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Ducati May 14, 2017 posted by

Pick of the Litter – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051

Happy Mother’s Day to mothers everywhere !  – Donn

Built to compete in the Supersports class and within reach of privateer teams, it’s rare to see a 749R without slick tires and number plates.  Seen on RSBFS in 2016, this 2005 example almost seems unused, with under 5,000 miles and meticulous owner care.

2005 Ducati 749R #0051 for sale on eBay

The 749 was made for only a few years, and just 200 copies of the -R were made each year in 2004-06.  The testastretta engine is more oversquare than the base model or the 999, helping the 749R rev a little easier and claim 121 hp at 10,250 rpm.  Elsewhere the Termignoni, Öhlins, Brembo, and Marchesini components and build quality are a pinnacle.  Templating its  big brother in many ways, the 749 does have plastic instead of carbon bodywork and a factory slipper clutch which even the 999 didn’t get.

 

One always hopes the previous owner will turn out to have been a bit of a fanatic, easily confirmed in this case.  This 749R changed hands after it was the subject of – this – RSBFS Featured Listing just last winter.  After riding the bike just a handful of miles over the year, this owner has made some nice moves in returning this 749R to as-delivered condition, including new fairing lowers and insulation, and a head-scratching re-installation of the DOT license plate mount and fender extension.  From the eBay auction:

On offer is a 2005 Ducati 749R homologation Superbike, serial 0051, 4841 miles. This bike is in superior cosmetic and mechanical condition, having excellent maintenance and care over the years. I am the third owner to the best of my knowledge, originally believed to have been sold by Ferracci into Pennsylvania, then to Connecticut, then relocated with this owner to Florida where I purchased it. All services are up to date, tires have about 600 miles, many service records. In my ownership of about 16 months, the fairing lowers have been replaced with new parts, early heat damage corrected with tubing wrap, now fairings are as new. The fairing interior sound padding has also been replaced, along with the old fasteners, tool kit is the complete original unit, now located back on the inside of the RH fairing. Original complicated license plate mount has been installed using all factory parts, now as original. New battery has been installed, all original warning decals are in place including the “servo starter” label on the rear of the tank. Samco hoses were installed by the previous owner.

 

The 749’s as a group tested better for the road than the 999, as the performance is more usable, and to paraphrase one review, you take the 749 out for a ride, but the 999 runs away with you.  The 749R with 121 hp might have an easier time getting out of hand than a base or -S, but then no Ducati Superbike is for a novice rider.  That said, it seems all but guaranteed that this particular 749R will be seeing a lot of the display stand and rather little of the road or racetrack…

-donn

Pick of the Litter – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051
Ducati March 23, 2017 posted by

Soft Baggage – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Every so often a future classic pops up, but with too many niggling questions to be worth pursuing.  A lightweight air-cooled desmodue, the 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR is a pending collectible and great rider.  With not much of anywhere to hide mysteries, this CR appears free of damage and the long-past salvage title might make it possible.

1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR for sale on eBay

  

1998 was the last year of the carburetted and square headlight supersports.  The 85 hp 904 cc twin was mated to a 6-speed trans and nicely equipped with Showa inverted forks and monoshock, and generously sized Brembo brakes.  The Cafe Racer had the upper-only fairing with an un-cramped riding position and raised clip-ons.

  

Treated to the 944 cc pistons and accompanying engine work, this Texas Ducati has an unusual 41mm carburettor upgrade as well.  These changes should result in close to 100 hp, and has recent maintenance, as the owner relates in the eBay auction:

Clean, well maintained 1998 Ducati 900SS CR.  Owner since 2004.  Bike has roughly 1000 miles on Fast by Ferracci 944cc high compression overbore kit.  Carburetors have been upgraded to Keihin 41mm FCRs.  Vance and Hines carbon fiber exhaust completes the package.  This bike sounds mean and has the performance to back it up.  The bike has been recently serviced with all fluids changed, ignition system upgraded, racing plugs and wires installed, and a fresh set of Michelin Pilot Powers mounted.  Receipts available.  The bike does have a salvage title.  The previous owner bought the bike at a police auction and restored it cosmetically.  To my knowledge, this bike has never been down or sustained any major damage.  The bike has been in my care for the past 12 years.  This beautiful bike is ready for some lucky buyer to take her home…

  

Under attack by the Monster and with a re-design coming, only a few hundred Supersports were brought this way in 1998.  This CR has had the benefit of a long-term owner, and shows nicely for just over 11,000 miles.  An afternoon with our friend Nev-R-Dull and a sticker-ectomy would only complement the rugged good looks and performance.  After inspection, it would be worth checking with DMV about the implications of a salvage title in your state, but it might put an otherwise out-of-reach machine back in the ballpark…

-donn

Soft Baggage – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Cagiva February 3, 2017 posted by

Snapshot – 1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS

Founded in 1950 and a relatively minor manufacturer, the Castiglioni family leveraged the Ducati brand in 1985, and though they had thoughts of folding it into Cagiva, only a few larger displacement bikes were produced before they acknowledged Ducati’s greater name recognition.  The Alazzurra was a sporty mid-size with a Ducati-branded desmodue aboard, and had a lot in common with, and improvements to, the Pantah on which it was based.

1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS for sale on eBay

With its newly designed supersport fairing, the Alazzurra looked a little more modern than the Pantah it was intended to succeed.  The recently designed engine was a revelation, especially above 5000 rpm.  Moderately-sized Brembo and Marzocchi hardware acquitted themselves in the braking and suspension departments but were more sport-touring than race replica.  The relatively light weight and willing engine endeared the Alazzurra to reviewers.

Coming out of a Florida home, this Cagiva has been faithfully rejuvenated and updated by its most recent owner.  A lot of details in the eBay auction:

This survivor was purchased from the widow of a friend of mine several months ago.  The odometer shows 5200 miles and is probably accurate based on the condition of the instrument cluster, the wiring and in particular the black chrome head pipes ( these are almost always corroded).  The valves are in spec and the oil came out pretty clean with no metal bits. Engine runs very strong, clutch doesn’t slip and gears  shift well.

Upgrades include 38 mm Marzocchi front forks ( probably from an 860 GT ), K-N air filters, Dyna coils, 280 mm Brembo cast iron rotors, as new Avon tires, adjustable steering damper, Brembo Goldline brake and clutch levers, black chrome Conti mufflers ( there is a small ding on the left Conti above the C ).  These things were on the bike when I got it this past fall.  I found and rebuilt the missing rear brake caliper, rear  master cylinder, replaced the droopy rear turn signals with shorter new old stock CEV’s, replaced the leaking fuel petcocks with Bevel Heavens aftermarket items, installed new old stock Superbike bars, English high quality bar end mirrors, rebuilt carburetors, added alloy tops, alloy oil and ignition sight  windows, stainless steel brake lines front and rear, new Thomasselli throttle and cables, timing belts, oil and filter, fork oil, replaced ignition pick up lines with Bevel Heaven kit, repaired the rear turn signal wiring ( amazingly all the wiring except the PU’s and the rear turn signals remain intact, soft and pliable ), installed a new fuse box from Moto Guzzi to replace the original ( which was missing the cover ).  All that to the tune of about $2000– receipts included.  All the lights and gauges work, the  brakes are very strong, the clutch doesn’t slip, forks don’t leak, steers and tracks true.

Still, there are a couple of things to do before she goes out the door, but not seeming deal killers, and the the Alazzurra has a much-improved Corbin seat from the previous owner.

As project bikes go, this one seems about 90 percent complete, and though the ask might be a little high for an obscure almost-done, the work that has been done looks ok and there is the “make offer” button.  The Alazzurra reviewed as a little less racey but more friendly than the preceding Pantah, and got gigged for gas-crisis jetting but was otherwise a nice rider.  No arguing the rarity, and if you like the classic feel, this low-mile Alazzurra could be sweet Sunday morning bike…

-donn

 

Snapshot – 1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS
Ducati January 17, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Originale! 1997 900SS CR Supersport

Update 2.14.2017: The seller has confirmed this bike has sold via RSBFS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

To the Ducati faithful, the 1990s 900 series Supersports are the bikes that saved the company from ruin. Based around the Pantah “rubber band” motor, the desmodue (two-valve) mill is a torquey, lumpy motivator full of character and good manners. Fitted with evolutionary parts sourced from earlier Ducati superbikes (i.e. 851/888), The Supersport utilized a chrome-moly frame and a mixture of components depending upon the variant. There were three basic levels of the 900 offered during these years: The base model was the SS/CR, or cafe racer. The mid level was the SS/SP, or Sport Production. The top tier was the SS/SL, known as the Superlight. All were based on the same platform and engine, with some minor component and aesthetic upgrades between them.

1997 Ducati 900SS CR for sale on Ducati.ms

What you are looking at is the CR version of the SS lineup – and while many will point out that this is the lowest spec bike, it shares a tremendous amount of DNA with the others in the lineup – and carries itself well. Being a CR, this bike lacks the carbon fiber accents and makes due with a color-coded mud guard. The swingarm is steel – and blissfully safe from cracking (unlike the SP and SL models). The rear tire is a bit smaller (160), and the owner of a CR doesn’t have to worry about tweaking the Showa suspension – other than rear preload, no adjustments are available. All the rest is the same as the other models. Being a 1997 – the penultimate year of this model – this bike wears the rare color of yellow. Previously reserved for the SL models only, yellow CRs are very hard to find. Even more rare: the overall condition of this bike. This could have just rolled out of a showroom.

From the seller:
1997 Ducati 900SS CR Supersport
• 714 Miles
• Only had 2 owners
• All original except for clutch cable
• Additional seat covered in Tan leather included
• Asking $8000 US
• Located in Florida

Ducati 900 SS/CR models are like Porsche 911s: There are always more specialty models in the lineup that have more stuff or less weight – but overall, it does not necessarily make them better. If you care about just getting out there, the CR is every bit as capable as the SP and SS models for a lot less scratch and a lot less fear of loss. And it looks JUST as good getting you there, while making the same booming L-twin noises that Ducatis are known for. This era Supersport is truly a great bike – which is why many of the RSBFS staff own one or have owned one.

This bike is just about the best 900 SSCR we have seen. The low miles ensure that it was not thrashed and trashed. No mention of belt service, but given the time it has been sitting that would be a low-cost insurance policy. The asking price for this beauty is higher than we normally see for a CR model, but then again we rarely see a yellow example in this kind of pristine condition. This bike is a stunner, is a rider, and has the bones to carry you for many, many miles. Check out the seller’s ad here, and good luck!

MI

Featured Listing:  Originale! 1997 900SS CR Supersport
Ducati November 2, 2016 posted by

In the Best Tradition – 1992 Ducati 900SS

Kind of a Gen 2 of the re-vitalized SuperSport line, the early 1990’s were special years for Ducati’s 900SS.  With the re-designed frame, adjustable Showa suspension, and improved Brembo brakes, the 900SS had the handling to accompany the booming 904cc desmodue.

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1992 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

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Hiding under the full ‘glass fairing, the air-cooled v-twin was nicely carburetted by Mikuni, and had a wide power band.  The white trellis frame held the engine from the top, with Showa dampers at either end.  Brembo 320mm disks were in front with a single 245mm disk behind.  The quite sculptural tank and seat fairing has been updated with a painted pillion cover.

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With under 1,000 miles, this 900SS is well beyond excellent, and has been improved with some fine components.  The exhaust system from Termignoni incorporates a pair of crossover tubes in a diabolical arrangement.  Front brake calipers are updated to the Brembo GT, and the monoshock is now an Öhlins.  From the eBay auction:

Very rare 1992 Ducati 900 Supersport in like-new condition. Thousands of dollars invested in now obsolete top shelf parts – complete 50mm Termignoni spaghetti exhaust, Ohlins rear shock and steering damper, Brembo GP billet calipers, Brembo billet clutch and forged master cylinder, GiaCoMoto rear sets, Ducati carbon fiber rear fender, vented clutch cover, 39mm Keihin Flatside carbs, brand new Pirelli tires, full service including all fluids, lines and belts replaced in October 2015.

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Spotless and thoughtfully updated, this could be a Supersport for the ages. Up-to-date expendables make the grand buy-it-now easier to rationalize, and tonight the auction has 92 watchers.  Reviewed as serious-handling with room for an actual adult, it boasted a riding position relaxed enough for a full day’s ride…

-donn

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In the Best Tradition – 1992 Ducati 900SS
Ducati September 5, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1994 Ducati 900 SS/SP with just 7,300 miles in Florida!

Update 9.15.2016: This bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Today’s Featured Listing is a personal favorite of mine, the Ducati 900SS/SP. While the Superlight is more collectable, the SP offers almost as much performance and character, but at a much lower price point. The SP was well loved during in it’s day, as well as today, for being as sporting as needed yet comfortable enough to tour with. With it’s chattering dry clutch, distinctive v-twin with dual exhaust, and that bright red paint, the 900SS/SP is all modern classic Ducati.

1994 Ducati 900SS/SP for sale on eBay

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The Sport Production (SP) model was a step up over the previous Supersport and CR models, featuring adjustable front and rear suspension, aluminum swingarm, wider rear wheel, full floating brakes, and nice carbon cosmetic upgrades for the fenders and clutch cover. These were only offered in the North American market and this is a very early one wearing the #012 number plate on the triple clamp.

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This particular example is on offer from Nick Anglada who runs the business Used Ducati Parts. He is a long time friend of RSBFS and is well known in the community for his expertise and large stock of parts to keep our bikes running and to bring some back from the dead. I have seen many of his posts on Facebook with his latest offerings and as the saying goes, no one wants to see how the sausage is made. Numerous bikes that looked good enough to be saved are routinely broken down as sold as parts. But even for Nick, this example is too original and shows too few miles — it needs to be sold complete. It even still has all the warning stickers!

From the seller:

All original with warning decals in place. 7335 Original miles. This bike was drained a stored back in 2009. Just Serviced. Belts, battery, oil and filter, spark plugs etc. Also includes matching front tire that is not yet installed. All documentation is present including copies of the previous titles and owner’s manual. Right lower fairing has scratches from transport as well as a small ding on the top of the tank also from transport. . Any questions or comments please feel free to call or text us at 407-347-3498. International shipping available. This will be Parted Out if it does not sell by the end of this listing. This bike will not be re-listed..

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At a mere $5,500 buy-it-now, this looks like a great example for anyone who’s been curious about this model or has been waiting for a stock/uncut example to appear on the market. While it has a few blems, the pictures show a bike that is ready to enjoy the rest of the season and enjoy the view all winter in the garage.

Thanks for helping to support the site with a Featured Listing and good luck to buyers and seller!

dc

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Featured Listing:  1994 Ducati 900 SS/SP with just 7,300 miles in Florida!
Ducati July 10, 2016 posted by

Brooklyn Charmer – 1997 Ducati 900 SS

A feature of the marque since 1974, the Ducati SuperSport provides a great deal of sporting performance at a nice price point.  While many if not most Ducati SuperSports have been updated from their budget-conscious factory specs, the 1997 model presented here has been well cared for and garaged to boot.

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1997 Ducati 900 SS for sale on eBay

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Using the air-cooled 904cc desmodue, the 900SS has 84 hp available in the bronze-painted trellis frame.  Marzocchi forks and Sachs monoshock came from the factory, but this example has been upgraded to the Showa front end from a 996.  The brake caliper mounts are different on a 996 but rotors appear to be similar to the 320mm stock.  Two-into-two exhaust remains, but is now an Arrow system.  Red cafe racer bodywork looks excellent, and the factory seat wth hard pillion cover has been traded for a color-matched Corbin seat.

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This owner has been over this super-clean SS, and improved almost every system.  A comprehensive list is in the eBay auction:

996 Ducati front end with Showa shocks

Cycle cat billet triple tree with extended clip-ons for better riding position

Smoked wind screen

Arrow exhaust pipes

Corbin seat

Fast by Ferracci racing clutch

After market rear suspension

Braded stainless brake and clutch lines

Carbon fiber front and rear fenders

Battery tender leads.

Aluminum primary cover

Frame Sliders

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Light weight and with real-world if not Superbike power, the 900SS reviewed as a good handler and entry to the brand.  The two-valve engine has a reliable reputation, and overall the package is sport-oriented and not overly complex.  Despite city life, this 900SS appears carefully tended and has been thoughtfully updated.  Looks ready to take the new owner for a ride up the Palisade Parkway to Bear Mountain any day…

-donn

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Brooklyn Charmer – 1997 Ducati 900 SS
Ducati April 22, 2016 posted by

Silver Bullet: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

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The 90s iteration of Ducati’s famous SuperSport wasn’t exactly a fast bike, even by standards of the day. And by the time the Ducati 900SS “Final Edition” rolled around, it likely appealed mostly to die-hard Ducati fans and collectors. Which is a shame because, although the 900SS didn’t offer cutting-edge performance, it did offer plenty of charisma, great handling, and accessible real-world performance.

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The chase for abstract performance numbers has always obsessed the world of motorcycles and cars. But the truth is that peak horsepower numbers are often pointless. Since these machines are only fully exploited by .01% of riders, and what works in ad copy isn’t always all that useful on the road, it’s not always the most powerful bikes that make the most rewarding bikes to ride, especially on the road. Look at the endless praise heaped on the K5 GSX-R1000 by modern reviewers and see how this year’s Brutale 800 actually produces less horsepower than the previous version to make it a better roadbike, and it becomes easier to see why this Ducati might win your heart, even if it won’t win any bench-racing sessions…

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Powered by Ducati’s long-lived two-valve Pantah engine, the FE featured a solo-seat tail that allowed upswept pipes for increased cornering clearance and some carbon-fiber parts ostensibly because of their light weight, although the savings on a front fender are probably negligible… With a claimed 80hp on tap and a big fat midrange these are very rewarding to ride stock and a huge range of aftermarket support means you can modify the bike to suit if that’s more your thing.

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From the original eBay listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

Here we have a 1998 Ducati 900ss FE.  #246 of 300 imported to North America.  The FE stands for ‘Final Edition’,  Based on the 900SS SP, the FE comes dressed in elegant silver bodywork and black wheels, with carbon fiber rear fender, dashboard cover, and countershaft drive cover. A solo (monoposto) seat completes the stunning visual impression.

But there’s more than just skin deep beauty in the FE.

To back up the race-bred look, a few additional changes were made as well. The exhaust pipes have been raised to provide improved cornering clearances. New cast iron floating brake rotors have been fitted with remote reservoirs and adjustable levers. New cylinders, alternator, and voltage regulator have been added. The resulting combination will assure that the thrill of the ride matches the beauty of the machine. Limited to just 300 bikes in North America, the 900SS FE is the last of the 2nd generation SuperSports to be produced by the Bologna factory. To further secure it’s place in the DUCATI legacy, the top triple clamp of each FE is fitted with a consecutively numbered commemorative plaque. There is no doubt as to the special position the FE will assume in the heritage of the most sought after sport motorcycles in the world.

 

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The 900SS was certainly dated when new, a nearly retro-performance machine before that was really even a thing. Certainly, it was intended to appeal to collectors and designed to shift the moribund hardware while a replacement was being prepared, but the package can provide plenty of smiles if you’re more of a back-road rider than a track-day warrior. The seller is asking $8,999.00 for this sub-10,000 mile example which, although premium money for a 90s 900SS, seems pretty much on-par for an FE these days.

-tad

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Silver Bullet: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale