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Turnkey Racebike: 1993 Ducati 750SS for Sale

Ducati’s air-cooled 750SS might seem like an unlikely candidate for a racebike build. By 1993, a two-valve Desmo twin was antiquated technology, a quirky, charming curio by the sportbike standards of the day. But although competition duties had been handed off to the liquid-cooled, four-valve superbikes by the early 90s, it’s important to remember that versions of the lighter, simpler Desmodue were powering Ducati’s racebikes all the way back in 1981.

The first Ducati to use the then-new engine was the 500SL Pantah, first sold in 1980. The Pantah engine was developed by Fabio Taglioni as a follow up to the beautifully-engineered, but expensive to build and service bevel-drive v-twins. It had single overhead cams driven by toothed rubber belts, and two Desmo-actuated valves per air-cooled cylinder. Race bikes built from this platform were light and nimble, but were eventually outclassed in terms of outright power and were typically competitive in smaller classes.

Ultimately, larger variations of the Pantah engine found their way into Ducati’s second-tier sportbikes like the 900SS and the 750SS seen here. They were sold alongside the painfully expensive 851/888 and 916 that followed as a more affordable, easier-to-maintain alternative to those much more exotic machines. Power may not have been overwhelming, but the bones are good, and those Supersports machines provide excellent handling to go with their thumping Ducati charm.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Ducati 750SS Race Bike for Sale

1993 Ducati 750 Supersport vintage racing bike:

  • Kehin FCR 39 Carburetor Kit
  • Sparker TCI-p4 inductive programmable ignition unit
  • Carrillo rod set
  • Keihin FCR carburetor kit
  • GP Shift
  • Woodcraft stands and hand guard
  • Replaced “Marion Fairing Stay” with Stock Fairing Stay
  • Installed Monster Cowl
  • Replaced clutch reservoir and mount
  • Installed Race Tech Gold Valve Kit
  • Replaced shock and Fork Springs
  • Full Motor Service
  • Rebuilt front rear brake calipers
  • Replaced brake pads brake fluid
  • Installed 1/2” seat pad
  • Replaced stock muffler
  • Oury grips
  • Repaired fiberglass side panel, upper fairing and tail section
  • Powder-coated Frame, swing-arm and wheels
  • Prepped and painted bodywork
  • Installed smoke windscreen
  • Installed Vortex V2 fuel cap
  • Ohlins rear shock

Ducati 750SS Spare Engine Complete 750F1 Cafe Race CCS AHRMA ($3,400)
This motor was built by Chris Boy of Motor course Performance, Fort Lauderdale FL. It was designed as a low stress motor, built with high compression pistons, Carrillo rods, lightened crank and internal gears, straight cut gears, wet clutch. Heads have custom manifolds as shown set up for FCR 4`mm carbs modest porting, standard valves and Vee Two “Daytona” gind racing cams from Brook Henry ($1500) and fresh clutch pack. Currently set up as constant loss ignition and starter plate is blocked off for cart starting. It made 79.5 RWHP at the MCP Dyno. Motor has approximately 40 miles on the most recent tune up, including valve adjustment, new clutch pack. It is in excellent condition and is plug and play. 

The seller does include a long list of included parts, and this bike appears to have been properly put together. Developing a competitive package can be time-consuming and expensive, and this appears to be a legitimate race bike built to AHRMA specifications, but $12,000 is still a hefty chunk of change for an early 90s air-cooled Ducati. Now if the seller planned to include that spare engine [sold separately!], this might start to look like a better deal. I love the air-cooled Ducatis and have long thought a Supersport would make a great trackday ride, especially considering their values until recently, but the price here seems ambitious.

-tad

12 Comments

  • Been looking for a track bike and wondering if anyone has thoughts on this bike.Price seems a little high but does have spare motor.I

    • Even with the built engine, this is probably not a great choice. I’d love a track 900SS, but it’s not exactly fast, and modern bikes are probably better all around. As william says: check out the WERA classified and get a nice R6, or an ex-race SV650 for a quarter of what he’s asking for this one.

  • I guess I misread the listing,I thought he was listing what he had in the motor not the extra cost.That price seems way high in retrospect.

  • I’m not sure why would want to spend $12k on a track bike. If you wanted to compete in whatever race class this bike falls in then I guess you’d have to evaluate its cost vs the competition. Go to something like the WERA forums where you can find cheap track bikes if you want something to ride on the weekends at the track.

  • Sorry, this was suppose to be in reply to Tim’s response.

  • If you put that amount of money into a scruffy 900SS from the same era you would have a fine track day toy, but that’s way too dear..
    Compared to later stuff the Dukes are slow in a straight line and steer a little heavy but true-if you push the front far enough it will fold -the 851/916 machines are far better in this regard.
    Myself and my son have used a scruffy 916 as a track bike for years – before that a 900SS – now the 916 has been put back to road trim and been polished up so I aint allowed risk it anymore.
    A friend has bought a Verlicchi replica frame from Belgium and built a 748 F1 replica with it which is a lovely lightweight bike for track fun.
    The secret with a trackbike is not to value it too highly – if you are afraid to drop it you will never relax enough to enjoy the track so buy a cheap thing firstly and see how you enjoy yourself. If the bug bites its the best fun you can have with your clothes on.

    • Interesting. They push the front at the [past the] limit? I know modern bikes have moved weight distribution towards the front, so I wonder if this is a limitation of the older frame design and layout. I understand that Ducati always struggled with the very long [front to back] “L-twin” and I wonder if the 90s Supersports ended up with not enough weight over the front wheel… I’ve been wanting a nice, well-used 748 or 996 for a track bike forever. Slightly dog-eared 748s still show up for around $4k or so, although there are fewer than there used to be…

  • Thanks for the replies.I have a 900ss and a 748 for the street and am not thrilled with the idea of using them for the track.I am still evaluating what I want to do.

  • Buy a reasonably priced (cheap) GSXR600R and build it according to needs as you go… cheap, bullet proof reliable and competitive. What else do you need? LOL

  • I bought Jason Pridmore’s formula extreme GSX-R for $5,000. I took it to about 15 track days and had no issues. It was a beast and never put a foot wrong.

  • Smart move 🙂

  • I have 1992 750SS in the garage (bought it in ’93). It is probably my favorite bike of all time: very light and enough power to be fun. I wouldn’t race it, but it is fun on the track. But $12k does sound steep…

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