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Ducati July 12, 2018 posted by

DesmoNue – 1993 Ducati 900SS

Ducati has carved out an enormous niche in the super-sport area, with some compromises on the sporting intentions of their superbikes, but often more versatile and plenty of fun.  This 900SS was parked after a year or so of use and recently re-incarnated, a happy beginning to its next chapter.

1993 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

A descendant of the 851 and Paso, the 900SS uses the 904cc desmodue, with belt driven cams.  Mikuni carburetors were less fiddly and helped deliver 84 hp.  Adjustable Showa dampers were a nice upgrade and ergonomics were relaxed a bit.  The full fiberglass fairing has the classic Ducati lines.

This Cali SS looks unblemished by its 5,049 miles or the long nap.  Though it's not a limited edition or racy example, refreshed it looks like a new 1993.  The owner shows off the clean in un-faired photos.  From the eBay auction:

Found this in a garage in Lafayette California. And hadn't been run since 1995
Replaced Timing Belts
Flushed the tank, cleared the lines, New Fuel Pump and filter
Rebuilt the Carbs with OEM parts
New Tires, Battery, flushed the brake lines, oiled the cables
Soaked the Chain and Re-oiled
Cleaned, Cleaned and CLEANED AGAIN!!
It Runs and Performs AMAZINGLY!!! AND FAST!!!!

Reviewed as an all-day performer, the 900SS had classic good looks and at the time was called Ducati's best ever.  Maybe a memory lane trip for the next owner, or picking up dad's bike ?  Obviously not new new, but instead of 25 this one looks just a few years old...

-donn

 

DesmoNue – 1993 Ducati 900SS
Ducati April 27, 2018 posted by

Red Contrasts – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000S

Ducati's SportClassics had sharp engineering though the styling recalled earlier days of motorcycling.  The versatile dual spark 992cc engine made the bike easy to love, and the Sport 1000S had a neat SuperSport design and most of the features of the Paul Smart commemorative.

2007 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

Beside its 92 hp air-cooled engine, the Sport 1000S is a clever combination of old and new, dual-shock Sachs rear with progressive springs, wet clutch hydraulically actuated, flat black Termignoni exhausts, a big brace on the 43mm Marzocchi forks, and stainless spokes on black alloy wheels.  The upper-only fairing beats the wind for the rider but leaves most of the Sport 1000S on display.

This example appears to have been well-loved, carefully farkled in red and undamaged over 9,000 miles.  Here is the owner's list of upgrades from the eBay auction:

Adjustable clip-on handle bars
Brembo brakes system
Adjustable front and rear suspension (tunable to fit specific person)
A Pair of Termignoni exhaust pipes
Custom Red Super-Sprox rear sprocket
Gold DID chain
Open belt-system w/ red cover
Battery is new, purchased from dealer 2 years ago
T-Rex Racing frame sliders
Front fork sliders, Rear spindle sliders
Custom under tail tidy kit for brake light & plate
Custom bar-ends w/ twist-cruise lock on throttle side
Machined aluminum front suspension protector
Upgraded Ducati race ECU underseat
Rizoma RED master brake cylinder, front brake cylinder, clutch cylinder
Motul high performance brake fluid
K&N under-tank air filter system
Full synthetic motor oil with new oil filter
Red CFRP rear tire hugger

Fit and finish had turned a corner on the SportClassics, the polish and paint on the fairing supports is just one indication.  Handling was standard Ducati SS, wonderful at speed but ponderous around town.  We could quibble about the open belts, oversize frame sliders and new two year-old battery, but it's a sweet package.  Must be spring because the ask is in Paul Smart SE territory...

-donn

 

 

Red Contrasts – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000S
Ducati April 25, 2018 posted by

Insignificantly Rare – 2005 Ducati 1000SS/DS

Ducati developed a new dual-spark desmodue engine for the 1000SS and it is revered among Ducatista.  Its first platform was the Terblanche-styled SS which was fighting a losing showroom battle.  In hindsight it's a great SuperSport and classic Ducati.

2005 Ducati 1000SS/DS for sale on eBay

Engineers made many changes to the new DS engine, the lower valve angles, shortened exhaust ports and up-to-date fuel injection making for a more reliable, even tempered mill.  The 85 hp from the air-cooled 992cc's leave the water-cooling system behind, relying on air and oil cooling to contain temperatures.   Elsewhere, it's classic SuperSport, a fairly aggressive riding position, complex fairing, trellis frame, and room for a passenger.

This SS is offered by an eBay dealer with quads, bikes, and campers on their roster, and the Senna gray with Ferrari red wheels look excellent for their 17K miles.  For some reason the clutch cover is not present, something should be there to protect the rider and keep the rain out.  The mirror booties need adjustment, likely they were folded, but appear to be the stock item.  From the eBay listing:

Fuel Injected

17,031 Miles

Marchesini Red Wheels

Factory Tool Kit

Zero Gravity Smoke Windshield

Brembo Brakes

Red Key

CLEAN AND CLEAR TITLE !

Tested and Inspected, Ready to Ride Now !

Normal wear and tear, open dry clutch assembly with common Ducati Clutch Plate noise

New Harley Davidson Dealer Trade In !

Very Clean Original Bike !

The SuperSport would only survive another year, starved for customers in a showroom with SuperBikes, Monsters, ST3's and 4's, the MultiStrada.  The love-it-or-hate-it body design probably didn't help matters, though the drivetrain would live on in Monsters, Multis, and the new Hypers and SportClassics.  Earlier SuperSport fans will love the new engine, and the handling will bring back memories.  Bar risers are still available to move the grips up and back a little, and the Make Offer button is there to move the bid down and forward a little...

-donn

 

Insignificantly Rare – 2005 Ducati 1000SS/DS
Ducati March 9, 2018 posted by

Not The End? 1998 Ducati 900SS FE #258

Touted as the end of the SuperSport era, the 900SS Final Edition of the venerable Ducati platform was both a beginning as well as an end. The last released model as designed by Massimo Tamburini, the FE was a numbered and exclusive marketing machine that represented the pinnacle of the air-cooled lineup. The next page of the new chapter of Ducati was written by a new character - the oft derided designer Pierre Terblanche - taking Ducati into new and interesting directions. The real sunset here is not the SuperSport lineup, but rather Tamburini's influence on the design... and ultimately Tamburini's effect on the platform. Today's example is #258 of the purported final 300 bikes targeting North America.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE #258 for sale on eBay

The second generation of the SuperSport platform rolled into the showrooms way back in 1988. With an updated Pantah-based motor, air cooled desmodue twin was a rough gem - it contained all of the basic DNA that you would want in a sport bike, with few of the amenities or polish found in Japanese contemporaries. The SS had style with a trellis frame, basic but good suspension, and a bit of Italian flair that made it unique. Ten years on the platform had aged relatively well, although performance would never be on par with 600s from the East. Carburetors fell by the wayside as fuel injection made an appearance (likely more for EPA reasons than for power or perceived performance). And while 10 years is a lifetime for a model, the bones of the SuperSport were so good that to this day these remain well-sorted motorcycles. Not the fastest, but characteristically Ducati.

From the seller:
have a 1998 Ducati 900SS FE #258 for sale. Bike has 4180 miles on it. Had been in storage for last 11 years. New cam belts, valves checked, oil changed, new air filter, carbs completely rebuilt, new fuel filter, strainer and tank hoses, new Michelin power pilot tires, forks rebuilt with new oil and seals. New brake fluid and clutch slave cylinder rebuilt with new piston assembly. Inside of gas tank is rust free. No cracks in frame or aluminum swing arm. Bike starts and runs good up high but has a hesitation between 2000 and 4000 rpm that I can't figure out. A couple of hours with a Ducati mechanic and it should be good to go. Nearest one to me is 5 hours away so it's not an option otherwise it would be done. Bike did fall over in the garage on left side and has a small ding in front of tank, scuff on lower fairing and small crack in lower fairing where support bar holds it. Also has a section on bottom back of left fairing where battery leaked from the hose and removed the paint, which has been poorly touched up. I believe the fairings were repainted at some point as they appear to be a lighter shade of silver than the headlight surround.

Outside of unique silver paint and a limited edition number riveted to the headstock, there is not too much more to a FE than a one year earlier 900 SuperSport. Still, the Boys from Bologna executed well; the majority of limited edition models pull in higher dollars than standard models at auction. We have seen a few FE models past through these pages, and they always raise some interest. This particular example is not exactly a museum piece, but it looks to be an honest specimen with relatively few miles. It would appear that the owner has done a lot of work on this one, which could be a bonus if all checks out. This buyer is looking for $6,000 in a Buy It Now auction format, which could end up being fair money depending on the ultimate condition of the bike. Check it out here and relive the glory of Tamburini's classic design. Good Luck!!

MI

Not The End? 1998 Ducati 900SS FE #258
MV Agusta November 6, 2017 posted by

MotoAmericana: 2013 MV Agusta F3 SuperSport Race Bike

In the annals of US-based motorcycle motorsports, we are in a rare period of ascension. Driven by the goal of delivering US talent onto Europe's doorstep for inclusion in WSBK and MotoGP championships, MotoAmerica has one of America's top pilots at the corporate helm: Wayne Rainey. Today's bike comes from the MotoAmerica series, and is itself a stepping-stone to the bigger classes in the US. Open to 636cc four cylinder bikes, 675cc three cylinder bikes or 750cc twins, the SuperStock category allows for some minor internal and suspension mods (along with a minimum weight) to align with FIM Supersport regulations (check out MotoAmerica). This 2013 MV Agusta F3 has been a championship contender from an established race team, and hosts a variety of upgrades over a stock example. If you want to rip some serious lap times at your next track day event, you might want to read on. I'll let to the seller pick up the narrative:

2013 MV Agusta F3 SuperSport MotoAmerica Racer for sale on eBay

From the seller:
MOTO AMERICA MV Agusta F3 Racebike!
The MotoAmerica championship replaced the AMA as our national top level motorcycle racing series in 2015, and BellissiMoto was there, with Javelin Broderick racing this awesome MV Agusta F3 all around the country, finishing as high as 7th, in the ultra-competitive field, in our first year, with a young (19yr old) racer who had never visited a majority of the tracks before.

Full Moto America SuperSport Race Build!
Armour Bodies - Racing Bodywork
Arrow - Full Competition Racing Exhaust
Bitubo - ECH 29 Nitrogen Gas Charged Fork Cartridge Kit
- the exact piece from Jules Cluzels 2014 World Super Sport Race bike!
- factory reconditioned after the 2014 season then sent to us
Bitubo - XXF31 Fully Adjustable Nitrogen Pressurized Rear Shock
- the exact piece from Jules Cluzels 2014 World Super Sport Race bike!
- factory reconditioned after the 2014 season then sent to us)).
Bitubo - Adjustable Nitrogen Charged Steering Damper
CNC Racing - Adjustable Brake and Clutch Lever
CNC Racing - Adjustable Rearsets
CNC Racing - Bar End Lever Guard
CNC Racing - Top Triple Clamp
CNC Racing - Clip Ons
CNC Racing - Quick Release Gas Cap
Domino - XM2 Super Soft Grips
EVR - Slipper Clutch (same as used by all the Factory MV Agusta race teams)
Galfer - SPECIAL R&D PRODUCTION - PRO RACER ONLY - Full Floating Rotors
MotoHolders - lightweight aluminum racing fairing stay
MWR - XXL Intake Kit and Racing Air Filter with adjustment kit
- same as used by all the Factory MV Agusta race teams)
MV Agusta - Racing ECU Upgrades and help from Reparto Corse development
Rapidbike - Racing module
Rapidbike - Quick Shifter / Sensor
Rapidbike - YouTune module
RG Racing - Engine Protection Kit (Clutch and Alternator covers)
Rizoma - Brake Fluid Reservoir
Samco Sport - Silicone Racing Hose Kit
Superlight Sprockets and Lightweight 520 MVXZ Racing Chain
Zero Gravity - Double Bubble Racing Windscreen
Paint by Andrew Swenson, Graphics by Drippin Wet.

Bike has been serviced meticulously by professionals, and the bike has been used for less than 250 miles since it's last complete service.

It runs PERFECTLY and has 2 custom maps; 1 for premium, 1 for race gas.

EVERYTHING WORKS, THE BIKE NEEDS NOTHING.

More from the seller:
Obviously the bike is used, it was raced in the 2015 MotoAmerica Championship by Javelin Broderick, and only suffered 2 crashes, both of which resulted in minor damage which was professionally repaired and the bike was put back into use throughout the year's remaining racing activities without any negative incidents. Overall Condition is that of an authentic racebike that's 100% ready to roll onto the starting grid and race again. She would look perfectly at home in World Super Sport, the paint is great, there are very few chips/scratches/cracks, and the bike has been fully torn down and rebuilt after it's race season before becoming my personal track bike for the past 2 seasons. The bike needs nothing, jump on it and ride. This was our "B" bike during the season, so she has low miles (1649), and an ultra-fresh engine!

More from the seller:
Why am I selling? I own BellissiMoto, America's premier exotic Motorcycle, Parts, Gear, and Accessories store, but I also have about 25 bikes (3 track/race only bikes already) in my personal collection and it's time to clear out some of the bikes I just don't ride enough.

More from the seller:
NOTE - THIS BIKE DOES NOT COME WITH A TITLE.
It was purchased directly from MV Agusta's Racing Director (Bruce M.), and CEO (Helen V.) under a special arrangement for the race season. Original bill of sale from MV Agusta to me is included, this bike is not stolen, and it is not an unusual or strange purchase arrangement for a professional race bike / team, as the manufacturers shield themselves from the potential liability of having factory racebikes turned back into street bikes, etc...

This is common for collectors or racers, and if you have questions or concerns, please ask - there is nothing to hide here.

There is a huge difference between a stripped down track-day bike and a fully developed racer. Of the two, a bike contending for an established championship will nearly always be the more meticulously prepared of the two; races are won by consistent equipment as much as consistent riding skills. Here is your opportunity to either stock your man cave with one of the coolest possible MV Agustas I can think of, as the coolest bike in your next track day, or as a fantastic foundation for your foray into amateur racing (it always helps to start with a properly sorted bike). As a street bike the F3 has been lauded as a fantastic handling machine; this racer only goes to show you how close the track has come to the street in recent years. Check out this 2013 MV Agusta F3 racer here; you could not build something even close for the asking price. Good Luck!!

MI

MotoAmericana: 2013 MV Agusta F3 SuperSport Race Bike
Ducati September 13, 2017 posted by

Classic Heavy Metal: 1980 Ducati Super Sport for Sale

Although it's date-stamped as a 1980 model, this Ducati 900 Super Sport is obviously a sportbike from an even earlier era: twin-shock suspension aside, the engine features vintage, half-faired style and nearly Victorian-era detailing on the engine. A bit of a throwback, this machine is nonetheless significant to modern sportbike fans, as it was the more commonly available update of the original 750 Super Sport that was Ducati's first foray into big sportbikes. These early Super Sports were basically ground zero for the company as it exists today, especially significant as we're now staring down the barrel of the end of Ducati's v-twin superbikes with the introduction of their MotoGP-aping V4.

The 900 Super Sport was introduced in 1975 as an evolution of their iconic, but very limited-production 750 Super Sport. It used an updated version of their overhead-cam, air-cooled v-twin, here punched out to 864cc and fitted with the restyled "square" engine cases to replace the "round" cases on the 750. Keep in mind that, up until the introduction of the rubber-belt Pantah engine, it was only the Super Sport models that had Ducati's spring-less Desmo valve actuation. Combined with a system of tower shafts and bevel gears to drive the cams instead of chains or belts, the "bevel-head" v-twin engine was more Swiss watch than propulsion system, and manufacturing costs were unsurprisingly high, a major reason for the switch to rubber belts.

Aside from the increased displacement, the 900SS featured a number of changes intended to broaden the bike's appeal for the US market, with modern cast aluminum wheels, a quieter exhaust [blasphemy!], improved kick start, and the gearshift redesigned for the left side of the bike. Earlier examples with left-foot shifter used a cumbersome linkage to convert the bike from its original right-foot shift and the new mechanism was much more precise. Originally, the bike came in classic silver with blue graphics, with the black-and-gold scheme seen here introduced in 1979. This particular example has aftermarket bar-end mirrors fitted that are obviously not period-correct, but pretty innocuous and easily removed if you're going for the original, mirror-less style. The engine also features a clear glass "Gear-Gazer" for the upper cylinder's bevel-drive gears, and aftermarket addition but one I'd probably want for myself, originality be damned.

 

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport Desmo for Sale

17,066 original miles – Collector owned

Restored to Perfection in 2015

History:

After the round case twins 750 GT, Sport and Super Sport Desmo entered the scene, Ducati management found that the line-up lacked a super sport bike capable of competing with the Japanese superbikes with over 750 cc and the Ducati 900 Super Sport was developed to fill that gap.

Initially, Ducati opted for a more touring-oriented approach, with the 860 GT styled by Giugiaro, that unfortunately did not win the public’s favour. At the same time, however, the Bolognese manufacturer also introduced a sportier version, the 900 Super Sport, reminiscent of the sales success of the gorgeous 750 SS Desmo.
The 860 cc engine was derived from the original L-twin engine conceived for the 750 GT, however with a redesigned, more squared case.

Throughout its history, the 900 SS actually underwent few modifications, from the fuel tank to the light-alloy wheels, and was offered in a gold and black livery, in addition to the classic silver and electric blue colour scheme.

Asking Price: $35,500 obo.

The Buy It Now is listed at $35,500 and for that kind of cash, I'd like a little less "brief history that we probably already know" and more information on the who-what-where of the "restoration." Describing something simply as "restored to perfection" is the kind of thing that can mean different things to different people, although I'd expect that the seller would be happy to answer any questions, and the bike looks terrific in the photographs.

-tad