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Ducati September 4, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Update 9.6.2021: Cold start video added below. -dc

The Ducati Supersport of the 1990s is not just an icon. It is a capable and robust platform that incorporated a solid foundation of stiff chassis and torquey Desmo power, all beautifully molded into rolling Italian artwork. And while some saw a ready-to-rumble motorcycle, others saw a canvas – an opportunity to build on those fantastic bones and turn it into a beast. Such is what we see today with this 1998 Ducati SSCR Featured Listing. One of the very few yellow 900SS models imported into the US, this Supersport is also the very desirable half-faired model. This unique look allows the engine to dominate the view, not to mention allowing for easy access to most all the bits and pieces. There is a lot to unpack here, so I will let Brendan take over and give you the details.

From the seller:
Available for sale is my 1998 Ducati 900 SS w/ 21500miles. I bought this back from a friend a while back and have continued to enjoy the process of replacing stuff with parts to improve it. It is as fun to ride as anyone has ever said, but I have too many bikes in the garage to get my daily driver back in. Falloon’s book says that this is one of 200 yellow CR’s for 1998. Has the upgraded charging system, I think is a difference.

More from the seller:
I have had 900SS’s before but decided to address the lower spec items found on a CR and do some upgrades beyond what they were when new.

Ohlins Shock-Racetech rebuilt/sprung for 235lbs w/receipt
Ohlins Valved Forks-Racetech rebuilt no receipt
Marvic Penta Magnesium 5 spoke wheels
Floating Iron rotors
40MM to 65mm caliper adaptors
999 4pad/4piston calipers
Dual stainless steel front brake lines
996 masters- brake and clutch w/reservoirs
SpeediMoto 3″ adjustable riser clipons ( narrow originals w/ masters included)
SS/SP aluminum swing arm
Mono Posto seat unit
reshaped/recovered Sargent seat
Stock bi-posto seat unit w/ seat, pegs,cowl
Relocated Monster oil cooler
39mm FCR flat Slide carbs
SilMoto spaghetti header
No-name hi-mount carbon cans ( bought used w/not visible crack)
EVR open clutch cover
Double Bubble smoked windscreen
520 Chain/sprockets
Vitaloni painted mirrors

More from the seller:
Tuned/belts, carbs rebuilt, rectifier replaced, Pirelli Diablo Rosso III @20600
records from 2010

Everything works as it should, and the induction honk brings a smile everytime you whack it open. She is a very nice rider, not a display queen. Available in San Diego, CA.

Asking Price: $8,000
Contact: Brendan @ Brendan@CAYachtsales.com

The CR model (Cafe Racer) was the lowest spec Supersport available when new, and met the needs of the budget conscious rider. Brendan has taken all the goodness and elevated this beauty above the SP specification with tasteful modifications and improvements. This is what the Supersport is all about – a bike so good at the basics that it can follow you where you go; with careful application of parts and money, can get you there even faster. Drop dead gorgeous in yellow, bristling with upgraded tech and fully sorted, this is a bike that you could not build for what you can buy if for here. Every rider needs something like this in their stable and your opportunity is right now. Give Brendan a shout, tell him what a gorgeous bike he has built, and then make yourself a deal!

MI

Featured Listing – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Ducati August 2, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod

Update 8.2.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati Supersport line has been wildly successful for the Bologna manufacturer, and it is not difficult to see why. Based more on what is NOT there than what is, the Supersport is about agility and lightness. This is a bike that reduces riding to the raw level of man and machine, as opposed to man coddled by electro-mechanical machine. This is a booming, throbbing and visceral experience that is a class all unto its own. An amazing motorcycle because of what it isn’t, the Ducati Supersport remains a standout of the era, and a reminder of how good it is to get out and ride.

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod

While the Supersport nomenclature had been around for decades in one form or another, it was the Pantah engine models that wear the “SS” designation. And rather thinking of the latter year Supersports as children of the bevel-era, old school Super Sport models, realize that this generation is much more closely related to the F1 and vaunted TT2 models – very good pedigree indeed. Out on the streets, riders quickly saw the potential for the “less is more” philosophy, and began to consider the 900 SS (especially the ’91-’98 models) as platforms to be enhanced and customized. The bare bones were very, very good…but the aftermarket could make them better. Enter today’s Featured Listing, a fantastic interpretation of the 900 SS/CR. I’ll let the seller pick it up from here:

From the seller:
I bought this girl off ebay about 4 years ago. Someone had done a crazy amount of work to her and then parked her. The family I bought it from said that the builder past away. When I got her she had the items listed below. The person who did the work did a GREAT job, everything was very well done. I also did a bunch of work over the years, see below. She basically needs nothing, she has fresh everything, ride her across the country if you’d like. She is fast, light (388 pounds with ½ tank of gas), fun and increasing in value.

More from the seller:
Build work done before I got her:
Black powder coated frame, swingarm, fairing bracket, valve covers and maybe the sides of the oil cooler.
Keihin FCR 39mm Flatslides
Hi-comp stock bore pistons
Light flywheel
Light clutch basket
Magnesium Marchesini 5 spoke wheels
Rear sets
Pi Research System 2 race dash and sensors that show, Oil Pressure, speed, voltage and RPM has a few other options not hooked up.
Modified and powder coated upper fairing bracket for dash.
Fresh brake pads.
Rare D&D Full 2 into 2 exhaust, carbon mufflers and hangers (very cool, light and plenty of clearance)
Fresh stainless lines for front and rear brakes
Custom breather filter.
Customized airbox.
Individual K&N filters
Custom inner fender
Very tiddy custom wiring for the upgrades.
Full CARBON tail (with factory seat), upper and front fender, paint is track quality, 6 out a 10

More from the seller:
What I’ve done in the last 4 years and 1200 miles of ownership:
Fresh fluids, oil changed 7/19, brake/clutch fluid changed 10/20
New plugs 7/19
Ultrasonically cleaned and rebuilt carbs
Belts changed 7/19
Replaced battery
Replaced windscreen
Replaced bar ends
Installed bar end mirrors in place of factory mirrors to keep the bike narrow
Valves adjusted 8/17
Ohlins rear shock
900SS/SP forks
Full floating Brembo iron front rotors
Lightened rear rotor

What she needs and flaws:
The race dash doesn’t have a odometer so I don’t know what the mileage is, it also has it’s own power switch so you have to turn it on and off.
The paint work has some bad touch ups and some flakey spots
That’s it, she is ready to go

More from the seller:
If I kept her I would…. Do nothing, just keep ridding her. It’s a great bike that flies between traffic, up mountains roads and commutes as well as my VFR. I’ve had over 12 900cc Ducati’s, I’m going to regret selling this one more than any other in the past.

Asking Price: $6000 obo

Today’s seller has listed several bikes on RSBFS in the past, and is a known entity. That always helps when considering a significant purchase. And from a cost standpoint, you could not build this hot rod at the price point being asked based on the parts installed and the cost of a suitable donor. That makes this a pretty good deal for a bike that has so much potential to please.

MI

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod
Aprilia July 22, 2021 posted by

Comfort Zone – 2003 Aprilia SL1000 Falco

Not quite as cutting edge as the Mille, Aprilia’s Falco provided plenty of excitement for less Euros.  Just under 8,000 miles and of legal drinking age, this Falco has had a careful owner or two, and looks excellent.

2003 Aprilia SL1000 Falco for sale on eBay

Slightly less compression ( still 10.8-to-1 ) than its big brother RSV gives the Falco 118 hp to work with, and an alloy chassis plus adjustable suspension to carry it.  Aprilia component choices are typically upper crust, with USD Showa forks and Sachs monoshock.  Likewise the 320mm Brembo brakes.  Even the fairing is more than the typical supersport, with modified lowers and a rarely used pillion.  Lower seat height and pegs, with higher clip-ons, made for a friendlier experience.

Offered by a Florida specialty dealer, this SL1000 looks un-modified and ready to rumble, though those particular mufflers might be something new – or maybe the only stock set ever seen on a Falco.  The exuberant frame sliders don’t appear to have been used, and the sticker kit will come off easier than it went on.  Capitalization is by the seller in the eBay auction:

This Bike has a Great Running Water-Cooled Fuel Injected V-Twin Engine that Produces 111 Horsepower with just the twist of the throttle. This bike has a smooth Shifting 6-speed Transmission. The Factory Dual Exhaust on this Bike Sounds Like an Orchestra, there is nothing else that has the sound of an Italian V-twin Revving up to Speed through a pair of perfectly tuned mufflers. This Bike is Like the Lamborghini of Motorcycles. If you are Searching for a Beautiful Investment that you can ride and will only go up in value over time, this could be the one you have been waiting for. Truly a Gorgeous Modern Classic Italian Motorbike.

The Falco might be happy in its junior role, a good helping of performance without the expectation or quite the expense of the superbike.  Reviewers loved the power band, called for an upgraded rear shock, and praised the moderate riding position.  The buy-it-now is just about in RSV territory, but maybe bidders will find the reserve before time runs out.

-donn

Comfort Zone – 2003 Aprilia SL1000 Falco
Ducati July 19, 2021 posted by

All the Best – 1994 Ducati 900SS/SP

1990’s 900 SuperSports were already more than the sum of their parts, but this SP has been carefully farkled and looks to be ready to go across the valley or even the state.

1994 Ducati 900SS/SP for sale on eBay

Updating their 80’s multi-purpose machines, the 900SS made all the right moves toward a more modern Ducati sportbike – almost a liter in displacement, dry clutch, 6-speed transmission, 320mm brakes, and 17-inch wheels.  Easy desmodue valve train, Mikuni carburetors, adjustable suspension, and fairly relaxed ergonomics were icing on the cake.  The SP was a U.S. only model, and had the usual 80 hp but extra carbon accents, and the better Showa dampers.  Even fully-faired it was trim if not exactly lithe, and rated well in the handling department.

Not sure where this southwest Oregon owner fits in the parade of custodians almost every 1990’s bike has, but this one has some period upgrades, like flat-slide carbs and NLA Staintune mufflers, along with more readily available Öhlins, lower pegs and year-old Pilot Power 2’s.  Even with the right side scrape it presents very well, and props to the seller for detailing the heck out of it before taking pictures.  Notes from the eBay auction:

WELL TAKEN CARE OF, LOTS OF UPGRADES, STAINTUNE SLIP-ONS WITH DB KILLERS, OHLINS REAR SHOCK, OHLINS INTERNALS IN FORKS, RACE TECH SPRINGS SET UP FOR 200 LB RIDER, NEW MICHELIN PILOT POWER 2 CTS LAST SUMMER, SARGENT SEAT, OHLINS STEERING DAMPENER, LIGHTENED FLYWHEEL, FLAT SLIDE CARBS AND MOTION PRO THROTTLE KIT, NEWER MRA SCREEN, NEWER DUCATI MIRRORS, LOWER PEGS STOCK INCLUDED,RKA PERIOD SEAT BAG, TANK BAG FROM A MONSTER, LESS THAN A THOUSAND MILES SINCE LAST FULL SERVICE, BRAKE FLUSH LAST SUMMER, ONLY NON ETHANOL, STORED IN A WARM GARAGE WITH SMART CHARGER, SMALL ROW OF SCRATCHES LOWER RIGHT FAIRING, INSULATION HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE INSIDES OF THE FAIRING.

A regular subject of “best used bikes” reviews, the 900SS/SP is the bike that got away, from many early owners.  More the better for subsequent riders, who have the benefit of the air-cooled desmodue, in a Swiss Army Knife package that even ( well almost ) looks good with luggage.

-donn

 

All the Best – 1994 Ducati 900SS/SP
Ducati July 18, 2021 posted by

Generational Shift Ducati Super Sport

As time marches on, everything changes.  People age, tastes change and new generations enter the motorcycle hobby.  Here at RSBFS there are always a plethora of clean first generation Ducati SS bikes.  Many have waxed poetic about the sound, simplicity and beautiful ownership experience.   It really is hard not to love them, and it is easy to see why finding a good example is hard at any price point.  As with most collectable motorcycles it seems that prices are on a constant trajectory up.

2000 Ducati Super Sport on eBay

But what drives that at the core?  Is it stories about what Hunter S Thompson thought about the bike or is it a long lasting personal connection to the vehicle?  Lets face it, the people that lusted after the first generation SuperSport are at an age where their bodies might not let them enjoy a sports bike any more.  We are seeing a new breed of people entering into the hobby and they have a stronger connection to the often overlooked second generation Ducati SS.

Seller’s Comments From eBay:

This is an Extremely Clean, Great Looking, and Running 900ss. Paint, Tires, Chain, Brakes, and everything on the bike is excellent ready to go with many extras. New timing belts 1 yr ago. Marelli Fuel injection trouble free. Bar ends have been flipped for more comfort. Can be easilly flipped back if preferred. This is one of the simple, easy to maintain Ducatis. No red key nonsense. Just push the button, and go.

The example here appears to be in above average shape.  It is a latter model with the fuel injection, but still retains that iconic dry clutch.  The pictures reveal an aftermarket exhaust that is sure to please the ears.  The listing talks about a questionable decision to flip the clip ons for a more comfortable riding position.   The new owner would be wise to either replace the bars with an aftermarket riser option, or revert back to stock.  It is nice that the bike has had a recent timing belt change

These bikes are a wonderful bargain in the current market.  Truly an upgrade over the first in terms of performance and usability.  In period many rejected the design aesthetics of Pierre Terblanche, but his bikes have aged very well.  Opening bid of $3500 has yet to be made.  Results are all over the map with some super low mileage examples pulling large numbers.  If you had ever thought about owning one of these bikes, it might be your best time as these are a shoe in for being a future classic.

 

Generational Shift Ducati Super Sport
Ducati July 12, 2021 posted by

Affordable Classic: 1993 Ducati 900 Supersport

We have posted a few Ducati Supersports on RSBFS recently, and there is a good reason for it. As a rider, these are fantastic platforms that give you all the great Ducati vibes and good looks. They are not ultra-fast to be sure, nor are they ultra-refined in terms of creature comforts. These are very basic – and very good – motorcycles that involve the rider in the experience in a manner that few bikes accomplish. And if you are looking at a bike worth holding on to, either to continue to customize and modify with numerous available performance bits or to simply collect and watch it appreciate in value, the 900SS is an affordable entry and willing partner for either plan.

1993 Ducati 900 Supersport for sale on eBay

The Supersport is powered by yet another evolution of the wildly successful Pantah engine. Using toothed rubber belts to drive the 2-valve Desmo system (as opposed to the tower drive and bevel gears in earlier models), the Supersport throbs its way to 80-ish horsepower at the top end. And that top end is not like a Japanese inline four or even a Desmoquattro Superbike wind up rush. Instead, the air cooled twin prefers to ride the fat torque curve more in the middle of the rev range, where skilled riders can make use of the stiff trestle frame and 851 brakes to make swift progress indeed.

From the seller:
Runs and looks great. All original with good service records.

This era Ducati Supersport has much to recommend. Aside from the solid feel and quality construction, the 900SS enjoys a pleasing silhouette – the same which cannot really be said about the follow on design by Pierre Terblanche. The Pantah motor is relatively basic and utterly reliable. Service intervals are reasonable, and a semi-skilled home mechanic can certainly change the belts. Valve adjustments are a bit more tricky in that you need a number of shims on hand, but not beyond the realm of someone armed with calipers, some basic math skills and access to a shop that will sell you the shims you need. At worst the home mechanic can do the fluid service and belts at required intervals and have the local shop run the valves when needed. For exotic Italian exclusivity, ownership is not difficult in any meaningful way.

Today’s bike has traveled a reported 26,000 miles. That is quite a few, but nothing to be concerned about when it comes to longevity. In reality, the key failure point on a Pantah is related to failure to change the belts; with adequate service history this bike is only being broken in. Asking $5,800 in a Buy It Now format auction, this 900 Supersport is a decent buy. However you should compare and contrast with this 1995 Ducati 900 SSCR Featured Listing to see what that sum of money can buy you on the performance upgrade side. Stock (and looking untouched) in this format or performance-tuned in the case of the Featured Listing, you cannot go wrong with a Pantah-engined Ducati Supersport. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Affordable Classic: 1993 Ducati 900 Supersport
Ducati May 21, 2021 posted by

MidiTwin – 2003 Ducati 800SS SuperSport

It’s rare to see an 800SS, though it had a thoughtful group of compromises, the Terblanche design took many years to be accepted.  Here’s an Iowan example which is a good year, in understated Senna colors, with several carbon updates.

2003 Ducati 800SS SuperSport

Ducati’s new 800cc L-twin was a desmodue, but engineered for a higher rev limit and made 74 hp at 8,250 rpm.  A six-speed was specified to capitalize on the peakier torque curve, and a wet clutch is behind that unusual closed cover.  The ’03 has an alloy swingarm, as well as multi-adjustable suspension, both of which fell to the auditor’s eraser the next year.  Expected Brembo brakes and Termignoni exhaust fill the bill, and the cast alloy wheels are nicely sized if not the lightest.  Full or upper-only fairings were available, and the tank came from the factory with a rubber belt buckle guard.

This seller doesn’t flesh out the maintenance history, but says it’s ready for cam belts.  The tires don’t look bad, but might have outlasted their use-by date.  The Sargent seat is a nice addition, and the carbon mudguards look great ( better than the carbon tank protector ).  Quite clean with just one scuff apparent under the near side grip.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Ducati Supersport in great condition.  It has a Termignoni exhaust, Sargent seat and plenty of CF added.  It is due for belts and the black key was bent at one point so is a little finicky.  Comes with the red master key which works without issue.

The 800 got high marks for its handling and braking, and had plenty of power if not supertwin torque.  The build quality was a high point for Ducati and the wet clutch proved easy to love.  With 620, 800 and 1000cc variants, there might have been too many choices in the SuperSport department, and most riders willing to spend $9k on the mid-size could spring for the liter.  But for someone wanting that happy-to-rev 800, this example looks very tidy and might be a perfect entrée into the air-cooled Ducati experience.

-donn

MidiTwin – 2003 Ducati 800SS SuperSport
Ducati February 26, 2021 posted by

Digital Effect – 1999 Ducati 900SS/CR

1999 was the first year for Pierre Terblanche’s re-style of the venerable Supersport, which despite a comprehensive set of upgrades, polarized prospective fans.  This Minne example looks excellent and surprisingly as-delivered.

                  

1999 Ducati 900SS/CR Supersport for sale on eBay

Ducati’s dual-spark 900 was all new, and though the 80 hp was just alright, the spot-on Marelli fuel injection and two plugs per cylinder provided excellent usable power in a wide band.  The charging system was updated, and the air-cooled engine loved the upper-only fairing.  Nicer components with USD Showa forks and adjustable monoshock, and Brembo P4 brakes with four piston calipers.  The gold trellis frame states its case from behind the fairing that, love it or hate it, is designed by one of the best.

Evidently presented by a recovering bike nut, this CR looks excellent with just middling miles at 11,967.  A pair of Giannelli silencers is included, not sure why they were un-mounted.  Two spots of paint damage are shown in detail, but can’t be detected in a wider shot.  The owner posted a cold start – video – and has this to say in the eBay auction:

Amazing original and all stock condition. The bike starts right up with its strong battery, and it pulls strong and clean through the rev range. Shifts are solid and smooth. There are 2 minor cosmetic blemishes that occurred during transport, and the 2 areas are clearing pointed out in 2 of the photos. 1999 introduced fuel injection to the Supersport range of bikes, and this example is the rare half-faired CR model. The bike comes with the set of Giannelli slip-on high mount exhaust that were on the bike when I purchased it. The original exhaust were included in the sale, so I put them on the bike. Bike received full Desmo service 2 years and 1000 miles ago. 4 months ago, a new fuel pump, fuel line and filter installed along with fresh oil and filter.

The new Supersport could’ve been a game changer but the styling changed more minds than the engineering, and the model took the down escalator.  Along the way the powertrain was upped to 800 and 1000cc dual sparks, both also quite rare – but the 900 is a classic Supersport displacement.  No bids yet, but even at the buy-it-now this one will provide the new owner a lot of sport for the money.

-donn

Digital Effect – 1999 Ducati 900SS/CR