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Original Owner SuperSport: 1979 Ducati 900SS for Sale

1979 Ducati 900SS R Side Front

I usually try to mix things up here, and we did just feature a very nice early roundcase Ducati this week, but this late square-case SuperSport makes a nice bookend to that earlier machine. While you might expect the bigger-engined 900 SuperSport to be the more desirable bike compared to the earlier 750SS or Sport, the reverse is actually true: with just 401 produced, the earlier 750SS is far more collectible than its bigger descendant. But that just means these are that much more accessible for folks who want to experience a classic bevel-drive Ducati.

“Accessible” of course being a relative term…

1979 Ducati 900SS L Side Front

Although these epitomize Italian sportbikes of the period, the truth is that, but the late 1970’s, Ducati’s v-twin was getting pretty long in the tooth. It handled better than the newest crop of Japanese superbikes, but they were less refined, less reliable, and very expensive to produce, with the complex and Swiss watch-like tower-shaft and bevel-drive gear arrangement requiring very precise set up. In fact, the Pantah that followed was mainly intended to reduce production costs, not improve performance: those rubber belts ran quieter and made building those motors much faster and easier, even though they needed more regular replacement. Thanks for that, Ducati.

1979 Ducati 900SS L Side Engine2

The 900SS was introduced in 1975 and used the updated 864cc twin that used the restyled, more angular-looking cases that led to the “square case” nickname for these later bevel-drive engines. It also used a simplified gearshift intended from the outset to work with a left-side shift: earlier bikes with a left-side shifter were basically converted from the original right-side mechanism using a convoluted linkage that was far from precise. Cast-aluminum wheels came in 1979 and added more modern performance, although some today might bemoan the loss of the classic wire spoked items…

1979 Ducati 900SS L Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Ducati 900SS for Sale

Very rare bevel-head Ducati, all original with few modifications. Conti exhaust, Marzocchi shocks, Del’lorto 40 mm pumper carbs, and a Dr. Desmo Bevel-gear window. 14,000 original-owner miles, has Campagnolo cast alloy wheels, a rare original option, and perforated brake disks. Complete professional no-cost-barred frame-up restoration done ca 2000-2001 by MPH Motorsports (Houston), stripped to frame, powder-coated, engine sent to Perth, Australia for the performance Vee Two treatment (converted for unleaded fuel, hardened seats, porting, http://veetwo.net/ ). Very professional result and true to the original. Runs strong and handles as if on rails. The rarest collectable MC known, recognized in the Guggenheim “Art of the Motorcycle”. Perfect condition, runs great. Always garaged, maintained by Erico MS in Denver (who will crate and ship the motorcycle), did I mention I am the original owner already?

1979 Ducati 900SS Gear Gazer

It’s nice that the seller took the time to wash the bike before taking pictures, but I do wish it’d been dried off first… And I do wish that a few more unblurry pics had been included.

Bidding is up just north of $16,000 with the Reserve Not Met. There’s not much to say about this bike: it’s a blue-chip classic in nearly perfect condition, with a fairly recent full restoration by a professional shop, with an engine built by one of the best Ducati speed shops in the business. The only questions are: “Do you like the black/gold paint, or would you prefer blue/silver?” And maybe, “Would you prefer your classic Ducati with spoked wheels?”


1979 Ducati 900SS R Side

The Icon: 1977 Ducati 900SS for Sale

1977 Ducati 900SS R Side

Ducati’s follow up to their 750 SuperSport, the 900SS was introduced in 1975 and produced in much higher numbers than that earlier machine. It featured the controversial “square case” engine designed to fit in with the range-wide restyle penned by famed designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. While his automotive designs are, without a doubt, some of the most beautiful of all time, his motorcycle designs were far more controversial, although the angular look of the cases does not significantly detract from the lines of the bike.

1977 Ducati 900SS Engine

Engine internals were simply an evolution of the earlier L-twin, although with displacement bumped to 864cc. Shift was moved to the left side of the bike to satisfy US requirements and tastes, along with a quieter exhaust, now happily replaced with a set of barking Contis! In 1979, Ducati fitted a set of cast wheels that are obviously an improvement in terms of weight, but many purists prefer the wire wheels seen on this earlier example.

1977 Ducati 900SS Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Ducati 900SS for Sale

I decided to list one of my precious Ducati Bevels, for selling consideration I have this gorgeous and very rare 1977 Ducati 900SS, silver and blue. This particular year and model is most sought after because of the wire wheels , color combo, solo seat and kick start. 

Bike looks great, way above average for its year and I am sure whoever is interested is most familiar with all the particulars about these magnificent machines. I just had the shop do the service, carbs, battery, fluids, brakes and tires all taken care. Very well preserved this bike is set up for riding, not just displaying, everything works just as should, bike was definitely enjoyed by the previous owners but very well taken care, no leaks, no funny smells or noises.  I occasionally ride it to shows or motorcycle gatherings and it puts a smile on my face each time, the looks, the sound and the crowd it attracts is hard to match . The bike is not a museum piece , or flawless condition, there are dents, nicks, paint chips, but no accidents or major defects. 

I took some close up photo with all major body parts so you could see the condition of the paint. The poor OEM quality Ducati used in 70’s is very well documented and unless bike was kept inside is impossible to avoid the cracks in clear coat that eventually translates in paint chipping or fading. The decals were all water transferred over the clear coat and that did not help either, every one of these Ducati suffer from same problem. I am no expert and since i don’t know all its history I can’t tell what is original and what is not but i can assure you this bike is the real deal, wheels, fork, shocks, Conti exhaust, 40mm Dellortos, all correct.

Check the VIN on motor and frame, listed with the registry.

Bike stats easy and runs very well, comes with CA title (previous owner, never cared to transfer the title since I ride it very little and did not want to add another owner since I only had the bike for short period of time)

1977 Ducati 900SS Fairing

It’s important to note that, as the seller mentions, many of the cosmetic defects visible on this bike are a result of poor finish from the factory, and unless the bike has been restored, flaws like this are nearly unavoidable.

Other than some peeling decals though, this looks like a very worthy example of the breed, and one of the most iconic sportbikes of all time.


1977 Ducati 900SS L Side

Black and Gold, Part II: 1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport

1980 Ducati 900SS L Side Front

The street-racer sibling of the Ducati Darmah featured earlier this week and even decked out in the same colors, this 900SS represents the logical evolution of the SuperSport line that began with the 750SS in 1974.

The original 750 SuperSport was built to celebrate Ducati’s surprise, David versus Goliath victory at Imola in 1972 and helped cement Ducati into the minds of motorcycle fans as a builder of performance twins. With only 401 of those built, they remain well out of reach for most enthusiasts.

1980 Ducati 900SS Cockpit

A much better proposition for folks who want to ride, and not just stare at, their bikes for fear of wrecking a valuable bit of history, the 900SS was introduced in 1975 and featured the restyled “square-case” engine displacing 864cc’s. The 900 also came with improved or modified features to improve performance and make the bike more appealing to US buyers, including a modified shift mechanism to make the left-side shift required a less Rube Goldberg-ian proposition, and quieter stock mufflers. Which hopefully have been canned for some glorious open Conti pipes by now!

1980 Ducati 900SS R Side Rear

In 1979, Ducati fitted cast-aluminum wheels to the SS and the bike was available with the classic black with gold-stripe paint scheme. This bike lacks the cast wheels, but that’s not necessarily a change from original: bikes of the period tended to blur the lines a bit, and this may actually have been an earlier bike that wasn’t titled until 1980… Or maybe they just stuck on a set of wire-wheels they had lying around. Or maybe a previous owner fitted them.

1980 Ducati 900SS Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport

This bike is proudly wearing all its original paint and decals, some of which are showing signs of age and a few chips. The gold paint on the included original wheels, especially the chain side of the rear, has not held up too well. There is a dent in the r/h Conti, under the foot peg, that was there when I got the bike. There are a few other scuffs and marks that should show in the pictures, that are from normal use. This is typical for the original finishes on Ducatis of this era. That said, this bike is in beautiful condition and has a real presence. It never fails to attract attention and complements where ever its ridden. It is 100% ready to ride.

The seller also includes this clip of the bike being fired up.

This particular example is unrestored, and it’s important to remember that, like so many other classic Italian machines, the fit and finish on these from the factory was far from perfect. A meticulously [over] restored example might be a thing of beauty, but examples like this are far more likely to capture the real experience of these bikes. But this is no beater: just look at what’s hiding under the bodywork in the picture below!


1980 Ducati 900SS Naked



1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport for Sale

1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport R Side

The Ducati 900 SuperSport inspired the moto-lust of many a young man in the 1970’s. Most of the advertising I’ve seen from the time features the same type of glorious excess imagery you would find in the 1980’s, complete with smug, rich bastards and women in various states of undress suggestively draped over the hardware. It was all blatantly aspirational, but somehow it seemed classier, more innocent, more afro-y.

1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport Advert

In some ways, the 900 SuperSport was already nearly obsolete at the time it was introduced: the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Z900 really pointed the way forward in terms of straight-line performance, and were just some frame-bracing and shock-revalving away from domination on both road and track. A hand-built, two valve twin just couldn’t compete with a big four that combined both low-end torque and a screaming top end.

But on the racetracks of the period, it was a different story, where the Ducati’s handling made up for a lack of outright power and was described as “the best ready-to-race production racer that money can buy” by period British racer Percy Tait.

1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport Dash

With the purer, early 750SS rapidly becoming nearly unobtainable and priced accordingly, and the 900 has become the expensive, but more accessible choice. It was nearly the last of the line and benefited from the gradual updates and development that Ducati applied throughout the bevel-drive twin’s lifetime. And while it may have been a bit outdated at the time it was being made, that hardly matters now and the bedroom dreams of teenage racers can now be realized for the price of a well-equipped Honda Civic.

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Ducati SuperSport for sale

1977 900  Ducati SuperSport
All restored and correct.
Starts on first or second kick.
Runs beautiful
Rare 900 bevel twins with baroni wheels.

While most of the shots are out of focus, I had to feature this bike, since it’s been a while since we featured a nice Ducati SS here on CSBFS. And what’s that in the background? A Supermono?! And a couple MV Agusta F4’s, a 916, a 900SS Superlight, and what appears to be some sort of 750 F1-derivative.

1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport L Front

This guy clearly knows his motorcycles, but unfortunately doesn’t seem to know his way around a camera: we’re lucky his thumb isn’t in the picture. There’s still some time left on this auction but, it looks like no one will be getting any bargains out of this particular collection: we’re up to $25k with active bidding and the reserve has not yet been met.


1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport L Rear

1953 MV Agusta 125cc SuperSport for Sale

1953 MV Agusta 125 R Front

My fantasy garage is filled up with the classics: a big Moto Guzzi V7 or LeMans, a bevel-drive Ducati, a Laverda Jota…  Manly, brutal bikes all. But I always find myself prowling around, looking for MV Agustas.  And while I do lust after the modern Brutales, F3’s and F’4’s, I always have an eye out for the little ones, the sporting 125’s and 175’s.  They show up from time to time online and pricing varies wildly.

1953 MV Agusta 125 R Side

I do love the idea of a burly, powerful machine that is way more than I can handle, I’m a firm believer in the old adage, “It’s better to ride a slow bike fast than ride a fast bike slow…” Honestly, the guy I saw in a tank top and half helmet, stiff-arming his brand new Panigale up the Garden State Parkway probably thought he looked pretty cool, but it was pretty obvious he had no idea what he was doing… On the other hand, the guy I saw riding a GS500E at a recent track day made me smile as he passed liter bikes and serious sporting machines in the corners…

1953 MV Agusta 125 Dash

It also doesn’t hurt that, while these little MV’s may be pretty pricey, they’re still generally a whole lot less than the bigger four-cylinder bikes…  These look like they’d be a hoot to ride on a winding, two-lane road. Or look great parked up in your living room.

1953 MV Agusta 125 Seat

This particular two-stroke machine looks familiar…

From the original eBay listing: 1953 MV Agusta 125cc Super Sport

Selling my ultra rare 1953 MV Agusta 125 Super Sport.This motorcycle was purchased from the renowned Guy Webster museum in California.It has the level of restoration to go in the Guggenhiem display.The bike traveled in Italy’s famous Moto Giro which is noted on front number plate prior to full professional restoration level.The gas tank was just sealed for future settlement or ride ability.The frame work and fenders on this particular year lends itself to such a cafe graceful look compared to it’s predecessors.The seat is a Radaelli which is a long comfortable seating position seat.The handle bars which I choose to call mustache bars are a piece of jewelry that have emmvee hand grips in like new condition.The motorcycle comes complete with original Automobile Club D’Italia paperwork framed from 1953.Where are you going to find a 1953 MV Agusta motorcycle going back that far with original doc’s.

1953 MV Agusta 125 Grip

This one looks an awful lot like the one that was for sale a while back and posted here on this site. It may not have found a buyer then, but maybe second time’s the charm? These are rare machines, but sometimes that rarity can work against you. Hopefully, it will find a home this time around.


1953 MV Agusta 125 R Engine

1981 Ducati Supersport 900 for Sale

1981 Ducati 900SS L Front

Speaking of square-case Ducatis…  There’s not much time left on this 1981 Ducati Supersport 900. The SS models are among the most collectable Ducatis and were the first bikes to feature their signature “Desmodromic” valve actuation that used cams instead of springs to close the valves. Other models featured traditional valve springs, although they still used tower shafts and a bevel gear system to drive the cams.

1981 Ducati 900SS Dash

The 864cc 900SS introduced in 1975 to replace the earlier round-case 750 used the revised “square-case” motor introduced in the 860GT. It was an evolution, as opposed to a revolution and featured elements designed to make the bike more appealing on the world market: the gearshift was now on the left side, mufflers were quieter, and mechanical/electrical improvements were made to improve reliability.

1981 Ducati 900SS Tank

There’s not very much information in the original eBay listing: 1981 Ducati Supersport 900 for Sale

1981 Mint condition Ducati 900 SuperSport Bevel drive.

Original paint
Original miles
All correct parts
Starts on first or second kick
Runs beautifully
Always stored indoors

Buyer is responsible for pickup

Down payment due within 48 hours

While the later bevel-drive models may not have the class and cache of the round-case bikes, you can’t complain about the style of this machine.  You could also argue that, while any bike at the end of its production run may have been “long in the tooth” or even obsolete at the time they were built, from a collector’s point of view the machine is likely to be as refined as it ever was, with most of the bugs worked out.

With the SS models still increasing in value, this is still a good bet for investors, although the rest of us will just have to drool.


1981 Ducati 900SS R Rear

1979 Ducati 900SS for Sale: No Reserve!

1979 Ducati 900SS L Side

Not much time left on this one!  Ducati’s 1970’s SS models are among the most collectable Ducatis ever built.  While the earlier, “round-case” SuperSports represent the pinnacle of Ducacti’s v-twin “race-bike-for-the-street” style, very few were made, and a perfect, unrestored 750SS remains a sort of unicorn for Ducati collectors.

The 900SS [actually 864cc] introduced in 1975 had a much longer production run and was naturally made in much larger quantities.  It used the “square-case” motor introduced in the 860GT and reflected both a natural evolution of the package and Ducati’s need to meet global regulations: the gearshift migrated to the left side, mufflers got quieter, and mechanical/electrical improvements made the bike somewhat more reliable.

1979 Ducati 900SS Dash

The 1979 model was the first to feature cast aluminum, instead of spoked, wheels and the beautiful black-and-gold paint scheme shown here.

All of these changes were designed to keep an aging product relevant: at the time, the bikes were obviously growing pretty long in the tooth.  But they’re very collectible now, combining classic sportbike looks and the well-developed quality so often characteristic of the last of any breed.

1979 Ducati 900SS R Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Ducati 900SS for Sale!

  • Engine is like new inside and compression is good and equal.  I was told that the person who restored this motorcycle had the engine gone through by a Ducati specialist at the time of restoration.  I believe this to be true based on inspection but there are no bills to confirm this(well over a decade ago, about 5k miles ago in my estimation).  Whoever did work on this engine did a masterful job.  It starts on the first kick. It will sit there and idle cleanly even when cold.  It is smooth and quiet internally.
  • Transmission shift pefectly, clutch is smooth and light with excellent feedback.
  • All gauges function properly and all controls function smoothly and properly.
  • Brake calipers rebuilt and in perfect working order.  Pads are almost new.
  • Conti Exhausts and a pair of Dellorto PHM40 BS carbs(these were factory upgrades). It pulls like a freight train and sounds incredible.

1979 Ducati 900SS Tank

If you’re shopping for one of these, you likely know the ins and outs of the model.  Including the fact that, although technically a 1979 model, it’s titled as a 1980!  A long production run and parts interchangability means replicas and mongrels are out there, and if you pay top dollar, you want to make sure you’re dealing with the real item.

This one has been relisted: previously, it did not meet his reserve.  But he’s decided it’s time to sell, so this is a no reserve auction and highest bid takes it!


1979 Ducati 900SS R Side

1980 Ducati Darmah SS in Marina, CA

I haven’t posted much on ClassicSportBikesForSale because RareSportBikesForSale has been keeping me busy, but while surfing for bikes listings for RSBFS, I can across a few choice classic sport bikes that I just had to bring to our readers on CSBFS.  One of them is this :


Originally I was pretty sure that this was a Darmah SS because of the bikini fairing and the decal on the side cover, but the frame numbers got me confused – so is this an SD or an SS?  Maybe the more knowledgeable Ducatistis can enlighten me — leave a comment!

If it’s an SS, then this got to be the only second or third SS that I have seen.  If it’s an SD conversion, it will be less collectible, but still looks great.  Either way, for the right price, this bike seems to be a good way to get to bevel heaven!