1979 Ducati 900 GTS For Sale

If you’re looking to get into classic Ducati ownership, you can’t do much better than the 900 GTS.  The bike was basically an update of the 860GT: it used the same 864cc engine, but had a redesigned fuel tank with softened, more conventional lines.  The new styling was intended to recover some ground lost upon the introduction of that model: when new, the the 860GT was considered very controversial and the bike did not sell as well as hoped.

It was originally penned by the very talented Giorgetto Giugiaro, famous designer of some of the most beautiful and iconic cars of all time, including the original Lotus Esprit, Maserati Ghibli, and DeTomaso Mangusta.  Giugiaro’s designs were revolutionary, but the 860GT was not well-received so, after a couple years, Ducati decided to update the looks.

The 860GT/900GTS bikes were intended to be a bread-and-butter models for Ducati and these are not nearly the costly investment the SS bikes generally are.  They may not have the racer-looks of the faired SS, but you still get the classic Ducati V-twin, thumping out 65hp.

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Ducati 900 GTS For Sale

This bike has been completely restored over a 3-year period with all original Ducati parts. It is in mint condition with only 15,000 original miles. It has brand new Avon tires, and it growls mean because it came originally with “Bubba” custom pipes from the 1970’s. This was the last bevel drive 900GTS manufactured. The throttle cable recently frayed, and I haven’t had a chance to fix it. According to my mechanic, it’s a simple repair with a minimal cost.

A few other details to note. The bike is roughly 65% original, unrestored. I left the paint original even though there is a small, vertical indentation on the clutch (left) side of the tank, far forward, well in front of the Ducati logo within the thick silver stripe area. It should be viewable in the pictures provided.

The reference to “Bubba custom pipes” may mean that the bike has vintage BUB exhausts, although it’s hard to see in the photos.  Today, BUB focuses on the cruiser crowd, but the company made exhausts for many sporting European brands back in the 1970’s and these pipes have a typical Conti conical style.

I’m also not sure just how much of the bike has been refreshed: the first section of the text mentions it’s been “completely restored” and the second paragraph mentions it’s “65% original, unrestored.”  From the photos, it looks like the second description is more accurate.

All-in-all, a very cool ride that could be ridden as-is or used as the basis for a custom machine.

-tad

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