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Black Gold: 1978 Ducati 900SS for Sale

1978 Ducati 900SS R Side Front

While I appreciate modern design and efficiency, there’s something so timeless about Ducati’s 900 SuperSport, especially in black with gold pinstripes as seen here. Sure, the silver and blue might more strongly evoke Ducati’s improbable Imola victory, but the black bikes just look so elegant and sinister…

1978 Ducati 900SS R Side Engine

Although far more common than the original, 750cc SuperSport that was intended to commemorate Ducati’s 1972 Imola win, the updated 900SS featured improved performance and general refinements intended to appeal to a broader market. The shifter was revised to more easily allow the bike to use a left-side gearchange, something that was important for customers in the USA. Cast-aluminum wheels replaced the earlier spoked items and the bike also used the updated “square-case” engine that was bumped to 864cc and designed to match the angular, Giugiaro-styled 860GT.

1978 Ducati 900SS Cockpit

From the original eBay listing: 1978 Ducati 900SS for Sale

For Sale is this Beautiful very rare Black/Gold 1978 Ducati 900SS. This bike runs fantastic, engine’s strong and sounds fantastic. The transmission shifts smooth in all gears, there is no issues. Can not confirm speedometer mileage. Fairing and side covers are aftermarket, the Gustafsson windscreen NOS without cracks or scratches. 

Small paint chip on rear fender and there’s a small hairline crack on fairing near mount screw (see photos). Cowl compartment and seat zipper is in excellent working condition. Campagnolo 5 spoke wheels are Gorgeous. New Dellorto’s PHM 40’s, Tommaselli throttle and adjustable clip-ons, Aprilia headlight bezel with Jute light. Brake systems operate great.

Overall this bike is gorgeous.

The Kentucky title’s clear, in hand and in my name.

Frame number 87593

Engine number 87853

 Included with bike is a new wiring harness purchased from Bevelheaven supplied by oldracingspareparts in Italy. Original wiring harness is rough but the headlight, running light and switches operate, both brake light switches work.

This bike is being SOLD-AS-IS, there is NO WARRANTY. Buyer is responsible for all shipping costs and arrangements. Bike is located in Louisville Ky 40219 when checking shipping costs. The bike is being advertised for sale locally, I reserve the right to end this auction at any time.

1978 Ducati 900SS L Detail

The seller also includes a video that can be found here. From the description, it sounds like this is a very clean, very solid-running motorcycle that’s just a few very minor cosmetic blemishes away from being a “10” although that new wiring harness might be worth installing, just for peace of mind…

The Buy It Now price is set at $35,400 which seems pretty high for a 900SS. And with very little interest in the listing so far, other than looky-loos, it appears that I’m not the only one who thinks the price is a bit unrealistic…

-tad

1978 Ducati 900SS R Side

Bevel-Drive with an NCR-Prepped Engine: 1978 Ducati 900SS for Sale

1978 Ducati 900SS R Front

Looking like it’s sitting in God’s living room, this very nice bevel-drive Ducati 900SS apparently has an NCR-prepped engine, although the seller doesn’t detail exactly what that entails. Which would help, as that could mean just about anything, from a simple rebuild or blueprint, up to and including a barely-streetable race engine.

1978 Ducati 900SS R Engine

Introduced in 1975 and powered by an 864cc version of Ducati’s iconic bevel-drive engine, the bike was really their first attempt at a global-market bike: along with a quieter set of stock mufflers, the shift mechanism was significantly redesigned to make relocation to the left side of the bike less of a cobbled-together affair and improve the action for riders in the US market. By now, many 900SS bikes have had the stock pipes swapped out for a set of appropriately-loud Contis, as seen here.

1978 Ducati 900SS R Rear

Obviously a bit less desirable than the original “round-case” bevels that were introduced in 1974, the “square case” 900SS shared much of its DNA with the far more practical Darmah. But the sex appeal of that half-fairing and clip-on bars, along with the undeniable links to racing mean that these will always be the most desirable Ducatis of the period, barring actual race bikes.

1978 Ducati 900SS L Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1978 Ducati 900SS for Sale

Original Ducati 900SS engine prepared by NCR with NCR specification, two owners up to now, all history known. Excellent condition, runs perfectly.
NOS Tank

  • Original Veglia Borletti racing rev counter
  • 40mm Dell’Orto carbs
  • Original Conti exhaust (not rechromed)
  • Marzocchi shock absorbers
  • CEV 177 headlight
  • Greek documentSeller great Ducati collector

1978 Ducati 900SS Tach

They say that “presentation is everything.” And it never ceases to amaze me to see auctions for high-end motorcycles where the seller hasn’t even bothered to haul their $30,000 motorcycles out of the back of the shed into the light to take a few quality pictures. So it’s always nice when someone makes the effort to really show off their pride and joy, especially when it’s a beautiful, black-and-gold Ducati 900SS. This one obviously needs a quick trip down a windy back road to clean off those rusty brake discs, and it’s not in perfect cosmetic condition, with some minor surface corrosion and pitting and general wear. But it looks well cared-for and the listing suggests that it’s ready to run, a very important consideration when you look at what a mechanical restoration would cost for a bike that’s been sitting.

Also: genuine Veglia white-faced racing tachometer!

-tad

1978 Ducati 900SS L Front

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.

-tad

1975 Ducati 750SS R Side

Original Round-Case: 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport for Sale

1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport L Side

A bike that probably needs no introduction, the original 750 Super Sport was built to celebrate Ducati’s against-the-odds 1-2 victory at Imola in 1972, cementing forever the image of Ducati and its Desmo L-twin sportbikes. With only 401 built, the “round-case” 750 Super Sport is one of the most desirable motorcycles of all time, and a bike credited with saving Ducati from the junkyard of history. The first time, at least…

1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport R Engine Detail

Although Ducati’s “desmodromic” valvetrain is now offered on every one of their models, when the 750 Super Sport was introduced, it was available only on the most sporting singles and twins: the GT and Sport both made do with simple valve springs. And although the SS shared the GT’s frame, the motor also featured a lighter crankshaft, high-compression pistons, and larger carburetors.

1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport Cockpit

Controls were uncompromising and set up for performance riding, with bodywork that barely cloaked the mechanicals. Note the distinctive vertical stripe on the tank. It’s actually unpainted fiberglass, allowing the rider to reliably gauge fuel level. Ducati brakes during this period often varied year-to-year and sometimes from bike-to-bike, with Lockheed, Scarab, and Brembo parts being common. The Super Sport generally used the Scarabs shown here, although an improved version compared that featured a bleed screw [?!] and a third disc at the rear, also by Scarab, a relative novelty at the time.

1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport L Engine Detail

From the original eBay listing: 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport for Sale

I purchased this motorcycle new in June 1975 and have since been the only one to ride or wrench on it. The bike is titled as a 1975 using it’s engine number not the different frame number as that is how the Ducati paperwork came from the factory. Be assured this is a real deal 1974 roundcase. The engine has never been apart and still has it’s factory seal. It neither burns or leaks oil and the transmission and clutch work as they should. I have made a few mods over the  years including-electronic ignition-stainless spokes- Brembo front master cylinder and stainless brake lines-new decals and replacement coils. I still have the original parts if the new owner wants them. The fiberglass tank has been coated inside to resist modern gas but I always drain it after riding to be safe. This is the best running motorcycle I have ever ridden and hate to sell but it has become to valuable for me to ride or repair in case of an accident.

The finish of the paint and chrome have deteriorated greatly over time especially the frame. The exhaust is original and has a small hole patched in the crossover under the engine. The photos show the carbs with the original velocity stacks but I always rode with Uni foam filters installed. The mileage shown is actually in kilometers.

I installed new tires, battery, fuel lines, oil and cleaned and installed pumper diaphragms in the carbs this spring. It needs nothing to be ridden and enjoyed as is or would be a good choice for a cosmetic restoration.

1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport Fairing

In the Questions and Answers section, the seller also mentions that this is the original paint. Good question since, although the photos are of decent quality, the light makes them look like the body panels have a pearlescent color that looks more modern…

1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport Head

Overall, this is a pretty impressive example of a running Super Sport, and the seller has helpfully provided a short video here. This is no museum piece, and although there are some cosmetic flaws, that’s to be expected of a 40 year old paint that wasn’t the best quality even when new… With active bidding up north of $85,000 this is an auction most of us will unfortunately have to watch from the sidelines.

-tad

1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport R Side

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:

 

Bike

  • 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

 

Spares

  • 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.

1975 Honda CB400F

You will usually find a couple different Honda CB’s on eBay at any one time. From the small 350’s, medium 400-500’ and the largest 750’s. This 1975 CB400F currently on offer is a little bit different, in that it is not a perfect original, or a rat café racer. It falls somewhere in between. So if you are unsure which way you would like to go with a Honda Four, this one would fit right in the middle.

From the seller

This bike has always been garaged since I took possession in 1986 with 3327 miles on it. It comes with a clear Kansas title.

Original engine was removed and replaced with an engine that I hopped up from another bike in 1992.

7,336 miles on chassis before new engine

6,930 miles on new engine

I was able to find some stock original numbers for the 400 Four, but I think the modes done by the seller may outpace the factory. Back in 1975 off the showroom floor, you would get a 408cc engine by way of 51x50mm bore and stroke with 9.4:1 CR. Four 20mm Mukumi’s would power you to 37hp at 8500rpm. Now some of the upgrades that the seller points out would help to bump all these numbers up.

Highlight of the sellers upgrades

Yoshimura 455cc big bore kit with 10.5:1

WebCamDrag race camshaft

Valve train work

High pressure oil pump

Now when I saw this highlighted CB400F, I also saw right above it was this stock example. The seller of this bike was nice enough to give us some great information about the bike, and I will add it here for all our knowledge.

The CB400F was a very successful motorcycle in club or privateer racing. KazYoshima and other racers were able to take Honda’s little 408 cc engine up to 490 cc and with the addition of other racer options, this small bore was considered a ‘giant killer’.

Confusion often arises over the two models that were produced. Earlier ‘F’ models had a plain red or blue tank and side-panels running to frame number 1073399. The tanks only bore the words HONDA Super Sport, and the side-panel logo used a font wherein each character was represented by three parallel lines depicting 400FOUR. Up to frame number 1056883 ‘F’ models had swing-arm mounted pillion footrests, but from then on the ‘F’ models had the pillion footrests moved to frame-mounted brackets; it is often assumed that this feature only started with the F2 model but this is not the case. The F2 model commenced with frame number 1073400 and featured a new paint scheme: ‘candy antares red’ or ‘parakeet yellow’. The new paintwork featured stripes on the tank and had a different, angular, font for the ‘400FOUR’ label on the side panels. The F1 model was not shipped to the United Kingdomor Europe. It featured typically a plain yellow tank and black side-panels with the F-type early logo..[3] Today it is not uncommon to see examples restored with F2-type paintwork but F-type logos on the side panels, or F-type early frames with F2-type paintwork.

So if you are in the market for something to shine up this winter before you can start riding there are two nice CB400F for sale now on eBay. This one that I have shown pictures of with its upgrades, and this one from a seller who educated us all. BB

A Reader’s Ride: 1975 Honda CB 400F Super Sport

For Sale: 1975 Honda CB 400F Super Sport

From warm and sunny San Diego, CA comes this fantastic survivor: a 1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport. CSBFS and RSBFS follower Ryck pinged us about having to put his pride and joy up for sale – and we thought that this is exactly the kind of bike that CSBFS readers would love to see.

The Honda CB400F is a classic sport bike icon. Largely regarded as a technical tour de force, the original 400F was introduced in 1975 and ran through 1977. From a marketing perspective, the little 400F made little sense; bigger bikes were all the rage, and Honda’s own CB750 and CB550 Four models were displacing the British invasion. In reality, Honda was flexing some serious motorcycle muscles with the little Super Sport, proving to the world that it had the manufacturing capability to bring such wonders to life.

The most visual element of the CB400F was the swooping four-into-one exhaust system as seen in this photo. Together with the rest of the cafe-racer inspired styling, the impressive four cylinder, four-stroke engine, a six-speed transmission and a front disc brake, the 400F both looked good and performed well.

From the seller:
You are bidding on a un-restored museum quality example. All stock from the paint down to the original Bridgestone Super Speed tires. The chrome has some minor pitting and spokes have some surface rust and the left side engine covers have some cosmetic damage where fuel leaked at one time. The only thing that is not stock is the muffler and the headlight brackets and I do have the stock headlight bracket/turn signal assembly and the rear turn signals-from 36 years of storage/moving around one of the rear turn signal brackets is bent slightly and the front ones just look goofy so I left them off. I rebuilt the carbs with oem Honda gaskets, adjusted the points, timing and valves this summer. The engine runs perfect- all they way up to the red line- well not quite red line I took it up to 9k and I only did that one time myself just to test the engine and let me tell you it just makes the most glorious sound from that 4 into one exhaust!!! Clear title and it is currently registered and insured-I ride it at least once a week around the neighborhood and take it to the local bike nights and it always draws a crowd. The gas tank and side panels are original paint and have not been retouched in any way there is one very slight dent on the top of the gas tank – you have to really look to see it- I couldn’t even get a picture to come out good enough to see the dent. The handlebar switches are original and still have bright red markings and every thing works as it did from the factory, there is only some slight fading on the master cylinder body and the paint is coming off the front caliper. It comes with the tool kit,owners manual and it still has the tool box cover. This is a once in a lifetime buy and there is no reserve.

There were two different generations of 400F, with only minor variations. Today’s featured bike is a Gen I model. Color choices were Red or Blue for Gen I machines, and Red or Yellow for Gen II bikes, with different font and lettering styles on the tank and side panels. Both generations are considered collectables, and prices have been creeping up from the basement into reasonable levels as of late. With low mileage and in clean, presentable condition, this bike is definitely one to consider.

A desireable model in true “survivor” condition with low miles – that is a CSBFS find. The fact that this bike is located in “no rust” California is just icing on the bike collection cake. Check out the no reserve auction here. Good luck, and don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on CSBFS!

MI

Italian Stunner: 1977 Ducati Super Sport 900SS

For Sale: 1977 Ducati Supersport 900SS

When it comes to classic sport bikes – the kind with real money behind them – it rarely gets better than a Ducati Super Sport. Sure, this is not the much sought after green framed 750, but the upside here is that the 900 variant is a much better rider; after all, there is no replacement for displacement.

From the seller:
1977 Ducati 900 Super Sport is being sold for the owner by the company that restored the bike. This is a numbers matching motorcycle. The bike was totally restored in 2006 down to every nut and bolt, well documented. All restoration parts that were needed were purchased at Bevel Heaven in CA. The frames has been powder coated to the correct color, customer requested the wheels be powder coats black. The engine was freshened up in 1990 by the previous owner- new pistons and rings, valves redone. 10.1-5 ratio. The bike was been driven less than 1,000 miles since been restored. This bike was stored and properly put to bed until one week ago- May16 2011 refilled fuel tank, changed oil, drained and replaced brake fluid, installed new battery and dusted off carburetors -the bike started second kick. All tires, brakes, lights and drivetrain are in proper working order at this time. This bike is ready to ride. Email with any questions. ALL SYSTEMS GO!

Bikes this beautiful are very easy to write up – one can simply let the pictures do the talking! And the pictures certainly do tell quite the story. It is clear that a great deal of effort and resources were expended in the resto-mods done here. There is an interesting mix of period-correct clean up coupled with modern technology restoration techniques. And while the results are certainly stunning, purists might judge the outcome differently. As a motorcycle can only be original once in its life, this bike will forever be a “restored” model – or worse yet, an “over restored” model.

I, for one, will not judge this bike so harshly. Motorcycles are meant to be ridden and enjoyed – and the work done on this one makes that possible. There is no doubt that the visual aspect of the bike is fantastic. The new owner of this no reserve auction will receive a bike worthy of show AND go – all for less than it would take to do the restoration work yourself. Big thanks to RSBFS/CSBFS reader Happy Zero for pointing this one out.

For all the info and pictures, . The bidding is only up to $13,100 at the time of this writing, and there is NO reserve; someone is going home with a gorgeous bike! Look over the pictures, watch the auction progress, and let us know what you think. Good Luck!

MI

1980 Reno Leoni Ducati 900SS

For Sale: 1980 Reno Leoni Ducati 900SS

There was a time that a Reno Leoni tuned bike would practically guarantee your sucess at the racetrack. Just ask Jimmy Adamo, Mike Baldwin or Freddie Spencer….. Reno Leoni is most famous for his cylinder heads, but built very capable, complete motors. In the day, Reno Leoni bikes would post the fastest trap speeds, namely due to advanced cylinder head porting.

This particular Ducati 900 Super Sport, a classic bevel-drive beauty, bears the distinction of Reno Leoni. The bike itself is immaculate, and is – in and of itself – a gorgeous time piece from a different era. Adding Reno Leoni tuning to the mix only adds to the value, mystique and exclusivity of this particular offering.

From the seller:
I have owned this Ducati 900SS for several years and it has been on display during the entire time in a heated and air conditioned facility. It is extremely clean, having been partially restored a number of years ago to a very high standard. It was ridden after the restoration and now has an extremely nice patina to the paint. Of course there are a few paint blemishes, but overall it is a beautiful Ducati 900SS. It will be a standout at any Ducati show!

It has not been used since my purchase, deciding to have it on display rather than add any additional miles. If you want to see and hear the Ducati….click on You Tube and enter 1980 Ducati 900SS Reno Leoni. You will be viewing the actual Ducati that I am selling.

The date of manufacture was 07/79, however it is being sold as a 1980. The case # is 089238/DM860. The original Brembo brake tags are still on the front fork and are dated 05/79. Forks are Marzocchi.

What good are pictures when you can also have sound? Here is a video of this exact bike in action!

This beautiful 900 Super Sport has a mere 6,200 on the odometer. There is some discrepency with the model year, apparently: Date of Manufacture is 1979, the model year is 1980, and the title – due to some clerical error – shows it as a 1974. As we always caution buyers, do your homework up front and be sure and ask lots of questions. There is no reason to believe this bike is not what is is being portrayed as, but it never hurts to be careful.

If the details all check out, this is one pretty valuable 900 SS – not that bikes in this condition these go for peanuts to start with. However the Reno Leoni connection, together with the condition and general appearance will only bolster the already strong market for this era motorcycle.

The opening ask for this bike is a sobering $20,000, with reserve not met. The BIN is set for $25,000. Somewhere in between, someone might just go home with an amazing piece of racing legend history: A Reno Leoni tuned Ducati 900 Super Sport. For more details on the auction, to look at more pictures and to read more from the seller, . I believe this one is really worth a look!

MI

The Green Frame’s big brother: 1977 Ducati Super Sport 900

For Sale: 1977 Ducati Super Sport 900 SS

When Brian wrote up the details on a 1974 Ducati “Green Frame” 750 Super Sport, little did we know that we would soon be writing up that bike’s bigger brother – and from the same collection! Fortunately for all of us, this collection contains bikes that are in impeccable shape and condition; and today’s bike is no exception.

Instead of using the cover shot of Ian Falloon’s book as an example of the breed, this seller can point to the cover of the book as this *exact* bike! That’s right, folks – not only is this a very desirable, classic Ducati, but it also comes with an impressive pedigree. With very low miles (less than 2,000!) and in its unrestored condition, this is a very presentable motorcycle one does not see often. Brian presented this pretty black/gold bike on CSBFS just a few weeks ago. Before then, the last Super Sports shown on these pages were actually published on our sister site – RareSportBikesForSale. There is a ’77 900SS similar to this one (but highly modified), and a ’80 black/gold bike. None of those bikes had quite the history as this one.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1977 Ducati 900 SS (Super Sport). This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. This bike is the exact bike that is on the cover of Ian Falloons book titled Original Ducati Sport and Super Sport. It is also pictured 15 different times from page 67 to 73.

The Vin# is DM860SS086974 and Motor # is 087129. The odometer shows 1,910 Miles.

The condition of the bike is fantastic. This is a low mile unrestored original example. There are some small chips and blemishes in the original paint. It does come with a free and clear Michigan Title.

Purists will note that the ’74 “Green Frame” 750 Super Sport is the most desireable of these classic, bevel Ducatis. However the later models of the SS line benefit from an increase in displacement to 900cc, as well as updated and more modern componentry. If you were looking for a rider rather than just a looker, the later models are probably for you.

There has also been much debate amongst the car and bike collector set with regards to the celebrity value that is added at time of sale. In this case, the celebrity aspect being the published model in a pretty well-known documentary of Ducatis. Generally speaking, the thinking is that celebrity ownership does not necessarily bring more dollars at auction, however in this case the fact that this particular bike has been so well documented must certainly add to its authenticity – and hence the value.

This bike is available at auction now, and interest has been very high. With several days remaining, there have been over 20 bids on this bike, with the current price sitting just below $30k. The reserve has still not been met, meaning that there is still plenty of time to get in on the action. To see more details, view the photos and check out the bidding wars, . Tell ’em you saw it on CSBFS!

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