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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.


1981 Ducati 900SS R Rear

1980 Ducati Custom for Sale

1980 Ducati Custom L Front

This is a one-of-a-kind custom naked Ducati.  I’ve seen a few Pantah-based customs come up for sale recently, perhaps because, for a while, they were cheap to buy and the huge fairings and 80’s styling were considered pretty uncool until pretty recently.  Or maybe people just thought that early trellis frame should be on display.  This one is claimed to have an “NCR type frame” and it definitely doesn’t look stock.

The belt-driven, single overhead cam Pantah motor still lives on in modern, air-cooled Ducatis and has featured displacements from 500 to 1100 cc’s, although this early bike probably originally had a 500 or 600.  The seller mentions that it has a new 650 in it, most likely from the Cagiva Alazzurra that used a version of Ducati’s famous L-twin.

1980 Ducati Custom Clocks

Don’t let the smallish displacement fool you though: what these twins lack in outright power, they make up for in midrange thunder.  The basic hard parts are very durable, respond well to tuning, and while they do require regular maintenance, they can be very reliable.

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Ducati Custom for Sale

You are bidding on a  Ducati  with a specilal frame and body work, the chassis and body work was imported by Jimmy Adamo in the late 80:s, some one then put a  new 650 cc engine  and components in the frame and built the bike, engine had been hopped up along with race type exhaust system etc. When I got the bike I put on Marvic magnesium wheels, had the frame nickel plated, built the clutch you see, added the racing type full floating rotors, Brembo Gold line calipers, stainless lines, added the alloy rear swing arm, steering damper, etc,etc,. The bike also has 38 mm front forks with alloy upper and lower steering triple clamps. This bike has won numerous awards at shows, finished  second  overall at the Cycle World show at the Javits center in New York. The bike has been off the road for 10 years  and stored in a climate controlled garage,  I just rebuilt the cylinder heads and carbs, the gas tank-seat assembly is fiber glass and we cut the bottom out and cleaned up the inside of the tank, reassembled it and Caswelled the entire inside of tank, the tank is now  ethanol and fuel proof. the brakes and clutch are on silicon brake fluid and work perfectly. I just put a brand new battery in , bike runs  great and sounds like a racing smallblock Chevy

1980 Ducati Custom Engine

I’m a big fan of the air-cooled Pantah motor: until you’ve heard the clanking, hissing, rasping, thudding cacophony of one, you really haven’t lived, and even the smallest Ducati twins can sound truly fierce.  That vented cover shows off the dry clutch , although I’d consider putting some covers over those cam belts: I love the exposed look, but one stray rock…


1980 Ducati Custom R Rear Susp

The starting bid is set at $5,000 and there’s been no real interest with a few days left on the auction.  I actually prefer the original Pantah’s bulbous fairing and classic silver, blue, and red paint, but you certainly won’t see anything like this at your local bike night, and the rare parts are certainly very cool.  Although I’d lose that plastic hugger on the rear wheel and those fakey carbon-look turn signals as soon as I got it home…


1980 Ducati Custom R Side

Another 1973 Ducati 750GT for Sale!

1973 Ducati 750GT R Front

Like colorful fall leaves, vintage Ducatis are almost clogging the gutters around these parts.  This one is especially nice, and has an interesting provenance…

The versatile 750GT would have been Goldilock’s favorite: not too hardcore, not too laid-back.  It was just right, a perfect blend of sporty handling and comfort.  Which is great, since the folks who are likely to plunk down thirty large on a vintage Ducati are, ahem, probably not spring chickens.

1973 Ducati 750GT R Engine

While the GT lacked Ducati’s now ubiquitous Desmodromics: while all modern Ducatis feature this possibly pointless but undeniably cool technology, only the top-tier sporting bikes of the 1970’s had it.  But the 750GT still had the classic round-case looks and distinctive tower-shaft and bevel gear driven single overhead cams for which the marque was famous.

From the original eBay listing: 1973 Ducati 750 GT for Sale

I recently purchased this bike from Ian Faloon in Australia. When it arrived it was so impressive that it has sat in my living room as a piece of art…. In my quest for a Sport I have reluctantly decided to find her a new home. Below is Ian’s description of his bike. Please contact me through eBay to discuss any questions you may have. Cheers

Ducati 750 GT

As I have too many 750 GTs in my collection I am reluctantly offering this superb Euro-spec 1973 750 GT for sale. This is as perfect and original 1973 750 GT you will find, and every aspect of the restoration is covered in my new forthcoming book;

NOS Inox front fender with a center brace, replacing the original fender that had two screw holes for a front license plate as required in Australia in 1973.

New German ignition coils instead of the original Ducati Electrotecnica.

This bike has been on display and not run since the restoration. The tank has no fuel and there is no battery. If you want to run this bike bear in mind that commissioning it will require a bit of fiddling with carburetors etc. It is as if you were buying a bike back in 1973 from the crate. It needs setting up. This bike can be shipped anywhere at the buyer’s expense.

If you are looking for an as new 750 GT close to the condition it left the factory in Borgo Panigale in 1973 this is it. As the restoration of this GT is featured in detail in the forthcoming book. Of course this is a forty year old motorcycle and comes with no warranty but it is a bike will real provenance.

1973 Ducati 750GT L Front

For those of you who don’t know Ian Falloon: he’s one of the foremost experts in vintage Ducatis.  There’s not much time left on this one, so if you’re in the market for a round-case Ducati, move quickly.  The price is set at $33,750 but I can’t imagine a better example to buy, considering it was built by one of the foremost Ducati restorers in the world…  If you’ve got the cash, this is the one to buy.


1973 Ducati 750GT R Loaded

1982 Ducati 900SS


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.


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.


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.)


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


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

1960 Ducati 450 Desmo Custom for Sale

Bit of a mongrel, this:  One of a kind custom Ducati 450 Desmo.  There’s an important distinction between classic bike and classic car cultures: originality.  In the classic car world, you might tweak, and fiddle, and adjust, and improve, but your Fiat 124 Sport should remain recognizably a Fiat.  You wouldn’t say, stretch the chassis and throw a Ford 289 V8 in there…  Certainly some folks would applaud your audacity and smile to themselves, thinking of the fun that could be had, but there would be the sense that the final product was somehow lessened by the experiment.  “It’s cool, but I hope he didn’t do that to a nice, all-original one…”

Not so much with bikes: unless your machine is extremely rare, all bets are kind of off and people do seem to mix and match a bit more, free to pursue their own vision of what the manufacturer might have intended, free of financial constraints.  Norvils, Tritons, the odd Vincati… people mix and match bike parts like Lego bricks.  At least this bike has most of its parts from “in the family.”

The little machine is apparently based around the frame from a Mototrans Vento, basically a 1960’s Ducati made under license by a Spanish company in the 80’s.  I’ve written about one previously: 1984 Ducati Vento.

He gives a nice list of what went into this project from the original eBay listing:

Forks are Ducati, rear damping is handled by Fox gas shocks. The headlight and mounts are Norton, taillight assembly is from a 750 Sport; the seat is from a 900ss and the tank is a steel unit from the 250cc Diana. The front brake is an interesting piece, being a Ceriani four-leading shoe assembly with magnesium side plates used on the Aermacchi’s 250cc production road racers of the 1960’s. Stainless steel aftermarket fenders, Veglia tach, Tomaselli clip-ons, CRA rear sets, Dunstall Decibal silencer and of course finished in a beautiful red, with variegated gold leaf work on the side covers, seat and tank. Bike was featured in many publications and was the cover bike for “Old Bike Journal”. A beautiful build that I have enjoyed owning for many years. Bike has been part of a Private Collection and has been on “DRY” display for approximately 6 years.

Obviously, since it’s been sitting for a while, you won’t expect to show up and ride it home.  But it’s a really cool ride that mixes and matches parts from some different, kissing-cousin machines beautifully.


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




  • 900 Super Sport FRONT & REAR FENDERS

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

1977 Ducati 900SS

Note: We’ve been notified that this bike is now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Rory is a a fan of RSBFS and CSBFS and sent us his story and his Ducati 900SS that he has offered up for sale. When I read what his thoughts were before buying this great Ducati, and now that he is putting up for sale, I have changed my mind a little bit about people who bring their motorcycles into the house instead of riding them.

I chuckled when the previous owner told me that after a painstaking restoration, he felt that the bike was now too nice to ride. He was replacing it with a new Mike Hailwood Replica, a bike he would have no trouble riding hard, and he wanted to put the 900SS on consignment at my Ducati dealership. I was happy to do it – the bike was flawless and he was the ideal seller: A true enthusiast who was extremely knowledgeable and very anal. Not only was he able to deliver every receipt and communication from his years of ownership, but miraculously he also had what looked like every receipt from the time the bike was delivered new! He had not only the original bill of sale, but also the warranty card and the pre-delivery checklist – all in the original dealer envelope.

Like most everyone else on the planet, I had lusted for a ’74 750SS for many years, but had never been able to scrape together the funds as they continued to outpace my budget. Some months earlier, another customer had located a 750SS in Australia and we were several progress payments into a complete restoration of the bike for him. I was never going to be able to write those kinds of checks, but with its period style upgrades, this 900SS was a surprisingly close alternative.

It didn’t take long before my Sales Manager was bringing me offers on the 900SS. The last thing that I needed was another bike, but this kind of classic is hard to come by – even if you spend your days doing nothing else but motorcycles. I had to buy it.

I took it for a couple of short rides, but mostly it sat in my showroom, getting the attention it deserved. It caught the eye of a journalist and ended up being featured in the March 2001 issue of Rider magazine. After I sold my shop, I was desperately short of garage space so I prepped the Ducati for long-term storage, and put it in my living room.

I’m really not that into doing the bike show thing, and for regular riding I’m much more comfortable with my early BMW GS or my nothing special M900. I realize now that I’m no different in this regard than the previous owner: the 900SS is just too nice to ride – at least for me. It’s crazy to have something like this and not enjoy it and/or show it, so I’m seeing if someone else out there wants to take a turn (and chuckle at me).

I’m really not that into doing the bike show thing, and for regular riding I’m much more comfortable with my early BMW GS or my nothing special M900. I realize now that I’m no different in this regard than the previous owner: the 900SS is just too nice to ride – at least for me. It’s crazy to have something like this and not enjoy it and/or show it, so I’m seeing if someone else out there wants to take a turn (and chuckle at me).

The bike is a battery and fuel away from running (I’m actually keeping current on the brake fluid changes and turning the engine over regularly). It has over 30K miles showing, as the previous owners clearly didn’t share my aversion to riding it. The original owner actually did some epic cross-country tours on it. The attached Rider article has some of the bike’s history, but here is some additional detail:



  • Close ratio gearbox
  • 40mm Dell’Ortos
  • Imola cams
  • Sydney Tunstall built bottom end and heads
  • V2 stator
  • Ported heads
  • 750SS Fiberglas tank
  • Right side shift conversion
  • Factory race style high pipes
  • Ceriani Shocks



  • Original tank, side covers, dual seat, and turn signals
  • Conti replica mufflers and one Conti
  • Many takeoffs such as fork springs, clip-ons, sprockets, etc.
  • Misc. gaskets, filters, cables
  • Original spare parts catalogs for 900SS and 900SD
  • Copy of factory service manual
  • Owner’s manual
  • Original Bill of Sale, Warranty card and PDI checklist
  • All service documentation and parts receipts from new


It’s always a bit of a challenge to put a value to something like this. Based on auction results and people still in the Ducati biz, this should bring somewhere near the mid to high 20’s.  If you’re not thinking the same, we probably shouldn’t waste each other’s time. Otherwise, I would be happy to provide additional info or photos.

1962 Ducati Road Racer

When does something that is classic become cliché? When does the Ducati Grey and Green color scheme go from being representative of the great win at Imola, and become just another green and grey motorcycle? I don’t think that we have reached that point yet, and this 1962 Ducati Road Racing single offered up on eBay now is a great representation of the beginning of Ducati’s evolution as a World Racing Giant.

From the seller

250 Ducati Vintage RoadRacer. This would be a great addition to any collection or a great vintage racer.  Works rear shocks.  lightened flywheel, 12v total loss electrical system, delorto carb.  Double cam front brake with race linings, fibreglass bodyparts, avon roadrunners on aluminum rims. Still has the wheel weights taped on from the last race.   Engine is fresh and runs very strong. Very loud with its tuned exhaust. Revs quickly.  Clutch and 5sp transmission are very smooth.   This bike appears to be race ready or ready for display. Bike totally safety wired. Paint is beautifully done. Windshield is very clear with no haze. Only blemish is on the rear seat top where the number plates have rubbed and buffed the paint. If you put the plates back on it covers its. Don’t have the rear plates.

The seller doesn’t say if the engine is a Desmo or a regular Sprung head. I am going to say that it is not because if I am selling a Ducati, I would make this the number one selling point. Ducati had Desmo engines in the 1950’s, but did not offer them to the general public until the end of the 1960’s. Again since the seller did not say that this was a factory  1962 250cc bike, I am not going to assume that it would have Desmo from the factory.

More from the seller

Pitsch 12,000 rpm tach

Custom mounted oil cooler. I have not raced this bike. Traded for it. So my knowledge is limited on the bike.  Please message me with questions.  Please study the pictures closely. Very fine example of a Ducati single racer. Comes with a set of manual rollers to start the bike with.  Two extra frames. Freshly powered coated black with swing arms.  Extra 46t sprocket and carb kit.

If you wanted to get into Vintage Motorcycle racing this looks like a great starter kit. With the two extra frames, you may be able to sell them to fund spare engine parts. Maybe even a Desmo head conversion. I have always wanted to start road racing, and only a hour or so down the road is a track that does have vintage days. If I were to buy this 1962 Ducati, and a set of leathers, and a trailer; would I still go road racing? Time is the only thing you cannot buy. BB

1969 Ducati 450 Mach 3

There are occasions when something new comes along, and the thing that came before this new thing is forgotten. This may or may not be the case for the Ducati Singles. When the L-Twin came along, the single cylinder “parent” was pushed to the side and quickly dropped. The nice thing about Classic Sports Bikes is that the find a niche, and survive. This 1971 Ducati 450 Mach 3 offered down-under on eBay is one of those forsaken singles.

From the seller.

Up for sale is my Ducati 450 single. It is a 1969 model. The bike has been mostly restored, with only relatively minor finishing touches required to get it a good street level, or if showroom is your thing this would be a great start for a project. The engine has recently been fully stripped down and rebuilt with anything even slightly suspect having been replaced. The tyres are as new, but have been on the bike for quite a while so if you plan on racing it through the hills they may be a little old. The paint work was all professionally done 2 pack, although the front guard has not been painted as I only got it after the rest of the bike was painted. Starts first kick most times but would benefit from an more modern carby for daily riding, (mercuni kits readily available). I have had this bike for over 12 years and have restored it to this level from a basket case, so I can answer any questions but there is too much to list here.

Dr Fabilio Taglioni’s first work with Ducati was in 1954 and their small cc GP bikes. The basic design increased in displacement from 125cc to the 200cc Elite in 1959. The 250cc Monza/Diane/Daytona arrived in 1961, the 350 Sebring in 1965 and finally the 450cc in 1969. Even though the GP bikes offered from the Italian manufacture had been using Desmodromic valve gear, it wasn’t until 1967 that the first road going Single received the positive valve actuating system. This 450 Mach 3 offers those unique pair of opening cams and closing cams.

As the displacement of the Ducati singles increase, design limitations were found in the bottom end. With the first generation “narrow” cases, the big end bearing was not getting significant oil, and the bottom end would not live a happy and productive life. Later “wide” case singles addressed this issue, but a 450cc singe with its 86mm bore on a 75mm stoke still liked to rev, and not plod along. It was always questioned why such and engine would find itself in an low rev off-road bike like the 450 R/T, but the Berliner Brothers who owned the distribution rights for the US may have had something to do with this.

The picture of this first year Ducati 450 Mach 3 show a nice bike sitting on a nice Australian street, under a bright Australian sun. This is probably why the bike appears to have multiple shades of yellow.  Looking closely it also looks to have a Japanese carburetor instead of the Italian one that it would have come with. This is likely a solution to a problem these big singles have. Starting them. If you are in Australia and think a single from a country other then Britain would fit your needs, I don’t think bidding on this Ducati would be a bad idea. BB