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Ducati December 9, 2019 posted by

Touchstone – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP

In a rare marketing maneuver, Ducati brought the 900 SS/SP to our shores only, a limited edition with adjustable suspension and carbon eye candy.  This example has been been maintained internally and externally, and looks ready to rumble.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP #412 for sale on eBay

The trellis frame which was light and economical to manufacture back then is now a classic Ducati feature, in some years gold or white, but silver for 1995 which goes well with the SP’s aluminum swingarm.  Ditto the air-cooled desmodue, a good air-cooled performer with 84 carbureted ponies, and though the future brought fuel injection and dual plugs, it’s a classically flexible powerplant.  Showa suspension was the big upgrade for the SP, along with carbon mudguards.  The cockpit has occasionally been described as “everything you need, and nothing you don’t”, and it’s the perfect layout for an afternoon on the back roads.

Seeming to be in much better shape than nearly 33K miles would allow, I’d presume a refinishing if not restoration.  The pictures are not super high fidelity, but show no apparent trauma.  A lot of carefully chosen niceties such as factory open airbox, Remus carbon mufflers, new lithium-iron battery – even new footpeg and shift rubbers !  Heads and cylinders were overhauled a few years back making this SP more ready for the long term.  Just a snippet of the comments from the eBay auction:

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 Supersports served as Ducati’s all-rounder before the Monster came along, and went to work, touring, and to the track without complaint.  This seminal Duc has done some miles but carefully, and been maintained as though it would be in the stable forever.  The ask for a high-mileage machine can always be debated, but at least the “make offer” button is available.

-donn

Touchstone – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP
Ducati December 2, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1984 Ducati 650SL Pantah

Update 12.2.2019: This bike is now on eBay. -dc

This is the first of four motorcycles being offered from the Stuart Parr Collection. Thank you for supporting the site and good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Rare to the point where this might be the first 650SL to grace RSBFS, this 1984 model has been restored to museum condition and is ready for spotlights and close-up viewing.

1984 Ducati 650SL Pantah for sale

In an interesting turn of the rulebook, Ducati produced the 650SL to homologate the 61.5mm stroke for the planned 750cc race machine.  The extra torque provided by the lengthened stroke was a welcome addition to the originally 500cc engine, and claimed 63 hp at 8,500 rpm.  Still considered part of the first generation of Ducati belt-driven cam engines, the twin used dual 36mm Dell’Orto carburetors.  The model’s smaller-displacement origins are divulged by the 35mm Marzocchi forks and 260mm dual front disks.  The trellis frame with engine as a stressed member helped keep dry weight under 400 lbs., remarkable for the day.  The very trim monoposto fairing was retained from the 600SL, and finished in Ducati’s yellow over red race livery.

In private hands of Stuart Parr Collection, this 650SL was treated to a comprehensive restoration, and updated with a two-into-one Staintune exhaust.  Comments from the curator:

The 650 Pantah was built specifically to homologate Ducati’s TT1 750 engine which used a 61.5 mm stroke. Instead of producing a production 750 road bike, the 650SL was created with an 82mm bore and the required 61.5mm stroke, thus complying to the governing bodies homologation requirements. The 650’s bodywork is virtually identical to the 600, but it was painted in the now famous TT2 color scheme of red and yellow. Other minor differences were a different instrument layout and some other cosmetic minor changes, but it had far more torque, and that was a big improvement.

Only 288 650SL’s were ever produced; enthusiasts and collectors alike have doubled the 650’s value over the past half a decade alone, actions that have cemented this model’s security as being a sound investment for the future. This example has been restored to stunning condition with gorgeous paintwork and finishes throughout. A Staintune 2=1 exhaust system and corresponding jetting was utilized, otherwise a stock bike. Fresh tires and zero post-restoration mileage.

The 650SL can also be viewed on the collection’s website – here -.

The new two-valve desmo engine sparked the interest of the Castiglioni family, which took an ownership role at Ducati and likely saved the company.  Desmoquattro engines were just around the corner and a string of Superbike World Championships just over the horizon.  Significance and rarity off the scales, the 650SL is the Pantah for a knowledgeable fan.  The collection is selling to make way for new acquisitions.  Inquiries can be directed to Gregory Johnston on (631) 537-1486 or via email – here -.

Featured Listing – 1984 Ducati 650SL Pantah
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 September 30, 2019 posted by

99% Super – 2002 Ducati 900 Sport

Early Oughties, Ducati’s new Supersport was struggling in the showrooms, and the company introduced a budget-conscious 900 to generate interest.  Not often seen, this Sport model shows just over 5,000 miles and looks great.

2002 Ducati 900 Sport for sale on eBay

Reading the specs, the down-rated Sport has just a few differences with the Supersport.  The 904cc air cooler puts out a reliable 80 hp, with Marelli fuel injection for the new century.  Trellis and forks were from the SS, though the monoshock was Showa rather than Sachs.  A bit finicky to find brake specs but likely the same 320mm Brembos are aboard.  Saving on finishing costs, most Sports arrived in semi-gloss black with an integral tank protector and dual seat, though this one’s tail has been changed to a monoposto with bespoke seat.

Despite three custodians, this Sport has low miles and niceties like a Silmoto exhaust, clear signal lenses, double bubble Zero Gravity screen, plus gold anodized frame caps and clutch cover.  From the eBay auction:

1992 Ducati 900 Sport…NOT Super Sport. Condition is Used.  Third owner, purchased in 2012.  Open clutch cover.  Lots of nice $$ bits.  Small ding on the tank where the bars must have hit it.  You really can’t see it…The timing belts have been done.  Completely gone through.  Almost new tires.  I’ve ridden only 65 miles.  Currently shaving down the fleet.  Starts easy…thunderous.  I have the owners manual.

While not nothing, the $1,400 MSRP difference between the 2002 Sport and Supersport beg the question of which model was intended to subsidize the other.  Of course, list price is just an ask and a lot of the Terblanche Sport ( and SS ) facelifts left the showroom on sale.  At this point though, a lot of water has passed under the bridge, the rounded turn-of-the-century design has aged well, and even the Sport can be appreciated as an air-cooled classic whose sole compromise to modernity is fuel injection.  Even with its sensible starting amount, this no-reserve auction hasn’t yet garnered a bid, but this could be a bunch of SS for mere Sport money.

-donn

99% Super – 2002 Ducati 900 Sport
Ducati September 19, 2019 posted by

NIH – 1993 Ducati 350 SS

RSFBS readers might not care about the National Institutes of Health or the Not Invented Here corporate posture – but a small sporty Ducati that was Never Imported Here might raise a few eyebrows.  This 350cc twin is built on the early 1990’s engineering and shows nicely with just under 10,000 miles.

1993 Ducati 350SS for sale on eBay

Built for the progressive license markets in Japan and Italy, the 350SS ( and sibling 400SS ) used the frame from the 750SS and were variously equipped with 2-into-1 or dual exhausts.  Just like its big brother, a 6-speed, Showa inverted forks and Brembo brakes were part of the package.  Equipped for a passenger, but gently with 36 hp.  From thirty feet it’s almost indistinguishable from the bigger bikes.

Over a generation old, this 350SS won’t need to conform to EPA regulations, but the owner is selling on a bill of sale so title will be required for street reg.  Looks very stock and quite nice, evidently kept out of harm’s way.  From the eBay auction:

BE THE ONLY ONE TO SHOW UP ON A 350, NEVER SEEN IN USA !!!!!!
VERY RARE AND UNIQUE 350 CC DUCATI SPORT, MADE ONLY FOR THE EUROPEAN MARKET, ALSO SOLD IN JAPAN.
SPEEDO SHOW IN KILOMETERS WHICH EQUAL 9994 MILES. RUNS WELL, VERY CLEAN ALL OVER.

Seeing the full-sized Supersport with a junior engine, some riders ask why.  But it might be the perfect bike for an adult fan to take to the track, with roomy cockpit and sensible power.  Add in the parts availability and the fact that any indie Ducati mechanic can work on it, and it’s got a lot going for it.  Relatively budget-minded, certainly a special interest machine, the little SS allows ( forces ? ) a rider to work on technique.

– donn

NIH – 1993 Ducati 350 SS
Sport Bikes For Sale September 14, 2019 posted by

The King in Yellow: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP for Sale

Not too many bikes look good in yellow, and that very short list is mostly made up of Italians, Ducatis in particular. Red may be the most traditional color for Ducatis but the 916, Panigale, and this 900SS/SP look so striking in the bold yellow seen here, especially with the half-fairing that reveals most of the classic, air and oil-cooled v-twin. Most of the half-faired bikes here in the US were the lower-spec CR model with much more basic suspension, but some apparently did come that way from the factory, and I’d definitely configure my dream-build SP that way. Yes, I do have a dream-build SP, and it’s basically this one, with a two-up seat.

The Supersport was a mainstay of Ducati throughout the 90s, and was available in 900, 750, and even 400cc flavors, depending on the market. Here in the US, we got the 900, although 750cc examples do show up for sale from time to time, apparently sneaking in over the border. The 900SS came in two flavors: the SS/SP and the SS/CR. The motors for both versions were in an identical, as was most of the bodywork. As mentioned earlier, bikes could be had with a full or half-fairing and the SP generally had a carbon fiber front fender for, you know, weight savings. The aluminum swingarm doesn’t look quite as trick, but probably offered a greater performance benefit.

The biggest difference was the suspension. The CR or “cafe racer” came with non-adjustable suspension, because apparently cafe racer people don’t really care about handling all that much? Anyway, the SP or “sport production” came with a fully adjustable Showa front end and shock. Parts are completely interchangeable, so some CRs have been updated, but this example does have the plaque on the top triple that indicate this is an original SP.

It’s not completely stock, with a white frame, solo tail, and graphics meant to evoke the very limited-production Superlight, along with a low-profile LED taillight instead of the chunky 90s piece, but this 900SS still has the brackets for the passenger pegs, so it would be a relatively simple thing to put it back closer to stock. The Öhlins shock is a welcome update and the bike appears to be very nicely put together, as long as you’re okay with the non-standard paint.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP for Sale

1996 Ducati 900 Supersport SP Half Fairing Monoposto 

I’m selling my 1996 Ducati 900 Supersport SP.
The bike was rebuilt by Johann Kaiser of Moto Motivo in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2017. 
The bike is powered by a 904cc desmodromic V-twin paired with a six-speed transmission. 
It features yellow bodywork with a white-colored trellis frame, and features include new Brembo brakes, upgraded Ohlins rear shock, cast aluminum wheels, and a carbon fiber exhaust and fenders.
The bike has a clean NC title in the seller’s name.
Has been garaged and has about 1000 miles after rebuild, and runs great.

You can find the bike on Moto Motivo’s website:
https://www.motomotivo.com/restorations

As mentioned above, I have a soft spot for these bikes. I’m a huge fan of the engine and the looks are a little bit retro and a little bit modern at the same time. It’s not really sleek, but solid and handsome, a practical sportbike that doesn’t overwhelm with power but can still handle well enough to entertain. With nice, original examples beginning to increase in value, the $6,000 asking price is a steal, if it’s anywhere near as nice as it looks in pictures. I’d look for a set of classic Termignoni cans to really finish it off and just enjoy the two-valve boom and midrange shove while bombing along a set of canyon roads.

-tad

The King in Yellow: 1996 Ducati 900SS/SP for Sale
Ducati July 23, 2019 posted by

BFF – 1996 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Ducati has had a Supersport in their line-up since most of us have been riding, and the 1990’s were good years for the SS with excellent chassis, Brembo brakes, Showa suspension and the easy air-cooled desmodue.  This example has miles, and though the owner went lightly on upgrades, maintenance is up to date.

1996 Ducati 900SS/CR for sale on eBay

The carburetted era was winding down at Ducati but the 900SS still sports 38mm Mikunis, helping deliver 85 hp, pretty good for a two-valve air cooled engine.  Components were in a sweet spot as well, with dual 320mm disks, inverted forks and lightweight if not quiet dry clutch.  A good-sized pillion is available under the beauty cover, and the cafe racer fairing insures easy access for maintenance and cleaning.

This owner has made a few nice mods with the alloy swingarm and wider rear wheel, looks like an updated monoshock though it isn’t mentioned.  The oil change schedule has a seasonal sound, so likely not too many recent miles, and for that odometer it looks phenomenal.  Generously photographed, there’s also video of – startup – and – walkaround – ( better soundtrack on the startup ).  From the eBay auction:

1996 Ducati 900SS with 35,146 miles.  Meticulously maintained.  Very clean.  Always stored indoors (inside basement shop).  Oil and filter changed every 500 miles or so.  Valve adjusted 34,235.  Belts replaced, new Ferodo clutch plates, brakes/clutch bled 34,934.  This is basically an SP model (sans the carbon fiber and remote reservoirs) with CR bodywork.  Showa 41mm usd 3-way adjustable forks.  Aluminum SP swingarm.  5.5″ rear wheel.  Regina chain.  41t rear sprocket.  Adjustable brake and clutch levers.  Napoleon bar-end mirror.  Stock exhaust and cans (though mildly jetted to accept slip-ons).  Updated (2001+) clutch slave cylinder and rod.  Vented 1/2 clutch cover.  Lightly tinted windscreen.  New Yuasa YTX20HL-BS High Performance AGM battery.  Did I mention how clean this bike was?

The later Supersports had a tough row to hoe, second fiddle to the superbikes with the new Monsters breathing down their corner of the showroom.  Only a few hundred were imported in ’97-98, and Pierre Terblanche provided a re-styled SS for 1999.  Though there is a reserve on this auction, this SS/CR should still be a down payment-sized entry into the sportbike affliction.

-donn

BFF – 1996 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Ducati June 29, 2019 posted by

Semi Senna – 2002 Ducati 748S

The original desmoquattro designed for Cagiva was a 3/4 liter, so a supersport from the 916 gene pool was a forgone conclusion.  Some reviewers thought the higher revving 748 was a better choice for the road than the superbike.  From Miami, this 748S has just 7,776 miles and looks excellent.

2002 Ducati 748S for sale on eBay

With its smaller bore, the 748 could rev more freely, reporting 98 hp at 11,000 rpm.  Luckily the cooling system built for the 916 can cope more readily with the 748’s heat.  Premium Showa dampers soak up the road’s realities, with Ti nitriding on the fork legs to reduce stiction.  Retro-grade operations are conducted by Brembos’s excellent dual 320mm front disks, which fully occupy the Marchesini five-spoke wheels.  The bodywork was available in mono or biposto and many of the single seaters had a sporty number plate area behind the seat.

With under 500 miles per year, the semi-gloss finish on this 748S looks great.  Updates appear to be limited to Silmoto mufflers, Rizoma reservoirs and aftermarket levers.  Bar risers might be a thought for riders of a certain age, as the aggressive riding position is shared with the 916.  Tires and cam belts would want renewal if they’re original.  From the eBay auction:

Selling my Ducati 748S ‘Semi Senna’. All the best add-ons, she is fast and stops on a dime. Sounds AMAZING! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking.

Besides its classic good looks, the 748 got good marks for the close ratio transmission and just-about-superbike power.  Early years had issues with the hard plating on the rocker arms failing, but were resolved before this last year example.  Bidding has been active, and should really take off if the seller posts answers to the questions they must be getting.

-donn

Semi Senna – 2002 Ducati 748S