Ducati has had a Supersport in their line-up since most of us have been riding, and the 1990’s were good years for the SS with excellent chassis, Brembo brakes, Showa suspension and the easy air-cooled desmodue. This example has miles, and though the owner went lightly on upgrades, maintenance is up to date.
The carburetted era was winding down at Ducati but the 900SS still sports 38mm Mikunis, helping deliver 85 hp, pretty good for a two-valve air cooled engine. Components were in a sweet spot as well, with dual 320mm disks, inverted forks and lightweight if not quiet dry clutch. A good-sized pillion is available under the beauty cover, and the cafe racer fairing insures easy access for maintenance and cleaning.
This owner has made a few nice mods with the alloy swingarm and wider rear wheel, looks like an updated monoshock though it isn’t mentioned. The oil change schedule has a seasonal sound, so likely not too many recent miles, and for that odometer it looks phenomenal. Generously photographed, there’s also video of – startup – and – walkaround – ( better soundtrack on the startup ). From the eBay auction:
1996 Ducati 900SS with 35,146 miles. Meticulously maintained. Very clean. Always stored indoors (inside basement shop). Oil and filter changed every 500 miles or so. Valve adjusted 34,235. Belts replaced, new Ferodo clutch plates, brakes/clutch bled 34,934. This is basically an SP model (sans the carbon fiber and remote reservoirs) with CR bodywork. Showa 41mm usd 3-way adjustable forks. Aluminum SP swingarm. 5.5″ rear wheel. Regina chain. 41t rear sprocket. Adjustable brake and clutch levers. Napoleon bar-end mirror. Stock exhaust and cans (though mildly jetted to accept slip-ons). Updated (2001+) clutch slave cylinder and rod. Vented 1/2 clutch cover. Lightly tinted windscreen. New Yuasa YTX20HL-BS High Performance AGM battery. Did I mention how clean this bike was?
The later Supersports had a tough row to hoe, second fiddle to the superbikes with the new Monsters breathing down their corner of the showroom. Only a few hundred were imported in ’97-98, and Pierre Terblanche provided a re-styled SS for 1999. Though there is a reserve on this auction, this SS/CR should still be a down payment-sized entry into the sportbike affliction.