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Little Brother: 1975 Ducati 750 Super Sport for Sale

1975 Ducati 750SS R Side Front

This beautiful 1975 Ducati 750 Super Sport came as a bit of a surprise to me. I was under the impression that all SS Ducatis were powered by the new 864cc engine from 1975 on, and that the 750 was basically discontinued, but that’s clearly not the case. And it’s obviously not simply a ’74 that’d been sitting around, since the square-case motor was introduced in 1975.

1975 Ducati 750SS L Side

Turns out I was half-right: it appears that all Super Sports were based around the new 900 motor, with the 750 using a sleeved-down version to simplify manufacturing. Other than that, the two bikes were virtually identical in every way, including price. Obviously, most people opted for the 900 version, and sales of the 750 were basically nonexistent, except for certain markets like Australia and Japan.

1975 Ducati 750SS Clocks

The seller is obviously knowledgeable and has owned the bike for a while, so I’ll let him fill you in. From the original eBaly listing: 1975 Ducati 750 Super Sport for Sale

Excellent example of a rare classic collectable 750 Supersport, one of only 250 made.

Basically I’m the third owner of this bike, I have had it over 12 years now. The history being original owner sold the rolling chassis to a racer friend and the motor to another. I  inadvertently bought the race bike as a roundcase found the history and then chased to purchase the original motor. The original owner was a ’75 SS buff had no less than four 900’s and this lone 750 in his fleet. Most people preferred the 900’s over the little brother 750’s hence his reason for selling and parting the bike.

Nowadays this is not the case people are now realizing just how sweet the 750 motor actually is and some prefer the 750 over the 900. Having been in the luxurious position of having one of each you certainly can see and feel the difference. The 750 seems elegant and a smoother bike to ride and there is not much difference in the top end to that of the 900, the 900 just has more torque

The first squarecase 750SS was identified as engine number 075412 this is 075417 very early indeed. The frame number is DM750SS 075436 (the paintwork hides the numbers slightly but it is a genuine frame) It has the correct borrani rims and also has a pair of the very early 40mm dellortos’ without the choke castings. (Same as the greenframes and early 900SS’) most of the early numbered bikes had both, more often than not, probably due to limited production numbers, most ’75 model SS’  only had one – either the front or the rear. They are mounted on the standard steel manifolds particular to this model.

There were only 250 ’75 750’s produced by the factory making them very rare – fewer numbers of these were made to that of the greenframe ’74 models. Essentially the ’75 were made for racing there are specific stories relating to the building of these machines for production races. ’76 onwards they changed significantly, left foot gear change pattern, frame, tank, dash, carbies and manifolds, seat even was different and  were built for general street purpose. More importantly after the ’75 model SS’s the motor’s were not scrutineered by the factory, they dropped the polished rockers and other finer details and attention to detail.

The bike has been meticulously put back together, utilising all factory parts and it runs as good as it looks. The bore is original 80.0mm and the big end is new, it was replaced when the bike was restored. The speedo was re-set when the motor was rebuilt. Actually true mileage is uncertain, irrelevant now as when the bike was rebuilt is was put back together using all of the correct factory parts. It needed nothing other than a set of rings and the big end was changed as a mere precaution whilst the engine was apart.

1975 Ducati 750SS R Side Engine

The bike is located in Australia and the starting bid is $40,000 with no takers yet but plenty of time left on the auction. I’m assuming that eBay is doing the conversion into USD for us, but that’s still a big chunk of change. And while a round-case might be just that bit more desirable and a 900 just that bit more butch, this one’s beautiful condition might make it worth a look for collectors, especially those looking for something with just that little bit of extra rarity.


1975 Ducati 750SS R Side

Classic Roundcase: 1972 Ducati 750GT for Sale

1972 Ducati 750GT R Side

As always, range-topping sportbikes create a halo-effect and drive showroom traffic but, in the end, it’s lower-spec machines that keep the lights on and put food on the table. The 750SS may have been the sexy poster child for Ducati in the 1970’s, but that bike’s rarity and uncomfortable riding position means that the more mundane 750GT is a less expensive, far more practical proposition.

1972 Ducati 750GT L Front

Sharing frame and basic powertrain with the sportier Sport, the GT was designed as a real-world motorcycle, with relatively comfortable ergonomics. Interestingly, neither the GT nor the Sport actually featured the now universal Desmo heads and made do with regular valve springs. Valve springs, while less sexy in theory, make for easier and less costly maintenance. Luckily, the iconic bevel-drive and tower-shaft arrangement features on all of Ducuati’s “L-twin” engines of the period, so you can still help your mechanic afford that new addition on his home if you don’t like wrenching on bikes yourself.

1972 Ducati 750GT L Side Rear

The early “round case” models like this one command a premium compared to later models with restyled bits. There’s little functional difference between the two, other than the usual evolutionary changes, but the look of the original design is considered much more elegant, and they command higher prices.

1972 Ducati 750GT Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1972 Ducati 750 GT for Sale

Runs and drive great. clean AZ title, 750S751085, engine number 750683. 26246 on odo, but history of actual mileage unclear. steel gas tank professionally lined with caswell. fresh paint, frame just powder coated. new tires. fenders and exhaust rechromed . rear fender has been shortened (I didn’t do it). instrument pod solid, but shows cracks. electronic ignition and everything electrical works, including the charging system. wiring not pretty, could use a new wiring harness. side stand will swing up closer to exhaust, just didn’t move it enough when I put it on the center stand for the pictures. pictures don’t do it justice. the bike is stunning in person.

1972 Ducati 750GT R Side Engine

Plenty of time left on the auction, although there’s no activity so far. The bike is in very nice condition, with fresh paint on the tank and frame, but $18,000 seems like a pretty high starting point for an auction to me, so we’ll see how this progresses as the week unfolds.


1972 Ducati 750GT L Side

1975 Ducati 750SS for Sale

1975 Ducati 750SS L Side

Built to commemorate Ducati’s 1972 Imola victory, the 750SS represented perhaps the most desirable, ready-to-race street machine of the time, with only the barest concessions to road-usability, high-spec components, and exotic technology.  Ducati was rightly proud of their win at Imola, a giant-slaying performance by an underfunded, unproven, barely-tested team and machine.

The street machines based on the racing v-twins have proven to be some of the most iconic bikes of the era and, along with the unfaired 750GT and Sport models, represent Ducati’s leap into big-bore motorcycle production and are a far-cry from machines that gave Ducati their start: the “Cucciolo’s” that were basically bicycles powered by tiny motors.

1975 Ducati 750SS R Engine

The first batch of 750SS’s had the more desirable “round-case” engines, so called because of its softer, rounded engine cases compared to the later redesign that featured a cosmetic, much more angular redesign of these parts.

From the original eBay listing: 1975 Ducati 750SS for Sale

1975 Ducati Super Sport “Imola” round case Desmo Twin .Rarely sold. Limited #47 of 410 imported through Texas 5/22/1975. Same owner since1987.  Restored 1987 by Woods Motor Shop Glendale, California. Garaged always. Metallic paint and gold leaf deterioration due to unsealed fuel tank, otherwise very clean.  Per Ducati Motor Holding Spa, Italy…” According to the photos, the side panels, front forks and front discs are not original. ” Title clean and last registered in 2009. Showing very low mileage. DM750SS *  DCM118710M    DM750*075347*

1975 Ducati 750SS Tank Detail

Only 401 of the original 750SS model were made.  The seller mentions this is a 1975 model, but I believe 1974 was the only year of the round-case 750SS, so perhaps this was a 1974 model first titled in 1975?  The photos clearly show a round-case machine, but the bike is lacking the distinctive unpainted tank-stripe.  These bikes command very high prices when they do come up for sale, and originality is key.  If any of our readers can comment on the potential authenticity of this machine, I’d be happy to hear from you.

These early Ducati sport bikes are very desirable machines.  Listed price is $92,000, the machine is up to $68,000 with only one bidder as yet.


1975 Ducati 750SS RTank Fairing

1973 Ducati 750 Super Sport

Update 5.17.2012: We got an email from Tony at Beveltech with the following concerns. Do your due diligence before bidding:

Wrong shocks
Polished rather than black forks
Green rather than black headlight bracket
Drilled discs (should be solid)
Polished triple clamps
Twin plug heads.
Top fairing mount shouldn’t exist.
Wrong width clear viewing stripe on tank
No stripes on tank or seat

If the frame and engine numbers ere disclosed, that might reveal exacly what it is.

There were only a very few 1973 SS’s made, and they were made out of Sports and as such had the black motors.

As they say … 401 made, and only 700 survive.

Original post:

I think that this auction is a really good indication of what people will do to get themselves a 1973  Ducati 750SS. Four Picture, Located in France,  21 Bids up to $60,000. My goodness.

From the seller

For sale in south of France this 750 SS Ducati, 09 / 1973, frame 0752XX, engine 0753XX. Perfect  looking and running condition. Many detailed pics on request on my direct email adress only or by phone xxxxxxxxx. I prefer to exchange this bike than to sale, I’m interested with other interesting classic bikes or cars, pre or post war roadsters, what have you?

The Ducati  750SS is a very iconic motorcycle. After a guy named Smart won at a place called Imola, Ducati was no longer in the small, single cylinder motorcycles. They were in the L-Twin, high horse power, great sounding, World Beating Super Bike making company.

This 750SS has it all. Green Frame, Silver paint, Twin Front Disks. 73hp at 8000rpm through two 40mm Dell’Orto (one of my favorite Italian word), 9.6:1 CR and only 445 lbs wet. All this and Desmodromic valves.  Now all you have to do it fork over the money.

More from the seller

For all the dreamers who still are thinking to pick a bike like this one for 30 k usd, please have a look at the yesterday Ducati sale in Monaco, specially the grey 750 SS round cases Imola Replica round cases, sold for 60 000 euros plus taxes and fees, and the 1971 750 GT sold for 34 500 euros plus taxes and fees.

We have never heard that the French are straight forward, but this seller is telling you like it is. No salesmanship needed. This is what I have for sale, come get it if you have the, but hurry there are  fewer then 24hrs left. (Don’t know how many French hours are left) BB

Two Ducati L-Twins for Groundhogs day 2/2/2012






By the time you read this Punxsutawney Phil will have told us whether riding season will come early, or you have another 6 weeks to finish your winter projects. To celebrate the coming spring one seller has put up for sale 2 Ducati GT on eBay, one from 1973 and one from 1974. If you have the scratch the Buy it now on both total $24,499, but if you can only chose one, it may cause a problem. (Check out each auction, as I may have mixed up one GT with the other.)

In 1971 Dr Fabio Taglioni drew two Ducati single cylinder engines, one on top of the other, and the L-Twin was born. For the new engine, a new frame and suspension was needed. Working with Marzoochi, a front end was designed and held a single Lockheed disk. This package created a good handling, powerful motorcycle, with style that caught the eye. Later, when the SS was added, history was made.

From the seller on the 1973

A 1973 (2ND production run) BUY THE  BOOK BUT  TI-TLED AS A 1974.



FIRES 1st 2nd KICK


The engine that Dr T designed has 748cc by way of a 80×74.4mm bore and stroke. The front leaning cylinder reminds me of the pre-war Moto Guzzi’s with there valve pointing straight down the road to help in cooling. The 30MM Dell’Orto’s feed this engine with 8.5:1 compression generating 57hp at 7700rpm. A 5 speed gearbox gets you moving and a single disk up from and a drum out back, slows you down.

From the seller on the 1974







As you can see from the pictures, one of these looks to have been a little luckier then the other. Both do have their needs but it looks like both could be ridden as is. But I would  guess that who ever buys either of these will see a starting point towards a greater end. I feel that both of these may end up with green frames, a fairing and a new seat. I think we are seeing donors for two more 750SS replicas. Say goodbye to two 750GT and hello to something else. BB

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale Exclusive: For Sale 1976 Ducati 750 SS

We’d previously posted another bike for sale by this Belgian gentleman and he wanted our readers to have first crack at his current offering before he posts it on eBay.

The original 750 SS was based around the round-case, bevel-drive engine and designed to compete in the Formula 750 production-based race series.  The bikes finished 1-2 in their inaugural race at the 1972 Imola 200.

Powered by Fabio Taglinoni’s 748cc V-twin engine, the bike sent its 73 hp through a five speed gearbox.  Overhead cams were driven, not by chains or belts, but by a system of tower shafts and bevel gears that gave the “bevel-drive” Ducatis their name.

It also featured the famous desmodromic valvetrain used on many of Ducati’s twins and singles.  For those unfamiliar, this is a system of cams and rocker arms that both open and close the valves, forgoing traditional valve springs.  It was intended to eliminate valve-float that can occur at high revs.  Modern valve spring technology has made this system somewhat superfluous, but it was effective at the time and remains Ducati’s trademark.

This was the genesis of the classic Ducati V-twin: cylinders splayed at 90 degrees, with the front cylinder nearly parallel with the ground.  Twins with this configuration are often referred to as “L-twins”.

The engine cases were redesigned in 1973 to have a more angular look and are referred to as “square-case”.

From the seller:

For Sale: 1976 Ducati 750 SS Desmo

Rare model, only about 460 “square case” 750’s were built, so it’s as rare as the Imola Replica.

Two owners from new.

Original bike: correct Borranis, Contis, carbs, etc.

Complete Rebuild 10 years ago, about 6,000 summer miles since complete restoration.

Superb condition: starts, handles, rides, and sounds like only a real SS’s does.

Open to serious offers

The seller lives in Belgium but can assist with worldwide delivery.

Contact at: info@ducati.be

The 750 SS is one of the holiest of holies among Ducati collectors and these bikes are much sought after.


1976 Ducati 750SS

When I first took a look at this listing on eBay, I had an involuntary expletive come out. Followed up closely with a less offensive “Really $65,000 opening bid?”

Don’t get me wrong, I have really fallen in love with the Ducati Super Sports from the 1970’s, but really in the way that I love Heidi Klum. They look stunning, have great performance, no one has ever said a bad thing about them. And did I say sexy? Someone that my wife would not mind if I dated because she thinks they are beautiful as well. But when it comes down to it, only Seal could marry Heidi Klum, and only Seal could own this Ducati 750SS.

The seller is a specialist in those bike you dream about and I often stop buy their web page to see what they have on offer. Selling on eBay might widen their exposure, but just like their web page, they let the pictures do the talking.

From the seller

Please call Michael Kiernan at (314)772-5758

All inspections are welcome. Please call Michael Kiernan at 314 772 5758 with any questions regarding this vehicle, shipping and storage. Or e-mail Sales@MichaelsMotorcycles.com

As we have shown before the 750SS is a great performing bike, with the quirk being that there are fewer 750SS then 900SS because the bigger bike was only slight more expensive. Buyers of the time dictated how few real 750ss were made, and the smart money in the 1970’s would have been on the 750SS. So make the call, send the email, do your research and find out if this bike began as a 750SS. At this price I would expect a signed letter from Dr Fabio Taglioni put this bike together himself.


1974 Ducati 750SS vs. 2006 Ducati Paul Smart

Is there a difference between living in the past, and celebrating it? Are you someone who looks back, or looks forward? I think it is telling if you visit RareSportBikesForSale.com or ClassicSportBikesForSale.com

In 2006 Ducati created a tribute to the 1973 750SS, a bike which today is hunted and valued higher then new bikes. We will see what the final bid is for this , but at the current bid you could buy multiple new tribute bikes for you and your friends.

The 1974 750SS used the V-Twins Desmodromic engine designed by Dr Fabio Taglioni. The new 90 degree twin is essentially two of Ducati tried single cylinder engines mounted to a single crank. The new engine was designed, built and race tested in a very short period. It first appeared on the road limited to 50hp in the 1971 750 GT. It became iconic when it was put into the 750SS. The  80×74.4 bore and stroke gives the 748cc. 9.5:1 compression developed 73hp at 8000rpm, and with 5 speeds gave a top speed of 134.8 mph. Great engine, super performance, beautiful styling, but why is this bike desire over all the others 750SS made between 1973 and 1981?

It’s the color.  I have had a hard time nailing down numbers, but indications are that 10 were made in 1973, and 401 in 1974.

So when Ducati designed a new bike in the retro style that has become popular, what other color scheme would they choose?

This 2006 Paul Smart 1000LE offered in Dallas was a one year only tribute SportClassic. It was designed by Pierre Terblanche who also designed the MH900e, a tribute to the original Mike Hailwood Replica. The engine measures 992cc with 94mmx71.5mm, a 10.1:1 CR ratio giving 91bhp at 8,000rpm and through 6 speeds gave a top speed of 135mph. These numbers appear to be the same as the stock bike. The PS1000LE differs from the other GT1000 in the bubble fairing with clip-ons over the naked stock bike. Optional side fairings with number plates were offered to replicate the full racing fairings. Suspension up front looks to have changed from the stock 43mm Marzocchi to 43mm Öhlins and Öhlins in back replacing the Sachs unit.

And this is the one that everyone is copying:

Which one do you want?


Editors Note: We are publishing this on both websites for contrast and exposure. -dc

Great information provided in comments section. BB

1979 Ducati 900SS

I think there are some motorcycles that stand out and can be appreciated by people who don’t ride. Someone who couldn’t tell a spark plug from a carburetor will stop to take a second and third look at this bike. From the first 750ss that won the Imola 200 in 1972 to this Black 1979 900SS, all drop dead gorgeous.

I would love to have this bike parked in my living room, but for 32 years only averaging 28 miles a year?  I didn’t think that the riding season in Canada was that short.

From the seller

This black 900 Super Sport only has 920 original miles!  It is a rare find in this colour combination…. the motor has never been apart and the muffler never removed…. Everything is original except for the Magura Handlebars…. When he changed the handlebars the steering stops were not adjusted correctly and therefore there are two dents.

The Desmodromic engine designed by Dr Fabio Taglioni measures 864cc by 86.0×74.4mm bore and stroke, 70 HP at 7,000 rpm with a top speed of 132 mph. Changes over the 9 yr run included  the design of the engine case, going from the older round case to the later square case, to correct some early problems. Cast wheels replaced spoke wheels, paint choices were added. But over the years the wins continued, to include the 1978 Isle of Man TT F1.

We always say that pictures sell, but in this case the poor indoor pictures are not going to take away from this beautiful bike. until the bidding ends, the exchange rate may work in your favor.

1975 Ducati 750SS For Sale on eBay Australia

Mark from Ducati News Today emailed me about this great looking bike for sale in Australia. :

1975 Ducati 750SS For Sale in Australia

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