Posts by tag: Darmah

Ducati January 10, 2019 posted by

Over-Under – 1981 Ducati 900 SSD SuperSport Darmah

Here is a recent restoration of a venerable classic, the Ducati 900 SS Darmah.  Apparently reaching internationally for parts and services, Italian Iron Classics of Tucson presents a new-looking and prize winning 1981 machine.

1981 Ducati 900 SS Darmah for sale on eBay

Originally designed in the early 1970's, the bevel-drive desmo twin went through steady refinement toward the 864cc mill with 65 hp.  Electronic ignition and electric start made the engine more tractable and of course user-friendly, and standardizing to a left-side shifter was a requirement.  The SSD boasted Marzocchi suspension front and rear, 5-speed transmission and three 280mm disk brakes.  The lightweight Paul Smart-ish fairing is more rounded than the integrated tank/sidepanel/seat combo, but they look great together.

Italian Iron Classics gives a long description of the build, but is puzzlingly chintzy with the photos.  At this price point, additional photos and an inspection make sense.  Rare among restorations, it has a rare newly rebuilt engine and re-done everything.  Just break-in miles, and here's just one stanza of the eBay auction:

Jan and Toine Biggelaar, as well as their team of experts, are very talented racers and tuners in their own right. Their expertise is obvious with the care and attention to detail that they put into this engine build number DM860*900527. The crank was magna-fluxed and balanced with the new lightened Super Sport rods. Toine used Hastings piston rings on Borgo Super Sport pistons. All bearings, to include the main engine bearings, are new and not the cheap items that can be found on the internet. Viton seals on valve guides that are hardened to use with modern fuels were also installed. All transmission gears that needed replacing were replaced with NOS items. Additionally, the bevel gears in the bottom end of the engine were tested and replaced as well as a new clutch and internals. One of the values of this particular offering is that this Ducati bevel drive has a completely refreshed engine.

Superseded by the belt-driven cam Pantah, the bevel SuperSport was a little too long and heavy for a race career, but the torquey motor made for a special road machine.  The usually black accent color around the headlight is the same blue as the stripes on the tank and seat console, a great detail.  Bidding is active and still looking for the reserve, but I'd bet this special restoration will eventually cover...

-donn

Over-Under – 1981 Ducati 900 SSD SuperSport Darmah
Ducati September 6, 2017 posted by

Underused – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE

In an unusual North America-only Special Edition, Ducati kept a low flame under interest in the SportClassic. The numbered edition of 100 is one to consider for fans of the model, with great retro looks ( spoked wheels and all ! ), 992 cc dual-spark power, this one with neat Zard exhaust.

2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE for sale on eBay

The SportClassic had been around since 2003, fuel injected with nice power at 92 hp from the 992cc air-cooled desmodue.  Great torque with 67 ft.-lbs., and cafe racer looks.  The side-mounted Sachs rear shock makes you think they're will be one on the other side, where the mufflers are.  The 43mm upside-down Marzocchi forks have a more modern look, as do the big dual-piston Brembo brakes.  Back to the past for the 70's Ducati logo and gold stripes over black, but it's cool.

A little dusty from its rest in the back office, the owner reports SE number 88 has seen less than 5,000 miles, and has a few nice mods, plus the red master key.  No word on maintenance but except for the valve adjustment and belt change, it's an easy annual affair.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Sport Classic SE #88 out of 100
Fat Duc emulator
Zard full exh. stainless
billet flywheel
i have the stock mirrors
i also have a 749s front end if someone wants to convert it over. with 4 piston calipers.

title is free and clear
has less than 5k miles on it.
super clean bike. i just do not use it. nor did i plan to use it.
lucky number #88 out of 100 made. i bought it specifically for that and now its just time to let her go. Always sat in my warehouse and was taken cared for.

The SportClassic line was a nice success story for Ducati and Pierre Terblanche, and used asking prices are routinely more than MSRP.  The starting bid for this SE is half-again as much as it was new.  Perhaps coincidentally, the model also ushered in the era of special editions, limited runs of colors and configurations, sometimes a few at a time !  More versatile than the occasional retro model, the special edition has become a major tool in the marketing department.  Allowing Ducati to tell the story of the mid-70's Darmah, the Special Edition SportClassic has great livery in a back-to basics package, guaranteed to push the buttons of at least 100 fans.  This one has the makings of a great ride...

-donn

Underused – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE
Ducati February 23, 2016 posted by

Invoking Dharma – 1978 Ducati 900 SD Custom

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.

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1978 Ducati 900 SD Custom for sale on eBay

20160223 1978 ducati 900 ss custom right front

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.

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20160223 1978 ducati 900 ss custom right engine

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 !

20160223 1978 ducati 900 ss custom bevel window

From the eBay auction:

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.

20160223 1978 ducati 900 ss custom left engine

20160223 1978 ducati 900 ss custom left front wheel

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...

-donn

20160223 1978 ducati 900 ss custom cockpit

Invoking Dharma – 1978 Ducati 900 SD Custom
Ducati June 20, 2012 posted by

Beveled Beauty: 1978 Ducati SD900 Darmah

For Sale: DUCATI SD900 Darmah

From the green hills of Connecticut comes this wonderful period sportbike. One of the last of the bevel line, the Sport Desmo 900 embodied the segment known today as the naked bike. Intended to be unencumbered and less complicated - not to mention lighter - than a fully faired bike, the 900 Darmah was a good "all 'rounder" and equally at home in the canyons as on the boulevard.

Built in the day when men were men and bikes were started with a forceful kick, this classic Ducati shows what the brand was all about: good looks and great components. The bike is a veritable who's who of the respected: Brembo brakes, beautiful Campagnolo wheels, and Conti mufflers working in conjunction with the latest 90 degree vee twin Bologna had to offer; a true taste of Italy.

From the seller:
Up for Auction is a DUCATI SD900 Darmah, Sport Desmo, 1978. I purchased this bike a year ago in the condition that is shown in the photos.
It is currently registered and insured by me in Connecticut. It runs very strong and shifts in all gears. Kickstart. Front Light not working. Will need rear brake pads.

The following was performed on the Ducati:
-Gas tank was removed and cleaned.
-New Fuel Petcocks installed, Have the original.
-Twin carbs were dismantled soaked and rebuilt.
-New Fuel Pump Diaphrams.
-Changed Engine Oil.
-Rear Brake Master Cylinder rebuilt.
-New Handgrips.
-New Clutch Cable.
-New Brake Pedal Spring.
-New Brake Fluid.

This bike has survived quite a few years to come to you in this condition. The seller notes that there are some minor issues to correct, but the bike presents well and provided that the mechanicals are in decent shape this could be a keeper for years to come. While we have not see prices on the "standard" bevels climb too high in recent years (price inflation has primarily centered around the green framed 750SS models and the Hailwood replicas), there is no reason to believe the SD models cannot achieve collector status from a monetary perspective. Until then, ride the heck out of it just like the Italians intended!

This auction is going on now and the opening bid is a cool $5k. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts to this one; there are not many clean Darmahs still around, much less in stock (or relatively stock) condition. As we know, condition drives the price - especially with the older bikes. While this is not one of "the" collectable models of the era, this is a nice model in presentable condition. Take a look and then share your thoughts!

MI