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Ducati January 14, 2020 posted by

One Pic Wonder: 1994 Ducati 900SS SP

Not much detail to go on with this one, but the picture shows a clean and stock looking 900SS SP. If you are in the market for a Ducati Super Sport the SP is the one you want, with adjustable suspension and a wider rear tire. These are more rare, and more exclusive than the standard offering thanks to the numbered plate mounted to the top of the triple tree. The rear fender is intact, and even the clutch cover appears stock. Mileage is listed as “25,000” but as this bike is located in Canada that *might* just be KMs. The opening bid is reasonable provided the rest of the pictures look like this one. Unfortunately, this is the only one.

From the seller:
All original good condition no road rash

Well maintained by me new sprockets/chain, belts and rebuilt carbs. Owned my an adult so not abused. Selling as my bike riding days are probably over as knees are giving me a bit of bother.

This bike has zero bids with an opening ask of approximately $3,447 USD. There are certainly a few questions to ask, but this could be a clean SP bargain for those interested in putting in the effort. There are still a few days to go, and a bike with bones this good is definitely worth the effort. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Ducati November 25, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1977 Ducati 900SS

 

Update 11.20.2019: Joe’s bikes are being sold at Bonhams 2020 Las Vegas Auction. The auction is scheduled to take place on Thursday, January 23rd 2020 at Caesar’s Entertainment Studios, beginning at 12 noon. For information about the bikes and the auction itself, please visit – https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25835/ You can also contact Michael Caimano directly at 929-666-2243 or Michael.Caimano@Bonhams.com

Check out all Joe’s bikes that are being offered at Bonhams. Good luck to bidders and seller! -dc

We’re on a roll over here with rare Italian beauties from our buddy Joe, and this 1977 Ducati 900SS is no exception. It might not quite carry the provenance of his MV Agusta 750S America, but a ‘77 900SS is absolutely nobody’s idea of plain.

The Ducati Super Sports entered the market just as Ducati had finished establishing itself as a maker of world-beating race bikes. Paul Smart won the Imola 200 aboard a Ducati Super Sport in 1972, after which the 90-degree v-twins became synonymous with Italian racing prowess. The early SS bikes had right-side shift and almost no provisions for DOT-legal street equipment. Such as, you know, turn signals.

Fast forward to 1977, and Ducati decided that the American market was primed for its desmodromic-valved beasts, and the 1977 Ducati 900SS made its way to our shores in extremely limited numbers. Just 137 of the featherweight, 80-horsepower repli-racers landed here that year, but they had an immediate and forceful impact.

This Ducati 900SS has been restored completely with gorgeous paintwork.

From the seller:

1977 Ducati Super Sport

You should know that I am a serious collector, with a large and important motorcycle collection. I decided to sell some of the most valuable motorcycles in the collection. These motorcycles represent some of the most iconic motorcycles of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Those motorcycles are now being offered up for sale one by one. These motorcycles were targeted by me for adding to my collection many years ago when the best of the best were available and that is exactly what I purchased.

In general, I do believe super rare Italian motorcycle of the 1970s and 1980s are the future Ferrari of motorcycle collecting. We all know what has happened to Ferrari.

It doesn’t take much introduction to talk about a 1977 Ducati 900 SS. They seldom come up for sale and when they do they generally look like they have been ridden hard and put away wet.

This particular bike was restored in Chicago and definitely under the supervision of the famous Dr. Desmo. It is kept on a trickle charger and exercised regularly during the warm weather. Restored to perfection and still makes an outstanding presence and performance at any show and is equally prepared to go on any extended ride and tour at a moment’s notice.

We all know what’s happened to the prices of the Ducati 750 SS’s and the 900 SS’s are not far behind. If you want the best just take a look at the pictures of this bike. You will see that it is the best of the best and then some. If you want technical information about the bike just check the Internet. It is loaded with that and plenty of road tests shortly after the bike was introduced to the public. As I have mentioned in some of the other bike ads for bikes coming out of our collection there is not question that the 900SS is the Ferrari of the future for motorcycles.

This bike is always kept in climate controlled storage and kept on a trickle charger and ready for a 500-mile trip on a moment’s notice. Check out the pictures and you will be impressed!

Most everyone would agree that the 750SS and the 900SS are the epitome of motorcycle design.

I would suggest that you check out the other rare cycles that I am offering for sale by clicking on “other items for sale” in the upper right corner to see the other bikes being offered from my collection.

Thanks for looking at one of the best!

Given its rarity, condition and position as the spiritual birth of the American Ducati market, you’re not going to get this one for a steal. But the cash outlay will well be worth it to have this gem in your collection.

Featured Listing: 1977 Ducati 900SS
Ducati November 20, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica

Update 12.23.2019: Joe’s bikes have been newly photographed by Bonhams in preparation for their upcoming auction at Bonhams 2020 Las Vegas Auction, and the photos are now in this listing and gallery.

Update 12.13.2019: Additional information from seller added below. -dc

Update 11.20.2019: Joe’s bikes are being sold at Bonhams 2020 Las Vegas Auction. The auction is scheduled to take place on Thursday, January 23rd 2020 at Caesar’s Entertainment Studios, beginning at 12 noon. For information about the bikes and the auction itself, please visit – https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25835/ You can also contact Michael Caimano directly at 929-666-2243 or Michael.Caimano@Bonhams.com

Check out all Joe’s bikes that are being offered at Bonhams. Good luck to bidders and seller! -dc

In 1978 Mike Hailwood won the Isle of Man TT riding a Ducati. This was 11 years after his last motorcycle race, the previous period during which he was firmly on the Honda payroll. Everything about the event spelled disaster – an old timer long past his glory years on a make of bike nobody really associated him with – and nobody believed he would be competitive. But this was the stuff of heroes; and heroes always win. Hailwood went on to win what can only be considered the comeback of the century. This cemented the legend of Mike “the Bike” Hailwood’s connection with Ducati, and provided for some wonderful bikes. Today’s Featured Listing – a 1985 Ducati MHR – is one such factory offering that celebrated the success of Mike Hailwood.

The Ducati MHR is a bike built in the tradition of homage; it was built to celebrate the famous TT win. But given that the TT was for street-based machinery, the factory replica was not simply a graphics package. Yes, Hailwood won in 1978. Yes, the Pantah (which introduced the next generation belt-driven cams vs. bevel-driven) was introduced way back in 1980. Then why, you might ask, was a MHR being built in 1985 and based on the older hardware? The answer is that Ducati, still a relatively small company, focused on bevel drive for the big bikes (750 – 1000cc), while the Pantah was initially offered in 600cc and below variants. The bevel-drive motors were still very much in the forefront during this time, even though they may seem slightly archaic today. So the MHR is based on the “square case” 900SS of the day – which was a capable machine in its own right. But why still offer a homage bike in 1985 when Hailwood won the TT back in 1978? Simple: the public demanded it. While the MHR was a very limited edition, it was a tremendously successful marketing effort and a strong model for Ducati. Today’s seller has some good details about this bike, so I will let him take it over from here:

From the seller:
1985 Ducati Hailwood Replica

You should know that I am a serious collector, with a large motorcycle collection. I decided to sell some of the most valuable motorcycles in the collection. These motorcycles represent some of the most iconic motorcycles of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Those motorcycles are now being offered up for sale one by one. These motorcycles were targeted by me for my collection many years ago when the best of the best were available and that is what I purchased.

In general, I do believe super rare Italian motorcycle of the 1970s and 1980s are the future Ferrari of motorcycle collecting. We all know what has happened to Ferrari.

More from the seller:
The Ducati Hailwood Millie shown here was made in two series. The first one being a short fairing and only 900 cc with a kick starter and this model, the Hailwood Millie (1000 cc) with the electric starter and the large fairing; one is one of the most beautifully designed fairings ever. It is a big bike not meant for the meek. Of course, it has the electric starter and exhaust note that will thrill any motorcycle enthusiast. It is in absolutely near perfect condition. It is always on a trickle charger and ready to give you a thrill of a lifetime as you wind through the gears and open it up on an open road. This is another Italian bike that, in our opinion, can be classified as the Ferrari of bikes of the future.

This is certainly a bike for the serious collectors. For those that don’t know all the details, the internet is just loaded with information. I can only suggest that you scrutinize the pictures and decide for yourself if this is another rare Italian collector bike that will eventually become as iconic as a Ferrari. Ten years ago, I spent a long time looking for the best Hailwood Millie and believe me this was the beat of the best, hands down.

Thanks for looking at one of the best!

Update from seller 12.13.2019:

These second generation MHR machines are truly beautiful motorcycles. Whereas the original offering utilizes a fiberglass cover over a stock SS tank, the latter bikes use a tank that is unique to the model. The rest of the bodywork is all MHE, evoking the spirit (and the livery) of the racer. And while the underpinnings are SS items, some performance items such as the Conti exhausts are model specific. The solo seat is a non-race item; in reality it is a rear pillion cover, making this a two-seater and enhancing the usefulness of the bike. But people who lust after a MHR are not concerned with practicality – they want the booming V-twin soundtrack and the waves of torque that have made Ducati victorious and famous. You may not be able to ride with the effortless agility of Mike Hailwood, but you can still rock the livery and the sound while paying homage to the great man with this stunning 1985 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1985 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica
Ducati November 20, 2019 posted by

Truth in Advertising: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO for Sale

It’s common for manufacturers to fudge things a bit when identifying their cars and motorcycles. Often, the name specifically referred to at least the approximate size of the engine, but liberties are often taken, especially when the displacement changes, but the name stays the same. The Mustang 5.0? Actually 302ci works out to 4948cc, which you should probably round down to 4.9 liters… But it’s pretty close at least, and sounds much cooler. Can you imagine Vanilla Ice crusin’ in his four-point-nine? Bike manufacturers are even worse about rounding things off to sound good. The Norton Commando 850 was packing 828cc, and the Ducati Pantah 600 had 583cc. Fortunately, Ducati redeemed themselves with the oddly-specific 888 SPO…

Until the introduction of the the also-accurately-named 851, Ducati made do with air/oil-cooled engines, and relied on their light weight and agility to compete against more poerful machines. Unfortunately, the handling of Japanese superbikes continued to improve by leaps and bounds, and the Italians knew the only way to stay competitive in production racing would be to evolve. Ducati’s 851 superbike was powered by an extensive redesign of their 90° v-twin that added liquid cooling and four valves per cylinder, with all eight actuated by the company’s famed Desmodromic system. The system basically eliminated valve float, although high mean piston speeds were a much bigger issue for a 10,000rpm v-twin. A more important advantage probably came from the ability to use more aggressive cam profiles to both open and close the valves.

The 888 that followed naturally used a slightly larger, more developed version of that engine. A six-speed gearbox backed by an exotic dry clutch gave racing credibility, along with that characteristic Ducati rattle that is often louder than the exhaust at idle, especially on a stock bike. Two versions of the bike were available in most markets: the 888 Strada and the higher-performance 888 SP5. The SP5 wasn’t road-legal here in the USA, so we got a bike that really slotted in between the two Euro versions called the SPO or “Sport Production Omologato” that was intended to homologate the bike for AMA racing. Unlike the Strada, the SPO had a solo-seat tail, upswept exhaust for more cornering clearance, and an Öhlins shock. A heavier steel subframe was used in place of the SP5’s aluminum unit, and the engine was basically in the same state of tune as the Strada, with around 100hp and a meaty torque band.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO for Sale

1993 Ducati 888 SPO with 4824 original miles and in excellent condition.  

Purchased new in the Seattle area and stayed a local bike all its life. Documented history throughout its 4824 miles, beginning from original purchase agreement in 1993 (pictured). Last full service (includes belts adjustment) done at 4600 miles in 2015. All major parts are original, including radiator (pictured) which shows matching usage/wear to the bike’s mileage. Pipes were upgraded to Ferraccis back when the bike was new, and coolant hoses were replaced during the last service in 2015. Also recently replaced the fairing fasteners to period correct OEM fasteners as the gold plating on the originals were faded due to age.

Title is free and clear, and comes with 2 original keys and owners manual. Stand is not included.

This bike has very low miles and includes the desirable, period-correct Fast by Ferracci exhaust is a nice option that should add a period-correct exhaust note. The seller is asking a very steep $16,500 for this one, but it’s very original, well-kept, and you’ll likely not find another in this kind of condition if you’re looking to grab an SPO for your collection.

-tad

Truth in Advertising: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO for Sale
Ducati November 15, 2019 posted by

Who’s Next? 1995 Ducati 900 SS SP

The Ducati 900 Supersport series is one of those bikes that is just so solid that it persists in company that is far more exotic, expensive, and technologically advanced. Even in the day the 900 SS was a bit of a dinosaur – an air-cooled, 2-valved, carburetted throwback to the 1970s – while the competition was spending wildly on technology such as fuel injection, liquid cooling, multi-valve per cylinder, variable valve timing, turbocharging and more. But you can’t hide greatness – and the bones of the Supersport were truly great. Comparing the 900 Supersport to the same year 916 is a bit like comparing a basic cheeseburger to a dry-aged ribeye steak. But you know what? That cheeseburger can be a mighty satisfying meal in the end. And so too is it with the 900 Supersport – especially the SP model such as today’s example – it has all the basics to be a truly great bike. And continues to be to this day. If you are looking for a fantastic ride without the flash, farkles and other nonsense, you’ve come to the right place. Today’s seller is clearly an enthusiast and it is worth reading a few of his own words about this bike:

1995 Ducati 900 SS SP for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Ducati 900 Super Sport
1995
Sports Production (SP) Model with Fully-Faired Chassis Production Run #412
Desmodromic 90 Degree Twin-Cylinder Engine Six-Speed Transmission

Model Specific Details Per Owner
This motorcycle has been preserved exactly as one would want. Period. I have gone to great lengths to minimize any unnecessary changes that would otherwise compromise what Ducati intended this bike to be. Obviously a blood-red Italian work of art needs nothing in the way of cosmetics, so let well enough alone.

I felt the best use of any improvements would be more of personal expressions such as un- restricting the exhaust to allow the bike to actually sound like a Ducati should with a set of Remus canisters. These match the factory equipped carbon fiber components much better than any others in my opinion. To facilitate the most from the exhaust, I perfectly jetted the carburetors. No flat spots, nor burning eyes, and of course the results are impressive for the torque curve of an already excellent engine.

To welcome more fresh air into the carburetors, I added the Genuine Ducati air-box cover. I’m sure others with hole saws and hack-saw blades get the same results, but i chose OEM whenever possible. As far as the Slave Cylinder, the stock one seemed to lack feel and a clean return. Off it went and was promptly replaced by the excellent unit from Pro Italia. Regarding the braking system, it is what it is. Nobody was impressed when new, the same remains today. I added Ferodo pads at both ends and have felt these are aggressive enough for a spirited run through the curves. The brake lines are shockingly original. I’ll leave YOU to replace them with fresh, likely stainless-steel braided models. They will certainly be an amazing upgrade.

More from the seller:
The dry clutch is holding its own in the fully enclosed carbon cover and has been gently used. The tires are fresh, new Metzler’s, of the sport touring variety. The chain has plenty of life in it, and the sprockets are newly replaced. All good stuff to head out with confidence.

In 2013, I decided to have the fine factory trained mechanics at The Motor Cafe in Sunnyvale, California pull the top end off the Duc and take a look around to see what it needed to keep on living. Not surprising to me, because of my impeccable maintenance schedule, and my gentle albeit, frequent abuse of the mountain roads, three out four of the valves, and their many clearances were just at, but not over recommended tolerances. One valve was now due for adjustment. I decided to go the full service treatment and get a bit more done.

This is what was performed: cylinder heads stripped and cleaned. Checked for cracks. New copper/beryllium seats. New Del West valve guides. New OEM Ducati valves and hardware such as keepers and rings to hold it together. The pistons were cleaned up and received new rings and the cylinder bore was prepped appropriately. It was all buttoned back up leak free for the next go round.

More from the seller:
Following this, the carburetors were checked for synchronization. The fuel filter was replaced in the tank and the gasket around the filler as well. A new front odometer drive unit was installed which I purchased back in 1998 when still available along with a fresh set of wheel bearings to smooth things out. Out back, the linkages were greased too.

A few additional things too mention about this machine. I have replaced the original clear windscreen which is still in excellent shape, with an OEM Ducati “smoke” model to help preserve the appearance of the instrument cluster. With that in mind, please take note in the accompanying photos the genuine Ducati carbon fiber gauge enclosure. This is not a common item as far as I’ve come to notice. Also, the front fender is BRAND NEW. I still have the original, which also is in good shape. All the carbon on this bike is better than most for the amount of actual miles enjoyed in real sunlight. Anyone could certainly sand and clear coat the existing carbon if they would like too as a restoration option.

There is a LOT more text from the seller in the advert (I recommend you go check it out), but from what has been shared it is obvious that this was a well loved machine. And what is not to love? The basic bike feels like it has been hewed from solid rock. The big L-twin lumps a bit at idle, and thrashes in the upper RPM ranges. But in between the two is a wave of throbbing torque that grabs you out of one corner and launches you towards the next. And when you get to the next the excellent Brembos and the stiff, chrome molly trellis frame chassis do a great job of making the corner a no-brainer. Every bike should make you feel this good – but few do. This is a bike to be ridden… and by the looks of it, this one has. There are no fewer than 32,000+ miles on this bike, and it still looks new and ready for the next go around. And did I mention it is an SP? In the case of a 1990s Supersport, that means adjustable suspension (a great improvement, especially up front), floating front disks, remote reservoir brake and clutch masters, carbon fiber mudguard, and a wider rear tire thanks to a special aluminum swing arm. And let’s not forget the most important bit: a SP-specific serial number plate on the triple clamp. Some folks go so far as to call the SP model a Superlight with a passenger pillion.

Despite the low tech and the basic nature, 900 SS SP models continue to be desired by riders. That is no surprise as the basic SS platform is extremely forgiving and very capable. It is also very reliable. This particular example has a lot of miles, but it has obviously been lavished on as well. It has some upgrades, and some very serious maintenance. That is all very positive, as these are bulletproof bikes if kept up, as this one appears to be. This one just hit eBay with a Buy It Now price of $5,500. That is strong money for a CR model, but probably well in the ballpark for an SP that shows like this one. And did I mention the spares? There appears to be quite a lot. Check it out and let us know what you think. I believe someone will pick it up relatively quickly, as this is the kind of bike worth holding on to. So who is the next owner? Good Luck!!

MI

Who’s Next? 1995 Ducati 900 SS SP
Ducati November 12, 2019 posted by

Appreciating Icon: 2001 Ducati 996 for Sale

Values of Ducati’s wasp-waisted superbike have been shockingly low, considering their status as one of the most important, and most beautiful superbikes of the modern era. Sure, an SPS or 998R might pull decent money, but examples of the garden-variety 916 and especially the more refined Ducati 996 were available for as low as $4,500 pretty recently. And that wasn’t necessarily for clapped-out ex-race bikes either: solid, well-maintained bikes could be had for that sum. No, a 996 won’t keep up with new machines in a straight line, the braking ability of the current crop of superbikes is superior, and they lack modern electronic rider aids, but this iconic superbike still has impressive handling, even by modern standards. And the low prices won’t last forever…

Clean, low-mile 916s have already started to climb in value, and 998s that represent the final evolution of Tamburini’s superbike never really dipped that much. But the middle-child 996 still represents great value, especially if you’re looking for a bike to ride, as it featured more power and many subtle updates to the 916. It was introduced in 1999, after the 916 engine had hit its developmental limits.

World Superbike displacement for v-twins increased to allow 1000cc twins, but the original 916 cases started to experience failure when the displacement was enlarged to anything beyond 955cc. It might look like a 916 with some stylistic tweaks, but the 996 featured a heavily-revised 996 version of the engine that was introduced in the 916SPS, along with tweaks to the frame and fuel injection to improve handling and drivability.

This example features an updated Öhlins shock matched to a set of Showa forks, suggesting that it could be a 996S, although it lacks the numbered plaque generally seen on the triple. Some questionable stylistic flourishes have been added, but the seller claims the the original bits are all there, if you’re not a fan, and the other upgrades are very functional and intended to improve the usability and reliability of this classic Italian superbike, along with a set of aluminum Termignoni cans to liberate some classic Italian thunder.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ducati 996 for Sale

For your consideration is a 2001 Ducati 996 with 4,982 original miles on the clock. This bike is all original. It’s been ridden and well cared for. It’s in excellent condition, not just for the year, but for any year. I’m selling it because it’s impractical for long distances, and because I’m more interested in two-up riding these days. Bike has:

  • A Scotts reusable oil filter to improve cooling and filtering capacity
  • A Pipercross race filter. Chosen for lack of side effects on throttle response, noise, and engine longevity.
  • A Power Commander III. Currently, the bike is running and older version of the PCIII.  A newer USB PCIII is included with the bike.  I’ve just procrastinated on installing it.
  • An Afam quick change sprocket carrier and JT sprocket swap. The Afam carrier prevents cush drives from backing out and makes sprocket changes a lot easier. The current sprockets have less than 100 miles on them.  circlip is not in photos, but has been installed and safety wired.
  • I replaced the fuel quick disconnects and fuel sending unit nut with metal pieces. The OEM units are nylon/plastic and prone to breaking. Not anymore.
  • I installed a Cox Racing Case Saver. This item protects the precious engine case in case of an accidental chain break If you take care of your chain like I do, it’s not an issue, but stuff happens.
  • Replaced the US light switch with a European one, which allows you to turn off the headlight on startup. Less drain on the battery at startup means easier starting. Works like a charm.
  • I replaced the OEM fan with an aluminum unit that runs off a switch that allows you to run the fan anytime the temp gets too high for your liking. This bike has never overheated, but the stock temps are too high for my taste, so I installed a fan kit.
  • Swiftech, made in Germany, carbon hugger. Keeps debris off your suspension and tailpiece. Buyer also gets a Ducati performance lower hugger which is not installed.
  • Cox racing radiator and oil cooler guards to keep debris from damaging those two crucial components.  The radiator and oil cooler are in excellent condition (pictured) and I plan on them staying that way. Last, I’m including a carbon tank shield. It’s not installed because I wanted to show the excellent condition of the tank.
  • I have replaced all the seals on clutch master cylinder and on the clutch shaft within the last 100 miles. Buyer gets a Yoyodyne slave cylinder with the bike and has the option to install it or keep it as a spare.

This bike is in excellent condition. It is not a restoration. All parts are original to the bike, save for the mufflers. I also installed a billet clutch plate and housing. All body panels are original to the bike and undamaged/unrepaired. It’s all Ducati, no aftermarket. There are no cracks, repairs, or damage anywhere on the body, apart from light scratches here and there.  the paint is original everywhere, including on the underside of the seat. There is no rust whatsoever in the tank and only minor surface corrosion on some fasteners around the bike. There are no dents anywhere. This bike has never seen rain under my ownership.

The timing belts are brand new, properly installed (new Fuji nuts) and tensioned. The proof of the pudding is in the tasting, and this bike runs very smoothly and strong. The valves are not due for another 1000 miles. I inspected them and they look good. All rubber and soft parts are in good to excellent condition, down to the little bleed screw rubber caps. Only a couple of electrical plug sleeves have shown cracking despite my best efforts. Those (and I think it is literally a couple) have been mitigated and have no effect on function or reliability.

I replaced all coolant hoses with new Ducati parts in the last year. No leaks. Not coolant, not oil, not brake fluid. Gold DID chain has less than 100 miles. NGK Iridium plugs. Battery is less than a year old and wired for battery tender, which also comes with the bike. New Continental tires.

I kept all the OEM parts I replaced. Buyer also gets the excellent Baxley chock pictured. I always keep bike on chock at home. Sale includes a few special tools required for routine maintenance. 4 excellent manuals including Ducati shop manual.

I will be happy to send more pictures on request. Thank you for looking.

Considering the thoughtful upgrades and the 4,986 miles on it, I have a feeling it won’t be long before the $8,100 asking price will seem like a bargain. I’d expect this is one of the lowest-mile non-display bikes around, and with much less mileage I’d be concerned it would need significant maintenance before being ready to ride! Low-mileage bikes can seem more desirable, but mothballed Ducatis can cost a fortune in servicing to make roadworthy if they’ve been sitting for extended periods, and the attention lavished on this example make it worth a premium: as they say, “There’s nothing more expensive than a cheap Ducati…”

-tad

Appreciating Icon: 2001 Ducati 996 for Sale
Ducati October 27, 2019 posted by

Don’t call it a comeback: 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah

After the resounding sales flop of the Ducati 860GT, the Bolognese brand was in financial ruin and needed a Hail Mary to get back on its feet. The moonshot came in the by mass producing the extremely popular 900SS, which helped the marque pull out of its nosedive. The 900SS Darmah had a few internal updates to the square-case bevel engine, including the shift drums and the crank pins. That, and a really cool tiger graphic aping the Darmah’s namesake.

1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah for sale on eBay

The 900SS had originally been intended for low-production like the 750SS, but its ability to move off dealers’ inventory lists scuttled that plan. Isle of Man TT wins by Mike Hailwood aboard the 75-horsepower L-twin did not hurt the bike’s sales prospects, and a star was born.

This 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah appears to be in beautiful condition, though the seller is light on details. It certainly has not spent its life as a garage queen, racking up 35,000 miles over the last 39 years. Still, that’s less than 1,000 miles a year, and the clean cases and solid paintwork make the case that this bike has been loved.

From the eBay listing:

1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport Desmo Darmah

A total of 1,440 SSD motorcycles produced from 1978 to 1981, this is one of the 705 produced in 1980.

From 1979 DM900SD frame numbers where from 950001 – 951000, and this is one of the last one produced in 1980.

Everything works as it should. In perfect running conditions.

Great piece to add to your collection. You will not be disappointed.

Prices for big classic Ducatis are strong, so we suspect someone will jump quickly on this one at $17,900 buy-it-now.

 

Don’t call it a comeback: 1980 Ducati 900SS Darmah
Ducati October 9, 2019 posted by

Well Presented: 1983 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica

There is nothing quite like finding a rare and totally collection-worthy bike to post for RSBFS. This is made all the better when the seller actually takes the time to give a detailed account of the bike in question – in both words and photos. This is one such example which I think readers will enjoy. Originally released in 1979 as a commemoration of Mike Hailwood’s miracle win at the Isle of Man TT in 1978, the MHR would play to the tune of an estimated 7,000 units before production was shut down in early 1986. This beautiful 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica is the last and the best of the bevel-drive Ducatis of the era, and a wonderful collector piece. Read on!

1983 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1983 Ducati 900 Desmo Mike Hailwood Replica
Frame Number: 900R1 906468
Engine Number: 905728
905 Original Miles
DGM Homologation Number: 51147OM
Production: 687 MHR Electric Start Machines

When the great road racer Mike Hailwood came out of semi-retirement at the age of 38 to win the 1978 Isle of Man Formula One race on an NCR Ducati, Ducati was presented with another opportunity to market a race replica. Although it was more than 12 months before a production Mike Hailwood Replica appeared, when it did so, it was basically a cosmetic alteration of a 900 Super Sport. But the MHR had a certain appeal. It was very distinctive machine and was destined to become Ducati’s most popular model in the early 1980s.

More from the seller:
Everything on this motorcycle is original, with exception of the tires. The paint, finishes, and chrome are totally original, as is the seat, with all of the factory stitching intact.

As you can see from the photos in the photo section as well as the body of the description, the machine has had absolutely no restoration performed to any part of it. The condition is exactly what it looks like in the photos.

The fairings have no cracks or damage and have had no paint work. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time.

More from the seller:
The Hailwood runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes. The carburetors have also been re-built and function perfectly.

If you’d like any additional photos of any particular part of the motorcycle, please let me know. I’m happy to email or text it to you. And if you would like to inspect the bike or ask any questions, please email or contact me by phone or text at 630-430-3855 anytime.

I have a motorcycle collection made up of Italian, American, German, and Japanese big bore motorcycles some of which I will be selling soon. If you have specific questions, just want to learn more, or are looking for something in particular, please let me know. I’m also always looking for other vintage motorcycles to add to my collection, so if you have something interesting to share, please contact me at 630-430-3855.

This bike is looking pretty nice for going on 36 years – and the design has certainly held up well. The bodywork looks to be in better than fair condition, and there are no wild mods or other tomfoolery going on here. There are fewer than 1,000 miles on the Nippon Denso speedo / odo (yes, that was a stock item on this Italian steed), and as a result damage is not really to be found in the photos. Speaking of photos, there are a ton of pics to drool over (even more in the advert), and they all pop with the vivid red color of the frame and fairing. There appears to be some oil or other fluid staining on the right side swing arm, but other than that everything looks as it should. This is a beautiful bevel, and if historic prices are correct, should fetch many times over the current bid of $6k. There is a reserve in place, so this one will be a fun one to watch. Check it out here, and let your inner bevel geek fly. Good Luck!!

MI

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