Posts by tag: desmodue

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Superseded by the belt-driven cam Pantah, the bevel SuperSport was a little too long and heavy for a race career, but the torquey motor made for a special road machine.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

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
Ducati December 22, 2018 posted by

Suit That’s Red – 1992 Ducati Paso 907 I.E.

- Sold on the buy-it-now while this post was being scheduled, hopefully to a sharp RSBFS reader !

Like a back-lit tinsel tree in its hometown Santa Monica, this rather red Paso is all dressed up for Xmas.  The last-generation desmodue was a fuel-injected 9th inning home run, which unfortunately couldn't extend the Tamburini model into extra innings.

1992 Ducati Paso 907 I.E. for sale on eBay

The all-enclosed Paso was one of the first Ducatis under Castiglioni stewardship, intially as a 750cc and later a 904, both with a single Weber.  More linear electronic fuel injection and 90 hp came in 1991, transforming the ride.  Hiding under the soap-bar is a peculiar square-tube frame, and Marzocchi suspension peeks out.  Brembo made both the four-piston calipers and wide 17-inch wheels.  Intakes and vents are arrayed over the fairing with the aim of funneling cold air to the airbox and radiator, and warm air out and away from the rider.

With nearly 48,000 miles, a full rebuild and restoration is likely in this Paso's past, and though there's no mention of it in the auction, the buy-it-now is in the upper end of the range.  No evident damage and it's spotless all around.  Nothing out of the ordinary except for a missing turn signal lense and a nicer seat cover.  From the eBay auction:

This final year example of the 907ie is offered in the classic Ducati red livery. Showing an astonishing 47,926 miles, the bike looks like it has a fraction of that. Regular servicing by a local independent shop has kept the bike in fine riding condition. A recent trip to the shop ensured that the bike was ready for sale.

The 907 I.E. got high marks for its torquey delivery, spot-on fuel injection, hydraulic clutch and 17-inch wheels.  The all-encompassing body was an acquired taste though, and production never really got much over 1,000 per year, ensuring its rarity.  This Paso would have some stories to tell, about some long sporty tours and that season getting a makeover.  And a super previous owner...

-donn

Suit That’s Red – 1992 Ducati Paso 907 I.E.
Ducati November 26, 2018 posted by

No Excuses – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

More 2006-era Paul Smarts have been pirated away to the dining room than the garage, a shame since they are sharp-edged tools.  This example is apparently a bona fide museum piece, lightly accessorized and almost un-ridden.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for sale on eBay

South African designer Pierre Terblanche presented the SportClassic lineup in 2003, and three variants were produced over the 2006-10 model years.  All used the 992cc dual-spark desmodue, but the Paul Smart styled its way back to Ducati's 750 Imola race machine.  Modern appointments like Marelli electronic fuel injection, Öhlins dampers, and 320mm Brembo disk brakes bring the 1000LE into this century.  Faired like a 1970's endurance racer, the low clip-ons limit utility to back roads rather than cross-town traffic.

The owner of this Paul Smart professes to have 150-plus bikes and a private race track, leaving a beloved Paul Smart short on attention.  Apart from a few quality farkles, the SE is as new, as detailed in the eBay auction:

I have all the original bits, of course.  Mirrors , directionals , mini-fairing pieces if for some reason you don't love the full(ish) fairings as I do.  I made pretty clutch plate and cover and springs and keepers - but you can put the lame stock cover on if you are that fussy. I loved displaying it  as shown.  But everything about it is perfection. 
This is an absolutely-no-excuses bike that is going to continue to appreciate for SURE.

With only 2000 produced, the Paul Smart LE is only going to get rarer.  Look-alikes and conversions have already made their play.  This Ducati isn't a race replica, but rather a commemorative of a few long-past seasons.  While the eventual re-sale value may be of interest, without the experience of riding the air-cooled dual spark engine it's a paper exercise.

-donn

No Excuses – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE
Ducati October 29, 2018 posted by

Darkwing Duc – 1999 Ducati 900SS

Though the Supersport has been a Ducati staple through thick and thin, the late 90's re-design by Pierre Terblanche was met with either a cheer or a wrinkled nose.  Having mostly been riders, not many have been nicely modified and barely ridden like the one here.

1999 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Not just a facelift, the Supersport re-design brought a host of mechanical improvements, like fuel injection, an improved charging system, and a wider rear tire.  The 904cc desmodue has revised cam profiles to help bring 80 hp at 7,500 rpm, and mid-range has a healthy 57 ft.-lbs. torque.  As on Supersports past, the suspension was supplied by Showa, and brakes by Brembo, who also cast the hollow-spoke wheels for this generation.

This 900SS is owned by a N.J.-based parts re-seller, and has just 2,772 miles despite some premium upgrades.  An act of faith to tear down a factory new engine, the 944 upgrade is a piston and cylinder swap for 40 more cc's, but higher compression results in what should be 85-90 hp.  Seems only right to fit an Arrow "spaghetti" exhaust and re-flash the ECU.  Hard to argue with new cam belts and battery.  From the eBay auction:

Very nice low mileage injected Supersport.  944 kit and ecu flash by Certified Ducati Dealer when bike was brand new.  Full Stainless Arrow 45mm big tube exhaust, Ohlins rear shock, Yoyodyne clutch slave, Custom matched seat, Billet gas cap.

Bike is in very nice condition and it would cost you $4500 to build the motor, buy the exhaust and flash the ECU.  Ohlins shock is another $1200.  You are well over that price I am asking for just these few items.
New timing belts, New battery.

The revamped SS had slightly raised bars but the ergonomics were still unfriendly until you were moving well, and the love-it / hate-it design didn't help matters.  Sculpted fairings have since come back into fashion, and the upper-only set are few and far between.  I'm with the owner that the value is there, but since I'm not in the market, someone else will have to push Make Offer.  Not being very suitable for collateral duties like touring or commuting, the late Supersport is just for a nice weekend afternoon, but for that it is perfect...

-donn

Darkwing Duc – 1999 Ducati 900SS
Ducati September 1, 2018 posted by

Wham-O ! – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport

The 1990's were a heady time for Ducati, with the 851, Paso, 888, Supermono, and 916 all realizing their potential.  Meanwhile, the sporty-on-a-budget 750 Sport that helped keep the company afloat in the late '80s is all but ignored.  This eastern Duc has been ridden extensively but probably not much lately.  It has the early bold graphics livery and looks substantially original and complete, just in need of a little TLC.

1990 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

A foot in each decade, the 750 Sport used an F1-style frame and a Paso-style Weber carb for the belt-timed desmodue.  Great power at 72 hp for a two-valve 750, though tractability of the single carburetor was wanting.  Single-adjustable Marzocchi dampers and 16-inch wheels kept the bottom line in sight.  Single puck Brembo brakes are front and rear.  The size is more Paso than 851, making the Sport more of an all-rounder, a little more comfortable on a long ride.

 

The seller might not have had time to form an emotional attachment to this 750, and it looks like the previous owner parked her a while back.  Still it's complete and mostly stock, ready for a week at the spa.  From the eBay auction:

Up for sale is a Ducati 750 Sport, aka the "Poor Man's F1". I have been told that they imported less than 400 of these to the US, they are not common.  I have only ever seen one other one for sale. 

This bike is mechanically sound, it runs/drives perfectly. 19,030 miles. 
Good condition for it's age, but with it's age there are some little scuffs and scratches around the bike.  Took photos of what I found. 

 

Never exactly the top of the dance card, the 750 Sport was a worthy partner for weekend tours or rallies.  As ever a compromise, this one is a rarity not needing deep pockets.  For a mid-size, an eager performer with enough room for an un-tucked adult.  Even more unusual than the later sun beam paint scheme, the bright blue and white graphics on red fairings recall an era when Ducati wasn't hanging back waiting for your attention.  Once this 750 Sport is detailed up, some time spent in the stainless hardware aisle, and with fresh expendables, it'll be an eyeball grabber too...

-donn

Wham-O ! – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport