Eye-catching but not an original 900 SS, this lookalike might be a good alternative for a value-conscious bevel fan. Presumably customized from a standard 900 Darmah, the tank and fairings present the SS aura and looks better than most originals.
With single overhead cams driven by a right-angle gear, the 864 cc’s author 74 hp at 7,500 rpm. Specs are good for the day, 5-speed, right-side up Ceriani forks, twin rear shocks. Triple-disc Brembo brakes are 280mm front and 260mm rear. Classic items such as kick-only start and dual Dell’Orto carburetors may require a period mechanic for any serious work.
Using Ducati body parts or very good replicas, this custom looks great with under 8,000 miles indicated, and features a classic Ducati color with polished fuel tank. Very showy with alloy rims and stainless spokes. You know you’ve got a fan when you see the glass bevel view cover !
Beautiful one of a kind 1978 Ducati 900SS Custom. Not an original 900SS. Matching engine and frame numbers. Smiths gauges. Kick start only – no electric start. Runs perfectly – recently serviced in November of 2015. Clean – Excellent condition – paint is perfect. Handmade aluminum polished gas tank turns heads. Alloy wheels with polished stainless steel spokes. Del Orto 38mm carbs. New Ducati (Ducati Yellow- looks orange) paint. Odometer shows 7938 miles. This bike draws crowds wherever it is parked – shows beautifully! Very small ding in tank near seat – will send pictures upon request. An all original SS goes for double the price! Great for twisty roads – handles beautifully.
The ’78 900 SS reviewed with a solid chassis, suspension that was good after set-up, great brakes, and an engine that wouldn’t win any drag races but had great presence out on the road. Likely all true with this 900 SS commemorative, if you hear what this bike is saying, it will be regardless of whether it’s original or not…