Until the Monster arrived, the later SuperSport was Ducati’s all-rounder, its torquey powerplant and sweet handling taking the racetrack and longer tours in stride. Only offered stateside, the SP had a few nicer components and limited availability. This Texas example is worth a closer look.
The now venerable 904cc desmodue was a revelation at the time, almost 100 hp per liter in a simple air-cooled package, with nice torque band. The factory switched to Mikuni carburetors in hopes of better tuneability, and introduced the hinged fuel tank to ease access. Keeping the excellent Brembo brakes, the SP adds adjustable Showa suspension and an aluminum swingarm. Front and rear mudguards are a significant carbon accent.
With mid-range miles of 17,051, this SP looks great and has been tuned with upgraded Mikunis and carbon exhaust with stainless brackets. One of the multiple layers of auction packaging boasts of a custom fairing but it looks stock and pretty nice. Return from mothball status could be negotiated with the Fort Worth dealer, who put these comments in the eBay auction:
Feast your eyes on this rare Ducati SP900 Desmodue Sport bike. This is an amazing motorcycle that’s been in a collection. This bike was drained of fuel and has been in storage for 18 months. This is not a cookie cutter sport bike for Friday nights. Carbon fiber exhaust, carbon fiber fenders, carbon fiber seat pan, Mikuni TM Flat slide pro series carburetor’s. This bike is in amazing shape and would be a fantastic addition to anyone’s collection.
Caught out in the early 1990’s model name battlefield, Ducati’s later SuperSports came in SS, SS/CR ( Cafe Racer ), SS/SL ( SuperLight ), and SS/SP ( Sport Production ) flavors – later there was even an ( SS/FE Final Edition ). Like the SuperLight, the SP is a numbered edition and one of the best riding desmodues. This 900 SS/SP has performance upgrades which enhance its sporty but stock appearance…