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Ducati March 11, 2010 posted by

1998 Ducati 900SS/FE Final Edition #179 Of 300

Here is another, very clean, 900SS/FE number 179 of 300.  Located in San Mateo, California is a 1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition with 6,700 original miles.  This bike has been fitted with Forza carbon silencers–possibly a full system.  A lot of FE 900’s have become available lately making them seem not so rare even though only three-hundred were produced for the U.S.!  The asking price on this example is $6,800.  This price puts it at the higher end of FE prices and it isn’t the lowest mileage we’ve seen.  Doug posted a FE with only 135 original miles, and still on MSO which can be seen here; It’ll be interesting to see what that bike sells for as it should give a pretty good indication of current values for FE’s heading into spring.  See this example on Craigslist here.  See a photo album of the bike here.

AG

Ducati February 28, 2010 posted by

2001 Ducati MH900e on ebay

2001 Ducati MH900e #36 with low miles for sale on ebay.

The MH900e is one of my favourite Ducatis of all time, and this one – #36 0f 2000 ever made – for sale on ebay is a prime specimen with some tasteful and practical modifications done:

For sale #36 0f 2000 made for the world, most did not come to the USA.

The MH was stunning in stock form, but I felt there was room for improvement, and so I spent thousands of dollars, and countless hours to make it run and look even better….of course I saved all the original parts, even the sides of the crate as it had a graphic image of the MH painted on the side along with production number, unlike other Ducatis.

#36 has about 3500 careful miles, and is in excellent condition.

It has never been wet and always serviced by Ducati dealers in the Dallas Ft Worth area in the past where it was delivered, and spent most of its life.

I moved it last year to the pacific northwest as I completed our retirement house…I might be able to deliver it this spring to a buyer in the western half of the country, as I make one more trip to Texas for the last of our furniture, etc.

History of my mods, and why I did what I felt the factory should have.

One of the first things that bothered me after I unpacked the crate, and helped the dealer assemble, check and adjust things, was the stock exhaust and associated assembly…it was too quiet/restrictive/produced too much heat, and was way too heavy. (numerous owners have had cracking and breakage of the taillight/turn signal/license assembly attached to the exhaust) So I designed a lighter/stronger/better looking support bracket, had a friend weld it, and powder coated red to match the bike, along with tucking turn signals in the tailpiece with a smaller license plate bracket. This was made to hold the “conti-look” exhaust cans I sourced from BUB, as I liked the look and sound on my old beveldrives with original longer conti pipes.  There had to be small sections formed to mate the cans to the original header, and then I had the pieces, and black stock header “jet coated” and polished silver, which I think looks and transfers heat better.

The sound is glorious /more power/much less heat…mission accomplished, bike and rider are much happier (power on a dyno was within 1 hp of a full termi-factory optional system)

I added an Ohlins steering damper and rear shock…big improvement over stock, and at the same time a better chain , and new sprockets. The front turn signals and custom brake / clutch levers , and mirrors were Ducati optional items.  I also installed Ferracci clip-on bars for a little more comfort. The billet aluminum belt covers, and oil pressure sender cover were also sourced from a Ducati parts catalog. The little “winged-D” Ducati on the left case cover was machined by a Calif. Co.

The next change/mod was to get rid of the two batteries hanging below the tank shroud, and raise up the oil cooler from behind the front tire. To make this work required removal of the giant air box, and building a rack to hold a regular size bike battery (new Oddysey gel cell added this month) substituting two oiled foam filters, and k+n oil breather filter…like I said earlier, bike runs excellent with the new exhaust, and without the old airbox…at the same time I raised the oil cooler up to make it less vulnerable and look better, I had to have some longer braided stainless lines, and fittings made at the local airport.

This is one of the nicer MH900es that we have seen, so if you’ve been looking at one of these, .  For a list of MH900e that we have previously listed, click HERE.

phil

Ducati February 18, 2010 posted by

2002 Ducati MH900e Mike Hailwood Evoluzione for sale in Brooklyn, NY

2002 Ducati MH900e Mike Hailwood Evoluzione (#0754 of 2000) for sale in Brooklyn, NY

The MH900e Mike Hailwood Evoluzione is  limited edition bike and only 500 units made it to the US, so they are not a very common sight.  I was already quite excited to find one (#1267 of 2000) for sale in CA, but I found yet another for sale in Brooklyn, NY!  This time it’s MH900e #0754:

This MH900e only has 631 miles on the clock, and judging from the photos, it leads a pampered life.  I’ve always liked the MH900e and even though the riding position has been described as “crippling”, I definitely wouldn’t mind having one of these to flog around the streets of Hong Kong.

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phil

Ducati February 7, 2010 posted by

1998 Ducati 900SS FE for sale in San Francisco

Bargain 1998 Ducati 900SS FE (Final Edition)!

My first post on RSBFS was a 900SS FE and I have always liked the classic lines of the old air-cooled Supersports.  For most people and for most street riding, these bikes are more than enough to get that stupid grin on your face without getting into too much trouble.  And $4500 will get you this very nice 1998 Ducati 900SS FE Final Edition (#30 of 300) for sale in San Francisco:

Final Edition #30
10670 Miles
All Stock except for AFAM front & 39tooth Rear Sproket (1k miles)
1k miles on brakes and tires
Magnetic Tank Bag
Battery Tender
2nd Owner
Minor Cosmetic scratches and rear light lense cracked

So there are some cosmetic scratches and the rear lense is cracked, but what do you expect for a 12 year old bike?  And for the bargain asking price, I can easily over look the minor details.  FEs have been hovering around the $5500 – $6000 range, so this one’s a steal.

Also check out Ed’s 900SS/FE website – chock full of good info.  If you end up getting this or any other 900SS FE, don’t forget to get your bike in the 900SS FE registry as well!

Finally, just to show that Supersports can be Supersexy as well, see this tricked out 900SS FE special done up by performance parts dealer Motowheels complete with BST carbon fiber wheels, carbon fiber tank, Rizoma goodies… hmm….

phil

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