for sale  shows 1970's 900SS going for around $32,000 USD a few years ago, but those weren't first year bikes.  Bonhams had a pristine 1974 750cc version that went for about $50,000 USD a few years ago as well but that was in better condition and wasn't a 900SS.   I am thinking  this one is going to attract attention from serious collections and wouldn't be at all surprised to see this one go for between $45,000-60,000 USD right from the listing.

One final note- there is no Buy-It-Now option on this one.  While patience is a virtue for collectors, given the rarity of this bike I think someone is going to make the owner an offer they can't refuse/the chances of this one being relisted are low.  To put in simply, if this one is on a list for your collection you might want to move quick.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

 

Post Script:  Happy Canada Day and 4th of July ya'll!!!

First Year Legend Alert: 1975 Ducati 900 SS