Posts by tag: Ducati 900SS

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 29, 2014 posted by

Existence Denied? 1988 Ducati 900ss in Australia

Is this a Ducati that Ducati doesn't want to admit exists?  Read on!

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Earlier this year I wrote about what collectors look for when assessing a rare vehicle; age, number produced of a particular configuration, technological impact, and availability in the country being sold in.  When I noticed this pristine-looking 1988 Ducati 900SS located in Australia I thought it would make a nice RSBFS posting, in part because we hadn't previously posted a 1988 Ducati 900ss.

But as I researched this model a bit more I found something quite unexpected;  the 1988 Ducati 900ss doesn't appear in the history section of the Ducati website.  Yes, you read that right...Ducati does not appear to acknowledge the existence of this bike.

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1988 Ducati 900ss for sale on Ebay Australia

Now before you start thinking maybe this is a custom bike made to look like a 80's Supersport, I was able to find some very limited info about the bike on the web and also a link to the existence of a Bike magazine review so it does appear to be a real Ducati.   This begs the question, why isn't it listed in the history section of the Ducati website?

From what I have been able to determine, when Cagiva took over Ducati in the mid-80's one of their first actions was to resurrect the SuperSport name.  This isn't really surprising since the name had a long and proud history within Ducati, including the now uber-collectable 750ss and 900ss of the 70's.  In 1987, Ducati/Cagiva relaunched the SuperSport edition, first on a 750cc model that came equipped with the same engine as the luscious 750F1 but was detuned/intended to be a bit softer than the hardcore F.   But apparently the new SuperSport had some serious problems, including issues with the casting of SuperSport 16-inch wheels, the Weber carburetors were described as "kludgy" and there were even instances of cracking swingarms.

So what did Ducati/Cagiva do?  Well, in somewhat typical-of-the-times-Italian-small-value motorcycle-manufacturer thinking, rather than hold off introducing new models until they fixed the issues with the 750cc lineup, they instead plowed ahead and offered a more powerful version of the SuperSport.   The 1988 Ducati 900ss SuperSport used the same tubular trellis frame but was fitted with a Pantah based 904 cc air-cooled 90° V-twin,  which had crankcases derived from the 851 motor.   It's not really surprising that the 900 SuperSport had the same issues as the 750cc model while also having a reputation for running very hot and a notchy transmission.  This is probably why in 1989 the 900 SuperSport received a revised air/oil cooled motor and a new six-speed gear box from the 906cc Ducati Paso. But in any case, the result was very few were sold and fewer are known to survive.

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So now we come to a question;  if the 1988-1989 Ducati 900 SuperSport was really just a more powerful version of the 750cc model that ran even hotter and still had all the same problems as the 750cc model, would it really be a surprise if Ducati wanted people to forget about this bike?   And if Ducati does want people to forget about this bike, does this make it a good acquisition for a collector?

This particular 1989 Ducati 900ss looks to be in absolutely pristine condition with only 11.5 kilometers. In fact it looks so good I would be willing to bet that it has either been in storage or there has been a restoration done to it.   The $5990 AUD seems right in line with the values posted on Bikepoint.au.

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Perhaps the fact that this bike isn't in the Ducati website history section its just an omission and this is a rare opportunity to get a piece of Ducati history.  Then again, perhaps this bike is more like the Morris Ital, a vehicle that it its best to let just quietly fade away and collectors should avoid.

-Marty/Dallaslavonwer

Existence Denied?  1988 Ducati 900ss in Australia
Bimota April 3, 2012 posted by

Spring Project Time at RSBFS!

For Sale: 1978 Ducati 900SS, 1984 Bimota KB3, 1985 HONDA VFR 400 NC 24, 1986 Honda NS400R

Ah, spring is in the air. Time to clean out the garage and make some space for a new project. And just in case you *need* a new project to work on, here are a few worthy items to spend your time on - RSBFS style!

Project #1: 1978 Ducati 900SS

Who here can resist a Bevel drive Ducati? With sleek lines, a narrow chassis and great torque from the desmo-action V-twin, the Ducati Super Sport put racing-spec machinery on the road for the common man (provided said common man had deep pockets).

This particular bike looks to be in nice condition, although it is not complete. The fairing is not original, but the color is at least close. The seller notes it is missing a battery and a chain, and the cases have been split to remedy a tranny issue with 4th gear. The bike will sell in this condition, so be sure and check out all the picks and the seller's detailed Q&A on the bike before you bid. Someone with mechanical skills could make this into a sharp ride. Click here to find out more!

Project #2: 1984 Bimota KB3

The next project on our list is this fabulous early model year Bimota KB3. The KB series Bimotas are more rare than most, and this particular example looks to be a nice find. The details on these frames are amazing - mass centralization and heavy triangulation around the headstock area speak volumes about the handling potential of these bikes.

This particular bike is a modified KB3, reconstructed as a hot rod in a post-accident rebuild. Assuming that the frame is straight and intact, this is a project worthy of completion. It looks like most of the parts are there, and the bike actually runs - but this is not quite ready to ride away. There does not appear to be too much awry here, but the devil is always in the details. Check out all the auction photos and all the info provided by the seller on this cool and rare project!

Project #3: 1985 HONDA VFR 400 NC 24

The 400cc class continues to be hot lately, and this NC24 is a nice find for someone willing to trade effort and elbow grease for cost. This particular seller is known to import myriad bikes from Japan - many of them quite rare here in the US. Unfortunately Japan is a coastal country and oxidation occurs rapidly for vehicles stored in outside environments.

The NC24 VFR has a jewel of a motor, and the single sided swingarm is an item normally found only on more exotic machines (such as the RC30). The gear-driven cams on these models sound like nothing else, and the performance is more than adequate in most situations; better than adequate in tighter situations! This particular model is not currently running, shows a good bit of weathering, and is sporting an aftermarket silencer. For more pictures and information, jump over to the auction.

Project #4: 1986 Honda NS400R

The final bike is this great NS400R located Down Under. The NSR was a V-3 two stroke, patterned after the GP-winning bikes ridden by Freddie Spencer at the time. This seller has updated the graphics and paint detail prior to putting the bike into storage. The bike emerges into daylight eight years later - looking for a new owner.

There is no info on whether the bike runs, although the seller notes that the motor does turn over. The bike does not appear to be in too bad a shape, considering that it is not often we see an NS400R with 30,000+ miles! For those readers located on the southern side of the planet, this might be a find for you! To check it out, click the link and jump over to the auction.

Well, there you have it - four project bikes worthy of some RSBFS attention. Any one of these will provide for a very lust-worthy mount once properly restored, and most can be had for a significant savings as comparted to a museum quality purchase. And if you have a RSBFS-worthy project that you are considering, hit the comments and let us know what's on the bench!

MI