Ducati’s sport-touring 860GT was a relative failure. Intended to follow the successful 750GT/Sport models and designed by a car styling icon, the bodywork was perhaps too modern, too forward thinking for buyers of the time, and Ducati scrambled to replace it with a model that would sell.
The Darmah, introduced in 1977, was the result, and its duck-tail [pun!] styling fits in well with the 1970’s in a way that the technical, modern lines of the 860 did not. Minor mechanical updates aside, it was not a new bike, simply an evolution of the 860’s frame and motor with new bodywork.
The original eBay listing doesn’t contain a ton of information, but the bike looks solid and the miles are very low: 1981 Ducati Darmah 900SD
1981 original Darmah 900SD 7,534 miles. Runs beautifully, with no valve or bottom end noises. Handles just like a Darmah should. All the electrics including starter perform like new. Turn signals were removed by a previous owner and were never found.
The finish has several scrapes, and fortunately no dents(see detailed pictures). The fenders are better than average as are the Conti pipes. It comes with the very desirable Marzocchi Piggyback shocks.
Overall, it is a really nice rider, or with fresh paint it could successfully be shown and ridden. Darmah’s are still a relative bargain especially when compared to some other Ducati’s from the ’70′s and early ’80′s and will continue to rise in value.
From the photos, the bike looks to be in very original condition. Darmah production ceased in 1981, so this is one of the last built, and likely the recipient of the ongoing series of improvements made to the Darmah throughout its production run. All-in-all, a great classic 70′s-style superbike.