Ducati offered two versions of the 900SS – a full-fairing (SS/SP) and a half-fairing (SS/CR). In this piece on Cycle World, Peter Egan says that this 900SS is “the used motorcycle you need” and notes that “they made perfectly comfortable long-distance touring bikes, but on winding roads through the Black Hills, they metamorphosed back into sportbikes of deep finesse, with killer, real-world midrange and light, intuitive handling.”
For 1996, Ducati swapped out the Showa suspension in the CR with Marzocchi forks and a Boge shock.
The seller of this example (VIN: ZDM1LC4M3TB021528) is a self-proclaimed life-long Ducati enthusiast and he’s the original owner. He’s also the man behind Motorcycle Mover! He bought this 900SS/CR new from European Cycle Specialties in Garden Grove, California (no longer in business).
The odometer reads 11,362 miles.
It still features the original warning decals (in Italian) on the tachometer (shown above) and tail section.
The sale includes all purchase documentation including extras that came as part of the transaction: a VCR tape about the heritage of the bike, a large full color folder with all manuals as well as a rare, Special Edition silver coin, specific to that particular model & year.
The seller is letting it go as he owns several motorcycles and does not ride this one often enough. It is highly original – the only modifications are Galfer steel braided brake lines, braided clutch line, and “other small but significant items that contribute to the daily-rider level reliability” such as new relays and an aftermarket bronze fitting/housing for the electronic fuel gauge mechanism at the bottom of the gas tank (per the seller, the OEM plastic units can crack and result in a large fuel leak).
He notes that “just received a ‘ready to ride’ rehab: belts & engine service, Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires, Shorai battery, chain & sprockets, and brakes.”
Cosmetically, there are a few chips in the bodywork – “nothing out of the ordinary for a bike with this age/mileage.” Photos of all known blemishes are included in the album up top.
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Continental US: Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.
spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.