Tagged: bevel

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?

BB

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

Great information provided in comments section. BB

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 :

1980 DUCATI 900 SUPERSPORT DARMAH DESMO, 8969 ORIGINAL MILES, MINT CONDITION, RUN AS NEW, FACTORY CONTIS, NEW BATTERY, STORED INDOORS MANY YEARS, NEEDS NOTHING, WE AT BUYERS EXPENSE CAN SHIP WORLDWIDE, REASONABLE RESERVE, 2 OWNERS FROM NEW, ENGINE NUMBER DM860  904565  FRAME NUMBERS 900SD, DM900SD 950851  DGM 19139DM, BID TO WIN, A DESMO SUPERSPORT IN FANTASTIC ORIGINAL CONDITION …BIKE HAS ALL FACTORY TOOLS AND MANUALS

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!

phil

1965 Ducati Scrambler 250 for sale in Marina, CA

Another rare classic sport bike that I came across is this .

1965 DUCATI 250 SCAMBLER, ESTATE SALE, RACE BIKE, RESTORED TO PERFECTION, VEGLIA TACH, CUSTOM DISPLAY STAND, CLIP ONS, BIKE LOOKS INCREDIBLE, 10K IN RESTORATION, PLATING, POLISHING, BIKE INCLUDES MANUALS AND COVER, HAS BILL OF SALE, BIKE IS ART AND STUNNING !

The Ducati 250 scrambler is one of the less collectible / desirable Ducati singles, and that fact that this has been converted into a racer makes it even less valuable.  Nevertheless, it is an older bevel single, which in itself is worth something. For the right money, this could make a nice mantle piece or a vintage track day toy.

phil

1978 Ducati Darmah 900 SD

Here’s a nice 1978 Ducati Darmah 900SD for sale around the SF bay area:

1978 black frame and tank with gold trim along bottom of seat.
Bevel gear drive desmodromic actuated valve designed engine—no belts.
Gold OEM alloy wheels by Speedline with new Pirelli Demon tires.
Starts by using either push button electric starter motor or kick start lever on right side.
Marzocchi rear shocks.
New Spec Battery.
Well balanced with cafe style handle bar and grand touring seating—a joy to ride!
Excellent cosmetically and mechanically.

While the Darmah ain’t no 750SS Imola, I have always liked the up-swept “duc” tail on the SD (a Darmah SS would be even better!).  I think the asking price of $8950  is a bit high – in these tough times (and with winter coming), a price around the $6-7000 mark would be more realistic.

phil