Posts by tag: 904

Ducati May 27, 2022 posted by

That Is – 1992 Ducati Paso 907IE

Ducati toughed it out with the original Paso, making small improvements until the fuel injected 907 I.E. was introduced in 1991.  Today’s has miles but a recent restoration and a couple of nicer add-ons.

1992 Ducati Paso 907IE for sale on eBay

With water cooling and Weber injection, the 907IE’s 904cc’s claim a robust 90 hp, and torque giving a wide range of 3,000 to 8,500 revs in the power band.  The square tube chassis is all but invisible under the full Tamburini bodywork, with Marzocchi suspension adapted from the 851 superbike.  300mm Brembo brakes and 120 front / 190 rear tires were more sport than touring.  Behind the body-color windshield, the cockpit reviewed as roomy and even a pillion wouldn’t look out of place. 

Parked in the lounge area of some kind of motoring workshop, this 907 I.E. looks great with pretty correct decals and white wheels.  Guessing those are period Staintune silencers, and the Corbin saddle appears to give a slightly lower and more supportive seat.  Looks and sounds like the restoration was substantially cosmetic, with just a couple of maintenance items discussed in the eBay auction –

This is an excellent running and looking 907.. No Problems .. Restored about 5 years ago .. Repainted, decals , had white rims powder coated . Corbin seat .. mechanically all I have done is a water pump, brakes and battery .. put less than 1000 miles in my ownership and less than 100 in the past 3 years .. Have many other bikes .. Plenty of parts availability on eBay if you need but a very reliable fun bike .. Amazingly comfortable ..

All the Paso variants were priced a little higher and had a quirk or two more than the competition, and sales never seemed to exceed 1,000 per year.  Still fans who liked the sound and the chassis ( and hung soft bags over the pillion ) lamented its early retirement.  These days it’s a sensible entrée into the red bike spectrum and this one has a very low starting bid.

-donn

That Is – 1992 Ducati Paso 907IE
Ducati October 19, 2021 posted by

Sum of Some Parts – 1996 Ducati 900SS/CR Supersport

Ducati’s 900SS/CR was meant to be a conversation starter but its light looks have inspired many updates.  Here’s a stealthily modified example with receipts to easily eclipse the price of admission.

1996 Ducati 900 SS/CR for sale on eBay

The 900SS might win a multiple owner’s contest, so many fans of the brand have owned one at some time.  Simplicity bred lightness – air cooled, carburetted, two desmodromic valves (per cylinder) with a malleable 84 hp.  The drivetrain is all there for anyone to see, with the gold chro-moly trellis above.  Dry clutch and upswept exhaust certo, and the wide front fender protects the upside down forks.

Beside the excellent condition and just 8,689 miles, the long list of updates is the back story here.  Some of the mods have a more up-to-date look than the 25 year-old CR, but don’t shout about it.  Also stated is a recent valve adjustment and inclusion of the original parts if desired.  The compendium from the eBay auction:

  • Zero Gravity Double Bubble windshield
  • Miller Specialties Oil Cooler Relocation Kit with replacement Earle’s Oil Cooler & braided stainless lines
  • Silmoto high mount mufflers
  • Superlight-style solo tail section and Corbin seat
  • Pro Italia vented clutch cover
  • Rear fender eliminator
  • Stock front forks have been replaced with Showa fully adjustable forks, which were fitted with fork internals by Race-Tech
  • Ohlins fully adjustable rear shock
  • SP aluminum swingarm (replacing stock steel swingarm)
  • Cycle Cat fully adjustable rearsets
  • Cycle Cat adjustable clip-ons
  • Cycle Cat machined upper triple clamp
  • Ducati 996 adjustable brake and clutch levers replace thestock parts, with 996 remote reservoirs
  • Pantera fuel cap
  • Carrozzeria Wheels (with 6” rear wheel) replace the stockBrembo wheels
  • BrakeTech Ductile Iron  Axis full floating rotorsreplace the stock front brake rotors.
  • Stock rotor bolts replaced with Titanium
  • Spiegler rear wave rotor replaces the stock rear rotor
  • K&N Air Filter
  • Factory carb re-jetting
  • Carbon fiber countershaft sprocket cover
  • Carbon fiber belt covers
  • Cycle Cat bar sliders
  • CRT mirrors
  • Evoluzione clutch slave cylinder
  • Anti-Gravity lithium battery
  • Various aluminum and titanium fasteners throughout 

The 900SS was Ducati’s all-rounder before the Monster arrived, and picked up kudos in the twisties or on a week-long tour.  No less than Peter Egan wishes he hadn’t sold his, along with many other former owners.  When just a used original, they are still reasonably priced – or groomed to a new level like this one, which shares a lot of ideas with our current 1998 SS/CR – Featured Listing –

-donn

Sum of Some Parts – 1996 Ducati 900SS/CR Supersport
Ducati May 29, 2021 posted by

Plated in Place -2002 Ducati MH900e #552

-Editors pointed out this MH900e had been on RSBFS back in 2019, with new location and new pictures, worth a new post.  – donn

Polished in places most bikes don’t give a second thought, Ducati’s Mike Hailwood tribute was way more show than go. Except for aftermarket grips, this D.C. example is startlingly original.

2002 Ducati MH900e for sale on eBay

Looking futuristic and retro at the same time, Pierre Terblanche’s late 20th century design used Ducati’s 904cc air-cooled engine, tuned for 75 hp.  The cam belt covers have a passing resemblance to the bevel-drive shaft covers on Hailwood’s race bike, and perforated chrome guards the exhaust on its way by.  It was only natural to design a red trellis frame, with modern forks and one of the most sculptural single-sided swingarms ever.  No sense messing with anything but up-to-date Brembo brakes, inside the bespoke cast rims.  The monoposto cockpit is protected by a generously sized fairing which flows to the tank cover almost seamlessly.

Like so many MH900e’s this one is barely broken and for being almost 20 years old, is in breathtaking condition.  It has the rarely seen factory clutch cover plus stock exhaust.  The mirror delete makes sense for display and grips are of course the at rider’s discretion.  Some belts and tires might be in order in the unlikely event this was to be ridden extensively.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Dated July 2001 and number 552 of 2,000 built during the two-year production run. It shows approximately 1,100 miles. Designed by Pierre Terblanche as a tribute to Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Isle of Man TT-winning NCR 900, the Evoluzione is powered by a fuel-injected 904cc L-twin paired with a six-speed gearbox. It features a steel trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, Brembo brakes, and Marchesini wheels. This one-owner example was sold new at a major DC area Ducati dealer. Recent service includes fluid change and new batteries in preparation for the sale.   Reversible Mods:   The original mirrors and handgrips are removed, and are included in the sale.   The license plate carrier has been tailored to fit the smaller US size plate.    This MH900e is now being offered with an owner’s manual, seat housing tool kit, and a clean Maine title.   There are no scrapes, dents, or cracks, only the slightest evidence of wear based on the very low mileage.  The plexiglass fairing screen has two half inch long surface abrasion marks from road sand or similar.   

Maybe Ducati’s corporate overlords weren’t impressed with the MH900e, but riders and collectors were.  Evidently Terblanche did some of the test riding since it helped to be tall to reach over the long tank.  The edition of 1,000 was extended to 2,000 after the first grouping sold out in hours, on the internet of all things.  Since then, they’ve led a private life, on display, ridden only occasionally, as part of a larger stable.

-donn

Plated in Place -2002 Ducati MH900e #552
Ducati February 26, 2021 posted by

Digital Effect – 1999 Ducati 900SS/CR

1999 was the first year for Pierre Terblanche’s re-style of the venerable Supersport, which despite a comprehensive set of upgrades, polarized prospective fans.  This Minne example looks excellent and surprisingly as-delivered.

                  

1999 Ducati 900SS/CR Supersport for sale on eBay

Ducati’s dual-spark 900 was all new, and though the 80 hp was just alright, the spot-on Marelli fuel injection and two plugs per cylinder provided excellent usable power in a wide band.  The charging system was updated, and the air-cooled engine loved the upper-only fairing.  Nicer components with USD Showa forks and adjustable monoshock, and Brembo P4 brakes with four piston calipers.  The gold trellis frame states its case from behind the fairing that, love it or hate it, is designed by one of the best.

Evidently presented by a recovering bike nut, this CR looks excellent with just middling miles at 11,967.  A pair of Giannelli silencers is included, not sure why they were un-mounted.  Two spots of paint damage are shown in detail, but can’t be detected in a wider shot.  The owner posted a cold start – video – and has this to say in the eBay auction:

Amazing original and all stock condition. The bike starts right up with its strong battery, and it pulls strong and clean through the rev range. Shifts are solid and smooth. There are 2 minor cosmetic blemishes that occurred during transport, and the 2 areas are clearing pointed out in 2 of the photos. 1999 introduced fuel injection to the Supersport range of bikes, and this example is the rare half-faired CR model. The bike comes with the set of Giannelli slip-on high mount exhaust that were on the bike when I purchased it. The original exhaust were included in the sale, so I put them on the bike. Bike received full Desmo service 2 years and 1000 miles ago. 4 months ago, a new fuel pump, fuel line and filter installed along with fresh oil and filter.

The new Supersport could’ve been a game changer but the styling changed more minds than the engineering, and the model took the down escalator.  Along the way the powertrain was upped to 800 and 1000cc dual sparks, both also quite rare – but the 900 is a classic Supersport displacement.  No bids yet, but even at the buy-it-now this one will provide the new owner a lot of sport for the money.

-donn

Digital Effect – 1999 Ducati 900SS/CR
Ducati December 24, 2020 posted by

Re-Gifting – 1996 Ducati 900SS

My chance to wish RSBFS fans wonderful Holidays and a great New Year !  – donn

Nearly 25 years down the road, Ducati’s venerable SuperSport still has a lesson or two for riders who haven’t had the chance, and a little nostalgia for those who have.  Despite some substantial miles, this 900SS looks to have  been cared for well enough to display or ride.

1996 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

The late eighties – early 1990’s Supersports were based on Ducati’s new engine, with two valves per cylinder and belt driven cams.  84 hp are on tap, everything visible through the trellis frame and kept in contact with the tarmac by Showa dampers.  320mm Brembo brakes were praised for their honest feel.  The lack of new-fangled or optional equipment kept the power-to-weight ratio up there – no glove boxes in the fairing, no anti-dive, no shaft drive, and just the smallest underseat tray for a tire plug kit.  Adherence to the basics also kept the out-the-door price under control and let owners pick their own farkles. 

The offering dealer has an interesting stable of bikes, but generally offers no history.  This 900SS shows just over 33K miles, and likely has some re-finishing in its past.  Rarely seen at this kind of age, this SS is stock right down to the factory aluminum mufflers.  The next owner can weigh the lack of apparent damage and super-cleanliness with the maintenance that might be required.  Comments from the eBay auction:

FACTORY-ORIGINAL WITH OEM EXHAUST SYSTEM AND ALL ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT. NEVER CRASHED, GREAT SHAPE. STARTS AND RUNS PERFECT, FUEL AND OIL DRAINED FOR COLLECTOR DISPLAY

First envisioned in 1974, the SuperSport has held down the desmodue side of the showroom until recently, delivering a return to basic motoring values poo-pooed by many value engineers.  Yes, you can add soft bags and tour, heated gear and ride there, even carbon components by the ounce.  Or not, and take the back roads on a sunny afternoon – destination: an entirely non-virtual experience.

-donn

Re-Gifting – 1996 Ducati 900SS
Bimota December 9, 2020 posted by

All Red and Green ( and White ) – 2000 Bimota BD4

In livery looking a bit like an xmas ribbon candy, this sweet DB4 claims just 325 miles, minty fresh and some nice factory accessories.

2000 Bimota DB4 for sale on eBay

Bimota borrowed Ducati’s 904cc desmodue for the DB4, replacing its fuel injection with Mikuni carburetors and of course their own exhaust system.  An identical 80 hp were the result, though torque improved a bit.  As always, the chassis is the real story, with an alloy space frame and swingarm, a skwosh smaller than the donor machine.  Premium Paoli forks and Öhlins monoshock are part of the package, as are 320mm Brembo Gold Line brakes.  Though it has a full fairing, it’s lightly built and carbon accessories keep the riding weight under 400 lbs.

Not really enough pictures to answer any question, but this DB4 looks every bit as good as 325 miles might suggest.  No word on why the forks are Öhlins rather than the expected Paoli, but it’s a happy circumstance.  The front brake lever’s end has been removed, but no sign of any other damage.  Not a huge money bike, but a pre-purchase inspection and engine run might be worth every inconvenience.  Limited notes from the eBay auction:

Here is your chance to own a very low mileage rare bike! The Bimota DB4 is in very good condition and will include the factory cover as well as the stand. This bike was part of a collection and was serviced. It has a brand new battery and starts right up. Grab this one of a kind beauty at the lowest price online currently.

Bimota concentrated on Japanese power trains early on, and took advantage of Ducati’s L-twins starting in 1986.  Since then it’s been a series of winners, with success meaning a few hundred copies.  The brilliant 904 combined with the lightweight chassis made for a twisty road sweetheart.  Not sure a classic Bimota with not even break-in miles will ever find its way to the road again, but like a winning Powerball ticket, it would sure be nice to try.

-donn

 

All Red and Green ( and White ) – 2000 Bimota BD4
Ducati November 25, 2020 posted by

Stopped to Rest – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Across from the 916 in the showroom, the -90’s Supersports had a price advantage and could just about do it all.  This Florida rider took a break but appears ready to resume the road.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR for sale on eBay

When the “new” generation of Supersports was unveiled in 1991, Ducati had the formula down, with the air-cooled desmodue delivering a smart 84 hp.  The front-mounted oil cooler can deal with most engine conditions, helped by the un-faired powerplant.  The Cafe Racer moniker could have meant cost reduction, with pre-load suspension adjustments only, steel swingarm, and smaller rear wheel size.  Still, the upper-only fairing had rugged good looks and kept the dry weight to 414 lbs.  A painted cover on the pillion gave you all the options.

The owner of this SS has returned his CR to the living after some down time, and it looks to have had inside storage at least.  Original right down to the aluminum mufflers, you’d expect more than its 9,860 miles.  The pictures aren’t great but don’t indicate any ugh-knowns.  New tires and brake fluid are all that call attention.  From the eBay auction:

CR with 9,860 miles. It’s unmolested and all stock/original with the exception of the Zero Gravity windscreen. I had let it sit for a while and I just went through the carbs, changed the oil and filter, air filter, and plugs and installed a new battery. I bought new timing belts and when I took the covers off to change them, the belts looked like new. I adjusted the tension and reinstalled the covers. The spare belts will be included.

The bike runs, rides, and stops beautifully. All the lights and dash lights work, even the low fuel light. This is a 20 year old machine and has the patina of a bike that’s been well cared for but ridden. There are a few small scratches and chips in the paint as would be expected but it still presents very well. I believe the tires are original and will need to be replaced.

Cycle World and others reviewed this era’s Supersports as great used bikes – very versatile, quick and exotic enough, and often a bargain – even a nice one at Bonhams couldn’t even muster $4K recently.  This one requires in-person inspection, but the opening bid is a reasonable starting point.  Keep an eye on it, and have a great safe holiday !

-donn

Stopped to Rest – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Ducati November 13, 2020 posted by

Choucoune – 1997 Ducati 900 Supersport

Ducati’s 1990’s Supersports were some great all-around bikes and only relinquished that honor to the new Monster. This late SS is over on the sporty side with the CR’s half-fairing and looks better than excellent.

1997 Ducati 900 Supersport for sale on eBay

The 900SS took styling cues from the 907 Paso, but with the 84hp air cooled desmodue.  Appointments were contemporary with 6-speed, 17-inch wheels and inverted Showa forks, and the drivetrain wasn’t left behind with newer 38mm Mikuni carburetors.  Trellis frame and silhouette fairing helped keep the weight under 425 lbs. wet.  Nicer components like aluminum swingarm, lighter wheels and carbon rear mudguard moved around on the range but are readily available.

This SS hails from Florida and The half-fairing with engine scoop looks better than its just over 10,000 miles.  Just a couple of mods evident, Sargeant seat, carbon clutch cover and tinted windscreen.  A word about recent maintenance might help some prospective buyers weigh the rebuilt title.  From the eBay auction:

Show quality!  It is so clean that you could eat off the engine. Look closely at the photos and you will realize that this is a very special motorcycle. It has only 10,179 careful  miles on it.  That makes only 442 miles per year of its life. It has been lovingly cared for during its entire life. It starts, idles, runs, shifts, brakes, and handles like the day it was made.  It also looks  like  new. Both tires are excellent. 

It has an amazingly comfortable Sargent seat and dual carbon slip ons that sound great!  It has absolutely no issues and is ready to go anywhere. You will not be disappointed.

It has a “Rebuilt” title because of cosmetic damage when it was knocked over in my garage. The engine was not even running and the bike was stationary.  Now there is not a scratch on it and it is not possible to tell that it had any repairs.

SS’s had roles as varied as racebike and sport tourer among their owners, and the design and better quality suspension made it possible.  Even with clip-ons the riding position was a good compromise and reviewed well.  The classic sound and appearance will make new fans even now.

-donn

Choucoune – 1997 Ducati 900 Supersport