1976 Ducati 860GT 900SS Replica



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When Ducati debuted its first v-twin in 1971 — the 750GT — the bike proved a resounding success. Between the lively engine, the responsive handling, and the exotic styling, it laid the groundwork for many of the Italian firm’s most iconic models. In fact, the 750 is the very motorcycle that gave Ducati its dominant 1-2 victory at the 1972 Imola 200.

All that is to say: the public’s expectations couldn’t have been higher by the time the 860GT hit showrooms. Much more than a mere facelift, the bike introduced a number of changes, such as a new square case engine, a redesigned frame, electronic ignition, as well as left-side shifting and wider bars. While a pair of 32mm Dell’Orto carbs and a set of quieter Lafranconi mufflers made for a modest output (~65hp), mid-range torque was much improved when compared to the 750GT.

For all of the 860GT’s promise, though, its polarizing styling left potential buyers divided. Giorgetto Giugiaro’s angular ‘folded paper’ aesthetic worked well in the automotive world, but it didn’t quite translate to a two-wheeled design. The hard lines, square tank, and upswept tail stood in stark contrast to the 750GT, and sales stagnated through 1975.

Come 1976, Ducati released a refreshed model known as the 860GTS. Beyond a curvier, restyled tank, the bike also featured an electric starter, Smiths instruments, Marzocchi forks, and dual Brembo brakes. Even still, the model is best remembered for its engine, as the square case bevel found its way into many legendary Ducatis like the 900 Super Sport, the Darmah, and the Mike Hailwood Replica.

This example is VIN: DM860852042. The seller states that the bike was “imported from Australia in the 80s.”

During his ownership, the seller has covered approximately 20 miles. The odometer shows 25,655 kilometers (15,941 miles).

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the battery, the oil and oil filter, and the brake fluid. Additionally, we cleaned and synced the carbs, adjusted the handlebars, and rebuilt the fuel taps.

Yonni did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Tire Years – Front: 2011; Rear: 2012
Tire Life – Front: 90%; Rear:80%
Tire Pressure – Front/ Rear: 32PSI
Brake Life – Front/ Rear: 80%
Hydraulic Fluid – Front/Rear: Ok
Engine Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: New
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn Signals: None Installed
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Killswitch: Ok
Horn: Ok
Battery: 12.6V
Test Ride: Ok, bike operates as intended

-Speedometer functions, small oscillation when reading speed
-Needs new speedometer to remedy

Because there was some rust in the fuel tank, the seller had us send it out to be cleaned by GTL.

The seller had this 860 transformed into a 900SS replica. He notes that “countless hours and an extensive list of period correct parts were employed in the building of this special classic Ducati. All paint is base coat with clear coat. The tank decals are cleared over. The stripes on the seat and fairing are painted, while the front fender stripe is a decal. No ‘modern’ parts (with the exception of tires, battery, etc.) were used intentionally to preserve the ride, handling, and experience of riding this period Italian Superbike/Cafe Racer. As many original 900SS parts were used to transform this 860 to look and feel like a true 900SS.”

900SS gas tank. “The hardest part was to find an original gas tank. I was able to find one in Germany.”

Conti mufflers.

Campagnolo mag wheels.

900SS front fairing. “The front fairing came from Sweden and a new windshield from road and race was installed.”

900SS seat. The seller states that it was “sourced from the UK and completely refinished and re-upholstered.”

38mm Ceriani front forks “rebuilt with new seals and wipers.”

Period Marzocchi rear shocks.

Original clip-ons and twin-pull throttle, aftermarket grips.

Period correct Brembo calipers and master cylinders which “have all been rebuilt.”

Darmah swingarm, rear disc brake conversion.

Custom-built rearsets. Per the seller, they were “machined from tube stock to keep the vintage feel.”

Original taillight with NOS bracket.

Original rear fender.

K&N air filter pods and breather.

Road and Race reproduction front fender.

Powder-coated frame.

Re-chromed headlight and exhaust headers.

Red spark plug wires.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Avon Roadrider tires that have aged out.

The sale includes one key.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Ducati is offered on a clean Arizona title with registration that expired in December 2022.

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