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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.

-tad

1981 Ducati 900SS R Rear

1983 Ducati 900S2 for Sale with ZERO MILES

1983 Ducati 900S2 R Side

Well this is something unusual.  A 1983 Ducati 900S2 that’s never been titled? Zero miles?  Never had gas in the tank?!  Who actually buys a road-burning Italian exotic, then immediately decides to tuck it away for the next thirty years?  Not me, but I’m glad someone does, so we have things like this to post.

The 900S2 was, excepting the Mike Hailwood “Mille”, the ultimate and final incarnation of the venerable half-fairing v-twin superbike.  Obviously, by 1983, the bevel-drive Ducatis were getting very long in the tooth, but funds were not there to develop a worthy replacement, so the process of development continued in an effort to keep pace with competing machines.

1983 Ducati 900S2 L Engine

Interestingly, these bikes did not have side-stands, only center-stands.  On earlier bikes, a folding handle was fitted to the left muffler carrier.  This machine has the later design, a simple loop in the carrier to aid in deploying the stand.  The fairing came from Ducati’s Pantah.

1983 Ducati 900S2 Dash

Really, the design was a compromise, a parts-bin special designed to offer something new and keep the wolves at bay.

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Ducati 900S2 for Sale

MSO – MANUFACTURER’S STATEMENT OF ORGIN . BOLOGNA/ITALIA ARE WORDED ON DOCUMENT. THESE ARE WHAT THEY PROVIDE TO THE DISTRIBUTORS BEFORE TITLING.

THIS BIKE HAS NEVER BEEN TITLED .  “CLEAR TITLE” WAS ELECTED DUE TO EBAY’S LIMITED OPTIONS WHEN PLACING AD. 

FRAME NO. – DM860SS092767

ENGINE NO. – DM860 095995

FUEL HAS NEVER BEEN PLACED IN TANK – CLEAN INSIDE

ORIGINAL BATTERY NEVER FILLED WITH ACID.

FACTORY ENGINE SEAL (PHOTO)

CHAIN NEVER INSTALLED ON SPROCKETS (NO LONGER HAVE CHAIN)

ODOMETER SHOWS “2” FROM PUSHING IN/OUT OF STORAGE.

HEADLIGHT RED DOT STICKER FROM FACTORY STILL ON HEADLIGHT.

INCLUDES ALL TWO OF EACH FACTORY KEYS, ORIGINAL TOOL KIT, MANUAL AND ALL DOCUMENTS .

WELL PRESERVED IN MINT BRAND NEW CONDITION. IF ANY MINOR IMPERFECTIONS,  IS HOW IT CAME FROM THE FACTORY. ORIGINAL TIRES, HOSES, RUBBERS STILL LOOKS FRESH/SOFT WITHOUT CRACKS. NO CORROSIONS OR FADINGS. BRAKES FUNCTIONS CORRECTLY WITHOUT FLUID LEAKAGE OR DAMAGE. CYLINDERS ARE LUBED AND ENGINES KICKS OVER WITH GREAT COMPRESSION. ALL SETTINGS REMAINS FACTORY. IT SHOULD START RIGHT UP AND READY TO RIDE JUST BY ADDING GAS AND MAKE SURE OIL LEVEL ARE FULL.  THESE VINTAGE BEVEL TWINS ARE BULLET PROOF SOLID, SOUNDS VERY EXCITING AND RIDES SMOOTH.  IT’S TEMPTING TO START IT UP. 

THIS IS A RARE CHANCE TO OWN A MSO VINTAGE DUCATI.  IT MIGHT BE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD IN SUCH CONDITION.

1983 Ducati 900S2 Tank

This is obviously a collector bike, not one to ride: it’d likely need significant work before it’d run well, and you’d destroy the whole “zero miles” thing immediately.  To me, it’s a curiosity, but collectors do dig on bikes like this that are perfectly preserved, not over-restored or resto-modded into something that appeals to more modern expectations for rideability and reliability: warts and all are preserved.

Or would be if, you know: you were actually going to ride it.

While at the time, the 900S2 was a last grasp at relevance for an obsolete sporting bike from a small, struggling manufacturer, it represents the nearly final incarnation of the iconic Ducati bevel-drive v-twin now.  I’m curious to see how this time-warp example will stack up against more classic 900SS styled machines when the dust settles.

-tad

1983 Ducati 900S2 R Engine

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!

-tad

1979 Ducati 900SS R Side

1980 Ducati 900SS with 3 kilometers

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As the seller asks, how many times will we see this? Was it really an investment or did someone forget they had bought this? That is really the only way that would have kept me from riding this more then 3 km. This 1980 Ducati 900SS could have rolled out of a time machine, but the seller says its been this way, waiting for years.

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From the seller

BRAND NEW NEVER USED CLASSIC DUCATI 900 SS

QUITE LIKELY THE LAST TIME ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ANYONE WILL HAVE THIS CHANCE

*3 KILOMETERS FROM NEW*

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If you have been to Classic Sports Bikes For Sale before you know the 900ss. The bigger brother to the 750SS, which may have brought Ducati back from the brink. The 900 SS was only  864cc but it would still get the bike and rider up to 131.5 mph. The L-Twin, Desmotromic valves, big open Dell’orto, Mag wheels, Clip-ons, small fairing, three pizza pan size disk brakes. Black on Gold.

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More from the seller

This bike was bought brand new from Norm Fraser P/L in Sydney Australia,delivered to AdelaideAustralia & put into storage.The vision was to keep it & leave it to family members but unforeseen financial pressure & deadlines resulted in the need to sell before time. Upon delivery it was coated with a light protective oil that has kept the finishes beautiful, ready for a professional detailing for showing (If desired). All moving parts were gently turned (inc motor) by hand periodically during storage. This will obviously be a unique addition to any collection – How many brand new SS’s are available? Alternatively a magnificent opportunity to prepare & fire up for the retro ride of dreams!

$62,000 opening bid, and having it shipped from Australia. How far will you go to get a brand new 1980 Ducati 900SS?BB

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1982 Ducati 900SS

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What more can be said about an Iconic motorcycle like the Ducati 900SS? It has the history of a winner through its older, smaller displaced 750SS. It can be argued that the Super Sport 750 and 900 were the motorcycles that saved the company. Without the timely wins on the new motorcycle, Ducati could well have closed their doors. Instead they took a new L-twin design and ran with it, to a point today were fast, sexy motorcycle is defined by Ducati.

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From the seller

1983 Ducati 900 Super Sport Exotic Classics is pleased to present this excellent 1983 Ducati 900SS. Finished in Ducati Silver this bike has only traveled 3559 miles and since pampered since new. This motorcycle comes to us from a small collection of one of our known bike collectors that has over 20 vintage and exotic motorbikes. These Ducati 900SS are very rare bikes and very collectible in the Classic motorcycle world. We have the factory correct rear shocks and air cleaner as well. 355 bikes were made in this last of the series. 5 speed, chain driven final drive. Electronic ignition with a kick start as well. Top speeds of 125(from 1983 tests). Motor specs are- OHC 90-degree Desmodromic L-Twin 56hp @7,000 RPM. Dual disc brakes up front with a single disc on the rear. Show or ride this exceptional vintage Italian classic. Ducati’s original 900 Super Sport was one of the most single-minded sporting superbikes that ever devoured an innocent public road. It was essentially a street-legal production racer: fast, raw and uncompromising. It handled and slopped brilliantly, looked and sounded gorgeous and was a match for anything on road or track. The 900SS owed its existence to Ducati’s victory in the Imola 200 race in 1972. when factory pilots Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari had finished first and second ahead of numerous factory opponents. The factory celebrated by producing a small batch of road-legal replicas of the racebike. These were popular, so more were built, this time called the 750 Super Sport instead of Imola Replica as the model had initially been known. 1977 witnessed the introduction of the 900SS in response to the improved performance of rival machines. Early variants were equipped to a similarly Spartan level as the 750 Super Sport, however later models were better equipped and more reliable losing some of the earlier models purity and performance. Show condition, All Original never restored.

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1983 was one of the final years of the SS in its original style, before the MHR, and before the 900SS S2. Yes the big turn signals most go into a box on the shelf (most keep originals even if they are an eyesore.) 864cc of Desmo valve goodies create 67hp at 7500rpm and a top speed of over 130mph. And did we say sexy (after you remove the turn signals.)

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This 1982 Ducati 900SS is a bike that is on everyone’s want list, as it should be. But it is becoming a motorcycles that is on very few can afford to have list. The motorcycle market has evolved to include investment bikes, which are far from riders. The  900SS is a Blue Chip on the invester market, but lets hope the next owner of this bike will have enough to throw a leg over it every once in a while, and add more miles to their investment. BB

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1979 Ducati 900SS Biggelaar

When you see something that looks familiar, you will gravitate towards it. When I saw this 1979 Ducati 900 SS, I said to myself something is just not right. And looking closer it was obvious that this Italian was wearing a lot more then you usually find on these Iconic 1970’s Ducati’s

From the seller

For sale is my 1979 classic Ducati 900 Super Sport (R). The bike was build in 1979 straight from the crate by Dutch Ducati specialist Biggelaar in the town of Oirschot. In total 5 of these bikes were build, 3 for racing and 2 for road use, this is one of those 2. In 2008 the bike returned to Biggelaar for a complete restoration, its was then displayed at their 40 years celebration as a eye catcher. After restoration I have just driven it once for 25 km so it needs to be run in still now.

Doing a quick search I found that Biggelaar is a Dutch company that has been selling and racing Ducati’s since 1966. It appears that at first they only sold the small single cylinder offerings from Ducati. But soon they began to race Ducati’s in road and Endurance racing. The body work on this Ducati leads me to believe that there was some cross over from the company’s race efforts to what they offered to their customers.

With the racing background and a the little that the seller shares, I am going to say that this bike offers a little bit more then stock. Could their be bigger carbs? Bigger pistons? Higher Compression? Bigger valves? These are all possible trickle down items from racing efforts. The only way to really find out is buy this 1979 Ducati 900ss by Biggelaar, ship it over here, ride it around until the winter comes and crack it open. BB

1981 Ducati 900 Super Sport

To bad you won’t be able to fly and ride this one home. You will get a work out reading the sellers description, so I will try to hit the highlights. What I can tell is this is a Ducati 900SS that seems to have been loved and worked on by the current owner, and has spend some time traveling the world. From the original purchase in Italy, to England, and to its final destination in New Zealand. This Bevel dream has been around.

Some words from the seller (edited down)

The frame # is 90409. The engine # is 091741 (ON LHS Crankase) It is also, on RHS, marked with a “D” centrally above “DM860″….Mileage  -Since the rebuild in late 2002 (just before shipping from UK to NZ) it has done approx 6200 miles – odometer mileage currently 36190 (I can’t recall the original mileage when I  bought it)…If you want a concourse museum piece then this ain’t your bike. If you want a bike that been ridden, sounds as it should, seen a handful of TTs and a few race tracks, turns plenty of heads (and ears:) and has the potential to be spruced up into excellent condition that this is the bike for you It has the six spoked FPS mags (Not the dodgy speed lines) and six bolt discs.

The 900SS had grown out of the very popular 750 Super Sport which was a celebration of Paul Smart’s victory at Imola. The 900SS having the effective Desmo head, HUGE 40mm Dell’orto’s, and barley muffled exhaust. This combo gave the 900 Super Sport power number of 80hp at 7500 rpm, 12.6 ¼ mile times, and a top speed of 124.5mph. This example has the later cast wheels installed, but the seller includes some spoke wheels, and Classic Sports bikes need spokes.

More from the seller

The following items are non-standard on this bike:

  • Front shocks and head clamps are not painted which suggest they may be non standard – Probably they are from a Darmah
  • Headers are Keihan Stainless Steel Replicas and the Sharp eyed will notice the bends are for the MHR which gives slightly more clearance
  • Exhaust Balance Pipe is a Stainless Steel Keihan Replica
  • Mufflers (if you can call them that) are Keihan Stainless steel Contis.
  • Exhaust clamps are not Conti clamps and are not stainless
  • Rear indicators are after market – I have the Rear indicator support/bracket for CEV – Stainless Probably aftermarket – this will go with the bike.
  • Rear Shocks are Konis (Dial a ride) with adjustable rebound damping – I have some Alloy Fontana’s a popular aftermarket part in the mid 80’s which go with the Buy Now parts bundle
  • Fuel Cap is opened with a push button – generally they were opened by key
  • Battery is held on by a Bungee Cord in true NZ fashion
  • Swaged Aeroquip brake lines (Enforced by NZ Warrant of Fitness regulations for idiots who can’t tell the difference between a bango bolt and a crimp nut)
  • Black Brembo Callipers with rain/dust caps – Ian Falloon says that most had goldlines
  • K&N Air Filters
  • Custom built muffler/footpeg bolt spacer to enable sufficient clearance for muffler and sufficient thread for pillions pegs. My wife loves a good ride!!
  • Fabricated Aluminium Dash
  • After Market Perspex Fairing (New)
  • Regulator/Rectifier – from a Honda SuperDream (also known in London Courier circles as WetDream) – this is way stronger than the dodgy Ducati one
  • Rear seat glued shut – to stop it falling off
  • Oil Pump is an after market high flow with no loss of pressure
  • Dip stick is after market magnetic
  • Aftermarket clutch actuation arm to ease clutch pull
  • Bevel Heaven Crankcase saver (from chain rubbing on it) modification

Missing

  • Left Side cover – The other cover (with dull wear scratch see photo) will be supplied with the bike
  • Dashboard and Dashboard Lights
  • Fairing Headlight Trim

The seller of this 1981 Ducati 900SS is well over the horizon in New Zealand. Their stream of consciences description of the bike might give you an idea of what has been done to the bike, but I am also sure that it might raise that many more questions. This is the final year of an Iconic motorcycle, one you may want to fly down to New Zealand and ride to the nearest port for.  But before you book your flight check out the words of the seller, all of them, and check out the other pictures. This appears to be the seller’s first attempt as selling on eBay, but what a first sale.BB

1983 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica

About 3 months ago I was standing with my back to the road as I was filling up with gas. Coming down the road was this very loud, lumping 2 cylinder, that I could only assume was some form of American Iron. To my surprise and delight, instead I saw a beauty in Red and Green, with Ducati written on the side. My first audible experience with a Mike Hailwood Replica. I felt shame that my ears lead me to believe it could possibly be from something other then an Italian beauty. This 1983 MHR Ducati now available on eBay has a soundtrack in my head that I will never forget.

 

From the seller.

For sale is my 1983 MHR.  The bike was cosmetically restored to a very high standard about 11 years ago and ridden very sparingly since.  Recently, the carbs, brake hydraulics, fuel, and electrical system have been gone through and serviced and sorted as needed (fluids, filters, etc.).  The bike has all OE parts.  The Michelin tires have still have the nubs on the tread.  All gauges and electrics work as they should.  The bike runs and sounds absolutely wonderful.  The chrome Conti exhaust pipes are beautiful.  The paint is very nice, with minor damage at the lower left side of the faring that occurred while the bike was in storage.  As seen in the pictures, the odometers reads 20520 kilometers.  This bike would make an excellent addition to anyone’s Ducati collection but isn’t so valuable that one couldn’t ride and thoroughly enjoy it.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

From previous posts here on CSBFS, you will likely know of the story of Mike Hailwood and how he came back from a long retirement to take this Italian bike out for a spin on the Isle of Man. Legends were made that day, and the bike that Mike piloted was offered up to the public. Based on the 900cc 90 degree L-twin single overhead cam engine with Desmo valves, the MHR offered 80hp at 5800rpm and a top speed of 133 mph.

 

The story of Ducati has many chapters, and because of the Italian financial problems, many different owners. Bright spots in its history were the early 1970’s and the Super Sports. Another explosion of Ducati into the world consciousness was delivered by Mike Hailwood in 1978 after 11yrs off the bike. If you want a bike with a sound that turns head, and performance to back it up, this MHR Ducati can be yours. BB

1978 Ducati 900 GTS

Get it before it becomes a 900SS. That is what I always say when I see a GTS for sale. Before the frame becomes green, and the tank and brand new fairing become silver, save this 1978 Ducati 900GTS offered up on eBay now.

From the seller

1978 BEVEL DRIVE DUCATI 900 GTS CAFE SPECIAL

  REAR SETS, ADJUSTABLE  BARS, CONTI REPLICAS…  JUST A FEW OF THE  GOODIES ON THIS  GREAT RIDER.

  STARTS UP IN A KICK OR TWO!  SHIFTS PERFECT READY TO  GO….. RUNS  GREAT

  • UILT 32MM DELLORTO PHM  CARB
  • BREVETTA ADJUSTABLE HANDLEBARS (LAVERDA)
  • REAR SETS (TARROZZI)
  • 900 Super Sport FOLDING KICKSTART LEVER
  • 900 Super Sport FRONT & REAR FENDERS
  • BUB CONTI  REPLICAS
  • NEW TIRES & TUBES
  • REBUILT  MARZOCCHI 900 Super Sport FORKS WITH TREES
  • TRAILING  BRAKE SET UP
  • CUSTOM FITTED   SIDE COVERS (GLASS)
  • REBUILT TWIN BREMBOS
  • NEW BRAKE PADS
  • SS BRAKE LINES
  • NEW CABLES
  • EVERTHING WORKS AS IT SHOULD
  • CHARGING SYSTEM WORK PERFECTLY
  • NEW BATTERY
  • TOOL TRAY & KIT

It is not a 900SS and will not perform like a 900SS without a major investment in time and money and parts. But that doesn’t mean its not a Ducati, and that you will not enjoy the GTS. From the Bologna factory the GTS may not have had the stylings of the earlier and more desirable SS, but the performance specs are not that of a Vespa.

864cc, 9.8:1 CR, 2x32mm Dellorto (my favorite Italian word), 65hp at 7200rpm, 5 speed taking you to a top speed of 116mph and slowing you back down with a pair of 280mm disk up front. Yes it also has Bevel drive OHV, but not that overly complicated, hard to set up, Desmosomething valves. Just your run of the mill 2 valve per cylinder.

So what is on offer right now is a 1978 Ducati 900 GTS, as it is, from the factory. What will happen to it after the auction will be up to the me owner. What I hope is that this new owner rides it to work, rides it to the store, rides it in the rain, and enjoys it as it was delivered from Italy. Good luck to you GTS. BB