NOTE: This page along with the links above is where BevelHeaven.com started. The original website showcasing my Ducati I put together consisted of these 6 pages.
As you can see, this bike is pretty nice at this point with NCR inspired details throughout including the large aluminum NCR styled gas tank, solo seat section and ferring, rear set foot controls, beautiful Italian EPM "FR Competition" magnesium wheels, stainless steel brake lines front & rear, full floating Brembo triple disk brake system, 13" Koni shocks, Dyna coils & wires, K & N air filters and of course, beautiful red paint with silver accents ala Ducati's beautiful Mike Hailwood Replica. (Background: My 1966 BSA Victor Special)
Mr Livio Lodi, the Ducati Museum Assistant Curator had this to say about her...
"I've just asked some suggests to Giuliano Pedretti, my menthor and the man in charge of the restoration of the motorbikes in our Museum. Giuliano was one of the two official Ducati mechanics that follows Mike Hailwood when he won his last TT in 1978; the other one was Franco Farnč.
"Giuliano confirmed that your motorbike IS a Ducati 900 SSD "Darmah", rather changed from the original one.... But, believe us, your motorbike is a Ducati 900 Supersport Darmah."
When I got her, she didn't run. In fact, the sprag wouldn't engage ~ when you hit the button all you got was the sound of metal grinding sort of like a coffee grinder but REAL loud. After removing the side cover and gears etc, it became apparent that someone had at one time tried to replace the sprag but had not gotten it back together correctly and with all of the parts so it just disintegrated once more. It had sat in this broken condition for about 10 years before I got a hold of it. All of the correct parts were obtained and the starter is now once again in working order.
The race inspired motor is a high performance bevel drive 900 SS with oversize high compression pistons, big NCR cams & valves. The head was ported and flowed by a local gentleman referred to as "Chief" and a race clutch was installed. The carburetors have been switched out to 40mm Del Ortos with accelerator pumps and there are some nice Conti styled pipes to finish off the freshened up motor package. She really moves out when you ask her!
I have installed a new sealed maintenance free battery, relocated the horn under the gas tank and have rebuilt the cracked and broken down electrical wiring harness(es)., re routing some sections to tidy up the bike's appearance. Brembo rebuild kits and Galfer brake pads were installed. Swing arm bushings, steering head and wheel bearings were replaced. I completely dismantled the forks for rebuild including seals, dust caps, progressive wound springs and new Motul fluid. Wheels went to the powder coater and I spooned on a fresh set of premium AVON Tyres....
The weather is great and am I glad she is back together!
I met my goal to have the bike complete by the AMA Vintage Days West 2001 at Sears Point April 26-8, go to AWARDS to find out how she compared.
Will I sell her? Let me think about it for a second....
Nah! Not today!
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