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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.



  • Hmmm – this one seems like a bit of a mashup. The forks are definitely the CR variety – SS models had adjustable forks. By 1996 these had an oil temp gauge as well I believe … this dash does not. The reservoirs on an SS are the remote type, these are the CR-style “coffin” reservoirs. The lettering on the fairings looks odd, and I thought the SS models had an aluminum swingarm with the underslung caliper? Hardware on the fairing is a mix as well.

  • Converted CR maybe, sharp eyes Paul ! 🙂

  • I bought a 92 900SS last year. I’ve always wanted one and it did not disappoint, just a magnificent motorcycle to ride. Mine has loads of upgrades (Ohlins, Ferracci) etc, a complete service history and almost the exact same miles…I paid $5K for mine.

  • Definitely a CR with full fairings. Steel swingarm, stainless front discs with painted steel carriers and the oft-maligned Marzocchi forks. I bought one of these new in 1996. Wonderful bike. I did the DOCC rallies at Grattan and eventually raced it in CCS and GLRRS.

    944 kit and flatsides make it a torque monster and it power-wheelies in 2nd with all the grunt.

  • The fairings are also missing the expensive gold-anodized aluminum spacers under the fasteners. You can see them on the tail section.

  • Fake news!! This is a CR that someone has been trying to sell on Ebay for over a year now. Along with all the other things mentioned, the gas cap doesn’t line up, the headlight doesn’t fit in the fairing and it doesn’t have any of the carbon goodies. It also has the rear caliper up high like a CR model with the steel swing arm.
    I’d rather have an SP with CR half fairings than a CR with SP fairings…

  • This bike was bought on Bringatrailer for about $4,500 early in 2021 If I recall and was blasted on BAT for all of the flaws and it is a CR. I love my 96 900SS/CR and it is muck nicer than this one and I would gladly let it go for $7,000 too!

  • There is so much wrong with this one.

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