1981 Ducati 900SS



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After a dominant 1-2 victory at the Imola 200 in 1972, Ducati began selling its legendary 750 SuperSport to the public in 1974. Despite its stable touring geometry, the bike was essentially a Grand Prix racer, barely homologated for road legal riding. It tipped the scales at a scant 333lbs, and its round case L-twin boasted a 748cc displacement, a 10.5:1 compression ratio, and some innovative bevel-gear-driven camshafts. In addition to being highly desirable because of its limited production volume, the 750 was most notably the bike that saved Ducati from going belly-up.

When the 900SS arrived in 1975, it was just as competition-ready as its predecessor. Early models closely resembled the 750 racers, built with the improved square case engine, as well as fiberglass tanks, twin 40mm Dell’Orto carbs, Conti silencers, no turn signals, and even a right-side gear shift! Add to that a low-slung, stretched-out riding position with a single seat, a half-fairing, and some tight clip-ons, and the result was a bike that demanded respect and required a rider’s undivided attention.

Over the course of the 900’s production life, Ducati continued to improve the model in order to make it more livable. Upgraded electrics, smaller carbs, and quieter mufflers were some of the most noticeable changes, but the bike also received an improved camshaft drive system, an upgraded oil pump and filter, along with some strengthened cranks and a redesigned the gear shifter.

As Hagerty found: “The Super Sport was good for about 135 mph in standard trim, enough to see off almost all opposition in ’75. More importantly for road use, it cruised at up to 100 mph with a nonchalant, long-legged, mile-eating ease. The half-fairing was effective for fast riding, giving lots of protection provided I crouched down behind the screen. No doubt the fairing contributed to the Ducati’s legendary stability, too. The 900SS remained rock-solid at speeds that would have had many of its contemporaries weaving all over the road.”

This example is VIN: DM860SS090212. The seller acquired the bike 10 years ago from a private party in Vermont.

During his ownership, the seller has covered approximately 1,700 miles. The odometer shows 10,915 miles.

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us clean, sync, and replace the slides on the carbs, change the oil and oil filter, and flush and fill the brake fluid.

Yonni did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Tire Year Front/ Rear: 2011/2011
Tire % Front/ Rear:70/70
Brake % Front/ Rear: 80/80
Hydraulic: New
Low Beam:ok
High Beam:ok
Tail Light:ok
Brake Light:ok
Plate Light:ok
Battery:12.6 /charging @ 13.2
Notes: Test ride ok, unit operates as designed.

Upgraded Brembo master cylinder, brake calipers

YSS shocks.

Gear gazer window.

Steel-braided brake lines.

K&N air filter.

Aftermarket switchgear.

Heated grips.

Inside of the tank:

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

It is riding on Bridgestone Battlax BT45 tires that have aged out.

The sale includes two keys (one is kept under the seat).

The sale also includes a selection of stock parts.

Currently located in Santa Monica, California, this Ducati is offered on a clean Arizona title. Have any 900SS stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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