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Ducati August 8, 2018 posted by

Hey 19 – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/FE

The ( original ! ) owner of this 900 SS/FE must've been at the dealer in late 1997 to have cadged chassis number 016 of 300.  The end-of-model commemorative had mostly the best of the 900SS years, and where Ducati left off, this owner has updated to even better.

1998 Ducati 900 SS/FE for sale on ducati.ms

Ducati's 2nd generation Super Sports had the first generation of 904cc air-cooled desmo, with single overhead belt-driven cams helping deliver 84 hp.  Though for most of the 90's the SS had been a white frame and red or yellow fairing, the cosmopolitan FE had a dark gold trellis frame and silver monoposto bodywork.  Showa forks and monoshock were specified and of course Brembo's finest 320mm hardware.  Carbon fiber dash and mudguards provide a technical accent to the black 17-inch wheels.

Offered on the fan site ducati.ms, it sounds like the then-new owner poured darn near the purchase price right back into his new FE in engine and suspension work.  And then rode it sensibly to its current 8,400 miles.  The coordinated look of the billet rear sets and muffler brackets is outstanding, and it's rare to see a full Akropovich exhaust of this vintage.  The owner's comments from the for sale -post- :

Bought the bike new in 98 , it is #16 of 300 final editions Ducati produced of that generation of the SS (91 to 98) a great series , I also had a 91 and 93 super light but this was/is the nicest I've had.  To make it the best for me, (I didn't like the "fuel infection" and looks of the 99's) I took it to my friend Jeff Nash ( owner of AMS Ducati Dallas) soon after I bought it to massage it and work his magic   As I recall, it was to the tune of about 9-10k dollars extra spent back 20 years ago - I'll try to remember all what's been done .

He went all through the engine, balancing /lightening/polishing/porting, and adding the higher comp/displacement 944 kit, and added Kiehin FCR's 39's (he advised the 39's would be much smoother than 41's for street , and he was right) I added a 50mm Spaghetti / Titanium exhaust made by Akrapovic ( very hard to get that or Termi's back then) also have the K+N filter airbox mod.

Ohlins rear shock , and RaceTech mod to front forks, and then the really nice/light Marchesini magnesium 5 spoke wheels.  Custom billet pipe hangers footpegs and fully adjustable clip on bar assemblies, Corbin seat, recent Optima gel battery, rear stand ,tank bag ,tinted windscreen assorted extras carbon goodies etc ..

I believe I have all the original parts , and have new tires on bike.  And sitting on the shelf , new belts, fluids and filter I haven't got around to doing this year.

The FE reviewed as a sharp all-rounder, in hindsight made all the sweeter by the next year's emissions-driven re-design.  Just in time for the Final Edition ( and hopefully #016 wasn't too early to get it ) was a three-phase charging system which ended battery life woes for the air-cooled desmos.  Ducati took flack at the time for charging a premium for already depreciated tech, and with the updates this owner made, it would be interesting to know how the sale goes.  Hopefully the new owner is an RSBFS reader and can give us an in-flight report...

--donn

 

Hey 19 – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/FE
Ducati March 23, 2017 posted by

Soft Baggage – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Every so often a future classic pops up, but with too many niggling questions to be worth pursuing.  A lightweight air-cooled desmodue, the 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR is a pending collectible and great rider.  With not much of anywhere to hide mysteries, this CR appears free of damage and the long-past salvage title might make it possible.

1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR for sale on eBay

  

1998 was the last year of the carburetted and square headlight supersports.  The 85 hp 904 cc twin was mated to a 6-speed trans and nicely equipped with Showa inverted forks and monoshock, and generously sized Brembo brakes.  The Cafe Racer had the upper-only fairing with an un-cramped riding position and raised clip-ons.

  

Treated to the 944 cc pistons and accompanying engine work, this Texas Ducati has an unusual 41mm carburettor upgrade as well.  These changes should result in close to 100 hp, and has recent maintenance, as the owner relates in the eBay auction:

Clean, well maintained 1998 Ducati 900SS CR.  Owner since 2004.  Bike has roughly 1000 miles on Fast by Ferracci 944cc high compression overbore kit.  Carburetors have been upgraded to Keihin 41mm FCRs.  Vance and Hines carbon fiber exhaust completes the package.  This bike sounds mean and has the performance to back it up.  The bike has been recently serviced with all fluids changed, ignition system upgraded, racing plugs and wires installed, and a fresh set of Michelin Pilot Powers mounted.  Receipts available.  The bike does have a salvage title.  The previous owner bought the bike at a police auction and restored it cosmetically.  To my knowledge, this bike has never been down or sustained any major damage.  The bike has been in my care for the past 12 years.  This beautiful bike is ready for some lucky buyer to take her home...

  

Under attack by the Monster and with a re-design coming, only a few hundred Supersports were brought this way in 1998.  This CR has had the benefit of a long-term owner, and shows nicely for just over 11,000 miles.  An afternoon with our friend Nev-R-Dull and a sticker-ectomy would only complement the rugged good looks and performance.  After inspection, it would be worth checking with DMV about the implications of a salvage title in your state, but it might put an otherwise out-of-reach machine back in the ballpark...

-donn

Soft Baggage – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Bimota July 22, 2014 posted by

Simplify, and Then Add Lightness: 1993 Bimota DB2

Until very recently, Bimota’s exotic, Ducati-powered offerings like this DB2 featured the air/oil-cooled two-valve engines, instead of the more powerful four-valve water-cooled engines from the 851/916 models. This meant that, although the bikes weren’t the fastest straight-line performers, they were light and lithe, enabling riders to make good use of every horse available.

1993 Bimota DB2 L Side Front

This was originally, and perhaps ironically given that we’re talking about Italian exotica, a financial decision. The DB bikes have always been intended to sell well, and helped to keep the company afloat at different points in their history: with over 600 made, the original DB1 was about as mass-market as Bimota ever got. A little more than 400 of the later DB2 models were made, with production split between half and full-fairing styles, although I very much prefer the full-fairing on this particular example.

1993 Bimota DB2 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Bimota DB2 for Sale

Perhaps Massimo Tamburini's finest design, the Bimota DB2 is the consumate combination of exotic componentry, exhilarating performance, exclusivity and style. Bimota made only 408 DB2's, of which 285 had complete fairing.

This motorcycle was completely restored in 2001 when it had approximately 3000 miles and donated to the Larz Anderson Transportation Museum in Boston, who elected to auction it to focus on their older collection of pre-war cars. The odometer currently shows 1003 miles, the amount ridden after the resoration and replacement of the speedo and tach.

Enhancements performed in 2001:

944cc Big bore kit; Stainless steel engine studs; Carburetor jet kit; New timing belts; Carbon fibre belt covers; Braided brake lines; Polished wheels, mufflers, intake manifolds; New chain and sprocket; Adjustable brake and clutch levers; Tinted windscreen, Euro headlight; New speedometer and tachometer; Painted frame.

Since I purchased the bike in 2002, it has lived in a heated, air conditioned garage, and has been ridden less than 20 miles. After sitting so long, I decided to "re-commission" it in 2010 to make it roadworhty again. This involved new tires, new battery, new timing belts, rebuilding the carbs with new floats and jets, all new fluids, etc. It has not been ridden since.

This bike is absolutely stunning, and is virtually new. It deserves to escape from my garage, and be ridden!!

Period reviews suggest that this bike does exactly as intended, putting the flexible, evocative, mid-range strong motor from a bike already well-known for stability into a chassis even lighter, with improved suspension front and rear. Given the relatively simple underpinnings, these are phenomenally responsive bikes, clearly benefiting from Colin Chapman’s “simplify and then add lightness” ideology.

This is a bike for people with enough skill to appreciate the qualities this bike embodies: lightness over power, finesse over brute strength. Or just people with an eye for striking Italian design.

1993 Bimota DB2 L Side Rear

One of the nice things about bikes like this is that, unlike Suzuki’s GSX-R models, these appealed to well-heeled collectors from the start, and many have been painstakingly maintained. This example has seen very few miles roll under the wheels, but was recently brought back to road-worthy condition after a lengthy spell sitting in a museum: no hideous paint jobs to undo, no extended swingarm to replace, or crash damage.

It does feature a big-bore 944 kit [up from 904cc], which is great for power but reputedly can run a bit hot in traffic. The listing doesn’t mention if cooling has been improved, but it’s unlikely to be used for commuting, so I’d imagine this should be great for the back-road sorties this bike was made for.

-tad

1993 Bimota DB2 R Side Front

Simplify, and Then Add Lightness: 1993 Bimota DB2
Bimota January 30, 2010 posted by

1994 Bimota DB2 in Houston

It seems that the Bimota market is quite actively lately and it's not even summer!  If you're looking to pick up a Bimota, this is a good time to do it so keep checking for our new posts!

This week we have yet another Bimota for sale - a 1994 DB2:

This is a 2 owner bike w/ 17225 miles. It has NEVER been ridden in the rain, and ALWAYS garage kept!

It has never been crashed but has fallen over due to a friend not knowing about the suicide stand.
All the bodywork is original, but needs paint.
The original owner had the dealer install the factory $8000.00 race kit before it was ever ridden!
The big bore kit and heads were done by Fast by Ferracci from 904cc to 944cc.
This bike has a long list of other carbon, titanium and aluminum upgrades to many to list!
I am asking $15,000 OBO or trade for a Ducati Hypermotard, NOTHING ELSE! so please don't ask.

The DB2 is one of my favourites, utilizing the Ducati 900SS air-cooled lump - the DB2 is one of the more popular models with approx. 400 made in total.  Famed Brit motorcycle journo Sir Alan Crashcart Cathcart even raced a DB2 - not sure for how long or in what race series, but I do remember it being sold on ebay for approx $10,000+.

Now this specific sample has very high mileage (for a Bimota), and although it claims to have the the "race kit" (to my knowledge that includes FCR carbs and a full exhaust), it's not in its original paint (big no-no for any serious Bimota collector) and the 944cc kit, although nice, if also not a factory option.  More concerning is that The $15,000 asking price is way too steep for the bike in this condition.  There was a really nice DB2 listed on here back in June asking only $10,999, and more recently a Motocorse equipped DB4 for only $10,000 OBO.

Personally, I would offer around 7-8K+ only for this one.

phil





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