Posts by tag: desmodue

Ducati March 1, 2019 posted by

Barn Bevel – 1982 Ducati 900SS

Toward the left side of the sportbike diorama you'll find the Ducati Super Sports, with bevel-gear drive desmodue and long tubular frame.  This example is one of the last before belt-driven cams arrived, and appears to be a special order with nickel plated chassis.

1982 Ducati 900 SS for sale on eBay

Close enough to be called a 900, the 864cc L-twin pushed 65 ponies with twin Dell'Orto 32mm carbs.  Giorgetto Guigiaro and Ital Design had been enlisted to pen the mid-70's 860GT, and the bevel's crankcases have the angular shape then in vogue.  The twin downtube frame used the engine to transfer loads to the swingarm connector, with Marzocchi dampers front and rear.  Brakes were triple solid discs of 280mm diameter.  The tank became more rounded than the GT, along with frame mounted fairing derived from the early -70's racing bikes.

The El Paso dealer who offers this SS doesn't delve into the history, but with just 7,500 miles it's been accumulating barn dust for a while.  The clear bevel-drive covers show that there was a fan in the list of previous owners.  A vignette of Berliner Imports is in the auction, maybe they ordered it with the nickel plated frame as a display.  Some selective cleaning has been done, but there's more.  From the eBay auction:

VERY RARE NICKEL PLATED FRAME LESS THAN 5 KNOWN TO EXIST WORLD WIDE HAS 7434 MILES GREAT CONDITION. BARN FIND WITH TEXAS TITLE. SEE PICTURES. BUY AS IS. GREAT CONDITION. 

The bevels lost fans as other supersports caught up, but the bike reviewed as a stable high-speed platform, appropriately carburretted for the road.  Ducati got busy with the MHR's, and not so many Supersports were built in 1981-82.  This one has great potential, maybe not monetarily with the buy-it-now, but maybe down the road.  When sold for a little less and restored to perfection, this interesting 900SS might be the hit of an early sportbike show.

-donn

Barn Bevel – 1982 Ducati 900SS
Ducati February 21, 2019 posted by

Think SS/SPring – 1997 Ducati 900 SS/SP #59

Might be time to peak over the horizon and make ready for the riding season we know is out there.  This U.S. - only 900SS/SP has been on display but with excellent cosmetics, it's just a service visit away from opening day.

1997 Ducati 900SS/SP #59 for sale on eBay

The Supersport might just have an extra helping of Ducati DNA, with the trellis frame, air-cooled desmodue, and lightweight full fairing.  The SP had a few extra niceties, adjustable Showa forks and monoshock, aluminum swingarm, and carbon mudguards and clutch cover.  The yellow was added to the line-up for 1997, and the pillion masquerades as a monoposto with its painted cover.

With pretty near 24,000 miles, the cosmetics had me thinking re-paint, but showing so factory, it must've been a very careful and/or lucky owner.  The owner states the valves were adjusted recently, and says tires and a carb-cleaning would make it a runner.  Depending on the amount of time on display, some seals and minor work might beckon.  From the eBay auction:

This is one of the last 900cc Super Sports made, and only 80 900cc Super Sport  S/P'es were made in that last year world wide, this is number 59 of 80 SP's,  {Special Performance}, see plaque on top of triple clamp. Very few were made in this color either, Ferrari called it Fly Yellow in the day.  The valves were just done as well as the cam belts. It has been only used as a display item and needs carbs cleaned, it does run but not well. The tires look fine but if it's going to be ridden get new rubber. The paint is flawless, the bike is a work of art and that's what I have used it for, displayed with a Ferrari Testarossa. I have the OEM tool kit, owners manual, OEM mufflers, spare air box, one OEM and the other cut to provide more air, shop manual , pit stand, and the bra seen in the pictures, also a good book all about belt drive Ducati's. This is rolling art as much as a wonderful motorcycle.

Without too much wiz-bang stuff and not much in the way of creature comforts, an SS/SP might only demand what would be the down payment on a new superbike.  The starting bid seems reasonable here, especially if you could re-commission her as an early spring project.  The SP gave way to the Final Edition which was only available in silver, so if you wanted a classic Ducati Supersport with Mikuni carbs and in yellow, 1997 might be your year.  After a quick going-over, this example might be a total gem.

-donn

Think SS/SPring – 1997 Ducati 900 SS/SP #59
Ducati February 15, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 2006 SportClassic 1000 with Paul Smart Fairing

Update 2.15.2019: Curtis has relisted his SportClassic on eBay and is no reserve. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Ducati was comfortably ahead of the game when they introduced the SportClassic series, which had great vintage appeal but modern mechanicals.  This owner has updated his first-year monoposto with suspension and fairings from the Paul Smart limited edition, and continued the look with the front fairing in burnt yellow as well.

2006 SportClassic 1000 with Paul Smart Fairing for sale on eBay

Using the air-cooled dual-spark 992 across the range, the SportClassics had a healthy 92 hp available, fuel injected for better rideability and more modern emissions.  Around the fully visible powerplant, the black trellis frame makes its way from triple tree to asymmetrical swingarm, which was used for 2006 only.  Inside the vintage-looking spoked alloys are up-to-date 320mm Brembo brakes.  The plastic four gallon ( plus one in reserve ) fuel tank is rust proof and the owner had this one lined for ethanol resistance.

The Paul Smart was only offered in commemorative silver, and though the later 1000S was available in the much faster yellow, the biposto lacked the Öhlins suspension and banana monoshock rear.  The overdone factory exhaust has given way to a purposeful Zard stainless, and the list of nice touches continues around the bike.  Maintenance is spot-on, with just over 11,000 miles, it's halfway to its second valve adjustment, as the owner states in the eBay listing:

Zard Stainless Exhaust
Lithium lightweight Battery
Watson LED Front Turn Signals
Motobox LED Rear Turn Signals
Near New Michelin Pilot Sport Tires w/ 1,200 miles
New OEM Ducati Tank Replacement that has been professionally Caswell lined
PS1000LE Paul Smart Ohlins Forks
PS1000LE Paul Smart Rear Shock
LED headlight
Autoclave Carbon front tire fairing
NCR Titanium dry clutch cover
Strata fab fairing conversion hardware
7,500 Mile Valve service completed
Regular Oil Changes with Motul Racing Oil
Regular Chain lube and cleaning
Ceramic coated paint
Rear shock was recently serviced w/ new seals and oil

The SportClassics continue to appreciate, especially the limited editions and single year models.  This 2006 is hard to distinguish from a factory effort, except for the premium details added.  Though the SC's didn't break new technical ground, they have a look any Ducatisti will enjoy, with the excellent DS1000 reliability.  Curtis requests questions and offers via eBay - here - or contact by email: howdycurtis@gmail.com

-donn

Featured Listing – 2006 SportClassic 1000 with Paul Smart Fairing
Ducati January 22, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 build!

Ducati has always been known as a performance company. But one of the key elements that stands them apart is that Ducati has always been a styling company as well. Not content with just performance, Ducati has consistently set the standard when it comes to defining a new trend. This was always the case with sport bikes, but Ducati was able to successfully transcend the performance game into the naked cruiser segment with the ultra-popular Monster line. Popular in a non-threatening way, the Monster lineup attracted riders of all types and ages. Ducati was quick to draw the line as wide as possible, incorporating a spread of displacements and even utilizing the liquid-cooled, 4 valve Superbike motors. But the mainstay of the line was always the air-cooled Desmodue, such as today's featured listing S2R 1000.

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000!

Based on the dual-spark 1000c SuperSport motor, the S2R incorporates all of the go-fast goodies you would expect, but in an artfully simplistic manner. Instead of yards of carbon fiber / plastic bodywork, the Monster leaves it all out in the open. As a result, these bikes appear muscular and solid. Check out the single sided swing arm. Pull straight off the sport bikes, the Monster sports a slightly relaxed geometry more suited to the streets and boulevards. Fuel injection simplifies cold starting, and gearing is set a bit lower. Seating position is more upright, with good leverage with the wider, flatter bars. Optimized for normal speeds but quite capable of rapid transit, the S2R has all of the goodness you would expect from a SuperSport Ducati - with a fashion Barbie outfit change.

From the seller:
2006 Ducati monster S2R1000 with only 3,987 miles. Runs perfect (ridden regularly even though short highway distances).

Mivv carbon-fiber exhaust, Cycle Cat open clutch cover, Rizoma brake/clutch reservoirs/grips. Ducati Performance carbon-fiber front wheel fender/belly pan/chain guard, and lastly fender eliminator with LED taillight including front/rear turn signals. Only imperfection is a tiny paint bubble the size of a green pea (as shown/circled) on left side of tank.

I have the original mirrors, front faring, rear pegs, clutch cover, chain guard, and all keys including RED key and key card (as shown in pic). Also NO dreaded “tank swell” as some of these have (can be seen in the picture where the clip is that holds the tank in place).

Price: $5,999
Contact: Mike - (305) 318-3499 NO TEXTS

The Monster platform is so solid that it makes an excellent basis for modification. All the requisite Ducati performance parts apply here and work well. The cafe racer look is easily obtainable. Ducati themselves took it so far as to create a Carl Fogarty Limited Edition Monster. That's right, Foggy is immortalized not with a R spec Superbike, but rather a R spec Monster. RSBFS reader Mike has done something similar here, with his S2R model. With a pile of carbon fiber goodies and gorgeous exhaust, Mike has managed to build a very clean Monster - even tighter and more clipped than the original. And not only do you get the output of the build, but there are many OE takeoff parts included as part of the sale. What a bargain!

The Monster is quite possibly the most approachable of the Ducati offerings. It looks right, it sounds right and it goes like you would expect a 2-valve Desmo to go - with torque everywhere. This is not anecdotal, as I have one in the stable (although my wife utilizes it nearly exclusively as her commuter). The S2R is a fantastic riding platform, and promises all of the longevity of every other Pantah-based powered Ducati. This one has fewer than 4,000 miles on it, meaning that it has a LOT of life yet to give. It looks fantastic and is sure to stand out in a crowd. That ask on this is $5,999. For the price you get a lot of performance parts and the stock parts too. Win! If you are interested, give a shout out to Mike: (305) 318-3499 NO TEXTS . Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 build!
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 January 6, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

Update 1.28.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Judging from their regular appearance and usual low miles, the green-frame PS1000 is clearly the darling of the Terblanche-styled Sport Classic line-up.  Seattle Used Bikes has recently returned this original from display duty and it's ready for a new rider.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

for sale at Seattle Used Bikes

All Sport Classics use the 992cc twin-spark desmodue, hitting the numbers with 92 hp.  Beside the blue-green trellis frame, the PS1000 has a monoposto body, retro bullet fairing, and adjustable Öhlins front and rear ( plus steering damper ).  The colors harken back to 1974 and the #16 Super Sport 750, and Pirelli even made made their Diablo tires in a retro Phantom tread pattern to match the spoked alloys for the original edition of 2,000.

Most often seen with an aftermarket exhaust as well as some variety of low-profile turn signals, this PS1000 is all stock with no sign of damage or even dirt.  Smart of the previous owner to line a brand new ( warranty ) fuel tank to prevent ethanol damage.  Evidently the current owner is a collector, who added only a few miles to the 7,600 already there.  From the SUB - website -

We just performed a full factory recommend 6000 mile service while paying special attention to anything showing signs of wear or aging. A bit over $2200 was spent making sure everything was right before it moves off to a new owner. The plastic fuel tanks on the Ducati Sport Classic series along with a few other models are known for having issues with the heavily laden ethanol fuel we are forced to deal with in the US. This particular fuel tank was a brand new warranty replacement, from Ducati when the owner purchased the bike 7 years ago. At that time he had it lined with Caswell tank sealer, it was just installed on the bike for the first time when we got it ready to go. The bike is all stock, no modifications.

The number of PS1000LE's that came stateside is reported in the 1,000 range, making this a pretty rare bird.  It's a long, low ride, which could be helped with bar risers, and even though the fairing won't allow too much, a half inch can make a big difference.  It's a clean palette for boutique billet and carbon, and fairing lowers are still available.  On consignment at $24,000, Dave at SUB can be reached at (206) 535-6812 or by email - here -.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition