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Ducati December 19, 2022 posted by

Cherry Filling – 1996 Ducati 900SS

Without a numbered plaque or extra letters, this might just be a plain vanilla 900SS.  But it appears remarkably original and in excellent shape for 33K miles.

1996 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Special models such as the SuperLight and SS/SP get most of our attention, but the base 900SS is most of the way there.  The air cooled 904cc twin put out a respectable 84 hp, and 38mm Mikuni’s were tuneable if not inspired.  The dry clutch and inverted Showa forks added to the sports-oriented theme.  Exhausts on the two-seater were upswept, but not as sharply as the monoposto.

With all those miles it’s a safe bet there have been at least a few owners and plenty of maintenance, but history or no, at this stage of life most bikes are on the IRAN (inspect-and-repair-as-necessary) plan.  At least no apparent faux pas, and just as hard to find a mod – maybe the tail looks a bit tidy but that’s about all.

The SS were Ducati’s all-rounders until the Monster and then Multistrada arrived, and they took a little commuting and cross-country in stride.  The dry clutch and air cooling set a rider apart these days, and there’s probably a manual transmission car home in the garage.  Toward the end of the model run, this example is certainly worth a more in-depth look.

-donn

Cherry Filling – 1996 Ducati 900SS
Ducati June 28, 2022 posted by

Forza Smussato – 1978 Ducati 900SS with 1,900 Miles !

Today’s Supersport is a vintage bevel still on the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin and presumably never registered.  Condition and ask are more stadium auction than eBay.  Just a couple of klicks down Rte. 7 from me if a reader would like a close-up inspection.

1978 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Ducati added 6mm to the bore of the 750SS and found 864cc’s and 67 hp.  Still an early adoption of the desmodromic valve gear, reviewers advised against ignoring the valve adjustment intervals.  The stout frame tubes cradle the squared-off engine cases, and spring rates could be kept relatively mild.  280mm brakes and 18-inch spoked wheels round out the running gear.  The single seat seems to have been optional for 1978 and joins the party started by the upper-only fairing.

Dealer plates might explain the 1,900 miles and MSO documentation, and likely all but a few happened more than a generation ago.  Recently the engine was evidently rebuilt, and factory blinkers are still mounted.  Finishes on the chrome, alloy, and paint ( sometimes all in the same picture ! ) are excellent without seeming overdone.  Details from the eBay auction –

Silver with Blue. 1,900 original miles, same owner since 1988 – still on Ducati Factory MSO. In 2019, the bike was totally gone thru, the brakes and the carburetors rebuilt, the engine was disassembled and refreshed after sitting for many years, this was all done by a Ducati Expert. Almost $15,000 was spent doing this work with receipts to verify the work done. The bike is in excellent condition exactly as you would expect for a super low mile example. It comes with an additional front fairing and owners manual. Ducati’s are the ultimate sport bike. If you are collector this is one you should have in your collection! It is a very low mile example that has just been mechanically gone thru.

Though not the first desmodromic valve engine, the bevel has a rabid – following – which capitalizes on the bikes’ vintage beauty.  They weren’t a racetrack challenge to Japan’s latest four cylinder bikes, but were only a tad slower on the road with better torque and lighter handling.  Almost all are collectible these days, occasional riders with close family ties to Imola and looks that always draw a crowd.

-donn

Forza Smussato – 1978 Ducati 900SS with 1,900 Miles !
Ducati June 11, 2022 posted by

Sortalight – 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight #874

Ducati made a some purely sporting mods to the 904cc Supersport which eliminated the pillion and a added a few lighter components.  A previous owner undid some of the weight savings but this is still a quite original and very good example.

1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight for sale on eBay

With all the goodness built in from the 900SS, the Superlight’s single seat and higher exhaust were the icing on the cake.  Air-cooled 78 hp accompanied improved braking and adjustable Showa suspension bits, and Marvic wheels with aluminum rims married to magnesium hubs reduced mass in the right places.  Carbon mudguards and clutch cover imparted extra lightness.  Sure can’t argue with the race number prep on the tailcone and edition number plaque on the triple tree.  Chrome yellow paint controverted Ducati rosso purists.

With a shade under 30 years and just over 26K miles, this Superlight has a few imperfections, but looks all together and original in places where many aren’t.  Presuming the previous owner wanted wider rear rubber, the next owner will want to keep an eye open for a correct rear wheel to go with new tires.  Notes in the eBay auction wander a bit but hit all the important points –

I’ve had it for a few years and barely rode it, I mainly just stared at it. LOL   This is a beautiful bike and an absolute head turner when it’s out. They are rarely seen out and about.

Here’s the service history since I’ve had it, all work done by one of the great Ducati 900SS experts in the country, Bobby Weindorf. He has extensive experience from working at Pro Italia and as a mechanic and curator for the Moto Talbot collection and more. 

June 2021

  • -Check valve clearances- all good
  • -Install new belts, check tensioners and rollers 
  • -Flush and bleed brakes
  • -Flush and bleed clutch
  • -Replace spark plugs
  • -Clean and adjust carbs, clean jets, clean out idle circuit

June 2022

  • -Disassemble carbs, cleaned all jets
  • -flush front brake system, installed braided steel lines

Fairings are in really great shape and yes they still have the black spongy lining on the inside. I believe this lining is original. This stuff is so brittle it flakes off to the touch, I’m not kidding, it’s a mess when you touch it, but I’m not removing it because I understand some collectors want that intact for originality.

Some of the bolt holes on the seat fairing have “spiderweb” cracks from a prior owner over-tightening. See pics. Common but unfortunate. I’ve seen body/paint shops lightly touch these up to hide them. I’ll leave that up to you.

Tank looks gorgeous, no dents dings or scratches, one very small touch up paint spot.  Probably a few minor nicks here and there, as expected for a 30 year old bike.  The engine/metal parts could use a thorough cleaning with some q-tips and a good cleaner to get into the crevices.

The front wheel is the original Marvic. The rear wheel is not. Previous owner swapped for a wheel off a 1997 916. You may be able to find an original replacement on eBay or overseas, I’ve seen them come up for sale.

Bike fires right up, I mean really fires up! First touch of start button! I’m happy to send you a video.

Probably the Make Offer will get some action on this Superlight, with its miles, recent maintenance and appearance asking for a bit more attention.  Superlight worldwide production looks to have been just over 1,300 in 1992, then a little over half that in 1993-95.  Since the profit engineers stepped in after the first year, earlier bikes are choice.  This example checks a lot of boxes and hopefully the next owner will buff it up to a high lustre.

-donn

Sortalight – 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight #874
Ducati May 13, 2022 posted by

Back To Our Regular Programing: 1996 Ducati 900SS SuperLight (In UK)

Seems as if the UK has had a couple of really interesting motorcycles come to market recently.  On the heals of a post trying to make a case for a Bimota DB2 over a standard 900SS this SuperLight really complicates the situation. Sure the DB2 is appealing, but is it too niche?  Maybe a Ducati 900SS SuperLight is a better fit.  The SuperLight was to be the ultimate version of the first generation SuperSports.  A light, simple, fun machine.  In the end Ducati created a cult classic from the start.

The single seal SuperLight was treated to more than just a unique numbered plaque on the triple tree.  The special yellow and single seat configuration make the bike pop and stand out.  Some carbon extras reduce weight and increase the visual appeal.  In some markets lighter wheels were used.  Many small details come together to create a wonderful package.  Low production numbers mean that you are unlikely to run into another at the local bike night.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Ducati 900 Superlight MK IV, 1996/N, I’m only the 3rd owner, 42438 miles, MOT 12th June 2022 (Can put full MOT on the bike for new owner), Comes with 2 x original keys, a thick stack of service history (Belts changed at 40974 miles), Carbon cans, clutch cover and front & rear mud guards, Superb to ride, sounds lovely, Great original condition for age & mileage, HPI Clear, Possible part exchange? Collection Norwich, I may be able to deliver, £5250 NO TIME WASTERS as I just don’t have the spare time!!! Genuine bike so only genuine buyers please!!!

With the rise in popularity of all things 90s it is hard to think of a more Rad way to spend 5250 Pounds Sterling.  At the current exchange that price would have buyers lined up around the block in the UK.  One would think that there could not be that much of an imbalance on opposite sides of the pond.  Would love to hear from some of our UK readers on the topic of valuation and comparisons to US based recent sales.  Mileage is a fair bit higher than others that have been listed, but these robust motors are know to last.

Back To Our Regular Programing:  1996 Ducati 900SS SuperLight (In UK)
Ducati March 27, 2022 posted by

1995 Ducati 900SS/SP #559 For Sale!

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP #559 For Sale on eBay!

Make: Ducati
Model: 900 SS/SP
Badge: #559
Mileage: 30,311 or 31,100
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Price: $7,250 BIN


The auction ad states 31,100 miles and even though I don’t have my glasses on, I think that reads 30,311 . . . ?

From the seller of many words
Full Desmo service

That maybe the best “For Sale” description to ever grace our page! With that said, we’re on our own for the details-

#559 looks to have been enjoyed over the past 27 years, but also appears to have been spared the typical run through the Ducati parts catalog. Other than a few prominently placed go fast stickers, mirrors, windscreen, a set of Helibar type risers and an Ohlins shock it appears to be stock and well cared for.

Much like the description, the pictures leave me thirsting for a little more. But, maybe the seller figures it’s a numbered and badged, red Ducati and you can take it or leave it. Perhaps it could also be a forced sale and really isn’t interested in moving it?

I can’t speak from experience, but all signs point to these being awesome machines to ride. Plenty of torque, narrow, and red. What more could you ask for from a 27 year old motorcycle? Oh! Let’s not forget it has a recent “Full Desmo Service” . . . whatever that means.

Interested?

You can make the jump here and ask all the questions you’d like.

Ciao!

Doug

1995 Ducati 900SS/SP #559 For Sale!
Ducati February 3, 2022 posted by

Something Special: 1995 Ducati 900SS SP

If you are into your air-cooled, two-valve, Pantah-based Ducatis, what we have here must certainly be considered as a high water mark. Possibly slightly less collectable than a Superlight, the 900 SS/SP line continues to be sought at for what it is: a fantastic riding platform that will continue to turn heads and age well. The unique numbered badge on the headstock helps drive the rarity factor, and other than the dual seat and less cantankerous single-piece wheels, you are really looking at a bronze framed, red Superlight.

From the seller:
95 Ducati 900ss sp excellent condition. New Tires, timing belts, valves adjusted, new fuel pump, fuel lines all work performed by a professional technician. More pics available. staintune stainless mufflers. I will help shippers.

Not much by way of pictures, but the seller indicates a willingness to send more upon request. For a 900SS SP, this looks to be in great shape. The Staintune pipes are aftermarket, but likely far better sounding than the restrictive stockers. The seller indicates maintenance has been done on the machine, which is always a good sign for a Ducati. The condition of the front and rear carbon mudguards tells me that they are likely original, as this era of factory carbon utilized an epoxy-based resin that shows discoloration over time when exposed to moderate sunlight. This is not uncommon, and should not be a deal breaker. The rest looks to be an honest bike, with an ask of only $7k Buy It Now. In 10 years time that will seem like a bargain, as these bikes are keepers. Check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Something Special: 1995 Ducati 900SS SP
Ducati January 14, 2022 posted by

1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight MKII For Sale on eBay!

1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight For Sale!

Make: Ducati
Model: 900SS Superlight
Location: Verona, Wisconsin
Mileage: 9,424
Price: $11,700.00

More sticky than a fly strip is this Wisconsin Cheese colored Italian Stallion with a special Ducati Limited Edition brass number plate on the triple clamp.

#865 is up for your Friday viewing pleasure. What do ya’think?

“Son, what’s it gonna take to put you in this yellow solo seat today?”

Whatever the deal is I’d ask for a heat gun, a plastic razor blade, some Goo Gone, isopropyl alcohol wipes and a bottle of Wizards Wax Master to aid in the prompt removal of those go fast stickers. Don’t misunderstand me- I’m a sticker guy through and through, but I never and I mean never put stickers on any painted surface. I know- to each their own!

From the seller
Bike #865 by the tag.
This bike has only 9424 miles on it. In around 2018, the bike received a complete service. New tires, cam belt, valves set, rebuilt carbs, new battery, new fuel pump, changed all fluids. Was tested and then the fuel tank was drained along with the carbs. It was set for storage in climate controlled storage until fall of 2021. The bike received new Interstate battery, change oil & filter, fresh fuel & ran & driven. The tires still have the tips on them.


 

The bike was made to look like the Fast By Ferracci bike of that time. There is a scratch on right silencer. The bike looks to have been tipped over as there are small paint touch up on the left & right lower & upper fairings. The rear seat cowl does have small cracks around the seat mounts as they all do if anyone sat on them.

This Ducati has a K & N air filter & the air box has been modified. The rear sprocket has been changed, but comes with the original. It comes with a set of Carbon Fiber exhaust silencers and a Corbin seat.

I recommend an inspection to make sure this is the bike for you and you know what you will be receiving.

You are welcome to come view the Ducati Suplerlight or even have someone else inspect it.

I can email more pictures of the Ducati. I have many with the body panels off as well as close detail pictures. And I have a quick video of it being ridden.

All things considered, I think this Superlight presents very well. I’d like to see a close up of the scratches from the tip over, but the seller is open to pre-buying inspections. I checked the RSBFS.com way back time machine and the asking price on this one is about the same as they were 15 years ago. In my feeble mind- that seems like a pretty good deal!

Interested? Check out this SuperFly Yellow Ducati here!

Ciao!

Doug

1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight MKII For Sale on eBay!
Ducati January 4, 2022 posted by

Sunnyside – 1995 Ducati 900SS

The bright courtyard pictures of this 900SS must’ve been taken last fall, because at 6,349 ft., it’s a bit wintry in Santa Fe. But a little warmth awaits the new owner when the truck drops off this very nice Supersport.



1995 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

In the days before the Monster and Multi, Ducati’s Supersport was the do-all bike – built sporty but comfortable enough to take on a commute or weekend.  Air cooled and with belt-driven cams, the 904cc desmodue made 84 hp via 38mm Mikuni carbs and a dry clutch.  Showa supplied the inverted fork and adjustable monoshock, and Brembo the 320 mm brakes.  Dry weight was right around 400 lbs. even with the full fairing.

Never seeming to have been fawned over, this 900SS looks very good and just a few rubs interrupt the flow.  Termignoni mufflers and Superlight monoposto seem to be the majority of the mods.  The seat cover is a little crispy but could easily be re-covered or Sargent-ized.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Very nice example with patina from regular use as expected of a 27 year old bike. 

Looks and sounds fantastic. Pulls strong. No smoking or obvious mechanical wear.
Belts replace 4 years ago but have only ridden about 1500 miles since then.
Tires are virtually new having been installed a year ago and have only about 400 miles on them max.
 
Rare Termignoni high rise pipes and brackets from a superlight.
Superlight solo tail.
Correct factory vented clutch cover.
Battery always on a tender and is strong.

With nothing aboard that isn’t required, even lunch on a 900SS will require a backpack.  And though the handling won raves, U-turns with the chassis geometry can be a dab-fest.  But if a splash and a snack are available at the turn-around point, then the 90’s SS can be a grand day out.  The example gives up SP credentials and static display perfection for a very sensible starting bid and a not-bad buy-it-now.

-donn

 

Sunnyside – 1995 Ducati 900SS

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